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Friday, April 27, 2018

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Navy's Third MCPON Bob Walker Has Passed Away

Adm. James L. Holloway III congratulates Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Robert Walker, June 1975. (U.S. Navy photo)

Robert "Bob" Walker, the U.S. Navy’s third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) from September 25, 1975 to September 28, 1979, has passed away. Current MCPON (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens issued a statement on Walker’s passing: “It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of our Navy's third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Robert "Bob" Walker. He passed away peacefully at 1715 with his wife and family members by his side. Our office will provide dates and times for his memorial and funeral services as they become available.”

Maersk Honam in Jebel Ali Port

Maersk Honam. Photo:  © Yang Ngai, Marinetraffic.com

The Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam, which was hit by a serious fire on 6 March, will reach anchorage outside the Jebel Ali Port (UAE) on Tuesday 24 April 2018. The fire broke out around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman, and remains under control. Firefighting activities were initiated by the Indian Coast Guard until vessels with special firefighting capabilities arrived at the scene. Salvage operations are led by Smit Salvage and Ardent – two best-in-class companies within maritime salvage.

Heidmar CEO Marc La Monte Passes Away

Marc La Monte (Image: http://www.heidmar.com)

Heidmar reported the unexpected passing of Marc La Monte of Wilton, Connecticut. Mr. La Monte passed away while on a business flight in Europe on the morning of October 14th. La Monte was a widely respected member of the international shipping industry for 27 years. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Heidmar Inc. from April 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, La Montehad been the Managing Director of Heidmar’s VLCC tanker pool, Seawolf Tankers. La Monte spent 16 years at Overseas Shipping Group in various positions, including vice president of OSG’s LNG tanker business.

New England Ropes Co-Founder Passes Away

New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TEUFELBERGER Group, said that the company’s original co- founder, Herb Repass, passed away recently in Vero Beach Florida. Repass co-founded New England Ropes, Inc. in New Bedford, Mass., with his friend and associate David Aigler in 1967. Repass served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manufactured by the company for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and Navy and Coast Guard operations. Herb, Dave and his son Randy also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the west coast, spawning West Marine. Many of the rope designs developed by Repass are still in use today, combining superior design with the use of today’s fiber advancements.

Reagan, Pres. Northwind Marine Passed Away

Bruce V. Reagan, president of Northwind Marine, Inc., Seattle, Washington, passed away October 16th. Northwind Marine, Inc. will continue to build aluminum boats to Reagan’s standards at the company's Seattle plant. Mr. Reagan, for 30 years an award winning builder of various aluminum boats and yachts, was 63. He co-owned and operated Workboats Northwest from 1976 to 1995; founded Northwest Plasma Cutting and Sovereign Yacht in 1990, and Northwind Marine, Inc. in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Allison, and two daughters. (Source: Northwind Marine)

Korean Register CEO Park Passed Away

Dr. B. S. Park ( Photo: Korean Register)

Dr. B. S. Park, Korean Register Chairman and CEO, has passed away after a short illness.   Dr. Park graduated from Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 1976 and joined Pan Ocean Shipping where he worked in a number of capacities until 2001. In that year he was appointed CEO of Welson Korea Insurance Brokers before becoming COO of Korea P&I Club in 2006. He appointed as Chairman and CEO of KR in December 2014.   Dr. Park was 63 and leaves a wife and two children.

Incat Designs Founder Philip Hercus Passed Away

Philip Hercus (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Incat Designs founder Philip Hercus, one of the forefathers of Incat Crowther and Australia’s marine design industry, has passed away. Hercus’ contribution to the industry was immense. In the 1980s, he pioneered the introduction of aluminum catamaran passenger vessels in tourist areas such as the Great Barrier Reef before developing the Wave Piercing Catamaran. In 1990, one of these vessels won the Hales Trophy for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean for a commercial vessel. Phil was awarded the Order of Australia in 1995 for his services to the industry.

