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NMRA Officers Elected

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The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) has elected its 2011-2012 officers and board members.  One new officer and three new board members are joining the association's leadership group.   Chris Kelly of Waters & David Co., New Orleans, Louisiana, is now president.  Kathy Munzinger of Munzinger & Co., Springfield, Missouri, has been elected vice president and Ken Smaga of ComMar Sales LLC, Land O' Lakes, Florida, is now treasurer.  Brandon Flack of Atlantic Marketing Co., Stonington, Connecticut, joins the officers as NMRA's new secretary.  Rick Silverlake of Silverlake West Co., Huntington Beach, California, finishes his current term as the association's president and steps into the past president position.   Three new NMRA board members were elected to serve a three-year term.  They are Randy Dykstra of Great Lakes Marine Marketing, Port Clinton, Ohio; Rob Gueterman of GSW and Associates, Tampa, Florida and Paul Perry with JB Dunn Co., Fort Pierce, Florida. They join existing board members Doug Peterson of The Gartner Group, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Chris Martorana of Macaroni Marketing, Watsonville, California and Jay Sanders of West Coast Sales, Vista, California.  Those whose NMRA board term has now finished include Tom LaSanta of Anchor Sales & Marketing, Bayou Vista, Texas; Ivan Cross of Merifield Co., Camano Island, Washington and W.M. (Pat) Black of W.M. Black & Co


Hall Elected President of PVA

Fred Hall was elected PVA 2002 President on Tuesday, February 19 during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2002 in Biloxi, Miss. Hall is Vice President and General Manager of the Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, Port Jefferson, N.Y., a provider of ferry service across the Long Island Sound. This ferry service has been in business since 1883 and now operates three 100-vehicle/1000-passenger vessels


Pacific Fisherman Shipyard Elects Myrseth as President

The board of directors of Pacific Fishermen, Inc. has elected new officers, including: Robert Myrseth as president, Warren Aakervik, Jr. as vice president, Ann Salvesen as secretary/treasurer and Doug Dixon as general manager. The election of officers followed the election at the Annual Shareholders Meeting of the following three new members of the board of directors for three-year terms: Gunnar Ildhuso, Sr., Crab and trawl fishing pioneer and owner of the F/V Margun and F/V Gunmar; Jack


CNPC and Repsol Discuss Deal

According to Reuters, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), the country's largest oil company, has offered to pay between $13.2 billion and $14.5 billion for a 75 percent stake in Spanish oil major Repsol's Argentine unit YPF, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Executives from CNPC, the parent firm of Asian oil and gas producer PetroChina, has begun talks with Repsol over the offer, and the initial reaction from Repsol's board members has been receptive


Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F. Toomy, one of two Jefferson Parish representatives on the regional Board that governs Port operations in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. A native of Galliano, La


Petrobras to Appoint Director

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Petrobras’ Board of Directors approved at a meeting today (25 Nov.) the appointment of a director of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, charged with ensuring process compliance and risk mitigation, including the risk of fraud and corruption, and therefore guaranteeing compliance with laws, norms, standards and regulations, including the rules of the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM - Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission) and U.S


GL: New shareholder Structure to Safeguard Independence

At a shareholders' meeting, Germanischer Lloyd's Executive Board announced the successful defense against the hostile takeover bid by a French competitor. The binding purchase offer by the Hamburg entrepreneur Günter Herz, with secure long-term perspectives for the Society, met with the approval of shareholders who were willing to sell. More than 40% of the shares changed hands. The Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd has already approved the transfer of these registered shares.


Canaveral Port Authority Commission Elects Officers

Rodney Ketcham, the owner of a Cocoa Beach commercial real estate firm, was elected chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority during the board's first meeting of 2002. Other officers elected were: Raymond Sharkey as vice chairman, a retired aerospace manager serving his second term representing District 1; Donald Molitor as secretary/treasurer, the retired telecommunications business owner represents District 3 and also is serving his second term.


