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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.


Boudreaux Corporate VP for Litigation, Huntington Ingalls

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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


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


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


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


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.


WSC CEO Koch to Retire in 2015

Chris Koch (Photo: WSC)

Chris Koch, current president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, and WSC Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, John Butler, will assume that position on August 1 of next year. Following his retirement as president


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


Abigail Ross Hopper Named BOEM Director

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named Abigail Ross Hopper as the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the development of our nation’s conventional and renewable energy and marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.  


Amin Named VP, CIO at Newport News Shipbuilding

Bharat Amin (HII photo)

Newport News Shipbuilding appoints Bharat Amin to vice president and chief information officer   Bharat Amin has been appointed vice president and chief information officer for the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, the company announced.  


Founder Retires From Stolt-Nielsen BoD

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Stolt-Nielsen Limited has announced that Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, the visionary entrepreneur who founded the company in 1959, will retire from the SNL Board of Directors effective December 15, 2014, thus formally concluding his career at the company, 55 years to the date of its founding


Kemp Succeeds Semple at Wood Group

Alan Semple, chief financial officer of the Wood Group

  Wood Group announced following changes to its senior management team. Alan Semple, chief financial officer (CFO) has advised the board that he intends to retire and step down from his current role and from the board at the company’s annual general meeting in May 2015


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.


AAPA Honors Three for Port Industry Service

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – a trade group representing ports throughout the Western Hemisphere – today at its 103rd Annual Convention and Expo in Houston honored three port industry leaders. Receiving AAPA’s Distinguished Service Award were former


Rowan Appoints Butz CFO

Rowan Companies (NYSE: RDC) appointed Stephen M. Butz as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective December 1, 2014.     Butz joins the company from Hercules Offshore, Inc., where for the past nine years he has served in various corporate development


Senior Chief Receives Bob Feller Award

Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, left, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Carl Thompson, and baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda receive the 2014 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

  A senior chief petty officer assigned to Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) received the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5. Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Carl M


David Smith Appointed CFO of Rolls-Royce

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  Rolls-Royce announced today that David Smith has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. He takes up his new role with immediate effect, replacing Mark Morris who has decided to leave the company after 27 years


National Response Corporation Acquires Emerald Alaska

National Response Corporation (NRC), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company, announced today the completion of the acquisition of Emerald Alaska, LLC from Emerald Services, Inc. NRC is a commercial provider of United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulatory compliance services as


Executive Appointments at Long Beach Port

Senior staff members Hacegaba, Gamette named to Port posts

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently filled key Harbor Department executive posts with staff veterans as the Department continues to undergo a reorganization initiated by Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Dr. Noel Hacegaba


Port of Long Beach Announces Executive Appointments

Dr. Noel Hacegaba (left) and Sean Gamette, P.E.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently filled key Harbor Department executive posts with staff veterans as the Department continues to undergo a reorganization initiated by Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Dr. Noel Hacegaba, who has been serving as the Acting Deputy Executive


Odyssey Marine Implements Management Changes

Mark D. Gordon

President Mark D. Gordon appointed CEO, Greg Stemm becomes chairman as the company prepares for several monetization events and shipwreck projects Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., an in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has implemented its planned management transitions that were announced






 
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