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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Kirby to Pay $4.9 Mln Penalty over Oil Spill

Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims stemming from a 4,000-barrel oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2014, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.   The company, a subsidiary of Kirby Corp, also agreed to implement operating improvements across its hundreds of vessels operating in U.S. inland waters, the department said in a statement. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Klaus Rud Sejling (Photo: Maersk)

Management Changes in Damco

Klaus Rud Sejling, current Head of East West Trades in Maersk Line, has been appointed CEO of Damco with effect from October 1. Klaus Rud Sejling joined the group in 1997 and has worked in various roles in Maersk Tankers and Maersk Line before joining Maersk Logistics as Branch Manager and later as CCO for Greater China. Most recently, he has been Head of Group Strategy; and COO and CCO of Maersk Tankers, before re-joining Maersk Line as Head of East West Trades in 2014. Klaus Rud Sejling’s replacement as Head of East West Trades in Maersk Line will be announced at a later stage. Hanne B.

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The new head office of KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE was opened September 23 in Rotterdam by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE was founded on April 7, 2016 following the merger of the European harbor towage services of KOTUG and SMIT. After the start, more business units were physically combined and accommodated in the Las Palmas office building in Rotterdam. “We are delighted that KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE has chosen Rotterdam as its base,” said mayor Aboutaleb. “With its rich maritime history…

Greiner Richard (Photo: Moore Stepehens)

Shipping Confidence on the Rise -Moore Stephens

Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. In August 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.4 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This is an improvement on the 5.1 recorded in May 2016, and the highest rating for the past nine months of the survey, which was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.

Mark Jackson (Photo: Baltic Exchange)

Baltic Exchange Names Jackson as CEO

Baltic Exchange on Monday named Mark Jackson, a former Chairman and Director, to replace Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Penn. Baltic Exchange shareholders earlier approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market. Jackson, Chief Commercial Officer of AM Nomikos Group, is expected to take up his appointment early in 2017. Penn announced his intention to stand down last year, the Exchange said in a statement.

Morten Engelstoft photo APM

Engelstoft Appointed CEO at APM Terminals

Morten Engelstoft, currently Chief Executive of A.P. Moller Shipping Services has been appointed APM Terminals CEO effective November 1, 2016. Morten succeeds Kim Fejfer, currently CEO of APM Terminals and Executive Board member in the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, who will take up a new role in APM Holding A/S in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Morten Engelstoft has a strong track record of delivering results, deep operational experience and is an excellent people leader. I am confident that…

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs an injured hunter after he was mauled by a bear while hunting on Admiralty Island near Juneau, Alaska, Sept. 23, 2016. Photo USCG

USCG Medevacs Hunter Mauled by Bear near Juneau, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 57-year-old hunter after he was mauled by a bear while hunting on Admiralty Island near Juneau Friday. The aircrew hoisted the hunter and transferred him to local emergency medical services personnel in Juneau. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders were notified at 11:27 p.m. Thursday by a crewmember from the vessel Sultana that a bear had mauled a member of their hunting party. The hunter was reported to have multiple puncture wounds. Watchstanders launched the Jayhawk aircrew to the scene.

Michael W. Kearney (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans Board Elects Kearney as Chairman

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has elected Mr. Michael W. Kearney chairman. Mr. Kearney represents Orleans Parish and joined the Board in December of 2012 when he was appointed by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. He succeeds Mr. William T. Bergeron, whose term as chairman expired this month. Mr. Bergeron will continue to serve as a commissioner. In addition, the Board elected Mr. Robert R. Barkerding vice chairman and Mr. Laney T. Chouest secretary-treasurer. Mr.

Photo: Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd Receives Gold Rating from EcoVadis

Hamburg Süd has been awarded gold, the highest-possible recognition level, for its evaluation completed in July 2016 by the supply chain sustainability network EcoVadis. The scorecard provided by independent sustainability expert EcoVadis indicates that Hamburg Süd has achieved advanced sustainability management practice. Hamburg Süd received an above-average rating in all categories. In the category “Environment,” Hamburg Süd even set a new benchmark in the industry sector “Sea and coastal water transport” with the high score of 90 points.

