Officers and Directors

OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

Kevin Corbett
AECOM

Kevin Corbett is Vice President, Strategic Development at AECOM, one of the world’s premier transportation and infrastructure companies.

Prior to AECOM, Mr. Corbett served as COO & Executive Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development and Executive Director of Port Authority Affairs after having spent 17 years in the maritime industry at Wilhelmsen Lines. During this period, Mr. Corbett spent six years in China and oversaw operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Corbett is a graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities and serves as a Blue & Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy.

VICE PRESIDENT

Brian McAllister
McAllister Towing and Transportation

Capt. Brian A. McAllister, 4th generation of the McAllister Towing family, started working on tugboats as a deckhand during his teenage years. Brian then attended SUNY Maritime College and served in the US Navy. In 1959, Brian came aboard full time at McAllister Towing. He started as an Engineer aboard the tugs but soon switched to the deck department. Brian became a Captain and eventually a Pilot. In 1964, Captain McAllister came ashore and became the Company’s Port Captain. In 1974, he and his brothers and cousins purchased the company from the third generation. In the mid 80’s Brian was named President and in 1998 he became the sole owner of McAllister Towing. Today Brian is the company’s Chairman and CEO. Brian serves as a Vice President for the Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey and he is a member at the American Bureau of Shipping.

TREASURER
Karl Kieninger
Hydro Marine

SECRETARY

Michael DiVirgilio
Michael J. DiVirgilio & Associates

Michael DiVirgilio is a seasoned maritime industry professional who has held executive management positions in the shipping industry. Mike spent over 40 years with the NYK group of companies, holding senior management positions, most recent as the Senior Vice president of liner marketing and formerly as Senior Vice President of North American sales.

In 2006, Mike Joined Ceres Terminals Inc. a NYK affiliate company as Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for the expansion of terminal and stevedoring opportunities in North America.

He retired from the NYK group in April 2014.

Currently he is the principal of MJ DiVirgilio & Associates a maritime consulting business, with focus on container liner, port and terminal and related business. One of which, he represents the six container marine terminal operators in the port of New York- New Jersey , named The Port of NY/NJ Sustainable Services  Agreement.

He serves on a number of industry boards, notably as President of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, board member of the Maritime Association of the Port of New NY/NJ and the Foreign Commerce Club of New York.

He resides in Middletown New Jersey, with his wife Jackie. He has two married sons and four grandchildren.

DIRECTORS

John Atkins
Global Container Terminals USA

John Atkins is a 30-year maritime executive with extensive experience that has spanned both Marine Terminal and Ocean Carrier operations alike. In his current role as President of Global Container Terminals USA, he is responsible for the strategic oversight and daily operations of GCT’s two container terminals in New York and New Jersey.  Throughout his career he has held senior management positions including posts at CMA and NYK.  He maintains a distinctive hands-on approach with a focus on customer service.

John is a member of the Board of Directors/Trustee of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association and New York Shipping Association. In addition, John is on the Board of Directors for the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and several charities in the Staten Island and Hudson County communities, which reinforces his corporation’s philosophy of being a good corporate citizen.

John’s leadership role is also extended into the Port Community. He is Chairman of both the Confidential Discussion Agreement and the Sustainable Terminal Services Agreement, which are two entities that help to further the services of the terminals in the Port of New York/New Jersey.  He is also on the Council for Port Performance, and is Chairperson for the Gate Operations Implementation Team.

John began his career in the industry at SeaLand after graduating from Kean University with a B.S. in Management Science.  When not working, John and his wife Michele can be found supporting their three children in a multitude of sports endeavors.

Louis Bettinelli
Interport Pilots

Capt. Bettinelli is a 1977 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He started piloting in 1982 after spending a short time at sea as Third and Second Mate aboard U.S. flag tankers.  Capt. Bettinelli became President of Interport Pilots Agency, Inc. in 1990 and continues to pilot in the Port of NY/NJ and the Delaware Bay and River.  This is his fourth term serving on the Board of the Maritime Association.

John Bowie
Vane Brothers

Brian Clark
APM Terminals

Brian Clark was appointed Managing Director for APM Terminals Elizabeth, LLC. in October 2010. In this role, Brian is responsible for directing the terminal’s overall operations, including labor relations, commercial activity, safety, security and the financial performance of the terminal. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey (MAPONY/NJ).

Brian was most recently the Director of Mobile Container Terminal, LLC, a joint venture between APM Terminals North America and Terminal Link, a subsidiary of CMA-CGM, since 2008. From 2006, Brian held the Project Director position at MCT overseeing the development of the new 90 acre terminal in the Port of Mobile.

