Hugh Vanderspek

Hugh Vanderspek Improves Shipping Production Processes

About Hugh Vanderspek

In his free time, Hugh Vanderspek enjoys sailing and sailboat racing. He is a member of the Mission Bay Yacht Club, where he served as commodore in 2008, and the Fairhope Yacht Club. Hugh Vanderspek’s career has taken him around the world to Cairo and the Middle East Red Sea, and he has also sailed to Cabo San Lucas and completed the Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.

Professionally, Mr. Vanderspek has held several positions at Southwest Marine, Teekay Shipping, and Santa Fe International. Holding a bachelor of science in marine transportation, he currently works as vice president and general manager at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, where he is responsible for all the company’s operations, including each shipyard’s ship maintenance repair programs and safety. With Mr. Vanderspek’s help, BAE Systems Southeast recently passed the milestone of more than one million productions without any lost time due to injury. The company maintains its injury rate at less than one-third of the industry average, and it recently delivered a new ship to the U.S. Navy, the USS America.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Vanderspek was a general manager at BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, where he accessed more than $6 million in funding to install a shore power system, working closely with the Port of San Francisco. He also upgraded the facility, allowing for the accommodation of large cruise ships.

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