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SGS China, CargoSmart Offer Joint SOLAS VGM Solutions

SGS China and CargoSmart Limited have teamed up to provide solutions for shippers to meet the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention’s Verified Gross Mass (SOLAS VGM) container weight requirements. The alliance allows shippers to use solutions from both companies to follow standard and efficient weighing procedures and to collect and submit the required information to ocean carriers in a timely manner to comply with VGM requirements. “The alliance allows our customers to achieve VGM compliance worldwide from cargo weighing through electronic filing…

Troels Lund Poulsen (Photo: Jens Astrup)

Danish Business Minister to Meet with Shipping Leaders

With his participation in the Danish Maritime Forum on October 26 the Danish Minister for Business and Growth will highlight the need for greater global cooperation when meeting with maritime key leaders from around the world. Around 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea. Therefore, initiatives to increase global trade and new technological opportunities will be high on the agenda when global leaders from all parts of the maritime industry meet at the Danish Maritime Forum on October26-27.

Ports Terminals Photo Trelleborg’s marine systems

Trelleborg to Present Port of the Future at PIANC-COPEDEC IX

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation is sponsoring the 9th PIANC-COPEDEC conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 16 to 21 October 2016. Trelleborg will be exhibiting on booth 21, discussing its new Port of the Future initiative and the results of a new piece of research the company has carried out. ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’ examines marine industry maturity in terms of digitization and automation, and will launch in full in November. The research comes as Trelleborg’s…

Caterpillar Chief Human Resources Officer Kim Hauer to Pursue Outside Opportunity Photo Caterpillar

Caterpillar Vice President Hauer Resigns

After nearly 20 years with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), Kim Hauer, vice president with responsibility for the Human Services Division (HSD) and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), has elected to leave the company. Hauer has accepted a position as Senior Vice President Global Human Resources with privately held SC Johnson, a 130-year-old company that generates $10 billion in sales annually, employs 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. In order to ensure a smooth transition, Hauer will remain at Caterpillar until November 1.

YachtProjects International owner Pippa Nicholas, left, and Allan Foot, MD of Solent Refit, right, at Hythe (Photo: YachtProjects)

YachtProjects Relocates UK Operation at Solent

[ Press release ] YachtProjects International has relocated its UK operation at one of the country’s premier superyacht refit and repair facilities. The firm is set to expand. After taking the opportunity to move onto the new site at Solent Refit, at Hythe on Southampton Water, it is also soon to open offices in New Zealand and Australia. Solent Refit, which has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts, welcomed the move as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer.

Peter Matthews (Photo: Atlas Copco)

Atlas Copco Appoints Matthews as Regional Sales Manager

Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has announced the appointment of Peter Matthews as Regional Sales Manager for Scotland. Matthews will be responsible for the complete Tentec product range of bolt tightening solutions including hydraulic tensioners and torque wrenches. Matthews has had a wide and varied engineering career starting in the military and taking him through the railway and emergency service industries. For the last 10 years he has been involved in the oil and gas industry and…

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi (Photo: MARACAD)

MARACAD 2016 - Strategic Platform for Maritime Education, Training

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure, Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime (FTA)  inaugurated the second edition of MARACAD 2016 the Maritime Academic Conference and Expo at Sheikh Maktoum Hall, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. During MARACAD 2016, which is organized by Cham Events and will continue until September 21, the latest maritime training and educations topics and challenges will be discussed and suggested solutions will be offered…

Andrea Darweesh (Photo: Americold)

Americold Appoints Darweesh as EVP & Chief HRO

Americold a leader in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, has announced that Andrea Darweesh has joined the company as an Executive Vice President and its Chief Human Resources Officer. Darweesh will lead Americold’s Human Resources department and continue its strategy to attract and retain the industry’s most effective individuals with rewarding careers. In her role at Americold, Darweesh will be responsible for all human resource policy implementation…

