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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Engine Room Wall (Photo: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises)

'Sea the World' Reveal At Huizenga Center

South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the region with 142,000 careers and jobs. With an aging workforce and a unique skill set, the maritime community is facing a workforce that’s aging out with skilled labor being very hard to find. To assist, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AMESOLUTIONS.COM, and 23 marine industry companies have joined forces with Junior Achievement of South Florida.On May 1, 2019, Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the Marine Industry Storefront, Sea the World, in the Patten Family Finance Park located at

Brad Norton (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Announces New Hires and Promotions

role. With over 20 years as a licensed yacht captain, Norton will use his vast, hands-on knowledge of the workings and operation of boats supporting IMTRA customers who need technical and application assistance. He and his family recently returned to his home town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts from South Florida where he captained vessels ranging from 80- to 120-feet. Norton has sailed extensively from the coast of New England through the Florida Keys to the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands and Central America.Van Noorden recently joined IMTRA as a technical support engineer in the growing electrical department

Kenneth Graham (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards, enabling communities to be safe from tropical weather threats. The National Hurricane Center is co-located with the National Weather Service Miami-South Florida forecast office on the campus of Florida International University

Daniel Vargas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Names Vargas VP, Business Development

outside the U.S.     In the newly created role, Vargas will spearhead the development of both full- and less-than-container load cargo (FCL/LCL) originating from international locations, particularly in Europe and Asia. Vargas, who will be based in Crowley’s Medley office in South Florida, will report to Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, international liner services.    Vargas has more than a quarter century of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining Crowley, he led Canada and Eastern U.S. sales efforts at SeaLand, part of the Maersk

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

Trade Hub at Port Manatee, said he believes the hub could serve as a launching pad for enhanced commercial ties.             Garafulic, who is based in Miami, pointed out that Chile is engaged in about $5 billion a year of trade with South Florida seaports and airports, with northbound salmon, wines and fresh fruits among key commodities, but in 2016 sent just $6.5 million of goods – mostly salts used in making fertilizer – to Port Manatee while receiving no exports from Port Manatee.        

(Photo: MPT)

Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

Maritime Professional Training 1915 S Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale FL 33316 USA  Tel: (954) 525-1014  Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities. Already fully stocked, MPT added significant weight to its offering in 2016 with investment in 25,000 sq. ft. of new training space and technology.   Overview MPT handles more than 12,000 students a year from all segments of the maritime industry and from more than a dozen countries. With that range MPT has students from ship

Photo: Seafarers’ House

Seafarers’ House Wraps Up Shoebox Christmas

, more than 1,460 mariners were the recipients of gift-filled shoeboxes that were delivered aboard more than 80 ships docked at Port Everglades during the holidays.   Volunteers and supporters came from a wide range of businesses, schools and organizations including: Parkway Christian School, South Florida Chapter of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), BB&T, Humana, JetBlue, Miller Legg, Moss and Associates, Community Capital Management, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Resolve Marine Group, American Maritime Officers, Port Everglades and many churches.  

Jennifer Stewart (Photo: Seafarers’ House)

Seafarers’ House Hires Development Director

Seafarers’ House has hired Jennifer Stewart, CFRE, as its new development director. Stewart has more than a dozen years of experience leading development efforts at a number of South Florida-based nonprofit organizations. Stewart comes to Seafarers’ House from the Community Foundation of Broward, where she served as Chief Stewardship Officer. Prior to that, she served as development director for Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines, where she grew its donor base by nearly 150 percent. Stewart also served as both development director and grant manager for Women in Distress in Fort

Palladium Announces VP of Business Development

turnkey wireless ISP's to the U.S. Virgins Islands as well as the Haitian government.    Arnold  also has a strong history of evolving businesses in the Internet based software and application marketplace. Arnold currently serves on the advisory committee for SIM Pilot, which is a South Florida start up providing SIM (scientific instrument module) technology utilizing approved FAA flight simulators for the private, and commercial aviation marketplace.     These accomplishments along with his passion for the emerging markets of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and iOT (Internet

