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“Through this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture,” said Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. Photo: Vigor

Vigor, MHI Acquired and Merged

a dramatic U.S. shipbuilding and repair move it was announced today that The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and private equity firm Stellex Capital Management signed a definitive agreement to acquire and merge Vigor Industrial LLC, an infrastructure, defense, and maritime services company based in Portland, Oregon, and MHI Holdings LLC, a ship repair, maintenance, and other ship husbandry services company based in Norfolk, Virginia.The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2019.Financial terms were not disclosed.“Through this transaction

Brent Sappington (Photo: Consolidated Ship Repair)

Consolidated Ship Repair Hires Sappington

of a diverse range of projects from ship repair and fabrication, to decommissioning and systems integration testing, to subsea and offshore construction at one of the largest waterfront shipyards in Texas.Sappington’s experience in the industry began at a young age, working on a boat off the Oregon coast with his fisherman father. A 28-year marine industry professional, he has worked at industry leading marine equipment OEM's and offshore drilling operators, holding a variety of positions including Field Service Engineer, Service Manager and Mechanical Superintendent. He is a subject matter

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

Rob Nakama (Photo: Saltchuk)

Rob Nakama: From USCG to Foss Maritime

Managers.   “I’m currently responsible for (Foss Maritime’s) overall compliance with Federal, state and international oil spill response, prevention and contingency-plan requirements for all company and subsidiary vessels, two shipyard, and our fueling facility in Portland, Oregon,” he said.   Nakama’s other responsibilities include maintaining the response readiness of Foss employees through the conduct of drills and exercises, which often include participation from the U.S. Coast Guard and state oil spill prevention regulatory agencies.   &ldquo

Ken O’Hollaren (Photo: Port of Portland)

O’Hollaren Named Port of Portland Marine Marketing Director

gateway and set a new vision for business activity at Terminal 6,” said Keith Leavitt, the Port’s chief commercial officer. “Ken is a highly regarded leader in the Pacific Northwest marine port sector.”    Port of Portland is the largest deep water port in the state of Oregon with four marine terminals. Portland is currently the U.S. West Coast leader for auto exports, moving over 50,000 vehicles through port docks in 2016. The port also handled over 10 million tons of cargo in 2016, including grain, potash, soda ash, bulk and breakbulk products

Leonard Returns to Port of Portland

Kristen Leonard will return to the Port of Portland (Oregon) on February 27, 2017 as chief public affairs officer, after leaving the port in November 2015 to serve as Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff.   During Leonard’s absence, Bobbi Stedman, the port’s chief human resources officer, also served as chief public affairs officer.   Leonard joined the port to lead public affairs in July 2014. Previously, she advised clients on communications and public affairs. Leonard was the co-founder of C&E Systems, a Portland-based company specializing in government relations

Eric MacDonald (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

and our growing commercial customer base.”   Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative. Most recently with West Marine Pro, Barrett has been working the Pacific Northwest marine market for over 25 years. His territory will include Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.   MacDonald is already performing his duties at IMTRA in the newly created position of commercial Pacific Northwest account representative. MacDonald has worked in the territory since 2014 and will support commercial and industrial customers from the San Francisco

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Parrott Takes over as CEO of Foss Maritime

completed a "listening tour" in early 2016, which included visiting Foss employees at work throughout the company. He visited with mariners on workboats in the Gulf of Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington and craftspeople building and repairing ships at Foss' Seattle and Rainier, Oregon shipyards. Parrot begins the year with a focus on enhancing communication and efficiency within the 127-year-old company. “John's contributions at TOTE Maritime and his 28 years of experience both on the water and shoreside give him a unique perspective that has served us well,” said

Bill Wyatt (Photo: Port of Portland

Port of Portland Director Announces Retirement

Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt formally announced to the Port Commissioners that he will retire from the Port on June 30, 2017. He has led the Oregon port since 2001.   Wyatt’s 16-year tenure with the U.S. West Coast port has included major milestones in the organization’s history. At the marine terminals specifically, his legacy includes several hundred million dollars of infrastructure investment made by port marine terminal tenants following the $199 million Columbia River navigation channel deepening project leading to the growth and retention of key waterfront

