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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Parrott Takes over as CEO of Foss Maritime

John Parrott assumed the role of President and CEO of Foss Maritime on January 1, 2017, after completing a four-month transition announced last July. Parrott joined Foss in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer; in August 2016 he assumed the role of President from retiring President and CEO Paul Stevens. Parrott completed a "listening tour" in early 2016, which included visiting Foss employees at work throughout the company. He visited with mariners on workboats in the Gulf of Alaska…

Donald F. Hastings (Photo: Lincoln Electric)

Obituary: Donald F. Hastings, former Lincoln Electric CEO

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

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Samsung Heavy Mulls $6 Bln Orders This Year

South Korean major shipbuilder  Samsung Heavy Industries Co  is aiming to clinch orders worth more than US$6 billion this year, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the company's head as saying. Park Dae-young, president and CEO of the shipbuilder, also said that this year will be a crucial point for his company's survival at a time when local shipbuilders are suffering from an industry-wide slump and economic slowdown. Park said that his company raised this year's target for new orders, compared with US$5.3 billion set for last year.

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Port of Singapore Sustained its Performance in 2016

The Port of Singapore sustained its performance in 2016, amidst weaker-than-expected global economic conditions and significant structural changes in the maritime industry. Annual vessel arrival tonnage increased by 6.3 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, reaching 2.66 billion gross tonnes (GT). Container ships, bulk carriers and tankers were the top contributors, each accounting for around 30 per cent of total vessel arrival tonnage. Singapore remained the world’s top bunkering port in 2016.

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Sees Strong Growth in Mexico

Maersk Line saw a 21 percent jump in cargo volumes in Mexico between January and October 2016 compared with the year-earlier period, says a report by T21. Mexico is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the newly expanded Panama Canal and its infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation in order to enable it to benefit from increasing trade. One of the most notable achievements of the shipping company in Mexico is the launch of the direct service between Mexico and Japan (Yokohama)…

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Maersk Expands Foothold in Iran

Danish container shipping company Maersk Line has added Iranian Port of Bushehr to its services, expanding its presence in this Middle-Eastern country. The new port specializes in feeder transport facilities. From Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, the first sailing on a direct and weekly feeder connection to Bushehr commenced on January 4, 2017. Bushehr is the largest and most important port for transportation of commercial goods within the Bushehr province in Iran. With a total throughput of 7 million tons…

Mark Perrins (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil Appoints Trading Manager

KPI Bridge Oil has promoted Mark Perrins, a senior trader in the London office, to the position of Trading Manager. Perrins  joined KPI Bridge Oil Ltd as a Bunker & Lubricant Trader in 2009 and was later promoted to Team Leader in 2012. Prior to joining KPI Bridge Oil he spent 8 years working for two large, international shipping companies. The Trading Manager position is a new role created by James Enston, Managing Director of KPI Bridge Oil London; it was specifically designed to focus on driving business development in the current challenging market conditions.

Peter Wölk (Photo: bMC)

Wölk Named CEO of bMC

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

Keith Lovetro (Photo: IICL)

IICL Elects Lovetro as Chairman

The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) announced that Keith Lovetro, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAC Intermodal, has been elected to the position of Chairman of the IICL for 2017, succeeding Simon Vernon, President of Triton Intermodal Limited. Lovetro began his career in the Transportation Industry in 1980 and has over 34 years of management and leadership experience. During that time, he has worked in the Regional LTL segment, and the Ground Parcel, Air Express, Integrated Air Freight and Air Freight forwarding segments.

Photo: Seafarers’ House

Seafarers’ House Wraps Up Shoebox Christmas

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of our many volunteers, more than 1,460 mariners were the recipients of gift-filled shoeboxes that were delivered aboard more than 80 ships docked at Port Everglades during the holidays. Volunteers and supporters came from a wide range of businesses, schools and organizations including: Parkway Christian School, South Florida Chapter of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), BB&T, Humana, JetBlue, Miller Legg, Moss and Associates…

Debra DiCianna (Photo: Choice Ballast Solutions)

DiCianna Joins Choice Ballast Solutions

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, has hired Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational issues of shipowners and the design/performance of ballast water management systems. In her role at Choice, DiCianna will be responsible for assisting clients, both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers, in all matters concerning BWMS planning, installation and compliance.

Keith LaMarr (Photo: NMRA)

NMRA Offers Scholarship to Maritime Student

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

ISS to Launch Maritime Advisory Team

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it is expanding its maritime service portfolio with the launch of its Maritime Advisory team. The new Maritime Advisory team will serve all maritime sectors from containers, bulk, tankers and passenger shipping, matched to capability across transportation infrastructure including ports, rail, road and aviation. ISS’ Innovation group has recruited staff within the team from the ‘Big Four’ advisory firms, covering investment banking, economics, management and transportation consulting.

