WORKBOAT BUSINESS

The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) has added naval architect Mitchell Levi. While earning his degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan, Levi completed internships at TSGI, the American Bureau of Shipping, and Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

Crowley has named Christy Guthman vice president of business development for its wind services business. Guthman most recently served as executive general manager of sales and commercial operations for GE Offshore Wind. Guthman also served as a board member on the National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium and co-chair of the American Clean Power Association Wind Council. 

Laborde Products is supplying Mitsubishi S12R-Y3MPTAW engines for Evansville Marine's 88'x34' towboat Robert R Aldrich. Each engine produces 1,260 hp at 1,600 rpm. The boat was built at Steiner Construction Co. 

The Business Network for Offshore Wind is now called the Oceantic Network. Oceantic said the new name reflects its growing expertise with the development of other sources of ocean-based renewable energy, such as wave, tidal, floating solar, and green hydrogen. 

In October, Centek Industries acquired Viking Marine Exhaust. Centek said the acquisition will broaden its offerings in engine room solutions through securing their supply chain, and expanding their range in marine exhaust, and ventilation products.

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has named Kevin Terry as its senior defense advisor. Terry will oversee SCA’s national ship repair and security, as well as the industry workforce development and education initiatives. Terry take over for Frank Collins on Dec. 15. Collins is now senior vice president of government and public affairs at Titan Acquisition Holdings.

Glosten and Siemens Energy have selected Ballard Power Systems (BPS) and Chart Industries (CI) as primary equipment vendors for their design of what is slated to be the first hydrogen-hybrid research vessel in the world. The coastal class research vessel (CCRV) is currently in the design phase and will be owned and operated by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Chart will provide the cryogenic tank and fuel gas system where hydrogen fuel will be bunkered and conditioned for the fuel cells. The fuel cells will be provided by BPS.

Elsbeth Smith, the first licensed female tugboat captain in U.S. maritime history, passed away Aug. 15. She was 82. She received her captain's license in 1973. Smith is also remembered as the first U.S. woman to complete a world circumnavigation on a tugboat, the Elsbeth II.

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts.  His passion for storytelling came about on a freelance film that highlighted businesses, farmers, and fishermen while sailing up the coast of Maine. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430.

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