Port may land big fish

August 3, 2006

questionFor the first time in a decade, the City of Pensacola does a nationwide search for a director for the Port of Pensacola. And they’ve landed a choice group (Port panel to interview candidates) Here is the one candidate that really stood out:
STEVEN R. BLUST is the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Chairman Blust was nominated by President George W. Bush to a five year term on the Commission on March 14, 2002, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2002. Chairman Blust joined the Commission on August 12, 2002.

Mr. Blust is a veteran of the international transportation industry for over 34 years. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Blust held the position of President/CEO of Tampa Bay International Terminals, Inc. His previous experience includes executive positions with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc., and management positions with the Jacksonville Port Authority and Crowley Delta Lines. Additional experience includes ocean carrier liner trade management, marine terminal management, public port administration, tariff and service contract use and publication, and liner operations.

Mr. Blust graduated, in 1971, from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University , in New Orleans , in 1979.

Mr. Blust received the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Meritorious Alumni Service Award in 1991; the Propeller Club of the , Maritime Person of the Year,

Port of Tampa , award in 2002; and the New York/New Jersey Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association Person of the Year award in 2004.

As an active member of trade associations, Mr. Blust previously served as President of the Tampa Bay Cargo Association, Vice President of the Tampa Chapter of the Propeller Club, and was a member of the International Advisory Committees of Enterprise Florida, Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the

HillsboroughCounty Community College . He also was involved in local Tulane and Merchant Marine Academy Alumni associations.

Mr. Blust and his wife, Sharon, have a son, Kristian.

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2 Responses to “Port may land big fish”

  1. Jeff DeWeese Says:

    WOW…imagine what he could do for our little port…I want his autograph…This could push CC Elebash over the edge!!

  2. WanderingHoo Says:

    I was impressed with the entire list of candidates. The Port could be a real economic engine for downtown. I would love to see them move away from bulk and break-bulk cargo to conatinerized and intermodal. More and more products – especially higher net worth products are shipped this way every year.

    I would love to see a direct 4 lane link from the port to I-110 but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    AVERAGE longshoreman pay is now over $120,000 a year. Tell me Pensacola couldn’t use some of those jobs.

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