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Ricaurte Vasquez. Pic: Florida State University

Panama Canal Appoints New Administrator

;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 will soon begin a transition period under the careful guidance of Administrator Quijano, who will be retiring after more than 40 years in the waterway. Over the next few months, Vasquez will join key upcoming conversations with stakeholders

CAPT Timothy Crone (Photo: Hepburn and Sons LLC)

Hepburn and Sons Appoints Crone as Director

includes Executive Program Manager’s Course (PMT 402), Program Manager’s Course (PMT 401), Level III Program Management Certification, and a certificate program in Understanding the Government-Industry Relationship in Acquisition from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, for his leadership on September 16, 2013 for calmly alerting and directing coworkers out of the building while a lone shooter entered the NAVSEA headquarters

North Carolina Ports Hires Chief Information Officer

North Carolina Ports announced it has hired Bill Corcoran as Chief Information Officer to grow the Authority’s Information Technology department and Business Process area.Corcoran enters his new role as CIO with nearly 30 years of experience in both the IT and maritime industries. Before joining the North Carolina Ports team, Corcoran served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Service Management and Vice President of Business Process and Information Technology with Mitsui OSK Lines. During that time, Corcoran established a plan to modernize and rationalize the service delivery organizatio

Massa Joins North Carolina Ports

North Carolina Ports has hired Benjamin M. Massa as the new Director of Carrier and Trade Development to further grow and expand container business at the Port of Wilmington.   “NC Ports has experienced monumental growth in container business in the last year and Ben’s vital role will allow us to continue that growth today and into the future,” said NC Ports Vice President, Trade Development, Hans Bean.   Massa brings decades of expertise in the maritime industry with him to NC Ports. Massa previously served as Commercial Director, AVP Sales and Marketing for United

Michael Smith (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Leadership Changes

. He went on to serve as vice president of supply chain management and was vice president of corporate operations during HII’s stand-up as an independent business in 2011. He was named HII’s chief audit executive in 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.   Stabler will continue to lead Internal Audit until a replacement can be identified. 

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

, Delivery of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) ATB hopper dredge ELLIS ISLAND and tug DOUGLAS B. MACKIE, and, Delivery of Manson Construction Company’s ABS cutter suction dredge ROBERT M.WHITE. MAGDALEN arrived on January 2, 2018, to Southport, North Carolina, and is now working on one of the state’s most critical projects: the protection of Highway 12 in the Buxton area on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Over the course of three and a half years, more than 250 shipyard employees at Eastern Shipyard in Florida were involved in the construction

Michael Pentony (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the deep-sea red crab fishery.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Between college and graduate school, Pentony served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering project manager on a variety of military satellite and launch

Rob Nakama (Photo: Saltchuk)

Rob Nakama: From USCG to Foss Maritime

on television and knowing I wouldn’t be a part of them anymore have been sobering.”   Nakama was born in Hawaii, growing up on the island of Maui as the son of a taro farmer who worked for the Aloha Poi Factory. His stepfather served in the Coast Guard, moving the family to North Carolina when Nakama was 10, and then back to Hawaii during his high school years.   “I grew up around many Coast Guardsmen, and I was able to see some of the missions they performed,” he said. “It was then that I knew I wanted to serve in the Coast Guard.”   Nakama

Siemens May Cut Jobs in Power Turbine Business Overhaul

at around 273 GW. "In light of the dramatic changes seen across the global fossil power market, new cost-cutting measures are required (at Siemens) in our view," Barclays analysts said in a note on Thursday. They said they expected Siemens to restructure its U.S. plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of an overhaul at Power and Gas. Excluding its services business, the division has 30,000 employees worldwide, of which 12,000 are based in Germany. Process Industries had about 45,000 employees last year. Analysts at Berenberg have said they expect that Siemens could ultimately

New Commanding Officer at USCG Sector North Carolina

Coast Guard Capt. Jerry Barnes assumed command of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday.   Barnes reported to Sector North Carolina after serving as the 5th Coast Guard District's chief of prevention.   Barnes, a specialist in marine safety, security, environmental protection and marine transportation system management, previously served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C., Sector Hampton Roads, in Portsmouth, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., various staff positions at the 5th Coast Guard District, and aboard a 210-foot medium endurance cutter

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute, American Association of Port Authorities and the Mine Warfare Association.    Dentzman holds a Master of Science (MS) in Geological Oceanography from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology from the University of Illinois

Melanie A. Leney (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

member of the Civil Practice Clinic, where she successfully obtained SSI benefits on behalf of a client in an appeal against the U.S. Social Security Administration. Leney graduated with B.A. degrees in International Area Studies (Western Europe) and Romance Languages (French) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received an international diploma, with honors, from the Institute D’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Melanie is fluent in French

Rodney Van (Photo: Asahi/America)

Asahi/America Promotes Van

Thermoplastic fluid flow technology company Asahi/America, Inc. has promoted Rodney Van to industrial business development manager for the eastern and central regions effective January 1, 2017.  Based out of North Carolina, Van will lead Asahi/America’s sales efforts of industrial single wall and double wall piping systems for chemical service. Van has been with Asahi/America for 27 years in various roles; most recently as district sales manager in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Commandant speaks, honors 2 Coast Guard aviators at ceremony in NC (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)

USCG Commandant Honors Two

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft served as the keynote speaker for the First Flight Society’s annual celebration at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Saturday. The ceremony marked the 113th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, commemorated 100 years of Coast Guard aviation and honored the service of two Coast Guard aviators, Capt. Frank Erickson and Cmdr. Stewart Graham. Portraits of Erickson and Graham were unveiled before the two aviators were officially inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. Erickson was

VT Halter Wins VDOT Ferry Contract

awarded a contract to VT Halter Marine to design and build a 499-passenger/70-vehicle Jamestown Ferry to replace the current ferry, The Virginian.   The ferry will be operated by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Operations Service which provides a critical transportation link between Virginia and North Carolina operating at the James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf. Construction of the ferry is expected to be completed in April 2018.   The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry System currently operates four ferry boats, including the Pocahontas Ferry, which was also designed

Scott Poggi and Bill Hayes (Photo: Retlif)

Retlif Names Poggi Director of Operations

of Operations, Poggi will oversee the day-to-day operations of all Retlif branches. His new responsibilities include managing EMC/EMI and ESS Environmental testing services at Retlif testing facilities in New York (Ronkonkoma and Plainview), as well as the Harleysville (Pennsylvania), Charlotte (North Carolina) and Goffstown (New Hampshire) laboratories.    Poggi commented, “Retlif has serviced leading maritime product and systems manufacturers since our inception. We provide full electromagnetic interference compatibility testing as well as environmental testing that includes salt

Dave Brown (Photo: Volvo Penta of the Americas)

Volvo Penta Names Brown Commercial Marine Sales Director

. He has also held senior sales positions with Mine Safety Appliances, Airgas Safety and Clean Harbors Environmental Service Company. He spent five years as marine science technician with the U.S. Coast Guard.   Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.   “We have appointed Dave Brown to this newly created position to help drive further growth in Volvo Penta’s established commercial marine business,” said Kull. “He has a proven track record of success in penetrating new markets and capturing strategic

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