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52 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • JANUARY 2014

Obit: Herb Repass, Founder, New England Ropes

New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Teufelberger Group, said Herb Repass, the compa- ny’s original co-founder, passed away recently in Vero

Beach, Fla. Repass co-founded New England Ropes,

Inc. in New Bedford, Mass., with his friend and asso- ciate David Aigler in 1967. Repass served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manu- factured by the company for yachting, safety and res- cue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and

Navy and Coast Guard operations. Herb, Dave and his son Randy also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the west coast, spawning West Marine.

Austal USA Names New O’Brien VP

Austal USA announced the appointment of Terry

O’Brien to the position of Vice President of Business

Development and External Affairs, effective Novem- ber 18, 2013. In this role, he will be responsible for the all of Austal’s Business Development efforts, state and federal legislative activities, as well as coordinat- ing external communications and media relations. A retired Navy Captain with over 26 years of service, he commanded USS Pensacola and the Nassau Amphibi- ous Strike Group during the initial stages of Operation

Iraqi Freedom.

Gujral Named New Harkand CFO

Subsea inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand announced the appointment of Ben Gujral as the group’s new CFO.

Ørbeck-Nilssen: Maritime President, DNV GL

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is appointed president in DNV

GL Maritime. Ørbeck-Nilssen took on the role as president from January 1, 2014, and will operate out of Hamburg. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University where he was awarded a First Class Honor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. He has an undergraduate degree from Oslo Polytechnic in Civil Engineering.

Sea Star Line, TOTE Leadership Changes

Effective January 1, 2014, Sea Star Line (SSL) Presi- dent Peter Keller became Executive Vice President of

Sea Star Line’s parent company, TOTE, Inc. In this new capacity he will assist in the oversight of both

TOTE Shipholdings and the TOTE Maritime Divi- sion, which includes Sea Star Line and Totem Ocean

Trailer Express (Totem Ocean).

Succeeding Keller, as President of Sea Star Line is

Tim Nolan, who has served as Sea Star Line’s Execu- tive Vice President since May.

Carnival Appoint Burke First CMO

Carnival Corporation & plc appointed U.S. Navy re- tired Vice Admiral William Burke to the newly created position of Chief Maritime Offi cer, effective Decem- ber 9, 2013. Burke will report directly to Chief Opera- tions Offi cer Alan Buckelew and will have oversight of the company’s maritime operations around the world.

He will be responsible for maritime quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refi ts, and research and development.

Bader Joins Martek

Martek of Palm Beach, a marine electronics engineer- ing and support company based in Stuart, Fla., an- nounced the addition of marine business veteran Mar- tin Bader as chief fi nancial offi cer.

Duncan Joins BMT Designers & Planners

BMT Designers & Planners (BMT), a subsidiary of

BMT Group Ltd., an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, appointed Ralph

Duncan as Vice President of Business Development.

Maersk Training Appoints Bowyer

Maersk Training announcement the appointment of

David Bowyer as new Head of Training and Educa- tion, and he joins the senior management team to over- see all aspects of training, following recent growth in the number of delegates attending their courses.

Tru-Marine Opens U.S. Service Station

Turbocharger specialist Tru-Marine opened in Hous- ton to align its global service coverage with its custom- ers’ increasing expectations for integrated fl eetwide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions.

Located in Deer Park, Texas, and supported by Tru-

Marine’s extensive global service network and inven- tory, Tru-Marine Houston is now one of the largest turbocharger service stations in the area providing full range services for turbochargers in ocean-going ves- sels and offshore oil and gas installations.

ClassNK Tops 220 Million GT

Classifi cation society ClassNK announced that the

ClassNK register topped 220 million gross tons for the fi rst time at the end of November 2013. The an-






Cuccias to Succeed Edenzon as Ingalls President

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said that Irwin F.

Edenzon will retire on Dec. 1, 2014. Edenzon is cur- rently corporate vice president and president of Ingalls

Shipbuilding. Although Edenzon will not offi cially re- tire until December 2014, he will step down as presi- dent on March 31, 2014, and the HII Board of Directors has elected Brian Cuccias to succeed Edenzon in the position of corporate vice president and president of

Ingalls Shipbuilding, effective April 1, 2014.

Edenzon was named as Ingalls Shipbuilding president in 2011 and is responsible for all programs and op- erations at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Prior to this position and since 2008, he served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-

Gulf Coast. Prior to this appointment, he held several positions of increased responsibility, to include director of future carrier programs and senior vice president of technology development and fl eet support for the for- mer Northrop Grumman Newport News.

Brian Cuccias, who will report to HII President and

CEO Mike Petters effective April 1, 2014, currently serves as the vice president, amphibious ship programs, for Ingalls Shipbuilding and will become vice presi- dent, program management, effective Jan. 6, 2014, un- til he assumes the president role in April. In this role, he will have responsibility for all program and fi nancial aspects, including solicitations, program execution and fi nancial performance of all Ingalls Shipbuilding pro- grams, to include large-deck amphibious ships (LHA 6,

LHA 7 and capture of LHA 8) as well as LPD and LPD variant ships production, surface combatants and U.S.

Coast Guard ship programs.

Cuccias’ shipbuilding career began in 1979 when he joined Litton Data Systems as a fi nancial analyst on several Navy programs. In 2008 Cuccias was the vice president, surface combatants, for Northrop Grumman

Shipbuilding, which included the DDG 51 Arleigh

Burke-class destroyers, DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class de- stroyers and the U.S. Coast Guard campaigns. Most re- cently and prior to his current position, he was the vice president, large-deck amphibious ships (LHA 6, LHA 7 and capture of LHA 8).

Cuccias earned a bachelor of science degree in ac- counting from the University of South Alabama. He also attended Harvard Management, Leadership and

Financial Skills, and the Wharton School of Business

Executive Education program.



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