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23 Jul 2018

Lamarre Named CEO at Seaspan Shipyards

Mark Lamarre has been named CEO of Seaspan Shipyards. (Photo: Seaspan Shipyards)

Mark Lamarre, who most recently served as CEO of Australian Shipbuilding Company (ASC), has been named CEO of Seaspan Shipyards effective immediately. Lamarre succeeds Brian Carter, who stepped down to pursue other opportunities.Lamarre’s appointment follows recent Seaspan Shipyards additions to the senior leadership team, including Jari Anttila (previously with Philly Shipyard Inc. and Meyer Turku in Finland) as COO and Christof Brass (previously with Airbus Group SAS) as CFO.Lamarre is an experienced shipbuilding executive with more 30 years of experience in operations…

24 Oct 2017

Ship of the Month: October 2017

(Photo: courtesy Freire Shipyard)

More than three years after completing the first outline sketches, Spanish naval design and architecture firm Oliver Design has completed outfitting the interiors for the Bima Suci, the Indonesian navy’s new sail training ship. This spectacular vessels is one of the largest tall ships in the world and measures 364 x 44 ft. with a 14.8 ft. draft. Built at Freire Shipyards in Vigo, Spain, the new training ship sports 36,200 sq. ft. Oliver Design also carried out turnkey architectural design for Bima Suci…

06 Jan 2016

Crowley Promotes VP and Deputy General Counsel

Kerri McClellan (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Kerri McClellan has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel for the corporation. McClellan, who is based in Jacksonville and reports to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mike Roberts, joined Crowley approximately two years ago as senior corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary and has excelled at corporate governance and transactional work among other legal areas, the company said. “Kerri has been a tremendous partner in the legal department…

24 Jul 2015

Matson Promotes Gill as Alaska VP

Kenny Gill (Photo: Matson)

Matson, Inc. has promoted Kenny Gill to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Gill has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales and financial performance of the company's terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill previously served as Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines' Alaska division. His appointment follows Matson's May 29, 2015 acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and subsequent retirement of Marion Davis…

21 Jul 2014

Port of Boston: A Vital Economic Engine

Port of Boston is Vital Economic Engine and Job Generator for Region. The Port of Boston generated $4.6 billion in 2012 and more than 50,000 jobs are supported by the port, including more than 7,000 direct jobs, according to a report released by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). This economic impact and the jobs created by the working seaport help to keep Boston competitive among other U.S. East Coast ports. Operation of the maritime terminals ensures that the more cost-efficient waterborne cargo lands in Boston rather than other ports like New York/New Jersey or Baltimore…

20 Sep 2013

Mitigation of Shock & Vibration on Fast Boats

For some time now, military agencies and specialist organizations around the globe have driven the evolution of high speed watercraft. As a trickle-down effect fast response craft now serve roles once typically serviced by displacement designs including pilot boats, dive boats, crew boats and offshore support. During high speed operations the repeated shocks (RS) and whole body vibrations (WBV) of this harsh environment are transmitted to the passengers, operators and crew aboard, creating avenues of owner liability if not addressed.

31 Aug 2012

Boat-towed Detectors Assist Researchers and Salvors

Russell Bennett (r) prepares to survey for shipwreck sites in Panama’s old harbor area with his JW Fishers Proton magnetometer. Presidential Palace is visible in the background between the two men.

A number of archaeological groups and marine service companies are acquiring boat-towed metal detectors to assist in locating shipwrecks and to perform geophysical surveys. These devices can locate a variety of targets including the piles of magnetic ballast stones found on many old wrecks, gold and silver bars, cannons, anchors, pipelines, cables, and various metal debris which must be removed from an area before dredging. The two primary pieces of equipment used in these operations are a magnetometer and pulse induction (PI) metal detectors.

26 Jun 2012

Changing of the Guard at Tidewater Inc.

