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Terry Federer (Photo: AAM)

All American Marine Hires Federer as Business Development Manager

maritime industry is going through a renaissance period of innovation and AAM’s attentiveness to these emerging technologies is pioneering. These types of technologies will become common in nearly all vessel operations throughout the industry."Federer recently left his position as Director of Alaska’s Maritime Training Center (AMTC). Prior to joining at AAM, Federer has had over a decade of experience operating AAM-constructed Teknicraft catamarans in Alaska. In addition, his maritime career also includes experience on research ships, fast ferries and tugboats. Federer will also be leaving

From left: Tristan Barnett and Jackson Dagata (Photo: Crowley)

Two Great Lakes Maritime Academy Cadets Awarded Crowley Scholarships

in history and countless national awards. His namesake scholarship celebrates leadership and excellence in today’s aspiring mariners as they sail to new horizons in technology and global trade.Over more than a quarter-century, the company has provided scholarship dollars to 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 dozens of students in that region

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NY & NJ Missing the Boat on Mariner Vaccinations -Union Boss

Americans do, Larkin says. “Our members travel to and from their jobs aboard ship. They do not have the ability to schedule appointments for multiple vaccinations with certainty.”Despite U.S. vessels being essential for serving U.S. military bases overseas and supplying entire states such as Alaska and Hawaii, the federal government has delegated the responsibility of vaccinating the Merchant Marine to the states and their governors.“The only way that we’re going to get enough shots in arms of seafarers is if we have action by the governors,” Marcus says. “We know that

Robert Ekse (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group Names Ekse President

. He will be responsible for advancing EBDG's major strategic objectives while leading the team with planning, business management, engineering, personnel development and sales.With 30 years of experience in the marine industry, Ekse has a diverse background including prior positions with Vigor, Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska Ship and Drydock and Crowley Marine Services. Since joining EBDG, he has led multiple employee engagement initiatives, improved the project management process, and participated in strategic planning and growth initiatives

Trish Skoglund (Photo: Crowley Maritime Corp.)

Crowley’s Skoglund to Lead Mergers and Acquisitions Team

with prospective acquisition partners to sustain a merger and acquisition pipeline for Crowley. Skoglund, who is based in Jacksonville, Fla., will report to Deepak Arora, vice president, Corporate Strategy.Previously, Skoglund led sales and supplies services for Crowley Fuels, the company’s Alaska-based business unit. As a member of Fuels’ leadership team, Skoglund was responsible for business development for the transportation, distribution, and sales for Fuels’ full offerings serving residential, government and commercial customers in more than 280 communities.Before joining

Dolf Berle (Photo: Lindblad Expeditions Holdings)

Lindblad Expeditions Names Berle CEO

May 10. Berle succeeds Sven-Olof Lindblad, who will become co-chair of the board together with current board chair Mark Ein.The leadership change comes as Lindblad Expeditions announced that it will resume small ship expeditions cruises and adventure travel experience operations for the 2021 season in Alaska and Galapagos, beginning in the first week of June. The company said it also intends to announce plans for activating additional geographies for the summer as logistics are finalized.Berle currently serves as chief executive officer of Topgolf Entertainment Group where he has led the company&rsquo

Ron Wille (Photo: All American Marine)

Wille Named President of All American Marine

role of president.AAM's business development manager since 2018, Wille brings to the role considerable maritime industry experience, having previously managed and directed large company operations. He has also worked on tugboats that specialized in commercial towing and ship assist in Southcentral Alaska. Of particular note, while Wille worked at Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward, Alaska, the company purchased and operated three AAM hydrofoil-assisted catamarans.A licensed merchant mariner, Wille holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.As president

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Maine Maritime Cadets

.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 dozens of students in that region.Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated

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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