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SUNY Hosts Ceremony for Hornblower E-Navigation Lab

by being introduced to interacting with other vessels. The lab is essential to the license program and helps students focus and familiarize themselves with key equipment, one piece at a time.  “We are extremely grateful to have Hornblower as a valued industry partner,” said Rear Admiral Michael Alfultis, Maritime College President. “Their generous donation demonstrates a commitment to supporting the maintenance and modernization of these sophisticated navigation simulators and helps ensure that our students graduate with the training and skillset they need to operate vessels

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Appoints Rear Admiral Sparkes

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes to the position of National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive.As National Hydrographer, Sparkes is the UK government’s representative at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), where he works with partners to set and maintain standards that protect the safety of mariners around the world. In addition to this, he oversees key international partnerships with foreign navies, hydrographic offices, governments and commercial organizations to support the sharing of global marine geospatial data. And on behalf of UK

Scripture Reading by Nicole Wickham, President, Jamaica Chapter, Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC). (Photo: WiMAC)

MAJ, WiMAC Celebrate Women in the Shipping Sector

. When I outgrew that job and became restless, he encouraged me and recommended that the company support me to go to the World Maritime University.She continued: “In my present job, I have also been fortunate to have another male supervisor who encouraged me in my professional development – Rear Admiral Peter Brady, who has also played a huge supporting role in the establishment of WiMAC.“I consider myself to have been blessed to have such colleagues and supervisors and as my mentors,” she said.With regard to herself becoming a mentor, Mrs Grant, a WiMAC founding member, said: &ldquo

Lisa Lefeber (Photo: Port of Everett Commission)

Lefeber Named Port of Everett CEO

the Port in October to move back to Bellingham to focus on his aging parents and expanded military responsibilities. Just last month, the President of the United States nominated, and the U.S. Senate confirmed, the promotion of Reardanz to the Reserve list for promotion to the permanent grade of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in the Navy Reserve Judge Advocates General Corps (JAG). This promotion comes after Reardanz returned home from his fourth tour of duty overseas last year.Lefeber, who started at the Port in 2005, is currently in the American Association of Port Authorities Professional Port Management

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

is proud to welcome a new generation to the workforce. Generations of retirement have created a shortage of mariners, making this and future classes of cadets all the more important.“A strong U. S. Merchant Marine helps to grow our economy and protect our nation in turbulent times,” said Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, Maritime Administrator.  “The graduates of the US Merchant Marine Academy and our six state maritime academies, whether they choose to enter our armed forces, to sail commercially in the Jones Act domestic trade, or to sail internationally, are helping strengthen America

 Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE (Photo: UK Hydrographic Office)

UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.  Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Lowe is a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and joined the UKHO as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In his role, he has led a number of key projects for

(File photo: USMMA)

USMMA Earns ABET Accreditation

that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.“We are very pleased with today’s ABET accreditation notification and congratulate the Marine Engineering Department on maintaining this qualification,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “This well-deserved honor for our Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management, and Marine Engineering Systems programs ensures USMMA engineering graduates continue to set high standards in these critical maritime disciplines

Stephen Metruck (Photo: Stephen P. Metruck)

Port of Seattle Names Metruck Executive Director

The Port of Seattle Commission has appointed retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck as its new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2018. Metruck will succeed interim executive director Dave Soike, who took over following the resignation of port CEO Ted Fick in February 2017.   Metruck brings 34 years of executive experience in maritime, security and financial leadership to his new role. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel, and before that, responsibility for planning and execution of the $10

Perez Joins Hepburn and Sons

Hepburn and Sons has hired Rear Admiral Sam Perez as Chief, Advisory Services.   Rear Admiral, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned his Masters of Art degree in Strategic Planning from Naval Postgraduate School and completed a year-long tour of the Federal Executive Fellowship (FEF) Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   Perez served in the U.S. Navy for 36 years, following commissioning from the United States Naval Academy in 1980. His at-sea commands included command of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and command of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. During his tour