Ryan Wopschall (Photo: Pioneer Consulting)

Wopschall Named Director at Pioneer Consulting

business for cable surveys and grow a global marine advisory consultancy. He holds a BSc in Engineering Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Professional Certificate in Business Development from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and is based in Oregon

Mike Paul (Photo: UCA)

UniCarriers Americas Expands Regional Sales Team

Lift Hyster. Haff lives in Camarillo, Calif., with his wife and two children and is a veteran of the United States Army.   As a regional sales manager for the northwest, Paul West is responsible for increasing UCA market share and working with dealers in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Alaska. Prior to joining UCA, West worked as a regional sales manager for the KION Group, warehouse solutions manager for NMHG and territory manager for Pape Material Handling. He currently lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. West earned a bachelor&rsquo

Elwood Ide (Photo: Viega)

Elwood Ide Joins Viega

West Coast territory   Elwood Ide has joined Viega LLC as the company’s newest technical manager for shipbuilding and offshore for the West Coast.   In this position, Ide will provide analysis, forecasts and guidance for developing the marine and offshore business in the California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia region. He will also introduce and train engineers and craftsmen to use and install new solutions that meet rigorous marine and offshore challenges.   Ide has more than 40 years of piping design engineering experience for the commercial, industrial

Courtesy ICTSI Oregon

NLRB Holds ILWU Guilty of Labor Law Violations

time in ten weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the decision of an administrative law judge that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU International) and ILWU Local 8 (Local 8) violated federal labor law by engaging in coercive activity directed against ICTSI Oregon, Inc. at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland. The NLRB concluded that, between September 2012 and June 2013, ILWU members worked in a deliberately slow manner and otherwise interfered with productivity at Terminal 6 and that the ILWU International and Local 8 were responsible for this illegal conduct

Senator James E. Risch

ICTSI Efforts to Labor Slowdowns

type of maritime labor slowdowns at the Port of Portland and 28 other West Coast ports that disrupted domestic and international trade and nearly brought the U.S. economy to a standstill earlier this year. The PLUS Act, which was introduced by Idaho Senator James Risch, was the result of efforts by ICTSI Oregon, Inc., the terminal operating company for the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, to focus congressional attention on the ongoing problem of maritime labor slowdowns. The measure would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to make intentional slowdowns by maritime unions an unfair labor

Victoria Shipyards' new VP and GM, Joe O'Rourke (Photo courtesy of Victoria Shipyards)

Victoria Shipyards VP Barker to Retire

Barker’s official retirement this Spring.   O’Rourke has nearly 30 years experience in positions of leadership and senior management throughout North America. He joins Seaspan after most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Vigor Industrial LLC in Oregon.      

Jeff Zimmerman, WAGO Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Region (Photo courtesy of WAGO)

WAGO Appoints Regional Sales Manager for Northwest Region

Electrical interconnect and automation solution manufacturer WAGO has appointed Jeff Zimmerman as Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest region, the company announced today.    Zimmerman will coordinate WAGO’s sales and marketing activities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He previously held senior management and marketing roles at AOP technologies and Kinequip Incorporated.   “We are excited to have Jeff join our growing sales team in the region. His extensive industry experience and product knowledge will help WAGO build on our growing expansion in the region,”

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Long Beach Port Appoints 4 Executives

where he has risen to Senior Vice President. He has had a vast range of roles domestically and internationally in major construction projects and has focused on goods movement and transportation, including the type of projects underway at the Port. He has a bachelor’s in structural engineering from Oregon State University, and he is a registered Civil Engineer in California. Also appointed to a newly created engineering leadership position is Diane Pierson, the new Director of Project Controls. Pierson comes to the Port from City of Hope medical center in Duarte where she was Project Controls Manager

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