BVM Export Business of the Year L-R Tom Webb &  Anne-Marie Hamer from Mogers Drewett, Danny Thrasher, Lesley Keets & Phil Whitehurst from Actisensem, and Nick Thompson GB Sailor (Photo: Actisense)

Actisense Wins Top Business Honors

Multi-award winning NMEA Specialists, Actisense has recently won another two awards at a prestigious ceremony celebrating the best businesses from across the South West of the UK. Having manufactured and delivered advanced marine electronic products to global markets, Actisense has been recognized as ‘Exporter of the Year’ at the Blackmore Vale Business Awards. They have also walked away with the top accolade of the evening, having also been named the best overall business, with the ‘Business of the Year’ award.

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MacAndrews, OPDR Upgrade Their Fleet

(Press Release) In the course of substantially enlarging their pallet wide fleet, UK-based MacAndrews & Company Ltd and German OPDR is expecting a delivery of 4000 new 40ft pallet wide high cube containers. Acquired and provided by CMA CGM, the new containers will enable customers to ship more goods and offer enhanced cargo security. In relation to standard 40ft containers, these new units offer space for up to five additional euro-pallets: As many as 30 euro-pallets can be stowed inside one 40ft pallet wide high cube container.

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TBS to Deliver Through Helm CONNECT

(Press Release) Tug and Barge Solutions (TBS), announced its new working arrangement with Helm Operations. The arrangement allows TBS to deliver its safety and compliance management program through Helm CONNECT for customers that elect to use an electronic system to manage their safety and compliance, particularly for Subchapter M. This integration of the two product lines allows for towing operators preparing for Subchapter M to experience a much smoother Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) implementation process with TBS…

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CMA CGM Enters New African Development Phase

Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Vice Chairman, will inaugurate a unique training course tailored for its future African executives, on Tuesday September 20th. With the launch of this new African development phase, CMA CGM will advance the skillset of its African management team by creating a new training program in collaboration with the CMA CGM Academy, the French Business School KEDGE, and the ARSTM in Abidjan (Academie Régionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer). Twenty-four trainees from Francophone Africa and the Indian Ocean will follow this training program in Abidjan at ARTSM’s facilities.

Joe Price (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor Appoints Price as Canada Country Manager

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has appointed Joe Price as Country Manager for InterMoor Canada based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the regional hub for the Canadian offshore oil and gas sector. Price, a native Newfoundlander, is a graduate of the Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and brings with him over 14 years’ offshore oil and gas industry experience. Over the course of his career, Price has worked extensively on the engineering…

William Doyle (Photo: FMC)

FMC Commissioner Doyle Addresses Hanjin

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle addressed Hanjin on September 15 in panel remarks at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Below are remarks and discussion points from the panel. The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received more than three dozen complaints. The categories of complaints include, import and export cargo stranded at sea on Hanjin ships; and export cargo stranded inside U.S. marine terminals with the MTOs requiring…

Williams Shipping's cargo handling team with their new reach stacker in new one-acre yard at the firm’s Millbrook headquarters in Southampton. (Photo: Williams Shipping)

UK Shipping Firm Invests in Cargo Handling

An expanding marine and logistics firm in the U.K. has boosted its cargo handling capabilities with a £250,000 cash injection. Williams Shipping has bought a new reach stacker and developed a new one-acre cargo handling yard for its Transport Services division as part of the investment. According to family-run Williams Shipping, the investment will help increase throughputs, improve efficiency, win new business and deliver greater results for existing clients such as freight forwarders.

Edward Hoch (Photo: Ocean Marketing Southeast)

Hoch Joins Ocean Marketing Southeast

Former Flexiteek general manager and Taco Metals OEM sales representative Edward Hoch has joined the Ocean Marketing Southeast team as a sales representative for Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean.   “[Ed will] be working closely with Ed Morris and Kelton Kenney out of our Fort Lauderdale office to add additional depth to our manufacturer sales and technical training programs,” said Ocean Marketing President and CEO John Thommen.

