Cover Stories: The Best of 2017

Credit: Carnival Australia

By The Maritime Executive 2017-12-25 17:29:21

The Maritime Executive featured six of the industry's best on its magazine covers this year.

In January/February, Arnold Donald, CEO of global leader Carnival Corporation, shared his life story from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans to the pinnacle of the leisure travel industry. The accompanying case study focused on Carnival Corporation and Ted Arison, a founding father of the industry.

In March/April, Michael Kasbar, co-founder and CEO of global giant World Fuel Services, tackled the question of what the future of fuel will be. “The whole world has changed with low oil and gas prices and the emergence of alternative fuels,” he says. “Now i'ts a new world order with low demand and too much supply and lots of new energy choices. We need to adjust to this new environment and once again reinvent ourselves.” And that's exactly what he's doing.

In May/June, as the U.S. shipbuilding industry had to diversify or perish, we looked at the success of Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida. Brian D'Isernia, Eastern's founder and CEO, simply wanted to be the best shipbuilder he could be. He ended up winning the largest cutter contract in the U.S. Coast Guard history.

In July/August, Editor-in-Chief Tony Munoz asks “Can the U.S. Fix Its Failing Infrastructure?” Then Department of Transport Secretary Elaine Chao provided an exclusive interview highlighting her commitment to the maritime sector and its needs. 

In September/October, we covered the “Salvage Masters of the World,” an apt name for the role the company and the three Tsavliris brothers play in the industry. We talked to the extraordinarily philosophical and interesting George A. Tsavliris about his heritage and his future.

In November/December, our cover story showcases OCEAN, a growing “north of the border” company that is celebrating its 45th year in business and looking to expand beyond its Canadian roots. Led by Founder and President Gordon Bain, and right-hand man Jacques Tanguay, OCEAN will no doubt succeed, and sooner rather than later. The company does everything from towing and salvage to shipbuilding and repair and marine transportation, fulfilling Bain's dream of building a truly integrated maritime services company. Stay tuned, the digital version of the magazine will be available early next year.

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