Frank Verhoeven (Photo: IADC)

Verhoeven Named President of IADC Board

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has announced  the appointment of Frank Verhoeven as the new President of the IADC Board of Directors. Verhoeven was part of the Royal Boskalis Westminster group of companies for 40 years. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in 1976, he joined Royal Boskalis as a research specialist. Over the next 25 years, he held several technical management functions before becoming General Manager for Boskalis Netherlands, a position he held from 2000 to 2005.

Walter Sellick (Photo: Sellick Equipment)

Obituary: Walter Sellick – Founder, Sellick Equipment

Walter Sellick, founder of Sellick Equipment, passed away on January 10, 2017. He was 98. Walter is survived by sons Howard and David, daughter Heather, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Born in 1918, Walter was raised on a farm in Harrow, Ontario. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941-1945 and was a life member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #338. Walter managed a Ford tractor dealership for many years until 1968 when at the age of 50 embarked on a new career with sons Howard and David…

Carboline Names Andrews Executive VP of US Sales

Carboline has appointed Darrin J. Andrews as Executive Vice President of Sales USA, effective December 5, 2016.   Andrews has been in the protective and industrial coatings industry for over 27 years and has a wealth of knowledge in the oil and gas, and mining segments. Andrews is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector and has been active in the Canadian protective coatings industry for 20 years.

Photo: Cross-Bay Ferry

Cross-Bay Ferry Posts Strong Ridership in December

Cross-Bay Ferry organizers are reporting strong ridership levels in December, with more than 5,400 tickets sold, up from November’s level of 4,700 tickets sold. The is very positive, ferry supporters said, reflecting continued growth of demand. Weekend ticket sales totaled 3,734. Weekday (Monday – Thursday) sales started slow, as expected, but then doubled in the third, and tripled again during the fourth week, with more than 1,700 weekday tickets sold. Since launching in November, the ferry has moved more than 13,000 people.

Shippers Continue to Select Veson Nautical Solutions

Veson Nautical, a provider of commercial maritime software and services, has announced that d’Amico Societa di Navigazione S. p. A. and TATA NYK Shipping have selected Veson Nautical’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS) and Veslink for their commercial operations. Over the past 12 months, a total of 26 maritime organizations across all industry verticals have adopted Veson solutions. Based in Italy, d’Amico has a long history as one of the world’s leading maritime transport groups dating back to 1952.

Paul Hilder (Photo: Seaspan Marine)

Seaspan Marine Names Hilder Marine Operations VP

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

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR). Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the Liberian Registry in Singapore. Chiang is embarking on her fifth year with the Liberian Registry, which she joined as Registrations and Corporate Coordinator. In her new role, she will be overseeing…

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students.

Helge Olsen (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell SVP Olsen Steps Down

Norway based shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE said its Senior Vice President Helge Olsen will step down from his role as Head of Ship Management, effective January 9, 2017.   Olsen, who has been with the company since 2000, holds no Odfjell shares or options.   Harald Fotland, SVP Odfjell Tankers, has been appointed to temporarily cover the position as SVP Ship Management until Olsen’s successor is in place.

J.F. Lehman & Company Appoints Hanenberg to Principal

J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, is pleased to announce the promotion of William J. Hanenberg from Vice President to Principal. Hanenberg joined the firm in 2008 as an Associate and has been promoted four times. Prior to joining J.F. Lehman, he was an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Banc of America Securities where he worked extensively in the Aerospace & Defense end-markets. Mr. Hanenberg earned a B.S. in economics from Duke University and an M.B.A.

Photo: Global Maritime

Global Maritime Brings Eagle Lyon Pope (ELP) to Market

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has re-launched Eagle Lyon Pope (ELP), its ports and shipping, marine casualty investigation and loss adjusting division. The move is in response to a growing demand for such services and will be headed by Peter Lyall, former head of Risk Insurance Services at Global Maritime. ELP will be based out of London with other offices in Hamburg, Abu Dhabi, Oslo…

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The Importance Training Around ECDIS and Navigation

George Devereese, Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses issues of potential reliance on ECDIS, and advises that seafarers undergo the necessary navigational training. While Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) have proved extremely helpful for navigation at sea, there are issues that should be considered when it is in use. Seafarers should always ensure that ECDIS charts are updated on a weekly basis. When paper charts were in common usage, this could be a time consuming and laborious process.

