About Us

Goodwin Marine Services has been chartering our vessels as marine research platforms since 2002. It all started with the 2001 42’ Wesmac the F/V Shanna Rose. Shortly after that first charter, Captain/Owner Joshua Goodwin installed an A Frame and Winch. He then added an air conditioned, deck mounted lab but by 2009 he realized that there wasn’t enough space to adequately perform all the work he was being asked to do. In 2010 the keel was laid down for the purpose built 55’ Wesmac R/V Jamie Hanna. This boat was completed at Clark Island Boat Works of South Thomaston, ME in June of 2012.

The design of R/V Jamie Hanna allows for ample deck and lab space without compromise. She has twin winches and an A-Frame that is mounted to the gunwales to keep the deck totally clear of obstacles, a davit/pot hauler, and a permanently mounted track pole. The whole design has come together as an extremely stable, reliable, economical, and easy to use platform adaptable to your projects needs.

In 2017, GMS found there was demand for a boat in a larger size class than the R/V Jamie Hanna. We spent some time investigating supply boats and examined their design to determine which was best suited for this type of survey work. We decided the Graham design is superior to the others that were out there due to the way the cabin flows right off the main deck and so added the 110’ James K Goodwin to our fleet. In January of 2019, we found ourselves in the position that two large projects demanded the R/V James K Goodwin during the same time period. That prompted us to add a second 110’ Graham the R/V Rachel K Goodwin. We built upon everything we have learned from the R/V Jamie Hanna as well as our experience in the field to make these two vessels just as reliable and easy to use, but on a larger scale.

From the beginning, Goodwin Marine Services has been working extensively with Bluefin Robotics (General Dynamics Mission Systems) with our vessels as well as running their R/V Resolution for them. Captain Joshua Goodwin arguably has more AUV experience than any other Captain on the east coast. He has safely operated every AUV system that Bluefin Robotics has manufactured. Josh has also successfully assisted Bluefin over the years with several vehicle recoveries and emergency vessel repairs.

In addition to supporting GDMS Bluefin Robotics, Goodwin Marine Services has conducted countless oceanographic surveys for many clients, including APTIM, The US Army Core of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The US Navy, US Geological Survey, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, FUGRO, CR Environmental, AECOM, Battelle Labs, The University of New Hampshire, U-MASS Dartmouth, Cornell University, Inspire Environmental, Teledyne Benthos, Woods Hole Group, Ocean Renewable Power Corporation, Germano and Associates, Coastal Vision, Coastal Engineering, Ocean Tech, Epsilon Associates, Ecology & Environment, Green Environmental and many more. This work has included AUV/ROV Operations, Geophysical & Multibeam Bathymetric Surveys, Mooring Operations, Dredge Monitoring, ADCP/CTD Sampling, Grabs, Vibracoring, Video/Habitat Mapping, Fisheries Studies, and more. Our operations extend from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico.

We at Goodwin Marine Services take pride in doing all that we can to insure a smooth and successful survey for all our clients. Please contact us and find out how we can help you. We would love the opportunity to serve you in your endeavors.

For further information, contact Pete Whelan of Goodwin Marine Services

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