In 2004, Brian spent 2 years as General Manager at APM Terminals in Baltimore, Maryland. Between 1996 and 2002, he held various positions in Elizabeth, NJ in both marine and terminal operations prior to and after the acquisition of Sea-Land by the Maersk Group.

Prior to 1996, Brian was a member of the Management Trainee Program for Matlack, Inc., a transportation company based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Brian is a 1995 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and holds a B.S. degree in Marine Transportation. He is a 2007 graduate of the APM Terminals MAGNUM program.

Brian, his wife Jennifer, daughters Madison and Paige and son Gavin live in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Louis Ferrer
NYK Line

Currently serves as North America Director of Marine, Procurement and Vessel Planning at NYK Line North America. Joined NYK in February 1993 as Regional Marine Manager and later Regional Operations Manager.  Prior to joining NYK, sailed as a licensed deck officer in positions from third mate through master.  A lifetime new Yorker, Lou is a graduate of SUNY Maritime with a degrees in Oceanography and Meteorology.

Timothy Ferrie
Sandy Hook Pilots

Captain Timothy J. Ferrie was elected the 70th President of the Marine Society of the City of New York on January 30th, 2006 and is now serving in his sixth term.

Born on Staten Island, Capt. Ferrie is a 1974 graduate of St. Peter’s Boys High School and a 1978 graduate of the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.

Captain Ferrie is a 37 year member and Full Branch Pilot with the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association.  Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association.  He has been a member of the Marine Society since 1991 and member of the Standing Committee since 1994.  Capt. Ferrie is also President of the Sailors Snug Harbor Trust.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Noble Maritime Collection as well as the Maritime Industry Museum at SUNY Maritime College.

Captain Ferrie also holds the elected position of East Coast Regional Representative for the International Organization of the Masters, Mates and Pilots, Pilot Group and is a member and director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.  Captain Ferrie is a well known and respected member of the New York and New Jersey Maritime Community.

John Garvey
Staten Island Ferry

Andrew Genn
NYC Economic Development Corp.

Andrew Genn is Senior Vice President of the Ports & Transportation Department at NYCEDC. In his role, Andrew supervises planning and policy initiatives related to waterborne freight and passenger transportation, air cargo facility planning, rail passenger and freight transportation. Andrew has worked at NYCEDC since 1997 growing through the ranks and is fortunate to have been involved in projects that have reactivated and modernized port and rail infrastructure in Staten Island and Brooklyn, launched citywide ferry service, and improved waterfront assets throughout the city. Andrew attended Cornell University (B.S. Urban Studies) and the City University Graduate Center (M.S. Political Science). He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Joseph Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau

Joseph E. M. (Joe) Hughes is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCB, Inc., the Manager of the American P & I Club, a leading provider of liability insurance to global shipping. A graduate of Oxford University and an English barrister by training, he spent the first half of his forty-year career in the United Kingdom and Norway.  Since moving to the United States in 1995, he has overseen the management of the American Club during a period of unprecedented expansion and diversification.  A former President of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, he is also the Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association and a member of other boards and committees including those of New York Maritime, Inc., the American Bureau of Shipping and Lloyd’s Register.

Steven Kalil
Caddell Dry Dock & Repair

Steven Kalil, President of Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Co., Inc. A New York shipyard serving the maritime industry since 1903.I began my career in 1975 at Caddell Dry Dock and became president of the shipyard in 1990.Other positions: Board chairman of the Noble Maritime Collection and past President of the Maritime Association.

Peter Keyes
Moran Towing

Steven Kress
McAllister Towing and Transportation

Steven J. Kress, Vice President of Operations for McAllister Towing and Transportation with 35 years at McAllister having graduated SUNY Maritime College in 1979. With an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License in hand, Steve was recruited by Interlake Steamship Company and proceeded to Toledo, Ohio to receive an “Open Waters” endorsement for the Great Lakes so he could sail and gain the necessary trips to sit for my Unlimited Tonnage First Class Pilots License. With the First-Class Pilotage from Duluth to Buffalo and everyplace in between Capt. Kress sailed mainly on the M/V John Sherwin until her layup, eventually growing weary of being away from home and interviewing at McAllister on a winter break for a Dispatchers position. Since then, Steve has worked his way up to his current position, volunteering services to the USCG Towing Safety Advisory Committee representing the Tug and Barge Industry, Chairman of the New York Harbor Tug and Barge Committee and the New York Maritime Association as a Director along the way.

James Mara
Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association

Currently serving as President of the Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors Association. The METRO  is an employer association representing 20 employers in the port that employ approximately 1050 Metro ILA mechanics and lashers. We also administer the various benefit funds for the Longshoremen in the two Locals from which our members draw their labor. Prior to this positon, which I assumed in mid 2014, I spent 33 years as a labor contractor at various METRO companies that were connected through common ownership. At the time that I left I was the President of A.G. Ship Maintenance (Portwide) and Bay Container Repair of N.J. In addition to MAPONY, I also serve on the Council on Port Performance.

