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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Meridian Debuts Updated Line in NY

Setting the scene for the premiere of the new 2003 line of Meridian Yachts, a clear, blue sky served as the backdrop at New York City's Chelsea Piers, as these new innovative, and technologically sound vessels were introduced, by Meridian's president and master of ceremonies, William J. Barrington. The vessels, which join the ranks of their elite sister companies (all governed by the Brunswick Boat Group), of Sea Ray, Hatteras, Maxum and Sealine, range in size from 34 to 58 ft. (10.3 to 17.6 m) and include the latest technological and design innovations - specifically Meridian's own unique Docking on Command (DOC) system, which allows the most novice of boaters to guide their vessel into the tightest of spaces.

Willman to Lead National Sales Force

Chris Willman to Lead Sea Star Line’s National Sales Force. Sea Star Line, LLC has announced the promotion of Chris Willman to Director of National Field Sales. Chris joined Sea Star Line in March 2005 as an inside sales representative. Since then, Chris has held several key sales positions with his most recent role being sales manager for NVOCC & FAK accounts. “Chris’ sales experience in the Puerto Rico market, combined with his expertise in sales development and sales processes, make him the right choice to lead this group. We will continue to ensure that the direction and organization of the national sales group is aligned with the company’s broader objectives.” said Bill Taylor, vice president of sales.

VesselVanguard wins Chris-Craft Order

CHRIS-CRAFT SELECTS VESSELVANGUARD TO OFFER OWNERS WORLDWIDE THE LATEST VESSEL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Digital Boat Profile and Customer Service Portal Gives Cutting Edge Options for Vessel Management to Boat Owners Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. VesselVanguard, infomred today a new relationship with Chris-Craft to provide a two-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management solution to every new owner of a Chris-Craft model over 32 feet. With over a 140-year heritage of building distinctive powerboats, Chris-Craft has long been synonymous with the highest standards. Each Chris-Craft is an example of a timeless style blended with seaworthy functionality.

Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group, Chris has extensive experience supporting dealers…

Millman Steps Down From Grand Bahama Shipyard

Freeport’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has announced that current President & CEO, Chris Millman has decided to step down from his position and is to leave the Company. Chris has been with the Shipyard for over four years and in that short time he has overseen its growth from a construction site into one of the region’s foremost ship repair centres. Citing personal reasons for his decision, Chris said that he was leaving GBS to return to the UK with his family, although not before taking a well-earned break. He stated “It has been a roller coaster ride over the last few years. I shall always look back at this period with immense pride in what we have achieved and with great appreciation for those who helped to achieve it”.

MLL's Fertig takes on Bermuda Challenge

Chris Fertig of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is competing for the Bermuda Challenge World Record leaving on his boat, the TDI CLEAN DIESEL from Liberty Harbor Marina in New York at 9:30 a.m. on September 21, 2011. MLL's sponsorship support of the M/V TDI Clean Diesel, captained by MLL's own Fertig -- General Manager of MLL's Maritime Technical Services (MTS) business unit -- will be competing for the Bermuda Challenge World Record. Created by Boating Magazine in 1994, the Bermuda…

IMCA Appoints New Chief Executive

Chris Charman, Chief Executive, IMCA.

Chris Charman has been appointed as Chief Executive of IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) taking over from Hugh Williams who is retiring. He will take up the position on 3 December 2012. IMCA is the international trade association for offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies with about 850 members in over 60 countries all around the world. It focuses on offshore construction and marine operations mainly in support of offshore oil & gas, but also marine renewable energy, dredging and telecommunications cable laying.

Lloyd’s Register Announces Board Appointments

Chris Finlayson

Lloyd’s Register has announced the appointment of Chris Finlayson, Chief Executive of BG Group plc, and Ellis Armstrong, ex-CFO of E&P at BP plc, as Non-executive Directors on the board of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd. Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd (LR) is the wholly-owned operating group of Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a U.K. charity dedicated to supporting the advancement of engineering-related education, and funding research and development that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air.

