Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New President for Cook Inlet Tug & Barge

By Karen Robes Meeks

Maritime industry leader Jeff Johnson will be the new president of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge (CIBT) effective June 2019. Johnson comes to Cook Inlet - an independently managed Foss Maritime Company subsidiary - after 16 years with ARCO and BP Shipping, where he last served as director and general manager of BP Maritime Services. Based in Singapore he led the provision of crewing and maritime talents for BP Shipping and BP Group globally.

“We conducted an extensive search to find an established and renowned industry leader; a person that will continue the growth trajectory at Cook Inlet Tug & Barge,” said John Parrott, President and CEO of Foss Maritime. “Jeff’s impressive background, coupled with his strong desire to return to Alaska, made him the perfect choice to lead CITB in serving our customers and communities around the state.”

Johnson’s career began in Alaska’s fishing industry. After working with ARCO marine’s tanker fleet and Polar tankers, he moved on to ConocoPhillips in 2003 as a marine superintendent. He later became the fleet operations manager responsible for the international and US-flagged tanker fleets and their US inland tug and barge fleet.

He joined BP in Alaska as the BP Shipping marine affairs advisor in 2007, before becoming the assurance capability manager in 2010, serving as the interface to BP’s Upstream in the Americas. He continued to rise through the ranks, becoming manager of environmental and external affairs in 2012, then president of BP Shipping in 2014.

“Foss and CITB have been in the process of expanding our fleet,” said Parrott. “With the addition of assets along the North Slope, and the relocation of vessels to the area, we are committed to continuing to expand our service offering throughout the region. Jeff’s ability to manage every aspect of projects, to interface with regulatory groups, and to identify talent and opportunities makes him the ideal person to lead our ongoing investment in Alaska.”