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Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Doyle Hired to Lead the Port of Baltimore

William P. Doyle, a former U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner, has been hired to lead the Port of Baltimore as the new executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced.Currently CEO and Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America, Doyle will take the helm at the Port of Baltimore effective July 22, succeeding Jim White, who announced he would step down at the end of 2019. Doyle was appointed by Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Greg Slater…

ASA Appoints Sonoda as Secretary General

With the current international efforts to contain the spread of COVID19, travel restrictions are in place globally. However, ASA has determined that it is not an obstacle to have Yuichi Sonoda picked up his role as ASA newly appointed Sec-Gen with effect from May 1, 2020. This is a role he is thoroughly familiar with. As he had served as ASA Sec-Gen during the period between 2010 to 2014, he was instrumental in numerous initiatives and conferences.Involving in the work of ASA since its inception in 1992…

Port Attorney Michele Heffes (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Names Female Attorney

For the first time in its 92-year history, a woman has been named Port Attorney at the Port of Oakland. The Port’s governing Board last night appointed Michele Heffes as the head of its in-house Legal Department.Heffes succeeds Danny Wan, the prior Port Attorney, who became the Port’s Executive Director Nov. 14. A 31-year Port veteran, Heffes had been Interim Port Attorney while the Board sought Mr. Wan’s replacement.Heffes advises the Port on legal affairs that arise in the conduct of its Maritime, Aviation and Commercial Real Estate businesses.

Jaime Sworn in as L.A. Harbor Commission President

Jaime L. Lee, the newest Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner, has been elected president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. Lee was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council last week. “I’m humbled to join my fellow harbor commissioners and serve as president of this important commission,” said Lee. “I look forward to working with all port stakeholders and staff as I continue the efforts of my predecessor to further enhance North…

Ambassador Vilma Martinez (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Martinez Steps Down from LA Harbor Commission

Ambassador Vilma Martinez will step down as president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission on April 6. Since joining the board in 2013, Ambassador Martinez oversaw several major milestones, including consecutive years of record cargo growth and the development and approval of the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan update. She was also instrumental in the formulation of two Port five-year strategic plans, as well as in creating the Port’s Public Access Investment Plan that now provides a more consistent, predictable funding stream for non-cargo related public-serving projects and programs.

(Photo: ZIM)

ZIM Hires Geffen as Chief Digital Officer

Israel's largest cargo shipping firm ZIM has hired Liav Geffen to serve in the newly created position of chief digital officer (CDO). “The new Digital Unit in ZIM will drive the digital transformation the company has already embarked upon,” said ZIM president & CEO, Eli Glickman. “We intend to foster innovation and technology across the board, impacting every aspect of our operations. Over the last eight years, Geffen was VP Marketing of Harel Group. He holds a law degree and a business MBA.

Robert Clyne Gets Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

Robert (Bob) Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary , was recognized with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a graduate who best exemplifies the finest tradition of Kings Point – Acta Non Verba – and lending honor and prestige to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “Bob is most deserving of this recognition,” said ABS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki. Clyne began his career at ABS working in various positions from 1982 to 1988.

Petroleum Geo-Services Appoints Rune Olav Pedersen as President & CEO

The Board of Directors of Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) has appointed Rune Olav Pedersen (47) as the new President & CEO of the Company. He will succeed Jon Erik Reinhardsen on 1 September 2017. "The Board has run a thorough succession process since early spring, and assessed a number of very qualified Norwegian and international candidates. With the appointment of Mr. Pedersen, PGS will get a CEO with deep knowledge of the Company and industry and with strong execution capabilities. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Pedersen in the time to come," says Chairperson Walter Qvam.

FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director. Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney, served previously as president and as a longtime member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “After a comprehensive international search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners recognized that Mario Cordero is an ideal choice to lead the Port of Long Beach,” said Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán.

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…

Lee Seham

USCG Drug and Alcohol Regs: Pitfalls for Foreign and US Carriers

In the aftermath of a serious marine incident, Coast Guard regulations effectively reverse the presumption of innocence by creating a legal obligation for mariners to prove that they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the mishap. The consequences of non-compliance with SMI testing requirements are severe and administrative fines are arguably the least of it. Officers who are unable to establish their sobriety become, perhaps unfairly, the focus of post-accident investigations.

Coast Guard Foundation Announces Pacific Awards Dinner

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today its 31st event honoring the Coast Guard on the west coast. This annual event brings together notable members of the community and maritime industries to recognize the United States Coast Guard for their work to serve and safeguard mariners, protect the environment and defend the Nation’s interests. This year the event will have a special focus, 'Defending our Maritime Cyber Domain'. Admiral Charles D.

File photo: Golden Ocean Group

Golden Ocean Appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited has appointed Thomas Semino to take up the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer.   Semino will be based in Singapore and will start as CCO no later than November 1, 2016.   Semino is currently the Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova.

GOGL Appoint Semino as CCO

Following the announcement in April regarding changes to the corporate management team, Golden Ocean Group Limited announced the appointment of Mr Thomas Semino as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Mr Semino is currently the Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Mr Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova. Mr Semino will be based in Singapore and will take on the position latest on November 1, 2016.

