Olson N a m e d President Of W i l l a m e t t e Tug & Barge

E. Whitney Olson has been named president of Willamette Tug & Barge Co., a major Portland, Ore.-based ship assist, general towing and barging, and oilbarging firm which operates in the Ports of Portland, and Vancouver, Wash.

He also serves as Group vice president-Marine S e r v i c e s for Riedel International, Inc., Willamette's parent company. The Marine Services Group maintains operations in the San Francisco Bay area—Western Tug & Barge Co., California Launch Services, and Western-Pacific Construction Materials Co.; and in the Seattle area — Western Pacific Towing.

The company also operates tugs and b a r g e s along the Pacific Coast, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, and New Orleans, La.

Announcement of the appointment was made by Arthur A.

Riedel, president of Riedel International.

Mr. Olson has spent his entire working life involved in a variety of marine activities, beginning as a deckhand while he attended high school in northern California.

He has served Willamette Tug & Barge since 1972 in progressive management positions.

Mr. Olson is very active in area waterfront organizations. He is chairman of the Columbia River Towboat Association, vice president of the Port of Columbia River Propeller Club, and secretary of the Portland Shipping Club. He is also a director of the Merchant's Exchange, and a member of the Society of Port Engineers and the Longview Transportation Club.

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