Port and Environmental Regulations: Charting the Best Route
Trade, federal preemption and states’ rights have been the subject of debate, legal cases and jurisdictional battles for more than 200 years. During my time in the Coast Guard and serving as Captain of the Port, Puget Sound, we dealt with a preemption case involving tankers that went to the Supreme Court. Earlier in my career, it was the role of the federal pilotage in a state pilotage system, again decided at the Supreme Court. And, in my current role as Vice President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association…
Seaspan Makes Leadership Moves
Steve Roth has been promoted to President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC). In this position, Steve will continue to have the primary accountability for the overall performance of the SFC business unit, including management of day-to-day operations of SFC, as well as the short and long-term strategic planning processes, including setting and fulfilling revenue and profitability targets and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders. He is also responsible for ensuring that customer service expectations are met or exceeded while ensuring the safe operation of SFC’s vessels…
Holland America Line Launches Commuter 'Ships'
Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb…
EBDG Adds HR Manager and Naval Architect
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has hired two additional professionals at its Seattle office: Elizabeth Allen as Human Resources Manager, and Bradley Olson as Naval Architect. Allen brings more than 11 years of experience to her role as EBDG's new Human Resources Manager, with extensive experience in strategic planning, benefits administration, career development and training programs. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington. The firm’s newest Naval Architect, Olson, returns to EBDG after his 2015 internship.
Winners Announced at IMarEST’s Human-powered Submarine Races
The IMarEST’s European International Submarine Races 2016, held July 6-15th at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport UK, has concluded with the University of Auckland team’s Taniwha II submarine taking the winning trophy. The team proved that the combination of innovation and attention to detail makes all the difference. Their biomimetic craft was driven to impressive, near record-breaking speeds (4.7 knots) by a robust biomimetic propulsion system and a novel fish-inspired hydrodynamically efficient tail which replaced the rudder usually found on submarines.
USCG Change of Command in Houston-Galveston
Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer transferred command of Sector Houston-Galveston to Capt. Peter Martin during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Bayport Cruise Terminal near Houston. Martin assumed command of Sector Houston-Galveston and responsibility as Captain of the Port for operations along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Lake Charles, Louisiana, to the Colorado River in Matagorda, Texas. This extensive area of responsibility includes 10 units and eight cutters between Texas City, Galveston, Port Arthur, Freeport, Sabine and the entirety of the Houston Ship Channel.
Oceans Gasping for Breath, Oxygen Running Low!
Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification. Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world, and those effects should become evident across large parts of the ocean between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The oceans receive their oxygen supply from the surface via the atmosphere or from phytoplankton…
Stromberg to Lead LU’s Center for Advances in Port Management
Lamar University (LU) has tapped Erik Stromberg as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Advances in Port Management after a national search, officials announced today. Stromberg brings decades of experience in public ports to the new position as a CEO, president and consultant in port management at state and national levels. Stromberg served as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for nearly a decade, and served as head of the North Carolina State Ports Authority for 10 years.
High Correlation of Biomass to Species Diversity in Northern Chukchi Sea - BOEM Study
Last summer, researchers began a five year study to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic Chukchi Sea from an ecosystem perspective, looking at microbes, whales and everything in between. health and critical ecosystem services that contribute to human life. Monitoring it improves our ability to interpret and forecast changes. The unprecedented effects of climate change combined with strong seasonal cycles and increasing human activities in the Arctic make this region particularly important to monitor.
EBDG Hires Chief Electrical Engineer
Will Ayers has accepted a position as Chief Electrical Engineer with Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) of Seattle. He brings to his role over a decade's worth of experience in marine electrical engineering, which includes extensive use of USCG and class society rules, and all aspects of electrical drawing development with a focus on large, passenger vessels. Ayers brings to EBDG experience in high voltage engineering and control and monitoring systems. He is highly proficient in onelines…
Crowley Scholarships Aid Four UW Students
Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four seniors studying at the University of Washington’s (UW) Michael G. Foster School of Business. The students, Joshua Banks, Kainen Bell, Maninder Grewal and Xuan Liao, were each chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year based on their demonstrated financial need, community involvement and leadership skills. Joshua Banks, a two-time Crowley scholarship recipient is currently studying finance and entrepreneurship at UW.
New Deep-Sea Vents, Volcanic Activity Found in Mariana Back-Arc
Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returns from the first ever expedition to systematically characterize the rarely explored Mariana Back-Arc. HAGANTA, GUAM – A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more than doubled the number of known hydrothermal vent sites in the Mariana Back-arc region. This area, west of the Mariana Trench, is where plate spreading and submarine volcanism are concentrated. Several momentous findings were made, including the discovery of one of the deepest vents ever found.
Crowley Scholarships for Four UW Students
Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships to four students at the University of Washington’s (UW) Michael G. Foster School of Business. The students, Jason Cisneros, Callie Hamilton, Irah Dizon and Joshua Banks, were chosen to receive the $2,500 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year based on their demonstrated financial need, community involvement and leadership skills. Jason Cisneros, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, had dreams of studying abroad but was not sure he and his family could afford it.
