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People & Company News fleet: The Robert E.; Kaleen; Vicki; and Brooklyn McAllister, which added 15,650 hp to the job. McAllister Towing of New York's Port Captain Patrick Kinnier led the towing operations. There were more than 50 line handlers aboard the ship and piers, comprised of cadets from SUNY Maritime College and former crewmembers who served aboard the Intrepid. Captain Jeff McAllister, who has more than 25 years of maritime experience, was the lead pilot aboard the Intrepid and coordinated the movement of the tugs from start to finish. The USS Intrepid has been stationed at Pier 86 for 23 years. It is scheduled to be on leave for approximately two years for major renovations and improvements. While the aircraft carrier is away Pier 86 will be closed for a complete rebuild. Kevin Sparks, Manager, Petrochemicals Marketing, Marathon Petroleum Co., LLC, Secretary/Treasurer; Peter Lilly, Chief Operating Officer-Coal, CONSOL Energy Inc., and Rick Calhoun, President, Cargo Carriers, Vice-Chairmen. Peter Stephaich, Chairman, Campbell Transportation Co; H. Merritt Lane III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canal Barge Company; and Berdon Lawrence, Chairman, Kirby Corporation, and WCI Past Chairman, were named as additional Executive Committee Members. The WCI membership has also elected new directors for three-year terms ending December 31, 2009: Steve Little, Crounse Corporation (Ohio Valley Region Category); Looman Stingo, Holcim (Mississippi Region Category) and Lee Nelson, Upper River Services (Mississippi Region Category), who will serve a two-year term expiring in 2008; Scott Leininger, Consolidated Grain and Barge (Southern Region Category); Michael Toohey, Ashland, Inc. (Shipper Category); Mark Knoy, Memco Barge Line/AEP (Carrier Category); Cherrie Felder, Channel Shipyard (Waterway Services Category), and David Hanby, McDonough Marine (Waterway Services Category), who will serve a twoyear term expiring December 2008; Paul Rohde, MARC 2000 (Association/Government Category) and Gary LaGrange, Port of New Orleans, (Association/Government Category), who will serve a twoyear term expiring December 2008; and Carol Pfeiffer, LG&E, and Jim McConnell, US Steel, who were elected to the At-Large Category. Obituary: Capt. Luther H. Blount Luther H. Blount, 90, of Warren, RI, died September 24, 2006 at Rhode Island Hospital. Founder of Blount Marine Corporation, Bay Queen Cruises and American Canadian Caribbean Line, Blount is famed as one of Rhode Island's greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. An engineer by trade, Blount is best known as a shipbuilder and cruise operator. His Warren shipyard, currently operating under the name Blount Boats Inc., has created over 300 hulls including NY Harbor Circle Line ferries and his stern trawler, the Narragansett. Known in the travel industry as the "father of small ship cruising," he designed, built and operated a fleet of U.S. Flag overnight expeditionstyle ships for more than 41 years, currently operating as American Canadian Caribbean Line Inc. The line is renowned for cruising off-the-beaten path North American waterways to areas traditionally only accessible by private yacht. He was a graduate of Barrington High School (RI) (1935), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., (1937) and received honorary doctorates from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College, Bryant College, University of Rhode Island and his alma mater Wentworth Institute of Technology. His keen interest in design led to many successful inventions including patents for thread design, adjustable pitch propellers, water conserving marine toilet, and more. He is celebrated for his retractable pilot house and bow ramp ship designs. One of his most notable inventions was a steaming process to open clams that revolutionized the clam processing industry. He may best be remembered for his commitment to the regeneration of oysters in Narragansett Bay. In partnership with Roger Williams University, Blount time, full mission simulation to examine the terminal layout, mooring procedures, and required tug power. In attendance were two LNG Masters from Cerres Shipping, 3 Tug Masters from SMIT and 2 Pilots from Marathon Oil. Additionally, other members of the Marathon Oil and SMIT team were in attendance with a representative of British Gas. WCI Names New Officers, Directors At its Annual Meeting held October 18 in Nashville, the Board of Directors of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) elected the following officers and Executive Committee members for 2006-2007: Mark Knoy, President, AEP MEMCO LLC, Chairman; R. Barry Palmer, WCI, President and CEO; Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, HR & Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company, First Vice Chairman and General Counsel; devoted personal time and financial resources to aquaculture study and development for the future of generations to come. A man of many interests, he enjoyed playing his trombone, hunting with bow and arrow, sketching designs, gardening melons and blueberries, and bee keeping. A lifelong resident of Warren, he was regularly seen commuting on his bicycle. He was a father of five children, grandfather of fourteen, and great-grandfather of two. Capt. Luther Hammond Blount Inventions/Patents · Dihedral Twin Hull Catamaran · Controllable Pitch Propellers (three patents) · Stern Trawling and Double Drum Trawling Equipment (three patents) · Synchronized Lift Dock · Bow Semi-Foil for Fast Boats · New Oyster Culture Method - Float · Power Assist Steering for Boats · Vista View Windows · Lightweight Composite Hull - Hitech Boat · Pint-a-Flush Toilet · Bow Ramp & Stern Docking for Cruise Ships Total of 21 patents as of 1997 K-Sea Announces 3Q Results K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. announced operating results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2006. For the three months ended September 30, 2006, the company reported operating income of $7.5 million, an increase of $1.4 million, or 22%, compared to $6.1 million of operating income for the three months ended September 30, 2005. The increase resulted from expansion of the company's fleet barrel-carrying capacity over the past year, including the acquisition of Sea Coast Transportation in October 2005 and the addition of five tank barges, including four newbuilds, one of which was delivered during the fiscal 2007 first quarter. EBITDA increased by $3.6 million, or 31%, to $15.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2006, compared to $11.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2005. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is reconciled to net income, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, in the table below. Horizon Lines Names Chairman Horizon Lines Inc.'s board of directors voted to appoint current President and Chief Executive, Charles "Chuck" G. Raymond, as the company's first chairman. Raymond, will retain his current responsibilities. Raymond has served as president, CEO and as a director of Horizon Lines Inc. since July 2004, and of Horizon Lines LLC since February 2003. Before joining Horizon Lines, Raymond served as an executive officer at railroad operator CSX Corp. Shiphandling/ Tractor Tug Ops Training at MSI During the period October 2-5, MSI Newport conducted the first of three Shiphandling/Tractor Tug Operation courses for Masters, Pilots and Tug Masters at the Marathon Oil LNG Terminal in Equatorial Guinea. This training follows a research project in which MSI used real- Miller Electric, Hobart Donate $1m The American Welding Society (AWS) announced that its foundation has received a $1 million pledge from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and Hobart Brothers Company to provide initial funding for the American Welding Society Welder Workforce Development Program. The AWS Foundation will use the donation to fund increased training of entrylevel welders and specialized training of existing welders in order to address the shortage of trained welders in the U.S. According to AWS and other industry research, the average age of a welder is in the mid-fifties. 52 · MarineNews · November 2006