James P. Swindler has been selected as the Deputy General Manager, Ferry Division Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and will assume his duties November 1, 2003. Swindler replaces Captain David Clark who passed away early this year.

Since 1999, Swindler has served as the Director of Operations at the Woods Hole, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (Steamship Authority), MA, which operates ferry service between Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket Islands and Woods Hole serving more than 3 million passengers, 500,000 automobiles, and 110,00 trucks annually. Swindler began his career with Steamship Authority in 1990 as a Special Projects Manager. For six of his thirteen years at the Authority, he also served as Engineering/Maintenance Manager. Swindler was instrumental in the improvement, streamlining, and cost savings of the Steamship Authorities operations.

According to Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District General Manager Celia Kupersmith, Swindlers managerial and industry knowledge will be instrumental in the continued success of our Golden Gate Ferry system. He brings a wealth of experience that will ensure safe and reliable day-to-day operations of both vessel and shore side operations.

Swindler brings extensive experience in directing design, construction, maintenance and operation of ferries and supporting facilities. He is also knowledgeable in working with local, regional, state and federal authorities in developing and implementing marine projects relative to ferry passenger transport.

Prior to joining the Steamship Authority, Swindler served as General Manager of North America Marine Associates, Inc. in Rockland, MA where he facilitated the growth of this privately-held marine design and engineering firm from 1988 to 1990. Prior to that he served for eight years as Hull and Arrangement Department Head/Senior Designer for M. Rosenblatt and Son, Inc., Hingham, MA, where he directed development of structural and system drawings for construction and upgrades for commercial and naval ships.