United States Merchant Marine Academy News

08 May 2019

Furuno USA Hires Toma

George Toma (Photo: Furuno USA)

Furuno USA has hired a new commercial business development manager. Based in Houston, Texas, Mr. George Toma will play a key role in establishing and developing business relationships with commercial ship owners, operators, and builders around the country to promote the Furuno product line.Toma comes to Furuno with forty years of experience in the maritime industry. He has served on the Board of Directors for RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritimes), and received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 2013 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association.

14 Sep 2018

Kings Point Alumni Release Commemorative Video

Video marks Academy's 75th year and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Alumni of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) released an inspiring video to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the institution and memorialize midshipmen who have died in service to the nation. Over the summer, the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (USMMA-AAF) has been executing a multi-faceted campaign to mark the federal academy's decades of service and the foundational role it plays…

27 Aug 2018

Change of Command for Cal Maritime's Training Ship

Photo courtesy of Cal Maritime

After 10 years at the helm, Harry Bolton handed over command of the Training Ship Golden Bear Wednesday at California State University Maritime Academy.Bolton, a 1978 graduate of the Academy, returned to Cal Maritime on May 1, 2008 after a 30-year career with American Maritime Officers. Twenty of those years were with American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA) aboard the original preposition ships based out of Guam, Saipan and Diego Garcia. Bolton began sailing as Master in 1985, only seven years after graduation.Dr.

07 Aug 2018

USMMA Outlines Top Priorities in New Strategic Plan

(Photo: MARAD)

Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan providing guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.The plan, entitled The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, describes strategic priorities that will guide the institution for the next five years and beyond, including enriching educational programs; improving institutional culture; infrastructure planning…

24 Jul 2018

Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Ready Reserve Force Vessel Cape Ray on the historic mission that supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to neutralize chemical weapons. (Photo courtesy U.S. DOT)

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.This year’s missions have included some of the largest ammunition movements since the Vietnam War – which the RRF crane ships are exceptionally cut out for; unit resupply to various theaters around the world, and movement of rotating forces including supporting the Canadian military.

01 Jun 2018

Mariners Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

William Donnelly, USMMA Class of 2008 (Image: Marad)

Ask folks unfamiliar with the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) where it’s graduates can be found and they will likely tell you on a cargo ship plying the deep oceans, or in some exotic port on the far side of the globe. And they would be, for the most part correct. However, most don’t realize that no other federal service academy offers the career options of Kings Point. Yes, many graduates become ship’s officers at sea, and some take jobs ashore in the maritime and intermodal transportation field…

31 May 2018

Morganti Joins Ecochlor

John Morganti (Photo: Ecochlor)

John Morganti has joined Ecochlor in the new position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Morganti will direct the sales and marketing team, manage major client accounts, develop short- and long-range objectives to reach sales quota goals and revenue expectations, and work with corporate management to create five- and 10-year business plans for the company.Morganti is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 25 year plus background in Sales and Operations Management.

27 Nov 2017

Buzby: Kings Point Back on Track

Mark H. Buzby, U.S. Maritime Administrator

U.S. Maritime Adminstrator Mark Buzby issues statement on ‘full accreditation’ from third party auditors. The U.S. Maritime Administrator last week issued a statement announcing full accreditation of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The news brings (at least part of) the drama being experienced by the nation’s only federal maritime academy to an end. The school had been found to be delinquent in at least 5 of 14 necessary benchmarks last year.

18 Oct 2017

Op/Ed: Act Now to Avoid BWMS Compliance Risks

Steven Candito

Lately, I have been reading reports regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) escalating enforcement of ballast water discharge violations. In the first case, the USCG initiated a civil penalty proceeding against a bulk carrier for discharging ballast water in Washington State without using a USCG Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) or other approved means. The USCG proposed the maximum penalty of $38,175. In a more recent case, the USCG issued a $5,000 fine for a similar unauthorized ballast water discharge in Oregon.

19 Sep 2017

Robert Clyne Gets Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

John Artzen, Chairman of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Alumni Association (far left), Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., Maritime Administrator (third from left), and Rear Admiral James Helis, USMS, USMMA Superintendent (far right), present the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award to Robert Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Photo: ABS

Robert (Bob) Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary , was recognized with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a graduate who best exemplifies the finest tradition of Kings Point – Acta Non Verba – and lending honor and prestige to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “Bob is most deserving of this recognition,” said ABS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki. Clyne began his career at ABS working in various positions from 1982 to 1988.

09 Aug 2017

Candito Takes over as Ecochlor CEO

Steve Candito (Photo: Ecochlor)

Ballast water treatment systems manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. has named Steve Candito as its new CEO, effective August 8, 2017. Candito succeeds retiring CEO, Charlie Miller, who will assist during the transition. Tom Perlich, Ecochlor Founder and President, said, “Charlie has been instrumental in Ecochlor’s growth over the last 15 years. During his tenure, we have put together a skilled and experienced team, and find ourselves positioned as a global front-runner in the BWT industry.

