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Seigal Appointed VP at Zodiak

Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military and commercial inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), has hired Commander (Ret.) Steve Seigel to lead their military and professional business unit. Seigel’s Naval career includes both enlisted and commissioned service in multiple SEAL and Underwater Demolition Teams, and the US Special Operations Command. Following his operational and command tours, he reported to the USSOCOM acquisition and logistics directorate after completing the Defense Systems Management College. “Commander Seigel was assigned to the program management office responsible for the development, testing, full rate production and delivery of the MK V Special Operations Craft, so we’re excited about the experience and leadership he will bring to our team,” commented J.J. Marie, President and CEO of Zodiac of North America. As the Program Manager, Seigel established the Combatant Craft Program Management Office (CCPMO), which combined the MK V, Naval Special Warfare RIB, and eventually, the SOC-R under one management effort. The CCMPO streamlined various independent levels of effort for each craft by defining commonalities and leveraging program funding. “This is a unique opportunity to join Zodiac. The Homeland Security and Homeland Defense organizations as well as DOD use Zodiac boats to complete critical missions and tasking


Brunswick, Zodiac Drop Suit

A lawsuit filed by Zodiac and its affiliated companies against Brunswick Corporation will be dismissed, according to an agreement reached last week by the two companies. Last summer, Zodiac of North America Inc., Zodiac International and its AVON Inflatables Ltd. Subsidiary filed a lawsuit against Brunswick Corporation that alleged Brunswick's Amanzi 380 Deluxe rigid-hull inflatable boat (RIB) infringed on a Zodiac patent and AVON's trade dress. The suit, filed in the U.S.


ZNA’s J.J. Marie Inducted into French Legion of Honor

J.J. Marie, president and CEO of Zodiac of North America (ZNA), was inducted into he French Legion of Honor, holding the title Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. He was presented with the award in January at a private ceremony in the residence of Francois Bujon de L’Estang, French ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, D.C. The Legion of Honor, which is considered France’s highest honor, was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.


People & Company News

D.F. Young Moves Headquarters International logistics service provider D.F. Young, Inc. has announced the relocation of its headquarters office from New York City to Jersey City, N.J. in the first quarter of 2001. The company is leasing 14,000 sq. ft. at 1 Journal Square in Jersey City, after operating from downtown New York for most of its 97-year history. "When this company was started in 1903, all the shipping companies and banks were located in downtown Manhattan


Zodiac of North America, Marie Retires

Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced that Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Marie, its President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring from the company at the end of February. The company plans for Howard French to lead their Recreational Products division and Steve Seigel to lead their Military Products division. Marie, who will assist with the transition as a consultant, will also remain on the Board of Directors. Marie has been with the Zodiac family of companies for 25 years including serving as


Zodiac Recreational Acquired by OpenGate Capital

Zodiac N-ZO 700: Photo credit Zodiac/Bernard Biancotto

OpenGate Capital, LLC, a private investment and acquisition firm, acquires Zodiac Recreational from Zodiac Marine & Pool. Zodiac Recreational designs, manufactures and distributes inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). Zodiac is a recognized brand in the nautical industry with an extensive range of products including RIBs, recreational tenders, inflatable boats, jet tenders, life rafts, and related boat accessories as well as two other branded lines of products


MOL, Changes to N America Sales Team

MOL (America) Inc.’s Product Management Team has announced changes to its North America Sales Management. Effective immediately, Dennis Sheehan, Vice President Atlantic Services will direct MOL’s sales activities in the US Northeast, Midwest and Southeast regions, while Jim Galligan, Vice President Pacific Services will lead sales activities in the US Western States and Mexico. In their new assignments both gentlemen will report directly to Thomas M


Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

Photo courtesy of OW Bunker

OW Bunker, a reseller and physical supplier of marine fuels, announced the appointment of Georgia Kounalakis to its physical supply operation in North America. Kounalakis joins the region’s senior team to take on responsibility for business development and help to drive further sales growth across North America, in line with the company’s global expansion strategy. Kounalakis joins OW Bunker North America from Aegean Marine Petroleum Inc


Generaly Rate Restoration by CMA CGM

  In a continued effort to provide quality services, CMA CGM group hereby informs of a Rate Restoration Program: Effective February 5th, 2015: From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports to North Europe, Med Sea, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, North Africa, Central American, Caribbean and South America: Dry and Reefer cargo: USD 400 per 20’ USD 600 per 40’ From India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka ports


Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.   Robert Solitro, Head Special Lines North America, said, "Our new team enhances our offering to North American clients by providing primary, following and excess ocean cargo – transit, stock throughput and project cargo."


