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Friday, February 24, 2017

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shiprepair Cuts 150 Jobs

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) plans to lay off around 150 workers as part of its reorganisation program at three Dutch yards within its group. All employees at the three locations — Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), Damen Shiprepair Van Brink (DSVB) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) — have been informed, along with the workers' council and trade unions. It is the intention of DSC to complete the reorganization before summer 2017. Making matters worse, market expectations for the short and medium term are not positive.

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Boosts Investment in Port Elizabeth

APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced USD $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of USD $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These vessels are expected to start calling the port right after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year.

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…

Julianna Marler (Photo: Port of Vancouver)

Marler Named Port of Vancouver CEO

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve terms of employment for Julianna Marler, officially installing her as CEO/Executive Director. Marler is the first female CEO in the port’s 105-year history and one of just a handful of female port CEOs in the U.S. Her employment agreement includes a $202,801 annual salary, $500 monthly car allowance and deferred compensation totaling 15 percent of her salary for a term of four years. Completing the port’s $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project in early 2018.

Benjamin Tsai, President Photo Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation

Evergreen Names Tsai President of North America Agency

Benjamin Tsai, previously serving as Chief Executive Vice President, has been appointed President of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation, North America General Agents for global ocean carrier Evergreen Line. Roy Amalfitano, President for the last five years, has been promoted to Vice Chairman. The promotions were announced by Mr. Lawrence Lee, President of Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taipei). "Both Benjamin and Roy have successfully led EGA through some challenging times for the maritime industry in general," said Mr. Lee. Mr.

Dimitris Ardamis

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. Appoints Traders

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. has announced that Pascal Bellet and Dimitris Ardamis were recently employed as Bunker Traders. Pascal Bellet was born and raised in Monaco and graduated from the International University of Monaco in 2010 where after he commenced his career in the shipping and yachting industry. Dimitris Ardamis is originally from Greece, and has a BSc in Maritime Business and Logistics from the University of Plymouth. During his studies and after graduating, Dimitris has acquired broad experience within the shipping industry.

Troy Container Line Announces FCL Managerial Promotion

Troy Container Line Ltd., one of American-owned NVOCCs, has announced  the promotion of Leeanne O'Reilly  to FCL Export Manager. With the FCL’s ongoing expansion, the elevation of Leeanne into this vital leadership role is a move seen as essential by the company to not only sustain but also advance the tailored and comprehensive customer service that has become a hallmark of Troy Container Line. In her new role, O’Reilly will be second in command for FCL Exports, working closely with clients…

Tony Bon (Photo: Samson)

Tony Bon: From Yarn Handler to CEO

January of 2017 saw the retirement of one of the veterans of the Samson family. Tony Bon, CEO through 2015 retired as of December 31, 2016. Bon shares his impressions of the time he’s been with Samson and the high points of both the company and the industry it serves. In the Navy they have an expression to describe a captain that moves up through the ranks: “He came up through the hawse pipes.” Bon’s journey to the corner office at Samson is a similar story. In 1974, after leaving Berklee College of Music in Boston, Bon needed a job.

Mistry Resigns as a Director of Bumi Armada

Malaysia-based international offshore energy facilities and services provider Bumi Armada Berhad  has announced that its Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director, Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry, has resigned from the Board of Directors of the Group. Mistry joined the Board of Bumi Armada in October 2014. Mistry is the Chairman of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, a conglomerate involved in construction, real estate, infrastructure and renewable energy.

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…

New Sat Comms Expert for the Greek and Cypriot Markets

Marlink has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with the satellite connectivity business of Greece and Cyprus based TNL Group, enabling it to launch a brand new maritime satellite communications expert, Marlink CG. Delivering a wide portfolio of innovative Marlink VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services, Inmarsat FleetXpress, Inmarsat/Iridium MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) and integrated business critical solutions for customers in Southern Europe, Marlink CG will operate from offices in Greece and Cyprus…

Kellye Walker (Photo: HII)

HII’s Walker Elected to Women’s Leadership Institute

Kellye Walker, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) executive vice president and general counsel, was inducted into the DirectWomen’s 2017 Board Institute class. Walker is one of 20 elite women lawyers to be welcomed into this year’s class. The 2017 DirectWomen class is composed of general counsels of Fortune 500 companies, partners at top law firms, and other senior executives and advisers. DirectWomen identifies leading women lawyers from around the country who are able to provide the experience…

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.

