What our customers have to say.

Premier Marine Services is the Best

Any and all Maritime personnel:

I would like to express my extreme gratitude and give high commendation to the most professional guide service that I have EVER had the privilege of dealing with. Mr. Brian Donovan CEO of Premier Marine Services.

Most recently I employed Mr. Donovan’s services while transiting from Detroit Michigan to Ft Lauderdale Florida via the St Lawrence Sea Way in a 112-foot luxury yacht.

Leaving late in the season for a normal calm voyage; it was to our unfortunate dismay to encounter some very rough weather during the journey South. Due to a schedule to arrive in Florida by a certain date, advancement was crucial.

Mr. Donovans broad and extensive knowledge of the area and accommodations’ available for harborage, was THE key factor for us arriving on time and without incident. He worked relentlessly to fulfill any and all request we presented to him and did so in an extremely efficient manner. No matter what time we called him; twice at 2 AM and 3 AM, his response was immediate and successful.

I seriously do not believe there is anyone else in the industry who could have gotten satisfactory results with no notice and during “Grave Yard” hours. Mr. Donovan is capable of getting you accommodations that are not listed or published, and on one occasion he got us in at a placed that was CLOSED due to a union strike. My hat is off to this incredible service!

For ANY transiting vessels, I HIGHLY recommend and endorse Premier Marine Services. With Brian as your guide, I assure you that there is no better service available throughout Canada or the United States.

Captain Brad Moore
Motor Yacht Equation

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I would highly recommend using Capt. Brian at Premier Marine if you are cruising Canada. He always says “standing by” in every communication and its true, He is 24/7. So all in all a great comfort to be using a very knowledgeable agent in unfamiliar waters and a pleasure to receive final invoices with no nasty surprises!

Thanks again Brian, hopefully, we will make it again sometime in the future.

Lady Georgina, cruising Toronto to Halifax, fall 2015
Charlie Haselden

The summer of 2014 we undertook a trip to the US Great Lakes. We engaged the services of Premier Marine Services to assist us beginning with our initial landfall in Halifax Nova Scotia. Capt. Brian and his staff assisted us throughout the summer in navigating the requirements for traveling the St. Lawrence Seaway System, the myriad of Pilotage authorities as well as the various preparations required in advance. Dockage, fuelling, transportation, vessel and or crew needs were all looked after with efficiency and the sense of urgency that is demanded in The Industry. Their attentiveness and immediate response were comforting giving us the feeling that we truly had “A Friend – All along The Way”.

We look forward to working with Premier Marine Services again sometime in the not too distant future and highly recommend them to any vessel of any size visiting Eastern Canada and or travelling to the US Great Lakes.

Justin Dubowitz
Captain M/Y Seaquest

Any prudent mariner cruising the challenging waters off Nova Scotia will find the services of Premier Marine Services invaluable.

They were a great asset in assisting in preparation for my first visit to the area. I believe that the reason the owners returned the next following year was because of my exciting organized tour. Not possible without Capt. Brian Donovan’s input.

We returned our second year in tandem with our racing sail boat for Chester race week. The delivery crew had some issues, without getting into details, Premier Marine once again came to the rescue, literally providing rescue support, replacement delivery crew, just another example of the long range of services they provide. Don’t leave home without them in your cell phone comes to mind!!!

Fair winds,
Captain Timothy Laughridge
Sailing team PUGWASH
P.S S/y PUGWASH went on to win Chester race week, one of the best regattas on our calendar!!!

Just a brief note to thank you for all your help this summer. Your knowledge of the places to go and see as well as the maze of regulations for clearance, pilotage, the Seaway, taking on fuel and ships needs was invaluable.

Thanks again for your professional assistance and I will be sure to utilize your services again next time and pass on the good word to fellow Captains.
Kind regards,
Chris Lewis


MV TRITON used the services of Premier Marine Services during our successful transit of the Northwest Passage in 2014. Beginning in Nome Alaska through to St. John’s Newfoundland. We appreciated Capt. Donovan’s professional help arranging fuel, dockage, pilotage, and customs clearance(s) as well as other services. Good to have very capable shore support along the way.

Highly recommend.

Capt. Paul Johns

To Our Fellow-Seafarers

I would like to let you know that we worked all this summer season upon arriving in Canada after our Atlantic Crossing arriving in Halifax Nova Scotia from Europe. We cruised the Great Lakes – US and Canada – Montreal and Quebec ( on the St. Lawrence River ) and points in between. – This was made much easier with the assistance of Premier Marine Services of Halifax Canada.

Capt. Brian Donovan helped us all the way through, solving many a difficult problem, finding fuel, technical assistance, marina berths, clearing in and out of Canada and the USA, you name it!. All was done swiftly and thoroughly, with a lot of good humor to wrap it up…. On top of this Brian’s fees were very reasonable. We found a very good agent as well as a friend we shall not forget.