Anshuman Singh, Founder, MD and CEO Photo Stellar Value Chain

Stellar Value Acquires majority stake in Kelvin Cold Chain

Stellar Value Chain Solutions, a third party supply chain and logistics company serving consumption driven sectors in India, today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Kelvin Cold Chain (“Kelvin”), a leading integrated cold chain logistics business. Ambit Pragma will retain a minority stake in Kelvin. Stellar Value Chain Solutions has an investment of up to USD 125 million from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Kelvin Cold Chain is a portfolio company of Ambit Pragma, a SME private equity fund.

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding

Gulf Navigation forms JV with Polimar Turkish

Dubai-listed Gulf Navigation Holding has announced a partnership with Polimar Turkish Holding to grow its fleet and increase its global reach. Under the agreement, Gulf Navigation said it would be able to serve customers in major trading ports worldwide. The Gulf Navigation fleet is expected to grow from four service boats to 10 crews, tugs and offshore support vessels with a value of US$3 million per vessel as part of the deal. The revenue from the partnership is expected to be about $27m a year, according to Gulf Navigation.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Hires Adm. Papp as President Washington Ops

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has appointed Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., U. S. Coast Guard (Retired), as President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Washington Operations. Admiral Papp served as an Officer in the Coast Guard for nearly 40 years, completing his career as the 24th Commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard from 2010 to 2014. The Coast Guard is the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was a career cutterman, serving in six cutters, commanding four of them, including the Coast Guard’s square rigged sailing ship, USCG Barque EAGLE.

Logo: Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp)

Port of Santos Bullish on 2017

In a year of changes and challenges in the national and global scenarios, Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp) (Santos Port Authority) has developed actions to maintain the position of the Port of Santos as the main port complex in Latin America. The largest port complex in Latin America, is forecasting to move a record 120.6 million tons of cargo in 2017. CODESP estimates that the cargo movement through the Port of Santos totaled 113.475 million tons in 2016. The port aims to  "not only the largest but the best port to operate"…

Image: Harrington Hoists

Harrington Hoists Celebrates 150 Years

Harrington Hoists, Inc. is celebrating 150 years in the hoist business. The company was established in 1867 by Edwin Harrington, a machinist and inventor, when he started a machine shop and hoist business in Philadelphia. His company thrived as a result of his innovative ideas and continual improvements to the design and production of hoists. Throughout his lifetime, Harrington obtained several patents and was best known for developing one of the first electric hoists in 1896. In the years that followed, Harrington Hoists, Inc.

Tom Rosman (Photo: Militzer & Münch)

Militzer & Münch Completes Management Team in Germany

The Militzer & Münch Group has named Marc Pinheiro as its new Managing Director of M&M air sea cargo GmbH. Since the beginning of the year, he has been in charge of the air and sea freight activities of Militzer & Münch. Additionally, Tom Rosman has been appointed Managing Director M&M Militzer & Münch GmbH; thus, the road traffic business segment is his area of responsibility. Last year, Militzer & Münch installed a cross-segment management team for its German organizations. At that time, Dr.

Construction to extend the existing quay is now under way. Excavation of adjacent areas will provide significant laydown and open storage opportunities. Photo Lerwick Port

Lerwick Port Spells out Strategy for Expansion

Lerwick Port Authority has detailed a series of objectives to meet its aim of running an efficient, cost-effective harbour, including continuing expansion of the infrastructure. The goals are featured in an interim Update produced ahead of publication of a new style annual report in Spring. Commenting on activity, Chairman Brian Anderson notes: “Lerwick reached peak level in 2013 and 2014, largely driven by oil & gas projects, both onshore and offshore. The Update also notes that…

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APM Terminals Mumbai Mulls DPD Service

APM Terminals Mumbai, India’s busiest container terminal, has embraced ‘Direct Port Delivery’ (DPD)service initiated by the Indian government as part of its “Ease of Doing Business Program” to enhance India’s access to the global logistics chain. The streamlined Direct Port Delivery protocol can result in substantial savings of time and money for importers by reducing container dwell times after vessel discharge. In the past, import containers were sent to Container Freight Stations (CFS) 1-1.5 days after arriving by vessel.

Brian Kane (Photo: GOST)

GOST Names Kane Chief Technology Officer

Marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems company GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) has promoted Brian Kane to the position of Chief Technology Officer. A founding partner and GOST Board of Director member, Kane will, in his new capacity, will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company, including the development and implementation of strategies for new security technologies for the global maritime marketplace. “Brian was one of the founders of GOST over 12 years ago and is the backbone of our organization…