Blue Star Marine, LLC
Cher Walker: Blue Star Marine, LLC is proud to be a woman-owned Louisiana based small business. Under the direction of company owner Cher Walker, Blue Star Marine has grown to support local and regional industry with a multitude of specialized marine services. Cher monitors safety guidelines, safety protocols, and employee qualifications. Cher has been a Land and Personnel Manager for 18 years and owns, operates, and manages True Blue Watersports.
Cher has a Bachelors Degree from the University of New Orleans in Marketing and a Masters of Science degree from McNeese State University in Exercise Physiology. Cher is an avid scuba diver and boater and is a member of the Professional Association of Scuba Divers (PADI) as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, a First Aid and CPR Instructor, an American Red Cross Lifeguard Trainer. She is also a member of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron serving on the public relations and boating activities committee. She is a former member of the NOAA Sanctuary Advisory Council serving the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Also as a Platinum Dealer for Scuba Pro, Cher is a member of the Advisory Council.
Darrell Walker: Daily project management is tasked to Darrell Walker who is the lead Captain, Operations Manager, and Dive Supervisor. His attention to detail has enabled Blue Star Marine to complete projects in a safe and effective manner. All dive and marine operations are completed under his direct supervision. His hands on management has allowed Blue Star Marine to keep a 100% safety record since our company's beginning. Darrell's has been a Licensed USCG 100-Ton Master for over 40 years and has been a commercial diver since 1985, a NOAA Working Certified Diver since 2010 and a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 1980.
Darrell is a 1985 McNeese State University graduate having majored in Industrial Instrumentation. Darrell is a former Commander of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron, a former Member of the NOAA Sanctuary Advisory Council serving the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and former lead Captain of the NOAA R/V Manta. Darrell is a Master First Aid and CPR Instructor.
Darrell has almost 40 years of experience in Gulf Coast Marine Operations. As a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast living in Lake Charles his entire life, Darrell has been actively exploring the Gulf of Mexico since 1977. He has grown to cherish the areas of the Gulf that are unique in nature when compared to the overall vastness of the marine environment. With an eye on conservation and proper management, Darrell believes the vast resources of the Gulf of Mexico can be properly utilized while still being a good steward to the environment.
Aubrey Ruffer- Captain, Diver: Aubrey is the Operations Supervisor, Lead Diver, and Operations Supervisor for Blue Star Marine. Aubrey's responsibilities include initial scope of work planning and logistics, job safety analysis and evaluation, maintaining equipment, and resource checks. Certified as an open water diver 2009, AJ's love for the water brought her to commercial dive school in 2012. Aubrey's passion is introducing people to the world of SCUBA diving via teaching.
Aubrey's qualifications include: Certified Commercial Diver, USCG 100-ton Master, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Aubrey is also an EFR Certified First Aid and CPR Instructor, a API Certified Rigger, an ARC Explorer Side-Scan Operator, and a Public Safety Diver.
Milton Bearb, Diver Milton is Blue Star Marine's Logistics and Maintenance Manager and has been with us for over 15 years. Milton is responsible for day-to-day boat maintenance and project resource designer. He is a lead diver with 15 years' experience in buoy installations. Milton's qualifications include: a USCG Captain, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, an EFR Certified First Aid and CPR Instructor, and is a BBB licensed and accredited Air Technician.
A look into the life of Blue Star Marine
Commercial Marine Insurance
Blue Star Marine, LLC has professional insurance through J. F. Fisk Insurance, New Orleans, LA for all required policies which include $5,000,000 Marine Commercial Liability Coverage (Aggregate), Jones Act, Workmen's Comp, Pollution Coverage, and Commercial Dive Insurance.
Safety Policy and Employee Training Components
All Blue Star Marine employees are monitored and required to adhere to the following policies:
* Maintain applicable USCG license and strict adherence to USCG policies
* Maintain current TWIC card
* Submit to random drug testing program meeting the criteria of Title 46 CFR 16:230 for at least 60 days during the previous 185 days ad has not failed nor
refused to participate in a chemical test for dangerous drugs
* Maintain complete ship's log
* Attend scheduled monthly safety trainings
* Adhere to all NOAA small boat policies/inspections
* Participate in monthly safety drills
* First Aid/CPR/AED trained
* Oxygen provider certification/trainer