The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards will be presented to James S. Andrasick, President and CEO of Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Morten Arntzen, President and CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. and John F. Reinhart, President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited.
The honors will officially be awarded at a gala dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 2, 2007. John Bowers, Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee and President of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO, made the announcements.
"These three leaders represent a remarkable cross-section of the seagoing
sector of our industry," said Mr. Bowers. "Jim Andrasick, Morten Arntzen and John Reinhart all are outstanding leaders in their own areas of liner
services, tanker shipping and U.S. Department of Defense support
operations-all excellent symbols of the American maritime industry."
Celebrating it's 125th anniversary, Matson Navigation is the principal
carrier of containerized freight and automobiles between the West Coast and
Hawaii, Guam and Mid-Pacific, and is the largest subsidiary of
Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. Overseas Shipholding Group is the
only large tanker company with a significant presence in both the
International Flag and U.S. Flag markets, and it has an established position
in the Jones Act product tanker and crude tanker segments. Maersk Line,
Limited operates 19 U.S. Flag Liner Vessels that are enrolled in the
Maritime Security Program and is a long-term trusted partner with the U.S.
Department of Defense providing support services and operating 29 vessels
under vessel management contracts.
Mr. Bowers added: "Our recipients have been selected by those who know them
best, international transportation leaders who understand very well the
challenges and issues which confront United States shipping and American
seafarers and recognize their leadership in this area. We are happy to
announce that we received the largest number of nominations in the history
of the AOTOS awards."
Messrs. Andrasick, Arntzen and Reinhart led the field of nominees for the
award, solicited by USS from over 150 maritime management, labor and
government officials. All proceeds from the event benefit USS community
services abroad for the U.S. Merchant Marine and other international
seafarers. The recipients will share the evening with a group of American
seafarers who will be honored for specific acts of bravery at sea.
James Andrasick was named president and chief executive officer of Matson
Navigation Company, Inc. on July 18, 2003. He joined Alexander & Baldwin,
Inc., the parent company of Matson, in June 2000 as senior vice president,
chief financial officer and treasurer. On April 25, 2002, he was appointed
to additional duties as president and chief executive officer of Matson on
an interim basis.
Mr. Andrasick serves as a trustee and is on the National Executive
Committee of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, and is a director of the
Pacific Maritime Association. He also is a trustee of Mills College, United
Seamen's Service and of the San Francisco National Maritime Park
Association. Mr. Andrasick is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,
where he received a bachelor's degree in engineering. He also holds a
master's degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. He is the third Matson leader to be honored by AOTOS-Robert
Pfeiffer in 1985 and C. Bradley Mulholland in 1997.
Morten Arntzen was appointed president
and chief executive officer of
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) in January 2004. He has been an OSG
Board member since 2004. Prior to joining OSG, he was Chief Executive
Officer of American Marine Advisors Inc., a U.S.-based merchant banking firm
specializing in maritime industry merger and acquisition advisory work and
corporate restructuring for a global client base.
Mr. Arntzen is a Board member of the Seaman's Church Institute in New York
and New Jersey and is active with the American Bureau of Shipping and the
American Maritime Association. He is Presiding Director of Chiquita Brands
International, Inc., where he is Chairman of the Nominating and Governance
Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He holds a bachelor of arts
degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master of international affairs
degree from Columbia University. He is the first tanker operator to receive
an AOTOS Award.
John Reinhart was named chief executive officer, Maersk Line, Limited on
August 1, 2000 and President in April 2004. He joined Maersk Inc. in 1991
in Human Resources. In 1992, he began his career in Universal Maritime
Services working his way up to President. Mr. Reinhart returned to Maersk
in 1996 as a Regional Director and then as Senior Vice President.
Mr. Reinhart is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, Association of
the United States Army, National Defense Industrial Association, United
States Naval Institute Foundation, National Defense Transportation
Association, Navy League, United Seamen's Service and The Propeller Club
the United States. He also serves as a member of Maersk's North American
Container Business Council. Mr. Reinhart received his B.A. in Political
Science from Ohio University and completed the Executive MBA Program at the University of Michigan in 1997.