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Friday, February 24, 2017

Darryl D. Berger is sworn in on February 23, 2017, at the monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Berger Joins Port of New Orleans Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Darryl D. Berger to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Berger, who was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Scott Cooper, one of four Orleans Parish representatives on the seven-member regional Board. Berger is President of The Berger Company Inc., which he founded in 1972 and is based in New Orleans. An investor, developer and financier of real estate, Berger is particularly active as a leading developer in downtown New Orleans…

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APL launches Day-Definite Cargo Arrival with Eagle Guaranteed

APL today announced the launch of Eagle Guaranteed, a promise of day-definite arrival of shipment on the Eagle Express (EX1) service via  the Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal in Los Angeles to the rail yards of Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City and Memphis in the Americas. With the specific arrival date for the designated inland destinations set upon booking with APL, shippers are offered a solution to best manage their supply chain cycle. “APL is excited to introduce Eagle Guaranteed as one of our value-added services.

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Davao Terminal Outfits with Navis

Navis and Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) announced that the terminal has gone live with the Navis N4 terminal system. Navis is a part of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain. Since opening its gate in 2013, DICT has partnered with Navis to improve operational efficiency and the successful implementation of N4 has supported DICT’s growth as the most modern terminal in the Philippines.

Melanie A. Leney (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

Melanie A. Leney has been elected to Montgomery McCracken’s partnership. Previously an associate with the firm, Leney is located in the firm’s Cherry Hill office and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis in maritime and transportation, employment litigation, products liability, personal injury, government investigations, and compliance and regulatory issues. She has also represented clients pro bono in civil rights and Federal Tort Claim Act litigation through the U.S.

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LNG Bunkering Commences in Australia

Under an agreement with Woodside, EVOL LNG refueled the platform supply vessel, Siem Thiima, on January 23 at King Bay Supply Base near Dampier. Business Manager, Nick Rea sees it as just the beginning. “Our decision to enter the LNG bunkering market is part of a long-term strategy that recognizes environmental and economic sustainability of LNG as a transport fuel,” said Rea. “It also recognizes that the LNG marine fuel market is still in development so the fact EVOL has over…

Vanta Coda (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port)

Duluth Port Exec Director Receives Distinguished Service Transportation Award

In recognition for his leadership in the freight transportation and logistics field and contributions to leadership, mentorship and education of future leaders in private sector freight transportation, the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) presented its 2017 William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award to Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. The award was presented at the CTS annual meeting and awards luncheon on Feb. 15, in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

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IMO Training in Malaysia

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules aboard a container ship in Johor Port. The participants from across Malaysia have been taking part in the three-day workshop (13-15 February) focusing on how to effectively enforce IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations. The interactive workshop included class-based lectures and exercises, as well as practical training on board…

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USCG-approved Courses at Maritime Technology and Training Center

A variety of U.S. Coast Guard-approved maritime training courses are being offered this spring at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas. These courses are open for companies looking to update their crews’ training and licensing and for individual mariners. The Center offers a comprehensive professional mariner program and an associate degree in maritime transportation. It is located at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas. Feb. Feb. Feb. Basic Fire Fighting (BST Pt. Feb. Feb. Feb. First Aid and CPR (BST Pt. Feb. Feb. Feb.

Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017. The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies, including a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment to ensure that the Academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld. “I commend the maritime industry’s efforts to combat sexual assault…

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Port of Hamburg Resumes Growth Course

Container throughput achieves 1.0 percent advance in 2016/ Setting a record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport with 2.4 million TEU. In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput offset a slight downturn in bulk cargo throughput.

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IANA Introduces Resource Center

The Intermodal Association of North America has created a resource center, available on its website, to provide a wide range of information for prospective intermodal users and those who are new to the industry. The Intermodal Freight Resource Center offers educational tools, industry information, research and other content. The “What is Intermodal” page overviews the industry’s scope and benefits. Additional sections include intermodal network and terminal information, data & statistics…

Winter Weather Delays Grain Movement to US Ports

Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time for U.S.

