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Bert Hernandez Named President of Royal Caribbean's Silversea

Royal Caribbean Group announced to has tapped Bert Hernandez to succeed Barbara Muckermann as president of its Silversea brand.Most recently serving as senior vice president, international, Hernandez has been with the Royal Caribbean Group for the past 20 years. He previously served as president of China operations for Royal Caribbean International and was chief operating officer for the group’s former luxury cruise line, Azamara.Muckermann is departing Royal Caribbean Group after 14 years with Silversea to pursue other opportunities, the company said."I have had the pleasure of working

Peter Fetten (Photo: Americraft Marine)

Americraft Marine Appoints Peter Fetten as Chairman

vessels. A main focus for the shipyard has been crew transfer vessels (CTV) to support and service offshore wind farms.A shipbuilding industry veteran, Fetten’s experience includes design, construction and ship management work. He has previously held senior roles at Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruise, as well as Blohm and Voss where he worked for 15 years. He is also the initiator/developer of Grand Bahamas (Freeport) Shipyard. He holds degrees in naval architecture and welding engineering from the University of Hamburg.“We are committed to delivering excellence in shipbuilding

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TCarta Plans Bathymetric Mapping Workshop for Jamaica

data sets will include water depth measurements at 10-meter resolution to an average depth of 20 meters.“The 2024 workshop will be led by hydrographers from TCarta’s Colorado and Jamaica offices,” said Goodrich. “We hope to hold similar SDB coastal mapping workshops in other Caribbean locations later this year and are actively seeking partnerships with hydrographic agencies in the region.&rdquo

Salvadore Menoyo (Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company)

Menoyo Joins Great Lakes Towing Company in VP Role

and build relationships with partners and other prospects to bring value and growth to the company.Menoyo, an operations and commercial veteran, joined Cowley Maritime in 1993 as Chief Mate in Puerto Rico on the tug and barge fleet, operating oil and container tug & barges units within the Caribbean region. In 1995, Menoyo came to shore as a Port Captain with primary responsibility over the Marine Salvage and Contract Towing Services. Menoyo later moved to terminal operations in San Juan and the U.S. Virgin Islands where he managed, grew, and optimized the Liner and Feeder operations for the

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Retaining Gen Z in the Marine Industry

;t enjoy working for this company, you could pick up a couple of part-time gigs while building an online personal brand and starting your own business.You could work as a Starbucks barista and get two years of free college.You could even work on a cruise line in the galley and travel around the Caribbean capturing Instagram-able moments your friends are sure to envy.Your options are almost endless. If your company is not somewhere they can see themselves in several years, they know on Day One.Why?Gen Z is experience led.They are constantly analyzing and crafting their own narrative to build the

Daniel Zech (Photo: All American Marine)

Zech Joins All American Marine as Business Development Manager

Bellingham, Wash. shipbuilder All American Marine (AAM) announced it has appointed Daniel Zech as the organization’s business development manager.Zech, originally a Bellingham local, sailed on vessels from French Polynesia to the Caribbean for over a decade. His maritime career took him to the Charter House Yacht Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he managed day-to-day operations for a charter fleet of 28 catamarans and monohulls for multiple years. In addition, his experience includes managing and captaining a number of commercial boats on a variety of missions while holding his 500-ton

Laura Hodges Bethge (Photo: Royal Caribbean Group)

Celebrity Cruises Names Hodges Bethge President

Royal Caribbean Group announced Laura Hodges Bethge will take over as president of its Celebrity Cruises brand, succeeding Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who will transition to vice chair, external affairs for Royal Caribbean Group, effective May 1.Hodges Bethge, currently Celebrity Cruises' executive vice president, shared services operations, has been with the company more than 23 years and has held senior positions in many different areas including product development, hotel and marine operations, sales, marketing, product innovation, market development and investor relations. Previously, she was senior

Palle Laursen (Photo: Royal Caribbean Group)

Royal Caribbean Names Laursen EVP, Head of Marine

Royal Caribbean Group named Palle Laursen as executive vice president, head of marine, effective May 1, 2023. Laursen will report to Royal Caribbean Group’s President and CEO Jason Liberty and will join the company’s Executive Committee.With this newly created position, the company will centralize its global and brand marine operations functions under Laursen. He will oversee all marine operations for the company’s entire fleet, as well as strategic oversight of marine operations of its TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, of which it’s a 50% joint-venture owner.“It is

Mark Heward (Photo: MITAGS)

