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Luke M. Reid (Photo: Blank Rome)

Blank Rome Welcomes Maritime Partner Luke Reid

, engineering, and legal roles complements our Maritime team's robust capabilities. With his unique insights into catastrophic maritime casualty incidents and government investigations, he will be a tremendous resource for our practice, which is already the largest and most comprehensive in the United States and a leader in maritime incident response, investigations, and litigation. His addition underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled counsel to our clients in the maritime industry."“Our goal for the Boston office is to grow in ways that align with the needs of our clients

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MARAD’s Centers of Excellence: Addressing Maritime Workforce Needs and Preparing the Next Generation

Of the many challenges confronting the United States’ maritime industry today, some of the more crucial and complicated are related to the development of a well-trained workforce.As is the case in any sector, those responsible for staffing jobs within the maritime industry must promote awareness, secure potential recruits, train recruits to be effective employees, retain high-quality workers, and provide sufficient levels of professional development, all while competing with other industries of similar nature. In today’s global and domestic market, such a task is not easy.In an effort to

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Help Wanted: US Maritime Industry Struggles to Fill Key Gaps

A shortage of U.S. mariners presents a major threat to the United States’ national and economic security, and the problem is growing day by day.According to a 2017 study prepared by the Maritime Workforce Working Group and released by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), the estimated pool of U.S. mariners actively sailing with unlimited tonnage credentials was comprised of 11,768 mariners. Assuming that all these mariners would be both willing and available to sail as needed, this number falls 1,839 qualified mariners short of the 13,607 needed to sustain a full activation of the Ready

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SECNAV Del Toro Issues 'National Call to Maritime Service'

and gain leadership experience. Collectively, as a Sailor, Marine, or civilian, you will take part in tackling the world’s toughest challenges whiles preserving America’s advantage across several cutting-edge technologies.”Born in Havana, Cuba, Secretary Del Toro immigrated to the United States at ten months old with his parents in 1962 to escape the Castro regime. Like thousands of other Cuban refugees, the Freedom Tower in Miami was their first stop on the road to freedom. Eventually, they relocated to a tenement building on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, New

Michelle Kruger was named President of Austal USA. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Kruger Named President of Austal USA

construction planning. She subsequently moved to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) where she was vice president of operations and led a team of 4,000 building U.S. Navy DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.  Kruger earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, was commissioned into the U.S. Navy reserves in 1987, and earned a master’s degree in marine engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995

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MRS '24 - Panel 5: Identifying Risk, Measuring Success in the "Gray Zone"

be challenging for measuring success when striving for strategic outcomes.  This panel should generate dialogue about what industry, government, and maritime services are accomplishing to address concerns and coordinate with international partners. The National Defense Strategy states that the United States has a goal of “limiting, frustrating, and disrupting competitor activities that seriously impinge our interests, especially those carried out in the gray zone.”  iiThis panel will investigate how to identify and categorize gray zone activities and what types of responses are

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Dr. Kristine Beran Joins Teledyne Marine Sales Team

Teledyne Marine announced Dr. Kristine Beran has joined the organization in the role of Sales Manager for Teledyne Marine's Instruments and Imaging technology verticals. Based remote in Seattle, Kristine's focus will be to serve customers in the ocean science and academic community in the United States.Beran began her career within the international fisheries and aquaculture industry, serving in progressive roles in research, operations, management, and sales at a global scale. Beran brings academic rigor, field experience, and evidence-based research to serve Teledyne Marine's extensive

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Maritime Partners Hires Two In Executive Leadership Roles

York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from St. Lawrence University, then went on to complete his law degree at Cornell Law School in 2001, with a specialization in International Legal Affairs. He is the chair of the Financing Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and a director of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and New York Maritime, lnc.“We are thrilled to have these two experts, both highly respected in their fields, come aboard as our business continues to grow,” said Bick Brooks, co-founder and CEO of Maritime Partners.

