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Tony Kelleher (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Kelleher VP Customer Support, Training

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training.   Kelleher will be responsible to support both marine and industrial segments within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He will serve as a member of the Volvo Penta of the Americas executive team and the extended aftermarket management team   Kelleher was previously director of the marine leisure segment with responsibility for OEM and dealer sales and partnership development for North America. He has also served as head of the service

Tony McWilliams (Photo: Pharma-Safe Industrial Services)

Pharma-Safe Expands into West Texas

West Texas market through the addition of a new office in Midland. In conjunction with Pharma-Safe’s new office, the company announced that Tony McWilliams will join as the West Texas Area Manager.   With more than 20 years of experience, McWilliams will lead business development strategies for health, safety and environmental services and deliver exceptional results to clients.    “Tony’s experience will help drive our company’s sales strategy and continued growth across the Gulf Coast,” said Darrell Fontenot, Director of HSE. “His outstanding leadership

Rolf Andreas Wigand (Photo: Vestdavit)

Vestdavit Opens US Office

.    “During more than two decades of collaboration with our U.S. agent, Scan Pacific Northwest, we have achieved a significant success in the U.S. We are now in an excellent position to grow our business further.”   The Seattle office will be managed by Magnus Oding, who for many years held the position of Marketing Manager at SPNW, working closely with customers throughout the U.S. Oding will initially head a three-strong key account management and customer support team, alongside colleague Alex Mazick, who also joins Vestdavit from SPNW as Spare Parts Coordinator. In

(Photo: Joaquin Andres Bosqued)

Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world. This downturn in activity also means less jobs for U.S. citizen seafarers.   This of course all means that everyone is

An aerial view of the campus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. (Photo: MMA)

1,200 Maritime Academy Grads Enter the US Workforce

This year the seven U.S. maritime academies graduated nearly 1,200 young men and women, many of whome will pursue maritime careers.   “At a time when our nation faces unpredictable threats, the need for qualified mariners is of critical importance due to their indispensable role in supporting the U.S. merchant marine,” said Thomas A. Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “We congratulate the American maritime academy graduates for passing the comprehensive U.S. Coast Guard exam and welcome our new shipmates who will put their knowledge to

Ben Billings (Photo: OMSA)

OMSA Opposes McCain Amendment

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued a statement regarding Senator John McCain’s proposal allowing foreign-built vessels to take over marine transportation in the United States, stating the amendment would gut U.S. shipbuilding while outsourcing jobs and security.   “Senator McCain has proposed an amendment to eliminate a cornerstone of U.S. maritime policy that dates back to the founding of our nation. The reservation of domestic transportation to U.S.-built vessels ensures the existence and viability of America’s shipbuilding industrial base. America’s

Adam Diaz (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Appoints Diaz in Houston

Specialist maritime recruiter Faststream announced the arrival of U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime recruitment expert Adam Diaz to their expanding Houston office. Diaz has spent over 10 years working within the maritime sector, starting out in U.S. Coast Guard training in 2006 before moving into operations at the U.S. Coast Guard sector in Houston. Notable achievements across his career in the U.S. Coast Guard include two Unit Commendation Ribbons, two Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbons, the Humanitarian Service Medal for his efforts during hurricane Ike, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the

John McCain (official photo)

W&O Opposes McCain Amendment

W&O announced its opposition to the McCain Amendment (amendment #2) to S.1, which it said would cripple the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirement provisions of the Jones Act.   “The amendment Senator John McCain has put forth would devastate W&O’s business and others operating in the maritime industry. The ripple effect of this legislation would also impact companies and individuals outside our industry, significantly affecting the 480,000 jobs tied to maritime operations,” said Michael Hume, president and CEO of W&O. “We employ

US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M Haslach, with the EMTI administration and cadets (Photo courtesy: EMTI)

US Visa Initiative for Ethiopian Seafarers

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas. The new C1/D visas issued to Ethiopian crewmembers will now be valid for two years. Effective January 2015, the US extended the term period of C1/D visas for Ethiopian nationals, primarily for the purpose of facilitating transit to and from the US by the crews of merchant ships. During a recent visit to EMTI in Bahir Dar, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M Haslach, said, “The US has an old and cherished maritime heritage

