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Friday, December 9, 2016

(Photo: Harvey Gulf International Marine)

Harvey Gulf's Formula for Success

A formula for success – in good times and bad: Harvey Gulf International Marine hasn’t deviated from its long term plans and goals, even as the price of oil negatively impacts all sectors. Apparently, this isn’t rocket science. According to Dr. Loren C. Scott, an industry analyst, retired professor and economist from Louisiana State University, U.S. oil production is up 85 percent since 2008 – the highest growth of any country in the world, over that period. Shale oil is largely responsible for that trend…

Capt. Chris Hill from the Intermarine Fleet accepting the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariner’s Plaque during the annual United Seamen’s ‘s Services (USS) Annual Gala Event (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Cargo Ship Crew Awarded for Heroism at Sea

Officers and crewmembers of the Crowley Maritime Corp.-managed cargo ship M/V Ocean Glory were recently honored with a 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariners’ Plaque for demonstrating heroism at sea during the United Seamen’s Service’s (USS) annual AOTOS awards ceremony in New York. The mariners were recognized for their August 2016 rescue of an Indonesian fisherman in the vicinity of the Bali Strait while en route to Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Accepting the award on behalf of the ship's officers and crew was Capt. Christopher Hill, master on the M/V Ocean Glory.

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. Presenting the Prize, during a ceremony at IMO Headquarters on Monday, December 5, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted Dr. Wiswall's dedication and leadership in the field of international maritime law over several decades…

Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management, Tom Hicks, left, meets with the Queensland Premier, the Honorable Annastacia Palaszczuk, center, and the Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply, the Honorable Mark Bailey prior to the open ceremony for the Biofutures Industry Forum at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Queensland Officials/Released)

US Navy, Queensland Partner with Industry

A two-day Biofutures Industry Forum hosted by the Queensland government and U.S. Navy at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre commenced today in Brisbane, Australia. The forum will bring together biofutures industry leaders from each step in the supply chain to collaborate and discuss the production of biofuels that meet both jet and marine specifications; all while forming and strengthening professional relationships between the nations. "The Navy has always been in the energy-innovation business- from wind to coal…

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen visits with Gary LaGrange at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to officially award a MARAD grant of $1.75 million for Container on Barge service. The visit and award ceremony was held at the SEACOR AMH office Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen, La. Port of New Orleans (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

New Orleans Receives $1.75 Mln for Port Upgrade

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen visited the Port of Greater Baton Rouge’s container-on-barge operation Tuesday while delivering his personal congratulations on the recent awarding of a $1.75 million grant to the Baton Rouge port and the Port of New Orleans. The grant will be used to acquire specialized container loading equipment to increase efficiencies to the current container-on-barge shuttle service operated by SEACOR AMH between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Australian Border Force Cutter Photo ABFC

Two Rescued from Overturned Yacht off Cairns

The crew of Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Storm Bay have rescued two people from the water after their yacht capsized off Cairns. Shortly after leaving Cairns on patrol on Sunday 4 December 2016, ABFC Storm Bay received a request from Cairns Vessel Traffic System to respond to reports of a vessel in distress approximately 1.2 nautical miles off Machans Beach. ABFC Storm Bay, operating under Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF)…

Trond Myklebust (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

Myklebust Appointed CEO of Viking Supply Ships

The Board of Directors of Viking Supply Ships AB has appointed Trond Myklebust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Myklebust will also act as CEO in Viking Supply Ships A/S, and will take over the responsibilities as CEO in both companies ultimo January. Myklebust is currently employed as CEO of Fjord Shipping AS. A Master Mariner from Aalesund University College, he has extensive experience from the Offshore industry, most notably from his position as Managing Director of Bourbon Norway and ship broker and General Manager within Seabrokers.

WSF Leader to Retire

Lynne Griffith joined the Washington State Department of Transportation as assistant secretary for the ferries division in September 2014. Today, she announced that she will retire from public service at the end of January. Ferries division Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa, who has served alongside Griffith, will act as Washington State Ferries’ leader while the department finalizes its next steps. During Griffith’s time at the helm of the nation’s largest ferry system, missed sailings due to lack of crew dropped nearly 70 percent over the previous 26-month period.

Clark Named Global Head of Shipping

Law firm Hill Dickinson said that Julian Clark will be joining the firm as global head of shipping, starting January 2017.   Clark is a founding partner of Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) and specializes in both wet and dry shipping. Prior to founding CJC, Julian spent seven years as a partner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP. He will be based in Hill Dickinson’s City of London office but will travel between the firm’s international offices in Piraeus, Monaco, Hong Kong and Singapore.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at the opening of the new smart logistics centre in Lurin in Peru in the presence of Fiorella Moulinilli, the Peruvian Deputy Transport Minister, Jose Arakaki Nakamin Photo DP World

DP World Opens Logistics Center in Peru

DP World has opened the first smart logistics centre in Lurin, Peru connected through optical fibres to its terminal at Callao Port, near the capital Lima. The centre will deliver information to the port and customs enabling customers to manage the movement of their cargo using their own electronic devices and smartphones. The inauguration ceremony for the centre was attended by Fiorella Moulinilli, the Peruvian Deputy Transport Minister, Jose Arakaki Nakamine, Mayor of Lima, DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem…

Greater Houston Port Bureau, IAMPE to Offer Management Training

The Greater Houston Port Bureau and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have concluded an agreement for the IAMPE to provide industry management and executive educational programs to Port Bureau members. The Memorandum of Understanding provides Port Bureau members with the ability to take accredited management training through the IAMPE for professional certification. In addition, the IAMPE will recognize and provide credited certification for specific programs offered by the Port Bureau to its members.