"K” Line (India) Shipping Joins INSA

“K” Line (India) Shipping Private Ltd (KLISP), affiliated company of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., joined Indian National Shipowner’s  Association(INSA) at the end of January 2017. KLISP was established in 2014 and actively participates in Indian Coastal Trade as well as International Trade business as an Indian Shipping company. In the same year, KLISP successfully entered into a long-term CVC contract with an Indian Charterer. From December 2016, KLISP acquired ownership of an Indian flag vessel…

Miliaras tapped for Carnival Maritime Post

Minas Miliaras has taken on the role of Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution at Carnival Maritime, the Marine Service Unit of the Costa Group (AIDA, Costa) in Hamburg. Minas will head the fleet teams and the maintenance development team for all AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Costa Asia ships. He will be responsible for the fleet management of the 26 vessels according to efficiency and sustainability targets of Carnival Maritime. This includes technical management, improvement of repair efficiency…

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.

“The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Marios Demetriades, welcomes the newly appointed Sales Executive in Germany, Mr Christian Bahr” (Photo: Cyprus)

Cyprus Appoints German Sales Executive

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping has announced the appointment of Christian Bahr as its sales executive in Germany. Based in Hamburg, Bahr will be responsible for communicating the competitive advantages of the Cyprus flag and maritime cluster to the German market. With an economic background and extensive experience in the funds management sector and shipping investments, Mr. Bahr has spent 17 years in the shipping industry. With the full support of the Department of Merchant Shipping…

Martek Bucks the Trend on Gender Divide

Historically marine industries have been significantly male dominated but one business in Rotherham is bucking the trend. Martek Marine, who employ more than 60 staff, now boast a leadership team which is made up of 75% women. The business, which launched in 1999, serves 80 different countries and women currently make up 45% of their entire workforce. During 2016 both the BBC and BHP Billiton took steps to ensure that moving forward women make up 50% of their workforce. While…

Paul Holden Photo Armitt Group

Armitt Appoints Holden as Finance Director

The Armitt Group has appointed Paul Holden as its new Finance Director. Mr Holden has over 20 years’ experience in a series of senior financial management positions most notably as Finance Director at Dobson Crowther Ltd, a specialist print and packaging manufacturer, where he led an MBO of the business securing £3.5m acquisition funding from Royal Bank of Scotland. Immediately prior to joining the Armitt Group, he was Financial Consultant to Inspirepac Ltd, a £50M manufacturer of high quality packaging products…

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Maersk Expects Healthier 2017 for Shippers

Bloomberg quoted Robbert van Trooijen, APAC CEO of Maersk Line, saying that the current year (2017) will be more profitable than the last. Post-Hanjin, ocean freight customers now stressing stability and avoiding risk to supply chains, not just rates, he said. "The bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and a consolidation in the container shipping industry will pave the way for a better year for the industry," he told the international news wire. Maersk Line is seeing a…

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group

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…

Erik Nyheim Photo Wilhelmsen group

Nyheim, Wang Join Wilhelmsen as Vice Presidents

As part of reshaping the executive team, the Wilhelmsen group adds two senior vice presidents to its group management team. Mr Erik Nyheim will be responsible for Wilhelmsen’s investments in ships service (marine products and agency), safety products and solutions (Survitec), governmental services and Qube, while Mr Jan Eyvin Wang will be responsible for following up ship management, insurance services, Treasure ASA and NorSea Group. “I am pleased to see Erik and Jan Eyvin joining our team,” says Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO at Wilhelmsen.

