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Marc Warren (Photo: OBMP)

Warren Named OBMP Executive Director

The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots (OBMP) has appointed Marc Warren as its new Executive Director.    Warren will work in partnership with the OBMP board members, state-licensed maritime pilots, shipping industry representatives and contractors, as well as with environmental, state and federal regulatory agencies and Oregon residents in an effort to implement the objectives and goals of OBMP.   Warren previously served as a regulatory specialist for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and possesses 25 years of maritime leadership experience with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as a

Columbia River Bar Pilots Taking Applicants

The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots and Columbia River Bar Pilots are currently accepting applicants to fill expected vacancies in the next few years. Applicants must have at least one year sea time as Master on ships over 5,000 GT to apply and two years sea time to be accepted. The pilots are an equal opportunity organization looking for Captains with a broad range of experience, capable of working in the demanding conditions of the winter bar, have the command personality to handle the wide ranging decision making required and be willing and able to contribute to the running of the business side

At the Seafarers Awareness Week launch on 9 February, from left to right: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK; Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Two New Themes for Seafarers Awareness Week

‘Our island nation is dependent on a diverse range of seafarers: Fishers, deep sea, offshore, and nowadays including those who take to the sea to farm fish. Skilled workboat skippers and crews, whose services are in high demand in growth areas such as offshore wind power. Maritime pilots and harbourmasters, providing an essential link between land and sea. Merchant Navy Officers and Ratings on cruise ships, where the huge number of hospitality workers are now also counted as seafarers. Superyacht captains and crew members, where our seafarers are a vital part of the

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.   Having been selected by TNPA as a development candidate in 2001, Zungu is one of a growing number of women who have been promoted into senior positions through their hard work and dedication, who are changing the face of the male dominated maritime industry.    A week after obtaining her open license in 2011, Zungu was in the spotlight when she piloted the MSC Chicago, at the time the largest container vessel to visit South Africa’s shores. This was just after the entrance channel had been widened to make way for a new generation

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

 Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility.   The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management. Currently

Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the pipeline’s proponents since Keystone XL was first proposed, but according to the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, a new amendment introduced by Arizona Sen. John McCain would turn S.1 into a “’job killer’ of epic and irreversible proportions.”   The Sea

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

MM&P Hopes to Pad Ranks with Brown Water Mariners

Harbor. Ballots will be tabulated and results announced in mid-November. Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333, the group that currently represents the men and women who work on most of New York Harbor’s unionized tugs and tourist boats said, “This is a win-win both for folks in maritime here in the New York and New Jersey area and for the Masters, Mates & Pilots. Through this merger we will gain strength, we will gain access to legal, lobbying and financial support, to a state-of-the-art training facility and yet we will still maintain local control.” The International

Lindsay Pulsifer (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Names Interim Maritime Division MD

Lindsay Pulsifer, general manager of marine maintenance for the Port of Seattle, has been selected as the interim maritime division managing director.   Pulsifer will be responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of maritime environmental services, harbor services, marine maintenance, industrial properties and cruise operations until a maritime division managing director is identified.   “While providing excellent leadership to diverse teams, Lindsay has demonstrated strong support for talent development, keen business acumen, and organizational guidance during

Jeff Gaskin (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor Board)

Aberdeen Harbor Names Harbor Master, Marine Manager

internal appointment of Captain Jeff Gaskin as new Harbor Master and Alexandra McIntosh as Marine Manager.   Gaskin, formerly the Harbor’s Marine Superintendent, has been appointed Harbor Master following the retirement of Captain Ray Shaw. Gaskin has 26 years’ experience within the maritime sector. He started his career as a cadet with Louis Dreyfus Shipping in 1990 and enjoyed spells with both PNTL and Cunard before ending his seagoing career with Vector Offshore in Aberdeen. He was appointed as a Marine Pilot for Aberdeen Harbor Board in 2006 before being promoted to Port Marine

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

More Women in Ports

 Female officials from maritime and port authorities from developing countries are attending a training course aimed at improving management and operational efficiency of their ports.    Hosted in Le Havre, France (27 November - 8 December), women from 21 countries are taking part in the two-week course entitled "Women in Port Management" which includes lectures on subjects such as port management, port security, port marine environment, facilitation of maritime traffic, port marketing, port logistics and other topics.   Alongside classroom lectures, visits were

Dr. Stelios Kyriacou (Photo: De Nora)

Kyriacou to Lead De Nora's BWMS Unit

, development, design and certification of the full Wärtsilä BWMS range. He previously undertook the same role at Hamworthy from 2009 until its acquisition by Wärtsilä and held roles at Hatlapa Marine Equipment. Dr. Kyriacou has also leant his extensive expertise in ballast water and maritime issues to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) Ballast Water Working Group, IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group and to U.K. Government and European committees on maritime strategy, innovation and regulation.      

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.  - Glass, from Johnstown, Pa.

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

center for Western Australia and the wider region.   HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr. Mark McBride, Ships Group Manager, joined Ben Spalding, Manager of the Australia Ship Simulation Center, in inviting clients, Pilots and members of Western Australia’s maritime community to explore the new facilities, which include state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators.   “I opened the Atwell Arcade last year, so it is fitting that I’m back to open these new facilities,” Pettitt said. “It is really good to see this restored heritage building

Argentine Port Strike May Cut Soy Flow, Raise World Food Prices

country is the world's top exporter of soymeal livestock feed, its No. 3 supplier of raw soybeans and a major producer of corn and wheat.   The captains of small vessels that take river pilots out to meet incoming grains ships are demanding higher wages, Guillermo Wade, president of the Port and Maritime Activities Chamber, told Reuters.   The pilots must board cargo ships in order to guide them to their berths in Rosario ports such as San Lorenzo.   "There is no way to replace the service of the boats that take the pilots to the incoming cargo ships," Wade said.   The

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Who Works the Rivers: Inland Waterways Career Fair

Inland Marine Expo.   RiverWorks Discovery will host the Who Works the Rivers career fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at IMX 2017, in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Who Works the Rivers educates prospective employees on skilled labor jobs available to them in the maritime industry, from nonprofit to military.   The career fair is free for prospective employees, and offers them a unique opportunity to interact with potential employers and even take part in some of the tasks that would be a part of these jobs. This event is for adults only (graduating high school

UK North Sea Helicopter Pilots Threaten Strike Action

North Sea helicopter pilots, vital for transporting offshore oil workers to and from platforms, threatened on Thursday to go on strike unless their employers improve voluntary redundancy terms in view of threatened job cuts caused by the low oil price.   Pilots are asking their employers to make better voluntary redundancy arrangements to reassure employees who are uncertain about whether their jobs are secure.   "The way the companies are going about (job cuts) is causing massive frustration," said Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots' Association

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Texas Ranks Third for U.S. Maritime Jobs, Houston No. 2

Texas ranks third among all states for domestic maritime jobs with Houston ranked second among all U.S. cities for its contribution to the U.S. maritime industry, according to a new study PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute and released by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry.   The domestic maritime industry, comprised of the vessels which move cargoes between American ports, pumps $8 billion annually into the Texas economy, and provides 39,190 Texas maritime jobs, with $2.3 billion in worker income. A former

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