Philly Teixeira

Teixeira joins INTTRA as President, Europe, Middle East & Africa

INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, today announced that Philly Teixeira has joined INTTRA to serve in the newly created role of President, EMEA. Based in Copenhagen, Ms. Teixeira is responsible for INTTRA's EMEA financial, commercial and operational targets. She will be developing and maintaining high-level relationships with customers and partners, and strengthening INTTRA's business development efforts in the region. As a member of the Executive Committee she will participate in the development and execution of the company's overall growth strategy. Ms.

Matson Closes $200 Mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc. announced the issuance of $200 million in privately placed 15-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced commitment letter on July 18, 2016. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 8.5 years and will bear interest at a rate of 3.14 percent, payable semiannually. Matson said it plans to proceeds from the notes to pay down the its revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes. Joel Wine, Matson's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer commented…

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Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping

Seaspan Corp  chairman and ceo Gerry Wang has described the bankruptcy of South Korea’s biggest container line Hanjin Shipping Co as the industry’s equivalent of the Lehman Brothers collapse that triggered the global financial crisis, reports Bloomberg. “The fallout of Hanjin Shipping is like Lehman Brothers to the financial markets,” Wang said. “It’s a huge, huge nuclear bomb. In an interview on Bloomberg TV Wang, who is founder of Seaspan, the Hong Kong-based container-ship leasing company that has three vessels chartered to the distressed line…

Hotel D'Angleterre in Copenhagen (Photo: Danish Maritime Days

Danish Maritime Days REeception Connects the Maritime Industry

More than 500 key stakeholders from all parts of the global maritime industry will meet at the Danish Maritime Days Welcome Reception at Hotel D'Angleterre in Copenhagen on October 25. On October 24-28, Danish Maritime Days will take place for the third successive year. Numerous events will discuss some of the major challenges and opportunities that the global maritime industry is facing. Again this year, Danish Maritime Days will also have an official welcome reception, which…

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma

Sharma is CMD, Shipping Corporation of India

Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma has assumed the charge of the post of Chairman & Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd w.e.f. 12th September, 2016. Capt. Anoop Sharma has served the shipping industry for over 34 years at various responsible levels. His career started from T.S. Rajendra after which he joined The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) in 1982. At SCI, after a successful sailing stint and after obtaining command, he shifted to an on-shore role in 1992 as a Technical Superintendent.

Photo: Evergreen Line

Evergreen Adjusts Following Hanjin Collapse

Responding to the unexpected service disruption caused by CKYHE alliance member Hanjin Shipping, which has entered rehabilitation proceedings, Evergreen Line has added new functions to its online e-commerce system. The service disruption has caused delays to Evergreen Line’s cargoes previously loaded on the Korean carrier’s vessels. Evergreen said its new functions enable customers to update the status of their cargoes and Hanjin’s vessel positions, including information about anchorage at or sailing to a particular port.

Jennifer Lorenc (Photo: Bristol Harbor Group)

Bristol Harbor Group Hires Lorenc

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) has added recent hire Jennifer Lorenc to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Lorenc joined BHGI as a Naval Architect in August of this year. She is a recent graduate of Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y., where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. During her time at Webb, Lorenc completed five internships. A few of the companies she interned at include, General Dynamics, Electric Boat…

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SUNY Maritime Honors ‘Academic Stars’

SUNY Maritime College said it has recognized nearly one third of its student body for last semester’s hard work and academic achievements. In all, 344 students were honored for making the college dean’s list, which requires a grade-point average between a 3.0 and 3.49; and 183 students were honored for making the admiral’s list, which requires a GPA of at least 3.5. “You have accepted the challenge to do more with your academic careers,” said Joseph Hoffman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

ABB Names Jouret Chief Digital Officer

ABB has appointed Guido Jouret as Chief Digital Officer, reporting to ABB’s CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, effective October 1, 2016. Jouret, a pioneer of the Internet of Things, will lead the next level of development and deployment of ABB’s digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses. Jouret is a citizen of both the United States and Belgium, with long experience in Silicon Valley. He served for 20 years at Cisco after obtaining a PhD in Computer Science. His most recent role at Cisco was as General Manager of the Internet of Things division…