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The Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of New Orleans honored Brandy D. Christian as their 2019 Maritime Person of the Year at its 86th Annual Maritime Person of the Year Gala on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Metairie Country Club. Photo: The Propeller Club.

Christian Honored by Propeller Club

Propeller Club is an honor and validation that we as a Port are moving forward in the right direction,” said Christian. “We are focused on continuing to build the necessary infrastructure to drive commerce and create jobs for our region. Port NOLA is a vital economic engine for the state of Louisiana, and we are focused on continued growth as we move forward.”The two public agencies under her leadership have combined annual revenues of $100 million, nearly 500 employees and more than $200 million in capital projects. In her Port role, Christian oversees all cargo, cruise and industrial

Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Development Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club.

Interview: Boriana Farrar, Ship Owners Claims Bureau

part of it.”Boriana had many mentors along the way who helped shape her career especially Joe Hughes, Vince Solarino and Dorothea Ioannou at the American P&I Club and Greg O’Neill at her old law firm Hill, Betts & Nash LLP.   But she credits Judge Stephen Plotkin, a 4th Circuit Louisiana judge and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sofia, from which Farrar is a graduate, instilling in her that “Everything in life is possible. No matter where you come from. No matter your background.” And now that nearly 20 years has passed, through education and much hard work

Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

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 Crowley’s tanker Louisiana, and upon graduation, he hopes to sail as a third mate and eventually serve as a captain.Samuel Comerford, a fourth-year cadet from Fallbrook, Calif., studies marine transportation with a minor in naval science and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He currently serves as a section

Edward Verweij (left) and Mario Gitte (right) (Photo: C-Job)

C-Job Naval Architects Appoints Gitte, Verweij

.Gitte is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and previously served as Senior Principal Engineer in the Advisory Services Group at American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Mario is a graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy who prior to joining ABS worked at a shipyard in south Louisiana. In his new role, Mario will lead on current and future projects in the United States.Verweij comes from Scandia Gear, where he served as Vice President Sales. Before Scandia Gear, he held various technical and commercial positions throughout the maritime industry including at Van Aalst Marine

Eric Legendre (Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

Aqueos Names Legendre VP

our existing relationships with top tier EPCI Contractors and our existing 'blue chip' customer base in the Gulf of Mexico as well as expanding our international footprint to select regions including Mexico, Trinidad/Tobago and West Africa."Aqueos Corporation, with offices in Texas, Louisiana and California, provides marine construction and specialty subsea services including a complete range of commercial diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) and vessel-related services primarily to the offshore oil and gas markets

Clay Daugherty (Photo: Danos)

Danos Hires Daugherty, Moberly as Scaffolding Managers

. He started his career as a scaffold laborer and then worked offshore as a scaffolding supervisor. He worked at Sunbelt Rentals for 13 years, where he served as a project manager and later as an operations manager. Daugherty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.Moberly is an Air Force veteran with 24 years of oil and gas construction experience. After completing his military service, he began working as a roustabout on oil rigs, then moved to field supervisor and branch manager with Sunbelt Rentals. He and his wife live in Capmti, Louisiana

Matthew Kuehne, General Manager of BQR, Bollinger Quick Repair (Photo: Bollinger)

Kuehne Named GM of Bollinger Quick Repair

Louisiana based shipbuilding and repair group Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, announced it has promoted Matthew Kuehne to General Manager of Bollinger Quick Repair.Bollinger’s CEO and President, Ben Bordelon, said, “[Kuehne] will be responsible for leading and growing the facility as we continue to service the needs of our current and future customers.”Kuehne joined Bollinger in 2011 and has held the positions of Assistant Estimating/Project Coordinator, Estimating/Project Coordinator, Assistant Operations Manager and Operations Manager. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of New

Weeks Marine Invests in Maritime Program at Louisiana College

laboratory will allow NTCC to expand its program offerings and provide high-tech, relevant training experiences for the entire northshore region,” said Randy Savoie, Lead Maritime Instructor. “NTCC and Weeks Marine have strategically formed a partnership to advance maritime education in Louisiana in efforts to sustain long-term economic benefits, creating direct employment opportunities to fulfill the increasing maritime workforce gap.”With the most recent Weeks’ donation, NTCC will continue to uphold its stewardship responsibility by creating student-accessible resources, as

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

Bergeron to be Honored

announced William T. “Bill” Bergeron, CEO of Bergeron Resources, L.L.C. & Affiliated Companies, as the recipient of the 2018 C. Alvin Bertel Award. The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Louisiana port community.“I am honored to receive this coveted award and be recognized by my peers for my many accomplishments," said Bergeron. "The maritime industry is integral to our community’s culture and economy and I have been fortunate to participate in all aspects of this industry

(File photo: Port Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

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 two of the nation's largest oilfields, the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale, which together produce about 4.7 million bpd,

Kenneth Graham (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

Orleans/Baton Rouge office since 2008. He notably established two command centers in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that provided forecasts to help authorities make critical decisions in the five months following the spill. Graham also led the effort to support decision-makers in Louisiana and Mississippi with services focused on expected impacts for hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Isaac, and during the historic 2017 season.   Prior to leading the New Orleans/Baton Rouge forecast office, Graham served as the systems operations division chief at National Weather Service Southern Region

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

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

part of the Port of New Orleans’ positive direction and growth. I look forward 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

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

in the U.S. and is constantly evaluating new opportunities to meet new demand,” said Eric Ellefsen, Weeks’ Executive Vice President. “We are particularly attentive to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ program, and have been pleased by the strong growth in our second home, Louisiana, as the state fights coastal erosion and the loss of valuable wildlife habitat.” The construction of the new build ATB hopper dredge ELLIS ISLAND and tug DOUGLAS B. MACKIE took place in Panama City, Florida, and employed more than 400 shipyard workers over the three-year construction period

James Callahan (Photo: Danos)

Danos Announces Executive Leadership Changes

and risk management. A resident of Metairie, Cedro serves on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (SELA Council) and the University of New Orleans Accounting Department Advisory Council. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. He holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.   In his new executive position as vice president of project services, Callahan will provide strategic oversight and management of the company’s project management, construction

Anne Hasuly (Photo: TSGI)

Hasuly Joins The Shearer Group

has recently joined TSGI as a naval architect. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Anne is also a member of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society.    Prior to joining TSGI, Hasuly worked for Aqualis Offshore as a senior naval architect. During her time at Aqualis, Hasuly was the project manager and lead naval architect for the basic design of two self-elevating, self-propelled liftboats. Before joining Aqualis

Clay Carter (Photo: Danos)

Danos Names Carter Coatings Operations Manager

went on to serve six years in the Navy. He joined Danos in 2013 as a project manager, eventually moving up to senior project manager in 2016 as he began to oversee the company’s coatings operations.   Carter resides in New Orleans but travels to Danos and client locations throughout south Louisiana and the Gulf region, overseeing more than 100 employees.  

Louisiana Cat Expands in New Iberia

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and General Product Support Manager Troy Matherne of Louisiana Machinery Company announced the company will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations. Known as Louisiana Cat, the company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine, oil and gas, industrial and utility companies at the Port of Iberia.    Louisiana Cat’s expansion calls for the addition of 60 new direct jobs over the next five years, with the jobs carrying an average annual salary of $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project

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