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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Johnny Smith News

Capt. Johnny Smith: Photo credit San Jacinto College

Training to Navigate as Vessel Captain

Mariners may start off as deckhands, but the industry allows for quick growth if a person is willing to put forth the hard work and training. Earning the title of captain is a journey many have made over the years at the Galveston Island Ferry. As master of the ship, the captain is a maritime position loaded with responsibilities of overseeing all other positions, as well as navigation and overall safety of the passengers and crewmembers. It's a title that Capt. Johnny Smith and Capt. Tammy Samuel have spent years training and working their way up to receive.

Antonia Panayides (Photo: Reed Smith)

Reed Smith Adds Two Shipping Partners

Reed Smith announced shipping lawyers Antonia B. Panayides and Jane M. Sarma have been promoted to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. Panayides joined Reed Smith in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Panayides deals with a wide range of dry shipping and offshore matters from the firm's London office. Her experience includes charter party disputes, shipmanagement, bill of lading, sale and purchase and contract of affreightment disputes whether subject to High Court and arbitration jurisdiction.

Johnny Kinkle (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad’s Kinkle Retires after 51 Years

Conrad Shipyard’s Johnny Kinkle has retired in December after 51-years in shipbuilding. Kinkle went to work for Conrad on December 2, 1969, and for five decades his reply to any request was, “No problem, babe. In what seemed like an ordinary safety meeting, not unlike the thousands of others Kinkle has attended over his 51-year career, a surprise was unveiled as the garage door was pulled open and Johnny and Dan Conrad drove in with a new boat as a retirement gift. As he presented Kinkle the keys…

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.

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Mobile Weather Information System Ordered by USN

US-based Smiths Detection wins contract from U. S. Navy for METMF(R) NEXGEN additional mobile weather information systems. Smiths Detection announce a US$7.6-million contract to supply the U.S. Navy with additional mobile weather information systems to support mission planning and military operations for the Marine Corps. Manufactured in Smiths Detection’s Edgewood, Md. plant, the systems are due for delivery by July 2013. The Meteorological Mobile Facility (Replacement) Next…

Pictured: Dean Smith, Steve Kartsaklis and Mark Isaacs at MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Center

Engineering a Drysdale Business’ Future

Steve Kartsaklis has been working on engines for 25 years. He has stayed on in the industry because making engines work is part of his very being. His passion for the trade and satisfaction in a job well done was what he was looking for in an apprentice he believed would be capable of taking over from him when he decides to step down from his role at St Leonards Automotive and Marine. That apprentice, turned out to be Dean Smith. Offering a career path that will lead to managing…

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Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy, and is someone who will be a good leader and manager for our Gulf operations,” states Devon Grennan, Global’s President.

Foss Maritime's Has New Director of Sales

Foss Maritime announced that Carl Smith has recently joined the company as the Director of Sales and Marketing for its Fleet Services Division based out of Seattle. He will be reporting to Mike Magill, Vice President of Fleet Services. Previously employed by Alaska Ship and Dry Dock (ASD), Smith was part of the ASD Management Team for 18 years. Early in his career, his responsibilities at ASD included Management of Production and Operations and, prior to joining Foss, he served as Director of Marketing.

Maersk Line CEO Cautiously Optimistic

Tim Smith, Maersk Line’s North Asia CEO, reflects on 2012 being quite a volatile year, but sees an increase in the Asia-Europe container trade. The biggest challenge for the entire industry is overcapacity, said Smith. “In these volatile markets we have seen a lot more capacity coming into the market the last couple of years than is needed by the lower levels of demand. ” 

Last year that overcapacity was managed tolerably well by taking out ships, scrapping them, slowing ships down or idling them for shorter or longer periods.

