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Ostrom Appointed MARAD Chief Counsel

Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert announced the appointment of Robert B. Ostrom to serve as Chief Counsel for the Maritime Administration. He will provide counsel and advice for handling all legal matters with the agency. "I'm pleased to welcome Bob to MARAD's leadership team," Schubert said. "His broad range of experience will greatly enhance our efforts to provide more effective advocacy for America's vital maritime industries and Marine Transportation System." Ostrom will supervise the activities of MARAD'S Office of Chief Counsel, which includes five divisions focusing on general and international law, maritime assistance programs, ship financing contracts, legislation, and litigation. Additionally, the Office of Chief Counsel drafts proposed maritime legislation, executive orders and reports to Congressional and administrative offices and committees. The chief counsel also assists the Justice Department in litigation involving the agency and, with the authorization of that department, represents MARAD before federal, state and local courts and before administrative agencies of the government. Ostrom has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, having served as a senior and managing partner in Maryland law firms and as the county attorney for Prince George's County, MD. For several years, Ostrom was a member of the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Kvaerner Masa-Yards Elects New Executives

Kvaerner Masa-Yards has announced the following management changes: Jouko Virta, CFO; Martin Landtman, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales; Thomas Foss, chief legal counsel; and Arto Hein, manager of Human Resources and Development - Turku New Shipyard.

Hvide Marine Elects New General Counsel

Hvide Marine has appointed Alan R. Twaits as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for all legal activities of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Twaits replaces Ronald J. Bjelland, who was appointed earlier this year and has since left the company due to health reasons. Prior to joining Hvide, Twaits was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Premier Cruise Lines. He has also held positions with Carnival Corp

Larson Appointed General Counsel of FMC

Chairman Steven R. Blust announced the appointment of Amy W. Larson as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 11, 2004. Mrs. Larson is currently an attorney in the agency's Office of the General Counsel. Mrs. Larson is originally from Milton, Mass., and is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to the Commission, Mrs

Boudreaux Corporate VP for Litigation, Huntington Ingalls


Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HII) announced that Chad N. Boudreaux has joined the company as corporate vice president for litigation, investigations and compliance. He will report to Bruce N. Hawthorne, corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary, and to George M. Simmerman Jr., corporate vice president and deputy general counsel. Boudreaux comes to HII from Baker Botts LLP, where he established the law firm's Global Security and Corporate Risk Counseling practice

Transocean Appoint Lars Sjobring Senior V-P & General Counsel

President/CEO Steven L. Newman: Image courtesy of Transocean

Mr. Sjobring will join the company upon completion of the notice period with his current employer and will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. In the interim, Mr. Allen Katz will continue to serve as the company's Interim Senior Vice President and General Counsel. His qualifications include over 15 years of law practice in international settings, and he received his education in both Europe and the United States. Mr. Sjobring has been serving as the Vice President Legal Affairs

MCA Counsels Against Use of Decca on GPS Displays

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Press Notice counseling fishermen and other mariners against using the Decca format on GPS receivers. Reporting the position of a vessel in Decca coordinates (lanes and positions) is not acceptable and may lead to confusion and possible delay in responding to an emergency. Source: HK Law

New York Firm to Buy Maritrans

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. has a definitive agreement to acquire Maritrans Inc., for $455 million. Terms call for New York-based Overseas Shipholding to acquire Maritrans in an all-cash transaction for $37.50 a share, a 47 percent premium over Maritrans' closing price of $25.50 on Sept. 22. OSG also will assume Maritrans' debt outstanding as of June 30, according to a release from the companies. OSG will finance the deal through a combination of available cash and borrowings under

Foss Unveils New Management Structure

The Foss Maritime Company has created three new management positions aimed at strengthening its safety, compliance and environmental programs. Frank Williamson has been promoted to vice president, safety, quality and general counsel. Formerly Foss’ general counsel, Williamson will take on new responsibilities in health, safety, compliance and quality assurance. He will oversee the team responsible for developing and implementing safety and environmental programs.

Maersk Legal Department Applies Lean Methodologies

IQPC Exchange interviewed the General Counsel of Maersk Line to find out how the legal department  has utilised lean methodologies IQPC Exchange interviewed the General Counsel of Maersk Line, Martin Clausen, to find out how the legal department of the largest container ship operator in the world has utilised lean methodologies, and what impact this is having on productivity. Martin's team has implemented a number of systems and methods and is planning to expand these in the future

Cohen Retires from ExxonMobil, McCarron to Takeover

Ken Cohen Courtesy ExxonMobil

  Ken Cohen, vice president, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron as vice president

CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in todays national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum

Songa Dismisses DSME Claim

Image: Songa Offshore

 Norway's Songa Offshore SE referred Tuesday to its announcement July 15 regarding the receipt of notices of arbitration from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs.    

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

Teekay Veteran Glendinning to Retire

Long-time Teekay leader David Glendinning, president of Teekay Gas Services, will retire December 17, 2015, after more than 28 years at Teekay. Stepping up to replace Glendinning is Mark Kremin, currently vice president in the same division, Teekay Corporation announced today.  

Foss Hires VP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull has joined the company as the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer.   Based in Seattle, Nguyen-Bull will lead Foss's Legal and Risk Management Group, where in addition to providing counsel on legal issues and business

Women in Defence Conference Address Gender Diversity

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM, addresses the audience during a panel discussion at the Women in Defence Conference in Canberra, held on 12 and 13 October 2015.

  The 3rd annual Chief of Defence Force Women in Defence conference in Canberra has reaffirmed Defence's ongoing commitment to improve gender diversity across the organisation.   Themed ‘Our People and Capability’, the two day conference brought together leaders from

Port of Portland Welcomes New Commissioners

Alice Cuprill-Coma

  The Port of Portland Commission today welcomed new commissioners Alice Cuprill-Comas and Gary Young. Both were earlier nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed the Oregon State Senate. Alice Cuprill-Comas Cuprill-Comas of Portland is a transactional lawyer

No kickbacks in Scorpene Submarine Deal, Says Indian Government

Image: Indian Navy

 No kickbacks were paid in connection with the purchase of Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy in 2005 from French company Thales the government has told the Delhi High Court, reports PTI.   Indian government was responding to a PIL

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

Aaron Smith (Photo: OMSA)

Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry.   Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings

CIMIC Appoints Valderas as Dy CEO

Marcelino Fernandez Verdes when he returns to Spain

  CIMIC Group today announced the appointment of Adolfo Valderas as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Mr Valderas is the current CIMIC Group Chief Operating Officer. CIMIC Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “Adolfo has achieved

Seaspan Announces Senior Management Changes

  Seaspan Corporation announced that Sai Chu, Chief Financial Officer, has informed of his resignation and retirement from Seaspan effective November 6, 2015, after more than 10 years' of service with Seaspan and related entities. Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer

ACL Acquires AEP River Operations

Mark Knoy (Photo: American Commercial Lines)

 Marine transportation service company American Commercial Lines (ACL) announced it has acquired commercial inland barge company AEP River Operations from American Electric Power (AEP).   AEP River Operations is based in Chesterfield, Mo., with operations in Paducah, Ky

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