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Monday, April 22, 2019

Corporate Management News

John Morganti (Photo: Ecochlor)

Morganti Joins Ecochlor

John Morganti has joined Ecochlor in the new position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Morganti will direct the sales and marketing team, manage major client accounts, develop short- and long-range objectives to reach sales quota goals and revenue expectations, and work with corporate management to create five- and 10-year business plans for the company.Morganti is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 25 year plus background in Sales and Operations Management.

Rolf Habben Jansen. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-LLoyd Extends Contract of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen

The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has unanimously approved to extend the contract of Chief Executive Officer Rolf Habben Jansen for a further five years until 31 March 2024. “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading global liner shipping company in a challenging market environment and as an active driver of industry consolidation. The extension of his contract ensures continuity in the corporate management,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

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Maersk Tankers Confirms Order for Six Newbuilds

Maersk Tankers announced a move to renew its fleet with a confirmed order for six Chinese-built LR2 product tankers for delivery from 2020.Maersk Product Tankers’ board of directors approved the order for the six LR2 newbuilds on contract with Dalian Shipyard. The deal includes an option for four additional vessels.“The current market makes the investment attractive because it offers competitive asset prices. The fleet renewal will help to sustain a competitive fleet that is meeting customers’ demands and retain a strong market position in the LR2 segment…

Richard Mueller (Photo: NETSCo)

Richard Mueller Named Fellow by SNAME

NETSCo president and CEO Richard A. Mueller has been nominated by his peers and approved by the Fellows Committee to be elevated to Fellow membership in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Mueller has been a SNAME member for more than 39 years and has held various elected positions including four terms as Chairman for the Great Lakes/Great Rivers Section, F.V.P. of Planning/Public Policy and he currently serves as the Functional Vice President of Membership as well as on the Council and the Executive Committee.

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GOGL Appoint Semino as CCO

Following the announcement in April regarding changes to the corporate management team, Golden Ocean Group Limited announced the appointment of Mr Thomas Semino as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Mr Semino is currently the Head of Dry Freight in Vitol S.A., and has previously been Managing Director of Ocean Freight in Bunge S.A., and also has background from Cargill S.A. and Coeclerici Spa. Mr Semino has a law degree in Maritime Law from Universita' degli Studi di Genova. Mr Semino will be based in Singapore and will take on the position latest on November 1, 2016.

Clockwise (from left) Pierre Herben , Lene Trollnes and Terje Tollefsen Photo Yara

Management Appointments at Yara

Yara International ASA announces three new members to its Executive Management group, to improve focus on strategy, innovation and positioning. "Following recent organizational changes to sharpen operational focus and alignment, these further changes are made to improve our focus on strategy, innovation and positioning," said Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara. Terje Tollefsen joins the Yara Executive Management group as Chief Strategy & Business Development officer, effective 1 June.

Erik Stromberg (Photo: LU)

Stromberg to Lead LU’s Center for Advances in Port Management

Lamar University (LU) has tapped Erik Stromberg as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Advances in Port Management after a national search, officials announced today. Stromberg brings decades of experience in public ports to the new position as a CEO, president and consultant in port management at state and national levels. Stromberg served as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for nearly a decade, and served as head of the North Carolina State Ports Authority for 10 years.

Egil Haugsdal (Photo: Kongsberg)

Haugsdal to Take Over as Kongsberg Maritime Head

Egil Haugsdal has been selected to take over as President of Kongsberg Maritime. Haugsdal holds extensive leadership experience from KONGSBERG, currently leading Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies, with previous experience as Executive Vice President of Business Development and as President of Kongsberg Protech Systems. Haugsdal will assume his new position after a short period of overlap with current president Geir Håøy, who will assume the position of CEO of KONGSBERG in June 2016. “I am delighted with the confidence I have been given,” Haugsdal said.

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Top Deck Rejig at Yara

Yara International ASA announces organizational and management changes, to improve strategic focus and execution. "After spending recent months visiting numerous Yara sites, meeting employees and conducting business and organizational reviews, I have concluded on the key organizational changes needed to strengthen operational focus and improve alignment behind our strategic direction," said Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara. "It is clear to me that Yara's employees are dedicated and work hard every day to deliver value to our customers…

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BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks. In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and the methods of prevention for a cyber attack on ships’ systems. The session is designed for corporate management but also focused on the safety of seafarers and ships. BIMCO delegates will hear from Andrew Fitzmaurice…

Voith Turbo CEO Reinhardt Resigns

Carsten J. Reinhardt, President and CEO of Voith Turbo and member of the Corporate Management Board of Voith GmbH, has resigned Tuesday in order to pursue other interests, the company announced. Dr. Uwe Knotzer will become the new Chairman of the Board of Management of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG and member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH with immediate effect Dr. Knotzer has been on the Board of Management of Voith Paper since 2012, where he is in charge of the Products & Services business line.

SENER Names Lorente International GM

Engineering and technology group SENER said it has altered its organizational setup in the field of Engineering and Construction, naming Álvaro Lorente as International General Manager, a position that is adjunct to SENER’s General Corporate Management, led by Jorge Unda. Álvaro Lorente’s chief endeavors will be to administer the consolidation and opening of SENER offices in new geographical areas and to work as a liaison between the company’s Managing Director and its Country Managers.