Casey Matthews
Wilhelmsen Ships Service

New Jersey native based on the East Coast for an entire career. Studies in the Maritime Industry, with associations to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy.
1980 started initial challenges working for Unitor Ships Service, through 2005 when the group was purchased by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services.
37 years of vessel management in Logistics Services, Supply, Safety and Agency Coordination.
Licensed – US Coast Guard USA 2698556US Merchant Marine Officer / Master of Steam or Motor Vessel 100 Gross Ton upon Near Coastal and Inland Waters Operator New York Harbor / 2004 to Present

Wilhelmsen Maritime Group, Our Ambition is to shape the maritime industry. Through innovation, expertise, quality products and services we are able to meet the challenge and needs of the worlds global fleet.

2200 locations in 125 counties within our trading patterns.

John Nardi
New York Shipping Association

John Nardi is President of NY Shipping Association and has served in that role since June 2013; he previously served as Executive Vice President. John played a key role on the NYSA bargaining committee as it negotiated a strong six-year contract agreement with the ILA.

In 2014 John co-chaired the Port of New York & New Jersey Port Performance Task Force, created to identify and resolve performance issues in the port which impact fluidity and growth. Today he is vice-chair of the Council on Port Performance which is charged with implementing the task force recommendations.

John is a 31 year veteran of the maritime industry, beginning his career with Atlantic Container Line and then moving on to Hapag-Lloyd (America) in 1994.

John is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his Third Mates License.

Rodney Oglesby
CSX

Andrew Saporito
Port Authority of NY & NJ

Andrew Saporito is a 35-year veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Port Department, responsible for managing the Department’s marine terminal operations, capital programs, the New York New Jersey Rail Corporation (which operates a cross harbor barge service transporting rail cars on barges between Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY), and the finance and human resource administration functions, which includes a workforce of 170 employees.

Mr. Saporito began his Port Authority career in 1981. He joined the Port Department in 1986 and has held management positions in port sales, leasing, and facility operations and management. The Port Authority owns and operates marine terminals in New York and New Jersey, totaling 3,100 acres. The marine terminal complex is the largest and most comprehensive collection of maritime cargo handling facilities on the east coast of North America and the third largest operation in the United States. In 2002, he was named General Manager of the New Jersey Marine Terminals, managing the operations, maintenance, construction, security, environmental and tenant service activities for the 2,400-acre complex. Mr. Saporito became Assistant Director of Business Development in 2012, where he was responsible for leasing and property development, marketing and trade development, and the finance functions of the Port Department. He was promoted to his present position in 2014.

Mr. Saporito is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Association of the Port of NY and NJ, and the Operations and Cruise Committees of the American Association of Port Authorities.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from Niagara University.

Counsel
Ernesto Luzzatto, Esq.
Hill Rivkins LLP

Executive Director
Edward J. Kelly

Edward J. Kelly is the Executive Director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/ New Jersey.

Prior to joining the Maritime Association, Ed had held a series of senior executive level positions in the Liner business. His prior positions include: President and CEO of Cho Yang (America), Inc.; Senior Vice President of Inchcape Shipping Services; President and CEO of Nippon Liner Systems (USA); and Executive Vice President of Y.S. Line (USA). He has also provided executive level consulting services to such notable firms as Maher Terminals, Inc.; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Deutche Afrika Line; Paul F. Richardson Associates; and Strachan Shipping Agency. Ed has also served as an expert witness in several legal proceedings.

Ed has devoted many years as a Director of the New York Shipping Association, the Carriers Container Council, the USMX, and the Steamship Operators Intermodal Committee. He has served on many joint labor /management committees and trust funds.

He is currently serving as a Director (and past President) of the National Association of Maritime Organizations (NAMO), as the Vice Chairman of the Mid Atlantic Ocean Observing Regional Association (MACOORA), as a Director of the United Seaman’s Service,  as a Director (and current President) of the Maritime Information Service of North America (MISNA). He has been named as a member of the New York City Mayor’s Maritime Advisory Board. He is also currently serving as a member of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel. Ed also serves as an Industry Advisor to the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S, Nautical Science), he sailed as a deck officer on several U.S. Flag ships.

Ed completed his MBA studies at Pace University in New York City, and holds a certificate in Intermodal Transportation from the FDR Institute. He is proud to have received an award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from the Kings Point Alumni Association. In March, 2009, the Journal of Commerce named Ed to their Leadership Roll in the Global Logistics Industry.

Ed lives in New Jersey with his wife Barbara, and in his spare time, he can usually be found on a Civil War battlefield, where he is a living history reenactor, and battlefield preservationist.