Mark Heward Named Director at MITAGS

Fleet Operational Sea Training organization prior to navigating HMS OCEAN in 2016-2018.Qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer and Specialist Navigator (PWO(N)), Heward served on HMS OCEAN as Navigating Officer in 2016, deploying to the Persian Gulf in support of CTF50 operations, then in 2017 to the Caribbean to deliver Humanitarian Disaster Relief Operations (Op RUMAN), and finally to the Mediterranean on HMS OCEAN as the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 Flagship. This assignment culminated in Heward having the honor to serve as Officer of the Guard to Her Majesty the Queen during HMS OCEAN’s decommissi

Barbara Muckermann (Photo: Silversea Cruises)

Silversea Cruises Names Barbara Muckermann President & CEO

Barbara Muckermann, currently chief commercial officer at Silversea Cruises, will become the company’s next president and CEO, and will join parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s executive committee, effective January 1.Muckermann will succeed Roberto Martinoli, who will assume the role of senior advisor to Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty.She becomes the second woman to lead one of Royal Caribbean Group’s three wholly-owned brands, and joins Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, and Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley.

Brendan Harris (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship Hires Harris in Director Role

skills, expertise and insights to Foreship in the U.S. at a critical moment for our clients’ revived and new refurbishment plans”. His experience also takes in more than a decade with Gregg’s Marine Interiors, where duties included managing 100+ teams of shipwrights working on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line revitalization project, said Sward.The new Director will be tasked with strengthening Foreship’s U.S.-based capabilities in the planning and implementation phases of project work. He will consolidate existing links with yards and contractors and optimize the relationship between

George Lewis (Photo: ZF)

ZF Marine Hires Lewis as Head of NA Commercial-Fast Craft Product Line

ZF Marine announced it has hired George Lewis as its new head of product line commercial-fast craft, North/Central America and the Caribbean, reporting to Wolfgang Schmid, ZF’s Industrial Division Head for North America.“ZF Marine welcomes George aboard and looks forward to the positive impact he will have upon the company’s sales across the Americas and Caribbean,” Schmid said. “With his deep industry knowledge and technical skill as a trained naval architect and proven sales leader, George is sure to be a valued asset for our customers, partners and the industry as a

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Royal Caribbean's Long-time CEO Fain to Step Down

Royal Caribbean Group's Chief Executive Officer, Richard Fain, is stepping down after more than three decades with the U.S. cruise operator that is still recovering from the slump caused by the coronavirus crisis.Finance chief Jason Liberty will takeover as CEO, Royal Caribbean said on Tuesday, and will be tasked with taking the company back to pre-pandemic levels as sailing operations slowly restart more than a year after operations were suspended.Fain was one of the key leaders to push for a safe restart of sailings during the pandemic that wiped off half of Royal Caribbean's market valuation

From left to right: Colton Bonnaure and Jacob Frost (Photo: TSGI)

The Shearer Group Adds Two Naval Architects

veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment), where he led a squad of Marines in the execution of over 300 security patrols and force protection missions over the course of deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan.Before working at TSGI, he was a Research Assistant at the Royal Caribbean International in Miami, and at the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Frost wrote engineering reports, including physical designs, experimental approaches, and analyzed experimental data

Matthias Reinarz (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Taps Reinarz as Managing Director for the Caribbean

Maersk's towage operator arm Svitzer has named Matthias Reinarz as managing director for the Dominican Republic and Caribbean region, effective June 1, 2021.Reinarz replaces Dickson Rivas, who is stepping down after a long career with Svitzer. Rivas will remain available as special advisor until his retirement at the end of the year,Svitzer has been present in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean islands since 2010 through a joint venture with Remolcadores Dominicanos, and providing towage in the Caribbean with 23 vessels servicing 10 operations.

Greg L. Harner (Photo: Callan Marine)

Callan Marine Hires Harner as COO

new chief operating officer.A 36-year veteran of the construction and maritime industry, Harner brings experience in infrastructure development for deep-water seaports, port security, resort developments, marine terminals, cruise terminal facilities and commercial building projects within the U.S. and Caribbean.Maxie McGuire, President of Callan Marine, said, “I have known Greg for more than 20 years, having worked together as young project managers, and knew when we launched our latest growth initiative that I wanted him on the team. We were fortunate enough to attract him and his extensive leadership

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (Photo: Maritime Authority of Jamaica)

Crew Change Hubs Could Help Address Seafarer Crisis, Says MAJ

solution to the barriers presented by global travel restrictions, ensuring vital crew changes could take place and facilitating trade and logistics to the benefit of the world economy, the Flag State advised.Rear Admiral (ret’d) Peter Brady, MAJ Director General, explained, “In the Caribbean for example, several smaller States still have not reopened their borders, so no one is coming in and no one is going out. With a hub, seafarers would be able to move and to move more freely. Some natural crew change hubs already exist pre-COVID-19, by virtue of the concentration of shipping, and

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