Windstar Cuts First Steel for Star Pride as $250 Million Star Plus Initiative Marches Forward

SEATTLE (PRWEB) January 20, 2020

Last week at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Italy, Windstar Cruises’ Vice President of Expansion Projects, John Gunner, participated in a traditional steel cutting ceremony for a new mid-ship section being built for Star Pride. The new section is part of the line’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, which has been called the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and transformation project undertaken in cruising.

A simple wave of the hand started the machine on Tuesday, cutting the steel for Star Pride’s new 84-foot mid-section, which will allow for the addition of 50 new suites, two new restaurants, an elevated pool, a re-imagined spa and fitness center, a new retail shop, new bathrooms in all suites and more improvements. With the new section, Star Pride (as well as sister ships Star Breeze and Star Legend) will be able to accommodate 312 guests versus the current 212 guests.

Star Breeze, Star Legend, and Star Pride are all being renovated in succession at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

An identical new section of ship has already been fabricated and inserted into sister ship Star Breeze, which is slated for completion on May 4, 2020. The ship will begin sailing in Latin America and the U.S. West Coast with the first cruise departing May 25, 2020 from Colón, Panama. Star Legend’s mid-ship section is under construction and is on schedule to be joined with the ship this spring.

Star Legend renovations are scheduled to be completed on August 30, 2020 and begins sailing in the Mediterranean in September. The Star Pride is set for completion on November 29, 2020 and its first cruise is a December 6 Transatlantic to the Caribbean where it will sail until mid-April, 2021.


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Crowley’s Marine Services Group Realigned with New Leadership

SEATTLE (PRWEB) January 15, 2020

To better support the diverse needs of customers in the maritime industry, Crowley Maritime Corp. announced today that it has realigned its marine services organization and introduced new leadership.

Crowley Marine Services, part of the company’s Shipping group, will now be comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated business segments: offshore services, ship assist and tanker escort, and engineering services – those provided by Crowley and subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants. Jeff Andreini, Porter Sesnon and Coulston “Cole” van Gundy have been appointed to top leadership positions in each of these units respectively.

Andreini has rejoined Crowley after serving four years as the chief financial officer for Ardent Holdings, a global marine salvage business in which Crowley previously had a 50 percent ownership position. With Crowley, he now has profit and loss responsibilities for the company’s offshore division, which includes Crowley’s ocean-class tugboat and flat-deck barge fleets. This unit provides specialized cargo transportation to the offshore energy sector and the emerging U.S. offshore wind market. He will be based in Houston and report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services.

Sesnon is taking the lead role for the group’s ship assist and tanker escort services, which are provided in all major West Coast ports from north Puget Sound, Wash., to San Diego, Calif. Utilizing one of the most advanced fleets of ship assist and tanker escort tugs in North America, Crowley safely assists the ships through some of the tightest, most environmentally-sensitive waterways in the world. Crowley entered the ship assist business at the start of the 20th century, operating steam-powered tugs in San Francisco Bay in 1906. Sesnon, who will have profit and loss responsibilities for the division, will be based in Seattle and report to Sperling.

Within Crowley’s engineering group, van Gundy is taking the leadership role in business development to grow the company’s third-party project and construction management services, as well as engineering and design-related offerings provided by both Crowley and Seattle-based Jensen Maritime. Van Gundy will be based in Seattle and report to Jay Edgar, vice president of Jensen.

“We are pleased to have these three, talented individuals leading our commercial marine services,” said Sperling. “They bring a lot of experience and customer focus to each business line.”

“With their leadership and our business structure, we’re not only going to provide routine, daily marine services, but we’ll be able to collaborate to provide custom solutions to maritime-related challenges – whether that’s designing, building and operating vessels, installing an offshore wind farm, or towing and positioning a TLP for installation,” Sperling added.

