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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

“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.”
John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group

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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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

James C. DeSimone, Deputy Commissioner, Ferry Division, New York City Department of Transportation. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Profiles in Training: Staten Island Ferries

When James C. DeSimone, Deputy Commissioner, Ferry Division, New York City Department of Transportation, signed on to run the Staten Island Ferries in 2003, the organization was still in the aftermath of one of the most significant accidents in its history: the ferry Andrew J. Barberi allision of October 2003, an accident which included a number of fatalities and serious injuries. DeSimone, who had long-tenures in both the commercial and public end of the marine business, brought a unique perspective to the organization.“For the city to go outside the system to hire (me) was huge,” said

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Matson Promotes Three

later was appointed vessel manager. He later served in executive roles of increasing responsibility in overseeing vessel management, offshore labor relations, fleet planning, vessel engineering and safety, and new ship design and contracting. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. He also holds a Master's license for Steam & Motor Vessels of unlimited tonnage, as well as First Class Harbor Pilot licenses for the Hawaii ports of Kawaihae and Kahului. Sullivan is Chairman of the Board of the National

Arjen Van Dijk (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Appoints Americas MD

over from Marc Niederer, who has decided to step down due to personal reasons and is currently considering various options for his future role, the company said.Van Dijk joined Svitzer in July 2019 as regional CCO and is now advancing to Regional MD. With more than 15 years in global shipping and transportation, he has lived and worked in the region for years and is today a well-known profile with an established network in the maritime industry across the South American continent.Van Dijk said, “As part of Maersk, Svitzer is truly a global marine solutions partner and I am excited by the opportunity

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Crowley Realigns Its Marine Services Group

marine salvage business in which Crowley previously had a 50% ownership position. With Crowley, he now has profit and loss responsibilities for the company’s offshore division, which includes Crowley’s ocean-class tugboat and flat-deck barge fleets. This unit provides specialized cargo transportation to the offshore energy sector and the emerging U.S. offshore wind market. He will be based in Houston and report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services.Jeff Andreini (Photo: Crowley)Sesnon is taking the lead role for the group’s ship assist and tanker escort services, which

From left: Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach; Gregory Tuthill, SeaCube Container Leasing; 
Michael Wilson, Consolidated Chassis Management

CII Announces Three New Directors

of SeaCube, one of the largest global container leasing companies. He is a graduate of the State University of NY Maritime College.  • Mike Wilson is CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management, the leading cooperative chassis pool manager in the U.S. He has a 30-plus-year career in the transportation industry in international shipping, including senior positions around the world. He is the 2018 recipient of the Connie Award given in Newark, NJ by CII.CII's other new officers are Sue Coffey of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, first vice president; Mike DiVirgilio, second vice president

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Maritime Schools Must Prep for Offshore Wind Jobs

industry is growing and seafarers and their benefactors should take advantage of this growth with new programs graduating mariners ready to take on this role.About the AuthorsJoan BondareffJoan Bondareff is of counsel in Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C., office who focuses her practice on marine transportation, environmental, regulatory, renewable energy, and legislative issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA), an appointment by Virginia Governors Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, where she promotes offshore wind and renewable energy for the

Sergey Frank (Photo: Sovcomflot)

Sovcomflot Elects New Chairman and New CEO

to increase significantly the volume of cargo transported along the Northern Sea Route, with LNG shipments – one of Sovcomflot's areas of specialization – accounting for more than a half of the anticipated cargo volume."The effective implementation of long-term, capital-intensive transportation solutions for oil and gas projects requires the development of a fundamentally new relationship between all major stakeholders, including transport providers, oil and gas companies, financial institutions, shipbuilders, and other organizations. A blueprint for such an operating model was established

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Institute’s Connie Awards last night in Long Beach, Calif.The recipients earned the scholarships based on their academic achievement, financial need and their interest in pursuing careers at sea.Spencer Hoffman, a third-year student from Loomis, Calif., is currently a junior studying marine transportation. He serves as a cadet ambassador for the academy. Hoffman has been a participant in the Corps of Cadets and has served as a squad leader in his division. He also has participated in CMA-sponsored community service initiatives at schools, as well as the shoreline cleanup. He has sailed aboard

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Sovcomflot CEO to Switch to Chairman

indirectly confirming his move from CEO.Frank's deputy, Igor Tonkovidov, is set to become the new CEO, sources said.Frank has been at the helm of Sovcomflot, following a merger of several shipping companies in the late days of the Soviet Union, since October 2004.In 1990s he worked in the Russian transportation ministry, which he headed from 1998-2004 before moving to Sovcomflot.The government has considered a listing of Sovcomflot for years as part of broader privatisation plans, but obstacles ranging from weak markets to international sanctions placed on Russia over its role in Ukraine's crisis

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Great Lakes Region Creates 132K+ Maritime Jobs

According to a new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Transportation Institute (TI), the Jones Act continues to fuel a strong maritime industry throughout the Great Lakes region, where the PwC report shows 123,670 Jones Act-related jobs – or 20% of the national total – are based.Between 2011 and 2016, maritime employment in the region increased by 25,400 jobs. Overall, the industry generates $30 billion of economic activity and $8.45 billion in worker income in the eight Great Lakes states.“With our Great Lakes and rich maritime history, it’s no

One of seven U.S. maritime academies, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s picturesque campus in Buzzards Bay has sent thousands of mariners into the global maritime workplace since its inception in 1891. CREDIT: MMA

Over 1,650 Cadets Graduate from American Maritime Academies

commercial merchant  mariner helping to support the American military's supply chain and the U.S. economy, maritime is our national heritage.”“American mariners deliver an invaluable service to our nation’s economic and defense needs, enabling not only our commercial marine transportation needs but providing the infrastructure and manpower for national defense and humanitarian missions,” said Matt Woodruff, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “As Chairman of AMP, I am extremely proud to honor the graduates of the American maritime academies and welcome our

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Zier Joins Crowley Offshore Services

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed Jonathan Zier manager of business development in Houston.Zier will assist customers globally with marine transportation projects such as sealifts and beach-landings, as well as offshore and coastal towing and installation of rigs, spars and other structures. He will also be responsible for providing solutions for alternative energy projects such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, offshore wind power generation, and other projects requiring offshore or coastal equipment and expertise.Zier will report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services in the

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Overcoming Local Crew Challenges

crew management responsibilities for five vessels, all Topaz owned and operated, and based in Nigeria.The vessels used in this project consisted of dynamically positioned (DP) anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) and DP platform supply vessels (PSV). WRS were tasked with providing local crew, transportation and HR services.Topaz was experiencing a range of challenges with local crew members, which included unqualified crew, on board theft, community conflicts and graffiti. The local agent was not equipped to manage the crew or provide a compliant solution for these challenges. Of the overall crew

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