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the organization and helps to provide resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to support the service of men and women in the United States Coast Guard


Kvidal Named Yara Int'l Acting CEO

Torgeir Kvidal is appointed Acting CEO of Yara International

Torgeir Kvidal is appointed Acting CEO effective 7 October 2014, and Jørgen Ole Haslestad has resigned as Yara CEO. "Yara's Board have concluded that Haslestad is not the right person to lead the company going forward, also in light of the on-going talks with CF Industries. Haslestad would not have a role in a potential merged company," says Leif Teksum, Chairman of the Yara Board of Directors. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jørgen for his


Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on U.S. Ports

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The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security held a hearing on U.S. ports today titled "Keeping Goods Moving." The hearing comes during a labor standoff between shipping companies and port workers that shut down 29 West


Philly Tankers Lines Up Charters

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS)


Richmond Ferry Service to Become a Reality

Nina Rannells of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Courtesy SFBT

  At its meeting of March 5, the Board of Directors of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) approved a Cooperative Agreement with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Richmond to provide operating subsidy for proposed Richmond ferry service


Swire Pacific Offshore Acquires 2 Newbuildings

Joint Naming ceremony of Pacific Centurion & Pacific Goldfinch

  Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of two new vessels, Pacific Centurion, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, and Pacific Goldfinch, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) at the dual vessel naming ceremony held on Tuesday


WQIS President Hobbie to Retire

Richard Hobbie III (Photo: WQIS)

WQIS announces senior leadership change as president Richard Hobbie sets retirement Richard Hobbie III will retire from his position as President & CEO of the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) after four decades as underwriter, claims manager and board member.


Atteridge Retires from Furuno USA

Jim Atteridge

After 30 years of service to Furuno USA, Inc., Jim Atteridge is retiring as President and assuming a new role, as Director and Corporate Advisor. Effective December 1, 2014, Brad Reents will assume the role of President and CFO of Furuno USA, Inc


Tallink, Meyer Turku Ink LOI for New LNG Fast Ferry

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The trend toward the procurement of high-spec, environmentally friendly vessels continues with news that AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of an environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations


HII Board of Directors Elects Two VPs

Kellye Walker (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) board of directors has elected Kellye Walker to serve as corporate vice president and general counsel and Charles R. “Chuck” Monroe Jr. to serve as corporate vice president, associate general counsel and secretary


Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. Madsen (Photo: DNV GL)

Henrik O. Madsen appointed chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway   DNV GL president and CEO Henrik O. Madsen was appointed as chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway. The executive board is the Research Council’s highest authority


German Ship Financier Target Asian Private Equity

Germany’s second biggest financier of ships Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB) is tapping Asian investors and private-equity funds to invest in its shipping loans.   According to a report from Bloomberg, Singapore unit of the state-owned lender last year started creating packages of 10


DB Schenker, Maersk Line to Cut CO2 Emissions

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DB Schenker Logistics and Maersk Line have signed a six-year strategic agreement on reducing CO2 emissions from ocean freight. The partnership emphasizes the companies' shared commitment to sustainable growth, says a press release by DB Schenker.


Sjo Resigns from Polarcus Board of Directors

Polarcus Limited announced that Hege Sjo will resign from its board of directors effective February 2, 2015.   Sjo has accepted an appointment as Deputy Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and is therefore unable to continue as a board member at


2nd WISTA India Forum Receives Strong Support

Deepak Shetty, the  Director General of Shipping, the chief guest, alongwith the Office Bearers of WISTA India

  On 23rd January 2015, the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club saw around a hundred dignified members of the shipping fraternity gather for the second WISTA Annual Forum, an event that lived up to the industry’s expectations.  The select crowd included long-term supporters of WISTA India and


China's $40b Maritime Silk Road Shaping Up

Artists perform during a Chinese Dance Drama entitled The Dream of the Maritime Silk Road, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Feb. 4, 2015 (Image: United Nations, Youtube)

China's $40 billion fund to finance its most ambitious global plan - the Silk Roads and Maritime Silk Road is moving forward steadily as its management team has taken shape.  China has appointed top officials to manage the fund. A team headed by Wang Yanzhi


Navy Leaders: Uncertainty Will Drive Innovation

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter, moderates a research, development, test and evaluation corporate board panel session during the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Department of Navy leaders at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington D.C., February 5 called for investment in new ideas and scientific research to keep the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps technologically superior in increasingly uncertain times.  






 
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