Prior to joining Ardent, Andreini served at Crowley for 35 years beginning as a dispatcher/administration assistant in San Francisco and Long Beach for Crowley’s tug and barge services. He spent 20 years in Crowley’s Seattle office in numerous roles including director of finance for harbor services, manager of West Coast tug dispatch, and manager of business development. In 2013, Andreini relocated to Jacksonville to become the director of finance and strategic planning for the company’s solutions business unit before taking the position at Ardent. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration.

Prior to joining Crowley, Sesnon worked for five years as a corporate lawyer at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle where he represented private and public companies in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and public offerings. Sesnon joined Crowley in August 2018 as a director of business development for the company’s marine services group and has been responsible for growing Crowley’s ship assist and escort services for tankers, container ships and other vessels on the U.S. West Coast.

Van Gundy joined Crowley in 2006 as an engineer supporting vessels managed from the Pacific Northwest. His first assignment was to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, supporting Crowley’s North Slope operations, and he later began supporting harbor and ocean tugs as a chief engineer. Moving ashore, van Gundy supported both Crowley and third-party vessel repair and new construction management programs. Most recently he managed Crowley’s offshore energy business development. Van Gundy holds his project management professional credential and is a graduate from the California Maritime Academy, where he earned a bachelor's of science degree and master of science degree in transportation and engineering management, as well as his U.S. Coast Guard engineering license.

About Crowley

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 128-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family- and employee-owned company that provides government, marine, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Crowley operates under four business units: Crowley Logistics, a logistics supply chain division that includes ocean liner services; Crowley Shipping, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of conventional and dual fuel (LNG) vessels, including tankers, container ships, multipurpose, tugboats and barges; engineering; project management; and naval architecture through its subsidiary Jensen Maritime; Crowley Fuels, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division that also provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related services; and Crowley Solutions, which focuses on global government services and program management, government ship management, expeditionary logistics and government-oriented freight transportation services. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at

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3D Printed Boat “3Dirigo” Coming To The Maine Boatbuilders Show!

PORTLAND, Maine (PRWEB) January 10, 2020

The 2020 Maine Boatbuilders Show has a Guinness World record holder coming to the show. It is a 25′, 5,000 lb 3D printed boat by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine in Orono. For more information, visit to learn more about this amazing boat! The lead developer will also be giving seminars. We are inviting any high school to visit at no charge to see the opportunities for employment in Maine’s diverse marine market. Contact Mike Aaskov at

Maine’s boatbuilding community is extremely diverse. There are those that build dinghies, others build mega-yachts, and anything in between. The Maine Boatbuilders Show is here to promote everyone. Many boat builders do not know what they will have available at showtime. When we know what boats are coming, we will send out additional press releases promoting them.

With the brain trust that is attracted to the show, there is often animated discussions and as much going on in the aisles as in the booths. The Maine Boatbuilders Show is the gathering of the clan. Come to the show and get your problems solved. Come and find out what is hot in the market, and even better, meet the developers behind the boats! Because the Maine Boatbuilders Show is a gathering point and a celebration for boat lovers, it attracts many national organizations.

The Maine Maritime Academy Alumnae will hold a Maritime Flea Market all three days of the Maine Boatbuilders Show. Proceeds from the Maritime Flea Market will support Maine Maritime Academy with scholarships. Lectures are free so pick a seat, take a rest, and enjoy an educational hour. You can even grab a bite to eat at the new site since there is a restaurant all on one floor!

It is the ninth year for the engine diagnosis competition between the Maine Vocational High schools. This takes place from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday. Looking for new employees? Meet a prospect, touch base with suppliers and learn from the experts! This is the place to find them!

This year's Maine Boatbuilders Show is expected to draw around 10,000 people. It takes place at the Portland Sports Complex, located at 512 Warren Ave, in Portland, Maine. Admission is $15 per day at the door or online tickets are also available. Children under 12 accompanied by adults are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more can buy discounted block tickets for $10.00 each. The Maine Boatbuilders Show is open to the public and will run from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, March 22nd.

To learn more about the 33rd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show, visit and see who is coming!

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