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Monday, August 10, 2020

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Neil Palomba (left) and Gus Antorcha (Photos: Carnival Corp)

Carnival Makes Leadership Changes at HAL, Costa

changes where appropriate to improve our business," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to restart some of its voyages in phases, while Costa Cruises has suspended sailings through August 15 and Holland America Line has canceled all cruises from Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England for 2020.Reporting to Stein Kruse, group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK, Antorcha will guide Holland America Line's return to cruise operations and plans for future growth, including sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary

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New Bill Aims to Secure Grant Funding for Maritime Training

A new bill introduced in the U.S. aims to make available $200 million in grant funding for community and technical colleges offering training programs for maritime industry professions. The legislation H.R. 7456 was introduced by Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (Texas-29) alongside Rep. Don Young (Alaska-At-Large), Rep. Anthony G. Brown (Md.-04), Rep. Brian Babin (Texas-36), and Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.-04).“Maritime industry jobs are a critical part of our nation’s economy. Yet research has shown that there may soon be a shortage of maritime industry workers,” said Congresswoman

A.W. McAfee  (Photo: Resolve Alaska)

McAfee Named Managing Director of Resolve Alaska

Resolve Alaska, the northwest operating arm of the Resolve Marine Group, has appointed A.W. McAfee as its new Managing Director.McAfee will be responsible for overseeing Resolve’s operational response and recovery activities. His immediate strategic plan for Dutch Harbor is to implement an improvement program increasing operational efficiency and response capacity.  McAfee comes to Resolve from the Bechtel Corporation where he was operations manager. McAfee has been immersed in the marine and civil industries since 1995.

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Matson Promotes Three

U.S. carrier Matson announced it promoted three executives to the company's senior leadership team, effective immediately.Branton "Bal" Dreyfus, Vice President, Alaska, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Alaska in recognition of Matson's growing scope of operations, continuing investment in and long-term commitment to serving Alaska. Dreyfus will continue to report directly to Matt Cox, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Capt. John "Jack" Sullivan, Vice President, Vessel Operations and Engineering, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Vessel Operations and

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Crowley Realigns Its Marine Services Group

group and has been responsible for growing Crowley’s ship assist and escort services for tankers, container ships and other vessels on the U.S. West Coast.Van Gundy joined Crowley in 2006 as an engineer supporting vessels managed from the Pacific Northwest. His first assignment was to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, supporting Crowley’s North Slope operations, and he later began supporting harbor and ocean tugs as a chief engineer. Moving ashore, van Gundy supported both Crowley and third-party vessel repair and new construction management programs. Most recently he managed Crowley’s offshore energy

“Through this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture,” said Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. Photo: Vigor

Vigor, MHI Acquired and Merged

as Vigor’s CEO until a new CEO is retained. Tom Epley will continue to lead the MHI business.Vigor Industrial LLC, majority-owned by CEO Frank Foti, is a provider of complex fabrication and ship repair services. It employs 2,300 people and operates eight drydocks across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including the largest floating drydock in North America. Vigor excels at ship repair, specialized shipbuilding, and other complex fabrication projects in support of aerospace, defense, and infrastructure end markets. While the company is widely known for building ferries, it also builds high-performance

Colby Weik  (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Williams-Mystic Students

.  In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America and to date, has provided financial assistance to more than 20 students in that region

Wille, Lamb Joined All American Marine

U.S. boat builder All American Marine announced it has hired Ron Wille as Business Development Manager and Bronson Lamb as Marketing Manager.Wille brings to the position 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, the last 15 of which were gained at Kenai Fjords Tours (KFT) in Seward, Alaska, where he served as both operations manager and general manager.Lamb previously started a marketing and advertising agency in New York, of which he is still a partner and advisor. His professional background also includes a position at commercial marina in Mayport, Fla. and seven years in the film and televisio

Rick Meidel (Photo: Crowley)

