Port Authority expands Planning & Resiliency role of management team

Monday, August 3, 2015

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A.The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is expanding the role of one of its management team members, reassigning duties of others, and will be adding a new Facilities Manager to the staff in September.

James “Jim” Sharrow, who has served as the Port Authority’s facilities manager since 2002, has been named Director of Port Planning and Resiliency, effective August 3, 2015. Sharrow will now be responsible for overseeing the organization’s capital programs, maritime policy, risk management and security plans, plus its connectivity to regional planning initiatives. 

“This expansion of Jim’s role really plays to his strengths,” said Vanta Coda, Port Authority executive director. “His engineering expertise and collaborative work with multiple stakeholders on maritime issues leverages Jim’s talents for the benefit of the Port and the Great Lakes-Seaway system.”

Earlier in his career, Sharrow spent 28 years with USS Great Lakes Fleet, serving as that company’s engineering and maintenance director before leaving to work as a consultant in naval architecture and marine engineering. A licensed professional engineer in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, he is a member of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and Minnesota Sea Grant’s Advisory Committee. He also 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 served on the Advisory Board of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. A native of Erie, Penn., Sharrow earned a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan before joining the USS Great Lakes Fleet in 1974.

Sharrow can be
reached at (218) 727-8525 or

The position of Port Authority Facilities Manager is now open and is posted on the organization’s website at: Application deadline is August 24.

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