Furuno's Ed Davis Passes Away

Ed Davis (Photo Courtesy of Furuno USA)

Ed Davis, an industry veteran and longtime employee at Furuno USA, Inc., passed away on April 30. Ed was Furuno USA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager since September 1992, working closely with dealers who he not only called customers, but his friends. Prior to working at Furuno, Ed had his own marine manufacturer’s rep company, where he represented Datamarine International, Audiovox and Shakespeare Electronics. He first entered into the maritime industry in 1987 when he was hired as the Senior Product Planner/Buyer for Boat America Corp.

MPT's Amy Beavers Passes Away

Amy Beavers (MPT)

Amy Beavers, USCG Licensed Master, Academic Principal and VP of Regulatory Compliance at Maritime Professional Training has passed away on November 5. Services will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Rio Vista Community Church, 880 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316. Longtime maritime training expert and provider Amy Beavers was widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable stakeholders in the industry when it came to regulatory matters, especially where it intersected the U.S. Coast Guard's credentialing department.

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – November 17

1791-Secretary of Treasury Hamilton fixed value of rations at a "generous" 12 cents per day for each man in Revenue Marine.  1973-The "Largest Icebreaker in the Western World," CGC Polar Star, was launched. 1983- LT Edith Munro, USCGR, Douglas Munro's mother and SPAR veteran, passed away at the age of 88 (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

Fratelli Cosulich Mourns Loss of Chairman

Callisto Gerolimich Cosulich, chairman of the multi-faceted shipping group Fratelli Cosulich, passed away on September 5, 2007, at the age of 95. Callisto Cosulich had been group chairman since 1977, when he took over from Mario Cosulich, his cousin. He was still quite active in the business, albeit on a reduced scale, attending the Trieste headquarters of the company every day. Callisto Cosulich was a past president of the Trieste Ship Agents’ Association, as well as a member of the board of the Bank of Italy.

John Anthony Chamberlain

John Anthony Chamberlain (image: Signal Mutual Indemnity Association)

A Founding Father of Signal Passes Away (December 12, 1940 – January 1, 2015). It is with great sadness that the Managers of Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. must report the unexpected passing of John Chamberlain at the age of 74. A founding father of Signal, John began work for Charles Taylor in 1969; moving to the United States in the early 1980s to work with a leading maritime consulting and claims adjusting firm, Lamorte Burns, on the early development of the business which would eventually become Signal Mutual.

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar Passes Away

Jim Oberstar (Official government photo)

“Congressman Jim ‪‎Oberstar was a friend and mentor. He was also a brilliant and kind man. No one knew more about transportation policy than him. Just last Wednesday, I talked with him about strategies to pass a good transportation bill. I will miss him. President Obama said of Oberstar's passing, "Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar. Jim cared deeply about the people of Minnesota, devoting his 36 years of service to improving America's infrastructure…

Founder Stolt-Nielsen Passes Away

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, 83, passed away today in the company of his family at his home in Oslo. An entrepreneur and visionary of boundless enthusiasm and energy, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen founded Parcel Tankers, Inc. in 1959 and pioneered the global trade for liquid chemicals, ultimately building what is today the world's largest chemical tanker company, Stolt Tankers. worldwide. In 1972, he founded Stolt Sea Farm, a pioneer in salmon farming, which is recognised today as a leader in high-tech aquaculture, focusing on sole, turbot and sturgeon for caviar.

Jack W. Fisher Passes Away at 73

Jack W Fisher

Jack W Fisher, president of JW Fishers Mfg. passed away at home after a brief illness on February 20, 2015. He was 73 years old. The JW Fishers business was started because Fisher, an avid diver, needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project in the mid 1960s. He discovered there was no such device available. Over the next several years he designed and constructed his own underwater metal detector. JW Fishers Mfg. was formed and Jack began building and selling his detectors to other divers.

Idar Ulstein Passes Away

Idar Ulstein

Idar Ulstein, that was CEO and Chairman of the board of ULSTEIN for many years, passed away Sunday night. He has played a huge role for the maritime industry and has been deeply involved in community development. Idar Ulstein entered the company first as a 14 year old in 1948, when his father died. After completing naval architect studies in 1962, he reentered the company as head of design. The company was growing, and when Molde yard was purchased in 1964, Idar became manager of the new companies. In 1974, after the merger with Hatlø mechanical workshop, he became CEO of Ulstein Hatlø.

