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Ingalls Apprentice Graduation 2018 (Photo: HII)

110 Graduate Ingalls Shipbuilding Apprentice School

make Mississippi families stronger and more secure.”Since 1952, Ingalls’ Apprentice School has produced more than 5,000 graduates trained to fulfill the shipyard’s operational needs. The program offers a comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, for students interested in shipbuilding careers.“As you go to work next week as an apprentice graduate, I would like to give you a challenge: Choose to make a difference,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Real leaders make the right decision

Jordan Tilton (Photo: MJP)

Marine Jet Power Hires Tilton

for key account management and aftermarket business development in the Americas.Tilton has more than 15 years experience in the commercial marine sector. He began his career on the Great Lakes captaining high speed ferries and also worked as a captain on board yachts and commercial vessels in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean before joining U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine as a Vessel Commander and Marine Interdiction Agent.Tilton holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University and maintains a 200 Ton Near Coastal Masters license

EBDG Adds Staff in New Orleans

Design Group as an electrical designer and brings 20 years of experience in engineering and design work. His experience includes working for both shipbuilding and offshore companies. His return to the New Orleans area and knowledge of the marine industry will enhance the profile and expertise of the Gulf Coast office

Bill Lind (Photo: Vard Marine)

Vard's Houston VP Lind to to Retire

Bill Lind, current vice president of Vard Marine’s Houston operations, has announced his plans to retire from the company at the end of June.Lind has led the Houston team since 2013 and has transformed the office into a key contender in the marine engineering industry in the Gulf Coast and in U.S. government programs. He was also instrumental in expanding Vard Marine’s clientele base and helping to mold the Houston office into what it is today.Moving forward, Vard Marine has announced that Darren Truelock, current Technical Operations Manager, will be the new vice president in the Houston

(File photo: Port Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

million in financing that would prepare the country's largest oil-export port - Corpus Christi, Texas - to handle a surge in U.S. shale production over the next five years.International buyers would like more U.S. crude but are unable to get it because of infrastructure constraints along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Terminals originally designed for imports only recently have revamped operations to handle exports including accepting larger tankers preferred by China and other oil buyers.The Port of Corpus Christi Commission is voting on a plan that would authorize it to raise the debt next month through underwrite

Gary Chouest, CEO, Edison Chouest Offshore

Edison Chouest Opening Mississippi Shipyard

company will be operating at the former Huntington Ingalls Composite Facility, which was acquired by the Port in March 2015.    “Edison Chouest Offshore has been successfully producing quality vessels for decades, and through its business affiliate TopShip, 1,000 Mississippians on the Gulf Coast will have the opportunity to continue that tradition of quality,” Gov. Bryant said. “Mississippi has a proven track record in the shipbuilding industry, and we are proud to welcome TopShip to the state. I appreciate Gary Chouest and the entire Edison Chouest Offshore team for placing

Photo: Danos

Danos Posts Best Safety Record in Company History

has constantly sought to improve and refine its approach to safety, developing new programs, positions, departments, standards and training modules to address new challenges. Danos employees are active in a number of industry groups focused on safety, including the American Society of Safety Engineers, Gulf Coast Safety Training Group, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Safety Council, Offshore Operators Committee, Center for Offshore Safety, LA1 Coalition and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals

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

Shawn Garry (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

Garry Joins Bouchard as Regulatory Compliance VP

Shawn Garry has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Inspections, tasked with ensuring that the company achieves regulatory compliance and meets SubChapter M requirements.   Garry will be the primary contact for Gulf Coast region internal and external vetting, SIRE, ABS, USCG and ISM.   Prior to joining Bouchard, Garry worked at the U.S. Coast Guard as an Engineer of the Watch Afloat, Senior Marine Inspector, and Marine Casualty Investigator.   Morton S. Bouchard III, President and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., said

Clint Carriere (Photo: Viega)

Viega Hires Carriere as Technical Manager

this position, Carriere is responsible for growing the shipbuilding and offshore market, presenting to engineering firms to secure specifications for press fittings for major projects, maintaining current business and searching for new business and providing technical support to distributors within the Gulf Coast and inland waterways.    Carriere brings more than eight years of industry experience to the position. Prior to joining Viega, he worked as an account manager at W&O Supply, where he worked closely with major drilling contractors, production companies and shipyards.   Carriere

The Class of 2017 at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School celebrates at their graduation ceremony (Photo: Andrew Young/HII)

Class of ’17 Graduates Ingalls Apprentice Program

both in shipbuilding and in life.”   Since 1952, Ingalls’ Apprentice School has produced nearly 5,000 graduates trained to fulfill the shipyard’s operational needs. The program offers a comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, for students interested in shipbuilding careers.   Rear Adm. William Galinis, the U.S. Navy’s program executive officer, ships, was the keynote speaker. “The Navy will soon look to Ingalls Shipbuilding—to you—to restore the USS Fitzgerald and return

Ed Hagar (center) accepted the Mississippi Business Journal's Healthiest Workplace Award on behalf of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Hagar, Ingalls’ manager of compensation, benefits and HRIS, is pictured with Tami Jones, associate publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal, and Murray Harber, executive director of the Mississippi Business Group on Health. (Photo: Bill Glenn/HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Named Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace

keep an active and healthy workforce,” said Program Manager Joni Goodman. “The ‘Be Well’ program provides the health needs for all our employees. But what really makes Ingalls stand apart is the care they take not only for their employees, but for their families and the entire Gulf Coast community.”   Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace Awards program is a collaborative effort made by the Mississippi Business Group on Health, the Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers

Jim McIngvale (Photo: HII)

McIngvale to Lead Ingalls Communications, Public Affairs

from the University of Mississippi in 1976.   McIngvale serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Mississippi World Trade Center. He also serves on the board of governors of the Mississippi Economic Council, and he represents Jackson County on the board of trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In October, he will be named chairman of the board of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.   In 2012, McIngvale was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as a commissioner of Go Coast 2020, charged with defining how key priorities and leveraged resources can help overcome

Kimberly Nastasi (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Names Nastasi Director of Communications

of communications at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division. She will report to Jim McIngvale, who was recently named director of communications and public affairs.   Prior to joining Ingalls, Nastasi served as the chief executive officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the executive director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for eight years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a master&rsquo

Tony McWilliams (Photo: Pharma-Safe Industrial Services)

Pharma-Safe Expands into West Texas

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 credentials and business expertise allows us better serve clients in the Midland and Odessa areas and meet our strategic objectives.”    McWilliams holds a degree in Biology from the University of

Scott Trimble (Photo: Pettit Marine Paint)

Pettit Hires Trimble as Technical Sales Rep

Marine coatings manufacturer Pettit Marine Paint has added Scott Trimble to its staff as Technical Sales Representative, responsible for bolstering customer retention efforts and developing new relationships in the vital Gulf Coast and Caribbean markets. A NACE International Institute-certified level 2 Coating Inspector, Trimble has received comprehensive training and has demonstrated significant experience in topside paints and antifouling coatings.

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

.   Holder, SSI's new Sales Account Executive for Enterprise Solutions, will help businesses assess SSI’s expanded capabilities, including the expanded ShipConstructor CAD/CAM product line, EnterprisePlatform product line and new pricing options that SSI now offers. He will be based in the Gulf Coast Region but will provide technical consultation to the shipbuilding and offshore industry throughout the United States.   Holder brings experience to the new role, having utilized CAD software for over 20 years and sold and consulted with companies on implementations of 3D CAD/Analysis, data

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