California State University News

12 Sep 2018

USMMA Names Academic Dean and Provost

John R. Ballard, Ph.D., is the new Academic Dean and Provost of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Photo: USMMA)

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) announced today that John R. Ballard, Ph.D., has been named the new Academic Dean and Provost at the federal service academy. In this position, Dr. Ballard will serve as the chief academic officer and principal advisor to the Superintendent in all matters relating to the academic program and faculty. He will also co-chair the educational priority working group for the recently released USMMA strategic plan.Dr. Ballard served as a Marine Infantry officer immediately following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy.

27 Aug 2018

Change of Command for Cal Maritime's Training Ship

Photo courtesy of Cal Maritime

After 10 years at the helm, Harry Bolton handed over command of the Training Ship Golden Bear Wednesday at California State University Maritime Academy.Bolton, a 1978 graduate of the Academy, returned to Cal Maritime on May 1, 2008 after a 30-year career with American Maritime Officers. Twenty of those years were with American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA) aboard the original preposition ships based out of Guam, Saipan and Diego Garcia. Bolton began sailing as Master in 1985, only seven years after graduation.Dr.

14 Jun 2017

Gullickson Joins EBDG

Image: EBDG

Stephanie Gullickson joins Elliott Bay Design Group's Seattle office as the Marketing Manager. She brings 12 years of experience within the maritime industry including management, marketing, sales, event planning and administrative support. Stephanie will be responsible for the development of policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistent and effective company-wide marketing efforts in order to successfully garner new business opportunities. Stephanie graduated from…

14 Apr 2017

FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

Mario Cordero. Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director. Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney, served previously as president and as a longtime member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “After a comprehensive international search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners recognized that Mario Cordero is an ideal choice to lead the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán.

03 Oct 2016

CARB Powers Clean Air in California

Photo: Vovlo Penta

California Commercial Marine Operators Take Advantage of Grant Money to Repower with Eco-Friendly Engines. Capt. Joe Nazar recently repowered his whale watching excursion vessel in San Francisco with twin Volvo Penta Tier 3 diesels, and he couldn’t be happier with the results. Since the new engines were installed, he is seeing dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency, lower emissions, reduced noise levels and better performance. He has another good reason to be happy. A large percentage of the cost of repowering the boat came from a State of California grant. Nazar’s 64-ft.

28 Aug 2016

Coast Guard Foundation Awarded 128 Scholarships

Coast Guard Foundation Chairman Will Jenkins presenting the 2016 Guardian Award to Mr. Rex W. Tillerson.

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that in 2016 it has awarded a record 128 new scholarships. Combined with multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is currently supporting 163 students totaling $576,500 in support this year. In just over 26 years, the Foundation's scholarship program has paid out more than $3.8 million…

06 Aug 2016

Los Angeles Port Fellows Program Makes an Impact

Julio Miranda, left, Shelton Shi and Emily Yen Photo Port of Los Angeles

As the maritime industry continues to evolve, the need for developing well-trained, knowledgeable and tech-savvy port leaders of the future has never been greater. Last April, the Port of Los Angeles announced its first-ever Fellows Program, an educational initiative focused on developing the next generation of maritime and port leadership. The one-year, on-the-job experience for graduate students officially kicked off in June with the selection of three fellows from some of the region’s top universities.

13 May 2016

Port of Long Beach Sponsors Logistics Academy

Photo: Port of Long Beach

At its third annual Celebrating Education event, held at McBride High School on Thursday, May 12, the Port of Long Beach recognized scholarship and high school internship recipients and announced a new initiative to broaden its educational outreach through a specialized academy at Cabrillo High School, which is located in the vicinity of the Port. The Port of Long Beach Academy of Global Logistics was announced by Harbor Commission Vice President Lou Anne Bynum at the event. Mayor Robert Garcia…

05 Feb 2016

Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) announced the hire of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office. Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor for Legislative and Public Affairs at the Federal Maritime Commission, where he reported directly to Chairman Mario Cordero. Previously, he had his own government affairs practice and PMSA was among his clients.

13 Jul 2015

Cruise Industry Gets First American Female Captain

Captain Kate McCue (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

For the first time in the cruise industry, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit, a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members. The cruise brand, which operates a fleet of 10 ships…

03 Nov 2014

Long Beach Port Appoints 4 Executives

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The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners continued to fill key positions in Harbor Department leadership ranks this week with four additional appointments of experienced executives to oversee Port of Long Beach operations. The four professionals all have long and valuable experience in their fields of engineering, maintenance and finance, and come from outside the Port of Long Beach. Two of the positions are newly created and two were vacated earlier this year. Duane Kenagy…

10 Sep 2014

Date for Diary: BlueTech & Blue Economy Summit & Expo

Maritime Alliance logo

The Maritime Alliance promotes the 6th Annual event Novemeber 12-13, 2014 at the McMillin Companies Event Center in San Diego, CA  as a unique opportunity to understand trends, network with leaders from the public and private sector, see innovative technologies by the exhibitors, and identify possible partners. Recent studies are helping us understand the size and dynamic nature of the Blue Economy and particularly the BlueTech sector that is enabling us to explore, measure and develop ocean industries like never before.

17 Jun 2014

Steve Kennedy Re-joins Allianz from Zurich North America

Steve Kennedy: Photo AGCS

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), announce the appointment of Steve Kennedy as Head of Corporate Property and Inland Marine Claims, replacing Tony Clark who retired at the end of January 2014. Kennedy will manage a team of 18 professionals managing Property, Energy, and Engineering as well as Inland Marine claims for AGCS’s multinational clients. AGCS inform that Kennedy brings over 23 years of experience handling commercial property claims and over 14 years managing and training claims professionals.

