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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

Glenn Wiltshire (Photo: Port Everglades)

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

Alicia Barton (File photo courtesy FirstLight Power)

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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Labor Shortages, Climate Change & Technology: They’re All Related

claims it will create tens of thousands of new jobs tied to U.S. offshore wind alone. How do we fill those positions?Within our domestic shipping, coastal and offshore industries, the issue now extends beyond the repeated claim of national security. We now seek industrial security.Education in the United States is also changing, and if you take an interest as a business owner you will hear the word “pathways” in many of the discussions. New England high schools have long recognized the value of developing pathways that meet the needs and interests of their students and surrounding industries

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To Fight Sexual Assault and Harassment, Vessel Owners and Operators Must Comply with Heightened Reporting Requirements

February 9, the USCG issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing guidance on these new reporting requirements. Prior to the enactment of the SSA, reporting was limited to a certain class of sexual abuse crimes occurring within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.Under the SSA, the scope of what needs to be reported has expanded significantly. Commercial vessel owners and operators as well as masters and employers of seafarers now must report complaints and incidents of “harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault ‘that violate&rsquo

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It’s Time for an Industrial Inquiry Commission into Ports and Automation

and modernization agreements, now enshrined in various collective agreements.In exchange for giving employers the freedom to implement technological changes — which often displace labor — employees secured a share of the resulting productivity gains in some form of compensation.In the United States, this takes the form of a minimum earnings guarantee; in B.C. ports, full members receive a generous payout at retirement.But one result of a “jobs-for-income” agreement, in an industry where labor demand fluctuates, is a large pool of casual workers. As a result, not everyone working

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Attracting More People of Color to the Maritime Workforce

In the United States, marine transportation is responsible for $361 billion, or 1.7% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Marine transportation, a key part of global logistics and responsible for 40% of international trade, goods and services, is the backbone of U.S. trade. In the U.S. in 2021 alone, ships have transported more than 1.5 billion tons of cargo valued at more than $1.5 trillion; in that same time period, U.S. ports have facilitated approximately 450,000 ships, which is more than 10% of the global amount (McLean, 2021). Some examples of international maritime cargo include containerize

Amanda Lefton (Photo: BOEM)

Former BOEM Head Amanda Lefton Joins RWE

during a period of sigificant growth for the U.S. offshore wind industry under direction from the Biden Administration. Lefton resigned from here position at BOEM effective January 19, 2023.RWE is one of the world's largest producers of offshore wind energy, with projects in Asia, Europe and the United States. In the U.S., it has leases off New York and California and is working to advance the offshore wind supply chain in the Gulf of Mexico.“Amanda has successfully created significant momentum for the offshore wind industry in the U.S. Her knowhow navigating all levels of government has resulted

William P. Doyle (File photo: Maryland Port Administration)

Doyle Returns to Lead Dredging Contractors of America

unanimously voted to approve Doyle as CEO and executive director on June 19.“I am truly thrilled to be getting back into the private sector with DCA and working with these outstanding entrepreneurs in the dredging industry – these are the people and companies that keep our ports in the United States of America open, our beaches nourished, and they excavate the material for beneficial and innovative use projects – they work non-stop, around the clock,” Doyle said. “The dredging industry is the foundation to economic prosperity in the United States. Larger ships now more

ABS chairman, president and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Head Delivers Commencement Address to Webb Institute Grads

on our journey through the global clean energy transition. Because, at the end of the day, technology has no sense of humor, intuition or common sense.”He illustrated the point with a powerful story about his parents’ life journey through World War II and ultimately to a new life in the United States. He challenged the graduates to write a letter to their future selves setting out the thoughts and values that would guide them through the unknown challenges to come, as he had done.“It is these foundational principles of leadership combined with strong personal values that have sustained

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Tentative US West Coast Port Contract Deal Reached

Adams said in a joint statement: "We are also pleased to turn our full attention back to the operation of the West Coast Ports".Workers covered by the agreement are based at some of the nation's busiest seaports, including Los Angeles/Long Beach - the busiest ocean trade gateway in the United States. They have been working without a contract since July 1 and have been seeking a share of pandemic cargo surge profits and retroactive pay.The tentative deal comes as retailers like Walmart and Target are starting to land merchandise for the critical back-to-school, Halloween and Christmas retail

Matthew Wypyski (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Names Wypyski COO

basin. Before his tenure in Gulfport, Wypyski was Executive Vice President of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s New Orleans and Houston marine terminal operations.He serves on the American Association of Port Authorities Economic Development, Government Relations and Cruise Committee and is a United States Coast Guard: Area Maritime Security and Port Readiness Board Member. Wypyski is a Certified Maritime Port Executive through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives.He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a

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