Larry Hungerford is now President & CEO at Terma North America (Photo courtesy of TNA)

Terma NA Names Hungerford President & CEO

Terma North America Inc. (TNA), a subsidiary of the Denmark-based Terma A/S, has appointed Larry Hungerford as President & CEO, effective immediately. Larry Hungerford joined Terma North America Board of Directors in February, 2008. During 2012 he became part of the company’s daily operations as Vice President, Business Development, Command, Control & Sensor Systems while continuing his Directorship. Prior to joining Terma North America, Larry Hungerford was responsible for leading Lockheed Martin’s domestic growth and management of Lockheed Martin’s 26 domestic field

Jeff McCray (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries to Open Australian Office

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said it plans to establish a permanent presence in Australia by opening an office in Canberra.   “Establishing a permanent presence in Australia demonstrates HII’s commitment to supporting Australia and the U.S. military forces in the Pacific,” said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. “It also facilitates our ability to conduct real-time, frequent engagement with the Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. Navy located in this critical region of the globe.”   The U.S. based shipbuilder has hired Jeff McCray as vice president

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

is a U.S. submarine veteranand has experience with sonar manufacturers. He has more than 20 years of surveying experience and his background includes work in numerous offshore research diving, acoustic subsea mapping and maritime security programs. Throughout his career, Dentzman has developed markets for a variety of underwater mapping and navigation systems.   He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SS American Memorial and he is affiliated and actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute

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US Energy Jobs Rise as Higher Prices Boost Oil Drilling

rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent. The BLS only has support services jobs data through December, while oil and gas extraction data is available through January. Energy firms cut more than 165,000 jobs over the past two years as they slashed the number of rigs drilling for oil from a peak of 1,609 in October 2014 to a six-year low of 316 in May, according to statistics from Labor and energy logistics firm Baker Hughes Inc.. Those cuts came during the biggest price rout in a generation, in which U.S. crude futures collapsed from over $107 a barrel in June 2014 to

Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named corporate vice president of customer affairs for HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Fox Named Newport News’ VP of Customer Affairs

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox (U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named corporate vice president of customer affairs for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Fox, who will succeed Vice Adm. Evan “Marty” Chanik (U.S. Navy, Ret.) upon Chanik’s October 1 retirement, will be responsible for all customer outreach for Newport News’ programs. He will be located in HII’s Washington, D.C., office and will report to Mitch Waldman, HII’s corporate vice president, government and customer relations.   Fox

Wolfgang Freese, President Region North America. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd North America President Freese Retires

 Wolfgang Freese, President Region North America, will be retiring after almost five decades with Hapag-Lloyd.    Freese began his career in the shipping company in 1971 with an apprenticeship to become a shipping agent. In recent decades, he has held management positions in several locations, including Germany, Indonesia, Great Britain and the U.S.    Since 2009, Freese has led this region headquartered in Piscataway, near New York City. Following a transitional period, he will be succeeded on April 1, 2018 by Uffe Ostergaard, who joined Hapag-Lloyd in May 2017 following

GAO: U.S. Can Do Better on Arctic Policy

GAO study focused on U.S. participation in the Arctic Council, a voluntary body started in 1996 that includes the eight Arctic nations—Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S., as well as indigenous groups and other stakeholders. The State Department leads participation for the U.S. The U.S. has not prioritized its commitments to the Arctic Council and is limited in its ability to respond to emergencies in the Arctic region, the report found. As sea ice melts, making way for increased commercial activity, the report recommends a stronger strategy for U.S. participation

Chelsea Fairbank (Photo: SBG Systems)

Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated with LiDAR and Multibeam Systems to generate end-products of topographic and hydrographic data for both public entities such as Tetra Tec and Alcatel and government agencies such as NOAA, CHS, NHS. Her technical knowledge and industry experience is later applied in her position as Applications Engineer for Teledyne, working with various Oceanographic/Hydrographic equipment, predominantly for the

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