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Back in the Black

The South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has reported a net profit of KRW 682.3 billion (USD 596.6 million) for the full year of 2016, returning from a loss of KRW 1.36 trillion (USD 1.18 billion) seen in the full year 2015. Operating profit for 2016 totaled 1.64 trillion won, up from a loss of 1.54 trillion won for 2015. HHI also announced consolidated 4Q 2016 results. During the October-December period of 2016 HHI racked up 10.3427 trillion won in sales and 437.7 billion won in operating profits, posting quarterly profits for four straight quarters.

Photo: Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA

Wilhelmsen Reports Positive Results

2016 ended for Wilh. Wilhelmsen with an improvement in transported volumes, which had a positive effect on total income for the fourth quarter. Adjusted for non-recurring items, WWASA also recorded an uplift in operating profit. Rate pressure continues, but the group expects soft volume recovery in the first half of 2017. Total income for the fourth quarter was USD 450 million, up 8% from USD 418 million in the third quarter. The operating profit ended at USD 4 million due to non-recurring items, down from USD 32 million in the previous quarter.

Photo: Rickmers Group

Rickmers-Linie Sold to ZEABORN

Marking further consolidation in the breakbulk and project cargo sector, Rickmers Group said it has sold its business operations of Rickmers-Linie to ZEABORN. Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KG and MCC Marine Consulting & Contracting GmbH & Cie. KG, which are both fully-owned by Rickmers Holding AG, reached agreement to sell their respective operating businesses to ZEABORN Chartering GmbH & Co. KG on February 7, 2017. The planned sale, subject to the approval of the financing banks of the Rickmers Group and subject to anti-trust authorities…

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.

Justin Murphy (Photo: IBIA)

Murphy Takes Up Role as Chief Executive of IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has introduced its new Chief Executive, Justin Murphy, who akes up his new position from February 13, 2017. From 2013 to 2015, Murphy was CEO of Brightoil Shipping, Singapore and Executive Director at HKSE listed Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Ltd, an Energy conglomerate with bunkering and ship owning divisions. Prior to that, Murphy held director and board positions at several firms involved in shipping, including Teekay, AET, and a stint as head of shipping at Macquarie Bank.

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.

Evac Names Rudling President, Offshore and Merchant

Evac Group has appointed Claes Rudling as global Business Area President, Offshore and Merchant, effective January 23, 2017. Rudling will continue as CEO of Uson Marine, which was acquired by Evac Group in December 2016.   Rudling is a member of the Evac Group Management Team. He is based in Stockholm and reports to Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac Group.   Evac Group is aprovider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore and building industries.

Rodolphe Saadé (Photo: CMA CGM)

New CEO at CMA CGM

Rodolphe Saadé is the new chief executive of container shipping line CMA CGM, taking over the role previously held by his 80-year-old father. The top spot at CMA CGM Group has been passed from one generation to another. Jacques Saadé announced on his 80th birthday that his son Rodolphe Saadé would take over as the French shipping line’s next chief executive officer. Jacques Saadé, who founded the company 1978, will remain chairman of the board of directors. Previously executive officer, Rodolphe Saadé has been with CMA CGM since 1994.

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Sees More Losses

South Korea's largest deep sea carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine expects to post losses through the first half of next year due to poor market conditions, reports Bloomberg quoting its CEO Yoo Chang-keun. “This year will be the year to strengthen our financials,” Yoo told Bloomberg. “We are targeting to make an operating profit in the third quarter of next year. By early next year, we expect much of the overcapacity in the market will be resolved. Yoo says that HMM is also making investments in overseas port operations…

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…

Brian Gilvary (Photo: BP)

Lawsuit Drags BP's Oil Trading Division into the Red

BP's oil trading business, one of the biggest in the sector, reported a rare loss in the fourth quarter after it lost a $70 million lawsuit over an oil cargo delivered to a Moroccan refinery. BP's Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said due to flat trading positions ahead of a crucial OPEC meeting at the end of November, and the lawsuit, the company's oil trading division made a "small loss" in the fourth quarter. "There was a natural inclination to flatten up all of the books and there was also an adverse court ruling against us which is a $70 million hit," he told analysts on Tuesday.

