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AME's new hydraulics division will be led by Jeremy Short. Photo: AME

AME Expands into Hydraulics

and corrective maintenance solutions.  “Adding hydraulics to our line of services was a natural progression for AME. We have two-full machine shops that can quickly help troubleshoot hydraulic issues as well as trained hydraulic technicians on staff that are readily available,” said Rich Merhige, President, AME.   The Fort Lauderdale, FL-based company's newly formed hydraulics division will be led by industry veteran, Jeremy Short and will offer hydraulic services on capstans, ramps and elevators, cranes, fire pumps, thrusters, propulsion systems, steering ears, stabilizers, trim

Rich Cillessen: Photo SIA

SIA Appoints Siemens Industry's V-P to the Board

The Security Industry Association (SIA) says it has appointed Rich Cillessen, vice president of enterprise security at Siemens Industry Inc., to its Board of Directors. As vice president of the enterprise security business line, Cillessen is a senior executive with a proven track record of building businesses and delivering outstanding results, during a career spanning more than 15 years in both the domestic and International market. Since 2013, he has led the strategy, vision and sales for Siemens Enterprise Security business. He is responsible for strategic account management for key security

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New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

a subsidiary in Belgium. He became General Manager Sales in 2001 and was appointed Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie Belgium in 2005, a position he retains alongside his new role.   Huybrechts started his career in shipping in 1982 after completing his studies in marketing and shipping. His rich and varied experience in breakbulk has been gained through a variety of roles including sales manager for Hansamar in the West African trades and as sales manager for Far East trades for Deutsche Seereederei. 

Gyori Named President, Pelican Products

, Inc. has appointed Phil Gyori as Group President.   Bringing several years of executive and management experience to the new role, Gyori will report to CEO, Lyndon Faulkner work and head all three of Pelican’s divisions.   Gyori has managed multimillion dollar budgets and has a rich background in marketing, business development and brand management. His expertise also extends to other cross-functional areas including sales, engineering, purchasing and overseas sourcing.    His resume includes executive roles at Bushnell where he was personally responsible for a $400

Fincantieri, Huarun Dadong Dockyard Tie-up framework Finalized

over the next ten years will enlarge significantly. At the same time, the demand of the industry for adequate shipyard facilities with the capability for cruise repair and refitting work is constantly increasing. HRDD, with its modern facilities located near the new Cruise Terminal of Shanghai, has a rich experience and skilled resources which make it particularly suitable for cruise ship projects. Fincantieri, through its dedicated Ship Repair and Conversion business unit, will provide its technical knowledge, together with support in project management and logistic procedures which, combined with

XL Catlin Promotes Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine

her new leadership role now reports to Lee Meyrick, XL Catlin’s Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Marine, in London.   Elder, who previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Inland Marine in North America,  assumes the role formerly held by Richard DeSimone. DeSimone, who joined XL Catlin in 2011 to help build its North America Marine capabilities, retired from the company on December 31, 2015.    According to Meyrick, “Under Rich’s leadership, we expanded our team in North America and created a comprehensive portfolio

Jim Long (Photo: Gulf Marine)

Hendry Marine and Gulf Marine Hire Long as CEO

region as well. “This area has everything,” said Long, “great natural resources, a strong port and a tremendous workforce. It’s my goal to leverage all of these positives to make Gulf Marine and this entire area even better.”   Gulf Marine and Hendry Corporation have a rich history in Tampa Bay. The original company was started by Captain F.M. Hendry 90 years ago to provide oyster shells for roads and other construction projects. Over the decades, the company added dredging and many other maritime services. It is now a one-stop shop for tug-barge units, providing gas-freeing

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Long Beach Harbor Commission Elects Officers

Beach and was previously Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach. She was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2013 by then-Mayor Bob Foster. The Commission President chairs Board meetings and represents the Port to the public.   Farrell Harrison and Bynum succeed Doug Drummond and Rich Dines as President and Vice President, respectively.   Under the City Charter, the mayor of Long Beach appoints City residents to the Harbor Commission for a six-year term. Commissioners oversee the Port and direct the CEO, who in turn manages the more than 500-person staff of the City of Long