Bibby Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Chris Stone

Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd. appointed Chris Stone as its new Chief Operating Officer. He joined the business on July 1, 2013. Chris will replace Simon Barham who was scheduled to move on from Bibby Ship Management at the end of June. However, Simon has kindly agreed to work a further month to have a managed handover with Chris and will therefore leave at the end of July 2013. Chris has over 30 years’ world-wide experience in the maritime and logistics sector having worked in in Africa, the Middle East, India and most recently in Asia Pacific and Australasia.

RN Diving Expert Chris Baldwin Joins IMCA

Chris Baldwin: Photo IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat says that Chris Baldwin has joined its team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. Chris has spent 29 years in the Royal Navy and most recently held a position in the UK MoD’s Defence Safety and Environment Authority, as the Diving Regulator and Superintendent of Diving.

Mariners' Museum with Expo on Chris-Craft

The Mariners' Museum, in Newport News, Va., will present Chris-Craft: The Affordable Dream through December 31, 1999; an exhibit that traces the American love affair with the company's mahogany boats, while giving visitors a taste of life in the 1920s and 1930s. Woven through the exhibition are themes of these decades: the growth of the American middle class; the rise of technological innovation; the lure of high society and the disabling depression of the 1930s. Four Chris-Crafts, including Miss Belle Isle, one of the oldest known Chris-Crafts, are displayed in the exhibition among artifacts of their era. In 1925, Chris Smith revolutionized boatbuilding by borrowing new mass-production methods from the automobile industry and introducing a production line into his Algonac, Mich. plant.

Mariners' Museum with Expo on Chris-Craft

The Mariners' Museum, in Newport News, Va., will present Chris-Craft: The Affordable Dream through December 31, 1999; an exhibit that traces the American love affair with the company's mahogany boats, while giving visitors a taste of life in the 1920s and 1930s. Woven through the exhibition are themes of these decades: the growth of the American middle class; the rise of technological innovation; the lure of high society and the disabling depression of the 1930s. Four Chris-Crafts, including Miss Belle Isle, one of the oldest known Chris-Crafts, are displayed in the exhibition among artifacts of their era. In 1925, Chris Smith revolutionized boatbuilding by borrowing new mass-production methods from the automobile industry and introducing a production line into his Algonac, Mich. plant.

Mariners' Museum with Expo on Chris-Craft

The Mariners' Museum, in Newport News, Va., will present Chris-Craft: The Affordable Dream through December 31, 1999; an exhibit that traces the American love affair with the company's mahogany boats, while giving visitors a taste of life in the 1920s and 1930s. Woven through the exhibition are themes of these decades: the growth of the American middle class; the rise of technological innovation; the lure of high society and the disabling depression of the 1930s. Four Chris-Crafts, including Miss Belle Isle, one of the oldest known Chris-Crafts, are displayed in the exhibition among artifacts of their era. In 1925, Chris Smith revolutionized boatbuilding by borrowing new mass-production methods from the automobile industry and introducing a production line into his Algonac, Mich. plant.

Metal Shark Delivers Potomac Riverboat Passenger Vessels

The first two passenger vessels built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark for Entertainment Cruises’ Potomac Riverboat Company division have been delivered to Washington, D.C. and are now in service. The  two 88’, 149-passenger high speed aluminum catamaran vessels “Potomac Taxi I” and “Potomac Taxi II” departed Metal Shark’s Franklin, Louisiana shipyard in mid-September, traveled the Gulf of Mexico coastline and crossed Florida via Lake Okeechobee before proceeding northward up the Atlantic coast to Washington, D.C.

Bollinger Announce New President, New COO

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards’ Chairman and CEO Donald “Boysie” Bollinger announced the appointments of Chris Bollinger as President and Ben Bordelon as Chief Operating Officer of Bollinger Shipyards, effective August 29, 2013. “As an ongoing part of my personal transition plan and long-term growth strategy for Bollinger Shipyards, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Bollinger as our company's new President. His proven leadership, managerial skills, and strategic vision make him the perfect choice to lead Bollinger to a successful future.