Captain John Ward (Photo: C-PORT)

Sea Tow Captain Ward Appointed as C-PORT’s New Chairman

The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (C-PORT) recently appointed Captain John Ward, of Sea Tow Destin, FL., as its new Chairman of the Board. C-PORT is the only association that represents the marine assistance industry nationwide. John Ward owns and operates Aquanaut Towing & Salvage/Sea Tow Pensacola, Destin, Lake Norman/Wylie and Lake Kerr/Gaston. He was appointed chairman at the organization’s 30th membership meeting, held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL. in November.

Ken FitzGerald (Photo: Glosten)

Glosten Promotes FitzGerald to Principal

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Ken FitzGerald to Principal. FitzGerald is a graduate of Louisiana State University (BS, Petroleum Engineering, 1992), and joined Glosten in 2003 after 13 years working in commercial oceanography. While at Glosten, he has supported the firm’s work in mooring design, geophysical surveys, research vessels, logistics planning, and has managed risk assessment workgroups. He is a subject matter expert in mooring and maneuvering, and has managed ship alteration projects of all types.

Left to right: Mariska ten Heuw, alderman Hengelo; Gerry Waanders, manager Twente Port Authority and Jan Fransen, Executive Director/Green Award Foundation (Photo: Green Award Foundation)

Twente Port Authority Goes Green

In order to encourage environmentally responsible behavior, the Port Authority gives Green Award certificate holders a discount according to the level their ship has achieved within the certification scheme. Gold, silver and bronze levels will be rewarded from January 1, 2017. To mark this cooperation, Jan Fransen, executive director of Green Award Foundation, handed over the Green Award plaque to Mariska ten Heuw from the Board of the Port of Twente and Gerry Waanders manager Twente Port Authority on  February 3. Green Award certifies ships that score high on quality and safety.

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.

Robert Joore (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

New Total Lubmarine Head Shares His Vision

Robert Joore, the new General Manager of marine lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine, has laid out his vision for the company, focusing on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators operating in poor freight markets in a low-sulphur era. Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Paris, Joore said, “Total Lubmarine believes that innovation is the key to success. In 2017 we will continue to invest heavily in developing a generation of marine lubes which are suitable for engines running both low and high sulphur fuels.

BlueTide Adds Ku-Band Coverage in Australia

BlueTide Communications (BlueTide) announced it has added Ku-band VSAT service to cover Australia extending north to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. This allows the company to serve broader maritime regions where global shipping and oil & gas companies operate. With the need for connectivity growing due to crew usage, systems monitoring and automation, BlueTide’s VSAT plans are a natural fit with unlimited data and voice at a flat monthly fee. In addition to standard VSAT communications…

Bjoern Sprotte (Photo: OSM)

New Global Managing Director in OSM

Bjoern Sprotte has taken over the position as Global Managing Director for Technical Management & Services in OSM Maritime Group. Sprotte will be responsible for all technical management and services worldwide, working out of OSM’s Singapore office. He will focus on expanding and innovating the company’s range of services and thereby supporting the core business of OSM’s customers as a competent, reliable and transparent partner at all times. Sprotte has extensive international…

Hanjin Shipping (File Photo)

South Korean Court to Liquidate Hanjin Shipping

The Seoul Central District Court Thursday decided to end the bankruptcy protection of Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd (Hanjin Shipping), leaving the company to succumb to a declaration of bankruptcy later this month, Yonhap reported. Hanjin, once the world's seventh- or eighth-largest container shipper, filed for court receivership in late August 2016 as its creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), said they would not provide additional financial support to Hanjin starting from September 4.