Jacques MAEDER, Capt. of 110 ft. MY PAOLYRE

” Premier Marine Services is a fantastically knowledgeable source of information and assistance when cruising the ” Canadian Maritimes “.

Capt. James Southgate
MY PLAYPEN – Regular Client

We have been using the professional services of Premier Marine Services every summer since our inaugural trip to our seasonal homeport in 2008. Premier Marine Services has become an essential part of our “Shore Team” while we are in Nova Scotia and or Eastern Canadian waters. We can rely on them from the smallest to the largest requirement. “In some ways, I feel that Brian knows the boat as well as any crew member.” If you are visiting Eastern Canada, I can highly recommend Capt. Brian and Premier Marine Services to make your trip perfect.

Capt. William Hawes
Destination Fox Harbr’ Too 
“Happy Client since 2008”

Many thanks for all of your help while we were in Halifax In July/August 2013. ” If only all of our Agents were as switched on and as pleasant as you Guys.”

Jolyon Sewell
Chief Engineer
S/Y Fidelis 

Thank you, Premier Marine Services, Brian and Staff – Thank you for all of your assistance while we were in Nova Scotia for the Summer of 2012 – Hope to see you again sometime in the future.

Capt. Hunter Wray
MV Boundless 

Premier Marine Services is a professional, thorough and reliable agent for the region. The perfect point of contact for all cruising yachtsman.

Best Regards,
Capt. Michael Judges
MY Anicca

Yacht owners demand the best, which makes me always look for companies that understand this concept. During our summer 2009 cruise, Brian with Premier Marine Services gave us five-star service consistently. No detail was overlooked, and he was available anytime for any request that we had. I would recommend them for any Captain’s cruising and land-based needs.

Cap. Michael Schueler
M/Y Linda Lou 

I would like to thank you for all the help and support you gave to us this summer during our time in Canadian waters. I have no hesitation in recommending you to any vessels that are planning a trip to your shores.

Thanks and best regards.
Capt. Andy Mercer
MY Calixe 

“Capt. Brian’s service and logistical attention were without the doubt perfect. With a demanding and often unpredictable itinerary cruising the stunning waters of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, we often found ourselves in need of Premier Marine Services. Whether it was to hire a car, a berth or a private plane charter in the Bras d’Or Lakes or simply a copy of the New York Times Brian and his team always came through promptly. The great time we had in Nova Scotia was enhanced by Premier Marine Services.”

Capt. Martin DeBanks
MY Valkyrie 

We engaged the services of Premier Marine Services to plan and execute a 42 day trip to the Maritime Provinces. They provided excellent service both before we arrived and throughout our visit. They were on call for us 24 hours a day. “I relied on them for just about everything during my six weeks in Canadian waters, and I was never disappointed”. I do not hesitate in recommending Premier Marine Services to any other yachts heading their way.

Capt. James Kenyon

I appreciate all the work you did for the yacht Sea Legend during our stopover in Halifax this past summer. The trades that you place on board our yacht were the first rate. I will surely recommend your services to all captain and vessels I know heading to your beautiful part of the world.

Yours on the Ocean
Capt. Liam Devlin M/Y Sea Legend 

I would like to thank Premier Marine Services for the services rendered to us during our brief stopover on our way south from the Great Lakes in late September. In particular, helping us prepare for the heavy weather. I will refer yourself and your company to any yachts that I know heading your way.

Capt. Mark Macioce M/Y UNITY 

Thank you for all of your support during our 68 days with you during the spring and summer. We relied on you completely for all of our needs. The crew fell in love with Halifax. Hope to see you in the future.

With thanks,

Thank you for all of your services provided as our AGENT while in Nova Scotia during the summer of 2008. Your expertise and connections made our stay enjoyable.

Thank you,
Capt. Bill Hawes M/Y Destination Fox Harb’r Too 

Thank you very much for all of the professional services that you were able to provide for us during our stopover in Halifax. The marine trades that you arranged for us were top notch. The crew, in particular, appreciated the extra services that you were able to arrange for them.

See you in the future,
Capt. Yves Damette M/Y KATRION

Thank you for all of the arrangements that you were able to pre-plan and execute for us during our visit to the Maritimes. The day trip to Quebec City was especially enjoyable for all. I and our crew will refer your services to any vessels heading your way.

Many thanks,
Capt. David Hagerman M/Y VANGO 

Thank you for arranging the marine trades for us during our stopover in Halifax at the end of the summer. The services provided by them were truly first rate.

Capt. Bernard Calot M/Y OLGA 

“I and all onboard would like to thank you for your efforts on our behalf while in Nova Scotia. You made our trip better, and we appreciate all you did. Please use me as a reference in the future. Have them contact me directly.”

