Who we are

Griffin Maritime Strategies is a maritime consultancy focused on the art and science of safe navigation, the efficient movement of maritime commerce, and effective integration with other shared uses in the maritime domain.

With an emphasis on navigation and shiphandling expertise, we develop and implement strategies to deconflict the maritime domain, maximizing its safe use and the viability of large-scale commercial projects.

Griffin Maritime Strategies has expertise in managing the intersection of maritime commerce with many other stakeholder interests, including:

  • Offshore renewable energy production
  • Submarine cable and pipeline areas
  • Commercial and recreational fisheries
  • Military uses
  • Severe weather planning and resiliency
  • Local, state, and federal regulatory concerns

About the Principal

Stuart Griffin

Captain Stuart Griffin has worked in the Maritime Industry for more than three decades.  Since graduating from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with a degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, he has sailed on American-flagged merchant ships as a deck officer and continues a career spanning more than twenty-five years as a Delaware River and Bay Pilot.

During his tenure on the Delaware River, Captain Griffin served internally on the Board of Directors of the Pilots’ Association from 2009 to 2013. From 2017 to 2021, he served as Chairman of the Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware (MAC), which is the Harbor Safety Committee for the Delaware River Port Complex, its tributaries, and approaches.  The committee brings together federal partners such as the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, and BOEM with a broad swath of local and regional navigation stakeholders to consider issues that impact the safe movement of maritime commerce.  Those stakeholders include terminal owners, refiners, tug companies, docking masters, engineering firms, vessel agents, offshore wind developers, River Pilots, consultants, and many more.

In his capacity as MAC Chairman, Captain Griffin worked diligently to further the interests of safe navigation on the Delaware Bay and River, as well as in the near-coastal space and port approaches.  Combining navigation and technical expertise with a keen understanding of the regulatory and policy framework underpinning our nation’s Marine Transportation System has enabled Captain Griffin to help guide many projects to a safe, efficient, and successful outcome. 

Since the inception of Griffin Maritime Strategies in 2021, Captain Griffin has supported offshore wind developers and shipping companies through direct marine affairs support, permitting document review and analysis, educational and simulation planning and implementation, stakeholder outreach, logistics and project management, and other efforts.

Balancing the needs of various ocean and estuary users and finding common ground through thoughtful inquiry, dialog, and engagement is the hallmark of Captain Griffin’s approach to project management.

Affiliated Consultants

We have built a trusted team of affiliated consultants with a diverse range of training and expertise.  These subject matter experts stand ready to support your project goals and include, among others:

  • Policy support at the local, state, regional, and federal levels
  • Dynamic positioning, drilling operations expertise
  • Port security
  • Tugs and towing
  • Cable and pipeline conflicts
  • Engineering