Joe O’ Rourke

Vice President & General Manager – Victoria Shipyards

Joe joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President and General Manager – Victoria Shipyards (VSL) in February 2015, bringing with him almost 30 years of experience in positions of leadership and senior management across diverse sectors of the North American marine transportation industry. Most recently, Joe worked as Senior Vice President – Business Development at Vigor Industrial LLC in Portland, Oregon. He has accumulated nearly three decades of ship repair and shipbuilding experience in several different yards on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Francisco. In addition, he has also worked with, and served a wide customer base, such as the US Navy and affiliates, cruiseships and commercial vessels, as well as all other maritime service ships, and was part of, or led aggressive growth and acquisition efforts for both BAE Systems as well as Vigor.

A graduate from Portland State University’s Bachelor of Science – Accounting Program, he began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in Portland in 1981. Joe entered the ship repair industry in 1987 as Cost Accounting Manager for Northwest Marine Shipyard.

In the role of Vice President and General Manager – Victoria Shipyards, Joe is responsible for providing leadership to VSL as well as the profitable, productive and safe operation of the business. In addition, he is accountable for customer satisfaction with all ship repair conversion and repair activities performed in Victoria, as well as business development activities.