Captain James R. Brantner's
career on Tugboats commenced in 1983 as a deckhand and in 1986 was promoted to Captain.
early experience in the industry included various harbor assignments including ship assist and fuel barge movements in Tampa Bay.
was the Master of the very first Tractor Tug to enter service in Tampa and has been the first to command the majority of the new Tractor Tugs introduced to the Port.
expertise in operating Tractor Tugs spanned to Kingsbay Navy Submarine Base docking Trident Class Submarines, Sao Luis, Brazil docking the largest bulk carriers in the world, San Francisco Bay and performed full-scale tanker escort trials that were used to create and implement guidelines and procedures that are still in effect today.
Participated in a full scale tanker escort study for Chevron Corporation
in the Gulf of Mexico to establish Tractor Tug escort requirements for Prince William Sound Alaska.
Was contracted to work with Turecamo
and Evergreen and the Port of Charleston, S.C. to maneuver the largest container ships ever to call on Charleston and to demonstrate indirect towing and transverse arrest maneuvers.
was in charge of many short-term offshore towing operations; most noteworthy was an assignment in 1989 providing tug assist to the MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND/Dept. of Defense.
Currently he is serving as Port Captain for Marine Towing Tampa, LLC and is responsible for training and day-to-day operations.