Charles Lynch Elected AIMS Board Chairman

Capt. Charles M. Lynch, president of Arco Marine, Inc. in Los Angeles, Calif., recently was elected chairman of the board of directors of the American Institute of Merchant Shipping (AIMS) for 1983. He succeeds J.J. Ervin, president of Trinidad Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., following the association's annual meeting held in Washington, D.C.

Captain Lynch has been with Arco Marine since 1946 and was named president of the company in 1980. He assumes the leadership of a national association which represents American-flag ships and operators. AIMS' 29 member companies own or operate almost 12-million dwt of U.S.- flag tankers and dry bulk vessels in U.S. domestic and foreign commerce.

The 1983 AIMS board members, in addition to Captain Lynch are W.H. Banks, president, Chevron Shipping Company, San Francisco; J.A. Cole Jr., vice president, Marine, Texaco Inc., New York; Richard T. du Moulin, vice president, Ogden Marine, Inc., New York; Ran Hettena, president, OSG Bulk Ships, Inc., New York; Frank J.

Iarossi, president, Exxon Shipping Company, Houston, Texas; John T. Jacobson, manager, Marine Transportation, Standard Oil Company (Ohio), Cleveland; T.D. Patrick, president, Sun Transport Inc., Aston, Pa.; and George P. Steele, president, Interocean Management Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa.

AIMS officers re-elected by the board for the coming year are Rear Adm. W.M. Benkert, USCG (ret.), president, and Ernest J.

Corrado, vice president. Roseann Pazak was re-elected AIMS treasurer and was also elected the association's secretary.

AIMS has completed its 14th year of service to the U.S.-flag merchant marine.

Areas targeted for AIMS involvement during 1983 include promoting the interests of U.S.- flag bulk carriers by closely appraising port development and Coast Guard user charge legislation, and seeking uniform federal, as opposed to state and local, regulation of vessel air emissions.

AIMS members expressed particular concern about the possible lifting of oil export controls— the exportation of Alaskan oil —and a Department of Transportation notice of proposed rulemaking which would permit the total repayment of CDS and permanent vessel entry into the domestic trades.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 28,  Mar 1983 Massachusetts

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