Foss Maritime Opens Houston Office

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October 12, 2015

  • John Tirpak will lead the Houston office (Photo: Foss Maritime)
  • Mike Lauer will head up the new PM group (Photo: Foss Maritime)
  • John Tirpak will lead the Houston office (Photo: Foss Maritime) John Tirpak will lead the Houston office (Photo: Foss Maritime)
  • Mike Lauer will head up the new PM group (Photo: Foss Maritime) Mike Lauer will head up the new PM group (Photo: Foss Maritime)
Foss Maritime has opened a new office and the formed a project management group aiming to support its customer base headquartered in Houston.
John Tirpak of Foss has been appointed Vice President of Business Development & Contract Services and will be relocating to Houston to develop business in the region and lead the business development function of the entire Marine Transportation division from the new office. There he will oversee domestic and international business development, sales and marketing. Additionally, Tirpak will manage long-term Marine Transportation contracts like CN Aquatrain, TECK and United Launch Alliance.
Mike Lauer of Foss has been appointed Director of Marine Transportation Project Services and will be leading the project management unit. This group is comprised of project management and global logistics specialists focused on analyzing and finding solutions for the transportation activities of Foss. This group, based out of Foss' corporate offices in Seattle, will manage all Foss term contracts and all project tows and transportation projects
The project management unit will work with Foss' Harbor Marine Group, a division of the company comprised of naval architects and engineering specialists. This group has been a part of Foss since 2006, offering project management, marine engineering, naval architecture and design and expertise in rigging and fabrication. 
"By separating our business development and project management functions, we will on one hand be able to provide our customers with a team focused entirely on the development, oversight and management of all aspects of their projects; while at the same time supporting our internal need to grow the Marine Transportation division with dedicated business development efforts in areas like Houston that have the most opportunity for growth," said Gary Faber, Senior Vice President, Marine Transportation and President, Global Services. 
"When combined with the Harbor Marine Group's naval architecture, engineering and rigging expertise, we will be able to take on any marine transportation project from cradle-to-grave, giving our customers the very highest level of service and an uncompromising focus on the safety of our employees, our customers and the environment in the delivery of the services at hand," Faber added.
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