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Cook Inlet Mate found dream career on tug

Eric Nyce: ‘On the day I was approved to begin substitute teaching, my former manager here…reached out to me with a job opportunity. I’m still going strong 12 years later.’ When Eric Nyce joined Cook Inlet Tug & Barge (CITB),

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VP sees core values at work during 15-year tenure with Tropical

Van Kent, Tropical: ‘We’re always the first to arrive after a storm, and we not only help our employees but also provide help to entire communities. You don’t see that from a lot of other companies.’ Van Kent’s mother worked

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From remote arctic north to big city living

Now comfortably ensconced in Anchorage, NAC warehouse pro Dion Bourdukofsky’s career journey led him from the Aleut island community he calls home. Dionisy (Dion) Bourdukofsky’s heritage is evident in both his name and his childhood spent on Saint Paul Island,

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Carlile terminal manager credits team for safety award nomination

Kevin Sibley: ‘We’ve come a long way in the past seven years.’ Kevin Sibley was working as a night cook when he graduated from high school in 1987. He thought about joining the military, but a buddy of his who

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Tug captain designates ‘Safety Stations’ for PPE on demand

Justin Ryan’s idea led to a pilot program that gives Cook Inlet Tug & Barge crews immediate access to proper PPE in common (and remote) work areas. Living “off-grid” in a cabin in King Salmon, Alaska, Captain Justin Ryan knows

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Foss fleet engineering manager embraces shift from ‘kid’ to safety-conscious storyteller

“If you’re doing this for the schedule or the money, you may be missing the point,” he said. “I’ve been all over the world and got to see things many others will never experience.”

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Tropical’s leadership guru shares journey, importance of reimagining the future

“How do we want it to be when we go back to old ‘normal’? What do we want to keep from our old lives? What do we want to keep from our new lives? That’s what leaders think about. Leaders tell the truth about what’s happening, reimagine the future, come up with ways to make changes, and – above all – leaders support and encourage everyone at all levels. That’s exactly what Senior Leadership at Tropical Shipping is doing right now. I’m confident we will emerge even stronger than before.”

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Joseph Bennett honored with Saltchuk’s 2019 Innovation in Safety award

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) Terminal Operations Manager Joseph Bennett is the 2019 Saltchuk honoree for Innovation in Safety. His years of experience working in warehousing and stevedoring served as a knowledge base for the “simple yet innovative” changes he spearheaded at TMPR, despite his short tenure with the company.

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Saltchuk’s Alaska director focused on making a difference

“Food security is a big issue in our community and everywhere,” he said. “We wanted to illustrate how, with little effort, everyone can make an impact – not only during a pandemic but every day. We’ve always believed that being involved and helping out where needed is a part of being a good neighbor, and in our case, good Alaskans.”

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