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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

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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


BRP Names Pierini as Marketing Director

Olivier Pierini  (Photo: BRP)

BRP has appointed Olivier Pierini to fill the position of director of global marketing and strategic planning for the Marine Propulsion Systems Division (MPS).   In this new role, Pierini is responsible for leading the MPS team to deliver its marketing strategy that includes reinvigorating


Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer.  


Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship.   Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills


Andrew Garrad Awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Photo: DNV GL

 Dr Andrew Garrad, who retired from DNV GL on 23 December 2016, has been awarded a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The CBE rewards contributions to the arts and sciences as well as work with charitable


Tinto Appointed V.P., Vancouver Shipyards

Tony Tinto  Courtesy Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has appointed Tony Tinto to Vice President, Planning & Estimating. Tony joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in 2006 as a Project Manager, before moving over to affiliate company Vancouver Drydock in 2007 in a similar capacity


Albert Takes the Helm at VT Halter

Paul J. Albert (Photo: VT Halter)

Paul J. Albert has been appointed as the President and CEO for VT Halter Marine, effective immediately. “Paul's proven leadership and operational skills in managing complex shipbuilding projects makes him the right choice to lead VT Halter Marine


Conrad’s Kinkle Retires after 51 Years

Johnny Kinkle (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard’s Johnny Kinkle has retired in December after 51-years in shipbuilding.   Kinkle went to work for Conrad on December 2, 1969, and for five decades his reply to any request was, “No problem, babe. Whatever the customer wants.”  


Power Presented with Alexander Hamilton Award

Photo courtesy of National Coast Guard Association

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. presented the 2016 Alexander Hamilton Award to Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc., J. David Power III, who served as an officer aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND during the mid-1950s.


Power Products Acquires Lenco Marine

Power Products, LLC has acquired Lenco Marine, a designer and manufacturer of trim tabs, actuators, hatch lifts, accessories and the AutoGlide automatic trim tab control system.    Lenco Marine will continue to operate in Stuart, Fla


Executive Changes at Caterpillar

Tom Pellette is appointed Caterpillar Inc.s group president of Energy & Transportation. Photo Caterpillar

Following the previous announcement that Jim Umpleby will become Caterpillar’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017, Caterpillar Inc. announced today additional changes in its executive ranks. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed current Construction Industries


Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

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Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of


Qatargas starts operations at Laffan Refinery 2

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatargas, the world's largest LNG producer, announced the commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2, marking a major milestone in the expansion of refining capacity in the State of Qatar.    The project will refine 146,000 barrels per day of condensate from the North Field


INTTRA Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Marking its 15th Anniversary in 2016, INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, looks back on the success of its innovative platform while embracing its future as the digital leader in logistics - growing rapidly and expanding its offering.  


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






 
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