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2020 Safety Award nominee Q&A: Tim Healey, Northern Aviation Services

In the seventh of a nine-part Q&A series, NAS VP of HR Tim Healey answers questions about his life, career, and a nomination for this year’s awards. No one was prepared for the disruption and change that would come from

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Voiland exits Saltchuk Board after decade-long tenure

Gene Voiland joined Saltchuk’s Board of Directors in 2011 and was an integral voice in creating the company’s culture and commitment to safety. During Gene Voiland’s decade-long tenure on Saltchuk’s Board of Directors, the company’s revenue nearly doubled. Assets grew

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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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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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HR Director joins Saltchuk ranks

Erin Kittleman spent 22 years working at Esterline before changing course last spring. By Hilary Reeves Senior Director of Human Resources Erin Kittleman joined the tight-knit ranks of Saltchuk’s Seattle headquarters in May. Formerly Vice President of the Control &

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Iver Foss Captain celebrates 28 seasons at Red Dog Mine

Gary May’s three-months-on, one-month-off schedule has led to many “wonderful” professional friendships. By Hilary Reeves Foss Maritime Tug Captain Gary May didn’t come into his profession by accident – he knew all along who and what he wanted to become.

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Chef turned Foss deckhand set on future in wheelhouse

David Castner crews up in Bellingham on the five-man Lindsay Foss. By Hilary Reeves David Castner was an up-and-coming sous chef at a popular restaurant in the historic waterfront city of Gig Harbor, Washington when he decided to change course.

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Home away from home

Foss manager found friends, fulfillment in maritime. By Hilary Reeves While Erin Pierson was still living in Seattle, working for Foss Maritime as a security officer, she connected with a Cal Maritime freshman through the school’s alumni association. “She was

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Naval architect poised to make waves with four new Foss tugs

Janic Trepanier is managing the construction of four 90-ton harbor tugs; she fell in love with the maritime industry in her hometown of Quebec City. By Hilary Reeves Janic Trepanier grew up in Quebec City, Canada and spent every summer

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After 35 years, Foss COO retires

Scott Merritt helped navigate the company through the waters of a challenging industry. If Scott Merritt regrets anything about his 35 years at Foss Maritime, it’s his attitude as a cocky, self-assured young Cal Maritime graduate during his first 10

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