Seigal Appointed VP at Zodiak
Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military and commercial inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), has hired Commander (Ret.) Steve Seigel to lead their military and professional business unit. Seigel’s Naval career includes both enlisted and commissioned service in multiple SEAL and Underwater Demolition Teams, and the US Special Operations Command. Following his operational and command tours, he reported to the USSOCOM acquisition and logistics directorate after completing the Defense Systems Management College. “Commander Seigel was assigned to the program management office responsible for the development…
Zodiac Promotions, Seigel, Beck, Tracy
Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of military inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced three essential staff changes. Vice President and General Manager, Steve Seigel, has been promoted to President and General Manager of the Military and Professional products business. Bob Beck has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and T.J. Tracy has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing. In the next twelve months, the Zodiac Military and Professional business intends to add more U.S.
Zodiac of North America, Marie Retires
Zodiac of North America, Inc. announced that Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Marie, its President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring from the company at the end of February. The company plans for Howard French to lead their Recreational Products division and Steve Seigel to lead their Military Products division. Marie, who will assist with the transition as a consultant, will also remain on the Board of Directors. Marie has been with the Zodiac family of companies for 25 years including serving as President for the last 19 years. "I have mixed emotions about retiring in such trying times, but I'm confident that Zodiac is in good shape and will weather this current storm well," Marie said. Marie served on the Boards of the NMMA, U.S.
Zodiac, New Law Enforcement RIBs
Zodiac of North America, Inc., is launching their new Zodiac Enforcer line of RIBs tailored to the needs of marine law enforcement agencies. The Enforcer series was first displayed to the public and law enforcement customers at the Miami International Boat Show this month. "Our military and Coast Guard customers have long understood the performance advantages of Zodiac RIBs and Zodiac Hurricane RIBs. What we needed for law enforcement was a vessel that could deliver these same characteristics, but at the price point of a production-built boat," said Steve Seigel, Vice President and General Manager of the Zodiac Military and Professional Products Division. "We achieved this with the Enforcer line by distilling the options down to build the quintessential law enforcement boat.
EBDG’s New Orleans Office Growing
Elliott Bay Design Group's (EBDG) New Orleans office has added new staff and projects. Seattle-based EBDG opened its New Orleans branch in November 2006 with the key hires of Michael Walker, General Manager, and Sam Charters, Chief Marine Engineer. Recently joining the New Orleans staff as Senior Naval Architect is Steve McKnight, bringing with him 17 years of experience supporting the marine and offshore service industries. Steve has supported shipyards throughout the Gulf region and most recently served as Chief Naval Architect at VT Halter. An additional naval architect will join the team in mid April, and the office is continuing its recruiting efforts for multiple positions.
Four High Speed Craft at Austal with GL class
classification contract. Four auto express vehicle-passenger catamarans to be built by Austal shipyard will be classed by Germanischer Lloyd. The high speed craft for an undisclosed owner will be constructed to the new High Speed Craft Code 2000 and delivered in 2009. Two of the fast ferries will be 69 m and two 88 m long. The classification contract was signed by Austal's COO Steve Murdoch and Design Manager Derek Gill in presence of GL's Area Manager George Spiliotis and Station Manager Fremantle Jatin S. Grewal. The order represents Austal's largest individual contract to date. "This huge contract confirms our presence in a region with substantial growth opportunities for Austal", said John Rothwell, Austal Executive Chairman.
Moore Stephens Appoints New Partners
Shipping accountant and business consultant Moore Stephens has appointed six new partners. One, Steve Durman, is an expert on employment issues and has advised a number of shipping companies on effective structuring of employment terms for seafarers and shore-based personnel. Steve Durman has specialised in employer support for fifteen years, after joining Moore Stephens from the DHSS. He has particular expertise in advising UK-based shipping companies on employment packages. In the last nine months Moore Stephens has added fifty fee earners to service its growing workload. Andrew Galli and Simon Gallagher (both Insurance Industry Group), Deborah Pearce (Enfield office), Tom Ward (Audit Services Group) and Paul Clark (UK Business Group) have also been appointed partners.
