Harbor Offshore, Inc. (HOI) is a leading diving company founded in 1997, led by a team with extensive experience in marine construction/management and diving. Through its commitment to excellent customer support and satisfaction, competitive pricing, reliability, dependable delivery, professionalism in all relationships, cost-effectiveness, security and safety, Harbor Offshore is uniquely positioned to successfully execute coastal and offshore marine projects.


A Team You Can Trust

  • Diving and Marine Construction
  • Maritime Security Barrier Systems
  • Underwater Cable Installation and Repairs
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Ventura, CA 

Jeff has extensive experience in the marine construction and diving industry. He has worked on many high profile civil and federal projects. Typical clients are the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation and major US construction companies. Project locations have varied from the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii to Europe and South America.

Dave Hutchinson

CFO / Contract Administration
Ventura, CA

Dave is Harbor Offshore Barriers’ contracts administrator who ensures that all contracts are handled promptly and professionally from project start through final delivery. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University, California and has over 20 years of executive level experience in the construction industry.

Cliff Center

Construction Supervisor / Estimating; Barriers / Cable
Poulsbo, WA 

Cliff has 40 years of experience in civil and marine construction including as a manager and supervisor of Harbor Offshore Barriers’ projects for the past 11 years. He is a certified dynamic positioning (DP) vessel systems operator, a commercial diver and an offshore crane operator. He holds a 200-Ton Master’s License.

Chris Gillmore

Senior Barrier Technician
Poulsbo, WA 

Chris is responsible for marine security barrier installations and maintenance. A highly experienced rigger, he was the senior barrier technician for installations in Bangor, Washington; San Diego, California; Sasebo, Japan; Rota, Spain; and Brest, France. He continues to carry out maintenance and inspection responsibilities for US Navy barrier systems in their Northwest and Southwest US regions. Since 2004, when he joined Harbor Offshore Barriers, Chris has logged more than 14,000 man-hours of barrier work and prepared thousands of maintenance reports relating to security barrier systems worldwide. His expertise includes barrier systems fabrication and large-project quality control procedures development and application.

Lester Garrett

Subsea Cable Installation Supervisor
Poulsbo, WA

Lester has over 36 years of experience in marine and civil construction industries. He has been involved on projects worldwide in North, Central and South America, Southeast & South Asia, Middle East and Europe. Lester’s industry experience ranges from subsea cables power and fiber, commercial fishing, subsea survey, oil & gas, shipyard operations, nearshore civil and commercial building construction. Over the years, Lester has gained expertise in site inspections, cost estimating, contract negotiations, logistics, safety management, scheduling, vendor, subcontractor and customer relations.

Lauren Collins

Operations Manager; Diving and Marine Construction
Benicia, CA 

Lauren Collins has over 11 years in the commercial diving and marine construction industries. Her career began in 2008 working as the port engineer/project supervisor for the marine transportation company contracted to supply crew and tugboat services in support of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB) Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) Span project. During the SAS project, Lauren began transitioning into commercial diving operations where her focus remains today.

Merril Collins

Diving Superintendent
Benicia, CA 

Mr. Merril Collins has 18 years of experience in the marine/underwater construction and commercial diving industry.  His experience is varied and includes project management, supervising, diving in or on hydroelectric facilities, industrial plants, dams, piers, bridges, shipwrecks, quay walls, large vessels, and potable water facilities.  All responsibilities include overall project safety, production, and interaction with clients, troubleshooting, and keeping workforce on task.  In the role of project manager and supervisor he has interfaced with different government and municipal agencies such as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, and many other private companies and municipalities.

Talia Wunder

Accounting / Navy Project Support
Ventura, CA

Talia has over 20 years of accounting and project support experience, primarily for small manufacturing and construction businesses.  She loves the can-do environment of small businesses and developing the close relationships needed between vendors, subcontractors and the company to effectively manage projects.

Patricia Acosta

Accounting and Administrative Functions
Ventura, CA

Patricia has over 8 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with Harbor Offshore, Inc. for over 8 years. Patricia works out of the headquarters in Ventura, CA and oversees the contract, payroll, accounting and administrative functions of the company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and has over 20 years of accounting experience .