14 May 2014

Port of Long Beach Expands Education Plan

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach announced Tuesday, May 13, the award of education scholarships totaling $43,500 to 28 local high school and college students. At the same time, the Port introduced an expanded Education Outreach Plan at the “Celebrating Education Reception” held at the Museum of Latin American Art. The Education Outreach Plan, which was approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, May 12, will dedicate $150,000 in seed money for three key initiatives: a new online education portal, a maritime career exploration fair in the fall and a teacher externship program in summer 2015.

07 May 2013

Polar Petroleum Appoints ARCO Alaska Veteran

Polar Petroleum Corp. appointed Mr. Donald W. Brizzolara to the Company's Advisory Board as Chief Geological Advisor. Mr. Brizzolara represents 25 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development, geology and consulting experience for firms such as ConocoPhillips and Shell. Of particular importance to the Company, Mr. Brizzolara's background includes work on the Prudhoe and Kuparuk fields, which, together constitute the majority of the oil production on the North Slope (51% and 20%, respectively). Polar Petroleum's Hemi Springs Project is spread along the southwestern border of the Prudhoe Bay Unit, and lies to the southeast of the Kuparuk River Unit. Donald W.

27 Mar 2012

Cal Maritime Will Host 2012 Koch Sea Scout Cup

The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, has been selected as the site for the 6th William I. Koch Sea Scout Cup, which will be held from July 22-28, 2012. Named after Florida international businessman William "Bill" Koch, who successfully defended the America's Cup in 1992, the biennial sailing regatta is devoted to young men and women between the ages or 15 and 21 years of age. Sea Scout teams from around the world will compete in the weeklong regatta at the Vallejo campus, marking the first time the competition will be held on the West Coast. Cal Maritime was chosen because of the sailing venue and spectacular waterfront view of the racing area. The public will have an opportunity to view the competition from Cal Maritime’s waterfront.

02 May 2012

Cal Maritime's Website Wins Awards

San Francisco Bay area branding and web design firm, Project6 Design, is featuring an award-winning website they created with a new case study. Located in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. They are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. Project6 Design led the Cal Maritime team through a collaborative process to identify a new brand strategy and website design and direction for the school. Cal Maritime had a problem: they were a major California State University campus with over seven thousand website pages of content…

11 Dec 2013

Valez Hired to Hawaiian Ocean Transport Management Team

Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. has strengthened its core management team by hiring Julian Velez as the new business development manager. As the new development manager, Velez will bring new perspectives and extensive knowledge from his seven years of experience as a leader in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. Velez most recently held the position of Solutions Specialist & Sales Manager for Old Dominion Freight Line. Velez is a Southern California native and attended both Pepperdine University and California State University Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Business Administration. Velez brings a wealth of knowledge in generating profitable revenue growth…

12 Dec 2013

Logistics Industry Veteran Julian Velez Joins HOT

julian Velez: Photo HOT

Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) say it has strengthened its core management team by hiring Julian Velez as its new business development manager. The company inform that as the new development manager, julian Velez will bring new perspectives and extensive knowledge from his 7 years of experience as a leader in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Hawaiian Ocean Transport, Inc. Velez most recently held the position of Solutions Specialist & Sales Manager for Old Dominion Freight Line.

29 May 2012

Cropper Named President of Cal Maritime

Thomas A. Cropper, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, was named president of California Maritime Academy.

The California State University Board of Trustees has named Thomas A. Cropper, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, as president of California Maritime Academy. "I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the next president of the California Maritime Academy, and look forward to working closely with the exceptional students, staff and faculty," said Cropper. Cropper was among the finalists for the position to succeed retiring President William B. Eisenhardt, who has served as president since 2001. He is expected to begin in his new role as president on July 1 following retirement from active duty.

13 Mar 2014

Checchi Named VP at MOL America

MOL (America) Inc. said that Michael Checchi will enter the position of vice president, area operations, where he will lead MOL’s equipment, intermodal services, contract management, and operations administration groups for the United States and Canada. He will report to Richard Craig, executive vice president for sales and operations. Checchi served as the director of intermodal operations for OOCL for the past 13 years where he directed rail and motor carrier services procurement. He has also served in various operations roles with Matson Intermodal System, Inc. and APL Land Transport Services. He earned his undergraduate business administration degree from California State University, East Bay. “We’re excited to have someone with Mr.

19 Oct 2012

Port of Los Angeles to Develop Marine Research Center

Depiction: Future world-class marine research center at the Port of Los Angeles.

Environmental and Project Approvals Advance Visionary Concept. The Los Angeles Harbor Commission today certified the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed redevelopment of City Dock No. 1 and approved the framework for bringing a world-class marine research center to the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. The action sets the stage for creation of a state-of-the-art waterfront research institute where leading scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs can collaborate on solutions to today’s marine, environmental and maritime industry challenges.

22 Oct 2012

Northrop Grumman Names Executive for San Diego

Robert W. "Brick" Nelson

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Capt. Robert W. "Brick" Nelson director and corporate lead executive for company business in San Diego. Nelson reports to Timothy C. Jones, vice president, aviation and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. "I am pleased to welcome Brick Nelson as our new lead executive in San Diego," said Jones. In his new role, Nelson will be Northrop Grumman's senior executive for the San Diego region, representing all business activities for the company.

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