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Damen Repair Yards Earn More ISO Certifications

A number of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have recently or will soon achieve new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardize operating procedures across the group. Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) have passed ISO 3834-2 certificate audits. This standard defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry. The achievement demonstrates the ability of DSAm and DSVl to undertake the largest refit and conversion projects…

Cavotec Names Norin as New CEO

The Board of Directors of Cavotec SA has  announced that Mikael Norin has been appointed CEO of the Cavotec Group. Mikael Norin will join Cavotec on May 1, 2017 and will, after a transition period, assume full responsibility as CEO on July 1, 2017. He will be based at the company's headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland. Mikael Norin will replace Ottonel Popesco who will continue to serve on the board of Cavotec SA as a non-executive director, among other strategic assignments. "The…

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

A new specialist Ship Simulation Center, based in Atwell Arcade, Fremantle, was officially opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by City of Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt. The Australia Ship Simulation Center, owned and operated by HR Wallingford, has moved into new premises from where it will continue to provide expert navigation consultancy and a dedicated pilot training center for Western Australia and the wider region. HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr.

Kongsberg Training Center Class Rooms (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Introduces Virtual Classrooms

Kongsberg Maritime’s training division has introduced a new virtual classroom solution to help customers reduce the time and cost investment of training on a wide range of disciplines. Designed for the pre-course preparation phase, Kongsberg Maritime’s unique new online Remote Training system uses a live video link between instructors and students integrated with dynamic on-screen presentations, emulated system software and assessment tools. Pre-course remote training preparation…

Christian Ioannou (Photo: MCTC)

Good Nutrition Helps Beat Fatigue for Crew

Crew members must be provided with nutritionally-balanced meals while onboard to avoid high levels of fatigue, says catering training provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) following the findings of InterManager’s recent study into tiredness levels. InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with the Warsash Maritime Academy, recently presented the findings of its fatigue study Project MARTHA, to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The report highlights growing levels of fatigue among seafarers, in particular Masters.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands being welcomed on board Multraship’s Emergency Towage Vessel Guardian by Captain Henk Helmendag following a ceremony to mark the reopening of the renovated De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College. Also pictured are provincial governor Han Polman, and Henrik Stevens, principal of the college. (Photo: ANP)

De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College Reopened

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands reopened the renovated De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College in Vlissingen, Holland, on February 3, 2017. He then went aboard the emergency towing vessel Guardian, operated by leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, which works closely with the college. De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College trains students as helmsmen and marine engineers, among other things. The renovation means they now have modern teaching facilities, including new radar and bridge simulators.

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Port of Antwerp Opens New Training Centre in India

Indian port professionals who follow courses given in Mumbai by APEC, the port of Antwerp training centre, can now benefit from a purpose-built training facility. The new facility was officially opened on Monday this week during the annual Port of Antwerp Mission to India, in the presence of Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo, port alderman Marc Van Peel, APEC principal Kristof Waterschoot, JNPT chairman Shri Neeraj Bansal and Indian Port Association chairman Shri Sanjay Bhatia.

2017 officers of the International Ship Masters’ Association: (front row, L to R) Grand Secretary-Treasurer Brian Eickel, Grand President Lee Barnhill, Grand 1st Vice President Harold Dusseau, Grand 2nd Vice President Mark Mather; (back row L to R) Grand Chaplain Mary Ann Schallip, Grand Sentinel Scott Reynolds, Grand Warden Caitlin Clyne, Grand Marshal Greg Stamatelakys. (Photo: Paul Jagenow)

Ship Masters Convene in Alpena, Mich.

The International Ship Masters’ Association 127th annual convention was held at Alpena, Mich., from February 2-4, 2017. In addition to business meetings and updates regarding Great Lakes and Seaway navigational matters, attendees heard speakers from a variety of agencies and organizations. Topics included U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation, current US Coast Guard licensing timeframes and procedures, National Weather Service updates, the Marine Technology Program at Alpena Community College…

Norsafe Offers 'Train the Trainer' Course in LSA

Norsafe, global life-saving marine systems manufacturer, is offering a specialized “Train the Trainer” course in lifesaving appliances (LSA) aimed at instructors and trainers working in nautical schools and training centers. The course covers operational and maintenance training on freefall lifeboat systems; conventional lifeboats covering davits, winches and hook systems; and rescue boat systems. Training takes place at Norsafe’s world class training facility at Rosendal, Norway, and will include accident evaluation procedures and updates on IMO and EU regulations.

