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NEWS BULLETIN
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MarAd Oks loan guarantee
for TOTE's new Marlin Class ships

Customs accepting applications
for 2,000 additional CBP officers

Pivotal nets FERC go-ahead
to provide LNG for Puerto Rico

Vigor Alaska named builder
for pair of new day ferries

Boeing taps Michael Ford
as vice president for GDER

MarAd Oks loan guarantee
for TOTE's new Marlin Class ships

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 world’s 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.

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Vigor Alaska named builder
for pair of new day ferries

KETCHIKAN — Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell, has announced the selection of Vigor Alaska to build the state’s two newest day ferries. The two ferries, owned and operated by Alaska Marine Highway
System (AMHS), will be built by Alaskans for Alaska to serve citizens along the Lynn Canal route between Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The ferries will cost $101 million to construct, which is a reduction in the original price. The Ketchikan yard features a 130,000 square foot ship production facility designed from the ground up to build ships upwards of 500 feet in length. It includes an adjacent five story production center to minimize material flow and maximize efficiency. Construction of both vessels is scheduled to begin in October 2014 and will take approximately four years to complete.

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Customs accepting applications
for 2,000 additional CBP officers

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.

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Boeing taps Michael Ford
as vice president for GDER

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.

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Pivotal nets FERC go-ahead
to provide LNG for Puerto Rico

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 Pivotal’s 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 Crowley’s waterborne vessels in Jacksonville, Fla., and then delivered to Carib’s customers in Puerto Rico.

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