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People & Company News MMA to Honor Alumni Maine Maritime Academy was set to honor its top alumni at a ceremony to be held on the college campus in early November. The college will formally recognize alumni success and achievement, student academic success, and faculty achievement at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. 9. In total, 16 individuals associated with the college will be recognized for their accomplishments. Initiated in 1997, the college's Wall of Honor was created to recognize alumni, who, through achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and to Maine Maritime Academy. This year's Wall of Honor induction will recognize the career accomplishments of: Samuel J Collins, MMA Class of 1971, regional administrator of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Northeast Region (Region I), King of Prussia, Pa.; Capt. Deborah Doane Dempsey, MMA Class of 1976, pilot, Columbia River Bar Pilots, Astoria, Ore.; and Capt. Stephen W. Dick, MMA Class of 1971, executive vice president, Tidewater, Inc., New Orleans, La. Among this year's Wall of Honor inductees is the college's first woman graduate, Capt. Deborah Doane Dempsey. A mariner and pioneer in the maritime industry, Capt. Dempsey will also be the first woman inducted into the Maine Maritime Academy Wall of Honor. pressure gas line, causing the line to rupture and catch fire. Preliminary information is that three people were killed and three are missing. This will be a joint investigation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The NTSB Investigator-in-Charge is Morgan Turrell. McMurdo wins $7.5M USCG Deal McMurdo won an order from the U.S. Coastguard worth up to $7.5m over five years to supply Fastfind Plus Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). The Fastfind Plus, with built-in GPS, is an upgrade of the standard Fastfind, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coastguard over the past three years. This new contract is to equip U.S. Coastguard personnel with the latest technology lifesaving beacon. It houses a 406MHz transmitter and 121.5MHz homing signal to alert search and rescue services to their Nelson New MarAd Deputy Admin President George W. Bush appointed Julie A. Nelson as the Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration on October 6, 2006. Nelson took over the responsibilities of the Acting Deputy Maritime Administrator on May 1, upon the resignation of John Jamian and before the confirmation of Sean T. Connaughton as Maritime Administrator. Nelson officially joined the agency as Chief Counsel in August 2005. Nelson has extensive experience in the Maritime Industry and Admiralty Law, which gives her a solid understanding of the work done within the Maritime Administration. Nelson joins MarAd from Oceaneering International ® NTSB Investigates Vessel Fire The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of five investigators to the scene of a fire involving a towboat with two barges and a natural gas pipeline in West Cote Blanche Bay near Morgan City, La. The accident occurred on October 12, when a piling dropped from one of the barges and struck a submerged high- November, 2006 · MarineNews · 49