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

classrooms, a training swimming pool and a gymnasium LMTI managing director Avi Zaidenberg, said, “The Liberian government solicited LISCR to restore and operate LMTI, to facilitate first-rate education and to produce certified high-quality seafarers, in keeping with Liberia’s rich maritime heritage. The training is also designed to develop and nurture skills which can be used ashore in local markets for the advancement of the Liberian economy, and to support the expansion of the domestic maritime sector. Our overall objective is to enhance the capacity and quality of Liberia&rsquo

Chris Oliver (Photo: NOAA)

Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

work to reduce our nation’s $11 billion dollar seafood trade deficit,” said Ross.   NOAA Fisheries has offices in 15 states and U.S. territories, including five regional offices, six science centers, and 24 labs and fish stations.   “Chris is a fisherman himself and has rich experience in fisheries leadership positions around the country and internationally,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. “He’s a natural fit for this position and we look forward to working with him.”   Oliver said, "I intend to focus many of our resources

AGCS Makes Leadership Changes in North America

Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced today that effective December 31, Henning Haagen will take over as North American Regional Head of Specialty Lines, and Rich Soja will become the North American Regional Head of Marine. These appointments follow the retirement of John Barnwell after more than 20 years with the company. While taking on these new responsibilities, both Haagen and Soja will continue in their current roles as Northeast Zone Executive in the U.S. and Global Head of Inland Marine, respectively.     Sin

Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute Photo by API

API Wants US to Open up More Offshore Acreage

of offshore waters closed to oil and natural gas leasing. “Studies show we could create 840,000 new jobs and raise more than $200 billion for the government if oil and natural gas development is allowed in the Atlantic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. “By ignoring major energy-rich areas, the administration is turning its back on American workers. In the Atlantic, the government proposed just one lease sale for the next five-year cycle. Secretary Jewell was quick to say even that may be canceled. Exploration and production in Alaska is also being restricted both on and offshore

Fared Khan

Wallem Fleet Personnel Director Appointed

is significant in defining the type of seafarers we attract,” said Mr Doughty. “We are fortunate to employ a pool of motivated and qualified seafarers and we want to ensure they stay with Wallem in the long term, and we employ more of these professionals.” Fared Khan comes with rich experience in tankers, and is a master mariner himself. For many years he led the fleet personnel team at a leading tanker company in Singapore, developing a pool of professional seafarers. During this time, on board injuries (LTIFs) significantly reduced and seafarer engagement increased, improving

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port Long Beach Prepares Future Leaders

Garcia. “These are the leaders of the future, who will ensure our Port remains the premier port in the United States.”   “The Port is committed to providing opportunities through our scholarship and internship programs,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission Vice President Rich Dines. “We are investing in our youth today to develop the international trade leaders of tomorrow.”      In Celebrating Education, the Port honored transportation pioneer Matson, Inc., as its 2015 Champion of Education for inspiring students to pursue careers in international

Peter White (Photo: Freeman Marine)

Freeman Marine Hires Operations Manager

lights, has added Peter White to its operations management team at the Gold Beach manufacturing plant. White will be responsible primarily for cast and fabricated products among other projects in this role.    Dom DiDia, operations director for Freeman Marine, said, “Peter has a long, rich history in the marine industry and is well-versed with our solutions as an end user and a business client. Prior to joining Freeman Marine, Peter was general manager at Palmer Johnson Yachts Ltd., one of AdvanTec’s key clients for many years. He brings that unique end-user perspective that will

Cover of the book: Image courtesy of Amazon

Life at Sea in Container Ships Extraordinay Says New Book

and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys: the first, from East to West (Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage, from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, 'wuthers' with gales and goes to frozen regions of the North Atlantic, in deep winter, where the sea itself seems haunted. In

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Raises Small Business Commitment

, which led to the recent Harbor Commission approval of a goal increase to 27 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning October 1. “The Port’s efforts to do business with small and very small businesses are beneficial for the local economy,” said Harbor Commission Vice President Rich Dines. “These smaller companies can increase competition for Port contracts and also offer opportunities to nurture a more diverse business community in Long Beach and the Southern California region.” Harbor Commissioner Lou Ann Bynum, a longtime supporter of small business programs

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