Alfultis Appointed President of SUNY Maritime
Dr. Michael A. Alfultis, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, and the director and chief administrative officer of the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, has been named as the next president of the SUNY Maritime College. Dr. Alfultis’ appointment was affirmed today by the SUNY Board of Trustees who met in Buffalo. He will begin his Maritime presidential duties on Monday, July 14. With more than 20 years of undergraduate teaching experience and 13 years of progressive academic administrative responsibility at both military and civilian institutions of higher education…
WTS Announces Scholarship Winners
WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, has announced the selection of the winners of its seven scholarships for 2015. Each of the winners will be recognized at an awards banquet on May 21 during the 2015 WTS Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Kim Kinnison – WTS Sharon D. “WTS is proud of each of our scholarship winners. These women—as well as the hundreds who have won scholarships awarded by their local WTS chapters—have exhibited incredible dedication to preparing themselves to enter the transportation industry.
Collins Named Port of Seattle’s Public Affairs Director
Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick has appointed Julie Collins as a member of the Port’s executive team, effective May 1. As senior director of public affairs, Collins’ portfolio will include government relations, community outreach, strategic communications and airport public relations. In addition, she will serve as a member of the executive team supporting the executive office and commission and will report directly to the CEO. “Julie brings deep knowledge of ports, elected officials throughout the state, and a proven ability to lead dynamic teams,” said Fick.
EBDG Remembers James A. Cole
EBDG announced the passing of Jim Cole. Over the span of a half century, Jim distinguished himself as among the best in his field, demonstrating extensive expertise in the design of a variety of vessel types ranging from ferries, innovative tugs and his beloved fishing boats. Jim earned a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Washington in 1957 entering Seattle's marine industry during the crab-boat boom of the 1960s, and gaining experience in Tacoma during the era of large tuna seiners. He would soon return to Seattle where he worked at Foss Shipyard for nearly 20 years.
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.
Arctic Sea Ice Decline
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest May level since records began in the 1980s, says Al Jazeera. The lowest levels in the history of Arctic sea ice observation for this time of year and likely the lowest levels for hundreds, even thousands of years. The problem is not just one of a new record low. It’s one of timing and divergence. Accelerated melt in the May-to-June time-frame can have serious impacts on late season ice. The reason is that greatly reduced ice coverage also reduces albedo or reflectivity.
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.
Matson Promotes Gill as Alaska VP
Matson, Inc. has promoted Kenny Gill to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Gill has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales and financial performance of the company's terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill previously served as Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines' Alaska division. His appointment follows Matson's May 29, 2015 acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and subsequent retirement of Marion Davis…
Port of Seattle Names Interim Maritime Division MD
Lindsay Pulsifer, general manager of marine maintenance for the Port of Seattle, has been selected as the interim maritime division managing director. Pulsifer will be responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of maritime environmental services, harbor services, marine maintenance, industrial properties and cruise operations until a maritime division managing director is identified. “While providing excellent leadership to diverse teams, Lindsay has demonstrated strong support for talent development…
Tarabochia Joins EBDG as CFO
Elliott Bay Design Group hired Peter Tarabochia as its new Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Tarabochia, formerly of Vigor Industrial, brings more than a decade of experience to his new role as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his career, he has played a vital role as an experienced financial leader for a number of fortune 500 enterprises. His background includes expertise in managing essential business and financial analysis combined with operational considerations to improve efficiency and profitability.
HMS Announces Management Hires
Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to joining Harley Marine, Martin was the Vice President and General Counsel for Delta Western and Hawaii Petroleum where he oversaw all aspects of safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for the fuel distribution companies. Prior to Delta Western, Martin served as the Director of U.S.
Paxton Joins Adams and Reese
Adams and Reese Adds Four to Bolster Federal Governmental Relations Practice. Adams and Reese is proud to announce the addition of Partner Matt Paxton and Governmental Affairs Advisors Joe Carnevale, Ian Bennitt and Ashley Godwin, who join our firm in our Washington DC Office from the law firm of Ball Janik LLP. “We are very excited about adding Matt, Joe, Ian and Ashley, to our Firm and our Federal Governmental Relations practice,” said B. Jeffrey Brooks, Adams and Reese Executive Committee Chairman and DC Office Partner in Charge.
Beth Bodensteiner is Sr VP at Holland America Line
Beth Bodensteiner has been promoted to senior vice president, revenue management for Holland America Line. In this capacity, Bodensteiner will lead the development and execution of all revenue management programs and initiatives that support Holland America Line’s revenue goals. She will report directly to Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Since joining the company more than a decade ago Beth has consistently demonstrated a level of professionalism and expertise that have been instrumental in the company’s planning and decision making,” said Ashford.