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Bristol Harbor Group Hires Kyle Pagan

the influence of water exposure, investigating their potential effects on ship models utilized in towing tank testing.Prior to working at BHGI, Pagan worked as a naval architect at Birdon US in Elmwood, La. He was a member of the 500 SWBS group responsible for designing auxiliary systems for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Waterways Commerce cutter program. Pagan also interned at LLOG Exploration Company in Covington, La., and assisted project managers with engineering calculations, subsea integrity management programs, and regulatory requirements for several deep-water oil and gas production

Boudewijn Siemons (Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Siemons Takes Over as Port of Rotterdam CEO

Authority.”Siemons has been the interim CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since July 15, 2023, and COO since October 2020. Before then, he served as President of Royal Vopak’s Americas division. He also worked in management positions at that company in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. From 1998 to 2006, Siemons had a range of management positions at Royal VolkerWessels. Siemons started his career in 1987 at the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he worked until 1998. He studied at the Royal Naval Institute and at Delft University of Technology.The Port of Rotterdam Authority Executive

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Port of Corpus Christi Names Bertolami CFO

manager for timekeeping and financial software transitions. Under Bertolami’s leadership, the Port of Corpus Christi also maintained a 40-year history of receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.“Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role as Chief Financial Officer that will be a strong benefit to the Port of Corpus Christi team and our customers,” said Kent Britton, CEO for the Port of Corpus Christi. “I have no doubt she will not only continue this

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Wiltshire Named Acting Director of Port Everglades

other state and federal agencies to move the port forward with innovative programs.He currently serves as a member of the South Florida District Export Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce and is president of the Florida Ocean Alliance.A native of Little Falls, NJ, Wiltshire graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1976. He received a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1982.  

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Bath Iron Works Gets $34 Million to Bolster Its Workforce

;s destroyers.BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, primarily builds Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy.“The crews of the Bath-built DDG-51 destroyers defending commercial shipping in the Red Sea today serve as vivid reminders of how important it is that the United States maintain a robust shipbuilding capability to support the U.S. Navy,” Collins said. “These workforce investments are aimed at strengthening the backbone of BIW, which is the thousands of dedicated workers who build the world’s most capable combat surface ships.”Collins

Chief Judge Brudzinski has been an Administrative Law Judge with the U.S. Coast Guard since 2003 and its Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2013.  He has lectured extensively and has authored many articles on Coast Guard suspension and revocation proceedings for MarineLink publications, among others. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Structural Safeguards in Coast Guard Suspension and Revocation Proceedings

the post hearing briefs and proposed findings and conclusions.  The parties may appeal the ALJ’s decision to the Commandant and then to the National Transportation Safety Board, followed by an appeal to the appropriate U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then to the Supreme Court of the United States.The Administrative Procedure Act and Administrative Law JudgesThe Administrative Procedure Act (APA) of 1946 created the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ or Judge) function to ensure fairness in formal administrative proceedings before federal government agencies.  The Coast Guard is one of

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Austal USA Names Blastos VP of Supply Chain Management

in supply chain and operations in the U.S. Navy and industry, including Overhead Door Corporation, BAE Systems/DRS Technologies, The Home Depot and General Electric Company, prior to starting at Austal USA.A Navy veteran, Blastos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the United States Naval Academy. He’s a Certified Lean/Six Sigma master blackbelt with a CIPS Global Certification, a global standard for procurement supply.“Austal USA is excited to welcome Jim to our senior leadership team. His hands-on experience with global supply chain innovation will be a great

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Alicia Barton Named CEO of Vineyard Offshore

announced it has named Alicia Barton as the company’s new CEO, starting in January.Barton will take over for Lars T. Pedersen, who has led the company since it was founded in 2022 and before that led the team developing Vineyard Wind, the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the United States, now under construction.“I had the pleasure of working with Alicia during the very early days of the Vineyard Wind project and know she brings an outstanding mix of skills and talent to Vineyard Offshore,” Pedersen said. “Widely known and highly respected across the industry

Kent Britton (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

Port of Corpus Christi Promotes CFO Kent Britton to CEO

has said all his expenses were in compliance with port policies and state statutes, and have all cleared the internal review process and approval process.Britton had served as interim CEO after Strawbridge resigned.The south Texas port of Corpus Christi has seen its export business boom after the United States lifted its oil embargo in 2015, allowing oil companies to sell and ship oil abroad.More recently, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China's reopening after COVID-19 and competitive prices for U.S. crude grades have buoyed oil export volumes to record highs.Britton will also oversee the ongoing

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