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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Hires News

Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.

W&O Announces New Hires

W&O Supply announced two new hires. In order to develop relationships and partnerships with its clients, W&O Supply has created two new positions: Business Development Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing. With more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience and leadership in multiple industries, Sam Entriken has been hired as W&O Supply’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Entriken will be responsible for growing W&O Supply’s domestic leadership position and providing leadership on the company’s international market growth goals. A leader in sales, marketing and business development, new hire Steve Stafford joins W&O Supply as Business Development Manager.

TWIC Applicants with Rejected Fingerprints

  The US Coast Guard issued policy guidance relating to applicants for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) whose fingerprints have been rejected by the FBI. Personnel who are on the TSA-provided list of individuals with fingerprint rejection issues may be allowed unescorted access to regulated facilities through use of the TWIC New Hire procedures. This is a temporary waiver effective through November 27, while the fingerprint issues are resolved.  (Source: Holland & Knight)

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group

Christian Olavesen

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., Texas, have added James J. Stusse and Christian Olavesen to their respective professional staffs. In July of this year, James was added as a Senior Naval Architect at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI). He is a graduate of the Webb Institute…

W&O Supply Adds New Positions

W&O Supply announces one new hire and two promotions to support the company’s growth. To provide management and leadership for the company’s mission critical services, W&O Supply has created a new department dubbed Shared Services. W&O Supply’s Shared Services department combines materials management, information technology, warehousing and logistics, enabling the company to improve communication and workflow between these services for its 13 locations across the U.S. John Kilbride has been promoted to Vice President of Shared Services and is responsible for the seamless integration and management of these services which are shared by all W&O Supply branches. Carl Herman has been promoted to Director of Materials Management and SPACE Valve Products.

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Fourth APT Tanker

Steinar Nerbovik, President and CEO Photo Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY), held a ceremonial Keel Laying today for the fourth product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary. Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place the coins as a sign of good fortune and safe travels.

Retaining New Hire in the Workboat Industry

Academy graduates entering their first job with a maritime employer will leave the position within the first year almost 50% of the time. This rate is many times greater than the national average for college graduates in their first job after graduation — except for RN’s (47% leave within a year). Registered Nurses and Maritime Academy graduates often cite the same reasons for leaving a position within this first year. A new hire in the nursing field is cited as costing $30,000…

ISS Appoints Ferguson VP, Cargo Solutions

Michael Ferguson

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, announced a new hire within its Cargo Solutions division, with the appointment of Michael Ferguson as Vice President, Cargo Solutions, Terminals and Port Infrastructure. With more than 35 years’ experience working in senior positions for companies like Drummond Coal, Kinder Morgan and the Forge Group, Mike’s expertise extends from bulk material handling through to roles in engineering, operations, mining, terminal management, project management and business development.

Springsteel Joins Liquid Robotics as CFO

Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider marine today announced that Steven R. Springsteel, former CEO of Chordiant Software Inc. and President/CFO of Verity, has joined the  company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to Bill Vass, CEO and President of Liquid Robotics, Springsteel will be responsible for all business operations and financial matters. Furthermore, he is tasked with scaling the company, growing the data services business and expanding Liquid Robotics' strategic industry partnerships in the oil & gas, defense, and science markets worldwide.

Improved Safety and Training, Part II

© Photocreo Bednarek / Adobe Stock

Everyone responsible for safety or training in their organization is very aware that everything is changing in the maritime world. The worker demographic has shifted. Regulatory demand is rising and compliance is more complex. Fortunately, it is also the case that maritime safety and training has entered a renaissance period. New tools are available that improve training outcomes and allow organizations to assess the state of training and compliance with a level of insight not previously possible.

Faststream Adds Eight Recruiting Staff

From left: Rafael Ramirec, Gregory Smith and Brendan Anzelone

Recruiting hires reflect demand for talent in the oil and gas and maritime sectors, across the U.S. Faststream, an oil and gas and maritime recruiting and staffing services company, hired eight recruiters in its Houston and Fort Lauderdale offices to focus solely on placing talent within the oil and gas and maritime sectors, reflecting the market needs and industry demands for qualified, experienced and well-trained talent. “The demand for talent in the oil and gas and maritime industries is nearing all-time highs,” said Eric Peters, U.S. managing director for Faststream.

Lamorte Burns & Co. Announce New Hires

Lamorte Burns & Co., Inc., the category-leading U.S. firm which represents ship owners/operators, P&I clubs and USL&H clubs announced several key management additions and the retirement of one executive. Lisa A. Loeber has been promoted to Vice President, Richard Weeks to Vice President of West Coast Operations, and Wendy I. Wang, Kelly A. Walker and Charles A. Johnson to Assistant Vice Presidents, Harold J. Halpin, President and CEO of Lamorte Burns, indicated. Additionally, Halpin noted that long-time Vice President, John P. Schaffer, will retire from the firm after twenty-seven years of service, effective December 31, 2007.

Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers

Photo: Port of Oakland

The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today, noting that additional hires will be phased into the workforce through September to handle a buildup of ships and cargo. The port said its aim in brining in the new workers is to accelerate cargo operations and clear out a backlog of vessels anchored in San Francisco Bay. “We’re not operating with the speed and efficiency our customers deserve right now,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll.