01 Mar 2017

The Looming sVGP Deadline

Photo: Alexander Maksimenko

The sVGP and recent ballast water treatment system approvals create another headache for small vessel owners. Steve Candito provides a primer. The long delayed Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) legislation is scheduled to come into force on December 18, 2017. Despite some confusion and inconsistencies on this issue generally, there is currently no serious effort to delay the sVGP requirement. Thus, vessel owners should be preparing now for compliance. Although the deadline is still months away…

15 Feb 2017

Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017. The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies, including a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment to ensure that the Academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld. “I commend the maritime industry’s efforts to combat sexual assault…

26 Oct 2016

Obama Taps Foss VP for USMMA Board

Susan Hayman (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Susan Hayman, Foss Maritime VP of HSQE & External Affairs, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Merchant Marine Academy's (USMMA) Board of Visitors. This key administrative post is for a term of two years, commencing at the beginning of each Congress. The board is made up of Congressional representatives and Presidential appointees, including two alumni. It provides oversight, advice and recommendations on matters relating to USMMA. Hayman is a 1980 graduate of USMMA and a 1986 graduate of Harvard Business School.

27 Jul 2016

Panama Canal: Assessing the Risk & Reward

COSCO SHIPPING: Panama makes the first commercial transit of a Neopanamax through the Expanded Panama Canal. (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal’s impact on shipping routes and vessel sizes since it opened in 1914 is undisputed. This will continue with the opening of a third channel for larger vessels in 2016. This briefing examines the risk management impact of this expansion on the maritime industry. Why is the Panama Canal Expansion Significant? The Panama Canal’s $5.25 billion expansion increases the maximum vessel capacity and enlarges the overall volume of transported freight. Existing locks can handle ships up to 106 ft. wide, 965 ft. long, and 39.5 ft. of draft.

17 Jun 2016

USMMA Stops Sea Training: UPDATED

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen

While the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) have made consistent efforts to address sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus over the last few years, we’ve grappled with appropriate means of extending these efforts during “Sea Year” when the Midshipmen are off campus training on working U.S. merchant marine vessels. The safety of these young women and men are our highest priority…

02 Jun 2016

INSIGHTS: Steve Candito, President, Foresea Consulting

Steve Candito

Steven Candito is the Founder, President and CEO of Foresea, which provides advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Previously, Candito was President and CEO of NRC. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters. Before that, Candito was an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, specializing in maritime and environmental law. Candito has also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon USA’s domestic tanker fleet.

27 May 2016

Wärtsilä Donates Engine to Texas A&M University

The 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine donated to Texas A&M Galveston is housed in an engineering lab on the University campus. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has donated an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engine and generating set, to the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The donation represents a continuation of Wärtsilä's ongoing industry support programme aimed at helping future maritime sector leaders to acquire detailed understanding of marine technologies. The donation includes specialty tools and will provide students with valuable hands-on experience for expanding their knowledge of engine repairs, emissions and fuel economy.

06 Apr 2016

How Politics Impacts OPA 90 Responder Immunity

Steven Candito

Many people today are frustrated with the current U.S. political process as we endure various government stalemates on budgets, Supreme Court appointments, and, of course, the Presidential election. The general theme is voters are angry with the political establishment and, as a result, outsiders like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing well in the polls. Much of this anger is directed at the influence big money donors and lobbyists have over the process. Thus, Trump who has committed to self-financing his campaign and Sanders…

01 Feb 2016

Cyber World: Safer Seas via Phantom Ships

Are we that far away from phantom fully autonomous vessels plying the world’s seas? Not according to many in the know. Many predict by 2020 that we will see this type of ship with a limited crew in smaller applications such as the marine highway short haul scenarios, local ferry service such as the Staten Island ferry and offshore supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Phantom/drone unmanned ships reportedly would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for an industry that carries approximately 90 percent of the world trade. However as with aircraft drones and on the horizon driverless auto’s, we must be concerned with regulatory and safety issues.

06 Jan 2016

XL Catlin Promotes Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine

XL Catlin today announced the promotion of Anne Marie Elder to the role of Chief Underwriting Officer Marine for the Americas region. Elder in her new leadership role now reports to Lee Meyrick, XL Catlin’s Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Marine, in London. Elder, who previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Inland Marine in North America,  assumes the role formerly held by Richard DeSimone. DeSimone, who joined XL Catlin in 2011 to help build its North America Marine capabilities, retired from the company on December 31, 2015. According to Meyrick, “Under Rich’s leadership, we expanded our team in North America and created a comprehensive portfolio of Bluewater and Brownwater Hull…

06 Jan 2016

Glendinning Named SVP, Service Division, Alfa Laval

Ross Glendinning (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Ross Glendinning was appointed Senior Vice President, Service Division of Alfa Laval Inc. in January 2016. Glendinning is charged with driving consistent profitable growth, and developing new sales opportunities for the service business of Alfa Laval in the U.S. His responsibilities include leading parts sales, reconditioning services, field services and technical support activities. Glendinning joined Alfa Laval in 1982 as Marine Engineer for the company’s military products group.

02 Oct 2015

MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation

The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year, investing in its people and employees while bringing the fourth generation of Lynch’s up through the ranks. Five years after its start, in 1929, Buck Lynch moved the company across the harbor to its current location, eventually watching the company sink into bankruptcy as the Depression took hold of the country.

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