Jeff Platt assumed the role of  CEO of Tidewater Inc. earlier this month. (Photo: Tidewater)

Dean Taylor bid farewell to his post as Tidewater Inc.'s chief executive officer on May 31, following a prosperous, far-flung career of 34 years at the New Orleans-based company. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Platt, who has worked side by side with Taylor for fifteen years, took the helm. And Jeff Gorski was named the new COO. In his decade as chief, Taylor guided Tidewater's fleet expansion. The company has poured hundreds of millions of dollars yearly into an energetic building-and-acquisition effort.

07 Oct 2011

Comark Names Smudin as Director of Sales

Comark Corporation said that Rick Smudin joined Comark as the Director of Military and Marine Sales. Smudin is responsible for all aspects of Military and Marine sales, globally. Smudin brings 20 years of technical sales experience in the computer hardware, software and embedded markets, most recently holding positions with Sun Microsystems and AMD. Smudin is a Lt. Colonel in the US Army, having served in Iraq, and continues to serve in the reserves as a Battalion Commander. Smudin  attended West Point and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University…

07 Oct 2011

Comark Names Smudin as Director of Sales

Rick Smudin, Comark Director of Military and Marine Sales

Comark Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of high performance computer and display solutions, has announced that Rick Smudin has joined Comark as the Director of Military and Marine Sales. Rick is responsible for all aspects of Military and Marine sales, globally. Rick brings 20 years of technical sales experience in the computer hardware, software and embedded markets, most recently holding positions with Sun Microsystems and AMD. Rick is a Lt. Colonel in the US Army, having served in Iraq, and continues to serve in the reserves as a Battalion Commander.

11 Apr 2011

Tidewater Promotes Greer, Handin & Vorst

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) announced the promotions of Nelson Greer, Mark Handin and Darren Vorst to Vice Presidents of Tidewater companies, effective April 1, 2011. Greer joined Tidewater in 1982, after completing 13 years in the British Merchant Marine. He completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program in 2006, and holds a Chief Engineer Unlimited Class 1 Engineering License. In his various management positions with Tidewater, he has been based in Angola, Nigeria, Congo and Gabon, prior to his current posting in Singapore. His Tidewater experience includes engineering, technical management, operations management, area management and, most recently, regional management, with responsibility for Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North Africa and India.

21 May 2009

MSC Sealift Logistics Europe, New Commander

The leadership of Sealift Logistics Command Europe and Commander, Task Force 63 changed hands at SEALOGEUR headquarters in Naples, Italy. Capt. James E. Tranoris assumed the dual command from outgoing commander, Capt. Nicholas H. Holman. SEALOGEUR, Military Sealift Command's arm in Europe and Africa, oversees at-sea movement of combat cargo for U.S. 6th Fleet. CTF-63 is responsible for the ships and aircraft that provide logistics support to 6th Fleet combatant ships. The commander's area of responsibility includes more than 20 million square nautical miles of ocean, 91 countries and 67 percent of the world's coastlines. It covers roughly half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica, as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North seas.

24 Nov 2008

Top Ships 3Q, 9 Mo Results

Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ:TOPS) announced its operating results for the third quarter and nine-month period ended September 30, 2008. For the three months ended September 30, 2008, the company reported net income of $41,640,000, or $1.48 per share, compared with net loss of $21,986,000, or $1.80 per share, for the third quarter of 2007. The weighted average numbers of common shares used in the computations were 28,153,538 and 12,222,812(1) for the third quarter of 2008 and 2007, respectively. The results for the third quarter of 2008 include the following items: a net charge of $4,277,000 of stock-based and cash compensation, a net charge of $2…

18 Nov 2008

Veson Welcomes Li, Elkin, Patel, Venkatesh

Veson Nautical, the US-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced the addition of four professionals to the company’s Boston headquarters office. Veson Nautical has hired Haorong Li as Director of Professional Services; Mikhail Elkin as Software Engineer; Suchit Patel as QA Engineer; and Brenna Venkatesh as Marketing and Events Associate. Haorong Li, Veson’s new Director of Professional Services, has more than 10 years of experience implementing enterprise software solutions for operations management, supply chain optimization, planning, scheduling and logistics. His combination of hands-on…

