Marine Chemist Association
76 Farmholme Road
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 599-3079 (W)
(860) 599-3079 (F)

Committees & Boards

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Executive Committee
Gas Hazards
Field Advisory

Scope:  The Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on the prevention of fire and explo-sion of flammable vapors in compartments or in spaces on board vessels and within shipyards and on the conditions that must exist in those compartments or spaces in order that workers can safely enter them and perform work.

NFPA Technical Committee on Gas Hazards
(updated January 2014)

James R. Thornton, Chairman
Newport News Shipbuilding
4101 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607


Robert V. Albert, PhD.
U.S. Dept. of the Navy, NAVSEA
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Code 106.11, Bldg 44
Portsmouth, NH 03804-5000
(Rep. U.S. Navy Shipyard Conversion/Repair)


Leslie Blaize
Belay Inc.
9630 N.W. Skyline Boulevard
Portland, OR 97231
(Rep. Marine Chemists Association, Inc.)


James P. Bruff
Atlantic Coast Marine Chemist, LLC
P.O. Box 2070
Boothwyn, PA 19061


Thomas Cinko
US Coast Guard
2100 Second Street, SW, Stop 7902
Washington, DC 20593-7902


Joseph J. Cox
Chamber of Shipping of America
1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 407
Washington, DC 20036


Louis Donsbach
US Steel Corporation
One North Broadway 91E2/TS 526
Gary, IN 46402-3101


Jason A. Fox
Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA)
1000 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16068
(Rep. International Safety Equipment Assn.)


Patrick O. Killeen
Signal International, Inc.
601 Bayou Casotte Parkway
Pascagoula, MS 39581-9600
(Rep. Shipbuilders Council of America)


Paul Manzi
BP Shipping, Ltd.
Chertsey Rd.
Sunbury, Middlesex
TW16-7LN United Kingdom
(Rep. American Petroleum Institute


Donald V. Raffo
General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corporation
Dept. 341
75 Eastern Point Road
Groton, CT 06340


Richard J. Raksnis
2900 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042-4518


Joseph A. Riva
American Bureau of Shipping
16855 Northchase Drive
Houston, TX 77060


John W. Sansing
Kirby Inland Marine, LP
16402-1/2 DeZavala
Channelview, TX 77530
(Rep. American Waterways Operators)

Amy A. Wangdahl

Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room N-3609
Washington, DC 20210



John T. Bell
Marine Inspection Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 1289
Channelview, TX 77530-1289
(Rep. Marine Chemists Association, Inc.)
(Alternate to E. Willwerth)

Gregory G. Grondin

Bath Iron Works Corporation
P.O. Box 373
Bath, ME 04530
(Alternate to L. Blaize)



Don Noyes
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue S.E.
Building 197, 4W-1137
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20376-4618
(Alternate to R. Albert)


Lawrence B. Russell (non-voting)
National Fire Protection Association
Staff Liaison