Best regards.
Capt. Steve Ray

“It has been a pleasure working with you this summer. You have made our two- month visit to Halifax and our cruises about Nova Scotia immeasurably easier and more enjoyable. Your professionalism is only exceeded by your kindness and concern for our well being. You were a large part of our successful summer where all had fun, for corporate guests as well as the crew.”

Kind regards,
Capt. John Wolff

“Thank you for your professional service and guidance during our stay in Nova Scotia. We are departing, wishing we had planned more time in this beautiful area. I am sure you will see us again.”

Capt. Greg Clark

“First let me state that it has been a true pleasure having Premier Marine Services handle all of our needs while cruising the “Canadian Maritimes” these past two weeks. The crew at Premier has continually been there 24/7 for us and supported us throughout our travels. Next time we travel, we will use Premier as our agent for the “Canadian Maritimes”.”

Best regards,
Capt. Steven Walker

“Thanks for all your help this summer. The guests loved the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton. I could have a good life spending summers in Cape Breton Nova Scotia.”

Thanks again,
Capt. Mike Streeter

“I want to thank you for all of your help during our three months in Nova Scotia. Your diligence in tracking down hard to find items and arranging shipping was invaluable. Our time in Nova Scotia was made much more pleasant knowing we could call on you at any time with any company provided friendly, courteous and efficient service.”

Kindest regards,
Captain Ian Craddock
S/Y Destination Fox Harb’r 

“In the summer of 2003, we arrived in Halifax to await our next assignment. As with any large ocean-going yacht we had a long list of items to attend to. Capt. Brian Donovan and his company Premier Marine Services were able to assist us with all of our needs. His knowledge and contacts within the boating community were amazing. Nothing was out of Premier’s reach. “He speaks pretty good French too” I strongly recommend “Premier Marine Services” ”

Captain Jacques Brossert
S.Y Matokaoma – Jongert 90

“August 2003 marked the first trip to Canada for “Rogue” a Trintella 47. We had to leave her in Halifax for a month in preparation to go south. “Rogue” was left in the care of Premier Marine Services under the watchful direction of Capt. Brian. A list of required needs was left with Premier, and their work exceeded our expectations. Capt. Brian had an uncanny intuition of things that should be done before our departure.

Upon departing, I joked with Brian “ I think you know my boat better than I do.” I have no reservation in recommending “Premier Marine Services.”

Richard Italia (owner)
“Rogue” Trintella 47
Montreal Quebec

“September 2003 marked the return to homeport for PALAWAN after an extended visit to Atlantic Canada. We used Premier Marine Services to arrange crew requirements for various legs of the trip to Maine and then down the Eastern Seaboard. Capt. Brian provided excellent crew who handled PALAWAN with great care. “Premier Marine Services” should be your first call before or upon arriving in Halifax Nova Scotia.”

Capt. Eric Naranjo
Southwest Harbour – Maine

We have been using the Professional Services of Premier Marine Services every summer since our inaugural trip to our seasonal homeport in 2008.

Premier Marine Services has become an essential part of our shore team while we are in Nova Scotia and or Canadian Waters.

We can rely on them from the smallest to the largest requirement. “In some ways, I feel that Brian knows the boat as well as any crew member”.

If you are visiting Eastern Canada, I can highly recommend Capt. Brian and Premier Marine Services to make your trip perfect.

Capt. William Hawes
Destination Fox Harbr’ Too 
“Happy Client since 2008”


We met Captain Brian Donovan the day we arrived in Halifax, and instantly he became a helpful friend.  His knowledge of the Canadian Maritimes was invaluable for trip planning as well as sourcing parts, getting repairs done, provisioning and helping with the crew for our delivery back to the States.

I highly recommend his service to anyone cruising the Maritimes.


Capt. Carson Jefferson
M/Y Seahorse (Delta 70)  Summer 

By forging a solid working relationship with Les Savage of Premier Marine Services, I was able to successfully and safely navigate as far north as Hawke Harbour, Labrador, nearly circumnavigate Newfoundland, stopping in St. Pierre et Miquelon as well, taking in Gros Morne National Park, Charlottetown, Fox Harb’r and many stops in Nova Scotia before returning to Fort Lauderdale in late August.

Captain Michael Foster
M/Y DAYS LIKE THIS (Summer 2018)

Captain Les Savage with Premiere Yacht Services was a terrific assistant to our summer cruise in the Canadian Maritimes and I wouldn’t recommend doing it without him. He had a great knowledge of the area, from points of interests to available services and his response to our needs was second to none. From transportation to doctor’s appointments Les did it quickly and always with a smile, any time of day. I can confidently recommend him to any Captain cruising the Maritimes in the future and say that he is an essential part of creating a successful itinerary and experience for your guests.

Captain Scott Ellison
M/Y TIME FOR US (Summer 2018)