Mr. Steven Saint Amour

Mr. Saint Amour has been involved in the subsea industry for over twenty-eight years and is recognized as an authority in the field of aviation and marine casualty investigations. He is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and routinely writes articles and conducts seminars on behalf of these and other professional organizations.

In 2009 Mr. Saint Amour and his wife, Joan Saint Amour, co-founded Eclipse Group Inc. (EGI).  EGI is a marine operations service provider based in Annapolis, Maryland and provides turnkey subsea technical solutions to both commercial and government customers worldwide. EGI holds several multi-year contracts and subcontracts with the U.S. Navy, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and several international commercial companies based both in the U.S. and abroad.

In 1999 Mr. Saint Amour accepted the position of Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Operations and Sales Manager at Phoenix International, Inc., an underwater services company based in Crystal City, VA.

Mr. Saint Amour was tasked with the founding of Phoenix International’s deep-water ROV division whose accomplishments were instrumental in Phoenix’s award of the U.S. Navy’s Worldwide Search and Recovery contract in 2001.

While at Phoenix, Mr. Saint Amour initiated, and managed the design, engineering, build and operation of nine ROV systems including Phoenix’s Remora, Medusa and XBot ROV systems. Routine operations included search and recovery, telecommunications, oil and gas, science and film projects.

Each vehicle was built to operate in 6,000 meters water depth and have attained an impressive track record of high profile operations. Highlights of operations performed by these and other ROV systems operated by EGI management over the last fifteen years, include:

  • 2013 – Recovery of an Israeli AF F-16I (EGI)
    Depth 400 meters
  • 2012 – Search and Recovery of a Turkish AF F-4
    Depth 1,350 meters
  • 2011 – Search and Recovery of Air France Airbus 330 Flight 447
    Depth 3,900 meters
  • 2010 – Search and Recovery of 17th Century wreck
    Depth 5,400 meters
  • 2011 – Inspection of the RMS TITANIC
    Depth 3,700 meters
  • 2010 – Search and Inspection of the AHS CENTUAR
    Depth 1,200 meters
  • 2010 – Search and Recovery of a USN E2-C Hawkeye
    Depth 3,500 meters
  • 2007 – Search and Recovery of Adam Air Flight 547 Boeing 737
    Depth 1,400 meters
  • 2009 – Search and Recovery of Yemeni Flight 626 Airbus 310
    Depth 1,200 meters
  • 2005 – Search and Recovery of Tuninter Flight 1153 ATR – 72
    Depth 1,450 meters
  • 2005 – Artifact Collection, RMS Titanic
    Depth 3,700 meters
  • 2004 – Search for JAMSTECH H-2 Rocket engine
    Depth 5,900 meters
  • 2003 – Search and Recovery of a USN F-14 Tomcat
    Depth 3,200 meters
  • 2003 – Search and Recovery of a USN SH-60 Helicopter
    Depth 2,900 meters
  • 2001 – Inspection of the RMS TITANIC
    Depth 3,700 meters
  • 2000 - Recovery of the INS DAKAR’s forward sail section
    Depth 3,000 meters
  • 2000 – Search and Recovery of a Israeli AF F-16
    Depth 1,400 meters
  • 2000 – Search and Recovery for JAMS TECH-2 Rocket engine  
    Depth 3,400 meters
  • 1999 – Discovery of the Israeli Submarine INS DAKAR
    Depth 3,000 meters

Mr. Saint Amour’s operations group at Phoenix was contracted to develop innovative ROV systems for unique applications including feature film projects. The Medusa and XBot ROVs have been seen in several IMAX documentaries and television specials. Examples include:

  • “Ghosts of the Abyss” produced by IMAX and directed by James Cameron.
  • “Last Mysteries of the Titanic” produced by Discovery Channel and directed by James Cameron.
  • “Search for the USS Indianapolis” produced by Discovery Channel.
  • “USS Monitor” produced by the History Channel.

Over an eight-year period, Mr. Saint Amour was a voting shareholder and served on the Board of Directors at Phoenix International Inc. In 2007 Mr. Saint Amour sold his ownership interest to Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).

Mr. Saint Amour has worked in virtually every aspect of the subsea industry as a commercial diver, ROV technician, pilot and project manager for various major diving and ROV service providers including Taylor Diving, Subsea, Inc. Sonsub, Inc. Eastport International, Inc. and Oceaneering Technologies, a division of Oceaneering International, Inc.