ZIM Shuffles its Atlantic Network

ZIM said it will shuffle its Atlantic network, offering new connections between the U.S., Canada and the Mediterranean, starting April 2017, subject to FMC approval. ZIM Container Service Italy (ZCI) - A new premium string, offering improved service to the Italian and French markets, connecting with Canada and the U.S. East Coast, with faster transit time, additional ports of call in Italy and a direct call in Fos, France. ZIM’s flagship service, ZIM Container Service Atlantic (ZCA)…

George Devereese (Photo: UK P&I Club)

Devereese Joins UK P&I as Loss Prevention Advisor

The UK P&I Club has appointed George Devereese as Loss Prevention Advisor in London. Devereese joins from Edge Brokers London where he handled a wide variety of marine claims. He has over a decade of insurance and shipping experience, including service with a container line and Royal Navy.

Roxtec Services US Launched

Roxtec has launched a new inspection, maintenance and installation training company for the United States: Roxtec Services US aims to increase safety for the marine and offshore markets in the area of cable and pipe transits. High safety standards require correctly installed, properly maintained and easily inspected sealing solutions. As sealing experts, Roxtec said it knows how important cable and pipe transits are when it comes to protecting life and assets. No matter when the vessel or platform was built…

Tom Fecke (Photo: CLIA)

Fecke Named CLIA Europe Secretary General

Tom Fecke will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) on January 3, 2017 as Secretary General, CLIA Europe. Fecke will be responsible for managing the European region and will play a key part in strategically implementing CLIA Global programs across Europe. A seasoned professional in the travel industry, Fecke began his career as a travel agent. He holds a degree as master of business administration and had various management roles with Galileo/ Travelport and Avis Rent-a-Car. For more than eight years he worked for RCL Cruises as a regional General Manager.

Advent to Acquire Majority Stake in V.Group

Advent International has agreed to acquire a majority ownership interest in marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group Ltd. from OMERS Private Equity (OPE). V.Group’s management team will retain a minority stake in the company, and OPE will reinvest in V.Group, working with Advent and the management team. Advent will also make significant investments in technology, systems and operations. V.Group specializes in the technical management of maritime assets outsourced by ship owners…

Robert Turner (Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce)

Chamber of Marine Commerce Names Turner Operations VP

The Chamber of Marine Commerce has appointed Robert Turner as Vice President, Operations effective January 3, 2017. Turner has experience both aboard ships and in federal government regulatory development and policy-making, which will be helpful to his role managing the Chamber's activities related to compliance with the many environmental, safety, human resource and operational regulations and policies that govern all aspects of the marine transportation industry. Turner is currently…

Photo: NYK

NYK Establishes Company for Shipping Cars in Vietnam

NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Vietnam Ocean Shipping Agency Corporation (VOSA) to establish NYK Auto Logistics (Vietnam) (NALV), a logistics company for finished cars. On December 2, a signing ceremony was held at the NYK head office in Tokyo and attended by Vu Xuan Trung, general director of VOSA, and NYK president Tadaaki Naito. NALV will be owned by NYK (80 percent) and VOSA (20 percent) and will offer services for inland logistics such as the storage, delivery…

Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners – whose products are counterfeited – and industry organizations, representing both industries signed a joint "Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods" today in Brussels. It…

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding. James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard before venturing off to start his own successful passenger excursion company. Now, James returns to partner with the current owner Stuart Reeves on a new generation of custom shipbuilding. “James exhibits the same passions and values that his father instilled on this company 35 years ago…

Photo: Bison

Bison Container Scales Get International Certificates

New Zealand tech-company BISON has announced  that its portable C-Jacks and C-Legs have just received OIML certification and type approval in Europe. These latest certifications mean shippers can now use BISON container weighing scales for SOLAS VGM compliance across Europe. The OIML certification is internationally recognized and also makes the scales eligible for SOLAS VGM compliance in OIML's 126 member countries. In July 2016, amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) convention made it mandatory for shippers globally to verify the gross mass of export containers…

Bill Shuster (official portrait)

Shuster to Return as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to continue serving as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “It is an honor to be selected again by my colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the next Congress. I am extremely proud of the achievements of our Committee over the last four years. Working across the aisle, we have worked hard to improve our infrastructure through legislation like the FAST Act for our Nation’s roads…

Rolls-Royce to Cut Another 800 Jobs at Marine Unit

British engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would cut a further 800 jobs in its marine business to save an extra 50 million pounds ($63 million) a year, responding to weak demand from shipping and energy customers. The marine business, which depends on oil and gas-related customers for about 60 percent of its business and currently employs about 4,800 people with its main operations in Norway, has seen weak demand for new equipment and lower maintenance revenues as customers use their vessels less.