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Port of Oakland Mulls $600m Upgrade

A Port of Oakland executive outlined a $600 million spending plan here today for growth at his West Coast trade gateway. Maritime Director John Driscoll told a maritime audience that Oakland would increase trade volume by investing in new facilities and better infrastructure. The objective: more containerized cargo. “We’re building for growth in a shipping industry that is becoming more and more competitive,” Driscoll said at an American Association of Port Authorities conference.

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Alabama Port Signs Agreement with Cuba

The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals. The five-year, cooperative agreement  was signed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Port of Mobile and the Cuban ports marks the first ports agreement signed on U.S. soil since 1959. James K. Lyons, chief executive officer of the Alabama State Port Authority and Rene Rolando Fernandez de Lara Cabezas…

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Port of Seattle CEO Resigns

Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick tendered his resignation at a public port commission meeting Thursday after more than 2.5 years at the helm. Fick was recently placed on paid administrative leave due to “personnel issues” and the separation was described as “mutual”. “We accept the resignation of Ted Fick, and acknowledge his desire to return to the private sector,” said Commission President Tom Albro. Port of Seattle Chief Operating Officer Dave Soike, a 35-year port veteran, will serve as interim CEO. The port said the public process to find a replacement will begin later this year.

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”.

Tom Boardley (Photo: The Mission to Seafarers)

Boardley Named Mission to Seafarers Chairman

The Mission to Seafarers announced that Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President of Lloyd’s Register has been appointed as the new Chairman of the global maritime welfare charity. Boardley will formally take on the role from the incumbent Chairman Robert Woods CBE on April 1,2017. Robert Woods said, “I am pleased to be handing over the chairmanship of The Mission to Seafarers to Tom Boardley. Tom has a great reputation within the industry, and I have no doubt is the right person to steer the Mission through the next stage of the charity’s evolution.

The new Mantsinen 120M HybriLift hydraulic crane now in operation at the Port of Swansea.  (Photo:  Cooper Handling)

New Cranes for Port of Swansea

The second of five highly efficient hydraulic cranes destined for Associated British Ports (ABP) facilities across the UK has arrived at ABP Swansea. Supplied and installed by the country's largest independent provider of port equipment, Cooper Specialised Handling, the Mantsinen 120M crane is part of a £6million deal between the two companies. A smaller version of the acclaimed equipment was recently installed at the port operator's facility in Teignmouth, Devon and it is now unloading 2,000T vessels two hours quicker, using less fuel, than the crane it replaced.

Jeff Lock (Photo: UK P&I)

UK P&I Announce Promotions Within UK Claims Team

The UK P&I Club has promoted Senior Claims Director Jeff Lock to the newly created role of Global Technical Claims Director and Senior Claims Executive Adam Russ to Senior Claims Director. Jeff Lock joined UK P&I Club in 2011, having spent 11 years working as a solicitor within a major London maritime law firm. As well as being a qualified solicitor, Lock has 18 years seagoing experience on a wide range of ship types, including oil and petrochemical tankers. Lock represents the…

Pakistan's First Dry Bulk Terminal to Open in March

Pakistan's first dry bulk terminal will open next month and is expected to handle 3 million tonnes a year of coal imports, rising to 20 million tonnes over the next five years, the port's chief executive said on Thursday. The $285 million Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, which was built with support from the World Bank, will also be used to export cement and clinker, Sharique Siddiqui, chief executive for the Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Ltd, told Reuters at a coal conference in Cape Town. (Reporting by Wendell Roelf)

Richard Gruenhagen (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

Gruenhagen Named CFO at MV WERFTEN

Shipbuilding group MV WERFTEN said it has appointed Richard Gruenhagen as Managing Director of Finance and Administration to reinforce the group's Management Board as new CFO effective February 1.   Gruenhagen graduated from Indiana University, is a Certified Public Accountant (USA), has many years of experience as Executive Financial Management Professional, broad business experience as CFO, Director of Finance, Chief Accountant and as Head FP&A & Controlling in large global companies and startups, incl. ABB and GE. Most recently, Gruenhagen worked as CFO at DHL Logistics in Switzerland.

