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USMMA Outlines Top Priorities in New Strategic Plan

Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan providing guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.The plan, entitled The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, describes strategic priorities that will guide the institution for the next five years and beyond, including enriching educational programs; improving institutional culture; infrastructure planning, management and utilization; goals for governance, leadership and administration; enhancing the Academy’s

Thomas Rigolo (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group Announces New Management Hires

executive with more than 25 years of experience gained from hands-on engineering and high-level leadership roles at several U.S. shipyards. Rigolo is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy.Kirsten Buccigrossi has over 12 years of operations, logistics and marketing experience in the maritime industry both afloat and ashore. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Akron and a 100-ton Masters License. Her focus will be on building upon the company&rsquo

William T. “Bill” Bergeron (Photo courtesy of WTCNO)

Bergeron to be Honored

Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Bergeron has also received honors such as the Governor’s Lantern Award presented by former Governor Dave Treen as well as special recognition from former Alabama Governor Fob James for construction of the most modern barge-building plant in the United States. Bergeron is also credited with negotiating the contract to build the Steamboat Natchez in 1973 bringing new jobs to New Orleans as well as the creation of a new fabrication yard in Plaquemines Parish and a drydock on the Mississippi River.He attended LSU New Orleans and has aided the port throughout

Dario Deste named Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO

Fincantieri Marine Group Announces CEO Succession

Fincantieri. Since 2014 Dario has been CEO of Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, a company providing maintenance and repair support services on several U.S. Navy programs.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated, “I would like to thank Francesco for building up our presence in the United States and preparing us for an even greater future. We wish him the best in his new position. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Dario in his new role, where he will be able to put his considerable knowledge of the international shipbuilding markets at the service of the growth of Fincantieri

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Half a Million Seafarers Benefited from 'Ship Visitor' App

basis and it is difficult to imagine our daily ship visits without it.”Stuart said: “As Sailors’ Society looks to continue expanding its welfare offering throughout North America, we hope that the Ship Visitor app can help to revolutionize the way seafarers visiting ports across the United States and Canada are supported.&rdquo

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), has announced the appointment of several new hires in its New York office to support the accelerating offshore wind market in the United States and renewable energy projects worldwide. The experienced personnel include AJ Negrelli, Emily Kuhn, and Craig Hutchinson.Negrelli is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project

John Morganti (Photo: Ecochlor)

Morganti Joins Ecochlor

accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 25 year plus background in Sales and Operations Management. He has held leadership positions in a Fortune 500 company as well as mid-sized services providers and technology start-ups. He has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He served in the United States Navy Reserve for 13 years, retiring in 2003. Morganti has been a member of the Advisory Board of EthosIQ, LLC and Implicit Monitoring Solutions

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Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

to a port official. A decision to raise fees for dredging, which could begin as early as September, would be rare among U.S. Gulf Coast ports."We don't want to be the next bottleneck" to U.S. oil exports, said Sean Strawbridge, chief executive of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority.The United States is now exporting more than 2 million barrels of oil a day, but the largest tankers currently only move in and out of a Louisiana offshore port because others are not deep enough.Corpus Christi exports 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude, Strawbridge said. It sits on the U.S. Gulf Coast near

Sean S. Fitzgerald (Photo: Maersk Container Industry)

Fitzgerald Named CEO of Maersk’s Container Unit

plants in the Americas. He has also held executive positions over the course of almost 10 years at General Electric.    Fitzgerald holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and is a Bachelor of Science graduate in Civil engineering from the United States Military Academy.   “Having returned to profitability after some tough years, [Maersk Container Industry] is facing a number of opportunities, but also many challenges in an industry more competitive than ever,” said Soren Toft, Chairman of the Maersk Container Industry Advisory

Perez Joins Hepburn and Sons

, earned his Masters of Art degree in Strategic Planning from Naval Postgraduate School and completed a year-long tour of the Federal Executive Fellowship (FEF) Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   Perez served in the U.S. Navy for 36 years, following commissioning from the United States Naval Academy in 1980. His at-sea commands included command of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and command of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. During his tour as the Deputy Director Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS), Perez was assigned to Operation Unified Response as part of the U.S. response

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JAXPORT Hires Kalata as Container Accounts Director

JAXPORT has hired logistics and transportation professional David Kalata as Director, National Container Accounts. Kalata joins JAXPORT’s sales and marketing team and is responsible for developing new and existing container cargo business with accounts throughout the United States.    Kalata comes aboard as the federal project to deepen Jacksonville's shipping channel to 47 feet is set to begin. JAXPORT continues to record growth in international container volumes while expanding service offerings to and from the Southeastern U.S. to key markets throughout the world.   Kalata

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased capacity for complex operations while maintaining the highest environmental and safety standards for dredging operations. These vessels represent more than $310 million in new vessel construction in the United States, and have helped to support the U.S. shipyard industrial base. Recent vessel investments include: Delivery of Weeks Marine Inc.’s hopper dredge MAGDALEN, Delivery of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) ATB hopper dredge ELLIS ISLAND and tug

Mercedes Sierra is SENER’s new CEO in the U.S. (Photo: SENER)

Sierra Named CEO of SENER US

Engineering and technology group SENER has named Mercedes Sierra CEO of SENER in the United States.    Sierra joined SENER in 1985, growing within the organization and functioning in many management roles. This experience includes leading many of the international and multidisciplinary contracts for SENER in the aerospace field. In 2005 Spain’s Ministry of Economy appointed Sierra the Director of Aeronautics and Space of the Agency for Technology & Innovation where she served on a number of international oversight organizations and committees. Finishing her duties in July 2009

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Military to Maritime Digital Career Platform Launched

during their military career to successfully transition into a civilian career,” said Chairman Hunter at a recent House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing.   “The current cadre of mariners which have served the commerce and national security of the United States so admirably since the end of the Vietnam War is quickly aging out along with the ships. It's imperative that the federal government, along with its partners in the state maritime academies and maritime unions, develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that the absence of qualified and experienced

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

, will step down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO.   Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House.   Hardy, who started his career at BP and traded fuel oil, was long seen as one of two front-runners to succeed Taylor alongside another Vitol veteran Chris Bake.   Vitol said in

Gov. Edwards Appoints Charles H. Ponstein to Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Photo courtesy Port NOLA

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

to working with the Board, staff and all stakeholders to make the New Orleans Gateway one of the best global transportation hubs.”   Chouest is the owner and developer of NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, one of the largest and most modern motorsports destinations in the United States. A retired family practitioner, Chouest joined his family business, Edison Chouest Offshore, in 1983 and served in many aspects of company operations including design, construction and operation of various offshore support vessels. During his tenure at the company, Edison Chouest Offshore grew

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Ahilan Named Joint CEO at LOC Group

with a sense of urgency."   "The ability to leverage our existing global network of consultants has ensured we are well positioned to support the expansion of our clients into new markets, just as we are doing right now for offshore wind energy clients in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States."   Jerome Rutler, joint CEO, LOC Group, who joined LOC as Group COO in March 2016 bringing with him more than 20 years' experience in the oil & gas, petrochemicals and marine industries said: "I'm delighted that Ahilan will work alongside me to reinforce LOC Group's outstanding

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