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Young Brothers president celebrates first year at the helm

Jay Ana: ‘What will not change is YB’s commitment to this marketplace and the island communities.’ Throughout his career, Jay Ana has stayed true to the values instilled in him by his parents. “My parents made sacrifices and worked extremely

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Pilot turned Delta Western terminal manager focused on community

Mike Denker: “Sometimes we’re not just an essential service; we’re the only service…we’re the sole provider of fuel – for transportation and heat – for the people of Haines.” Delta Western’s Haines Terminal Manager Mike Denker was determined to fly.

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Saltchuk Logistics VP drives Continuous Improvement

Krista Williams on the creation of a new CI Council with leadership participation from every company. To Krista Williams, the gravel roads and endless cornfields of rural Indiana will always feel like home. Raised in a small town, she expressed

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Longtime Foss-ULA liaison celebrates retirement

Bob Pepper retired last month after 30 years with Foss Maritime. Before a long maritime career and recent retirement, when Bob Pepper was growing up in northern Alabama, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life –

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Foss Captain Andy Beeler on his career at sea, dramatic tug rescue

On Labor Day 2020, two kayakers experienced that sheer terror when their tandem kayak capsized in four-foot seas in Washington State’s North Puget Sound near Sucia Island. a Foss Maritime crew scooped the two from the 54-degree water and onto the tug.

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Complementary maritime careers key to couple’s early success

Nic and Marjorie Zoretic spent the past decade navigating parallel sailing careers and now shoreside positions with Foss and TOTE maritime. Nic and Marjorie Zoretic first crossed paths at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

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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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AmNav port captain credits team with safety award nomination

Brad Westlund: ‘I’m most proud of the culture my coworkers have worked hard to create. We guard it jealously.’ According to AmNav Port Captain Brad Westlund, anything worth doing is worth doing right – a personal motto of sorts that

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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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