The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced this week that it has made two new hires. Graham Gajewski has been named Naval Architect, reporting to Jonathan Leivo, Director of Engineering, and Patrick Owens has been named Operations Coordinator, reporting to Lindsay Dew, Director of Operations & Compliance, both working in the Cleveland offices.

Graham earned his Bachelor of Engineering – Naval Architecture at the State University of New York Maritime College and is a licensed USCG Unlimited Tonnage Third Mate. Graham’s prior experience includes two (2) sea terms aboard the T/S EMPIRE STATE, a summer internship aboard a Great Lakes trading cement carrier, and summer Naval Architecture Internship.

Pat’s distinguished career includes 20 years of service in the United States Coast Guard, culminating in a Command position as the Officer In Charge of Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor, Ohio from 2007 through 2012. In this position Pat highlighted his ability to work in a fast paced 24/7/365 operational environment and manage conflict both internally and externally, while honoring and respecting the chain of command and caring for the needs of his entire crew. His accolades include: Six (6) Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, three (3) Coast Guard Letter of Commendation, two (2) Coast Guard Achievement, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and Proclamation Recipient - Office of Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City Of Cleveland, Ohio. Pat earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management, Homeland Security from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

About - Great Lakes Towing Company 
Founded in 1899, The Great Lakes Towing Company (or the “Towing Company”) is the principle provider of essential, commercial tugboat services in more than 35 U.S. ports, in all 8 U.S. Great Lakes’ states, including Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and the St. Lawrence River. Services include harbor towing, docking and undocking assistance, ice breaking, rescue and assistance to grounded or damaged ships, and interport towing of vessels and barges. GLT owns and operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway. For more information, visit

About - Great Lakes Shipyard
Great Lakes Shipyard is a full-service shipyard for new tugboat construction, new barge construction and truckable products, custom fabrication, ship maintenance and repairs, in a world-class facility that includes state-of-the-art equipment such as a 770-ton mobile Travelift and a 300-ton floating drydock. GLS facilities are located at the Company’s headquarters on the Old River Channel of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. GLT’s shipyard expertise includes designing, building and maintaining its own fleet, as well as an extensive list of commercial and government tugboats, supply boats, ferries, barges, cruise boats, large yachts, and many other types of vessels, including larger domestic and foreign cargo vessels. The shipyard is a major contractor for the US Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, the Army Corps of Engineers, the US Navy, EPA, NOAA, and many other federal, state and local governments, attesting to its high-quality workmanship, on-time performance, and competitive pricing. For more information, visit

Great Lakes Shipyard is a subsidiary of The Great Lakes Towing Company, an industry leader since 1899, providing essential, commercial tugboat services such as harbor assist and towing, icebreaking and cargo transportation in more than 35 U.S. ports, in all 8 U.S. Great Lakes’ states, including Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and the St. Lawrence River. For more information, visit