Golden Ocean’s capesize bulker, Channel Navigator. Image courtesy Golden Ocean

Knightsbridge and Golden Ocean to Merge

Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited have today entered into an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which the two companies have agreed to merge, with Knightsbridge as the surviving legal entity. The Combined Company will be renamed Golden Ocean Group Limited upon completion of the merger. As a result of the expected merger, the Combined Company would become one of the world's leading dry bulk companies with a modern fleet of 72 vessels, of which 36 are newbuildings under construction.

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Hamburg Süd: Business is Well Despite Market Conditions

Growth in the global economy and containerized transportation by sea in 2013 was slightly below the level of the previous year. Once again, available global slot capacity outpaced container transport volume as deliveries continue to exceed the level of scrappage, which also increased. As a consequence of the continuing overcapacity, freight rates in most trades remained under pressure or declined still further. The only positive support came from fuel prices, which have fallen slightly from the highest level of the previous year.

Corrado Antonini (Photo: National Federation of the Knights of Labor)

Global Shipyard Executives Meet in Okinawa

A global conference for shipbuilding corporate management gathered 74 top executives of the major shipyards from Japan, Europe, China, Korea and the U.S. (JECKU) to exchange views on global economic development, supply and demand prospects as well as important technological and regulatory developments to improve environmental performance of ships. The conference conclusions by Chairman Kazuo Tsukuda from the Shipbuilder’s Association of Japan highlighted that there are still a number of global economic uncertainties including energy security and the global slowdown of emerging economies.

Brooke Ricketts

Ricketts Joins CBMM as Shipwright Apprentice

Brooke Ricketts of Centreville, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Md. as a shipwright apprentice. Rickett’s apprenticeship begins with restoration work on the historic skipjack Rosie Parks. Ricketts experience includes working in the carpentry and corporate management fields. After his apprenticeship, he will be enrolled in a nine-month boatbuilding program at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, England. In his youth, Ricketts was introduced to CBMM through his family’s membership…

Ray Naquin. Photo: Greene's Energy Group

Greene’s Energy Group Names New Senior Advisor

Greene’s Energy Group (GEG) named Ray Naquin Sr. as Senior Advisor of the Testing and Services business unit, announced President Eric Langlinais.  Based in Lafayette, La., Naquin will be responsible for providing GEG corporate management with insight, analysis and growth opportunities for the Testing and Services business unit. Ray has more than 40 years’ experience in various subsectors of the energy industry. Prior to his new role, Naquin was the General Manager of Cherokee Services, a division of Greene’s Energy Group. www.greenesenergy.com

Jörg Schwitalla: Photo credit Tognum

Tognum Appoints New Executive Board Member

Jörg Schwitalla will be the new Executive Board member for Personnel and Integrity at Tognum AG as of 1 January 2013. Tognum has created the new position on the Executive Board on the one hand to meet future requirements – such as the planned integration of Bergen Engines AS and the group’s growth targets – and on the other hand to achieve the aim of bringing the Personnel, Legal Affairs and Compliance divisions closer together and to underline the growing importance of ethics in corporate management.

Voith Water Tractor: Photo credit Voith

Voith Maintains Status Quo Despite Difficult Environment

Voith Group reports on financial results at end of fiscal year year 2012 (ending September 30, 2012). The Voith Group has finished the fiscal year 2012 satisfactorily in a challenging market environment. The globally active family-owned company increased its Group sales by 2 percent to EUR 5.7 billion compared to the record value of the previous year. With EUR 5.7 billion, orders received were behind the excellent value of last year amounting to EUR 6.4 billion (-10 percent), which, among other things, was due to an extraordinarily high volume of major orders from the hydro power market.

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DNV Appoints Nerpin as VP

DNV appoints Stefan Nerpin as its new Group Vice President of Communications and External Relations for the DNV Group. As Group Vice President of DNV’s Communications and External Relations, Mr Nerpin will head up the corporate management, development and alignment of corporate communications, branding, media relations, public affairs and digital communications to DNV’s business strategy as a leading provider of risk management services. Mr Nerpin will report to Henrik O. Madsen, CEO of the DNV Group and affiliate as secretary of the DNV Group Executive Committee. Mr.

Kvaerner Appoints Allen Executive VP

Kvaerner appointed Tony Allen as Executive Vice President for its International business area. Allen has more than 30 years of industry experience and has been part of the corporate management with several of the leading EPC contractors for the oil and gas industry, including SNC-Lavalin Inc., Humphries & Glasgow and Earl and Wright. He also worked as a Project Manager and Technical Director for Kvaerner in the 1990s. "We are pleased that we now have in place a manager with extensive experience within this area…

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Seven Join the UK P&I Club Board

Seven directors were elected to the Board of the UK P&I Club at the AGM in Bermuda on October 26th. Jason Liberty, Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Planning & Insurance Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd is responsible for his company’s corporate finance, strategy, M&A, forecasting & planning, insurance and continuous improvement group. A former advisory director with KPMG LLP, Liberty joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in 2005. Harley Franco, Chairman and CEO, Harley Marine Services…