HII Appoints Head of New Corporate Development Division

Christopher D. Kastner: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries appoints Christopher D. Kastner Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Corporate Development. Kastner previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Prior to the HII spin from Northrop Grumman Corp., he served as vice president, business management, and CFO for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast and vice president, contracts and risk management, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.

EBDG Adds Staff in New Orleans & Announces New PEs

Chris Biernat

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has announced that Chris Biernat has joined its New Orleans office as a Naval Architect IV. Chris is a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and is currently pursuing his Master's degree at UNO in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. EBDG also announces that two employees achieved Professional Engineer status. Naval Architect, Matt Wichgers earned his PE in Mechanical Engineering (WA).

Trailer Bridge Appoints Chris J. Dombalis CEO

Trailer Bridge, Inc. has appointed Chris J. Dombalis as a Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of the Company to succeed Frank Halliwell. Trailer Bridge provides integrated trucking and marine freight service to and from all points in the lower US 48 states, Puerto Rico & the Dominican Republic, utilizing an efficient inland network, owned containers and U.S. flag vessels to link the mainland with Puerto Rico via marine facilities in Jacksonville, San Juan and Puerto Plata. Mr. Dombalis brings to Trailer Bridge over 30 years of executive experience in the maritime and logistics industries. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Maher Terminals LLC, one the largest multi-user container terminal operators in the world. During his tenure at Maher, Mr.

Cruise Ships Prepare for Hurricane

Five Miami-based cruise ships have changed their itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Chris. Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands as Tropical Storm Chris threatens to intensify. Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas, which plans to return to Miami by August 5, skipped a visit to St. Maarten and will arrive in Nassau on August 4, a day earlier than planned. Royal Caribbean's 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas, which also plans a return to Miami on August 5, will be at sea on August 4 rather than call at Labadee, Haiti. Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,974-passenger Valor, returning to Miami on August 6, swapped stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten for calls at Grand Turk and Freeport.

IBIA Elects New Executive Members

At its recent general meeting in London, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) elected new officers to its executive. Chris Leigh-Jones of Kittiwake Developments Ltd was elected the association's new chairman. He replaces Ivar Tonsen of Gearbulk and was previously IBIA's vice chairman.; the association's new vice chairman is Nicholas Ladis of NL Transol in Greece; David Peart of Tyne Tees Bunkering retired as honorary secretary. Paul Dyke of Tramp Oil takes over in this role; and Angus Ogilvie of Cockett Marine continues his term as honorary treasurer. "This is a strong management team and it will help guide and shape IBIA's efforts over the next two years.

Carboline Opens Upgraded R&D Facility

Photo: Carboline

Coatings manufacturer Carboline has reopened its St. Louis research and development center after the facility recently received several upgrades. Attended by company President and COO Chris Tiernay, Brentwood City Mayor Chris Thornton and 125 St. Louis based employees, the grand reopening included a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the newly updated facility and a company luncheon. “This grand reopening signifies Carboline’s commitment to innovation in the coatings industry,” Tiernay said. The event also kicks off a series of yearlong celebrations for the company’s 70th anniversary.

New Flagship Joins CMV Cruise Line

Magellan (Image by CMV)

Britain's Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has taken delivery of new flagship Magellan ahead of its maiden voyage in March. The former 1,250-passenger ship Grand Holiday, operated by Costa brand Iberocruceros, was built in 1985 and revamped in 2010. The new flagship will now reposition to Greece for a drydock period before sailing to the U.K. for  various launch events and it maiden Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights cruise departing on March 15 from Tilbury. According to CMV's commercial director Chris Coates said the ship has already been popular with guests.

Bollinger Promotes Remont to VP

Chris Remont, Vice President and General Manager, Lockport New Construction division (BLN).

Bollinger Shipyards President and CEO Ben Bordelon announced today another key internal promotion designed to enhance the strategic value of the Company. “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Remont to Vice President and General Manager of our Lockport New Construction division (BLN). Bordelon went on to say “Chris joined Bollinger in May 2014 as Director of Program Management overseeing all aspects of Program Management at BLN. Since that time, he has proven himself to be a key resource in solidifying relationships with our customer and in achieving our divisional objectives.

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