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Vassenden Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

Eli Vassenden (Photo: WISTA)

Eli Vassenden, COO Ship Management in Grieg Star, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2015 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male dominated role of COO. The award is handed out at Nor-Shipping’s Opening Conference on June 2. "Eli Vassenden has lived up to WISTA’s core values and contributed to the development of the maritime industry through her many years working in a traditionally male dominated role of COO. She is professional, open-minded and dedicated, and an important role model for younger women in the industry," said Bjørg Ekornrud, President for WISTA Norway. Eli has worked in the shipping industry for more than 30 years, mainly within management, acquisitions and logistics in addition to ship management and crewing. She also has extensive international experience, from both Europe and the Far East. "It is an honor to be nominated to the LeaderShip Award, and to be chosen to represent women in a proud industry both national and international," Vassenden said.   Vassenden is responsible for ship management and crewing in Grieg Star. The company has 269 employees on shore of which 120 are in Norway and 859 seafarers, offices in Oslo and Bergen in Norway, as well as a crewing office in Manila, The Philippines. She is also heading the Contingency and Compliance group in Grieg Star.


Kresa Recieves Top Navy League Honor

Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman Corporation's chairman of the board and CEO, is the recipient of the 2002 Navy League of the United States' Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award. This award was presented at the organization's Sea-Air-Space Exposition Banquet March 27 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Kresa, well known in the defense industry, received the Nimitz Award for his exceptional contribution to maintaining the United States' maritime strength


MMS Names Mineral Revenues Stewardship Award Winners

Timely payment of royalties and accurate reporting have earned four energy companies the Mineral Revenues Stewardship Award, the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced today. The oil and gas industry places a high value on the award. “We are recognizing these companies for their exceptional performance in production reporting and timely payment of royalties to the Federal Government,” MMS Director Johnnie Burton said


Diamond Offshore Receives MMS National SAFE Award

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. has been named the recipient of the U.S. Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) 2001 National SAFE Award (Safety Award for Excellence) for Drilling Contractors. The award, which recognizes outstanding performance in safety and environmental protection, is presented annually to one company in each of four categories: operator with high activity, operator with moderate activity, drilling contractor and production contractor


Irene Waage Basili wins 2013 WISTA-award

Irene Waage Basili (Photo: Kongsberg)

CEO in GC Rieber Shipping, Irene Waage Basili, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2013 by WISTA Norway. Basili received the award as an acknowledgement of her strong efforts and diversified achievements within the Norwegian maritime industry. The award will be handed out Tuesday, June 4 at the Nor-Shipping seminar “Maritime Woman.” ”Irene Waage Basili has demonstrated the WISTA values in practice. She is professional, open and dedicated


Shipbuilders Council Names McCreary Chairman

From left to right: SCA President Matthew Paxton with Rep. Hunter and newly-elected Chairman, Richard McCreary (Photo: SCA)

 Shipbuilders Council of America  names Richard McCreary as new chairman; honors Sen. Cochran and Rep. Hunter    At its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, named Richard McCreary of BAE Systems as the new chairman of the association.   Additionally, SCA honored Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif


Ostermiller President, Nat’l CG Museum

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, and a partner of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, announced the appointment of Jerry Ostermiller as the president of the National Coast Guard Museum. An accomplished museum administrator with over 25 years experience, Mr. Ostermiller will establish museum programming


WCI Honors Congressman Whitfield

Congressman Ed Whitfield (right) with Stephen Little, President/CEO of Crounse Corporation in Paducah, Kentucky

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) was presented Waterways Council, Inc.'s (WCI) 13th Annual Leadership Service Award for his strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues. Congressman Whitfield was presented the Leadership Service Award on February 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Most recently, Whitfield served as a critical champion to introduce, with 31 bipartisan cosponsors, legislation, Waterways are Vital for the Economy, Energy, Efficiency


ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addresses SUNY Maritime College graduates, awarded honorary Doctor of Science   Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6.   “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the


