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Ricaurte Vasquez. Pic: Florida State University

Panama Canal Appoints New Administrator

of Directors (2004-2006), deputy administrator (2000-2004) and finance director (1996-2000) for the waterway, playing a role in laying the groundwork for the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Recently, he served as General Electric's executive director (2013-2015), vice president, and CEO for Central America and the Caribbean (2008-2011).He has a PhD in Managerial Economics and a Master's Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also has a Master's Degree in Economics from North Carolina State University.To guarantee a smooth succession, Vasquez

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Crowley Logistics Announces Organizational Changes

the company for exceptional customer service and growth.Patrick Collins has been promoted to vice president of terminal operations; Jose “Pache” Ayala has been named vice president of Caribbean logistics, and Claudia Kattán de Jordán has been appointed vice president of Central America logistics. All three executives report to Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics.Collins is responsible for the overall operations and strategy for the company’s domestic cargo terminals, including Port Everglades and Jacksonville, Fla.; Eddystone, Penn

Colby Weik  (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Williams-Mystic Students

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

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

bestowing upon him an honorary doctorate degree during their 119th commencement ceremony in 2015.Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Central America. In 1994, Crowley Chairman and CEO Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father

Brad Norton (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Announces New Hires and Promotions

assistance. He and his family recently returned to his home town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts from South Florida where he captained vessels ranging from 80- to 120-feet. Norton has sailed extensively from the coast of New England through the Florida Keys to the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands and Central America.Van Noorden recently joined IMTRA as a technical support engineer in the growing electrical department. A twenty-year marine electronics expert, Noorden’s engineering talents will be instrumental as IMTRA continues to develop the industry’s finest lighting and control solutions.

Rick Meidel (Photo: Crowley)

Meidel Joins Crowley Fuels in Alaska

growing and continually improving the company.” Crowley Fuels provides transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales, distribution and engineering services primarily in Alaska, the Caribbean and Central America

Tony Kelleher (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Kelleher VP Customer Support, Training

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training.   Kelleher will be responsible to support both marine and industrial segments within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He will serve as a member of the Volvo Penta of the Americas executive team and the extended aftermarket management team   Kelleher was previously director of the marine leisure segment with responsibility for OEM and dealer sales and partnership development for North America. He has also served as head of the service

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

Crowley Scholarships to Four USMMA Cadets

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. 

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

Webb Institute Senior Awarded Crowley Scholarship

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.  

Lars Ljungström (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Ljungström VP of Finance, CFO

 Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) for Volvo Penta of the Americas, effective July 2017.    Ljungström will provide strategic leadership over finance, planning, budgeting and reporting for North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. He will also oversee coordination of IT systems and services, as well as legal and sales operations.    Prior to this appointment, Ljungström was CFO at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, where he was responsible for finance and IT, internal control compliance

Philip Gibson (Photo: Marine Jet Power)

Marine Jet Power Names Gibson Americas Sales Director

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) has hired Philip Gibson as Director of Sales, responsible for sales and business development efforts in North, South and Central America.    Gibson brings to the role more than 30 years’ military maritime experience, having most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Boston Whaler). He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, where he served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and advisor to the international military and police forces for riverine and counter-drug operations.

Jens Bering (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bering VP, Marine Sales

, marine sales, the company announced.    Bering, who has 20 years of experience with Volvo Penta, will provide strategic direction for the company’s North America marine sales segment, with responsibility for commercial and leisure marine sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.   “Jens brings the breadth of experience to the role, having worked in engineering, sales and product management throughout his successful career with Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “He is respected by employees

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Volvo Penta Expands N. America Training

; The regional locations will augment Volvo Penta’s primary North American training centers in Chesapeake, Va., and Burnaby, B.C. The company also schedules classes at a training facility in Vero Beach, Fla., for the large number of dealers in Florida, as well as special training sessions in Central America and North America. The technical training classes complement Volvo Penta’s extensive computer-based training program, which technicians can take online as their schedules permit.    

Mei Ling Chan (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Makes Two Hires in Asia Pacific

office.   Mei Ling Chan joins Global Maritime from oil and gas services company SapuraKencana Drilling where she was Business Controls Manager responsible for the management accounting, financial planning and analysis of 18 offshore tender rigs operating in South East Asia, West Africa and Central America. She has also held a variety of finance and management positions at Seadrill and has a degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.   Leong Weng Yoon has worked in HSE for nearly 10 years, most recently as HSE Manager for Mencast Offshore & Marine, where

Kent Napoliello (Photo: Crowley)

SUNY Maritime Cadets Receive Crowley Scholarships

Tom Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company 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.  

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

 Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.   Bjuve has served as vice president and chief financial officer at Volvo Penta of the Americas since 2013. In addition to his responsibilities in the finance department, Bjuve has led key manufacturing investment projects in the Americas. He has been with Volvo Penta since 2003, with

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

her new role on May 1, 2017.   Kull joins Torqeedo from Volvo Penta of the Americas, where she was most recently Vice President, Marine Sales. Serving in this role since 2011, she led the sales teams in the recreational and commercial marine segments for Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She joined Volvo Penta in 2005 and served as the company’s General Counsel and Vice President of Dealer and Consumer Relations. Prior to joining Volvo Penta, she was Senior Vice President of Operations for Genmar Holdings. Kull spent her early career as a partner in