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AWO Elects New Chairman, Vice Chairman

The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected Mr. Royce C. Wilken as Chairman and Mr. H. Merritt Lane as Vice Chairman on Friday, April 20 during the AWO Spring Convention in Washington. Mr. Wilken is President of American River Transportation Co. (ARTCO), headquartered in Decatur, IL, and served as vice chairman for the past year. Mr. Lane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Canal Barge Company, Inc., headquartered in New Orleans, LA. Wilken, in his remarks to the AWO Board of Directors following his election as chairman, explained his priorities for the coming year. His first priority will be to implement, as expeditiously as possible, the association’s Transformation and Transition plan, created after staff turnover in late 2006 resulted in an opportunity to reinvent AWO as a more efficient and effective organization. Wilken has spent 30 years with ARTCO’s parent company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), in both professional and senior management capacities in many various industries, and became President of ARTCO in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Roberts Re-Elected NSRP Panel Vice Chair

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Patrick Roberts, Director of Operations for ShipConstructor USA, has been re-elected Vice Chairman of the Business Process Technologies Panel for the United States National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). The upcoming year will be Roberts’ second year in the role of Vice Chairman. The NSRP Business Process Technologies Panel advises the NSRP Executive Control Board on research projects involving technology to improve procedures and practices within the shipbuilding industry


Dawkins Joins Iridium Board of Directors

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced that Peter M. Dawkins, founder and principal of ShiningStar Capital LLC, and Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired), joined its Board of Directors. The appointment brings Iridium’s Board to ten members. Prior to founding his current firm, Gen. Dawkins was vice chairman of Global Wealth Management for Citigroup, vice chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank, and executive vice president and vice chairman of Travelers Insurance during


Waterways Council - Officers & Directors

At the Annual Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Membership Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting held October 29 in St. Louis, the following officers and Executive Committee members were elected to serve or continue service for 2008-2009:  Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, HR & Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company, remains as Chairman of the Board; Cornel Martin, was elected President and CEO; Steve Little, President and CEO, Crounse Corporation


AWO Elects New Chair & Vice Chair

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The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected Timothy J. Casey as Chairman and George Foster as Vice Chairman on Friday, April 3 during the AWO Spring Convention in Washington. Casey is President & CEO of K-Sea Transportation Corp., headquartered in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and served as vice chairman for the past year. Foster is President of JB Marine Service, Inc., headquartered in St


Weinberg To Lead Canaveral Port Authority

From left: Vice Chairman Jerry Allender; Commissioner Bruce Deardoff; Secretary/Treasurer Frank Sullivan; Commissioner John H. Evans; and Chairman Tom Weinberg.

Cocoa Beach resident Tom Weinberg will serve as Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for 2013.   The former Chief of Staff for former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez was elected unanimously to the position during the first meeting of the year for the Board. Also elected were Titusville attorney Jerry Allender as Vice Chairman and Cocoa citrus grower Frank Sullivan as Secretary/Treasurer.  


IACS Meeting Discussed Strategic Matters

The 47th meeting of Council of International Association of Classification Societies, held in London on June 10-12. The meeting, which was chaired by Alan Gavin of LR, was constructive in considering strategic matters for the maritime community. Members have set priority to provide common classification rules for newbuilding scantlings, considering first double side skin bulk carriers and tankers, and then moving to other ship types


Scott Bergeron appointed CEO of LISCR

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Scott Bergeron has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry. Bergeron joined LISCR in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he developed a wide range of experience in the shipping industry, working for shipowner/manager Laurin Maritime, for Det Norske Veritas and for the US Coast Guard, as well as gaining practical seagoing experience on a variety of different types of


Opinante to Chair IMUA

Kevin O’Brien, President & CEO, of the Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA), announced that the Board of Directors, at its recent meeting, has voted Peter Opinante to assume the Chairmanship of the Board.  Mr. Opinante, who served as Deputy Chair, fills the seat vacated by Sophia Philips who recently tendered her resignation for personal reasons. Opinante, who was scheduled to assume the Chairmanship at the IMUA’s upcoming Annual meeting this May in San Diego, CA


Drydocks World Office in Abu Dhabi

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Drydocks World, a ship repair, conversion and new building yard, announced the establishment of its representative office in Abu Dhabi. Hamed Mohammed Bin Lahej, - Drydocks World Executive Vice Chairman and Regional CEO for the Middle East, Asia and Africa, inaugurated the office.  He said, “The UAE capital offers great potential for our line of business. Setting up a representative office in Abu Dhabi will help address the increasing needs of the rapidly developing city and the


World Petroleum Congress to be held in Moscow

  Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich, has confirmed that the 21st World Petroleum Congress will be held in Moscow from 15 – 19 June 2014. The congress will be the largest international event in the global oil and gas industries


Harkand Names Brown to Gulf of Mexico Management Team

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Global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand informs it has made a key appointment by securing Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown has considerable experience of commercial diving in the offshore


New DPO Certification Authority Announced

OSVDPA seeks to start training and certifying DPOs by the end of this year. A new organization, the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA), held its first board meeting Thursday, March 12, charting the course toward a new dynamic positioning operator (DPO)


AdvanFort Begins Internal Restructuring

Private maritime security provider AdvanFort announced that it will commence a restructuring program to implement rigid quality control for its PCASPs, meant to ensure that the company complies fully with all regulations in the maritime security industry.


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


Admiral's Wife Has Initials Set in US Warship's First Steel

Keel-laying ceremony: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., have held a keel laying ceremony for the future 'USS Sioux City' (LCS 11), the Navy's 11th littoral combat ship (LCS).

 Ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


IBIA Urges Bunker Suppliers to Adopt ISO Fuel Specs

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In a bid to improve bunker quality across the marine fuel supply chain, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) informs that it has called on marine fuel suppliers to adopt the ISO 2010 specifications for bunkers. Despite having been introduced four years ago to improve bunker


IBIA Seeks Greater Bunkers Specs Take-up

In a bid to improve bunker quality across the marine fuel supply chain, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on marine fuel suppliers to adopt the ISO 2010 specifications for bunkers. Despite having been introduced four years ago to improve bunker standards


Board Changes at Aker Arctic Technology

After the acquisition of 66.4% of the shares by Finnish Industry Investment Ltd (fully owned by the State of Finland) Aker Arctic Technology Inc.’s extraordinary shareholders’ meeting today appointed the new Board of Directors for the company.


Weinberg Reelected Canaveral Board Chairman

Tom Weinberg

Thomas "Tom" Weinberg will serve a second consecutive term as Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board, accepting the job after an unanimous vote during the January Commission meeting. A fourth-generation Brevard County, Florida resident elected from District 5


Safariland Appoints Kubasik to BoD

Christopher E. Kubasik

Maui Acquisition Corp, the parent corporation of The Safariland Group, has  announced the appointment of Christopher E. Kubasik to its Board of Directors effective immediately.  In addition to serving on the Board, Mr. Kubasik will also serve as the Chairman of the Company’s Audit


Safariland Appoints Kubasik to Board of Directors

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Maui Acquisition Corp, the parent corporation of The Safariland Group, a global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets has announced the appointment of Christopher E


Capstone Turbine Named a Fastest Growing Company

Capstone Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the company's inclusion on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North


IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council

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The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium: Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama


London Gateway Terminal: First Scheduled Arrival

London Gateway: Photo courtesy of the operators

Britain’s new global shipping port welcomes its first scheduled vessel, the ‘MOL Caledon’ from South Africa. After more than a decade of planning and construction across three square miles of development, DP World London Gateway deep-sea port is now open & operational.


 
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