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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Nakilat Transitions LNG Fleet from Shell

Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL) signed an agreement with Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell) to begin the planned phased transition of the management of Nakilat’s LNG fleet from Shell to NSQL. Shell has provided a range of shipping services to Nakilat’s LNG fleet since it was established in 2006, including the ship management of 14 Q-Max and 11 Q-Flex LNG carriers and the sharing of Shell’s Shipping & Maritime expertise. The vessels will be transitioned in three phases starting this year and shall be managed by Nakilat’s in-house ship management arm…

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability to transfer fuel to its surface ships, in operations around the globe. For each ship, Rolls-Royce will supply two Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), while two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets will provide power to satisfy on board energy requirements.

President, Mr Martin Schultz. Photo ESW

European Shipping Week Receives EU Patronage

European Shipping Week has been granted the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Mr Martin Schultz. Commenting on European Shipping Week, Mr Schultz said his institution appreciated the opportunity for open dialogue between policy makers and representatives of the shipping industry to debate the future of European shipping policy. In a letter to Niels Smedegaard, President of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), Mr Schulz said: “As you are aware…

Vannia Willis (Photo: HII)

HII Employees Honored for STEM Achievements

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that 20 employees from the company’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions were recognized for achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during the 21st annual Women of Color STEM Conference. Huntington Ingalls Industries was among the corporate sponsors that supported this year’s event, which was held October 13-15 in Detroit. Vannia Willis, an 18-year engineering veteran at Newport News, was presented a Community Service Award…

Ecoslops Announced Leadership Changes

Ecoslops, a technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residue, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, announced a change in its governance. The company’s current CEO, Vincent Favier, has been named the new Chairman of the Board effective November 15, 2016, following Michel Pingeot’s decision to stand down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Pingeot has divested a 3 percent stake in Ecoslops to SOPREMA, a global player in waterproofing, insulating and protection for buildings.

Photo: Mercy Ships

‘Cargo Day’ to Raise Support for Mercy Ships

The first ever Cargo Day is set for October 19, when the global shipping and trading community will work together to raise support for international charity Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships serves some of the poorest countries in the world, operating the world’s largest private hospital ship, with a second vessel currently under construction to be fully deployed in 2018, thus expanding the ability to deliver medical care while significantly increasing capacity building and training potential.

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Supports Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts

Supporting relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Florida and throughout the U.S. Southeast, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s logistics group is successfully delivering logistics services for the transportation of water, generators and food and other supplies in partnership with U.S. agencies and the State of Florida. Under federal contract, Crowley has personnel on site in Port au Prince, Haiti, supporting the efforts of the U.S. Naval Supply Command to supply aid to the Haitian people.

Michael Rogers  (Photo: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum)

CBMM Welcomes New Shipwright, Apprentices for Edna Lockwood Restoration

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently welcomed Michael Rogers of Trappe, Md. as a shipwright, along with three professional shipwright apprentices to work on the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the historic 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. Joining Rogers on the project are apprentices Spencer Sherwood of Newport Beach, Ca., Lauren Gaunt of Pleasant Ridge, Mi., and Michael Allen of Barrington, R.I. The two-year restoration project is being managed by CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman and Shipwright J.

Photo CIMIC Group

CIMIC Group Appoints Valderas as CEO

Adolfo Valderas, a civil engineer, is CIMIC Group’s new Chief Executive Officer.   Valderas was previously CIMIC Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras. Iridium, an ACS Group company, is the world‐leading developer and manager of government concessions involving transport and public works infrastructure.  

Senator Ayotte Receives Champion of Maritime Award (Photo: AMP)

Senator Ayotte Named 'Champion of Maritime' by AMP

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, recognized U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Thursday with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award. AMP honored Sen. Ayotte due to her extraordinary support and dedication to the American maritime industry. Sen. Ayotte’s longstanding support for U.S. maritime is demonstrated through her work as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Senate Armed Services Committee. As a champion for the maritime industry, Sen.

Anny Martin (Photo: Moore & Company)

Martin Joins Moore & Company

Moore & Company has hired attorney Anny Martin who joined the firm earlier this month. A graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Martin was extremely involved in the executive boards of various on-campus organizations including serving as President of the International Law Society, Vice President of Internal Communication of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Vice President of the Cuban American Bar Association of the university. She was also the Student Works Editor of the Florida Journal of International Law.

Paul Fardy (l) and Claus Schensema Photo GAC

Management Changes at GAC North America

GAC North America - Logistics (GNAL) has made two key managerial changes to drive its business. Paul Fardy has been appointed Managing Director, based at the Houston head office, to oversee the further development of GAC’s integrated logistics services throughout North America. Previously GAC Management Systems Director at the GAC Group’s Corporate Headquarters in Dubai, Fardy brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role, including many years in GAC logistics operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Martin Bennell (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Appoints Bennell as Managing Director

Specialist maritime recruiter Faststream has appointed Martin Bennell as Managing Director. Bennell joined Faststream three years ago and will step up from Maritime Director to take full responsibility of Faststream’s US and EMEA businesses. Bennell is a seasoned recruitment professional having spent over 16 years in the sector including experience in leading high growth Oil & Gas and Maritime recruitment operations. He is a Fellow of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and regular participant in Maritime industry events.

