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Stollenwerk named Port of Duluth's Director of Government and Environmental Affairs

2019-01-11

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes aboard a new Director of Government and Environmental Affairs next week as Jeff Stollenwerk joins the leadership team effective January 16. In accepting the government and environmental affairs post at the Port Authority, Mr. Stollenwerk succeeds Deb DeLuca, who was appointed executive director of the organization in August 2018

Mr. Stollenwerk, an experienced water quality professional, brings over 28 years of environmental and legislative expertise to the position, including development and implementation of regulatory policy on navigational dredge material reuse and mitigating environmental risks from maritime vessel discharges. Having managed water quality programs for industrial sectors throughout Minnesota for the state's Pollution Control Agency, he developed strong, collaborative relationships with representatives at all levels of government-federal, tribal, state and local units-providing expert advice on a wide range of legislative initiatives.

In making the announcement, Ms. Deb DeLuca highlighted Mr. Stollenwerk's public policy expertise, particularly regarding water quality regulation at federal and state levels.

 

"The maritime industry and this Port Authority must continue to navigate complex environmental and political landscapes," said Ms. DeLuca. "Jeff brings a specialized skill set to our team at a time when our industrial redevelopment efforts are ramping up and maritime trade is addressing challenges on several fronts. His ability to negotiate and reach practical, effective solutions to complex issues has been a hallmark of his professional career."

During his career at the MPCA, Stollenwerk directed regulatory permitting, compliance and enforcement for pollution control programs for a diverse mix of Minnesota industries. He also provided direction for negotiations on complex permitting projects and regulatory controls across multiple environmental sectors including water quality, solid waste, hazardous waste and petroleum storage. A leader in the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative, he was the Governor's appointee to the Great Ships Initiative Advisory Committee (now the Great Waters Research Collaborative Advisory Committee). He has testified and provided written input to legislative committees for ballast water regulations, regulatory certainty, permit timeliness and water transfers. He also has served as primary communications contact for vessel discharges and other environmental issues.

Mr. Stollenwerk, who has worked with the Port Authority on multiple water quality projects during his time at the MPCA, is excited about this new chapter. "My experiences with the Port Authority and others in the maritime industry have been most rewarding," he said. "It is a privilege to work with ethical, professional leaders dedicated to environmental protection-to be part of a team promoting sustainable industrial growth that supports the economies of Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota."   
(photo Port of Duluth)

 
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