Patrick Flood keeps the
coast – and water – clear

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Patrick has found the best place to ground himself is on the water.

“There is something special and peaceful about being at sea… the water, the wildlife, the wind, the unique smell,” says Patrick, our Marine Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality Director. “It is a feeling that becomes part of your life. It feels good to get away and be in the middle of nowhere and middle of nothing. It is like the way I have heard other people describe being in the woods – it connects you with nature.”

NFE employee and family

It's no surprise, then, that he has built his illustrious career at sea.

While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 1989 to 2014, he inspected everything from LNG tankers to offshore drilling rigs to passenger vessels and cleaned up all kinds of oil spills and chemical spills. He was stationed in many locations in the U.S., and he also served in Europe for three years.

“Being in the USCG prepared me for my career by teaching me how to ensure vessels of all types were complying with environmental and safety regulations,” says Patrick, who comes from a family with a long history of military service.

“My wife is also retired from the USCG,” he adds. “We both have parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins who have served. I would highly recommend it to a young person interested in a maritime career because of the relationships you make. I’m still in communication with several of the young people I mentored in the USCG, and it is very rewarding.”

NFE employee standing by a ship

Now that he’s at New Fortress Energy, Patrick ensures vessels follow safety and environmental guidelines and regulations to keep his beloved ocean clean and welcoming.

“There are thousands of ships in the ocean every day,” he explains. “Without compliance by maritime industry, the ocean would be filled with pollution and garbage. Everything should be disposed of on land, not in the ocean,” and Patrick help’s NFE vessels do just that.  

New Fortress Energy is his second stop after leaving the military. He appreciates the shift from the many-faceted work of the USCG and his former large company to start something from scratch and focus on one product, LNG.

“We get to create our own procedures and processes, which is exciting,” he says about the maritime industry. “Most of all, I like how we change the way people look at energy.”

NFE employees standing together

Patrick is also motivated by the opportunity to drive safety and security, for people and for the planet.

“I’m there to protect people and the environment,” he says. “We make sure our teams take care of the environment and each other and make it home safely. I look forward to coming in to work. This is the adventure of something new every day. We travel to new countries, and we make positive changes, and this is what fuels you. We are doing good and trying to make the world a better place. That makes work fun.”

We’re grateful to have Patrick and his positive energy on board!