DP World volunteers at the ATI Terminal in the Philippines rolled out the Global Education Programme at a local school recently Photo DP World

DP World to Educate 34,000 Youngsters globally by 2020

Global trade enabler DP World is rolling out its Global Education Programme internationally following an English language pilot in seven countries with an aim to deliver over 100 sessions in seven additional languages by the end of 2016. Volunteers from 17 DP World locations in the UAE, India, Pakistan, Senegal, the UK, Argentina and the Philippines delivering the programme have received positive feedback from students and teachers. Over 90% of teachers in the pilot countries…

Photo: Danish Maritime Forum

Program Announced for Danish Maritime Forum

More than 200 global key leaders from all parts of the maritime value chain will meet in Copenhagen for the Danish Maritime Forum on October 26-27. Together they will discuss the most significant challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the global economy, the maritime industry and society. The Danish Maritime Forum will take place at a time when the future of the industry looks more uncertain and more unpredictable than ever. Fundamental shifts in the economy and technological advances are transforming the industry at an unprecedented pace.

Keaney Joins Hill Dickinson

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its London shipping team with the arrival of Master Mariner Donal Keaney, bringing the total number of Master Mariners at the firm to six. Keaney is currently studying to become admitted as a solicitor and joins Hill Dickinson from a varied seagoing, commercial and legal background. He recently spent three years with a Hong Kong legal practice, where he worked on a varied caseload of both wet and dry matters, including attendances and casualty investigations on site.

Andrew Parker (Photo: Dan-Bunkering)

Parker Joins Dan-Bunkering in Texas

Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. has announced that Andrew Parker has been employed as Bunker Trader as of 15 September 2016.   Parker is in possession of a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is joining Dan-Bunkering after holding a position with an oil major.   Michelle Guerra started as Operations/Administration Assistant in August 2016. Guerra comes with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

From left to right - Professor Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), with Lars Ugland, Chairman  of IOMSA (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Mersey Maritime Delegation Attends IOMSA Event

A delegation from UK industry body Mersey Maritime and some of its members visited the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) for its October networking event – following the recently formed trade partnership between the two bodies. During the event a member of the delegation Professor Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), gave a talk on ‘Trends in Technology and Skills for the Maritime Sector’ in which he discussed global trends and developments in technology that will impact on jobs and future skills.

Coast Guard Station Port Angeles crewmembers assist children with removing their lifejackets after bringing them safely to shore during a rescue that took place at Camp David on Lake Crescent, Friday. Forty kids and six adults were stranded in a cabin without power during an annual school trip from Stevens Middle School, out of Port Angeles. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

40 Kids, 6 Adults Stranded at Camp David on Crescent Lake Rescued

A Coast Guard Station Port Angeles boatcrew assisted in the rescue of 40 kids and six adults who were stranded at Camp David on Lake Crescent, Friday. Coast Guard crewmembers aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II safely ferried groups of seven to nine passengers from Camp David to a bus waiting at Marymere Falls trailhead. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound received a call at 3:45 p.m., reporting the group stranded in a cabin with no power and unable to drive out of the camp due to trees blocking the roads.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and the Senegalese President Macky Sall, during their meeting in Dakar recently. Pic by DP World

DP World Chairman Meets Senegal President

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem reiterated the company’s commitment to supporting the economic growth of Senegal and developing Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway for West Africa during his meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall. DP World’s current and future projects in Senegal as well as ways of further strengthening trade relations and exploring areas of future cooperation were discussed at the meeting in Dakar, which was also attended by Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne and UAE Ambassador to Senegal Mohammed Al Rashidi. Mr.

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crewmembers assist Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Holland crew, Dutch Marines and Red Cross members to load supplies for the World Food Program at Haitian Coast Guard station in Les Photo USCG

USCG Supports Disaster Response in Les Cayes, Haiti

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis supported disaster response efforts Wednesday in Les Cayes, Haiti. Cutter Thetis crewmembers assisted the Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Holland crew, Dutch Marines and Red Cross members to load supplies for the World Food Program at the Haitian Coast Guard station in Les Cayes. Cutter Thetis crewmembers and embarked Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew also assisted Jean Marie Wagnac, Haitian Coast Guard Commandant, to visit…

Rod Jones (left) and Louis Martel (right) (Photo: CSL Group)

CSL Head Rod Jones to Retire

CSL Group head Rod Jones will retire effective March 31, 2017, after a career with the Canadian dry bulk shipper that spans over 30 years, including nine years as president and chief executive officer. Louis Martel, currently CSL International president and CSL Group executive vice-president, will assume the role of chief executive officer effective April 1, 2017. During his three decades at CSL, Jones helped to transform what was a Great Lakes focused shipping business into the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships…

Mark Hunt (Photo: Simmons Edeco)

Simmons Edeco Promotes Hunt to Operations Manager

SIMMONS EDECO, a  supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that Mark Hunt has been promoted to the newly created position of Operations Manager for its European base of operations in Great Yarmouth, England. In his new role, Hunt is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of operations initiatives. In view of the company’s recent reorganization that involves plans to expand globally, Hunt is reviewing existing processes with a view to standardizing and strengthening operations.

Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an ambitious coalition of shipping leaders from around the world Photo SSI

SSI: IMO, Member States must Cut GHG Emissions

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today set out what it believes are the required immediate actions for creating a framework to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. The announcement comes ahead of the landmark Marine Environmental Committee Meeting (MEPC 70, 24th – 28th October), where the SSI believes that the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and all organisations…

From Left to Right Admiral Charles Michel, Anne B. Brengle and Admiral Paul Zukunft Photo Coast Gurard Foundation

Coast Guard Foundation President Recognized for Dedication

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at the 36th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard, which was held in New York City October 6th, President Anne B. Brengle was recognized with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award. The award was read by Coast Guard Foundation vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, RADM James Van Sice, USCG (Ret.) and was presented by Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant and Admiral Charles Michel, vice commandant.

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Appoints New CFO

CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, announces the appointment of Michel Delville as Chief Financial Officer. Michel Sirat will continue to support the Group on strategic development missions. Michel Delville was Chief Financial Officer of the Saft Group, the world’s leader in high technology batteries. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, which he joined in 1999.

Michael Grey (Photo: London Shipping Law Centre

Less Authority, More Responsibility: A Growing Problem for Ship Masters

The position of the Ship Master, apparently enshrined in centuries of law, custom and practice, is showing evidence of strain in the light of 21st century ship operation and management. The Master’s traditional authority is widely perceived as being diminished while responsibility is being increased, frequently in matters over which he has little or no control. Is the role of the Master under attack? How has his authority and responsibilities been affected in an age of instant communication between ship and shore…

Pekka Rouhiainen Photo Cargotec

Rouhiainen Appointed Investor Relations Manager, Cargotec

Pekka Rouhiainen (M.Sc.Econ) has been appointed Investor Relations Manager as of 1 November, 2016. He joins Cargotec from Sanoma, where he has worked as Investor Relations Manager.   "Pekka has versatile experience from investor relations and finance sector, and I am delighted to get him to our team. Our target is to lift our investor relations service to the next level," says Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, Vice President, Investor Relations.

Shipbuilder  Sustainability Module Sustainability Knowlegde Base Photo Shipbuilder software

Shipbuilder Sustainability Knowledge Base presented to Dutch Govt.

The Shipbuilder Sustainability Knowledge Base has been presented on sustainability day (10-10) to Salima Belha (member of the Dutch parliament) and Brigit Gijsbers (director of maritime affaires at Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment). The Dutch trade association Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) collected over 175 sustainable maritime solutions and selected 10 examples to spotlight in a sustainability maritime brochure. Among this 10 highlighted examples the Shipbuilder Sustainability Knowledge Base can be found.

N. American World Maritime Day to Be Held in New York

The 2016 North American World Maritime Day Observance will be held on October 27 at Pier A in New York City, announced Joseph Hughes, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). This year’s theme, “Shipping: Indispensable to the World” will be explored by such speakers as Jan-Willem van den Dijssel of Cargill, Dr. Sandra Whitehouse of Ocean Conservancy, Jon Waldron of Blank Rome, and Anthony Teo of DNVGL. They will focus their remarks on the benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility in shipping.

LOC Boosts London Team

International marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has moved one of its top performers from Asia back to London to focus on growing the company’s shipping services in London and around the world. Nick Haslam, Group Director of Shipping Services, joined LOC almost 20 years ago and has been based in Singapore for the last nine years. He has returned to London to focus on business development and intends to further grow the expert team over the next 12-18 months. A Class 1 Master Mariner…

Mallory Alexander Expands in Miami

Mallory Alexander International Logistics has opened a new office and warehouse in Miami, Fla. to serve the region’s import and export sector. The facility includes a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), as well as a Container Freight Station, Bonded Warehouse, and an In-Bond Export Consolidator (IBEC) Warehouse. “Miami is an important international gateway located strategically at the crossroads of the Americas, with a booming trade industry and a world-class transport network,” said Tinamarie Newman, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mallory Alexander International Logistics.

Scott Trimble (Photo: Pettit Marine Paint)

Pettit Hires Trimble as Technical Sales Rep

Marine coatings manufacturer Pettit Marine Paint has added Scott Trimble to its staff as Technical Sales Representative, responsible for bolstering customer retention efforts and developing new relationships in the vital Gulf Coast and Caribbean markets. A NACE International Institute-certified level 2 Coating Inspector, Trimble has received comprehensive training and has demonstrated significant experience in topside paints and antifouling coatings.

File photo: Maersk Line

Shipowners to Narrow in on Free Trade

On Tuesday, October 25, during Danish Maritime Days, the Danish Shipowners’ Association will host a seminar focused on free trade and global shipping. The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen will lead the discussion on how we can ensure – and further strengthen – free trade of goods and services. During the Danish Maritime Days, to be held October 24-28, heads of the global maritime industry and key decision makers will meet to discuss today’s important shipping policy issues including increasing global protectionism…