GE US Equipment Financing Appoints New Marine Sales Leader
GE US Equipment Financing has appointed Steve Isaacson as National Sales Leader. Isaacson is a veteran of the commercial marine finance industry, joining GE in 2001 after a 15-year career managing SAFECO Credit’s national marine group in Seattle. Isaacson had served the past two years as the northwest regional sales manager for GE USEF. “Steve’s extensive industry expertise in Marine financing will help us provide our marine industry customers with a more customized set of solutions across the spectrum of financing needs including new and used vessel acquisitions, vessel re-power and upgrade projects, fleet acquisitions, growth capital, working capital, balance sheet management and recapitalizations,” said Juan Corsillo, vice president of marketing and strategic initiatives for GE USEF.
Growing the Ohio Fleet
Tom Moosbrugger and Steve Grantz share a common history as Ohio River boat men working in a variety of positions from deck to dispatch. In 1994, they used that experience, and an entrepreneurial spirit, to buy a small towboat fleeting firm in Evansville, Ind. a couple of hundred miles upriver from the Ohio's junction with the Mississippi at Cario, Ill. They operated the tow boats and a cleaning and repair yard as the newly formed Evansville Marine Services. In the four years since that initial purchase, the company has grown from only nine to 54 employees. The fleet has also grown in size from three to ten boats, three drydocks and 12 cranes. They are doing shipyard and stevedoring work for a number of other companies and as customer demand is there, they do some longer haul barge-work.
Collar Appointed Vice President, Special Projects
Crowley Maritime Corporation veteran Steve Collar has joined Marine Transport Corporation as Vice President, Special Projects effective July 1. He is domiciled in Marine Transport's Weehawken, NJ, headquarters and reports to Jeff Miller, Vice President, Chartering. Crowley acquired Marine Transport, a U.S.-based supplier of chemical parcel transportation, refined petroleum transportation, crude oil lightering, and ship management, in February. Collar, most recently Director of Special Projects for Crowley's Vessel Management Services subsidiary, will be responsible for helping Marine Transport and its subsidiary companies develop and market Marine Transport's fleet renewal and expansion projects, and will commercially manage selected vessels.
MariTEL Appoints VP Of Operations
MariTEL Marine Communications System has elected Steve Skalski as vice president of operations, focusing on construction of the MariNet - the marine local loop. Before assuming his current position, Skalski served as vice president eastern division with EchoStar in Atlanta.
Teekay Shipping Appoints New Director
Teekay Shipping has elected Eileen A. Mercier to its Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created by the retirement yesterday of Steve G.K. Hsu, who had served on Teekay's board since 1993. Mercier has more than 30 years experience in a variety of financial and strategic planning positions, including senior vice president and CFO for Abitib-Price from 1990 until 1995. Since then, Mercier has served as president of Finvoy Management, and is currently a director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards.
Norden Reports Holding of Own Shares
Steve Krabbe, the president of Norden A/S, in connection with senior staff’s utilization of share options, announced that the company has sold 23,890 of shares of DKK 20.00. The company’s holding of own shares is now 95,900 shares of DKK 20.00 corresponding to 4.16 percent of the share capital. On March 15, Norden reported in the Annual Report 2003 that the holding of own shares was 119,790 shares of DKK 20.00 corresponding to 5.2 percentof the share capital.
PHA Commission Considers $9.9m Share of Dredging Project
The Port Commission of The Portof Houston Authority will consider funding a $9.9m share of a Houston Ship Channel dredging and maintenance project and several other matters at its public meeting on August 28 in Houston. Chairman Jim Edmonds will preside over the meeting with Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Kase Lawal, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Janiece Longoria and Commissioner Elyse Lanier.