Jan Swartz (Photo: Seafarers’ House)

Seafarers’ House to Honor Princess Cruises’ Swartz

Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, has been selected as recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for 2017. The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. As president of Princess Cruises, Swartz oversees a global cruise line and tour company with a fleet of 18 ships that carry 1.8 million passengers annually. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Specialist Man Overboard & Fast Craft Injury Prevention Workshops

A unique program of two one-day events for the sub IMO / sub 80 feet professional sector will be held ‘back to back’ in Southampton, U.K. on April  25 and 26, 2017. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide – and highlight potential solutions. Event organizer and workshop lead John Haynes said, “We are pleased to invite all marine sectors to participate in these two specialist workshops. Day one will focus on “Man Overboard Prevention & Recovery”.

Christian Ioannou (Photo: MCTC)

MCTC Signs Catering Training Contract with Exmar

Global training provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) has signed a two-year contract with EXMAR Ship Management, through its catering managers VAN HULLE Catering, to provide training to crew members on 34 of its ships. MCTC, which specializes in the training of multi-national crew all over the world on all aspects of cuisine and galley safety, made the agreement through VAN HULLE Catering, global specialists in maritime provision and services, based in Antwerp.

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Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region. The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

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Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction

Having been an independent marine surveyor and consultant for many years, author and educator Mike Wall has based his new book Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction on experience. Primarily aimed at those wishing to become independent marine surveyors and consultants, the book covers many aspects of their work with some covered in depth. Marine surveys are of two types, proactive and reactive. In the former the surveyor inspects a vessel before a voyage or activity to ensure that it meets relevant requirements, standards and/or international conventions.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Sea Course Goes Live

Marlins, V.Group’s training business and Human Rights at Sea collaboration on a Diversity and Inclusion at Sea e-learning course is now available and being offered free of charge to individual seafarers for a limited time via Marlin’s online shop. The collaboration, which was announced in September 2016 at the inaugural International Maritime Human Rights conference in London, includes input from Apostleship of the Sea and the UK Royal Navy diversity team – Compass. It is the only e-learning course of its kind, which specifically tackles the topic of diversity and inclusion for seafarers.

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Intermodal Supply Chain Safety Seminar Planned

ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, will co-host a seminar, “Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Safe Packing of Cargo Transport Units” in Brussels, February 27, as part of European Shipping Week. Organized together with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC), the seminar will address the dangers posed to the supply chain by incorrectly packed and secured cargo, and discuss…

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Training Program Seeks to Develop Alaskan Shipbuilders

A new shipbuilding and repair training program in Alaska aims to develop an advanced manufacturing workforce comprised of state residents. Shipbuilder and repairer Vigor has teamed up with the maritime workforce development network Maritime Works for a public, private and philanthropic initiative called Advancing Alaskan Workers, which will train Alaska’s next generation of advanced manufacturing workers. The initiative strives to combat the high turnover rates seen at Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard and elsewhere that result when non-Alaskans are recruited to fill the state’s critical skills gap.

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein (Photo: VIMC)

Advantage Vancouver: Building a Global Maritime Hub

As Canada’s largest port, Vancouver B.C has always been big on shipping. Now they have their sights set on becoming a world-class maritime center. “There’s no problem selling Vancouver,” says Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Maritime Center (VIMC), the organization heading up the expansion initiative. She points out that despite the current slump in shipping, experts are pegging global growth to resume and gain momentum toward 2030. Many also predict that India and China will quadruple their freight volumes by 2050…

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ECDIS ACAT Courses Now Available Offline

ECDIS Ltd have further developed its not for profit Annual Competency Assurance Training (ACAT) courses by introducing an offline version. Listening to the requirements of many of their clients with little or no internet onboard, ECDIS Ltd have developed an almost fully offline version of their ACAT courses, removing the need for constant internet connection. The courses share the exact same content as their online counterparts, however the courses can be purchased and downloaded onshore or when internet is available, and run on any PC for up to 365 days, making it highly versatile.

