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Port of Virginia Names Edwards CEO

The Virginia Port Authority Board (VPA) of Commissioners today introduced Stephen Edwards as the next leader of The Port of Virginia. He succeeds John F. Reinhart who for the last seven years has led the VPA as its CEO and executive director.Edwards has extensive experience in the global transportation industry most recently as the president and CEO of TraPac, LLC (TraPac), which operates container terminals in Los Angeles, Oakland and Florida. His tenure with the VPA begins on January 19, 2021.“I am delighted to be joining the Virginia Port Authority team in January,” Edwards said

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MARAD Accepting Applications for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) said Tuesday it is accepting applications from eligible and qualified institutions to apply for a Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation, which will recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry.“These educational institutions benefit America’s national security and economy by growing and strengthening our maritime workforce,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.The CoE Program is a voluntary

Ken Baldwin (Photo: LIG Marine Managers)

Baldwin Joins LIG Marine Managers

. Baldwin joined what is now AXA/XL in 2012 and was most recently regional vice president for the Mid Atlantic division. During his time there, he led that division through over $30 million in premium growth.He was educated at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and earned his Bachelor’s in Marine Transportation and his Third Mates License, Unlimited Tonnage all Oceans. He holds professional designations of CPCU and AMIM

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Tidewater Names Degodny CCO

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals said it recently added Aaron Degodny as its new Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer.  As part of Tidewater’s executive leadership team, Degodny will focus on establishing strategic partnerships in new markets, expanding and strengthening client relationships, and extending the regional and global footprint of Tidewater, the largest barge transportation and terminal network on the Columbia-Snake River system. He will have direct oversight and responsibility for business development, sales and marketing, public relations and media. Additionally

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Tidewater Hires Sperling as COO

Vancouver, Wash. based Tidewater Transportation and Terminals announced Friday it has hired Johan Sperling as its new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.Sperling will have direct oversight and responsibility for the maintenance and engineering department, vessel operations, dispatch and terminal operations. Additionally, he will work closely with Tidewater Environmental Services and Tidewater’s Canadian entity, Island Tug and Barge, to support their efforts for safe and reliable operations. Before joining Tidewater, Sperling was the Vice President, Marine Services for the Crowley

Bleu Hilburn (Photo: Crowley)

Hilburn Rejoins Crowley Solutions as VP, Business Development

for Solutions.Hilburn, a 2015 Thomas Crowley Award winner, the company’s highest honor for employees, will start Aug. 31 and report to Shiju Zacharia, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Solutions.Hilburn played a leading role in Crowley’s successful bid to land the U.S. Transportation Command’s Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract in 2016-17. In addition, he helped lead Crowley’s government response to the 2017 hurricanes, including relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico resulting from Hurricane Marine.In advancing to leadership roles, including

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Socha Joins Conrad Shipyard’s Senior Management Team

marketing. He will work collaboratively with other Conrad business groups, including business development, engineering and product development, contracts, estimating and operations.Socha has served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility with various companies in the offshore and inland marine transportation, shipbuilding, oil and gas exploration, and offshore engineering/construction industries. He was most recently senior vice president for business development at Halter Marine following previous roles at Mid-Gulf Shipping Co, Baker Marine Solutions, Bollinger Shipyards and Tidewater Marine. 

Jack Mahoney is the new President and CEO of Westwood Shipping Lines (Photo: Westwood Shipping Lines, Inc.)

Mahoney Named President and CEO of Westwood Shipping Lines

years in the role. Stephenson will continue in a support role as Executive Advisor/General Counsel.Mahoney’s recent posts with Maersk include three years as President of Maersk in Canada and, more recently, he has been Vice President of the Automotive Industry in Florham Park, N.J.He began his transportation industry career in sales with Sea-Land in Boston, and later transitioned into sales management and trade management roles with OOCL in Long Beach, Pleasanton, and Atlanta. He returned to Sea-Land in Charlotte. After Maersk's acquisition of Sea-Land, his roles included sales management and

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American Commercial Barge Line Names Ellis as CEO

U.S. inland barge transportation company American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has named Mike Ellis as the company’s new chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors, effective August 17, 2020.Ellis will take the helm following ACBL's recently completed Chapter 11 recapitalization and restructuring, succeeding retiring president and CEO Mark Knoy, who has led the company since 2011.“Following a thorough search, we are delighted to welcome Mike Ellis as ACBL’s new CEO, beginning a new chapter in the company’s 100+ year storied history,” said John Giles

