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Director of Port Planning & Resiliency

James D. Sharrow

Director of Port Planning & Resiliency
jsharrow@duluthport.com

Jim Sharrow joined the Port Authority staff in September 2002 as facilities manager and, in August 2015, was named Director of Port Planning and Resiliency. He is responsible for overseeing the organization's capital program, maritime policy, risk management and security plans, plus its connectivity to regional planning initiatives. Former engineering and maintenance director for the Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet, Sharrow spent 28 years with the Fleet before serving as a consultant in naval architecture and marine engineering. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, he earned a bachelor of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan before joining the USS Great Lakes Fleet in 1974.  A licensed professional engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he is a member of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, MN Sea Grant Advisory Committee, and the Reserve Advisory Board of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR). He is a past member of the American Bureau of Shipping Great Lakes Technical Committee, past chair of the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC), past member of the Lake Carriers' Association Fleet Engineers Committee, and past Great Lakes/Great Rivers section chair and vice president of the Central Region of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He is president of the Duluth Community Sailing Association, vice president of the Duluth Boat Club, past president of Duluth-Superior Propeller Club, and has held leadership positions in Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts.



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