Capt. James Tobin, president of the AAF

Alumni Form Committee on USMMA Accreditation Status

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) has formed an advisory committee composed of Kings Point graduates and education experts to assist the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Academy in protecting and preserving the school’s imperiled accreditation. In June 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reported that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) underperformed in five of 14 areas including planning, leadership and governance, administrative staff qualifications, resource allocation and student services.

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New Train Connection between Kiel and Trieste

The port of Kiel is extending its services in combined traffic with a new direct train connection between Kiel and the Adriatic port of Trieste in Northern Italy. “This is a milestone for Kiel as a logistics hub,” said Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director at PORT OF KIEL. The destinations of the train - Kiel and Trieste - are points of departure for efficient ferry lines to Scandinavia and to Turkey. The direct train connection was initiated by the logistics company EKOL. Stena Line…

Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha's President and CEO (Photo: Milaha)

New Direct Container Service Between Saudi Arabia And India

Qatar Navigation (Milaha), a maritime and logistics conglomerate based in Qatar, has signed an agreement with the Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) in India, to start the first direct common carrier feeder service between Saudi Arabia and India. The frequency of the first-of-its-kind service will be weekly and will connect the Gujarat port of Kandla directly with Jebel Ali in Dubai, and Dammam and Jubail in Saudi Arabia. The service, named KDX (Kandla Dammam Express)…

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Sea IT Delivers for Maersk Tankers

Sea IT said it continues to deliver installations for Maersk Tankers around the globe as part of a four year long strategic ICT contract. The contract covers all vessels operated within its fleet. “It can be very challenging to manage the logistics in the maritime industry,” said Kristian Ryberg, CEO at Sea IT. Maersk Tankers fleet operates approximately 100 vessels around the globe. A total of more than 75 vessels in the fleet have now become fully equipped with the new BlueCORE system and are up and running.

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Innovative New Falck Training Center

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018.

Loralyn Cropper (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

Coast Guard Foundation Names NE Regional Director

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced  that Loralyn Cropper joined its staff as regional director for the Northeast. In her role, Cropper will work closely with Coast Guard units in the area to identify and fulfill education, morale and family support needs for Coast Guard members. She replaces Susan Ludwig in this position, who was recently named president of the Coast Guard Foundation.

SpeedCast Appoints Kagan as COO

Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited has announced the appointment of David Kagan to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) reporting to Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Jean Beylier. Kagan comes to SpeedCast from Globalstar, where he served as President and COO. Uniquely qualified as a result of his extensive industry experience, Kagan previously held C-level executive positions at ITC Global, Globe Wireless, Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), ICG Satellite Services and Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd.

Damian Seipe (Photo: RSC Bio Solutions)

RSC Bio Solutions Expands

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets. “Deeper segment experience and knowledge will support our growth objectives and our goal to be recognized as the go-to resource for biochemical solutions in markets where protecting equipment and protecting the environment are both essential…

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade. The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026.

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Port of Seattle Commission Elects 2017 Leaders

The Port of Seattle Commission has elected its officers for 2017. Commissioner Tom Albro will serve as president, while Commissioner Courtney Gregoire will serve as vice president. Commissioner Stephanie Bowman will serve as secretary, Commissioner Fred Felleman will serve as assistant secretary, and Commissioner John Creighton will be commissioner-at-large. Among its goals for 2017, the Port of Seattle will focus on environmental and economic development initiatives, particularly those focused on reducing carbon emissions and connecting more people to Port-related careers.

