Vanport and its legacy are built upon the foundation of experience and focused vision of its founder, Steve Van Domelen. Over 35 years, he developed a reputation for his extensive knowledge and resourcefulness. He also became well-known for his integrity and caring for others including, employees, clients, and families.

His experience and unique viewpoint helped him forge a new path within the industry. He recruited like-minded individuals who, like him, had a focus on customer services, craftsmanship and care for their fellow team members.

Through his leadership Vanport became dedicated to the success of our clients by being the very best topside ship repair, fabrication, and industrial contractor anytime, anywhere. His vision helped us become a solutions-based provider, where we deliver projects and products safely, on-time, and within budget for our clients.

Our mission is to exceed expectations, build lasting and meaningful relationships, share our enthusiasm for our chosen profession through an enjoyable interactive experience, and improve the lives of our customers, employees, and those in our communities by a commitment to craftsmanship, integrity, and respect for all.


Steve Van Domelen


Steve, has 40+ years of experience in ship building, ship repair and marine maintenance, and fabrication.

Daniel Van Domelen


Daniel’s duties include project and manpower planning, problem solving, maintaining client relationships, and estimating.


General Manager

Dave brings nearly 20 years of fabrication and construction management experience to share with Vanport and the marine industry.


Manager of Sales and Business Development

Todd holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and has over 10 years of experience in estimating and government contracts management.


Project Manager

Chuck has over 12 years of experience in the maritime industry. He has held roles in multiple crafts within the industry, including logistics, electrical, scaffolding, rigging, and management.

Laurel Cripe


Laurel’s duties include finance and accounting as well as Human Resources and benefits management.

Melissa Scalf

Business Operations Manager

Melissa has over 15 years of experience in marine services, federal contracting, proposal writing, and project support/expediting.

Don Spears


Don has over 30 years of experience in heavy industrial maintenance and repair.

Chuck Parsons

Lead Mechanic/Electrical Tech

Chuck supports field operations and maintains Vanport’s electrical and mechanical equipment.