Alex Karakassis, has been appointed Managing Directors alongwith Dawson Photo HANSA HEAVY LIFT

Dawson, Karakassis appointed Managing Directors, Hansa Heavy Lift

Steve Dawson and Alex Karakassis have been appointed Managing Directors of HANSA HEAVY LIFT GmbH, taking over from outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roger Iliffe, with immediate effect. Dawson will oversee HANSA HEAVY LIFT’s engineering, technical, and operational activities, and Karakassis, who remains Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will oversee the company’s commercial and financial activities. Both have been with HANSA HEAVY LIFT since its inception in 2011. Roger Iliffe has left in order to focus on independently pursuing other opportunities.

Pic: Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd

Evergreen May Turn Around

Evergreen Marine Corp, which has been battered by falling freight rates due to a prolonged supply glut, may swing into profit this year as market conditions improve in the global shipping industry, reports Taipei Times. The paper quoted  Capital Investment Management Corp as saying that Evergreen is expected to  post profit of NT$689 million (US$22 million) for this year, compared with an estimated loss of NT$5.65 billion for last year. Signs the container shipping industry had bottomed out gradually surfaced toward the end of last year…

Chris Shirling Rooke Photo Mersey Maritime

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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Caterpillar mulls Global Headquarters in Chicago

Caterpillar Inc. announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois. “Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has been discussing the benefits of a more accessible, strategic location for some time,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Since 2012, about two-thirds of Caterpillar’s sales and revenues have come from outside the United States. “We value our deep roots in Central Illinois, and Peoria will continue to be our hometown.

Pic: Mitsui O.S.K.

Japanese Shipping Companies in Troubled Waters

Though the challenging market conditions in the container shipping industry continued to add pressure to Japan’s major shipping companies, turnaround seen as write-downs set to fizzle out, earnings forecasts upgraded, reports Nikkei. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) reported the largest net loss for the nine-month period which amounted to JPY 226 billion ($ 1.98 billion) in the first nine months of fiscal year 2016 ended December 31. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) concluded…

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'K' Line: Change of Executive Officers

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line) announced changes to executive officers. “K” Line has promoted Senior Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi to the position of chairman of “K” Line India Private Ltd., Executive Officer Aka Hiraoka to counselor of “K” Line Logistics Ltd., and Executive Officer Tomoyuki Okawa to chief executive officer of “K” Line Offshore AS. Tomoyuki Okawa will provide assistance to Energy Transportation Business, in charge of Tankers, General Manager of Energy & Off-Shore Business Planning Group. Tomoyuki Okawa has joined “K” Line in 1983.

OL USA Names Murphy CCO

OL International Holdings LLC (OL International) has promoted Carrie Murphy to Chief Commercial Officer of OL USA (formerly TTS Worldwide). Murphy joined TTS Worldwide in 2012, playing a key part in the growth of the company and its rebranding as OL USA, which becomes effective February 1. A veteran of the logistics industry, Murphy started her career in 1990 at Radix International, and in 1995 managed the NVOCC transition when Radix and Votainer were purchased by AEI International, which would later become part of DHL Global Forwarding.

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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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Oldendorff to Open Copenhagen Office

Lubeck headquartered dry bulk shipping company Oldendorff Carriers said it plans to open an office in the maritime cluster in Hellerup, Denmark by June 2017. The new office just north of Copenhagen will be headed by Oldendorff Executive & Board Director Jens Jacobsen, who will lead a team initially consisting of eight to 10 people. The company intends to relocate a number of people to the new location but will also look to draw on the dry bulk shipping pool of talent in Scandinavia for further expansion.

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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.