Crowley Presents Maritime Security Enhancement Award

Continuing its support of students wishing to enter maritime, transportation and logistics fields, Crowley Maritime Corporation recently presented Tyler A. Stutin, a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen, with the Crowley Maritime Security Enhancement Award. Vic Goldberg, Crowley vice president of marine operations, recognized Stutin, during the 2007 Academic Awards Convocation at Kings Point in June. Candidates for this award must demonstrate exceptional interest in and aptitude for, a career in port, maritime or transportation security. Stutin, a logistics and intermodal transportation major, hails from Pasadena, Calif., and was the senior class president and the aide to the Academy's Deputy Superintendent, Rear Admiral Christopher McMahon, USMS.

Jensen Adds Eight Employees

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, continues its hiring boom with the recent addition of eight new naval architecture, marine engineering and administrative professionals in the company’s Seattle, New Orleans and Jacksonville offices. The new hires bring additional expertise in the fields of naval architecture, marine and electrical engineering, marine construction and accounting, while enhancing Jensen’s newest service offerings – production and electrical engineering and construction management, all of which were added to the company’s portfolio in 2012. “Jensen’s tremendous growth continues as a result of the careful joint planning of Jensen and our parent company…

NWTC, MMC Shipbuilding Training Agreement

Hundreds of current and future shipbuilders will be trained in Marinette pursuant to a contract signed today by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC). “At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, we are committed to meeting the marine manufacturing industry’s need for skilled shipbuilding workers,” said Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, NWTC president. Through the two-year agreement, NWTC will provide 130,000 hours of training to MMC new hires and incumbent workers. Focusing on electricians, shipfitters, welders, and pipefitters, the training will be provided at the NWTC Marinette campus, MMC facilities, and at the new NWTC North Coast Marine Manufacturing Center which is scheduled to open February 1, 2012, on Main Street in Marinette.

ZIM Hires Geffen as Chief Digital Officer

(Photo: ZIM)

Israel's largest cargo shipping firm ZIM has hired Liav Geffen to serve in the newly created position of chief digital officer (CDO). “The new Digital Unit in ZIM will drive the digital transformation the company has already embarked upon,” said ZIM president & CEO, Eli Glickman. “We intend to foster innovation and technology across the board, impacting every aspect of our operations. Over the last eight years, Geffen was VP Marketing of Harel Group. He holds a law degree and a business MBA.

Chet Morrison Add New Hires

Metin Gezer

Chet Morrison Contractors hired industry veteran Metin Gezer as Vice President of Land Construction Services. Gezer is one of several recent leadership additions who will provide support and infrastructure to foster the growth of the company’s construction services for both onshore and marine environments. Gezer brings over 25 years of planning and operations experience in the oil and gas industry, both domestically and internationally, and has a background in midstream, refining, petro-chemicals, pipelines, industrial gases and specialty chemicals.

NASSCO Invests in Facilities, Equipment and People

General Dynamics NASSCO has invested several hundred million in capital projects as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies via  modular shipbuilding, including: two 300-ton cranes allowing shipbuilders the ability to increase the size of the erectable blocks; a block assembly line to optimize construction of commercial ship blocks; inverted block and grand block outfit areas to more fully install components and equipment on blocks; and a state-of the-art, environmentally-friendly blast and paint facility to paint blocks indoors with high capacity equipment.

KPI Bridge Oil Opens Athens Office

Jesper D. Rasmussen (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has opened a new office in Athens, Greece. The new venture comes as part of the group’s broader growth strategy and desire to further develop its key markets. KPI Bridge Oil has been covering Mediterranean ports through its Istanbul and London offices for over four decades but the need for a physical presence in the important Greek market has become stronger in recent years.

EBDG Continues Hiring Streak

clockwise from top left: Samuel Waterhouse, Luisa Malabet, Michael LaRose and Joseph Dupont

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and New Orleans recently acquired new talent for both of its locations, helping to grow the company's presence and expand on its core services –marine engineering, naval architecture, shipyard services and analysis. "We're pleased to welcome Joey, Michael, Luisa and Sam to EBDG," said President, Joe Pritting. Naval Architects Michael LaRose and Samuel Waterhouse hold Bachelor…

Inchcape Inks Another Liner Contract

The long-standing business association between Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has resulted in a significant contract covering agency representation in Indonesia from United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East. The outsourced agency services to be provided by EM, with the support and guidance of ISS, will be key to UASC achieving their growth ambitions for the country. The contract, which begins in December 2014, will see EM provide a full range of liner agency functions for UASC across the whole of Indonesia. This includes sales, operations, documentation and financial services. The new operation on behalf of UASC will comprise nearly 40 staff, of which around 30 will be new hires.

Labor Agreement Reached at Newport News Shipbuilding

(Photo: Chris Oxley / HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said United Steelworkers Local 8888 members at its Newport News Shipbuilding division have voted 1,985-131 in favor of a new labor agreement. The new contract will run through November 14, 2021. “This offer is fair, competitive in the industry and respectful of the needs of our great shipbuilders,” said Susan Jacobs, Newport News’ vice president of human resources and administration. “It’s an offer that also maintains our competitiveness in…

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