CAPTAIN TIM LEVENSALER
The President of Sophlex Marine Management and Oceanic Resort Condos of America (ORCA), Captain Timothy Levensaler, graduated from the prestigious Maine Maritime Academy in 1983 fourth in his class with “High Honors”, thus beginning a nearly 40-year maritime career.
Capt. Tim currently holds the highest master’s rating in the world. He’s certified to captain any size ship in any ocean… and he actually has.
In his early days, Tim worked a variety of maritime jobs from owning a lobster boat in Maine, a tramp steamer captain, an ocean-going tug delivering NASA shuttle booster rockets, as well as shipyard supervisor. He also completed up to 20 submarine acoustic trials a year.
In the early ‘90s Tim was second officer of a bulk cargo ship as well as Chief Mate of a 40,000-ton tanker, deploying to the Gulf War delivering fuel and supplies.
He moved on to become Chief Mate of the oceangoing tug and salvage ship USNS Mohawk working the North Sea and Mediterranean and then, in 1998, became the Captain of the 1,200 passenger casino ship, New Yorker in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Captain Tim created Sophlex Enterprises, Inc. in the late ‘90s upon landing a supervisory contract with President Casino Lines, Inc. to provide crewing, maintenance, piloting, and operations of their casino vessel New Yorker. He owned and ran a 7,500 sq’ full ship repair, welding, machine and fabrications shop to service the contract.
In 2000, Tim expanded Sophlex Enterprises and created Sophlex Marine Management which moved the company into the foreign flag cruise ship and casino ship market.
Tim and Sophlex Marine Management conduct administrative and maritime operations for Victory Casino Cruises in Port Canaveral.
Currently, Sophlex Marine Management has partnered with a condo cruise ship developer to establish Oceanic Resort Condos of America. This project is creating a privately-owned luxury superyacht to be home ported in South Florida. The ship, Caribe Explorer, will be owned by 32 partners and cruise the islands one 4-day weekend a month and then take an annual 30-day cruise to destinations like Costa Rica and Panama. Owners may retire and live aboard full time or simply take advantage of the cruising.
Simultaneously, Tim was contracted to operate as the General Manager and Maritime Technical Services expert for Disney Cruise Lines working with the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder also at Port Canaveral.