WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a $324.6 million loan guarantee for TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for their Marlin Class vessels. The two new Marlin Class vessels, which will be the worlds first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships, will serve the Puerto Rico trade and will be complete in 2015 and 2016. This financing is made available under the Title XI Loan Guarantee Program. TOTE and Saltchuk qualified for this loan as the new ship build is an advancement in shipbuilding technology and being constructed at a U.S. shipyard. The new containerships are being built at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California. More than 600 skilled workers will be employed by General Dynamics NASSCO for the construction of the two Marlin Class vessels. Both vessels are currently being built and the first ship is more than 50 percent complete. The Title XI program guarantees the repayment of loans, obtained in the private sector by ship owners, for the construction reconstruction, or reconditioning of vessels in U.S. shipyards. MARAD currently guarantees approximately $1.7 billion in U.S. shipyard projects.
KETCHIKAN Alaska Governor, Sean
Parnell, has announced the selection of Vigor Alaska to
build the states two newest day ferries. The two
ferries, owned and operated by Alaska Marine Highway
WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and international borders will accept applications for CBP officer positions at air, land and sea ports of entry on the Southwest border and other select locations. CBP officer applicants undergo a screening process to ensure their eligibility and suitability for employment in a CBP law enforcement position. Applicants must be able to meet the physical demands of the job as well as successfully pass a polygraph test and background investigation. To apply for the CBP officer position, applicants must have an active USA Jobs account and complete an online application at www.usajobs.gov. CBP will hire 2,000 additional officers by the end of fiscal year 2015.
CHICAGO Boeing has named Michael C. Ford its vice president of Global Diversity and Employee Rights (GDER), effective October 17. Mr. Ford will be responsible for enhancing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives and for ensuring compliance with anti-discrimination laws, such as Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws in the United States. He comes to Boeing from Hilton Worldwide, where he served as vice president, Global Diversity and Inclusion, since 2010. While there, he promoted a culture of global inclusion by developing diversity and inclusion strategies for the company's 4,200 locations in 93 countries and territories around the world. He also was involved with company efforts to increase diversity recruiting, supplier diversity, and sales and marketing outreach to leading multicultural and LGBT groups. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions relating to diversity and inclusion, EEO compliance and investigations at a wide range of public and private sector organizations, including MBNA America Bank, Marriott International and several agencies within the U.S. government.
ATLANTA Pivotal LNG, Inc., a subsidiary of AGL Resources, has announced a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Carib Energy LLC (Carib). The LNG will be delivered to Puerto Rico. This is the first delivery of LNG for industrial customers in that U.S. territory. Recently the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order to provide clarity around Pivotals methods of delivery of LNG from the U.S. mainland to U.S. territories. The FERC order confirms that Pivotal can sell LNG designated to be transported by waterborne vessel to all U.S. territories. To make this possible, Pivotal will load LNG onto international shipping organization (ISO) containers. The ISO containers will then be transported via truck to Crowleys waterborne vessels in Jacksonville, Fla., and then delivered to Caribs customers in Puerto Rico.