MJP Appoints Regional Director for Americas
Marine Jet Power (MJP) has appointed Michael Rickey as President and Regional Director of Marine Jet Power, Inc. effective as of December, 2. Rickey will be responsible for business development in the Americas region, where the company holds a corporate office in Blacklick, Ohio.Prior to joining MJP, Rickey enjoyed a 24-year career with American Honda, where he began in 1995 as an assistant manager for export sales. Since then, he has served in several senior roles within the organization from operational to business development. Most recently serving as Senior Manager for Honda Marine.
Video: Cargo Ship Crewman Medevaced
A crewmember from the cargo vessel BBC Campana was airlifted approximately 10 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Monday after he was reportedly found unresponsive by the crew, the U.S. Coast Guard said.The Coast Guard said its Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the captain of the cargo vessel BBC Campana for the medevac of the 34-year-old male crewmember. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.A Coast Guard helicopter…
CYBER SECURITY: Are You Cyber Safe?
While there is no silver bullet and no one solution to cyber safety, layered defenses are best practices and rely on multiple measures to detect and protect against cyber dangers.“Parasitic malware feasts on critical infrastructure”“Digital vigilantes weaponize vulnerability disclosure”“Rushed digital transformation destroys trust”It’s easy to become desensitized to cyber threats in the face of shrill ever-present headlines and the feeling of helplessness that no matter what we do, it’s never good enough. But ignoring safety is never wise.
Foss Names Sumner CFO
Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.
Injured Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Texas
An injured crewman was medevaced from a Belgian-flagged tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and Galveston, Texas on Thursday morning. At approximately 6:35 a.m., the agent of the 1,092-foot tanker Ingrid called U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders and reported that the vessel’s chief engineer broke his leg after getting hit with the anchor chain. The ship's master called shortly after and confirmed the engineer required medical attention. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aircrew was launched at 8:10 a.m. to medevac the ailing crew member.
Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Galveston
A tanker crewman was medevaced Monday afternoon, after reports of suffering from a hernia about 15 miles off Galveston, Texas in the Fairway Anchorage. The master of the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged tanker Agena contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 1 p.m., to report the mess cook had been suffering from hernia symptoms for several days, and had gotten worse. The watchstanders diverted an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. The helicopter crew was on scene at about 2 p.m.
IMCA Announces Two Senior Appointments
Two new representatives from the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) global contractors have been appointed to IMCA’s Council. Harke Jan Meek is Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). In this capacity Harke is a member of the HMC Board and responsible for the commercial and technology departments. He joined HMC in 2012 in a commercial and business development role for SURF projects, and was appointed as Senior Vice President Commercial in October 2013. He was previously with SBM in Monaco and Jakarta in business development roles.
Emco Wheaton Appoints Engineering Supervisor
Emco Wheaton Houston has promoted Hector Ornelas to Engineering Supervisor, signaling the company’s ongoing plans to expand its brand presence, product portfolio and service offering worldwide. Having joined Emco Wheaton in January 2015 as a Project Specialist, Ornelas will assume the responsibilities of Engineering Supervisor for the Houston plant in addition to his current role in Project Management. A Bachelor of Science graduate from the University of Texas and holding an MBA from Sam Houston University…
Baksht Succeeds Swent as Ensco CFO
Ensco plc has named Jon Baksht the company’s new chief financial officer based in London, succeeding Jay Swent, who will retire at year end. Baksht was most recently vice president - finance after joining Ensco as vice president - treasurer. His professional career includes experience in investment banking and consulting. Baksht has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Supply chain…
Long Beach Harbor Commission Hires Chief of Staff
U.S. Marine Col. Richard Jordan was selected by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week as the new Chief of Staff, to assist the Commission in making key decisions in governing the Port of Long Beach. Jordan most recently served as Director of Enlisted Professional Military Education at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., overseeing approximately 280 Marines and civilians at six educational academies around the globe. Previously, he was the Strategy and Policy Division Chief for the Middle East for the United States Central Command, from June 2011 to June 2014.
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.
Port of Portland Welcomes New Commissioners
The Port of Portland Commission today welcomed new commissioners Alice Cuprill-Comas and Gary Young. Both were earlier nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed the Oregon State Senate. Cuprill-Comas of Portland is a transactional lawyer, and is currently legal counsel at Oregon Health & Science University. A member of the Oregon, Washington and Texas State bars, she was in private practice for more than 15 years, most recently as a partner at Ater, Wynne, LLC in Portland. Cuprill-Comas was named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers in 2010.
2H Offshore Names Enuganti Technical Manager
2H Offshore has appointed Prahlad Enuganti as technical manager in its Aberdeen office to strengthen its management team and drive business growth, the company announced. Enuganti holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas in Austin, and joined 2H’s Houston office in 2006 as an engineer. He worked on subsea structural monitoring projects in the Gulf of Mexico and was responsible for a variety of 2H’s offshore riser engineering and integrity assessments.
