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Heilmann Takes Over for Retiring

Matson Senior VP

Matson, Inc., said that Kevin O’Rourke,

SVP and chief legal offi cer, is retiring af- ter 21 years with Matson. O’Rourke will be succeeded by Peter Heilmann, who has been promoted to SVP and chief le- gal offi cer. O’Rourke joined Matson in 1992 as vice president and general coun- sel. He was promoted to senior vice pres- ident in 1995. His career has included over 30 years of experience in domestic and international maritime law. He has a thorough knowledge of the industry’s federal regulatory bodies and govern- ment agencies. He has been directly in- volved in activities focused on support- ing the Jones Act in Washington, D.C., including the formation of the Maritime

Cabotage Task Force in 1995, which was recently renamed American Maritime

Partnership. O’Rourke has served on the organization’s board of directors, and will continue to represent Matson on the board after his retirement. In addition, he has served on the board of the Signal

Mutual Indemnity Association, which provides the company’s federal work- ers’ compensation coverage. O’Rourke’s legal expertise has made him a valuable contributor to Matson’s business strategy over the nearly past two decades, includ- ing growth initiatives related to the com- pany’s Guam and China services, as well as fl eet expansion and renewal projects. 250CG/AFFF FOAM EXTINGUISHER 810CG EXTINGUISHER BRACKET

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Retlif Testing Laboratories Marks 35th

Retlif Testing Laboratories, a strategic compliance organization and a leading in- dependent testing laboratories, is celebrat- ing its 35th year of operations. President

Walter Poggi offi cially announced the anni- versary with a series of planned events and pledged to uphold the personal service that has been the organization’s hallmark since its inception.

Founded in 1978 by Walter and Marilyn

Poggi, Retlif provides EMC/EMI and en- vironmental simulation testing services, approvals and certifi cations in support of clients in the marine and maritime fi elds.

Retlif’s environmental testing services in- clude shock and vibration, humidity, incli- nation, temperature, as well as salt fog and acoustic noise testing. The company also recently entered into a partnership to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water onboard ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers.

The U.S. Coast Guard developed regulations to limit the release of live organisms and to reduce risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species. Retlif Environmental Laboratory Supervisor Scott Poggi commented that the 35-year old testing laboratory “is part of a collaborating relationship between NSF International, an independent public health organiza- tion, the Great Ships Initiative (GSI), and the Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC) to test and evaluate systems to the Coast Guard requirements.”

Retlif will complete testing of electrical and electronic components, including each alarm, control and monitoring device of the BWMS (Ballast Water Management System) manufacturers’ requirements.

Globally recognized as an independent laboratory leader, Retlif has expanded to six locations ranging from North Carolina to New Hampshire, including its headquarters in Ronkonkoma, New York.

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