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»PORT PROFILE FORGING HIS OWN PATH Adolph Ojard's family has a long history in the maritime industry, but the former executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority left his own mark before retiring this summer. By Sarah Sain Adolph Ojard with Minnesota Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan on a tour of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority's Clure Public Marine Terminal. The 1,004-foot U.S.-flag James R. Barker is at the fueling dock behind them. (Photo by Robert Welton) A dolph Ojard's roots run deep in the maritime transportation industry. Yet, he says his career of more than 40 years was somewhat happenstance. "My intention was grad school or law school, but I was working nights on the ore docks in college," said the recently retired executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. "When I graduated, I said to myself, 'I could have a future in transportation.' From the time I was a little boy, I played with trains and boats. The next thing I know, here I am 40-some years later and retiring." Adolph's late father, Adolph Ojard Sr., was the last captain of the Edna G., the oldest working U.S. tugboat when it was retired in 1981. His grandfather was a 24 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE foreman on ore docks, and his dad's brothers worked on the railroad in Duluth. "I had no vision or intention of following in their footsteps, but the fact that I was surrounded from a young age made it feel quite natural." Taking the Helm in Duluth Adolph was named executive director at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in March 2003. Before that, he spent nearly 30 years with transportation affiliates of the U.S. Steel Corporation, where he held executive positions in rail, inland barging and Great Lakes shipping. He was president of the Warrior Gulf Navigation Co. in Alabama until 1997, when he became general manager of both the DM&IR Railway and USS Great Lakes Fleet, regional railroad and vessel companies headquartered in Duluth, Minn. Adolph says one of the things that had the most impact during his tenure at the  port is the time he spent educating stakeholders, including state government and decision-makers in Washington, about the challenges faced by the maritime industry. By securing their support and collaboration on a number of projects, Adolph says the port is well-positioned for opportunities in the future. "The Great Lakes Seaway has a rich history of shipping, and I see that continuing," he says. "It's a marvelous waterway with major industrial centers in both the U.S. and Canada - it's unique in that it is binational."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Securing Seaport Cyberspace
Ces Operators Work in Partnership With Port Communities
Radar Technology Opens Up for All Ports
Mccs Keep Ports Running in Case of Emergency
Seaport Industry Gathers in Central Florida for Aapa Annual Convention
Forging His Own Path
All States Depend on Maritime Trade Growth
Maritime Security: 10 Years of Partnerships
Cybersecurity a Growing Threat to Maritime Security
Port Metro Vancouver Announces Funding for Security Expansion
Jamaica-U.n. Sign Mou to Improve Port Security
Integrated Management System Addresses Security at Bahia Blanca
Coastal Trident Training Program Tests Hueneme’s Preparedness
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013