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Friday, May 24, 2019

Area Maritime Security Committee News

Portland Receives $1.25 Mln Port Security Grant

Port of Portland said it will receive $1.25 million from the federal Port Security Grant Program to upgrade marine terminal security systems. Through the Area Maritime Security Committee, the port successfully applied for and received the funding to rebuild key components of security systems at marine Terminals 4 and 6. Specifically, the funding will go toward renewing antiquated closed circuit television cameras and systems, and overhauling access control systems at terminal gates. Portland is one of 33 U.S. ports to receive grant funds awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Back row: Captain Richard Schoenlank, President, New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association, and Captain John DeCruz, President, New York Sandy Hook Pilots Association, accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. Front row: Connie Award recipient, Carol N. Lambos of The Lambos Firm with CII President, Michael DiVirgilio (Photo: CII)

Carol Notias Lambos Awarded the 2016 CONNIE

Carol Notias Lambos, partner of The Lambos Firm LLP, was presented with the 2016 CONNIE Award by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) for her active involvement in maritime labor and positive influence within the international transportation industry. The New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The sold-out Connie Luncheon with 365 attendees was held Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club, and also saw record-breaking scholarship presentations, totaling more than $125,000.

Margo Marks (Photo: PVA)

PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016. Margo Marks is President/General Manager of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. The company has provided passenger service, vehicle service and freight service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Mich. since 1984. The first ferry service to the island began in 1890.

Dave Anderson

Interview: Dave Anderson, President, Passenger Vessel Association

Dave Anderson is the President of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA). He also serves as General Manager/Director of Operations of Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. on Long Island. The company has provided passenger service, freight service and water taxi service to Fire Island communities since 1948. The firm operates 23 subchapter T and K vessels ranging from six to 400 passengers. Anderson, an honors graduate from CW Post Long Island University where he earned his BA in Communication Arts in 1984, also holds a 100 ton Masters license which he earned in 1983.

Passenger Vessel Association Elects President, Officers

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Dave Anderson of Fire Island Ferries, Inc. as the 2015 PVA President during the group's annual convention in Long Beach, CA, the PVA announced today. The group also elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company in Charlevoix, MI as Vice President, and Jeff Whitaker of Hudson River Cruises, Inc in Kingston, NY as Secretary-Treasurer. Jim DeSimone, Alison Nolan, Coleen Stephens and Jim Swindler were elected to the PVA Board of Directors.

Brian Buckley McAllister, President, McAllister Towing & Transportation Company

MarPro Profile: Brian Buckley McAllister

It’s not every “tugboat magnate” who is willing to show up at work in full Halloween costume, nor capable of running a NYC marathon in under 4 hours – decked out in Harry Potter wizard regalia, complete with hat, cape and wand – while wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of a life-long friend who is fighting cancer. But that’s Brian Buckley McAllister, the fifth generation of his family to lead McAllister Towing. In fact Buckley and his brother (and co-owner) Eric, Chief Financial Officer, are one of the few family members to not hold a maritime degree, pilot or captain’s license.

Seattle Propeller Club Honors Veentjer and Dwyer

The Seattle Propeller Club announced the winner of the 2013 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award as Captain John Veentjer, Puget Sound Marine Exchange Executive Director, aboard Princess Cruises cruise vessel Sapphire Princess while berthed on Pier 66 at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Street Cruise Terminal during the 62nd annual Seattle Maritime Festival Luncheon. The Club also shared news of the selection of Captain John Dwyer, Officer In Charge, Marine Inspection and the Chief of the Inspection Division at U.S.

Award Ceremony: Photo credit USCG

Moran Shipping's Capt. Steve Palmer Recognized

Captain Steve Palmer, Vice-President Moran Shipping Agencies, receives USCG's Meritorious Public Service award. Making the presentation on behalf of the Commandant, Rear Admiral D. "The Commandant takes great pleasure in presenting the U. S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Captain Steve Palmer, Vice president and Quality Manager for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc. for meritorious public service to the Coast Guard from November 1998 to April 2013. As a highly…

Dean Corgey: Photo credit Port of Houston

Dean Corgey to Serve on Port of Houston Commission

Houston City Council appoints Dean Corgey, V-P of the Seafarers International Union Gulf Coast Region, to serve as member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Corgey's appointment fills the seat previously held by Janiece Longoria, who was named Port Commission Chairman January 8 during a joint session of the Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court. She had served as the city appointee to the commission since 2002. Corgey, a longtime organizer for the Seafarers Union and lifelong Houston resident…

Rick Eyerdam

PORT SECURITY: Take the Money and Run

US Ports Risk Millions in crush to file FEMA paperwork. Across America, from sea to shining sea, hundreds of millions of dollars in Port Security Grant funds that have already been awarded to prevent terrorist attacks at ports, port security agencies, cruise and cargo terminals are about to turn to dust. Grantees were ordered by FEMA in February 2012 to take immediate steps to expend, draw down or close out DHS/FEMA Port Security Grants or quickly reprogram the languishing funds.

PVA Elects New Officers and Board

At the 2010 Passenger Vessel Association Convention at MariTrends in Tampa, Fla., the members of the PVA elected their new officers and board members. Captain Kevin Stier, River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill. Captain Jay Spence, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston, Mass. Paul Belforti, Entertainment Cruises, Chicago, Ill. Captain Kevin Stier is the owner and operator of River Cruises. River Cruises offers two day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River aboard the vessel Twilight.