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Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.   Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the Interior and the Bureau. Most recently, he served as the Chief of the Division of Environmental Assessment overseeing BOEM’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws focusing on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. He is a graduate of the Departmental Manager Development Program and has earned two Master’s degrees, one in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and the other in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland.  

AWEA Chicago Conference & Expo Kicks Off

New  American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership takes helm with EDPR’s Gabriel Alonso chairing the board. Tom Kiernan to speak as incoming CEO. Generating a sense of electricity like the thousands of wind turbines in the region, the WINDPOWER 2013 Conference & Exhibition (May 5-8, 2013) officially came online in Chicago, a hub for the American wind energy industry. New leadership for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is first being inducted

Seabulk International: The Metamorphosis Continues

Over four decades ago, Hans J. Hvide and three partners formed Port Everglades Towing Company, the predecessor company of Hvide Marine, started with two harbor tugs. Under Hvide’s leadership, Port Everglades Towing expanded rapidly, eventually forming the three major business segments—Offshore Energy Support, Offshore & Harbor Towing, and Marine Transportation—of Hvide Marine Incorporated (HMI). Today, the company has grown into a worldwide enterprise

Boatbuilders Assoc. Names New Director, Relocates to Florida

Gordon Connell: Photo credit ABBRA

American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) appoints executive director, relocates to Fort Lauderdale  American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) names new Association Management Company and Executive Director to lead the national group that represents the business interests of the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism.

Somerville Announces Retirement from ABS

Leadership transition plan to maintain continuity of strategy and operations Robert D. Somerville, long serving Chairman of leading classification society ABS, has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2013. Under a carefully planned, two year long, leadership transition strategy, current President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki has been selected to assume the Chairmanship of ABS subject to final election by the Board of Directors at their next meeting on April

W&O Appoints Duffy Regional Manager

Bill Duffy

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced new leadership in its Northeast region with the promotion of longtime employee Bill Duffy to Northeast regional manager. In this new role, Duffy will serve as W&O’s market leader in the Northeast, working closely with customers, pursuing new business opportunities and actively engaging with industry organizations

New Leadership for INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum

INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum last week elected its new Chairman and governing team. Emmanuel Vordonis of Thenamaris Ships Management will be the next Chairman, succeeding Ceres Hellenic’s Nicholas G. Fistes who held the position for three years, and is the Hellenic Forum’s third Chairman. Nick Fistes will remain as a Vice Chairman alongside Costis Kertsikoff of Eletson Corporation and Spyros Polemis of Seacrest Shipping.

PVA Elects New Leadership

Members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) have elected Richard “Dick” Purinton as 2001 president. Also elected were Fredrick “Fred” Hall as vice president and Gary Frommelt as secretary-treasurer. Prior to becoming president, Purinton served as PVA vice president and secretary-treasurer. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he became president of the Great Lakes Ferry Boat Association

NOL Reports $461M Net Profit in 2010

NOL Group today reported net profit of US$461 million for 2010, representing a US$1.2 billion turnaround from its US$741 million loss in 2009.  The container shipping and logistics company said that group revenue reached an all-time high of US$9.4 billion, up 45% from last year.    NOL’s fourth quarter net earnings were US$177 million.  That compared to a US$211 million loss in the same period a year ago.  

Port Authority Introduces New Management Team


Executive Director Len Waterworth has  implemented a reorganization of the management structure of the Port of Houston Authority designed to enhance efficiencies, drive higher profitability and ensure greater accountability, consistent with the Port Authority's vision and mission.   The reorganization shifts to a structure that is based on collaborative teams with specific operations. Waterworth, who was appointed to his post in April

Genco Shipping Chairman Resigns

Image: Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that Peter C. Georgiopoulos has resigned from his role as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Arthur L. Regan has been elected as Interim Executive Chairman.   Georgiopoulos said

