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John Okon Named SUNY Maritime President

Rear Admiral John Okon has been named as the next president of SUNY Maritime College, a public maritime college in the Bronx, New York City.Okon, a retired U.S. Navy officer with more than 33 years of naval service, will succeed Rear Admiral Dr. Michael A. Alfultis, who will retire on July 1 after 10 years at the helm. Okon will become SUNY Maritime's 12th campus president."As a SUNY Maritime alumnus, Rear Admiral Okon, ’91, has a great perspective on the student experience and how we can move forward to encourage and support more students to pursue careers in the maritime industry

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SECNAV Del Toro Issues 'National Call to Maritime Service'

United States at ten months old with his parents in 1962 to escape the Castro regime. Like thousands of other Cuban refugees, the Freedom Tower in Miami was their first stop on the road to freedom. Eventually, they relocated to a tenement building on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.“Throughout my childhood, both of my parents sacrificed and labored for the sake of their children. They wanted to give us a better life in America, a life unattainable back in Cuba. Their service and sacrifice instilled in me a desire to give back to this great Nation which took us in at

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Vineyard Offshore Hires Musiol as External Affairs Director

team to nurture relationships of trust and collaboration in every community Vineyard Offshore is part of.”Musiol was most recently Vice President of External Relations for the New England Aquarium, and before that Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Public Affairs, New England and New York, for Citizens Bank. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the President of the Massachusetts State Senate.Rick Musiol, Jr. holds an M.S. degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. in Political Science from Stonehill College

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Maritime Partners Hires Two In Executive Leadership Roles

leadership team.Bordes joins Maritime Partners as its chief financial officer, and Chase as as the firm’s chief legal officer.Bordes brings to the company more than 20 years of experience in the fields of finance and fund management. Prior to joining Maritime Partners, he served as the CFO for New York-based American Industrial Partners, a middle-market private equity firm that invests in industrial businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management & Accounting from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and an MBA, with a focus on International Business & Finance

Glenn Wiltshire (Photo: Port Everglades)

Wiltshire Named Acting Director of Port Everglades

have placed in me to step in as Acting Director, and I look forward to keeping the port on the progressive path set by Jonathan," Wiltshire said.Wiltshire joined Port Everglades in 2006 as the Deputy Port Director after his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as Captain of the Port for New York/New Jersey. He has successfully implemented several innovative programs to support increasing cargo, cruise and energy volumes, and has worked closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other state and federal agencies to move the port forward with innovative programs.He currently serves

Jonathan Daniels (Photo: Maryland Department of Transportation)

Jonathan Daniels to Lead Port of Baltimore

energy port in Florida and the third busiest cruise homeport in the world. Prior to working at Port Everglades, Daniels was executive director and CEO for the Mississippi State Port Authority and oversaw a $570 million expansion and reconstruction project. He also worked for the Port of Oswego in New York and the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. He is a graduate of The Citadel, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science; and the Maine Maritime Academy, where he was a Master of Science Candidate in Maritime Management.“I’d like to thank Governor Wes Moore and

Chief Judge Brudzinski has been an Administrative Law Judge with the U.S. Coast Guard since 2003 and its Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2013.  He has lectured extensively and has authored many articles on Coast Guard suspension and revocation proceedings for MarineLink publications, among others. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Structural Safeguards in Coast Guard Suspension and Revocation Proceedings

after an opportunity for hearing in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the agency’s regulations.  5 U.S.C. §§ 551-559.  The Coast Guard is authorized seven ALJs which are individually located in Seattle, Alameda, Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore, and New York.  The Chief Judge is in Washington, DC.  Office of Personnel Management OversightThe U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for ensuring the independence of ALJs.  It does so by assuring ALJ appointments, pay, tenure, promotions, transfers, reinstatements, reassignments

Alicia Barton (File photo courtesy FirstLight Power)

Alicia Barton Named CEO of Vineyard Offshore

ahead on both the East and West Coasts.”  For the past three years, Barton has served as CEO of FirstLight Power. Previously, she managed operations for the Global Utility Group at SunEdison, and she also served as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Earlier in her career, Barton practiced law and served in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from the Ohio State University and a J.D. from

