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Monday, November 19, 2018

Executive Committee News

Photo: Marseille Fos

Barge Frequency to Rise at Marseille Fos

Frequency on the three-per-week container barge service between Fos and Lyon is to be increased to five departures each way, five days per week, from October 1 to meet growing demand for pre- and post-forwarding river links between the French Mediterranean and the Rhone-Saone hinterland. Backed by container lines CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, the enhancement follows collaboration between the Marseille Fos and Lyon Terminal port authorities, Fos container terminal operators Port Synergy-Eurofos and Seayard…

Peter Lytzen. Photo: Esvagt

Esvagt Appoints Peter Lytzen as CEO

Esvagt, the dedicated provider of safety and support at sea, has appointed Peter Lytzen as CEO with effect from 1 September 2018.Peter brings over 30 years’ experience and has held numerous senior positions in the offshore industry. Most recently, Peter was a member of the Executive Committee of Teekay Offshore and CEO of Teekay Petrojarl.Prior to this, Peter was Vice President of Maersk Drilling, responsible for their Floating Production activities, and Project Director at Maersk Oil for a number of projects in the North Sea.

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Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project: Second Phase Begins

The second phase of an International Maritime Organization (IMO) -implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched with the first Project Executive Committee meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2 July). The SENSREC Project Phase II - Capacity Building, funded under a US$1.1 million agreement with Norway, will focus on legal and institutional analysis of ship recycling in the country and will develop a roadmap for the Government…

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CLIA Scouting for New President, CEO

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, will be step down at the end of the year to focus on family priorities. D’Aoust will remain in her role until a successor is identified and will help oversee the transition of a new leader. CLIA’s Global Executive Committee are developing a transition plan that will include a search for a new president and CEO.CLIA has retained the services of executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to lead the search for a new president and CEO.

Lorie Tekorius (Photo: Greenbrier)

Greenbrier Names Tekorius EVP and COO

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced that its Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Lorie Tekorius, has been appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer (COO) by its Board of Directors, with expanded responsibilities, continuing to report to William A. Furman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. In her newly-created COO role, Tekorius steps into leadership for Greenbrier's wheels, parts and repair operating unit and takes on additional responsibility for human resources and corporate safety & security.Rick Turner…

InterManager President Björn Jebsen speaking at the InterManager AGM. (Photo: InterManager)

Ship Managers Look for Areas to Collaborate

Ship managers gathered in London this week for the Annual General Meeting of their industry trade body – InterManager – where they discussed plans to work together to identify solutions to the challenges facing today’s ship management sector.Addressing the AGM gathering at the London offices of Willis Towers Watson, InterManager President Björn Jebsen said, “Going forward, InterManager members will pool resources and share experience to seek solutions and identify best practices to meet the challenges our sector faces and identify innovative and successful solutions.”He pointed out…

Richard Turner. Photo: IUMI

IUMI Appoints Richard Turner as President

Richard Turner, European Director of Global Risk Solutions at RSA Insurance Group has been elected President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).In accordance with the Articles of Association, IUMI’s Council formally elected Richard at their annual meeting which was held today, the final day of the IUMI annual conference in Cape Town. Richard, who has been closely associated with the global marine insurance market for 35 years, will serve a four-year term as…

Board of Directors. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping Appoints Directors and Executive Officers

Diana Shipping announced that, effective August 1, 2018, the Company increased the size of its Board of Directors from nine to eleven members.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels appointed Christos Glavanis to serve as a Class I Director and appointed Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, to serve as a Class III director, in each case effective August 1, 2018.The Board has determined that Glavanis is an “independent director” as such term is defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934…

Kathy Metcalf, CEO CSA

WISTA Elects New BoD, Honors 2018 Personality of the Year

Kathy Metcalf, CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year.New WISTA BoardWomen's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Connie Roozen, Director of C&B More (WISTA the Netherlands) as Treasurer and Angie Hartmann, Vice President Crew Affairs, Starbulk S.A. (WISTA Hellas) as Board Member, to the WISTA International Executive Committee at their 38th International Annual General Meeting in TromsØ, Norway on October 24, 2018.

Gresham to Support IMCA in the US

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Bruce Gresham as director for client engagement in the U.S., in a part-time consulting role. He will support the association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry in the U.S.Gresham has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore construction industry. He joined Heerema Marine Contractors in 1985 and held a wide range of executive roles in developing the company’s successful market presence in North America.

NAMEPA to Honor Founding Chairman Maitland

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced that Clay Maitland will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at an awards dinner in New York on October 26. Maitland, who is a Managing Partner of International Registries, Inc (Marshall Islands Ship Registry), is being recognized for his many industry accomplishments including being a NAMEPA co-founder. “Clay is one of the finest examples in our industry of a successful businessman who expends nearly as much energy on philanthropy,” said NAMEPA Chairman Joe Hughes.

A tug spray from the Port of Durban’s new UMBILO tug while the Port of Richards Bay’s Usiba tug is lowered into the water in the background. (Photo: TNPA)

Two New Tugs for KZN Ports

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) celebrated a twin milestone for its KwaZulu-Natal ports as part of its R1.4 billion ($106.3 million), nine-tug construction contract. On Thursday, 22 August the new USIBA tug was christened and named ahead of its delivery to the Port of Richards Bay, while the Port of Durban took delivery of its Umbilo tug which had been launched and named in May. The vessels are the sixth and seventh respectively to roll off the production line on time and within budget. All nine tugs are being built by Southern African Shipyards in Durban.

Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Blanchard (Photo: Port of Stockton)

Blanchard Named President of Association of Pacific Ports

The Port of Stockton Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Blanchard has been named President of the trade association Association of Pacific Ports (APP) for 2017-2018. The appointment was announced at the recent 104th Annual Conference of the APP held in American Samoa. Her tenure as APP President officially began August 1. Founded in 1913, the APP provides education and information to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of Pacific Ports. APP programs are designed to enhance the technical capabilities and governance expertise of port officials through meetings…

Elisabeth Heggelund Tørstad (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Creates Digital Solutions Organization

DNV GL announced it is creating a specialized Digital Solutions organization that will set out to capture the opportunities that lie in data sharing, advanced analytics, automation, and machine learning as well as addressing challenges related to data quality and security. Elisabeth Heggelund Tørstad will leave her post as CEO for DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business to head the new Digital Solutions business, which will consist of 1,000 digital experts. She will be based at DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway as a member of the Executive Committee for the DNV GL Group.

Photo: WISTA Int'l Executive Committee (Photo: WISTA)

WISTA Elects New President, Secretary

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime, as International President and Diane Edwards, General Manager People, Systems and Technology Ports of Auckland as International Secretary at their 37th International Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on October 4, 2017. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is the CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime, a leading maritime technology and satellite communications enablement business.

Photo: Gazprom

Gazprom, Shell Discuss LNG Projects

A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Maarten Wetselaar, Member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell, took place in St. Petersburg. The meeting addressed relevant aspects of strategic cooperation. Particular attention was paid to joint efforts in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector. The parties discussed the construction project for the third train of the LNG plant on Sakhalin Island and the progress of the Joint Study Framework Agreement for the Baltic LNG project. The meeting also focused on the Nord Stream 2 project.

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BIMCO CEO Extends Contract 5 Years

BIMCO’s Secretary General & CEO, Angus Frew, will extend his contract to the end of 2022. His top priority in 2018 will be environmental legislation. Over the past four years, Frew has been instrumental in modernising BIMCO and in increasing its member-focus. "Right now, is a very interesting time for shipping, and I am very happy to be offered the opportunity to extend my contract. I can continue to lead an organisation that has the practical expertise and the scope to make a real difference on crucial industry issues…

Mark Ross (Photo: OCIMF)

Mark Ross Named OCIMF Chairman

Chevron Shipping Company president Mark Ross has been appointed as chairman of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). The OCIMF Annual General Meeting voted on Tuesday to support the Executive Committee’s appointment of Ross, who has served as OCIMF vice-chair since 2015. Ross succeeds Shell’s Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, who stepped down as OCIMF chaurman in November after three years in the role. “I am honored to be working with OCIMF members to advance our priorities,” Ross said.

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WISTA International Appoints Diversity Committee

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is proud to announce the formation of its Diversity Committee. A member-driven project created as a next step after the #METOO campaign, the WISTA Diversity Committee will focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities for gender diversity in the maritime industry. The committee works as part of WISTA International’s 2018 theme: The Women Who Move the World. “WISTA has always advocated for increased gender diversity in the maritime industry.

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

Ian Taylor, who helped build Vitol into the world's biggest oil trader, will step down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO. Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House. Hardy…

William Friedman, AAPA's 2018-19 Board Chairman

AAPA Elects William Friedman As 2018-19 Board Chairman

Friedman is Port of Cleveland's President & CEO. At its 2018 Spring Conference on March 20, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—elected William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board for the 2018-19 activity year that begins in October. Mr. Friedman is slated to be installed as chairman for a one-year term on the final day of AAPA’s 2018 Annual Convention, set for Oct.

Gov. Edwards Appoints Charles H. Ponstein to Port NOLA Board of Commissioners Photo courtesy Port NOLA

Ponstein Appointed on Port of New Orleans Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Charles H. Ponstein to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans as the St. Bernard Parish representative on the seven-member regional board. Ponstein was sworn in during today’s monthly Board meeting and will serve a five-year term succeeding William T. Bergeron. With the Port’s acquisition of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad effective Feb. 1, 2018, Port Commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt board, Ponstein will become NOPB’s newest director with this appointment.

(Left) Thorsten Haeser and Joachim Schlotfeldt. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Thorsten Haeser Steps Down as CCO of Hapag-Lloyd

Thorsten Haeser has quit as chief commercial officer of Hapag-Lloyd, which has reorganised its executive Board. CCO Thorsten Haeser is leaving the Company as at 31 March 2018 on the most amicable of terms. With great professionalism and personal dedication, he managed and realigned the Executive Board’s sales responsibilities. Following the merger with container liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Haeser played a key part in the smooth integration of UASC’s business into Hapag-Lloyd AG. Haeser was also instrumental in advancing the digitalisation of the Company.

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.

Andrew Mackenzie, Partner at Baker Mckenzie Habib Al Mulla speaks at Breakfast with EMAC seminar Photo courtesy EMAC

EMAC Sets Course for Fast-track Arbitration

Continuing its work to provide the region’s maritime and legal communities the opportunity to learn more about arbitration, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) hosted its fourth breakfast session of 2018 on April 8, at its offices in DIFC. The session focused on the application of the fast track arbitration procedure and its benefits. In the world of maritime, where many operational and commercial transactions change hands, it is not always smooth sailing and sometimes disputes arise.

Klas Bendrik (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Hires Bendrik as Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Klas Bendrik will join DNV GL September 1 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer to support DNV GL’s digitalization and IT strategy. Bendrik will be based at the DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway and will be a member of DNV GL Group’s Executive Committee and report to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen.“Digitalization is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5 percent of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60 percent of this is dedicated to our digital transformation,” Eriksen said.