APPEA Welcomes Appointment of New NOPSEMA CEO

Australian Watchdog NOPSEMA Gets new CEO

Australia’s oil and gas industry welcomes the appointment of Stuart Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “Mr Smith brings to the position a strong background in industry regulation and a detailed understanding of the offshore oil and gas sector. “His appointment comes at a critical stage for the industry with a number of major projects under development. Mr Byers also paid tribute to outgoing NOPSEMA CEO Jane Cutler.

Michael Stephen Smith, corporate vice president, business growth. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo

Smith Joins HII Corporate Team

Huntington Ingalls Industries appoints Michael S. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Michael S. Smith has joined the company as corporate vice president, business growth. He will work closely with the HII's senior leadership team in support of corporate development and strategic endeavors and will serve as the company interface with business associations in Washington, D.C. Smith will work in HII's Washington, D.C., office and report to Mitchell B. Waldman, corporate vice president, government and customer relations.

Aaron Smith (Photo: OMSA)

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry. Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings, who has led OMSA since 2013. Smith has held various positions in government and public affairs. He has been instrumental in the development of OSVDPA, a dynamic positioning certification authority for the OSV industry. Prior to that, he served in Washington, D.C.

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE. Addressing senior shipping industry representatives at breakfast meeting earlier this week, Smith credited the ‘collective effort’ of shipping companies and dedicated naval forces for the reduction in pirate attacks since 2012. However, while the opportunity for pirates to get out to sea and attack ships had reduced…

Elloitt Smith (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Smith Joins Executive Team of Voith Turbo

Elliott Smith has joined Voith Turbo’s Power, Oil & Gas Division as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Smith will be based at the recently-opened office in Houston’s energy corridor. “Elliott’s leadership and experience in business development will be valuable assets as we look to expand our footprint in the oil and gas market,” said Ron Wilson, President Americas of the Power, Oil & Gas Division. “Innovation is key to Voith Turbo’s growth, and his work leading new product development initiatives in the Americas will allow us to support our oil and gas customers.

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Smith Appointed Ferguson Group CEO

Ferguson Group announced the appointment of Richard Smith to lead its executive team. This appointment follows on from the acquisition of Ferguson Group by the global supply-chain logistics company, Brambles Limited, in September 2014. Richard Smith will act as Chief Executive Officer of Ferguson Group during the period of transition into Brambles, and reports to Jason Rabbino, Group President of Brambles’ Containers segment. Smith joined the Ferguson Group in 2012 as Group Finance Director and has played an important role as a member of the company’s Board of Directors…

From left to right: Capt Dimitrios Mattheou, Chairman of Green Award Foundation; Mr. Johnny Ma, Chairman of Kamji Marine Agency Ltd; Mr. Jan Fransen, Executive Director of Green Award Foundation; Mrs. Katerina Polychroniou, Director of Kamji Marine Hellas. Photo: Green Award Foundation

Kamji Marine joins Green Award Scheme

Green Award Foundation has announced that their network of incentive providers has extended to China. Kamji Marine Agency Ltd entered the Green Award scheme. Kamji Marine Agency headquarted in Zhoushan with branch offices in Europe. The company is a husbandry agent (local agent in Zhoushan port and a general agent for all other Chinese ports. It offers a wide range of services such as sludge disposal, tanker cleaning, dry dock repair, technical repair, store & spare parts supply and acts as a SPRO agent.

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USCG Honors Fisherman for Heroism

The actions of a local hero were honored by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Long Island Sound during the East End Task Force meeting in Hampton Bays, New York, May 20. Cmdr. Jonathan Theel, Chief of Responses for Sector Long Island Sound, presented the Meritorious Public Service Award to Capt. Sidney Smith III, of Greenport, New York, for his actions which resulted in the rescue of four crewmembers from a capsizing vessel on Oct. 22, 2014. While fishing off the coast of Point Judith, Rhode Island, Capt.

