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Dennis M. “Doc” Mahoney

Vice President Operations

World Shipping, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio
42 years in the Industry

Dennis M. “Doc” Mahoney

The old adage “Do what you love; love what you do” certainly applies to the career of Dennis “Doc” Mahoney. The Ohio native was attending Kent State University in 1970 and needed a job to help pay for school when he noticed an ad with a steamship agency called Great Lakes Overseas, Inc. Being the successful candidate for that position launched his maritime career which has spanned over 40 years.

Mahoney is a “vessel agent” – which means that he is responsible for ensuring a safe and successful port call. “As the local representatives for a ship and its cargo, we coordinate all things relating to the vessel and its port call. We’re involved with all the formalities on the federal level, all safety issues, all compliance issues.” The job requires incredible organizational skills, a sense of teamwork and personal sacrifice since the shipping industry is not a 9 to 5 profession. The married father of three and grandfather of three credits his wife and children for supporting him and understanding his unorthodox work schedule.

Much of the work can be completed prior to the ship’s arrival. “We order the labor for the ship, handle all the documentation, cargo coordination, line handling – every possible need the ship might have. We take pride in making sure everybody’s interests are well attended.”

Mahoney left Great Lakes Overseas to be a management trainee/stevedoring foreman apprentice with Great Lakes International. There he gained valuable experience in cargo handling operations. “It gave me an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to get the job done and to realize the importance of everyone’s role.” For 18 years, he managed the Cleveland office of Fedmar International, a subsidiary of Fednav, before joining World Shipping, Inc., where he’s been for the past 18 years.

“World Shipping is a family owned business which opened the year after the St. Lawrence Seaway. The owners are wonderful people with high standards. It’s a great place to work. There is a sense of family, real camaraderie, trust, and hard work.”

Mahoney says that he enjoys the diversity of the job – each day is different; finding solutions is rewarding. “Each and every time I’m on the dock and a vessel is arriving, whether to load or discharge, there’s a genuine feeling of excitement and anticipation.”