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SAFE Boats Names Champagne Senior VP, Operations

SAFE Boats International has appointed Hartwell Champagne as its new Senior Vice President of Operations. Champagne joined SAFE Boats in 2013 and has been a key member of the company’s executive team. Prior to his new assignment, Champagne was the General Manager of the company’s Large Craft Production facility in Tacoma, Wash. where the U.S. Navy’s Mk VI Patrol Boats are manufactured. Hartwell has been part of the defense and government contracting industries almost the entirety of his career.

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IMCA Plans Spring Seminar and Workout Program

During 2016 the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced it had changed its seminar strategy, replacing the traditional large annual event with a series of highly focused technical seminars. These proved very successful, and a commitment was made to build on this strategy in 2017. This has resulted in seven events being scheduled for Spring 2017. “Our niche events are tailored to tackle specific topics, bringing together subject matter specialists to discuss solutions to industry issues,” explains Richard Benzie, IMCA’s technical Director.

Sweden Drops Objections to Port Striking Nord Stream Deal

Sweden's government has dropped its objections to a plan by Russia's Gazprom to use the port of Karlshamn in southern Sweden as a base for the construction of its Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Swedish public radio reported on Monday. Officials in Karlshamn, on the Baltic sea, will take the formal decision on Tuesday, but are likely to vote yes to an agreement after the government tempered its previous objections to a deal. Late last year, the island of Gotland rejected a similar deal to support the construction of the pipeline after the government expressed worries about national security.

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AAPA ‘Encouraged’ By Senate Dems’ Infrastructure Plan

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and unified voice of America’s seaports – is encouraged by the release yesterday of the infrastructure investment outline by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats, especially the recognition that ports and waterways play a vital role in our nation's economy, jobs and supply chain. America’s seaports, each of which are international trading hubs, are vital economic engines to their community, their region and the nation. Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of the U.S.

No Cash: PDVSA Tankers Stuck Off Venezuela

More than 4 million barrels of Venezuelan crude oil and fuels are stuck in tankers in the Caribbean because Venezuela’s state-run oil firm cannot afford to pay for cleaning dirty tankers and port inspections, Reuters reports, quoting internal company reports and Reuters tanker tracking data. According to PDVSA’s trade documents and Reuters shipping data, some dozen tankers full of  barrels are being held back because the hulls have been soiled by crude, stemming from several oil leaks in the last year at key ports of Bajo Grande and Jose…

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Asahi/America Promotes Van

Thermoplastic fluid flow technology company Asahi/America, Inc. has promoted Rodney Van to industrial business development manager for the eastern and central regions effective January 1, 2017.  Based out of North Carolina, Van will lead Asahi/America’s sales efforts of industrial single wall and double wall piping systems for chemical service. Van has been with Asahi/America for 27 years in various roles; most recently as district sales manager in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Matson Announces Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors of Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today declared a first quarter dividend of $0.19 per common share.    The dividend will be paid on March 2, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2017.

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New Appointments at Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority—Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall. Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O’Neil.

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Advanced Quality Certifications for Monjasa

The Monjasa Group said it has undergone thorough independent testing, inspection and certification by Bureau Veritas and has managed to upgrade its combination of quality certifications to become the first bunker company to meet the new requirements executed in 2015 and increasingly take a risk management approach. “In the current market situation, we see quality management and compliance as a prerequisite to work in bunkering, and we have decided to act in consequence. We have…

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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.

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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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Hall to lead Hiab, Sales and Services

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has appointed Scott Hall as Senior Vice President, Sales & Services as of 24 January 2017. Scott Hall will lead Hiab's global Sales & Services function and drive sales and services excellence across Hiab's global network. He will report to Hiab's President Roland Sundén and be a member of the Hiab Leadership Team. Scott Hall brings with him extensive experience from leading positions in international sales and business management at globally operating companies.

Executive Leadership Changes at Brunswick

Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler has assumed temporary day-to-day leadership at Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) following the departure of BCGP General Manager Jennifer Butera and Director of Sales Jeremy Davis.   The company said it is currently evaluating potential candidates for both positions, and plans announce the successors in the coming weeks.

