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Borr Drilling Cuts Jobs in Texas

Offshore rig operator Borr Drilling cut 66 jobs in Texas at the end of March, according to a state regulatory notice, as the company prepared to close on its purchase of Paragon Offshore.The filing with the Texas Workforce Commission did not provide a reason for the layoffs.A Borr representative was not immediately available for comment.Borr, based in Oslo, Norway, offered to buy rival Paragon Offshore for $232.5 million in February and Paragon shareholders approved the deal on March 27. Borr's chief executive officer left the company last month, citing the acquisition of Paragon.Reporting by Liz

YoungShip Launches in Texas

Mitchell Machann, an associate in Blank Rome LLP’s Houston office, recently co-founded YoungShip Texas with TITAN Salvage’s Lindsay Malen. This new branch is the 18th in YoungShip International’s global network, and the first in the United States. In launching YoungShip Texas, Machann and Malen’s vision is to increase awareness of the younger generation coming into the maritime community and to strengthen its presence in the U.S. maritime sector. YoungShip Texas provides a networking platform for young professionals who are already in the maritime industry and support

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Texas Ranks Third for U.S. Maritime Jobs, Houston No. 2

Texas ranks third among all states for domestic maritime jobs with Houston ranked second among all U.S. cities for its contribution to the U.S. maritime industry, according to a new study PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute and released by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry.   The domestic maritime industry, comprised of the vessels which move cargoes between American ports, pumps $8 billion annually into the Texas economy, and provides 39,190 Texas maritime jobs, with $2.3 billion in worker income. A former

Ray Ruiz (Photo: AEU)

AEU Hires Ruizas as Loss Control Manager

The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) recently hired Ray Ruizas Loss Control Manager. Ruizas’ safety experience includes five years at a large shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas, where he implemented management systems, conducted incident investigations, oversaw safety inspections and conducted shipyard safety training for supervisors and employees in both English and Spanish. He has numerous certifications from OSHA and the Texas Department of Health and is a Shipyard Competent Person and certified in HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations), Radiological Emergency Management, First Aid and

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi (Photo: Texas A&M University)

Kondapi Named Subsea Director at Texas A&M

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi has joined the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as the director for subsea engineering.   Kondapi brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the industry with FMC Technologies and KBR, where he focused on engineering and consulting projects worldwide. As the KBR Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston, he helped develop the first subsea engineering program in the United States.    “We are very pleased to have Dr. Kondapi join Texas A&M’s subsea engineering program as director

Terry O'Hearn (Photo: Superior Industries)

Superior Industries Appoints O’Hearn as Territory Manager

bulk material processing and handling systems, has hired Terry O’Hearn as its new conveyor components territory manager for the southcentral United States. O’Hearn will work with distributors in the region to market and sell conveyor components in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Active in the industry since 1981, O’Hearn has 36 years of experience working with conveyor belting and components. Before starting at Superior, O’Hearn worked for Texas Bearing, helping the company open a new branch in Dallas.   O’Hearn was drafted by the Detroit Tigers

Stolt-Nielsen Norwalk Tanker Staff will move to Houston

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced its intention to relocate its tankers' staff in Norwalk, Connecticut to Houston, Texas. The move will consolidate the Company's U.S.-based staff in Houston, which is the port most frequently called by the global Stolt Tankers fleet. Stolt Tank Containers' U.S.-based personnel and the Company's largest wholly owned bulk liquid terminal are already located in Houston.   Approximately 60 employees will be affected by the move, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, at which time the Norwalk office will be closed. Costs of the

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Maritime Companies Scout for Interns, Employees at San Jacinto College

come here and interview us in our classrooms," said Richard Zienty, who interned last summer with Buffalo Marine and rode from Houston to Lake Charles and everywhere in between. "I'm interviewing for my second internship this summer but I'm also looking to get hired with a company.” Texas ranks third in the nation, with Houston ranking second, for all domestic maritime industry jobs, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Study released by the American Maritime Partnership. Having a maritime training program just around the corner allows local maritime companies access to a pool of

