Welcome Aboard Bob!

Gulf Copper & Manufacturing would like to welcome aboard Robert “Bob” Irelan. With a long history of doing business with the Federal Government, Bob will be heading up our Government Services Business Development, focusing specifically on the Federal Market. Bob served our country as a Naval Officer for over twenty-five years; including the command of three different USN Vessels. Bob brings a broad experience of federal government contracting together with the Navy’s maintenance planning, funding and execution policies and procedures. In addition, Bob has a number of years managing private industry service organizations that were focused on U.S. Government support. If you wish to reach out directly to Bob, his contact information is below:

Bob Irelan
Director Federal Business Development
208 East Plume Street, Suite 331
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 504-1199

Founded in 1948, Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation, an employee-owned company, repairs and refurbishes marine vessels, naval vessels, and offshore rigs and fabricates ancillary components for various markets. The company operates strategically located shipyards, drydocks and fabrication facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast, Mexico, and Norfolk.

SEACOSCO ‘AMAZON’ Stimulation Package

Gulf Copper Galveston shipyard completes the installation of the ‘Stimulation Package’ which includes electrical support, and piping system integrations for Schlumberger on the SEACOSCO Amazon vessel that will be supporting the Exxon Mobil project in Guyana.

The project took approximately 6 weeks alongside at our Galveston facility and encompassed around 20 personnel dedicated to the project round the clock.

Harbor Island Celebrates Milestone

Three years ago this month we began preparing our Harbor Island facility for its transformation to a breakbulk terminal

Today, blades like these of up to 72 meters, nacelles and towers come and leave on a daily basis, bound for the prairie to harness the wind and transform it into renewable electric energy.

In these short three years, and despite the ravages and interruption of Hurricane Harvey, this little port has served every major wind OEM, and sent 25,000 truckloads of pipe on their way to help carry Texas oil to the world.

We appreciate our customers and the industry partners who have all worked so well together to make Gulf Copper Harbor Island the safe and cost-efficient operation it has become.

Gulf Copper Announces Two New Appointments to Board of Directors

Steve Hale, Chairman of Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation, is pleased to announce Annella Metoyer and Read Boles have joined the Board of Directors effective July 2019.

“Having worked with both Annella and Read on numerous occasions, I have always admired their business acumen and interpersonal skills. I am pleased they will be serving on the Board and look forward to their assistance,” said Hale.

Annella Metoyer is a Keynote Speaker, Coach, and a best-selling Amazon author. Before 2015, she spent 40 years in the financial services industry, including the position of Market President for Capital One Bank. She passionately serves on the Board of The North Houston Advisory Board the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) and the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston.

Read Boles is a successful turnaround management professional. He has experience as CEO, COO, CFO, and CRO (Chief Restructuring Officer) in a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing to software to branded consumer products. Read is currently teaching at the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. He most recently served as President of Southwest Shipyards based in Houston and currently has ownership interests in a number of other companies that he purchased or founded. Read holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Preparing for the Future While Honoring the Past

Gulf Copper recently began upgrades to the #5 Dry-dock in Port Arthur. The Dry-dock known in its past life as the AFDL 23, has a rich history beginning in the mid-1940s as an Auxiliary Floating Drydock for the United States Navy. During World War 2, the Dry-dock serviced many naval combatant ships till the end of the war. The Dry-dock was again called into service during the Vietnam War and made its way throughout the South Pacific where it finally came to be in its present location of Port Arthur Texas.

Dock 5 (AFDL-23) Newly Built in 1944
Dock 5 (AFDL-23) Undergoing Upgrades on Dock 4

One Gulf Copper employee said it best, “It is truly amazing to think back at how much history this dock as experienced and we continue to add to that history here at Gulf Copper.”

For more information about the Dry-dock and its capabilities, please contact sales@gulfcopper.com

OTC 2019

Gulf Copper will again be present at OTC. Please come by for a visit to see what Gulf Copper can offer you!

OTC 2019

Congressman Randy Weber Visits Gulf Copper for MARAD Small Shipyard Grant

Congressman Randy Weber Visits Gulf Copper for MARAD Small Shipyard Grant

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., Texas’ 14th Congressional District Congressman Randy Weber visited Gulf Copper Manufacturing Galveston Shipyard, 2920 Todd Rd., Galveston, TX 77554. Gulf Copper was recently awarded the MARAD Small Shipyard Grant.

The MARAD Small Shipyard Grant will help Gulf Copper cultivate efficiency, quality ship construction, and repairs at our Galveston Facilities:

  • Gulf Copper Dry Dock & Rig Repair was awarded a Small Shipyard Grant for the amount of $1,296,820.00. Gulf Copper will match the grant amount for the purpose of constructing a new Dry Dock with the capabilities of safely docking 4500-ton vessels efficiently.


  • This 4500-ton Dry Dock project will not replace any existing equipment. However, it will make major capital improvements to expand the use of two, U.S. built, 79 ft. x 116 ft. x 12 ft. Dry Dock pontoon sections that have been refurbished and are currently used for marine repair work.  It is the intent to join these two sections with a 10-foot transition piece to create a dry dock with dimensions of 216 ft. x 116 ft. x 12 ft. and a lift capacity of 4500 tons.  This will require building two new wing walls 27 ft. high and 8 ft. wide allowing a width between wing walls of 100 ft. The total cost of the project combined will be approximately $2,953,640.00 respectively.


  • By producing a Dry Dock of this size, Gulf Copper will create ample business opportunities in the shallow water market such as, Ferry Boats, Harbor Tugs and Inland barges. Along with additional work awarded comes more employment opportunities for our community.

Congressman Randy Weber said, “The work Gulf Copper contributes to the oil and gas, maritime transportation, refining, and petrochemical industries is critically important to the upper Texas Gulf Coast and our nation. With a view toward safety and efficiency, Gulf Copper is a terrific recipient for the MARAD Small Shipyard grant. Our local community and off-shore community benefit greatly from the services provided by Gulf Copper.”

“We pride ourselves in creating growth opportunities and working with the Galveston community to provide a brighter and sustaining future,” said Craig Marston, General Manager, Gulf Copper Galveston Shipyard.



For additional information or inquiries, please contact Craig Marston, Craig.Marston@GulfCopper.com.

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