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Monday, October 22, 2018

Board Of Trustees News

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students.

Morton S. Bouchard (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Company)

SUNY Maritime to Honor Mort Bouchard

The State University of New York Maritime College will confer the honorary degree of doctor of science degree on Morton S. Bouchard III, the president and CEO of Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., during winter 2016 commencement exercises Friday, January 29. Mort Bouchard is his family's fourth generation to manage Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., the largest privately owned ocean-going petroleum barge company in the United States. Bouchard Transportation operates on the East and Gulf coasts of the United States and in the Caribbean.

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter. Photo: Coltraco Ltd.

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter Joins Board of Trustees at RINA

Coltraco Ultrasonics Chief Executive, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, has been welcomed onto the Board of Trustees at The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), an internationally renowned professional institute at the heart of surface and sub-surface ship design.Formed in 1860 and established by Royal Warrant RINA occupies a central and essential role at the heart of British and global maritime with 70% overseas members and Consultative Status at the International Maritime Organisation.Commenting on the appointment…

Capt. James Tobin, president of the AAF

Alumni Form Committee on USMMA Accreditation Status

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) has formed an advisory committee composed of Kings Point graduates and education experts to assist the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Academy in protecting and preserving the school’s imperiled accreditation. In June 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reported that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) underperformed in five of 14 areas including planning, leadership and governance, administrative staff qualifications, resource allocation and student services.

From left to right: Arabella Martinez, Libby Schaaf and Andreas Cluver (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Cluver, Martinez Join Port of Oakland Commission

Local labor leader Andreas Cluver and long-time community leader Arabella Martinez have been appointed to the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. They join the Board February 11. Nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council appointed Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees at its meeting February 2. Port Commissioners Cluver and Martinez were sworn into office by Schaaf.

Melanie A. Leney (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

Melanie A. Leney has been elected to Montgomery McCracken’s partnership. Previously an associate with the firm, Leney is located in the firm’s Cherry Hill office and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis in maritime and transportation, employment litigation, products liability, personal injury, government investigations, and compliance and regulatory issues. She has also represented clients pro bono in civil rights and Federal Tort Claim Act litigation through the U.S.

Photo:  PortXL

Top Experts in Advisory PortXL

The advisory committee is, together with the board of trustees, the strategic advisory body of the PortXL accelerator program. PortXL is a mentorship driven open innovation program to accelerate tech startups from all over the world focusing on port related industries. The program wants to strengthen innovative activities into the ecosystem of Rotterdam and open the port of Rotterdam network to startups. "We are proud to have such a broad mix of leaders from various markets and areas of expertise.

Darryl D. Berger is sworn in on February 23, 2017, at the monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Berger Joins Port of New Orleans Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Darryl D. Berger to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Berger, who was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Scott Cooper, one of four Orleans Parish representatives on the seven-member regional Board. Berger is President of The Berger Company Inc., which he founded in 1972 and is based in New Orleans. An investor, developer and financier of real estate, Berger is particularly active as a leading developer in downtown New Orleans…

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS' Wiernicki Receives Vanderbilt Alumni Award

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has been inducted to the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and also named to the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Board of Visitors. Prior to receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award, Wiernicki served as the keynote speaker to discuss the absolute value of talent through the emerging needs in tomorrow’s workplaces while addressing fellow alumni and friends of the university at a Commodore Classroom event held Tuesday, March 28, in Houston.

USCG Cadet Receives Fulbright Scholarship

First Class Cadet Jacquelyn Kubicko has received a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to study in the United Kingdom, where she will represent the U.S. and the Coast Guard Academy as a cultural ambassador while pursuing a Master of Research at the University of Southampton, U.K. As a Fulbright scholar, Kubicko will enhance mutual understanding between Americans and people in the U.K. and join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

Doug Oberhelman (Photo: Caterpillar)

Caterpillar CEO Joins ExxonMobil Board

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced today that its shareholders have elected Doug Oberhelman to its board of directors. Oberhelman is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. With the election of Oberhelman, the ExxonMobil board stands at 12 directors, 11 of whom are non-employee directors. Oberhelman was named CEO and chairman of Caterpillar’s board in 2010. Prior to that, he served as group president of various divisions within Caterpillar from 2002 to 2010, and was elected a Caterpillar vice president and chief financial officer in 1995.

Francis X. McDonald (source: Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE), Francis X. McDonald has been selected as the 38th president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. McDonald, a 1985 graduate of the school, has worked on campus since 1994. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President of the nation's oldest continuously operating maritime academy and has earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University.

Photo: Webb Institute

Webb Fundraising Campaign Reaches $32 Mln

The Campaign for Webb has so far raised $32 million, 80 percent of its $40 million goal, announced Webb Institute’s President Keith Michel ’73, Campaign Chair Joseph Cuneo ’57, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees George Campbell, Jr., Ph.D. In what the college is calling its most ambitious fundraising effort to date, The Campaign for Webb: America’s Most Unique College aims to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry.

