N e w Positions For Three Managers Announced By Zapata Gulf Marine

Three managers have been named to new positions with Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation's domestic operations, Larry T. Rigdon, vice president-North American operations, has announced.

Based in the Harvey, La., office, B.B. Breland has been named manager-tugs and barges. Reporting to him are John Kuchta Jr., who has been appointed manager-construction tugs and barges, and Wayne Martin, who has been named manager-ocean towing.

Mr. Breland formerly served as manager-India fivision with Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation, which merged with Zapata Marine Service and Jackson Marine Corporation to form Zapata Gulf late in 1984. He joined Gulf Fleet in 1977 as a marketing representative before being promoted to manager-domestic supply boat division, and then manager- towing division in 1980. His previous experience includes 28 years with Exxon, where he served in various administrative and operations positions.

Mr. Kuchta was previously marketing director-construction tugs, for Zapata Gulf. He joined Gulf Fleet in 1978 as European sales director, and was promoted to manager- North Sea in 1979. In 1981 he was transferred to the New Orleans office where he served as sales representative responsible for New Orleans sales.

Prior to assuming his new position, Mr. Martin served first with Gulf Fleet and then with Zapata Gulf as operations manager-domestic towing. He worked for Jackson Marine as port captain-Houston from 1970 to 1973. He then joined Gulf Fleet as port captain-North Sea and was transferred to Amsterdam as port captain in 1975. In 1978 he joined Newpark Marine as division manager-Mexico.

With a fleet of 307 vessels, Houston- based Zapata Gulf Marine Corporation is the largest operator of oilfield service and supply vessels in the world.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 35,  Aug 1985

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