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From left: Eugene O'Connor, Timothy Semenoro and Robert O'Connor

Montgomery McCracken Adds 3 Maritime Attorneys

Montgomery McCracken announced the addition of three attorneys to the Maritime and Transportation practice group in the firm's New York office. Eugene J. O'Connor and Timothy Semenoro join as partners and Robert E. O'Connor joins as an associate. All three were previously at the maritime law firm of Chalos O'Connor, LLP, where they worked on cases involving the Rickmers Genoa and MSC Flaminia. Eugene O'Connor has nearly 40 years of experience in maritime and environmental law, and focuses his practice on marine pollution; litigation of marine casualties, such as collisions, groundings and fires at

Delia Succeeds Schmidt as Ohmsett Program Manager

MAR Incorporated has named John Delia the Program manager for Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility, succeeding Bill Schmidt who retired in December 2015. Delia was most recently with BAE Systems where he served as a Program Manager responsible for the production and development of systems as well as the logistics for the Low Probability of Altimeter (LPIA), Common Data Link (CDL) and F-22 product lines within the Electronic Systems group.   Prior to working at BAE systems he served as a Senior Engineer with Northrop Grumman supporting the

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

to the first Port state establishment of policy with international repercussions - the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 in the U.S., which mandated that all tankers entering U.S. waters be double hulled – a requirement that eventually became the rule internationally, especially following several oil spills in European waters. OPA greatly increased federal oversight of maritime oil transportation, toughened liability and provided greater environmental safeguards. It also put the spotlight on drug abuse in the merchant marine and led to related programs and reforms. Rounding out the list of accidents

MSRC Names Dulisse CEO

 Oil spill response organization Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) has named Carmine Dulisse as its new President and CEO effective March 1, 2017.   Dulisse joins MSRC after more than 30 years with ExxonMobil in various roles, including the maritime and crisis management arenas. He was one of the founding officers of the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) in the capacity of Health, Safety, and Environmental Officer from 2011 to 2015, prior to returning to ExxonMobil as the corporation’s Global Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager. He served in this capacity until

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Alaska Oil Spill Protection: Crowley Bid for Alyeska Deal Unsuccessful

Press Release: Crowley Marine Services will not be providing oil spill prevention and response services in Valdez and Prince William Sound when its contract expires June 30, 2018.  Crowley has provided marine services in Prince William Sound since 1990. Despite bidding aggressively for the SERVS contract extension, Crowley was not chosen by Alyeska to retain the entire scope of the current contract. Crowley is fully committed to continued professional service and full compliance as the marine service provider until the end of June 2018, and will be engaged in any transition process. &nbs

John Wiik (Photo: Norwegian Hull Club)

Norwegian Hull Club CEO Stepping Down

John Wiik to step down as CEO of Norwegian Hull Club, passing the reins to Faz Peermohamed   The Norwegian Hull Club announced that John Wiik will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016.   Filling Wiik's role will be Faz Peermohamed, the club announced. Peermohamed, a senior partner at London's Ince & Co., is a career shipping man: he is an ex Ship's Master and a maritime lawyer. He currently holds the position of Global Head of Shipping at Ince, where he has worked for some 22 years.   Wiik joined the Club in 1979, when the company was still known as Bergens Skibsassuranseforening

Richard Herbert (Photo: BP)

BP Exploration Boss Leaves in Reorganization

BP's head of exploration Richard Herbert is leaving the British oil major after slightly more than two years in the job, a period in which the company slashed spending on the search for new deposits.   Herbert, a BP veteran and a long-time ally of Chief Executive Bob Dudley, rejoined BP in October 2013 after several years at rival Talisman Energy. His task was to lead exploration activity to help the firm rebuild investor confidence following a deadly U.S Gulf oil spill in 2010.   But as oil prices began to crash from mid-2014 and BP had to shed assets to pay off some $50 billion in U.S.

