Borinken is the indigenous name of the island of
Puerto Rico given it by the Arawak Indians.
RUBEN E. IGLESIAS
graduating from high school in 1996, he attended
the University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus).
After a year in Mayagüez he moved to New York to
attend SUNY Maritime College. At SUNY, he
completed his studies in Marine Operations. In May
2001 Ruben received his Bachelor’s Degree in
Science and a Third Mate’s License to work on
board sea going ships.
worked during his summer vacations for 4
consecutive years with Puerto Rico Towing &
Barge Co. in Puerto Rico, to acquire experience
and earn his keep. This opportunity has been
invaluable to his overall education and has given
Ruben the depth that only a seaman that can
experience work with both tugboats and ocean going
ships can attain.
age 23, when he graduated from Suny Maritime
College in New York, Ruben had already visited
countries and navigated thru oceans & seas
that many people that have worked in the maritime
Industry for a lot of years, have never seen, or
even “dream of” seeing. In June 2003 after
accumulating 3 years of sea time, Ruben joined
Capt. Iglesias & Associates Inc. (CI&A).
has been instrumental in the development of
CI&A services and he was a key factor in the
negotiation of CI&A’s main contracts.
continues to work in ocean going ships 3 or 4
months every year and is a Partner & Director
of Capt. Iglesias & Associates Inc. He
presently holds a valid 2nd Mate
Unlimited License and a 1,600 Master’s License
issued by the US Coast Guard.
CARLOS X. ACOSTA
Carlos Xavier is a true
seaman. When he is on time off from his regular
work in ships or tugs, he is fishing, surfing or
just enjoying a day at the beach. His love for
ships and the sea is a driving force that has
given meaning and direction to his life ever since
he was born.
Xavier graduated from Sunny Maritime College
(SUNY) in New York in May
2002. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and
a Second Mate’s License to work on board sea
Since he graduated in 2002,
Carlos Xavier has been working in vessels for the
Master Mates & Pilots Union, the Military Sea
Lift Command, J Ray McDermott, Horizon, Puerto
Rico Tug & Barge Inc., and many others. Carlos
Xavier is presently working as tug Captain for
Harbor Fuels, Puerto Rico.
RAUL E. IGLESIAS
holds a valid 1600 GRT Masters License upon
oceans. He commenced his career in 1965 as an
ordinary seaman with the Porto Rico Lighterage
Co. In 1970 he got his first license and started
working as mate and relief captain in ocean
voyages between the US Gulf and Puerto Rico. In
1972, Capt. Iglesias was appointed to a
permanent master’s position.
1976 Crowley Maritime Corp. acquired the assets of
the Porto Rico Lighterage Co. and he was offered a
Port Captain’s position. Crowley Maritime
Corporation was the largest tug & Barge
Company in the USA. Very soon after that several
new 9,000 HP ocean tugs and 730 foot container
barges (the largest in the world at that time)
where operating out of the Port of San Juan,
Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican operation would
become one of Crowley’s most important business
units at a worldwide level.
1976 and 1999 Capt. Iglesias worked for Crowley
Maritime Corporation in several operations
positions of increasing responsibilities,
including: Operations Manager in Jacksonville and
Puerto Rico. General Manager and Vice President of
CMS, Caribbean Services in Puerto Rico.
his 40 year career in the tug & barge
industry, 23 of them with Crowley Maritime
Corporation, Captain Iglesias has been involved
with all aspects of towing: Ship
Docking, Oil Barge Towing, General Towing, Rescue
Tows, Salvage, Pushing and Inland Towing.
responsibilities during the last 15 years with
Crowley included the following:
Transportation Contract Negotiations
Strategy for Puerto Rico & the Caribbean
Iglesias served 2 years as Vice President /
President of the Pilot Advisory Board of the
Puerto Rico Ports Authority and 4 years as an
active member of the Towing Safety Advisory
Committee (TSAC) of the US Department of
1999 Capt. Iglesias separated from Crowley to
pursue a long time desire to become an independent
marine consultant and broker.
the last seven years Capt. Iglesias &
Associates Inc. has performed jobs for Bacardi
Corp., Hovensa Ltd., Hess Oil Co., Grupo Carmelo
Inc., Seacoast Towing Inc., Global Offshore
International Ltd., the PR Harbor Pilot
Commission, American Tugs Inc., Titan Maritime
Ltd., Alexakos & Simpson, Resolve Marine Group
and many other well known companies.