Douglas Owen (Photo: BIC)

Owen Appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers

Douglas Owen has been appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) following almost four years of service at the organization. With more than 20 years of experience in the maritime transportation industry, Douglas Owen joined the BIC as Deputy Secretary General in late 2012. He has helped to broaden the horizons of the 83-year-old organization which promotes safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in container transportation. Since joining, he has launched a number of new initiatives and increased interaction with members and partner associations.

Rolls-Royce to Restructure Its Marine Business

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to transform its marine business as a result of continuing weakness in the maritime market. Rolls-Royce's marine business supplies a range of technology and services to customers operating merchant, offshore and naval vessels. Planned measures include a further simplification of the structure of the business, with a streamlining of the senior management team, and a series of cost reduction initiatives which will result in the loss of around 800 roles worldwide and an estimated £45-50 million of annualised savings from mid-2017.

Photo courtesy of Yaskawa

Yaskawa Announces Expansion Plan in Europe

Japanese technology group Yaskawa announced that it will intensify its presence in Europe, with the aim of becoming one of the two leading manufacturers of industrial robots in strategic target markets in the medium term. This investment plan follows a successful first wave of expansion initiated in 2014, which included the acquisition of The Switch, one of the leading manufacturers of advanced drive train technology for the marine, wind energy and industrial sectors. This makes…

David Doig and Robert Morgan (Photo: Atlas)

Atlas Partner with OPITO on Digital Standards Integration

Digital learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge Group is partnering with global oil and gas industry skills and workforce development organization OPITO on a dynamic transformation to the way the energy workers undertake safety-critical emergency response training. The first stage in a long-term, global industry initiative to create a change in training to OPITO Standards through technology-driven innovation, the Digital Standards Integration addresses the sector’s call for regulated, consistent online learning with world-class credibility and compliance.

Charlie Moore Photo AdvanTec

Moore Joins AdvanTec Global Innovations

AdvanTec Global Innovations, parent to the Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine, Pacific Coast Marine and Freeman Marine Equipment brands, today announced the following business development appointment that will enhance the company’s ability to provide local representation to the marine industry. Charlie Moore assumes the position of Industry Specialist, Cranes/Yacht, with responsibility for business development and growth of the Steelhead and Pacific Coast Marine brands within the marine products portfolio.

Image: Carnival

Carnival to Sponsor ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’

Carnival Corporation & plc announced it will sponsor the two-part finale of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” airing next year on February 6 and 13. The sponsorship also features Carnival Corporation launching the Celebrity Apprentice Charity Challenge, supporting the charities chosen by the celebrity contestants while driving consumer engagement with the show. “The New Celebrity Apprentice” premieres on January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. With “The New Celebrity Apprentice” featuring a component that brings attention to worthwhile charities…

MarineCFO Names Vieira VP of Sales

Rogerio Vieira has joined MarineCFO as vice president of sales to lead all sales activities domestically and internationally, and continue to build on MarineCFO’s recent successes in providing a safety and compliance product (Vessel 365).   Vieira comes with a wealth of experience in the marine transportation industry and has over 15 years of experience with the American Bureau of Shipping, most of which was in the Nautical Systems NS5 software division.  

World’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier Photo United European Car Carriers

First LNG-fueled Pure Car/Truck Carrier Named

United European Car Carriers (UECC), owned equally by NYK and Wallenius Lines, held a naming ceremony on November 21 at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, for Auto Eco, the world’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). Auto Eco had been delivered to UECC on September 29. The ceremony was attended by Geert Bourgeois, minister-president of the government of Flanders; Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade; Masafumi Ishii, Japan’s ambassador to Belgium; Takao Kusakari, NYK senior advisor; and Koichi Chikaraishi, NYK senior managing corporate officer; among others.

Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels Photo SENER

FORAN System of Designing, Building Twin Vessels Presented at SNAME

The engineering and technology group SENER has once again participated in “SMC 2016”, the annual maritime convention organized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) that brings together the main players in the US marine industry. This time the conference was held in Bellevue, Washington, on November 1-4. At the convention, SENER’s FORAN Area Manager for the United States and Canada, Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels…

Tim Holt (Photo: Emsys)

Emsys Names Holt Marine Service Manager

Emsys Maritime Ltd (UK) has appointed Tim Holt in the capacity of Marine Service Manager. Holt joins the company with a background in the design, installation and maintenance and support of maritime emissions monitoring technology, having held senior positions with various organizations specializing in maritime- and land-based emissions measurement applications. Originally trained as an aircraft electrical and avionics technician in the Royal Air Force, Holt’s expertise has taken him on a global journey working on aircraft such as Harrier Jump Jets…