Maritime Association celebrates with gala
The Maritime Association of South Carolina celebrated 87 years of service to the ports with its 2013 annual meeting and gala on March 8 at the Charleston Marriott. More than 530 people packed the Crystal Ballroom as Kinder Morgan’s Art Rudolph passed the chairman’s gavel to Steve Kicklighter of McAllister Towing.
Legislator of the Year awards were given to Senator Hugh Leatherman and Representative Brian White for their crucial roles in appropriating $300 million for the deepening of Charleston Harbor. SPA President and CEO Jim Newsome introduced the two lawmakers and explained how this funding puts South Carolina at a huge advantage in the race to deepen our harbor for post-Panamax ships.
Jane Thornhill and Sue Hinkle received the Maritime Advocate and Beacon Awards respectively. Thornhill was recognized specifically for her vocal support of the maritime sector during the ongoing cruise debate; while Hinkle was acknowledged for her years on service on the waterfront – notably serving as director of the Charleston Port and Seafarers’ Society that provides much needed services to the 65,000 mariners who call on Charleston’s ports each year.
Art Rudolph recapped the year noting that MASC continues to grow and underwent a smooth transition with new staff taking over after 18 years of leadership from past-President John Hassell, whom was awarded an honorary membership to the association. Newly installed Chairman Steve Kicklighter ended the program by reminding everyone that the local and state economy is dependent on a vibrant port - and that all must continue working together to Git ‘r dug!
The Maritime Association of S.C. is a non-profit trade association whose mission to advance, encourage, promote, increase and protect the interests of South Carolina’s ports and maritime transportation sector.