Meidel Joins Crowley Fuels in Alaska

Rick Meidel has joined Crowley Fuels as vice president and general manager, responsible for the performance and day-to-day operations of Crowley’s Alaska division. Meidel previously spent 32 years with ExxonMobil in downstream lubricants, retail fuels marketing, refinery optimization and natural gas and co-generation power commercialization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.  In his new role, Meidel will be based in Anchorage and report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager. “Crowley

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Crowley Shipping Announces Management Team

Crowley Shipping's lines of business includes: Tucker Gilliam, vice president, petroleum services, who will have responsibility for a fleet of 37 owned or managed tankers and articulated tug-barges for bulk petroleum and chemical transportation throughout the U.S. Gulf, East Coast, West Coast, and Alaska, as well as international ports. Gilliam, who is based in Jacksonville, was previously vice president, special projects, overseeing Crowley’s $550 million Commitment Class project, which includes new LNG-fueled ConRo container ships and a new pier and terminal in Puerto Rico for the liner services

Ketra Anderson (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Names Anderson Vice President, SSQE

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Ketra Anderson has been named vice president of safety, security, quality and environmental stewardship (SSQE), replacing Paul Manzi, who has been named vice president of the company’s new Alaska Tankers group. Anderson, will be based in Seattle, and report to Carl Fox, senior vice president, corporate services. As vice president of SSQE, Anderson is responsible for the strategic leadership of the company's number one core value—safety. This includes individual safety, security, quality and environmental stewardship and sustainability. Under

From left to right: Vincent Policastro, Joshua Caan, Jenny Terpenning, Rebecca Snyder and Chandler Chiappe (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Scholarships to Four USMMA Cadets

company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs.  In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father. The company continues to give scholarship dollars in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America and to date, has provided financial assistance to 20 students in that region. 

Rob Nakama (Photo: Saltchuk)

Rob Nakama: From USCG to Foss Maritime

,” he said.   Also, Nakama assisted in the management of the region’s Incident Management Assist Team, a deployable-ready cadre that provides emergency support during national-level incidents.   In June of 2004, Nakama was transferred to the Marine Safety Office in Juneau, Alaska, and served as the Chief of the Marine Environmental Protection Branch, and then later as the Assistant Chief of Port Operations. He was responsible for 250 environmental compliance inspections of Federally regulated fixed and mobile bulk oil maritime facilities, and the regulatory permitting of

Tyler Gray-Hoehn (Photo by Taylor Adamczyk, Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Senior Awarded Crowley Scholarship

programs. In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America, and to date has provided financial assistance to more than 20 students in that region.  

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare. Inman’s distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard involved leading complex operations across drastically different geographic areas including the Caribbean Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and North Pacific Ocean. His day-to-day work life involved commanding multiple Coast Guard vessels and their crews, overseeing emergency search and rescue missions and spearheading intense international law enforcement efforts including counter drug, human smuggling and mass migration. He also helped

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Emirati Women Graduate Abu Dhabi Maritime Training Center

for many of the successes that the country is now witnessing.   Over the past year especially, Emirati women have increasingly been stepping into the limelight and taking on new and progressive roles. Recent accomplishments have included the first Emirati females graduating Harvard, climbing Alaska's 6,190-meter Mt. Denali and becoming the first Arab woman to compete in Formula 4 next season.    Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, “The UAE possesses immense national talent and we at Abu Dhabi Ports are eager to extend every opportunity to our young

Chris Oliver (Photo: NOAA)

Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

participation in the Council Coordination Committee and various international fishery management organizations, Oliver gained extensive knowledge of national and international fisheries issues. A Texas native, Oliver also worked on Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery management issues prior to moving to Alaska in 1990.   “Oliver’s background and expertise will be an asset at NOAA Fisheries as they work to reduce our nation’s $11 billion dollar seafood trade deficit,” said Ross.   NOAA Fisheries has offices in 15 states and U.S. territories, including five regional

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