Billy Smith (Photo Trinity Yachts)

Billy Smith Rejoins Trinity Yachts

William S. Smith III (Billy) has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trinity Yachts effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Shane Guidry, president and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine. Smith previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), a position which was eliminated upon the purchase of the companies by Harvey Gulf on June 25, 2015. Smith is a founding member and current board member of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss)…

Ceona’s Chairman to Stand Down

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, announce that John Smith, Chairman of the company’s board, has stepped down with immediate effect due to ill-health. Smith has been involved in the oil and gas sector for more than 30 years and has been pivotal in overseeing the growth of Ceona since its inception in 2012, the company said. Mark Preece, Ceona’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said, “John has been with Ceona since we started down the path to building…

Michael S. Smith (Photo: HII)

HII Names Smith VP, Strategy and Development

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Michael S. Smith has been named the company’s corporate vice president, strategy and development, succeeding Christopher D. Kastner, who is replacing Barbara A. Niland as corporate vice president and CFO upon her retirement. Smith reports directly to HII President and CEO Mike Petters. Smith joined HII in 2014 as corporate vice president, business growth. Most recently, he was responsible for executing the growth strategy in commercial and government nuclear markets…

Flag of Convenience Hearings Raise ‘Shocking Concerns’

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith today described the Australian senate hearings into flag of convenience (FOC) shipping taking place in Canberra as raising “shocking concerns”. According to the ITF, the fact that the captain of the ‘death ship’ Sage Sagittarius – on which three people have died in suspicious circumstances – was allowed to work off the Australian coast for eight months, despite claims of involvement in potential firearms offences, is the latest revelation to emerge at the hearings.

Capt. Vincent Martinez relieved Capt. Thomas Smith, II, as commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division

Martinez Head NSWC Indian Head EOD

Capt. Vincent Martinez relieved Capt. Thomas Smith, II, as commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) during a change of command ceremony at Indian Head, Md., June 26. Martinez served most recently as the Deputy Director, Navy Staff, Pentagon Washington, D.C. A native of Syracuse, New York, Martinez received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1988. His initial training included Surface Warfare, Basic Diving and Salvage Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

James Smith (Photo: 3sun Group)

RRC Controls Services Appoints Smith

3sun Group has appointed James Smith as general manager for its subsea division, RRC Controls Services. Smith joins 3sun Group after a 16 year career with Aker Subsea Limited, where he progressed from a service team workshop manager to global infrastructure and equipment manager. Spending time in Malaysia, Brazil and Norway, he was responsible for several expansion projects. In the newly-created position, Smith will play a part in the growth strategy of RRC, which has recently undergone expansion following a significant investment, the company said.

Photo courtesy BAE Systems

BAE Employee Safety Professional of the Year

BAE Systems Ship Repair’s Director of Safety Assurance, Phil Smith was named Signal Mutual's 2009 Safety Professional of the Year. The annual award honors safety professionals who are instrumental in the development and implementation of outstanding safety practices within their respective industries. Smith was also recognized for helping to improve safety culture by sharing best practices and new safety initiatives with other Signal Mutual member companies. Smith and the BAE…

Terry Smith (Photo: ASA Electronics)

Smith Joins ASA Electronics Engineering Department

ASA Electronics has brought on Terry Smith to fill the role of Engineering Lab Technician. Within the lab, Smith will be validating product designs to ensure long term durability of each product. He is also tasked with detecting any potential material or performance weaknesses in order to maintain product excellency. “Before joining ASA, I developed over 20 years of global experience supporting electronics manufacture and quality assurance through all product development stages including design, manufacturing and testing.

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Mariner Fails Marijuana Test, But Judge Rejects License Revocation

Administrative law judge rejects USCG license revocation action based on positive marijuana test result due to failure to randomly select in accordance with regulation 46 CFR Part 16. In USCG V. Terrell, No. 2013-0076 (September 6, 2013), Administrative Law Judge Bruce Tucker Smith rejected the United States Coast Guard's request for the revocation of USCG-issued Merchant Mariner's License (MML) notwithstanding the uncontested fact that the mariner had tested positive for marijuana in a employer-directed "random" test.