BAE Systems To Transfer Technology On Frigate Project
BAE Systems will be transferring technology to Labuan Shipyard and Engineering (LSE) in building two frigates for the Royal Malaysian Navy. The MoU was signed by BAE Systems managing director for Asia-Pacific, Steve Meighan and Realmild executive chairman Datuk Abdul Latif Abdullah. Source: Bernama
SCA Elects New Chairman
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced that Steve Welch, chief executive officer of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., has been elected its new chairman, replacing Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, chief executive officer of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Butch King, chief executive officer of VT Halter Marine, Inc., was elected to the position of vice-chair. The elections took place during the Council’s annual Spring Meeting, held April 30 through May 1, in Washington, DC.
Fire Aboard Ship Returning to Seattle
There was a small fire in the engine room of the Norwegian Star cruise ship as it returned to Seattle from an Alaska cruise, KXLY reported. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Norwegian Star at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to determine what happened. Steve Church of the Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria says the fire was small enough to be put out by hand, and the ship's fire-suppression system was not used. The fire apparently was caused by a leaky fuel valve. source: KXLY
Marinette Marine Unaffected By Navy Cancellation
According to WLUC, Marinette Marine will not be affected by the Navy to cancel a shipbuilding contract with Lockheed-Martin. The second of two Littoral Combat Ships was to be built in Louisiana, but because the first ship being built in Marinette is so far over-budget, the Navy has canceled the order. The shipbuilding in Marinette will continue as scheduled. The ship is estimated to be more than $100m over-budget, but US Congressman Steve Kagen of Wisconsin says the builders aren't at fault. Source: WLUC
Coast Guard Holds Change of Command
Cmdr. Steve Godfrey, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Communications Master Station Atlantic transferred command to Cmdr. Eric Bruner during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Northwest Annex in Chesapeake, Va. Vice Adm. Brian Peterman, Commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area was the presiding official for this Change of Command ceremony. Bruner arrives in Chesapeake after a tour as Deputy Chief, Atlantic Area C4IT and Security Division Officer.
VPS Expands Lubricant Oil Condition Monitoring Services
The marine fuels testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) announced the latest expansion of the company’s lubricant oil condition monitoring (OCM) service. In the company’s continuous drive to offer its customers a widening range of technically advanced, value-added services, VPS have made a significant financial investment to equip their Rotterdam Laboratory with the very latest analytical technology, automation and robotics for the testing of lubricants. The introduction of such advanced equipment and systems…
EBDG Engineer among Missing in Mudslide
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) said in announcement today that engineer Steve Harris is among those missing in the recent Oso disaster. Although he has not yet been found, the level of devastation wrought by the mudslide in Snohomish County makes it unlikely that authorities will locate survivors. Steve's wife Theresa was also among the missing. “Our hearts go out to Steve's loved ones as well as those of the other Oso victims during this time of uncertainty,” the EBDG statement said.
Carmel Appointed to MLL CNO Executive Panel
Stephen Carmel, Senior Vice President of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), has been appointed to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel. The CNO Executive Panel is drawn from scientific, engineering, political-military and international relations communities. The purpose of this group is to advise the Chief of Naval Operations on questions related to national sea power. Carmel is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds a M.A. in Economics and a M.B.A. in International Finance from Old Dominion University, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in International Political Economy. Steve began his career sailing as a deck officer and master on tankers for Maritime Overseas Corporation and Military Sealift Command.
Neuville Mixes Large and Small Crewboats
Kerry Neuville recently built an 18-ft. aluminum skiff with his son and now parks it in the same shed where he and his brother started their boatbuilding careers. Across the yard from the little shed Neuville Boatworks huge building sheds bustle with their usual activity. With a 154 x 30 x 12.5-ft. crew boat (160-foot overall) nearing completion for Steve Miguez’s Iberia Crewboats and scheduled for a March delivery. A sister-ship is being framed up on an inverted jig in one of the other building sheds. Both vessels will be powered by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines provide power for the vessel. Each engine produces 1350 hp at 1950 RPM into Twin Disc MG-6650 gears with 2.47:1 reduction. The 5400 hp crewboats will achieve speeds of 26 knots.