The bunker industry is witnessing interesting times. Throughout the last 12 months, prices have doubled for many grades of fuel, reaching unparalleled levels. At the same time, the industry has seen the launch of the first serious Internet- based marine fuels sales operations.
Jean Fitzgerald has been appointed vice president, government relations, at Hvide Shipping Incorporated and its affiliates. Prior to joining the Fort Lauderdale-based company, he served as the executive director of the Port Everglades Association.
Bird-Johnson Company, Walpole, Mass.—a leading supplier of marine propulsion and maneuvering systems—has named Erwin (Ed) D. Green Great Lakes regional manager, and has appointed Carl R. Nielson sales engineer for the Gulf Coast. In their respective positions,
Nils Lucander, Lucander Designs of San Perlita, Texas, has announced the formation of a design a s s o c i a t i o n with Dave J. Dowhos of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. This association, says Mr. Lucander, came about because of a mutual need.
The Institute of Marine Engineers in association with the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is organizing and sponsoring an international conference in London, May 20-21, 1992. The theme of the conference is "Offshore Safety: Protection of Life and the Environment.