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PEOPLE & COMPANY NEWS
Houston Authority. Wachel received a
Bachelor of Science degree in civil engi- neering from Texas A & M University.
Thomas Joins Blank Rome
Matthew J. Thomas has joined
Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. of- fi ce as a partner in the maritime, in- ternational trade, and public contracts group. Mr. Thomas has more than twenty years of experience in maritime and international trade regulation and government affairs. Thomas is a mem- ber of the Connecticut Maritime Asso- ciation, and a member and past Presi- dent of the Maritime Administrative
Bar Association in Washington, D.C.
Lawmakers Boxer, Shuster
Selected For AAPA’s 2014 ‘Port
Person of Year’ Award
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) have been jointly selected to receive the American Association of Port Au- thorities’ (AAPA) 2014 “Port Person of the Year” award. The bi-partisan nomination for AAPA’s most presti- gious annual award was submitted by the California Association of Port Au- thorities (CAPA). Sen. Boxer is the current and fi rst female chair of the
Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee. Having served on the
House Transportation and Infrastruc- ture Committee since being elected to
Congress in 2001, Rep. Shuster now chairs that committee, co-chairs the
Water Resources Development Con- ference Committee, and serves on the
House Armed Services Committee.
Both are champions of the effort to pass the Water Resources Reform and
Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA).
HydroComp Celebrates 30 Years!
HydroComp, Inc. is celebrating 30 years in business. Hydrocomp began in 1984 to meet the specifi c needs of naval architects and shipbuilders in the area of resistance and power predic- tions. Thirty years later, HydroComp has grown into a multi-faceted cor- poration with clients from design to construction to academia in over sixty countries. Founded in 1984 in New
Hampshire, USA by Jill Aaron (Man- aging Director) and Donald MacPher- son (Technical Director), HydroComp was a pioneer in the very specifi c area of applied hydrodynamics.
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Joins
Port of Gulfport
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc. announced its expansion by signing a three-year lease with one-year options with the Port of Gulfport. Specifi cally,
Gulf Coast Shipyard Group will use 400 linear feet of dock space on the
Port’s East Pier and 15,000 square feet of warehouse space to outfi t the dual fuel liquefi ed natural gas (LNG) pow- ered vessels it is building for Harvey
Gulf International Marine.
John Dane III, president of Gulf
Coast Shipyard Group said, “We are pleased to work with the Port of
Gulfport and grow our business in
Mississippi.” The Port of Gulfport is undergoing a $570 million restora- tion and is roughly 18 months from completion. Gulf Coast Shipyard ex- pects its fi rst vessel to be at the Port of
Gulfport in mid-March.
Vigor set to buy Seward Ship’s Drydock
The owner of Seward Ship’s Dry- dock has signed a letter of intent to sell the assets of the Seward, Alaska, shipyard company to Vigor Industrial.
The two companies are currently ne- gotiating the terms of the potential sale and expect the sale to be fi nalized after satisfactory completion of envi- ronmental, fi nancial and business due diligence and after Seward Ship’s Dry- dock, Vigor and the City of Seward reach a fi nal agreement on certain de- tails of the agreement. Vigor will lever- age its existing strong public/private partnerships in Alaska to maximize opportunities for the Seward yard.
Harsh Winter Costs U.S. Great
Lakes Fleets; Seaway Finishes with Surge
Weather, ice and cancelled cargos lim- ited U.S.-fl ag Great Lakes cargo move- ment to 7.1 million tons in December.
The fl eet’s year-end total slipped to 89.2 million tons, down 0.4% compared to 2012. Brutal weather also slashed ore shipments to just 4 million tons, also down 21% from last year. Separately, a surge in grain movements led to a strong fi nish for the St. Lawrence Seaway. The
Seaway closed for the season on Janu- ary 1, but a late harvest produced record grain volumes. 4.4 million tons of cargo moved through the Seaway in Decem- ber, exceeding the fi ve year December average by 20%.
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