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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Crowley Maritime Awards Scholarships to UNF & UW Students

UW Scholars: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation has awarded six Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Firstly for two students at the University of North Florida (UNF), and secondly to four  students at University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. Crowley’s Jim Gillen, vice president of engineering, petroleum services, presented the scholarships to Brandon Little and Aquiles Rodriguez for their academic excellence and enrollment in UNF’s transportation and logistics program. Each student will receive $2,500 toward their tuition.

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.

Donjon Shipbuilding Floats Tugboat in Presque Isle Bay

As part of the ongoing construction process, on December 22, 2010, Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, floated the 135-foot-long, 10,500-horsepower tugboat Ken Boothe Sr. in Presque Isle Bay. The vessel was moved from Donjon Shipbuilding’s 1250-foot graving dock to a wet berth within the facility where final construction and outfitting of the vessel will be completed in mid-February 2011. The vessel is named for Mr. Kenneth Boothe, Sr., former President of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair…

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.

Evergreen Group Chairman Dies at 88

Dr. Yung-Fa Chang (Photo: Evergreen Group)

Evergreen Group founder and Group Chairman Dr. Yung-Fa Chang passed away at the age of 88 in Taipei on January 20, 2016. Dr. Chang was born in 1927. He founded Evergreen Marine Corporation in 1968 with just one secondhand general cargo vessel, and by 1985, the company had become the world's largest container shipping line. In 1989 he established EVA Air, extending his global business empire from shipping to airline and land transportation. Dr. Chang devoted much of his efforts to charity and social welfare, primarily through the Chang Yung-Fa Foundation.

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.

ASNE will Remember Geiger, Naval Leader

ASNE Naval Logistics Symposium will include a memorial tribute to Clifford G. Geiger, Jr. Geiger was a former ASNE Vice President, longtime leader of the ASNE Logistics Committee and ASNE Gold Medal Award Winner who passed away on January 12, 2009. Geiger had a long and distinguished career in federal service with the U.S. Navy. Widely regarded for his expertise in the field of logistics; he rose to the highest rank for career executives and his positions included Senior Acquisition Logistician in the Naval Material Command, Deputy Commander for Fleet Logistics Support in the Naval Sea Systems Command and Assistant and Acting Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics.

Obituary: Walter Sellick – Founder, Sellick Equipment

Walter Sellick (Photo: Sellick Equipment)

Walter Sellick, founder of Sellick Equipment, passed away on January 10, 2017. He was 98. Walter is survived by sons Howard and David, daughter Heather, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Born in 1918, Walter was raised on a farm in Harrow, Ontario. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941-1945 and was a life member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #338. Walter managed a Ford tractor dealership for many years until 1968 when at the age of 50 embarked on a new career with sons Howard and David…

Hull Blyth’s Loss

Norman Shaw, managing director of Hull Blyth (Nigeria) Ltd, sadly passed away in December 2001, in Lagos, Nigeria, aged 49. Norman Shaw had extensive experience in the shipping industry working in the UK, USA, Singapore, The Netherlands and West Africa between 1976 and 1998. He was then appointed manager of P&O Nigeria before joining Hull Blyth (Nigeria) Ltd in 1999. Hull Blyth & Co Ltd is the Multiport member serving Angola, Ghana and Nigeria. Norman is survived by his wife and two sons, who would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral service in Southampton or the memorial service in Lagos.

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…

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.

Golden Gate Ferry Welcomes New Deputy General Manager

James P. Swindler has been selected as the Deputy General Manger, Ferry Division Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and will assume his October 28, 2003. Swindler replaces Captain David Clark who passed away early this year. Since 1999, Swindler has served as the Director of Operations at the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (Steamship Authority), MA, which operates ferry service between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands and Woods Hole serving more than 3 million passengers, 500,000 automobiles, and 110,00 trucks annually. Swindler began his career with Steamship Authority in 1990 as a Special Projects Manager. For six of his thirteen years at the Authority, he also served as Engineering/Maintenance Manager.

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)

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.

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