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Malibu Boats Announces c-Suite Changes

a Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and he brings over sixteen years of marine industry experience to Cobalt.  Stanfill has already begun making several important changes, including a significant factory expansion that will modernize and streamline Cobalt’s manufacturing process.Malibu also announced today the addition of Chip Smith to the Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU) executive team, in the newly created role of Vice President of Marketing, as of April 2019.  Smith will be responsible for driving marketing strategy for the Malibu, Axis, Cobalt and Pursuit Brands

One of seven U.S. maritime academies, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s picturesque campus in Buzzards Bay has sent thousands of mariners into the global maritime workplace since its inception in 1891. CREDIT: MMA

Over 1,650 Cadets Graduate from American Maritime Academies

security. I congratulate all of our new Deck officers and Engineer officers and wish them fair winds and following seas. Welcome aboard.”While speaking to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point commencement ceremony on June 15, 2019, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro addressed the importance of their studies in supporting the nation’s economy and national security. Dr. Navarro stated: “We are especially proud you have chosen a career in service to this great nation. Whether you find yourself in military uniform upon graduation

Christian Rheault (Photo: Samson)

Samson Appoints Rheault as President & CEO

solutions for aerospace, oilfield, semiconductor, petrochemical, and power. Prior to that, he was CEO of C&D Technologies, a company that manufactures systems for energy storage in standby backup power systems. Along with his business leadership experience, Rheault has held roles in engineering, manufacturing, and marketing management, at equipment manufacturer Kulicke & Soffa and also where he started his career, at IBM Canada.Originally from Quebec, Canada, Rheault has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, both useful in gaining 25+ years of experience within multiple

Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, delivers commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

HII: 157 Apprentice School Graduates

earned bachelor’s degrees from Old Dominion University.35 completed Advanced Shipyard Operations Program, allowing them to continue their post-secondary education, expand their experience in waterfront operations and develop leadership skills to improve the quality and efficiency of production, manufacturing and maintenance processes.30 completed the program with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the required academic curriculum.30 completed Frontline FAST, an accelerated skills training program for potential foremen.23 graduates are women.16 earned athletic awards.14 are military veterans or

New President & CEO Izumisawa will guide MHI to the next stage of its development focused on global integrated engineering solutions in a world of rapid change. Photo: MHI

MHI Appoints Izumisawa President & CEO

and his team to concentrate on new growth areas.Commenting on the appointment, Shunichi Miyanaga said, "MHI Group is now at a turning point as it transforms into a new type of conglomerate which is focused on delivering significant added value through the scale and profitability of our core manufacturing business, our technological edge and competitiveness, all backed by a strong brand. MHI now requires a leader who can bring the organization closer together, listen to diverse opinions and identify a clear path ahead. I have every confidence in Mr. Izumisawa to deliver growth for the company

Stork Names Hunt UK Regional Director

for overseeing the company’s strategic business growth into new and existing markets, technology-led operations and HSEQ performance.Hunt has previously held senior leadership roles spanning over four decades within the international nuclear, thermal, petro-chemical, process, industrial and manufacturing industries. He graduated from Dudley and Reid Kerr Technical Colleges, as well as The Welding Institute in Cambridge. Furthermore, he attended Cranfield University where he studied project management

David Miller with fellow owners, Bob and Bill Wetta (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge’s Miller Retires

shop and dredge manufacturer. Partnered with the Wetta family, Miller helped found companies that provided essential services to the dredging industry. In 2010, these companies were consolidated into DSC Dredge, LLC (DSC) and the group forged ahead, enhancing its reputation as a world leader in the manufacturing of portable cutter suction dredges.With his career in the dredge manufacturing industry affording the opportunity, Miller remains an avid traveler today. Bob Wetta, DSC President and CEO explained, “David can boast that he has visited all 50 USA states, as well as over 50 countries. We

Photo: SeaKing Electrical

SeaKing Hires Apprentices

delivering projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Caribbean and USA.New apprentices Callum Mulrooney, James Fields, Michael Mcevoy Hayes and Bradley Jones will now embark on a two-year extended diploma, NVQ Level 2 and 3, in Electrical Installation alongside a BTEC Diploma in advanced Manufacturing & Engineering.SeaKing Electrical managing director Dave Gillam said apprenticeships represent a long-term investment for the firm and the new recruits underwent rigorous panel interviews before securing the roles.“SeaKing is experiencing an exciting period of growth as we look to expand

Currie to Step Down as MD at Fairline Yachts

for best exterior design of the Targa 63 GTO and Targa 43 OPEN and receiving the Motor Boat & Yachting Judges’ Special Award 2018 for ‘the best turnaround of a business.’ Part of the boat builder’s turnaround has been the acquisition of the 200,000 square ft shore-side manufacturing site in Hythe, Southampton, which allows Fairline to build bigger boats than has been possible before.Fairline’s Executive Chairman, David Tydeman, will take over the reins from Russell. David has an in-depth knowledge of the marine industry and the luxury yacht sector specifically. 

Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history. Photo: HII/NNS

One-on-One with Suzanne Beckstoffer

program, I worked with our Innovation Center and the Navy to identify cost-saving technologies for the new ship design. Then I had the chance to lead our Research & Development organization for several years, an exciting opportunity to explore more innovations for our key product lines and manufacturing processes. One project I’m particularly proud of is our pioneering use of immersive 3D visualization to “walk through” and review ship spaces before construction; our design, planning, and construction folks all made use of it, as well as the Navy customer.The last project I

Dr. Steve Pearce (Photo: ASL)

ASL Hires Acoustics Scientist Pearce

Engineer at Kongsberg Mesotech and managed projects relating to singlebeam and multibeam sonar systems. At Mesotech, he gained experience in many aspects of the product lifecycle, including requirements gathering and refinement, hardware and software design, design verification and field testing, manufacturing and customer support

Jason Ward (Photo: HII)

Newport News Names New Leaders for Its Submarine Programs

bring to the business,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. “The Virginia-class program is one of our largest programs, and the Columbia-class program has significantly increased in design, planning, material procurement, cost estimating, facility design and early manufacturing. The increased scope of responsibility for these critical programs now requires full and dedicated leadership attention.”Ward, who joined Newport News in 2014, previously served as director of Columbia-class submarine construction, where he has responsibility for the design, engineering

New assembly facility at Shoreham Airport (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain Announces New Engine Assembly Facility

the company’s progress: “Cox Powertrain’s new facility enables us to assemble the much in demand CXO300 diesel engine and meet our production goals this year. We are building the highest power density diesel outboard engine ever developed and this facility will use modern automated manufacturing techniques to ensure highly efficient delivery. Our clients worldwide are anticipating the impact this engine will have on the market and watching our progress closely. Our new assembly plant is a major step in the company’s journey to become a world-leading engineering innovator.&rdquo

Zineddine Benhadid (Image: CMR Group)

CMR Names Benhadid MD in Tunisia

CMR Group, the global Instrumentation Control and Automation specialists on energy, industry and marine, has appointed Zineddine Benhadid to lead its Tunisia manufacturing operation and oversee the development of its activities across the Region, meeting the growing demand for its advanced engine wiring harnesses, temperature sensors and integrated control system solutions.With extensive manufacturing and management experience gained at several groups, including Valeo, Asteelflash, and Cofitel, Zineddine Benhadid will manage the 340-strong team at CMR facility in Tunis. New investment will also equip

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

Bergeron to be Honored

in the maritime industry over fifty years. He began his career at a small, family-owned machine and fabrication shop in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana with small marine and industrial contracts and a staff of 10 employees. Through the years, Bergeron grew the business into an international marine manufacturing and service firm with up to 1,400 employees, the largest reported inland river barge contract in U.S. maritime history at $58 million, with shipyards and services in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Venezuela.  Bergeron previously served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the

Mark Montgomery (Photo: Ports America)

Montgomery Named CEO of Ports America

more than 40 years of experience in the North American rail, intermodal and global shipping logistics industries. Most notably, he served as the CEO of Kansas City Southern (KCS), a publicly traded Class I railroad. He currently serves on the board of directors of Greenbrier, an international railcar manufacturing and leasing company. Prior to KCS, Starling held management, leadership and operational positions at the Panama Canal Railways Company, American President Lines, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad and Burlington Northern. Furthermore, he currently serves as a senior advisor to Oaktree&rsquo

Harland and Wolff’s retiring CEO Robert J Cooper shakes hands with his successor Jonathan Guest (Photo: Harland and Wolff)

Guest Promoted to CEO at Harland and Wolff

director of business development and improvement, will step into the chief executive role on May 1 to replace Cooper who is retiring after more than four decades with the company.Guest has worked for 23 years as a professional engineer and executive director in a range of industries including marine, manufacturing, automotive, engineering and construction, having previously held positions of operations director of façade company McMullen Architecture and managing director of the interior fit out specialist MJM Group in Newry.Cooper began his career at Harland and Wolff as an accountant in 1974 and

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