AMHS names Craig Tornga as marine director

Transportation industry veteran Craig Tornga will begin his job as marine director for the Alaska Marine Highway System on April 3, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Captain John Falvey in January.

Tornga has extensive experience in both the marine industry and in managing multifaceted organizations, said Transportation Commissioner Ryan Anderson.

Tornga began his maritime career sailing aboard Crowley Maritime’s ocean going vessels, and spent over 20 years working his way up through Crowley’s Marine Services Division. Since 2017, Tornga has served as the senior vice president for Kirby Offshore Marine in Houston, Texas.

“Tornga’s decades of experience and knowledge in the unique marine industry here in Alaska and Texas span every element needed for the successful management of a complex Alaskan owned and operated Marine Highway,” said Shirley Marquardt, chair of the Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board.

The agency conferred with the board before offering Tornga the job, and his credentials were reviewed by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in accordance with the agency’s regulations.