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6. “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the boardroom,” Wiernicki said at the ceremony, which saw approximately 300 students graduate inside Fort Schuyler. “Success in life and leadership go hand-in-hand.

Webb Institute’s Class of 2017 throwing their caps in the air after the 121st Commencement Ceremony. (Photo: Jonathan Wang, Webb Institute student, Class of 2020)

Webb Institute Class of 2017 Turns Tassels

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 121st Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s Principal Speaker, Bruce S. Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt, President of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC, and Chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees…

Tom Holmer (Photo: SSI)

Sustainable Shipping Initiative Names Holmer GM

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, announced the appointment of Tom Holmer as its new general manager. Holmer comes from a background of social sustainability, working for the benefit of seafarers and their families with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, as well as conducting consultancy work on sustainability issues in the transport sector with Public World.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Press Information Bureau

India Approves Major Port Authorities Bill

The government of India has approved a draft bill to empower 12 major ports in India by providing them full autonomy in decision-making for greater efficiency. According to Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 once enacted, would replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. "With the growth and development of private ports, the major ports are facing severe competition and difficulties in implementing the changes which may help them compete in the evolving market conditions.

Mike Petters (Photo: HII)

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor HII’s Petters

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 35th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard will honor Mike Petters of Huntington Ingalls Industries for his long time support of the Foundation and its mission. Keynote speakers will include Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, captain of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ US Airlines flight 1549 and Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Master of Ceremonies will be Gus Rosendale, news anchor with NBC 4 New York.

Jim McIngvale (Photo: HII)

McIngvale to Lead Ingalls Communications, Public Affairs

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has named Jim McIngvale director of communications and public affairs. Ingalls has combined its communications department and its government and community affairs department into a single organization called communications and public affairs. The new department will be responsible for Ingalls’ brand and image, both inside the shipyard and in the community. It will manage all internal communications programs, special…

From Left to Right Admiral Charles Michel, Anne B. Brengle and Admiral Paul Zukunft Photo Coast Gurard Foundation

Coast Guard Foundation President Recognized for Dedication

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at the 36th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard, which was held in New York City October 6th, President Anne B. Brengle was recognized with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award. The award was read by Coast Guard Foundation vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, RADM James Van Sice, USCG (Ret.) and was presented by Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant and Admiral Charles Michel, vice commandant.

Christopher D. Kastner (Photo: HII)

Leadership Changes at Huntington Ingalls Industries

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today a number of changes across its leadership team. HII’s Board of Directors has elected Christopher D. Kastner to succeed Barbara A. Niland as the company’s chief financial officer and corporate vice president, business management, effective with Niland’s retirement on March 1, 2016. Furthermore Philip Luna, corporate vice president and president, UniversalPegasus International (UPI), a subsidiary of HII, has been promoted to the HII senior executive team, effective immediately.

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

Ian Taylor, who helped build Vitol into the world's biggest oil trader, will step down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO. Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House. Hardy…

John Lloyd (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Lloyd to Lead The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute has selected a new chief executive officer after interviewing a competitive shortlist of six candidates. Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI, currently the Institute’s chief operating officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI, who will retire in May 2017 after 14 years in post. Lloyd took up the COO post in November 2015 in which he has had overall responsibility for the institute’s specialized training services, including the industry-standard dynamic positioning operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Wiernicki Receives Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award

ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, was honored for his contributions to the maritime industry by the United Seamen’s Service (USS) as a recipient of the Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award on October  28, 2016 in New York. “I am humbled to accept this award, not for me, but rather on behalf of the more than 5,000 worldwide employees of ABS and the 1.5 million mariners who day in and day out keep this industry moving and our global economy expanding,” Wiernicki said. The award is conferred on those who have made noteworthy contributions to the maritime industry.

ITF Seafarers’ Trust Launches Shore Leave 2.0

Press release - The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is launching an enhanced version of its free Shore Leave app – the first app designed to help seafarers looking for reliable transport when in port. Shore Leave only needs to be downloaded once, and after that all the contact details of seafarers’ centers all over the world are stored in the user’s smartphone and accessible offline, anywhere, anytime. It also includes all the contact details for ISWAN Seafarers Help, the 24/7 helpline for seafarers.

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime Names Parrott COO

Foss Maritime announced that John Parrott will join the Foss executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Parrott comes to Foss from sister company, TOTE Maritime Alaska, where he has served as President for sixteen years. In his new role as Foss' COO, Parrott will be responsible for overseeing key operating divisions, developing and delivering on strategic plans, and optimizing day-to-day operations through implementation of best practices throughout the organization. After 10 years sailing aboard a wide range of vessels in trade routes around the world…