The Ocean Sea Award will be presented to Raymond P. Ebeling
, Chairman and
President of American Roll-on Roll-off Carriers (ARC), and Robert P. Magee
Chairman and CEO of The American Shipping Group
The maritime industry¹s most prestigious honors will be awarded at a gala
industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and
Towers, New York City, on November 5, 2004. John Bowers, Chairman of the
USS AOTOS Committee and President of the International Longshoremen¹s
Association, AFL-CIO, made the announcements.
"These two industry leaders from management we salute this year
represent the finest in American spirit," said Mr. Bowers. "Mr. Ebeling¹s
career has spanned some of the finest companies in American shipping and Bob
Magee has been a career maritime man at sea, on shore and in shipbuilding."
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 that confront United States shipping and American
seafarers and who wish to recognize leadership in this area."
Raymond Ebeling and Robert Magee led the field of nominees for the award,
solicited by USS from more than 200 maritime management, labor and
government officials. All proceeds from the event benefit USS community
services abroad for the U.S. merchant marine and those of other free world
countries. Both recipients will share the evening with a group of American
seafarers who will be honored for specific acts of bravery at sea.
Mr. Ebeling has been President and Chairman of ARC, a U.S. flag liner
service ocean carrier, since 1990. The carrier operates three American-flag
ro-ro ships between the United States and Northern Europe, and two U.S. Flag
ro-ro ships between the U.S. and Mediterranean and Black Seas, and carries
most of the U.S. military vehicles in those trades. He is also President and
Chairman of American Auto Logistics (AAL), a logistics management firm that
manages the worldwide movement of military service member¹s vehicles for the
Department of Defense.
He also has been President of Wallenius Lines Holding Inc. (WLHI) since
1990. WLHI manages the U.S. interests of Wallenius Lines of Stockholm,
Sweden, a privately held shipping company that owns one of the world¹s
largest roll-on/roll-off shipping fleets. He also is a member of the Board
of Directors of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines, the operating company. Prior to
joining the Wallenius Group, he held several executive positions at Sea-Land
Service, Inc., where he was Vice President Marketing and Pricing, Atlantic
Group. He was also a Vice President for Sea-Train Lines.
Mr. Ebeling has served on several advisory commissions to the U.S.
Government including appointment by President Bush as Commissioner on the
Advisory Commission on Conferences in Ocean Shipping. Ray Ebeling was
awarded the National Transportation Award by the National Defense
Transportation Association (NDTA) and the Herb Brand Award by the Maritime
Ports Council for "dedication to a strong and viable American Maritime
Mr. Ebeling is a native of Framingham, Mass., and presently resides in New
Jersey with his wife Bonnie. He has received degrees in Economics from
Bowdoin College and a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle
Robert Magee¹s professional career has always been associated with the
maritime industry. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings
Point, he served as a deck officer before becoming a manager with Sun
Shipbuilding, where he was instrumental in establishing a new Sun
Shipbuilding subsidiary, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). Following
a stint as Senior Vice President with Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc.,
he returned to TOTE as Vice President and later as Chairman and CEO.
The American Shipping Group he now heads is a holding company that comprises
the blue water domestic and military support shipping businesses of Saltchuk
Resources. These businesses include: Totem Ocean Trailer Express, which
owns and operates five ships and 1,500 trailers and serves the
mainland/Alaska trade; Sea Star Line L.L.C., which operates between Florida
and Puerto Rico with two ro-ro/container vessels and is a partnership with
Matson Navigation and Taino Star Investments, and Interocean Ugland
Management, a technical ship management and ship crewing company that
manages and operates 22 vessels