LNG America has hired Capt. George “Joe” Paitl as the Houston-based company’s Vice President, Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance. 

Capt. Paitl is a retired U.S. Coast Guard senior officer. Most recently he held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit, Port Arthur, Texas, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000-square-mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. The Port Arthur unit includes the nation's busiest commercial military cargo port, top crude oil destination port, third busiest petrochemical complex, 55 percent of U.S. petroleum reserves, over 250 offshore drill rigs/platforms, and 180 regulated waterfront facilities.

Capt. Paitl brings extensive leadership, executive management, and maritime-related experience to his new role with LNG America, the company says. ?He has extensive knowledge and background in emergency management and response, as well as vessel, facility and port safety, security and environmental compliance, waterways management, and strategic planning.

“We are very pleased that Joe has decided to join LNG America adding direct operational and HSSE marine experience to our team,” says Keith Meyer, President and CEO of LNG America, in a company news release.  “We are looking forward to accessing his experience, knowledge, and operational expertise as we build out the infrastructure necessary to provide LNG to the marine and other industries.”