Northstar Acquires New Vessels, Forms Alliance with Laredo Offshore


CLERMONT, N.J. –  Northstar Marine is pleased to announce its acquisition of a 145’ Class liftboat, the Northstar Voyager. The Northstar Voyager is currently undergoing a refit and USCG re-certification in the Gulf of Mexico and will be transiting north to begin its first project in mid-April of this year.  

Northstar Marine has also acquired a new specialized 50’ x 80’ x 100’ Class flexi float jackup, built in 2019. These jackups join the 105’ liftboat, the Northstar Vision, which has been locally owned and operated by Northstar Marine since 2011.  

In addition, Northstar has formed an alliance with Laredo Offshore Services based in Belle Chasse, La. which recently mobilized its 230’ Class liftboat, Brazos, to New Jersey.  Northstar’s President and CEO Phil Risko says “We are very excited to expand our fleet with the addition of the Voyager and the Flexi Float spread at a time when our clients are seeking solutions to service the offshore wind sector. Our alliance with Laredo brings the largest liftboat home ported on the East Coast.  Laredo brings over 40 years of liftboat experience from the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we value their knowledge and experience.”

This alliance provides a diverse and capable fleet of liftboats to support the development of offshore wind on the northeast coast of the US.  Laredo Offshore President, Nadja Knoulton, expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunities provided by Northstar and offshore wind, “Laredo recently completed a geotechnical project for an offshore wind developer along with a number of other projects with Northstar in the northeast. The alliance with Northstar provides a unique combination of local content and support along with Laredo’s many years of relevant experience.  We are excited to be a part of the development of green energy and the new economic opportunities it is providing.” 

ABOUT Northstar Marine:  Since 1990, Northstar Marine has developed a reputation for excellence by providing a complementary suite of marine-related services including emergency marine spill response, barge and workboat charters, lift boat charters, side scan sonar survey work and dive services. We assist contractors, engineers, researchers or anyone with a typical or unique marine situation by mobilizing our diverse fleet of vessels, equipment and personnel to help them get the job done safely and efficiently. 

ABOUT Laredo Offshore ServicesEstablished in 1981, Laredo Offshore Services provides a seasoned management team capable of furnishing our clients with exceptional service and some of the most cost-effective solutions available in the wind, energy and marine construction industries.  If you need a liftboat, barge, derrick barge, heavy lift or other marine asset, we can provide it, all while being focused on the safety and the protection of our employees, our customers’ property and the environment.

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