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Erik Bon Fleur  (Photo: BCGP)

BCGP Appoints Bon Fleur as General Manager

director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state. Bon Fleur has been with Brunswick since 2012, when he joined the Company as a process engineer at the previously owned Hatteras Yachts.   Bon Fleur holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and a master degree in industrial engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is doubling its service across the Gulf of Mexico between the state of Veracruz and Central Florida’s Port Manatee.             World Direct Shipping has announced plans to add a weekly sailing to Port Manatee from the Port of Tuxpan, in the north-central portion of Veracruz, to augment the successful service it has operated each week since November 2014 to Port Manatee from Coatzacoalcos, in southern Veracruz. The first sailing from Tuxpan is scheduled for Jan. 12.   Tuxpan is the closest commercia

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

Port Manatee and Chile are pursuing considerable opportunities to boost two-way trade, according to a Chilean official who visited the Central Florida Gulf Coast port Thursday [June 15]. Garafulic, who spoke at the Manatee County Port Authority’s meeting and toured the port, including the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, said he believes the hub could serve as a launching pad for enhanced commercial ties.             Garafulic, who is based in Miami, pointed out that Chile is engaged in about $5 billion a year of trade with South

Elloitt Smith (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Smith Joins Executive Team of Voith Turbo

for Global Services at CH2M Hill in Atlanta, Georgia, where he led strategic growth initiatives for global markets in the power and energy industries. He has also previously worked for Siemens Energy. Smith received his MBA at the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Jacksonville University.    

Alexis Miller, Danielle Leahy and Kaitlin Badgett (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

Canaveral Port Authority Welcomes Summer Interns

summer working with Canaveral Port Authority as interns in Cargo Business Development, Environmental Plans & Programs, and Engineering. From June 8 until August 6, the students will support the day-to-day activities of operating Port Canaveral, the world’s second busiest cruise port and central Florida’s marine gateway into the global marketplace. The interns are: Kaitlin Badgett of Cocoa, a senior majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Coastal Environmental Science at the University of North Florida; Danielle Leahy of Cocoa Beach, a junior majoring in International Transportation

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