Title: Senior Port Engineer for Vessel Preservation
Company: Washington State Ferries
Location: Bonney Lake, Washington, United States
Brian D. Kopka, Senior Port Engineer for Vessel Preservation at Washington State Ferries, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in shipboard marine engineering.
With many years of experience to his credit, Mr. Kopka has excelled as a senior port engineer for vessel preservation with Washington State Ferries since 2019. In this position, he is responsible for managing the long-term life preservation for more than 20 passenger ferries, including long-term ship work planning for projects focusing on extending the life of the vessel and regulatory compliance. Moreover, Mr. Kopka contributes to new vessel construction, the conversion to Hybrid Electric Design for existing vessels, coordinating capital preservation projects, reviewing projects and budgets in the preservation department and supervising and supporting the personnel within the vessel preservation program.
Prior to this position, Mr. Kopka served as a port engineer with TOTE Inc. from 2016 to 2019. He previously served as a port engineer with Lindblad Expeditions from 2014 to 2016 and APL Maritime, Ltd. from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Kopka began his career as a port engineer for Horizon Lines between 2005 and 2012.
Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Kopka pursued an education at the State University of New York Maritime College, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering in 2003. Outside of his primary responsibilities, he has been affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Free and Accepted Masons and the Society of Marine Port Engineers. He was formerly associated with both the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Instrument Society of America. Furthermore, Mr. Kopka was recognized as an Eagle Scout for his exceptional endeavors during his membership with the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Kopka has attributed his success to his desire to do the right thing and learn more. Among the many highlights of his career, he is incredibly proud of the purchase and conversion of a Chilean cruise ship for use in the Galapagos Islands. He also fondly recalls beginning the conversion of coast ships from diesel fuel to liquified natural gas for sustainability purposes. In the coming years, Mr. Kopka hopes to continue in his career, adopting more responsibilities and eventually earn a Master of Business Administration.
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