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Crowley Realigns Its Marine Services Group

(Photo: Crowley)Sesnon is taking the lead role for the group’s ship assist and tanker escort services, which are provided in all major West Coast ports from north Puget Sound, Wash., to San Diego, Calif. Utilizing one of the most advanced fleets of ship assist and tanker escort tugs in North America, Crowley safely assists the ships through some of the tightest, most environmentally-sensitive waterways in the world. Crowley entered the ship assist business at the start of the 20th century, operating steam-powered tugs in San Francisco Bay in 1906. Sesnon, who will have profit and loss responsibiliti

AMP Announces New Officers

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has announced the election of new leadership for the organization. Michael Roberts becomes the new president, with Matt Woodruff as vice president alongside Ku’u Park as treasurer and Matthew Paxton as secretary.  Roberts continues to serve as senior vice president for Crowley Maritime Corp. Roberts has represented Crowley on government matters since first joining the company’s DC office in 1991. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Washington, both in-house and with top DC law and lobbying firms.Outgoing AMP president Matt

Bharat Amin (Photo: HII)

Amin to Spearhead HII Digital Strategy

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Wednesday that Bharat Amin has been named executive vice president and chief information officer.In this newly created position, Amin will be responsible for establishing the company’s information technology (IT) and digital strategic direction with a focus on cyber security capabilities through engagement with HII’s executive and division leadership teams. In collaboration with the business units, Amin will lead corporate IT governance and provide functional oversight. He will assume his

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Port of Baltimore's White to Resign

James J. White, Executive Director, Port of Baltimore, announced his resignation effective December 31, 2019.White led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum. Generating some 15,330 direct jobs and 139

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club.

Interview: Boriana Farrar, Ship Owners Claims Bureau

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club. We met with her in her NYC office to discuss her path from her native Bulgaria to a top maritime professional position.When Boriana Farrar moved from her native Bulgaria to the United States in 2001, she did so to be close to family, her mother and her sister who had already established a life in the U.S., some 5,000 miles from her homeland. At the time, a

Ian Barrie  (Photo: Danfoss Drives)

Danfoss Drives Appoints Head of Sales for Americas

Danfoss Drives has named Ian Barrie as its new Head of Sales for the Americas. In this position, Barrie will continue to build and develop strong regional sales channels and verticals for Danfoss Drives’ business within North America and Latin America.Previously, Barrie was Head of Global Key Accounts for Danfoss Drives. He has an extensive 25-year history with Danfoss, wherein he has held several regional and global positions in sales, marketing, and business development. He will be based out of the Danfoss Drives’ Loves Park, Illinois, facility.Barrie succeeds Santiago Martin

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ITF Expands into Asia Pacific

and solidarity support for dockers projects and campaigns, all under the coordination of an experienced ITF inspector.The total number of countries covered by this close coordination and the ITF Inspectorate combined is now 90, with Contacts Networks already established in the Arab World and Iran, Latin America and the Caribbean, and West Africa.The Arab World network now has contacts in 14 countries and has proven on numerous occasions to be effective in assisting seafarers despite difficult and challenging situations

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Offshore Wind Conference Set for SUNY Maritime

of New York Maritime College and the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, are hosting the Ocean Wind Energy Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Maritime Academic Center, SUNY Maritime College.Serving as the keynote speaker is Alana Duerr, Ph.D., Director, Offshore Wind North America, DNV GL - Renewables Advisory, who will offer insight to opportunities for maritime industry support of Ocean Wind Energy development and sustainment for many years to come. Subject matter experts and executives from Equinor, EDFRenewables, Vinyard Wind and Ørsted will participate as conference

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ZF Promotes Orvieto

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC announced that Drew Orvieto has been promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Commercial Fast Craft and Engineering – North America. Orvieto, a 4+ year member of the ZF team first worked with the company as an intern in 2011.Orvieto returned to ZF in 2015 after completing a Master’s degree in engineering, followed by a period as a naval architect at a large American boat builder.  Upon his return to ZF, Orvieto took a position as naval architect, eventually rising to the position of Business Unit Manager for the Propeller product line.

