April 1983 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Robert W. Greene Of Jeffboat Elected Chairman AWO Shipyard Conference

Robert W. Greene, president of Jeffboat, Incorporated, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was elected the new chairman of the American Waterways Shipyard Conference (AWSC) at the conference's recent quarterly meeting in New Orleans, La. Mr. Greene succeeds George J. Fegert, president of Gretna Machine & Iron Works, Inc., Harvey, La., who was AWSC chairman for the past year.

Prior to assuming the chairmanship of the AWSC, Mr.

Greene served on AWSC's steering committee and was chairman of the economic and commercial committee.

Mr. Greene joined American Commercial Barge Line Company- Jeffboat in 1968 and was named president of Jeffboat, Incorporated, in 1980. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1961 and obtained his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1963.

Mr. Greene will continue to guide the AWSC in its efforts to amend the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to amend the act in the 97th Congress, and the AWSC continues to push for reform in the 98th Congress.

Under Mr. Greene's direction, the AWSC will continue to actively participate in the development of a vertical standard for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. The shipyard conference petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for this standard, and it is working closely with the agency.

Mr. Greene and the AWSC firmly believe in the necessity of the Jones Act for the continued existence of an American shipbuilding industry. The AWSC is constantly on guard for actions such as waivers, changes in regulations, and legislation that would weaken the Jones Act.

Founded in 1976, the AWSC consists of nearly 70 shipyards engaged in the building and repair of vessels for the barge and towing, offshore service, and fishing industries. The AWSC is a conference of The American Waterways Operators, Inc. (AWO), the trade association representing the interests of the domestic water transportation industry.

Mr. Greene also will serve on the board of directors of AWO.

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