Much-loved Seaboard Director Passes Away

Joseph E. Rodrigues, a long time Seaboard director & former executive officer, has passed away at his home in Las Vegas. Seaboard's President and Chairman noted in a statement to all Seaboard employees: "Many of you had the good fortune of knowing Joe and you know what a remarkable man he was-in temperament, intellect and spirit. I don't have the words to describe how well he lived his life and how kindly he treated people. Mr. Rodrigues' career with Seaboard began in 1980 when he served as Managing Director of Seaboard's flour milling operations in Nigeria. In 1987 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Seaboard, serving in this capacity until he retired in 2001. He had been a member of the Seaboard Board of Directors since 1990. Mr.

Ill Merchant Seamen Dies at Sea

A team of four Guardian Angel pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., parachutes to the Green Ridge container ship during an over-water rescue mission Aug. 18, 2015.

A multiagency rescue operation to help a seriously ill merchant sailor aboard a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean was cancelled Wednesday morning after the man was declared deceased, the U.S. Coast guard announced. Tuesday, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the 11th Coast Guard District Command Center received a report of a sick U.S. citizen aboard the Green Ridge, a 600-foot vehicle carrier, approximately 1,000 miles west of San Diego. The command center requested assistance from the…

Costa Concordia Diver Fatally Injured in Underwater Accident

Costa Concordia, Winter 2013-14: Photo courtesy of The Parbuckling Project

Titan Micoperi sadly announces that a diver from the Consortium passed away after an accident occurred during underwater operations in progress under the wreck. The salvage contractors add that the diver, of Spanish nationality, 41 years old, was involved in the operations aimed at preparing the wreck for the installation of the sponsons on the starboard side. He was immediately assisted by his 'stand-by diver", and was transferred to the operative headquarter where he was assisted by the medical and paramedical staff of the Consortium and…

Kirby Reports Record Results

Houston-based Kirby announced record net income of $22.6 million, or 85 cents per share, on record revenue of $224.9 million for the first quarter ended March 31. That compares with income of $13.3 million, or 52 cents per share, on revenue of $184.4 million for the same period last year. Kirby also declared a two-for-one stock split of its common stock. Stockholders of record on May 10 will receive one additional share of common stock for each share of common stock held on that day. The additional shares will be distributed on May 31. Retired pipeline executive David L. Lemmon has been elected to Kirby Corp.'s board of directors. Lemmon replaces Robert G. Stone, Jr., who passed away on April 18. Lemmon served as president and CEO of Colonial Pipeline Co.

Crowley Awards Scholarship

Crowley Maritime Corporation has presented a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to InterAmerican University student Juan Xavier Berrios Guzman, from Barranquitas. Crowley has awarded 24 scholarships totaling tens of thousands of dollars to deserving students in Puerto Rico since 1984. Students are selected for the scholarship by the Puerto Rico Department of Education based on academic success and financial need. Berrios will pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting with the long-term goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He expressed his gratitude to Crowley for helping him get through college and was captivated by Crowley's scope and diversity of services, which immediately generated aspirations to join the company following his graduation.

InterManager Salutes Capt. Vanderperre

InterManager, the international association of in-house and third party ship managers, has paid tribute to the life and memory of Captain Charles Vanderperre, the founder of Univan Ship Management and the long-accredited grandfather of modern day third party shipmanagement, who died at the age of 88. In a statement, Guy Morel, General Secretary of the Association, said: “We salute his memory and applaud the work he did in driving forward the development of third party shipmanagement. Captain Vanderperre, who handed over the responsibility for the day to day operations of Univan to the management team some months ago, passed away peacefully on 19th September, in his 88th year, after a long illness. A private funeral will take place in Thailand this week.

Maritime Industry Mourns Loss Of RINA's Technical Director

Giuliano Pattofatto, technical director of Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) passed away on March 8 from heart failure. After graduating with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1966, he joined RINA and eventually rose to the position of deputy director general and technical director. He started participating in the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the early 1970s within the Italian delegation and chaired various groups dealing in particular with fire safety and passenger ship safety. He was chairman of the Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment from 1990 to 1993, and chaired the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) from 1994 until 1999.

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