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Dan-Bunkering Welcomes Damidaviciute

Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. in Stamford, CT, has announced the employment of Agne Damidaviciute as Purchaser.Damidaviciute  comes from a similar position at a company based in The Netherlands, enabling her to add value to the office in Stamford, CT, in terms of procurement experience from day one.She is, however, neither American nor Dutch, but was born and raised in Lithuania, and entered the shipping industry in 2016.Before joining Dan-Bunkering, her education and professional career brought her to Denmark, Brazil and the Netherlands, and finally Stamford, CT, as per September 1, 2019.  

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Dan-Bunkering Staff Changes in Houston

Dan-Bunkering (America) has announced the promotion and employment of two staff members.William Cline was recently promoted to Team Leader Offshore Division. William was hired as Bunker Trader back in 2014 and has since his employment demonstrated excellent skills, especially within the offshore sector where he has been one of the key contributors to Dan-Bunkering’s growth within this particular market. As the company has clear intentions of further positioning its presence in the sector, a promotion of William and thereby a strengthening of the management team is well in line with the ambitions

“Through this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture,” said Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. Photo: Vigor

Vigor, MHI Acquired and Merged

Epley will continue to lead the MHI business.Vigor Industrial LLC, majority-owned by CEO Frank Foti, is a provider of complex fabrication and ship repair services. It employs 2,300 people and operates eight drydocks across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including the largest floating drydock in North America. Vigor excels at ship repair, specialized shipbuilding, and other complex fabrication projects in support of aerospace, defense, and infrastructure end markets. While the company is widely known for building ferries, it also builds high-performance military craft for the United States and other

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IMO Movie Promotes Gender Diversity

the World Maritime University my career has really skyrocketed," says Deniece Aiken, Lawyer, General Counsel, Jamaica.As well as training opportunities, IMO has facilitated the establishment of seven regional associations for women in the maritime sector across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands, some 152 countries and dependent territories and nearly 500 participants

One of seven U.S. maritime academies, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s picturesque campus in Buzzards Bay has sent thousands of mariners into the global maritime workplace since its inception in 1891. CREDIT: MMA

Over 1,650 Cadets Graduate from American Maritime Academies

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) — the voice of the domestic maritime industry — congratulates the more than 1,650 young men and women who have graduated from the seven U.S. maritime academies this Spring. Applauding them for their dedication and commitment to pursuing a career that supports our nation  in times of both peace and war, AMP is proud to welcome a new generation to the workforce. Generations of retirement have created a shortage of mariners, making this and future classes of cadets all the more important.“A strong U. S. Merchant Marine helps to grow our

Ulrich Kadow (Photo: AGCS)

Kadow tapped to head AGCS Marine

a dual leadership role for both the country and Marine Line of Business responsibilities.Kadow has led AGCS’ Canadian business since May 2015, after originally joining AGCS in 2006. During his 13 years with the company, he has held a variety of positions within AGCS in Europe, Asia and North America and directly prior to his move to Toronto, was Global Head of Package & Multiline where he established the mid-market Property, Liability and Engineering business in Canada, Asia, South Africa, Australia and Denmark. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an M.S in Computer Science

Grool Named CEO at ZEABORN Ship Management

as a marine engineer, eventually holding executive positions as managing director and board member of renowned companies across the globe. Over the various stages of his professional life, Grool has worked in many different parts of the world, ranging from Europe and the Middle East to Asia and North America. Along with his professional skills, he has a considerable reputation for his dedicated approach to the customer and a strong focus on teamwork

George Toma (Photo: Furuno USA)

Furuno USA Hires Toma

United States and British flag fleets, Toma's maritime roots run deep.Toma previously held the position of President and General Manager of Transas USA, and was responsible for the marketing, sales, support, and distribution of all of their products and services throughout North, Central, and South America. He assumed the role of Vice President of Global Sales for Transas Marine, Ltd., out of Portsmouth, U.K. in 2016. Prior to Transas, Toma worked as the Director of Worldwide Customer Service and Support at Sperry Marine, and also worked with Radio Holland for six years.Furuno USA is a wholly-owned

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