Australia’s Ambassador to Italy Dr Greg French, left, Flinders Professor Saint, the University of Genoa’s Professor Trucco, and Fincantieri’s Vice President Sales Sabrina Sanguineti at the MoU signing in Genoa.Flinders Univ

Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions

Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. The agreement not only strengthens Flinders’ connection with Fincantieri – one of the shortlisted companies bidding to build Australia’s Future Frigates – but also opens…

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UK P&I’s Nichol Joins Greece Team

The UK P&I Club has promoted Risk Assessor David Nichol to Regional Loss Prevention Executive for the Greece region. Nichol is a Master Mariner who joined UK P&I in 2014, after gaining a wealth of experience both at sea and ashore. His experience spans ship and cargo surveying, claims handling, loss prevention and risk assessments. In his new role, Nichol will be responsible for  loss prevention initiatives for Members in the region, including crew seminars and training as well as  providing loss prevention support  for the Piraeus claims team.

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Petersen Appointed Operation Manager, Scandlines

Senior Vice President Route Management & Operations of Scandlines Claus Nikolajsen retires as of 31 January 2017. He is relieved by Michael Guldmann Petersen who joins Scandlines with solid international maritime experience. After 35 years with Scandlines, Claus Nikolajsen retires at the end of January 2017. To take over the position as SVP Route Management & Operations, Scandlines has appointed Michael Guldmann Petersen who turns 50 on 29 January 2017. Michael took his master’s license in 1991 in Copenhagen and sailed for Maersk until 2000.

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Worldwide Ferry Safety Association 2017 Conference

“2017 may be the global breakout year for ferries,” says Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA). She takes this viewpoint because of the tremendous expansion of ferries in India, Philippines, Thailand, new beginnings in West Africa, and the high profile expansion of the Citywide ferry service in New York City, where the  WFSA’s third conference on International Ferry Safety and Technology conference will be held on May 11-12, 2017.

Carlton Schumacher (Photo: Siren Marine)

Siren Marine Names Sales & Business Managers

Siren Marine, a vessel monitoring and tracking technology, and a pioneer of the Connected Boat revolution, has announced that Carlton Schumacher has been retained to fill the director of sales position and Aaron Pape was selected to be business operations manager. In his new position, Schumacher is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of sales strategies for the company’s next-generation boat monitoring and tracking systems. He is an entrepreneurial…

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. (CREDIT: Marad)

HMS Global Maritime Appoints Jaenichen as Chief Operating Officer

HMS Global Maritime, owner and operator of the American Queen Steamboat Company as well as 85 other U.S. flagged vessels, welcomes former Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr. of the U.S. Department of Transportation as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation…

David Doig (Photo: OPITO)

Obituary: David Doig, Chief Executive of OPITO

OPITO, a global oil and gas industry skills, standards and workforce development organization, is deeply saddened to confirm the death of its chief executive David Doig. Mr Doig, 57, who was based in Dubai, suffered a heart attack on December 31st and later passed away peacefully in hospital in Fife, Scotland. John Taylor, chairman of OPITO, said: “David was a vocal champion of OPITO, a much-respected industry leader, a firm advocate of social responsibility; and a trusted colleague and friend to many.

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Port of Kiel Posts Record Cargo and Passenger Handling

Kiel posted record cargo and passenger handling figures in 2016. For the first time some 6.5 million tons were loaded or unloaded last year - an increase of 5.3 % over the previous year and the port’s best-ever result so far. Ferry services to Scandinavia and the Baltic region showed above-average growth, while trade with Russia continued to decline. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) comments: “Kiel has achieved a record result.

Donald F. Hastings (Photo: Lincoln Electric)

Obituary: Donald F. Hastings, former Lincoln Electric CEO

Former Lincoln Electric chief executive officer (CEO) Donald F. Hastings passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, at the age of 88. Hastings had a 44-year career at Lincoln Electric. He joined the company in 1953 as a trainee in its welding school after earning a degree in economics from Pomona College and a master’s degree in marketing from Harvard Business School. Hastings held various leadership positions in the organization. In 1986, he was named president and served as CEO and chairman of the board from 1992 to 1997.

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LNG Floating Storage: A Passing Trend?

At the end of 2015, global LNG production was approximately 35 bcf/d. By 2019, global supply is set to increase by 40 percent with the U.S. and Australia planning to bring another 15 bcf/d online. However, traditional markets like Europe and Northern Asia are experiencing no demand growth due to several factors, including price controls, competition from other fuels, and regulations. Increasing supply may see LNG ships become floating storage units, similar to what the oil industry has experienced.