Seaspan Marine Names Reynolds President
Bart Reynolds has been hired to take over as president of Seaspan Marine, the company announced today. Appointed to lead Seaspan’s Marine Division, Reynolds joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions and senior management. In the last 15 years, Reynolds has held positions in the offshore supply boat business in the United States, West Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America, most recently serving as Vice President, Americas at GulfMark Offshore Inc. Prior to that, he worked at Tidewater Marine LLC as Area Manager, U.S. Operations.
USN Announces 2015 Young Investigators
It's a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty April 30, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Collectively, awardees will receive $18.8 million in grants to fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. This is a banner year for the program, administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which increased funding by 50 percent over last year.
Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Port of Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Farren, who was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd America…
Dan Bunkering Introduces New Structure
Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. introduces new structure, appointing a new commercial director and employing two additional bunker traders. Operations in the Dan-Bunkering (America) are rapidly increasing and it has become necessary to change the organizational structure, the company said. “As a consequence of expanding business for the Houston office, dedicated commercial management has become a necessity,” stated managing director Hans Lind Dollerup who is pleased to announce that Jim Jensen has been promoted to commercial director with immediate effect.
USCG Medevacs Woman off Carnival Cruise Ship
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 51-year-old woman off a Carnival cruise ship approximately 184 miles offshore of Galveston early today. Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, from the medical staff aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Magic, reporting that a 51-year-old female passenger was experiencing respiratory problems and requested a medical evacuation. Watchstanders dispatched an Air Station Houston rescue helicopter crew to respond. An ATC Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew was also launched to provide top cover.
Thrustmaster Names Pineda Director of Sales and Marketing
Marcela Pineda has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Thrustmaster of Texas. Pineda, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing. She joined Thrustmaster in 2012 as a Project Manager, and in 2013 was promoted into the role of Director of Projects.
Bluefin Robotics CEO Named Fellow of ABET
David Kelly, President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics, has been elected a Fellow of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Fellowship award recognizes individuals who have given sustained, quality service to applied science, computing, engineering or engineering technology education and to their respective professions through the activities of ABET. “It is a true honor to be selected as an ABET Fellow,” Kelly said. Kelly has manned the helm of Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle, since 2008.
ExxonMobil Donates $18 mi to Houston Health Institutions
ExxonMobil today announced $18 million in grants to Houston health care facilities to support cancer prevention and cardiovascular research, expand pediatric care for children with autism and enhance pediatric liver disease research and clinical services. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive $10 million; $5 million will go to the Texas Heart Institute and $3 million to Texas Children’s Hospital. “ExxonMobil has had a long and deep involvement with Houston and Texas,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Mease Named to Houston Port Commission
Roy Mease was appointed to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority by the City of Pasadena today. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Mease was named to the seat previously held by Steve Phelps. Phelps had served as Port Commissioner since 1997. Mease has a private law practice in Pasadena. A member of the State Bar of Texas, he received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law. Mease serves as chairman of the Pasadena Second Century Corporation, which is the city's economic development entity.
Stephen H. DonCarlos Named to Port Commission
Attorney Stephen H. DonCarlos was appointed to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority by the Harris County Mayors and Councils Association on Sept. 19. The Harris County Mayors and Councils Association is an organization representing 26 cities in Harris County. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. DonCarlos was named to the seat previously held by Jimmy Burke. Burke had served as Port Commissioner since 1999. An attorney with Reid, Strickland & Gillette, L.L.P., DonCarlos was elected as Mayor of the City of Baytown in May 2006.
GPS Spoofing and the Potential Perils to Ships at Sea
Simple annoyance or potential security threat? Spoof is defined as “a hoax or swindle.” In the world of electronic networks, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an improper advantage. We have all heard of, and possibly fallen victim to, fraudulent card readers (often inserted on self-service fuel pumps). The fraudulent card readers copy security information from the credit card, which is then used to clone an illegitimate credit card and incur improper charges on the victim’s credit card account.
Triton Appoints New Sales Representative
Triton Overseas Transport, an industry-leading Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier and provider of international freight services, announced the appointment of Lindsey Avery to the position of Sales Representative. Committed to offering competitive rates and unparalleled customer service, Avery will act on behalf of Triton’s unwavering mission to generate new business leads in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston regions, as well as expand the international shipping company’s reach throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Looper Reed Expands Services
Looper Reed & McGraw is pleased to announce the addition of Julia Palmer and Carrie Weitinger as Members and Shannon Thorne and Monika Moore as Associates to its Houston office. The addition of these four attorneys has added great depth to the firm's Admiralty, Onshore and Offshore Energy and Insurance Law Practices. Julia M. (Adams) Palmer, formerly Julia M. Adams, is an active member of the admiralty and energy bar. Her practice focuses on the representation of marine and energy interests, insurers, and insurance brokers.