CMA CGM Launches Direct Asia Service from New Orleans

Photo courtesy Port NOLA

 France-based CMA CGM today announced a new direct weekly container service to Asia from the Port of New Orleans Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. Part of the company’s PEX3 service, the inaugural vessel is scheduled to arrive on January 31 for service by terminal operator Ports


Descartes Acquires Datamyne

Descartes Systems Group, a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired Datamyne, a provider of cloud-based trade data content solutions for customers to analyze import and export trade activity.  


Aucoin Joins Schottel as U.S. GM

Gary Aucoin and his predecessor Nils Moerkeseth. (Image: Schottel)

Gary Aucoin has joined Schottel Inc. in Houma, La., as the new General Manager. Aucoin is a dedicated sales expert taking over leadership of the growing U.S. subsidiary. Most recently, from 2010, he held the role of account manager at Wärtsilä with responsibility for both new business


The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published.   The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both


Genscape Increases US Inland Waterways Coverage

Photo: Genscape

Genscape, a provider of real-time data and intelligence for the global commodity and energy markets, has announced the complete integration of more than 400 terrestrial AIS antennas in North America, providing an unprecedented level of data accuracy and visibility into ship movements in the U


From Across the Big Pond

Stan Tug 3711 - (4x) to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers (Photo: Damen)

With familiar faces, new partnerships and Houston office, Damen widens its North American profile with a flurry of new work orders.   With a flourish and a flurry of new business, Damen’s new U.S.-based office officially opened in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2016


Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships

Valparaíso Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express.   Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic


THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd Enhance Network

Map: Hapag-Lloyd

 THE Alliance and Hapag-Lloyd have announced our new enhanced port coverage in the Mediterranean - North America market.    "Further to THE Alliance port coverage of the AL7 service, we are pleased to inform you that Hapag-Lloyd will continue our well-established cooperation


Bumpy Ride for Car Carriers

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The car carrier sector has been yet another part of the shipping industry to have faced challenging conditions this year, says Clarksons Research.   The focus has largely been on demand side difficulties, with growth in global seaborne car trade appearing to have gone into reverse gear


CMA CGM Adds New MARMARA EXPRESS Line

Map: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM upgrades its offer between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Sea with the new MARMARA EXPRESS line.   "We are pleased to announce the new service offer MARMARA EXPRESS which directly links Turkey, Spain, France, Greece and Italy," says a company statement.


St. Lawrence Seaway Expecting a Strong Finish

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

A strong finish to the St. Lawrence Seaway’s 2016 shipping season is expected as freighters deliver raw materials and exports for North America’s industrial and agricultural sectors before the waterway closes December 31.  


Ships off U.N. Blacklist as China Ends North Korean Crewing

The United Nations Security Council lifted North Korean sanctions on five ships after China secured assurances that the vessels would no longer use North Korean crews, a council diplomat said on Sunday. The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they


Great Ships of 2016: Ethane Crystal

(Photo: SHI)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Ethane Crystal - World’s Largest Ethane Carrier


CMA CGM PAD Service to Add a Direct Call at Brisbane

Map: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has informed that Brisbane, Australia, will be added to the rotation of its PANAMA DIRECT (PAD) service as from m/v HARMONY N voy. 081RPS-082RPN, ETA Brisbane on February 1st, 2017.   This new call will allow PANAMA DIRECT to become the only direct service connecting North


CMA CGM Opts for DP World London Gateway

Ships to stop off in the UK for the first time following improvements to the line’s North Europe to Central America service rotation. Photo: DP World London Gateway Port

 CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service is to begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port following enhancements to the rotation.    It means that this particular service will be calling in the UK for the first time on Friday, January 6.   






 
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