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Innovative Seaspan Ferry Enters Service

Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) Seaspan Swift, a new hybrid LNG fueled and battery powered ferry, entered service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The innovative vessels is classed by Bureau Veritas, and it is reported to be the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America. Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be built at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.

Keith LaMarr (Photo: NMRA)

NMRA Offers Scholarship to Maritime Student

Aiming to contribute to the future of the marine industry, the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) announced it is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding individual pursuing education and a career in the maritime trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students are encouraged to apply. “Bringing energetic, talented young people into the marine trades is vital to the collective health of our industry,” said Keith LaMarr, NMRA president. The NMRA began the program in 2008. The application can be downloaded at bit.ly/2i3tIlE and is due April 1, 2017.

Peter Wölk (Photo: bMC)

Wölk Named CEO of bMC

brand MARINE CONSULTANTS GmbH (bMC) announced that Peter Wölk joined the company as CEO based in Hamburg on January 1, 2017. As a member of the company’s management team, he will shape strategic, operational and commercial business activities and initiatives for bMC around the world. Wölk is a German lawyer and member of the Hamburg bar association but also an engineer for maritime transport, who studied Nautical Sciences. He has gained considerable industry insight throughout his career.

Seattle Commuter Light Rail Ship Launch Photo Holland American Line

Holland America Line Launches Commuter 'Ships'

Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb…

Port Everglades Terminal is the First to Go Live with Tideworks’ Industry-Leading Solutions in a Series of Planned Deployments at Crowley Terminals Photo Crowley

Crowley Implements Tideworks’ TOS at Port Everglades

Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of comprehensive terminal management and planning software solutions, today announced that Crowley Maritime has gone live with Tideworks’ terminal operating system (TOS) under CitadelMC, the newly branded SaaS model by Tideworks, at its Port Everglades Terminal in Florida. This marks the first Crowley terminal to go live with Tideworks’ TOS in a series of scheduled deployments. Crowley’s terminals in Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico are expected to go live in the first half of 2017.

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Sagarmala – Sailing Towards a Vibrant Gujarat

India's Shipping Minister of State  Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the state- of -the -art exhibition display of Sagarmala, Ministry of Shipping at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2017, yesterday (Jan 11). Gujarat has been at the forefront of the maritime development in India. A) Port modernization:  Projects have been identified for capacity augmentation at existing ports especially Kandla to meet the future growth in cargo volumes. These include mechanization of cargo handling process, development of multi-purpose berth and setting up of barge and coastal jetty to name a few.

Paul Hilder (Photo: Seaspan Marine)

Seaspan Marine Names Hilder Marine Operations VP

Seaspan announced the appointment of Paul Hilder to Vice President, Marine Operations. As a member of Seaspan’s senior leadership team, Hilder will oversee the operational efficiency and safety of the company’s vessels and marine crews. Working in collaboration with Port Captains, Dispatch and the Regulatory & Compliance departments, Hilder will also oversee and monitor ongoing operational and training issues in order to reduce potential risks and liabilities to the company. Hilder has a long, storied past in the BC marine industry.

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Octopi: A Fresh Take on Terminal Operating Software

There’s a new kid in town. The Octopi Terminal Operating System targets small to medium sized container terminals. In this case, size does matter, but bigger isn’t necessarily better. In the global supply chain, billions of dollars are at stake and virtually 98% of all consumer goods for the world’s population travels via ocean transport. The recent collapse of one of the world’s largest ocean carriers brought that reality into sharp focus. In that case, ‘bigger’ didn’t translate into ‘better.’ Hence…

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Transas Brings THESIS to its 2017 Forum for Change

The speaker line-up at the next annual Transas Global Conference confirms that the innovative digital solutions company is catching the mood at the cutting edge of vessel operations by suggesting that, properly harnessed, operations and technology can transform maritime safety as well as efficiency. “If vessels, shore authorities, ports, regulators and training facilities worldwide work together on technology on a common operating platform, there is the potential to achieve extraordinary gains in operating efficiencies, but also a step change in safety,” says Transas CEO Frank Coles.