NOAA to Boost Arctic Navigational Safety

By MarEx 2015-06-09 11:23:41

NOAA officially deployed two survey ships Monday in a bid to improve navigational safety in the Arctic.

The Rainier and Fairweather will conduct surveys of the ocean floor to measure water depths and search for navigational dangers. This data will be used to update Alaskan navigational maps and improve overall safety.

NOAA is currently stepping up Arctic charting activities in anticipation of growing vessel traffic in the region. This year’s hydrographic project areas for Alaska will cover an area of 2,800 square nautical miles, plus the 12,000 linear nautical miles for the shipping route project.

In remarks directed to the crews of NOAA ships, Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany, NOAA deputy under secretary for operations, said, “Most Arctic waters that are charted were surveyed with obsolete technology, with some of the information dating back to Captain Cook’s voyages, long before the region was part of the United States. Your work this summer is a crucial mission in our determination to make the Arctic seas safer for shipping, sustenance, and marine life.”

The NOAA ships will collect new charting data for Port Clarence, Kotzebue Sound, and Point Hope. The ships will also survey the seafloor as they transit to and from the project areas, collecting data along a potential Arctic shipping route from Unimak Island to the Chukchi Sea, as proposed in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Access Route Study for the region.

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which manages NOAA’s surveys and creates the nation’s nautical charts, will also manage a survey project conducted by TerraSond under a federal contract. The private company will check the extent of the Prince of Wales shoals, to help vessels transiting to and from points in the Chukchi and Bering Seas.

The Rainier and the Fairweather were launched at a June 8 World Ocean Day Ceremony and mark the official start of the 2015 Arctic hydrographic survey season. NOAA is also carrying out non-Arctic Alaskan survey projects for Chatham Strait, Shumagin Islands, Kodiak, and west Prince of Wales Island.


Port of San Diego Names First Female CEO

By MarEx 2015-06-09 10:04:19

The Port of San Diego has named Randa Coniglio to be the first female CEO in its over 50 year history.

Coniglio was selected as the top candidate after a rigorous nation-wide executive search that began in December. The port’s Board of Commissioners is expected to appoint Coniglio on June 11, and she will assume her duties as President and CEO on June 12. The move will make her the first woman CEO in the Port’s 52-year history.

Coniglio currently serves as the Port’s Executive Vice President of Operations. She is credited with playing a pivotal role in a number of port initiatives including securing a 25-year lease renewal with Dole Fresh Fruit and obtaining approval for the San Diego Convention Center expansion.

“Randa is a focused, diligent and highly creative leader who consistently delivers strong outcomes,” explained Port Chairman Dan Malcolm. “This, combined with her track record in gaining the trust of stakeholders, achieving consensus and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships truly set her apart as the best candidate for this position.”

Coniglio was hired in 2000 by the Port District after a 13-year private sector career in real estate development and real estate portfolio management. She started her tenure with the port as Senior Asset Manager in the Real Estate Department and quickly ascended the ranks.

“I am so honored to have been selected as the Port of San Diego’s next President and CEO,” said Coniglio. “We have such great momentum right now on a variety of fronts. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity at a time when there is so much positive energy around the Port’s projects and initiatives.”

Coniglio will replace John Bolduc, who has been the Port’s Acting CEO since July 2014. Bolduc will continue to serve on the executive leadership team.

The Port of San Diego encompasses five member cities in its vicinity and has developed commercial business along 34 miles of San Diego Bay.