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

President Barack Obama has approved the promotion of Shepard Smith, from captain to rear admiral (lower half), a prerequisite for Smith to become director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, after his selection by Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Smith's appointment to director will be effective on August 26, 2016.   Smith will oversee NOAA's charts and hydrographic surveys, ushering in the next generation of navigational products and services for mariners who need integrated delivery of coastal intelligence data. He succeeds Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, who will retire on September 1

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Texas Ranks Third for U.S. Maritime Jobs, Houston No. 2

, our nation does well. I will continue to fight for funding and resources for the Port of Houston in the House of Representatives,” said Congressman Gene Green.   “Texas is not only a leading domestic maritime state but also a top maritime training and education state,” said Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, USN (Ret.), Vice President of Texas A&M University and Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. “The maritime industry touches every aspect of our lives in Texas, including educating men and women for well-paying jobs, moving our goods, and ensuring our

Jeff Brooks

SCA Appoints Senior Defense Advisor

Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has appointed Rear Admiral Jeff Brooks (Ret.) to Senior Defense Advisor.  Brooks joined SCA in October and will focus on advocating, communicating and representing the ship repair industry to all stakeholders and to the U.S. Navy. Throughout his 38-year Navy career, Admiral Brooks served in key maintenance assignments, culminating in promotion to two-star flag rank and assignment to the Navy’s top maintenance position as Fleet Maintenance Officer. He also served as Supervisor of Shipbuilding Newport News, responsible for the Navy’s Aircraft

Jeanne Grasso

USCG Guidance and Reporting Marine Casualties

of marine casualties that had led to uncertainty in the past in terms of what needed to be reported (or not). As a result, several new definitions, interpretations, and common casualty scenarios were included in the NVIC. The Coast Guard clearly sets forth its guiding principle in the NVIC when Rear Admiral Paul Thomas states, “[i]f there is any doubt whether an occurrence is a reportable marine casualty, the Coast Guard strongly encourages responsible industry parties to contact the nearest Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection…to determine an appropriate response.” The NVIC

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IRClass Academy Delivers Training for Naval Shipbuilding

emphasised the need for clear understanding of applicable rules and standards by the supervising Warship Overseeing Team for ensuring quality of construction, smooth workflow and successful and timely completion of complex shipbuilding projects. Speaking during the inaugural ceremony, Chief Guest Rear Admiral S.P. Lal, Admiral Superintendent of Mumbai Dockyard, welcomed the initiative by IRClass. Participants commented on the benefits of the training in terms of insights gained into critical areas of naval shipbuilding and the scope and applicability of Rules and Standards. Since establishing

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USMMA Welcomes Class of 2019

On Saturday, August 8, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point welcomed 243 “plebe candidates” of the Class of 2019 into the Regiment of Midshipmen as they took USMMA’s Corps of Cadets Oath administrated by Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D., Superintendent of USMMA, during the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade. They were then sworn in as midshipmen in the U.S. Navy Reserve by Rear Admiral Mark R, Whitney, Deputy Commander, Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Naval Sea Systems Command.    Acceptance Day marks the transition of the “plebe

Bill Skinner (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine President Skinner Retires

a highly talented core group of employees that cares deeply about the company and is integral to its success.”   Subsequent to Skinner’s retirement announcement, Jack Prendergast was named as the new President and CEO by the VT Halter Marine Board of Directors. A retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Prendergast joined VT Halter Marine as an outside director in 2011, and was subsequently appointed as Executive Vice President in late 2012.   Prendergast had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy for over three decades culminating in promotion to Rear Admiral. He served in both submarines

Thomas P. Ostebo (Photo: CLIA)

Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA

and CEO, Ostebo will oversee CLIA domestic and international operations, working directly with CLIA’s senior leadership team.    Ostebo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new role, joining CLIA from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he served as Rear Admiral. Ostebo was most recently Director of Strategic Management, and also served as Commander for the Coast Guard 17th District and led all Coast Guard Operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North.   Tasked to lead CLIA’s work to help members succeed and unify, represent, advocate and promote

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