Kim Hedegaard Sørensen, COO, StormGeo Shipping Division (Photo: StormGeo)

StormGeo Names Sørensen COO of Its Shipping Division

Weather intelligence and decision support services provider StormGeo said it has appointed Kim Hedegaard Sørensen as the new Chief Operating Officer for its shipping division effective immediately.Sørensen has an extensive portfolio of global C-level leadership positions in shipping and transportation, including CEO of Nordics Nagel-Group, Blue Water Shipping, and TransAtlantic Industrial Shipping. He also brings with him 17 years’ experience with Danish integrated shipping and container logistics company A.P. Møller – Mærsk Group.“I am thrilled to begin work

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Crowley Logistics Hires Bennett as SVP, GM

Crowley’s chief operating officer, and work from the corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.Bennett comes to Crowley from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions where he served as senior vice president and head of global terminals and stevedoring. He has more than 25 years of experience focused on transportation and end-to-end logistics, including a 12-year stint with Damco Distribution Services, Maersk’s logistics arm. While there, he served as chief operating officer-USA and vice president of operations and strategic client management.  Bennett began his career as terminal manager-Pier G

Tracy R. Zea (Photo: WCI)

Zea Named WCI President & CEO

.With a broad range of Capitol Hill, policy development and government relations expertise, Zea most recently served as WCI’s Vice President-Government Relations, advocating for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, reliable inland waterways transportation system. His work also enhanced WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the Corps of Engineers and the Inland Waterways Users Board.Zea joined WCI as its Director-Government Relations in August 2015, transitioning from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I). During

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NC Ports Announces New Leadership

Brian move up within the organization and we are confident his more than 20 years of experience will continue to propel NC Ports forward as a competitive East Coast port.”“Our ports play an important role in North Carolina whether that’s through better supporting our state’s transportation network or through the billions of dollars it contributes to our state’s economy every year. Brian understands this commitment and we believe his strong leadership will help further Paul’s legacy and expand port business,” said Eric Boyette, North Carolina Department of Transportatio

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Dredging: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

to keep their communities safe, healthy, and resilient. And on behalf of CISA, we thank the brave men and women who continue these essential jobs in challenging times.”The dredging sector employs Critical Infrastructure Workers, fitting into many categories including but not limited to:Under Transportation and LogisticsMaritime: Maritime transportation workers – port workers, mariners, equipment operators.Under Public Works: Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet

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Clear Seas Names Blomerus Executive Director

with insights into reconciling economic development with environmental protection while respecting Indigenous rights.Dr. Blomerus also developed an independent consulting practice specializing in clean energy and policy deployment helping government agencies understand the impact of technology on the transportation sector. Dr. Blomerus is a published author on a range of marine shipping and transportation issues, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a ship fuel to reduce transport emissions and the electrification of Canada’s freight rail sector.Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Blomerus led large engineering

“I think we need to be bold in our thinking, but cautious in our applications. It doesn’t cost that much money to play around with ideas; and that small investment could turn up some great benefits. But if you’re afraid to make that initial investigation, things will pass you by.”
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Interview: John Waterhouse, EBDG - “Be Bold in Thinking but Cautious in Application”

. “It’s not like our customers are sitting on piles of cash that they want to spend on interesting engineering projects,” said Waterhouse. “They are looking hard at their margins to figure out how they can trim to stay in the business or make a return to their shareholders. Transportation is a tough industry; there’s lots of competition and its historically been a drive to greater efficiencies, which often means that the margins get thinner and thinner.” Like the maritime industry it serves, EBDG has had its fair share of ups and downs. “We have had our feast

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Crew Training for a Future that Includes Autonomous Vessels

us operate safely and more efficiently. Keeping the status quo is not a viable option, nor is just looking to be “Grandfathered” in.From the Marine Insurance Risk Management view of this situation, a key issue is the need to develop methods of assessment of automated and autonomous vessel transportation systems. In Marine Insurance, we look to the past to help predict the future. In some regards we have faced these challenges before when looking at the shipping industry. We have dealt with changes in propulsion from sail to steam and from steam to diesel. We have also dealt with the issue of

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