09 Oct 2001

Taylor Promoted to President of Tidewater

Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) announced today that Dean E. Taylor, age 53, has been promoted to President He has also been appointed to the Tidewater Board of Directors. Taylor was previously executive vice president with operating responsibilities for Latin America, West Africa and the North Sea. He replaces William C. O'Malley, age 64, who retains the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. It is expected that Taylor will become Chief Executive Officer in March 2002. Taylor is a graduate of Tulane University with an MBA from Boston University. He joined Tidewater in 1979 following seven years of military service as a Naval officer. O'Malley will retire in March 2002. He will continue beyond 2002 as a member of the Tidewater Board and as Non-Executive Chairman through July 2003.

17 Feb 2004

NASSCO Announces Promotions

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) announced a number of senior management promotions. Janice Grace has been appointed to the new position of Senior Vice President, Operations. production, engineering, materials, master planning, and information systems activities. repair, and engineering. for Scientists and Engineers. Jay Carson has been appointed Vice President of Engineering. architect, marine engineer, and consultant. Architecture, and Systems Engineering. Boston University. Steve Clarey has been appointed Director of Marketing, Business Development and Public Relations. development experience at NASSCO after retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral. his MBA from Harvard Business School. management positions.

14 Jun 2002

Crowley Promotes Fortunato to VP, Government Business Development

Crowley Maritime Corporation has promoted Ed Fortunato to vice president, Government Business Development, with marketing, sales and budgetary responsibility for the company's government services sector. In his new position, he remains domiciled in the Washington, D.C. area. He continues his activities with senior government agency councils and committees. Since joining Crowley in 1997 as Director of Government Services, Fortunato has been instrumental in managing government contracts. Prior to joining Crowley, Fortunato worked for the Logistics Management Institute providing transportation/logistics advice and analytical support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also taught graduate level transportation and logistics at the National Defense University.

01 Feb 2007

Coast Guard on Patrol in Boston

Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish patrols up the Mystic River towards the Tobin Bridge on January 31, after suspicious packages were reported on the Longfellow and Boston University Bridges. A portion of the Charles River, from the Museum of Science to the Boston Harbor locks, was closed. Coast Guard Sector Boston also increased random patrols of ferry terminals and put law enforcement teams aboard some commuter ferries as a precautionary measure. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Etta Smith.

31 Jul 2006

Three New Hires for Port of Los Angeles

The Public Relations & Legislative Affairs division at the Port of Los Angeles has hired three new team members to help extend Port-related community interaction and legislative activity in support of a roster of current and upcoming Port initiatives. Coming to the Port from the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women, Veronica Hendrix has been hired as the Port’s new community-focused Public Information Director. Legislative Director for 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn, assumes the Port’s Los Angeles-focus Legislative Representative post. Wilmington resident and community representative Cecilia Moreno also has joined the Port in the newly created position of Community Affairs Advocate.

22 May 2006

Richardson and Veitch to Receive Awards

The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 2006 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards will be presented to container shipping pioneer Paul F. Richardson, President of Paul F. Richardson Associates Inc., and Colin Veitch, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, which has commenced new American-flag passenger ship activity. The maritime industry honor 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 3, 2006. John Bowers, Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee and President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO, made the announcement on Maritime Day May 22, 2006. Richardson and Veitch led the field of nominees for the award, sought by USS from over 150 maritime management, labor and government officials.

07 Mar 2006

Ancient Ship Timbers Found in Desert

The oldest remains of seafaring ships in the world have been found in caves at the edge of the Egyptian desert along with cargo boxes that suggest ancient Egyptians sailed nearly 1,000 miles on rough waters to get treasures from a place they called God's Land, or Punt. Florida State University anthropology professor Cheryl Ward has determined that wooden planks found in the manmade caves are about 4,000 years old - making them the world's most ancient ship timbers. Shipworms that had tunneled into the planks indicated the ships had weathered a long voyage of a few months, likely to the fabled southern Red Sea trading center of Punt, a place referenced in hieroglyphics on empty cargo boxes found in the caves.

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