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

President Barack Obama has approved the promotion of Shepard Smith, from captain to rear admiral (lower half), a prerequisite for Smith to become director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, after his selection by Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Smith's appointment to director will be effective on August 26, 2016.   Smith will oversee NOAA's charts and hydrographic surveys, ushering in the next generation of navigational products and services for mariners who need integrated delivery of coastal intelligence data. He succeeds Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, who will retire on September 1

Rob Nakama (Photo: Saltchuk)

Rob Nakama: From USCG to Foss Maritime

Coast Guardsman settling in as manager of Foss’s emergency response   Rob Nakama’s unique experience proved essential in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and on the ground stateside during Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon disaster   Just two weeks after accepting the U.S. Coast Guard’s congratulations on a military career spanning almost three decades, Rob Nakama drove from Washington D.C. to Seattle to join Foss Maritime as the company’s Manager of Contingency Planning and Emergency Response.   “I’ve been in the military for

Jim McIngvale (Photo: HII)

McIngvale to Lead Ingalls Communications, Public Affairs

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has named Jim McIngvale director of communications and public affairs. Ingalls has combined its communications department and its government and community affairs department into a single organization called communications and public affairs.   The new department will be responsible for Ingalls’ brand and image, both inside the shipyard and in the community. It will manage all internal communications programs, special events and audiovisual services and will coordinate external communications and media initiatives

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MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017.   Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors, said “We are thankful to Steve for his many years of strong leadership.  During his tenure, he has solidified MSRC as the preeminent spill response organization in the nation, as demonstrated by the critical role MSRC played in the “Deepwater Horizon” response.  He has been an outstanding CEO

Gordon Loebl

Hornblower Cruises & Events names Loebl Sr VP, Marine Operations

  Hornblower Cruises & Events (HCE) has just named Gordon Loebl Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, according to Chairman and CEO Terry MacRae.  Loebl will be responsible for supporting Hornblower Cruises & Events’ multiple home ports; overseeing facilities, capital projects and associated budgets; establishing and maintaining relationships with regulatory agencies; directing the corporate engineering and project team; ensuring safety standards; participating in new business development; and leading efforts to develop and utilize new technology. In this hands on

Keenan Named VP at Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Keenan as Vice President, Platform Solutions Group. In this role, Keenan will have responsibility for leadership and management of the company's government and commercial ship design solutions across the Gibbs & Cox global portfolio. "Who do you want on your team to salvage the Costa Concordia? You want the guy who led salvage and recovery of USS Cole. That's Pat Keenan," said Rick Biben, CEO. "Pat brings over thirty years of world-wide experience solving

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New Partnership to Train Iraqi O&G Workers

Stirling Group has partnered with the EU Iraq Energy Center (EUIEC) to provide risk management training to the Iraqi oil and gas industry to help build a highly skilled and competent workforce.   The specialists in health, safety and environmental services, headquartered in the UAE, will deliver a series of three day courses on dealing with uncertainty and risk in the global energy sector from its training center in Erbil, Kurdistan.    Aimed at graduates and developed in partnership with the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources’ Competency Development Program, the course will

A member of the USCG tries on a commercial dive helmet, umbilical, and an emergency bailout bottle Photo ASA

ASA hosts Response Training for Houston Authorities

More than 40 U.S. Coast Guard, State of Texas, maritime industry and local emergency responders attended the American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Marine Salvage and Emergency Response training course last month in the Houston-Galveston area presented by the ASA Training Committee.  Designed to train students on how to coordinate proactive marine casualty response operations, this two-day program exposed students to a wide variety of course modules led by ASA members and industry experts in salvage law, naval architecture, commercial diving, environmental policy, and emergency response

Helge Lund  Photo courtesy of BP

BP Names Former Statoil Boss Lund as Next Chairman

BP named Helge Lund, a former head of Norway's Statoil, as its next chairman on Thursday, as the British oil major looks to extend a period of rapid growth after recovering from a deadly oil spill in 2010.Lund, who also led BG Group during its acquisition by rival Royal Dutch Shell, will replace Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of BP for almost nine years, at the beginning of next year.The 55-year-old Lund steered Statoil through its transformation from a state oil company into a leading global player, and is likely to have to navigate BP through the succession of its veteran CEO Bob Dudley later

BP to Cut 30% of its Upstream IT Staff

British oil and gas explorer BP will cut around 30 percent of IT jobs in its international upstream division following a review of its support services, a source familiar with the situation said.   BP confirmed its support service review may result in IT job losses, but declined to comment on the number of employees concerned.   "This review by upstream IT leadership is ongoing but we do expect it may result in a reduction in the number of roles over the next year or so," said a BP spokesman.   A source with direct knowledge of the situation said 30 percent of IT

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