Horizon Marine Announces Personnel Changes

regions. Riffe has been with Horizon for 10 years and as Chief Technology Director.    Heather Zimmerle has joined the EddyWatch team as a Physical Oceanographer.  Heather comes to Horizon Marine with a B.S. in Meteorology from Western Illinois University and a M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.  While at TAMU, Zimmerle’s academic focus was the hypoxic zone on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and her research contributed to the Hypoxia Data Atlas.  Heather will contribute to the daily analysis of the Loop Current, Northern Brazil

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Patrick T. Mulva, VP & Controller, ExxonMobil, Retires

;s Canadian affiliate. In 1998, Mulva was appointed senior vice president, finance and administration, and a director of Imperial Oil Limited. In 2002, he became vice president of investor relations and corporate secretary of Exxon Mobil Corporation at the company's corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. Mulva was elected to his current position in 2004. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mulva holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He served

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Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third Coast General Contractors.  The project includes plans to double the size of the product testing area, add an onsite paint and blast facility, develop a new fabrication shop, expand machine shop operations, expand the assembly area and add a multitude of

Roland C. Mower

Roland Mower New President/CEO of Port San Antonio

  Roland C. Mower who has helped bring billions of dollars in business investment and supported the creation of thousands of jobs in Texas will be Port San Antonio's next President and CEO. A business veteran who for more than 25 years has led efforts to attract and grow multi-million dollar industrial and advanced technology projects in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. Roland Mower will begin his new leadership role on September 29. He succeeds Bruce E. Miller, who has served in that role since 2002 and announced his retirement last January.  For the past nine years, Mower has been

Kyle Curtis (Photo: TSGI)

Curtis Joins The Shearer Group

 Naval architect Kyle Curtis has joined naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI).   Prior to joining TSGI, Curtis worked for Versabar in Houston as a marine engineer and a structural engineer. He received a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University where he also received the Dean’s Honor Award and participated as the Treasurer of the Ocean Engineering Society.

Ryan Randall (Photo: TSGI)

Rendall Joins The Shearer Group

Naval architect Ryan Rendall has joined the naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI).   Prior to joining TSGI, Rendall worked for Metal Shark Boats as a naval architect and marine engineer. He received a B.S. in Marine Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and the Marine Technology Society.

Jerry Beeson

Circulation Solutions Appoints Beeson as CEO

Circulation Solutions, LLC, a products company specializing in lost circulation issues, has appointed Jerry Beeson as chief executive officer (CEO). Based in Decatur, Texas, Beeson will oversee all corporate management functions and play a direct role in all departments. Beeson previously served as vice president of sales where he led the company’s sales and business development initiatives. Beeson has 15 years of drilling and completions experience, with 10 years focused within corporate oil and gas sales. He is a member of the Oilfield Christian Fellowship. circulationsolutions.

Latitia McCane (HII photo)

McCane Named Director at Newport News’ Apprentice School

in Brewton, Alab. McCane earned doctoral degrees in urban higher education administration and education administration from Jackson State University and Lacrosse University, respectively. She also holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in organic chemistry and chemistry from the University of Alabama, Texas Southern University and Alabama State University.“Latitia comes to us at an important time in our company’s history when we are focused on people and technology—transforming the way we do business,” Bagley said. “Given Latitia’s wealth of experience, I’m

Jill Maone (Photo: SpotSee)

SpotSee Appoints Malone as Marketing Director

and driving foot traffic into stores in five languages in more than 20 countries.                         Before joining SpotSee, Malone was the digital marketing program manager for Texas Instruments. While there, she developed worldwide digital marketing strategies including defining objectives, channel activation and success metrics, while overseeing multi-channel digital marketing campaigns. Previously, Malone held multiple marketing leadership positions at MoneyGram International

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