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IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.

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Former Hanjin General Counsel Joins Montgomery McCracken

Wook Chung, former General Counsel at Hanjin Shipping America, has joined the maritime and transportation practice of law firm Montgomery McCracken. Chung will serve as Of Counsel in the firm’s New York office. As General Counsel at Hanjin Shipping America, LLC and its North American subsidiaries for nearly 10 years, Chung handled all aspects of corporate, shipping and transportation law. Chung focuses his practice on commercial transactions and contract negotiations. He has provided counsel on litigation and risk management, and general business operation and development matters.

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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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TRAC Intermodal: Marine Chassis Conversions Underway

To help meet customer needs in the greater Mobile, Ala. market, TRAC Intermodal is converting marine chassis in its fleet from bias ply to radial tires. The program, begun in December 2016, will be completed by the end of March. TRAC’s customers in the Mobile market often face long hauls, heavy loads and hot weather conditions that require high-quality, reliable equipment. Radials provide customers with many benefits over bias ply tires including better quality and performance, improved fuel economy, greater durability and reduced off the road downtime.

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Vancouver Port Hires Marle as Permanent CEO

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to hire interim CEO Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO/Executive Director. Marler, who was appointed interim CEO by the board in May 2016, was one of three finalists for the position. The other two were Edward Galligan, current Executive Director of the Port of Olympia, and Arthur Scheunemann, former President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. “We had three highly qualified candidates, and that made this a hard decision,” said commission President Brian Wolfe.

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Eimskip Acquires Mareco in Belgium

Eimskip has strengthened its position in worldwide reefer logistics services by acquiring 80% of the forwarding company Mareco N.V. The company was founded in 2002 and its headquarters are located in Antwerp,Belgium. The current management team will continue to own a 20% share in the company and will manage its operations. Mareco employs 26 people in two locations, 22 in Antwerp and four in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mareco focuses on reefer logistics services, especially export to West, Central and South Africa from all over the world. Main commodities are seafood, chicken, pork and beef.

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Marine Exhaust Systems Hires Brown

Marine Exhaust Systems has hired Mark Brown for technical sales. Sheila Prieschl, vice-president, made the announcement. rown brings to Marine Exhaust Systems a broad, unique skillset, ranging from sales and marketing strategy to small business and entrepreneurship. Most recently, Brown held the position of director of sales for Galatea, an online vessel maintenance management system. Prior, he worked for Vessel Vanguard, and in new and brokerage boat and yacht sales.

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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.

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Hill Dickinson to operate as single entity in Hong Kong

International law firm Hill Dickinson has announced that its application to operate as a single entity in Hong Kong has been approved by the Law Society of Hong Kong following the completion of a three year period of association with a local Hong Kong firm, as required by local regulations. Currently operating as Hill Dickinson Hong Kong LLP in association with Laracy & Co, the transition will marry the two firms together as one single Hong Kong firm under the name Hill Dickinson Hong Kong, taking effect from 1 April 2017.

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Change of CEO, Chairman of Viking

As previously communicated, The Board of Directors of Viking Supply Ships AB in December 2016 appointed Mr. Trond Myklebust as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Myklebust has now taken on the responsibilities as CEO of Viking Supply Ships AB, as well as the subsidiary Viking Supply Ships A/S. As intended, Mr. Bengt A. Rem has been reinstated as Chairman of the Board of Viking Supply Ships AB. Mr. Folke Patriksson has returned to his previous position as Deputy Chairman.  

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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…

Palau Ship Registry Opens Greek Office

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has expanded upon its presence in Houston with the opening of a new head office in Piraeus, Greece.   PISR said it expanded in the heart of the world shipping community in order to better serve the needs of the Greek maritime stakeholders – and to provide state-of-the-art value added service to one of the most competitive markets in the world.   Retaining its commitment in Houston, and with its new location Piraeus, PISR will offer additional operational hours to cover the globe with 24/7 continuous services and support.