David Fries (Photo: IHMC)

Undersea Technology Expert David Fries Joins IHMC

.   This “fusion of education and entertainment,” Fries said, is one area that he intends to work on as a recently-hired research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The Tampa-based scientist, who has been on faculty at the University of South Florida for two decades, will work at both the Ocala and Pensacola IHMC locations until next summer, when he relocates to Pensacola.   Fries’ main area of specialization is undersea technology. He holds 35 patents in the field, and is best known for inventing underwater sensors and robots

George Whitehouse (Photo: MTN)

MTN Appoints Whitehouse

accelerate sales and expand the company’s product portfolio.  He will drive partnerships and synergize with marketing efforts to achieve short and long-term objectives of MTN and EMC.   Most recently, Whitehouse was vice president of business development and sales for Rybovich in South Florida.  There he also served as a consultant for captains and refit projects, in addition to heading marketing. Whitehouse has captained multiple megayachts, most recently the M/Y Floridian, a 230 ft Oceanfast. In addition, he has managed complex, multimillion-dollar projects for yacht builds

Hughes to Lead Assent’s Maritime Business Development

in a variety of executive sales leadership roles specific to the maritime and health insurance arenas, including fully insured, self-insured, workers compensation and managed care organizations.   Hughes holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from University of South Florida and is an active member of Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), The Tampa Propeller Club, Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), and Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club. Hughes has also been an active participant with the Self Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) national

Todd Sims

Sims Joins Torqeedo Global Sales Team

will lead sales and create opportunities for the company's newest offering, the Deep Blue Hybrid system. Sims spent 23 years in the IT industry in both technical and sales positions. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated EPowerMarine LLC, an independent boat dealership located in South Florida specializing in electric propulsion options for today's boater. During this time, Sims became deeply involved with many different manufacturers' offerings and customer expectations, successfully bridging this gap with broad industry knowledge and custom solutions. Sims is a USCG licensed captain

Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training

MPT to Break Ground on 25,000-sq.-ft. Expansion

For anyone keeping score, the south Florida maritime training and education infrastructure is enjoying rapid growth, driven largely by an outreach for lucrative offshore oil and gas training and education business.   Case in point, today Maritime Professional Training (MPT)—the largest private maritime training school in the nation— said it selected Fort Lauderdale-based Gulf Building Corp. as the general contractor for the construction of its planned 25,000-square-foot facility expansion at its Fort Lauderdale campus.   “We are pleased to have such an esteemed, highly-re

AJ Halavacs: Photo ZF Marine

ZF Marine’s Halavacs Dies at 59

.  AJ loved this industry, and it loved him back.” Halavacs’ passion for the water and boating was evident in the fact that he was a 34 year veteran of the marine industry. Starting his career in 1980 in Mentor, Ohio, opportunities took him on to Michigan, Illinois and finally to South Florida.  Halavacs first started with – then - ZF Industries in 1989.  Halavacs was intensely proud to represent ZF and its products. He worked tirelessly to grow the organization from a relatively unknown newcomer in the North American marine industry to a market leader in marine propulsion

More Coverage Expected from New Federal Regs

Legislation passed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by the U.S. House of Representatives will bring a benefit to improve insurance coverage at lower cost to companies and their workers in the recreational boating industry, said the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), a trade organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and growing marine business jobs. H.R. 3896 achieved this by amending the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a simplified definition of recreational vessels for purposes of the Act. The legislation was spearheaded and introduced last

Kimberly A. Ross

Baker Hughes Names Kimberly Ross as CFO

as Executive Vice President and CFO of Avon Products, Inc. She served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Royal Ahold N.V. from 2007 to 2011 and held various other finance positions at Royal Ahold from 2001 to 2007. Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and became a certified public accountant after graduation. "I am pleased to welcome Kimberly to the Company," said Martin Craighead, Baker Hughes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "She is an accomplished executive with more than 22 years of outstanding global experience

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