Wiernicki Named Mass. Maritime’s Person of the Year

(Photo: Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, was recognized for his distinguished career of excellence, innovation and service to the maritime industries by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) as this year’s recipient of the Maritime Person of the Year Award on September 21, 2017 in New York City. The honoree is presented with the Captain Emery Rice Medal and awarded annually to a civilian or military leader from around the globe


Buzby Sworn in as Maritime Administrator

U.S Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao administers the Oath of Office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. as Maritime Administrator (L to R: Admiral Mark H. Buzby,  Gina Buzby and Secretary Elaine L. Chao) (Photo: MARAD)

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration by U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.   As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead the agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless


Damen CEO Berkvens Receives CEMT Award

Damen CEO René Berkvens (left) receives a CEMT award from CEMT Chairman Trevor Blakeley (Photo: Damen)

The Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies presented Damen CEO René Berkvens with the CEMT Award on Thursday, August 24, at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. The Council bestows the award annually in recognition of the substantial contribution made to the success of


New CEO at the Helm of Crystal Cruises

Tom Wolber (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

Genting Hong Kong appointed travel industry veteran Tom Wolber as President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, effective September 15.   Wolber brings to the role over three decades of experience in general management, operations, newbuild construction and business development


Robert Clyne Gets Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

John Artzen, Chairman of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Alumni Association (far left), Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., Maritime Administrator (third from left), and Rear Admiral James Helis, USMS, USMMA Superintendent (far right), present the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award to Robert Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Photo: ABS

 Robert (Bob) Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary , was recognized with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a graduate who best exemplifies the finest tradition of Kings Point – Acta Non Verba


Boykin Tapped as Next Newport News President

Jennifer Boykin (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Board of Directors has elected Jennifer R. Boykin to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective July 1. She will succeed Matt Mulherin


Harris Joins J.F. Lehman Operating Executive Board

Fred Harris (File photo: General Dynamics)

Frederick J. Harris, recently retired president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works shipyards, has joined the operating executive board (OEB) of private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company. The OEB is a group of industry and government executives with significant experience in the


Maritime Reporter & Engineering News -- May 2017 Edition

Photo: © kras99 / Adobe Stock

The May 2017 "Norshipping" edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is now available: http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MaritimeReporter/201705/   This edition is packed with topical and technical content, including:  


Cannon Tapped to Lead FLIR Systems

James J. Cannon  (Photo: FLIR Systems)

FLIR Systems, Inc. has appointed James J. “Jim” Cannon as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017, succeeding Andy Teich, who will retire after 33 years of service. Cannon previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership


Vartdal Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal (Photo: WISTA)

Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2017 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution to the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male dominated role of CEO


ABS’ Wiernicki Delivers Stevens Commencement Speech

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: Stevens Institute of Technology)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki delivered the commencement speech at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2017 undergraduate graduation ceremony, where he was also awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree.  


Crowley Names Michel VP, Human Resources and Learning

Susan “Suz” Michel (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed Susan “Suz” Michel as vice president of human resources and learning, bringing all aspects of human capital management under her leadership – from talent acquisition to training and professional development to long-term employee retention.


Leadership Changes at Newport News Shipbuilding

Lucas Hicks (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced several leadership changes at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Lucas Hicks has been promoted to vice president of construction for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)


V.Group Appoints Ian El-Mokadem as CEO

Ian El-Mokadem. Photo: V.Group

 UK-based ship management company V.Group announced the appointment of Ian El-Mokadem as Chief Executive Officer and Martin Gaard Christiansen as Chief Commercial Officer. Both will assume their positions in the autumn.  Ian joins from Exova


IMO to Honor Former Secretary-General Sekimizu

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

The International Maritime Prize for 2016 will be awarded to former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Koji Sekimizu for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years.   The Council unanimously decided to award the Prize to Sekimizu


North P&I Club Appoints Dawn Robinson as Global Director

Dawn Robinson. Photo: The North of England P&I Association Limited

 North P&I Club has appointed a new Global Director of People as part of a company-wide focus on driving forward leadership and development.   Dawn Robinson has joined the global marine insurer following three years in a world-wide role at Nomad Digital and previous appointments






 
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