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Ports America Names Kusiciel Chief Commercial Officer

his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois Chicago, has sat on a range of boards and committees within the supply chain and transportation logistics industry, and holds several honors and accolades including being inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame from the Port of New York & New Jersey in 2016

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Hornblower Announces Leadership Promotions

leader with expertise in digital innovation, data transformation and strategic insights.  Merlino’s marketing background spans more than 15 years including driving marketing strategy for iconic brands and esteemed institutions such as the Madison Square Garden Company and Guggenheim Museum in New York City.  In this new role, Merlino will continue to shape the future of Hornblower’s world-class marketing group in the ever-evolving digital and technology landscape.  Additional senior leadership promotions include Phil Anzai as the SVP of Strategy and Business Development. In this

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Ascot Appoints New Head of Marine

Pat Stoik will join insurer Ascot Group as Executive Vice President, Head of Marine, Ascot U.S., effective October 24. He will be based in New York and will report directly to Matt Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, Ascot U.S.An experienced executive in the marine industry, Stoik brings more than 35 years of senior management, underwriting, and broker experience to Ascot. Most recently, he served as Chief Risk Officer for Overhaul Group, Inc., a global leader in in-transit supply chain risk management, where he was responsible for the company's insurtech business strategy and played a key role in

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Labor Shortages, Climate Change & Technology: They’re All Related

it, and they are not waiting 30 years to make changes to their world.Brien McMahon High School students recently sent a “drifter” on a voyage from the U.S. to Norway. (Photo: Robert Kunkel)We have no less than four maritime academies located in the Tri-State/New England area stretching from New York to Maine. The U.S. East Coast is also the launching point for developing the country’s offshore wind industry. More importantly, the federal government just invested nearly $2 billion in the construction of five NSMV training ships in Philadelphia. The program to replace aging academy training

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OSG Pledges $90,000 for Women at SUNY Maritime College

male-dominated, and with a current industry-wide labor shortage, there is a compelling need for programs such as SUNY’s Women of Maritime.”An integral aspect of this initiative is the cadets' vision of actively recruiting young women to Maritime College, located at Fort Schuyler in the New York City borough of the Bronx. With OSG's support, Women of Maritime cadets will have the opportunity to conduct on-site visits to their former high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island. During these visits, they will share their personal experiences and extend invitations to interested

Amanda Lefton (Photo: BOEM)

Former BOEM Head Amanda Lefton Joins RWE

U.S. offshore wind industry under direction from the Biden Administration. Lefton resigned from here position at BOEM effective January 19, 2023.RWE is one of the world's largest producers of offshore wind energy, with projects in Asia, Europe and the United States. In the U.S., it has leases off New York and California and is working to advance the offshore wind supply chain in the Gulf of Mexico.“Amanda has successfully created significant momentum for the offshore wind industry in the U.S. Her knowhow navigating all levels of government has resulted in the approval and now construction of

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Tidewater Appoints Dick H. Fagerstal Chairman of the Board

, Manila, Philippines, from 2014 to 2017.Before he started his business career, Fagerstal served as an officer in the Special Air Service unit of the Swedish Special Forces from 1979 to 1983. He received a B.S. in Economics and Law from the University of Gothenburg and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, as a Fulbright Scholar.In April, Tidewater announced that Larry T. Rigdon, who has served as a member of the company's Board of Directors since July 2017, and as non-executive Chairman of the Board since October 2019, would not stand for reelection and will retire from the Board in June

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Offshore Wind Company Will Retrain NY Power Plant Union for Clean Energy Jobs

An offshore wind developer partly owned by TotalEnergies said on Monday it has agreed to retrain and keep roughly 100 union workers from a New York City natural gas-fired power plant that it intends to repurpose for its project.The company, called Attentive Energy One, has proposed a 1.4 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind installation off New York that would connect to the mainland grid at the site of the Ravenswood plant in Queens, and is competing for a power contract with the state.The company is a joint venture between TotalEnergies, the French energy giant, and Rise Light & Power, the unit of New

Matthew Wypyski (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Names Wypyski COO

is a Certified Maritime Port Executive through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives.He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science Business Management/Marine Transportation/Nautical Science from New York State Merchant Marine Academy.“I am thrilled to join the Port of New Orleans team during this historic time in international commerce and the global supply chain,” said Wypyski. “I look forward to contributing to Port NOLA’s future growth and ensuring the successful development

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