Brunswick Wins $72 Mln Order from US Southern Command

Photo: BCGP

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has been awarded a multi-year, multi-unit contract valued at $72 million.   The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for both 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice boats and will include spare

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher

Digital Marine Solutions Names Østergaard Executive Chairman

Paul Østergaard (Photo: DMS)

Digital Marine Solutions AS (DMS), the parent company of C-Map, has appointed Paul Østergaard as executive chairman. Together with the DMS board of directors and the C-Map leadership team, Østergaard will develop and implement the company’s strategic plan and lead the company

Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions

Left to Right: Chris Desmond (LR), Dean Shoultz (MCFO), Rafael Riva (LR), Michael Klein-Urena (LR) and David Hanowski (MCFO)

Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance.   Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately

CMA CGM sees Opportunity in Hanjin collapse

A CMA CGM Containership (credit: Marad)

CMA CGM will look at opportunities in container shipping triggered by the collapse of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the French group's vice chairman said on Tuesday. Hanjin, the world's seventh largest container line, filed for receivership last month

ABS' New Subchapter M Guide

[Press Release] ABS announced the publication of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subchapter M Towing Vessels. The Guide is designed to aid domestic owners comply with new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements governing towing vessels that operate in U.S. inland waterways.

Port of New Orleans Board Elects Kearney as Chairman

Michael W. Kearney (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has elected Mr. Michael W. Kearney chairman. Mr. Kearney represents Orleans Parish and joined the Board in December of 2012 when he was appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal.   He succeeds Mr. William T

Libyan Oil Port Takeover Gives Edge to Eastern Commander

Less than a fortnight after forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar swept into four of Libya's oil ports, tankers are loading, production has jumped, and momentum has shifted firmly in the divisive former general's favour.   For Haftar's opponents, and for Western powers

Inland Marine Service Appoints New Leadership

Kristina Luna (Photo: IMS)

Four corporate professionals have recently joined Inland Marine Service (IMS), announced Dave Hammond, President of Inland Marine Service.   The new hires are Kristina Luna, HR Manager; Moses Garza, Tankerman Supervisor; Caleb King, Manager SHEQ/Compliance Director; and Brian Howell

MPA Academy Trains Over 110 Global Maritime Leaders

Participants from various regions at the 6th Maritime Public Leaders Programme (MPLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) training arm, the MPA Academy (MPAA) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), jointly organised the 6th MPLP from 3 to 7 October 2016, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) under the Singapore Cooperation

ABB, Microsoft Partner to Drive Digital Industrial Transformation

ABB and Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic partnership to help industrial customers create new value with digital solutions. The offering is a unique combination of the Microsoft Azure intelligent cloud and ABB’s domain knowledge and extensive portfolio of industrial solutions. 

OSK-ShipTech Appoints New CEO

Jacob H. Thygesen (Photo: OSK-ShipTech A/S)

Jacob H. Thygesen has been named the new CEO of Danish naval architecture firm OSK-ShipTech A/S, effective November 1, 2016.    Thygesen comes to the role with a background as Sales Director of Wärtsilä Ship Design, and prior to that he was Managing Director of

ARCOS Brings Technology Approach to Shipbuilding

ARCOS Innovations Inc. is a new joint venture founded by members of SSI leadership and a senior SSI reseller with expertise in the implementation and development of enterprise systems for shipbuilding and offshore.   The mission of ARCOS is to help customers solve key business challenges

New Orleans Port Signs Mou With Cuba

Manuel Fernandez Perez Guerra, Director General of the National Port Administration of Cuba, and Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer, sign a memorandum of understanding in Havana Oct. 4. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (standing directly behind Christian) and Michael Kearney, Chairman of the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (standing front right), were among the 50-member Louisiana trade delegation that visited Cuba Oct. 3-7. Photo NOLA

Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in signing a memorandum of understanding with Cuba on Oct. 4 pledging to expand trade and commerce opportunities between Louisiana and the Caribbean nation

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