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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Virginia Ship Repair Association News

AMSEC employee Garrett Barber was named the Virginia Ship Repair Association’s Senior Tradesperson of the Year. Photo courtesy of the VSRA

HII’s AMSEC Employee Named VSRA Senior Tradesperson of the Year

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that an employee at its AMSEC subsidiary was selected as the Senior Tradesperson of the Year by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Garrett Barber, a senior master tradesperson mechanic in AMSEC's elevator support unit division in Chesapeake, was recognized for his work aboard the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Barber was one of 10 nominees from 245 member companies in the VSRA…

Michael S. Torrech, CEO of American Maritime Holdings: Photo NMEC

NMEC Names Michael Torrech New Chairman

The National Maritime Education Council (NMEC) informs that Michael S. Torrech, CEO of American Maritime Holdings, a leader in the repair, shipbuilding, and maritime industry, has been named as its new chairman to succeed John Lotshaw of Huntington-Ingalls Shipbuilding. Mr. Torrech, a founder of the NMEC, will lead the organization's strategic development of a national standardized maritime workforce program that addresses the critical issues facing the industry. "I am passionate…

Vincent Rodomista

Many Leadership Changes at W&O

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced several changes to leadership at its Gulf Coast branches, as well as at its offices in Charleston, Norfolk and Fort Lauderdale. Vince Rodomista, a graduate of Kings Point with a degree in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation, joins W&O as General Manager of the Houston branch. He spent the first seven years of his professional career as an engineer and deck officer onboard a variety of vessels.

Beyond Shipbuilding: Training and Recruitment

Domestic shipyards get creative in its approach to finding, training and keeping qualified shipfitters. The domestic, U.S. shipbuilding boom is here: blue water, brown water, offshore support, inland, and export maritime security platforms, too. The robust comeback has just about everyone on this side of the pond very happy; unless of course, you are in the ‘human resources’ department and find yourself scrambling on a daily basis to recruit, train and retain qualified help to competently build all those orders on your fat backlog. That said; these are good problems to have.

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Virginia Ship Repair Association - Portsmouth Path of History Dedication

The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is preparing to celebrate its 35th Anniversary and held a dedication of a new memorial to the private ship yard industry on the Portsmouth Path of History. This National Historical Landmark is a one mile walking timeline representing the birth of the industrialized US Naval fleet. In his remarks to the more than 240 member companies of the Association, CAPT.

Snr. & Junr. Tradesmen of the Year: Photo credit VSRA

Ship Repair Tradesmen of the Year Awards by VSRA

The 2013 Ship Repair Tradesmen of the Year were recently honored by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Steven Pulliam, an Outside Machinist from Oceaneering International, Inc. He was recruited to be a core member of the Shop Mechanical Team due to the high quality of his workmanship. He is a mentor to the Freshman class for his company’s Apprentice Program. He created a form that concisely documents deficiencies in components that are received for refurbishment which has been instrumental in reducing the number of hours required to create a Condition Report by at least 25%.

Casey Tarnowski: Photo credit HII

AMSEC Employee Honored for Safety Idea

Huntington Ingalls Industries' AMSEC subsidiary employee, Casey Tarnowski, wins annual safety suggestion award. The annual Safety Suggestion Award contest is hosted by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Casey Tarnowski was honored for his stanchion stabilizer, which prevents stanchions from rolling off flight decks and preventing them from being dropped through flight deck stanchion holes on aircraft carriers. He received the award and a $500 cash prize from Brian Applewhite, VSRA's safety committee chair, at the VSRA's recent general membership meeting.