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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Great Lakes Dredge Dock Corporation News

GLDD Appoint Mark Marinko Senior V-P & CFO

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) informs that Marinko joins the Company to fill the role vacated in April 2014 and held in interim by the Vice President and Controller, Katherine Hayes. The Company adds that it would like to thank Ms. Hayes for her leadership in managing the transition to the new CFO who will report to the Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Berger. GLDD explains that Mark Marinko starts at Great Lakes with a strong background in operations and finance working for TransUnion, LLC through August 2013, where he was most recently President of the Consumer

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

for dredging operations. These vessels represent more than $310 million in new vessel construction in the United States, and have helped to support the U.S. shipyard industrial base. Recent vessel investments include: Delivery of Weeks Marine Inc.’s hopper dredge MAGDALEN, Delivery of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) ATB hopper dredge ELLIS ISLAND and tug DOUGLAS B. MACKIE, and, Delivery of Manson Construction Company’s ABS cutter suction dredge ROBERT M.WHITE. MAGDALEN arrived on January 2, 2018, to Southport, North Carolina, and is

Petterson Named Great Lakes CEO

The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, provider of dredging, environmental and remediation services, announced the selection of Lasse Petterson as CEO, as well as his appointment to the company’s board of directors.    Petterson will join the Board immediately and assume the role of chief executive officer once his application for U.S. citizenship, as required by the Jones Act, is finalized, which is expected in Q1 2017. During this time, Lasse and current CEO Jonathan Berger will work to ensure a seamless transition.   Petterson brings to the

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Names Petterson CEO

ASA of Norway, over the course of 20 years. He spent the first nine years of his career in various positions at Norwegian Contractors, an offshore oil and gas platform contractor. Petterson holds both master's and bachelor's degrees from the Norwegian University of Technology.   Petterson became a Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation board member in late 2016. 

Jim Weakley (Photo courtesy of LCA)

Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing foreign-built vessels to carry cargo between U.S. ports, but warns that nearly 60,000 jobs in the Great Lakes states will be sacrificed for no good reason if the amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill offered by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is accepted.   “There is no reason to even consider this

Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Towing Hosts Networking Event

The Great Lakes Towing Company hosted a WIRE-Net networking event at Great Lakes Shipyard in order to celebrate manufacturing and innovation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. More than 100 attendees gathered on the banks of the Cuyahoga River to connect with other manufacturing professionals, forge new relationships and continue to grow and strengthen the local manufacturing community. In addition to a cocktail reception, attendees received tours of the shipyard and detailed explanations of some of the new services/tools that Great Lakes Shipyard has added to their business offering. This included

Photo: St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Threaten to Strike

Union workers on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, have given notice of a possible strike, which could start on Friday afternoon, Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, said on Tuesday. The not-for-profit St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp could not immediately be reached for comment. During another dispute with the same union in 2008, the corporation said a strike could close the Seaway. Unifor has five locals and 460 members along the waterway, which stretches from Montreal to Lake Erie. All five locals have given 72 hours' strike

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple, simultaneous shipyard projects with budgets up to $1 billion, as well as responsibilities for more than 400 maritime professionals and production tradesmen including: Design, engineering, welding and pipefitting, electrical, painting, carpentry and more. The breadth of Skeeter’s management experience ranges from

Courtesy  Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard Announces Hiring Push

The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced it is now hiring with 50 jobs currently available. The shipyard is now seeking candidates to fill a range of positions including naval architects, shipyard welders and pipe fitters, project managers and more. The Great Lakes Towing Company, owner and operator of a fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway, and Great Lakes Shipyard, a full-service ship repairs and construction operation on the Great Lakes, announced plans to hire 50 employees before the end of the first quarter of

Busy 2014 for the Port of Erie

Pennsylvania Port Authority.  Later this week, the Port will receive three transformers bound for Massena, New York.             The winter of 2013 was a record breaker - with extreme ice coverage lasting until last week in portions of the Great Lakes. These shipments signal a positive sign for the Port. "We're hopeful Spring has finally arrived and these cargoes are a sure indication that the shipping season has begun in earnest," said Ray Schreckengost, Executive Director at the Port. "Our mission is to promote industrial

File photo: Tauri Minogue

US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion, according to a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis.   Adjusting the figures to remove the effects of inflation, this increase equates to a 10.5 percent rate of growth—more than four times as fast as the U.S. economy as a whole. The report is based on 2012 U.S. national economic statistics released in

Great Lakes Towing Company Creates ‘Workforce Pipeline’

The Great Lakes Towing Company has kicked off the 2015-2016 school year by partnering with three Cleveland schools to provide internship and on-the-job training opportunities for local students.   With “back to school” in full swing, education is top-of-mind, not just for families and educational institutions but for local businesses as well. Creating a workforce pipeline has become increasingly important. This is especially true for the trades industries and something that The Great Lakes Towing Company has a history of incorporating into their corporate culture by partnering with

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., conducts an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014. (USCG photo)

Great Lakes Freeze Cost Economy $705m, 3,800 Jobs

The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported, promting the group to to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard’s MACKINAW to keep the shipping lanes open in the harshest of conditions.   According to LCA, the winter of 2013/2014 was so brutal that U.S.-flag cargo movement between December 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014, plummeted nearly 7 million tons compared the same period

Thomas Rayburn (Photo: LCA)

Rayburn Joins LCA as Environmental, Regulatory Director

Thomas Rayburn has joined Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) in the newly created position of Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs.   Prior to joining LCA, Rayburn was Program Manager for EnSafe Inc. Before that, he spent seven years with the Great Lakes Commission, rising to Senior Project Manager, and a year as Assistant Branch Chief, Marine Safety Response for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District. He has over 25 years experience in government and industry consulting.   Rayburn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Purdue University. He has

Michael Atwell (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarship to GLMA Cadet

Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) Cadet Michael Atwell was awarded Crowley Maritime Corporation’s a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. He earned the scholarship based on his strong academic record, leadership ability and financial need. Atwell, a senior at GLMA, is in the deck officer program and working to earn an unlimited third mate’s license with first class pilotage. He recently received his USCG Masters 100T license and has captained several small passenger vessels in Chesapeake Bay, Va.  A graduate of Broadneck Sr. High School in Annapolis, Md., Atwell is currently

Jim Sharrow (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Duluth Port Authority Shuffles Management

resiliency, effective August 3, 2015. Sharrow will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s capital programs, maritime policy, risk management and security plans, plus its connectivity to regional planning initiatives.     Earlier in his career, Sharrow spent 28 years with USS Great Lakes Fleet, serving as that company’s engineering and maintenance director before leaving to work as a consultant in naval architecture and marine engineering. A licensed professional engineer in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, he is a member of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future,” said the company’s president, Joe Starck. “We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish the contracts we have now, and the potential contracts we are working on. This starts with hiring world-clas

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