Toril Eidesvik (Photo: TTS Group ASA)

Eidesvik Named CEO of TTS Group ASA

Toril Eidesvik has been appointed as new CEO of TTS Group ASA after Björn Andersson. She enters the position immediately and resigns as Director of the Board of the company. Toril Eidesvik has previously been CEO of Green Reefers ASA and EMS Seven Seas ASA. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of TTS Group ASA since 2013 and has extensive board experience from several companies within the shipping and offshore industry. Eidesvik holds a law degree from the University of Oslo and has previously worked as a legal attorney with corporate law.

Obituary: Christer Olsson, Stolt-Nielsen Chairman of the Board

The Board of Directors of Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced the passing of Christer Olsson, Chairman of the Board. He was 70. Mr. Olsson had served as a Director of the Company since 1993, and as Chairman of the Board since December 15, 2009, when he succeeded Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, the company's founder. The Board of Directors will elect a new chairman at the Company's Annual General Meeting in April 2016. "For more than two decades, Christer provided constructive guidance and thoughtful insights to Board discussions…

Phillips Named Sr VP Of Human Resources, Carnival Cruise

Ron L. Phillips has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources – Office of People and Potential for Carnival Cruise Line. In this capacity, Phillips will oversee shoreside and shipboard human resources for the world’s largest cruise line, including talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development, human capital planning, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and performance management. Phillips begins his new role effective October 19 and will report to Carnival President Christine Duffy.

Lars Sjöbring (Photo: Transocean)

Transocean Senior VP to Resign

Lars Sjöbring, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Transocean Ltd., will be leaving the company, Transocean announced today. Sjöbring has agreed to aid in the search for a replacement, but will resign no later than December 31, 2015, Transocean said. "Lars has done an outstanding job guiding Transocean through the extensive litigation following the Macondo Well incident, and was instrumental in securing the related settlements with BP and the Plaintiff's Steering Committee announced earlier this year," said Jeremy Thigpen, Transocean's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Louis Gutierrez (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach Names HR Director

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday selected veteran human resources executive Louis Gutierrez as the port’s Managing Director of Human Resources and Team Development. In the newly created executive role, Gutierrez, an attorney and former Fortune 500 company executive, will lead a new bureau dedicated to supporting recruitment, hiring and training of harbor department personnel. In his current position as Vice President of Human Resources for the Lewis Group of Companies…

Sivertsen is New CEO of EMGS

Bjarte Bruheim has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA with immediate effect. He has held this position since 7 January 2015, and before that, he held the position as the company's executive chairman since 2004. The board of directors wishes to express its gratitude to Bjarte Bruheim for his valuable contribution to the company through many years. EMGS has initiated a search for a new CEO. Until a permanent CEO is in place, Stig Eide Sivertsen has been appointed new CEO.

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.

Fiona Weir

Weir Strengthens O&G Focus at Johnston Carmichael

Scotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Johnston Carmichael, has strengthened its oil and gas focus with the appointment of a new tax director. VAT specialist Fiona Weir joins the tax team where she will service clients from the firm’s Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices. After completing a law degree at Glasgow University, Weir qualified as a chartered tax adviser during three years at PWC. She then joined RBS where she spent 11 years primarily focused on advising its retail bank and insurance divisions.

Environmental Attorney Joins Long Beach Harbor Commission

Environmental attorney and Long Beach resident Tracy Egoscue joined the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Tuesday as the first Commissioner appointed by newly elected Mayor Robert Garcia. She was approved by the City Council last week for a six-year term. Egoscue heads a Long Beach-based private law practice, and in the past was Executive Officer of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board – Los Angeles Region, and prior to that served as Executive Director of Santa Monica Baykeeper, an environmental advocacy group.

Roy Strand

GWMC Appoints Strand and New Board Members

Goltens Worldwide Management Corp. (GWMC) has announced the appointment of Roy Strand as Chief Operating Officer. Strand has previously served as the Vice President of Operations in the Americas and Europe, and will continue to serve as the Advisory Board Chairman within the Goltens Worldwide group of companies. Prior to joining Goltens, Strand held various managerial and global executive positions in the professional services field, including at KPMG Consulting, Netegrity and Computer Associates.

Maritime Attorney Named Partner by New Orleans Law Firm

The Lambert Firm in New Orleans says that Emily C. Jeffcott, Cayce C. Peterson, and Jeremy Z. Soso have been named partners in the firm. Of the three, Attorney Cayce C. Peterson specializes in maritime law, product liability, whistleblower claims and personal injury law. Since joining The Lambert Firm in 2006, attorney Cayce C. Peterson has proved himself a skilled litigator and legal analyst in the practice areas of maritime law, product liability, whistleblower claims and personal injury law.

MOL Names Nakamura as SVP Transpacific, Caribbean and Latin Trade

MOL (America) Inc. welcomes Junya Nakamura as Senior Vice President of Transpacific, Caribbean, Latin (West Coast South America) Trade. For the Transpacific Trade, he will report to Richard Hiller, executive vice president, MOL Line and for the Caribbean and Latin Trade, he will report to Yutaka Hinooka, chief operating officer, MOL Liner, Ltd. Nakamura joined MOL in 1985, most recently serving as general manager of the MOL (Japan), Ltd. administrative group. He earned his undergraduate bachelor of law degree from Waseda University and has also held positions in container operations…