The Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York

An Organization to develop cooperative spirit and friendship among members, to be of mutual assistance to each other, and to promote and protect the interests and welfare of The American Merchant Marine.

SAVE THIS DATE!   JOIN US February 8, 2015 for the annual SMPE Valentines Day Party
LOCATION: THE GRAYCLIFF, 122 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, New Jersey 07074
DATE:  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 – 1200 noon TO 1700

Remembering Michael E. Ford, USMMA '60
Michael E. Ford, 75, of Waretown, NJ, passed away on January 4, 2014. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Chevy Chase, Md., he graduated from the #United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in 1960 with a degree in Marine Engineering, and earned a master’s degree in International Business from Bernard M. Baruch College, New York, in 1979. He served his country as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a 47-year member of the Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York, serving as both Chairman of the Board and President.  He was also a member of SNAME and of the Marine Society of the City of New York. He had a distinguished career in the Maritime fields and pashionately pursued his many varied interests. He was a mentor and friend to many. We will all greatly miss him.

Remembering George E. Murphy, Massachusetts Maritime '43
. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and worked for U.S. Lines for 43 years, working his way up to Chief Engineer and then Port Engineer. In "retirement" George was an Author of two books (see, a member of the Board of Director of the United Seamen's Service, a distinguished past President and Lifetime Member of our Society. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who were privileged to have known him.

Joe Walla succeeds John Riddle as Chairman of the Board
President: Richard Norris
1st Vice President: David Tantrum
2nd Vice President: Wayne Lipinski
Board of Directors, Full Members, 3 year term:
Joseph Breglia
Tim Cain
Christopher Law
John Riddle
Board of Directors, Associate Members, 3 year term:
Kurt Erlandson
Kevin Sullivan

SMPE Info:

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SMPE History


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Student Membership Application
Scholarship Loan Application
Member Contact info Update

Golf Outing Invitation

The 66th annual SMPE Dinner Dance was held Saturday June 7, 2014 at  the Marriott Financial Center New York.
The Senior VP Matt Woods presented for the Honoree, the  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Thanks to all our Dinner Dance Supporters and Journal Advertisers for making last years event a success! We encourage you to support them in turn! Click the following weblink: to access the complete 2014 SMPE Dinner Dance Journal.  Click the below list of Advertizers to view each advertisement.

Acme Industrial Inc.
American Bureau of Shipping
American Ship Repair (ASR)
Armorica Sales
Atlantic Cordage
Bailey Refrigeration Co., Inc.
Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair Corp
Bludworth Marine, LLC
Brady Marine Repair Co., Inc.
Branch Restoration Inc.
Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co., Inc.
CMP Coatings, Inc
Construction & Marine Equipment Co. Inc
Detyens Shipyard, Inc.
Dockside Machine & Ship Repair
Donjon Marine Co., Inc.
Drew Marine
Electrotech Services, Inc.
Erie Basin Marine Associates
The General Ship Repair Corp
Grand Bahama Shipyard
Houston Ship Repair
Keppel Marine Agencies International, LLC
Kerney Service Group, Inc
Kirby Offshore Marine
Klattenberg Marine Associates, Inc
K-T Marine Inc.
LPI, Inc.
LPL Financial
Marine Design and Operations Inc.
Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association
Marine Society of the City of New York
Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen & Dolan, Inc
McAllister Towing
MC Marine
Miller's Tug & Barge, Inc.
M/V Marine, Inc.
Ocean Power & Equipment Co.
Phoenix Marine Co., Inc
P.J. Schwalbenberg & Associates Inc.
Randive Inc.
Reinauer Transportation
Reliability Maintenance Services Inc. (RMS)
Rogers Surveying, PLL
Sea Safety International, Inc.
Simplex Americas, LLC
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
Southern Services Group
Steimling & Son Inc.
Subsea Global Solutions
Thomas J. Feeney Enterprises, Inc.
Vane Brothers
Wilhelmsen Ships Service


In case you have not heard, my two year term as SMPE Chairman of the Board is now up and Joseph Walla has assumed the position. It is my pleasure to have worked with everyone the last two years. I’m sure you will all give the same support to the new Chairman of the Board Joseph Walla.
As I step back I’d like to highlight a few of the items your Board of Directors enacted at the first meeting Joe presided (Tuesday 04-March):
1. 2014 Charity - $20,000 authorized for charitable projects and grants this year. Now we roll up our sleeves for the real work of promoting our industry.
2. Website Remake - authorized the funding to modernize our website ( It will be a few months before this is ready to roll out but it will be worth waiting for. In the meantime the old website is kept current so please keep checking for updates.
3. SMPE on Facebook – yes we really have entered the 21st century ( Be sure to “Like” and “Share” with your friends, and post photos and discussions as you see fit. Please give a warm welcome to Joe Walla and

Thanks Again for all your help!

Sincerely, John Riddle
The SMPE "Valentine's Day" family party was held Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the THE GRAYCLIFF.
A good time was had by all:
We had great help for the drawing!Mr. and Mrs. Norris win the Cruise!
The Chocolate fountain was a big hit!Lots of Balloons!

SMPE Contact Information:

Phone: 732 389 2009 
Fax:     732 389 2264
Mailing Addr:  PO Box 369
Physical Addr: 111 Broad Street
                       Eatontown N

SMPE Annual Russ Magna Golf Outing was held SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

The event was held at Apple Ridge Country Club with participants enjoying lunch, refreshments on the course, beer all day at the turn, first class cocktail hour open bar, sit down awards steak dinner, and dessert. Sponsors had their company name proudly displayed on a sign. Each golfer eceived a quality Society of Marine Port Engineers Logo, golf shirt. At the dinner golf prizes were presented for the best teams and individual prizes for the many great golfers in our group. A set of top quality golf clubs and a golf bag were raffled off. A good time was had by all.

The SMPE Golf Committee’s purpose is to plan and run an annual golf outing in the tri-state New Jersey area for the purpose of gathering influential members of the marine industry to interact in a casual atmosphere.

Randive hosted its Fourth Annual Pig Roast at Randive facility Friday 07-June-2013. Despite the weather it was great fun!



SMPE 65th Annual Dinner Dance 

The Sixty Fifth SMPE Annual Dinner Dance was held on Saturday June 1st, 2013 at  the Marriott Financial Center New York.
Our honoree for this years event was
GMD SHIPYARD. Michael Cranston, President opf GMD Shipyard gave an interesting presentation.

Sergio Antonini Dinner Dance ChairmanMichael Cranston recieves Honoree Plaque from John RiddleManhatten Orchestra Entertains!