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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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JFC Acquires Ortega Submersibles

JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, acquired all the assets, IP and designs rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, a Netherlands-based submersible boat designer and manufacturer. The acquisition will enable JFD to expand further its offering of advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and to develop new vehicles and capabilities in order to meet increased market demand for specialized small and medium-sized craft.JFD, through its subsidiary JFD Ortega BV, will retain Ortega´s…

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Bay Shipbuilding Cuts Steel on Great Lakes Freighter

The U.S. Great Lakes freighter fleet are well-renowned for being a 'mature' group of ships, a point magnified yesterday when Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding started construction on the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years. The shipyard and the owner, The Interlake Steamship Company, hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event Wednesday, August 14, signalling the start of construction.The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983.

Sandeep Seth (Photo: Goltens)

Goltens Appoints Seth as President

The Goltens Worldwide group of companies has announced the appointment of Mr. Sandeep Seth as President. Seth first joined Goltens in 2002 and has steadily climbed the ranks, serving in positions of progressively increasing responsibility. Seth will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.Seth has most recently served as the Vice President Asia Pacific and Vice President Finance of Goltens Worldwide. In these positions, he has overseen the operational, business development and financial aspects of the organization in the Asia Pacific region.

(Left-Right) Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Danny Di Perna, President of Bombardier Transportation, Abelfattah Elsisi , President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Kamel ElWazir, Minister of Transportation, Oscar Vazquez - President GROW Region Bombardier Transportation and Dr Assem Elgazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and New Urban Communities. Photo: Bombardier Transport

Bombardier to Build $4.5bln Cairo Monorail

Canadian manufacturing group Bombardier announced it had signed a multi-billion dollar agreement to build two automated monorail lines in Egypt’s capital Cairo.According to a press statement, Orascom Construction, Bombardier Transportation, and Arab Contractors signed an agreement with the National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo to design and build the monorail lines.On completion of the construction phase, the consortium will be responsible for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years.The total value of the design…

Fabio Teti (Photo: NASCENT Technology)

NASCENT Appoints Teti President, CEO

Fabio Teti, Chairman of the Board of NASCENT Technology, has announced the appointment of Ray West to President and CEO effective August 5, 2019.West is an experienced executive with a 30-year successful track record in the transportation industry. After a tour in the United States Marine Corps, West worked for the US Navy as a Machinist, taught apprentice Machinists, and, subsequently, worked his way into the software industry. He founded Thoroughbred Systems, Inc., served as VP of Development for Atlas Van Lines at their headquarters in Evansville…

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Oil slumps 7% as More Tariffs Loom

Oil prices plummeted more than 7% on Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark posting its worst day in more than four years, after President Donald Trump said he would impose additional tariffs Chinese imports starting Sept. 1.The drop in Brent crude was the steepest in more than three years, undoing a fragile oil rally built on steady drawdowns in U.S. inventories even as global demand looked shaky due to the U.S.-China trade dispute.Trump's announcement of an additional 10% levy on…

An aerial view of the houston Refining complex (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Irina K)

Fire Erupts at Exxon's Baytown complex; 37 Hurt

Exxon Mobil Corp said it was fighting a fire that erupted on Wednesday at its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex injuring 37 people and sending nearby residents indoors.As many as 37 people were being treated for non-life threatening injuries amid efforts to put out the fire, according to Exxon spokeswoman Sarah Nordin. Available air monitoring information showed "no adverse impact at this time," she said.More than three dozen people were treated for minor burns, none requiring hospitalization, said plant manager Jason Duncan in an afternoon media briefing.

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American Shipbuilding Act Re-introduced

Congressman John Garamendi and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker reintroduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act (H.R.3829), that seeks to revive domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, flagged and crewed vessels.The bill would require 15% of LNG exports to be carried on US-built ships by 2041 and 10% of crude oil exports to be carried on US-built ships by 2033.If enacted…

Henrik Weiss, Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK

Ecochlor Names Weiss as European RBDM

Henrik Weiss believes that “the sale of a ballast water management system (BWMS) is a long-term commitment to the client, especially in the marine industry where support and service is a pre-requisite throughout the product lifecycle.” As Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK, this approach is perfectly in synch with Ecochlor’s unique service and manufacturing strategy.Mr. Weiss is well-known in the European maritime market with more than 30 years of experience…

Technical Director, Stephen Moore is one of the latest appointments of the ongoing recruitment program. (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Senior Appointments Underpin Outstanding Expertise

With manufacturing of the much-anticipated CXO300 diesel outboard set to commence this year, Cox Powertrain has announced new management appointments to further strengthen its technical leadership team ahead of production. Head of Quality, Alex Degnen and Technical Director, Stephen Moore, have a wealth of experience in bringing engines to market.Staff numbers at the Shoreham-based firm have now grown to over 100 and the new appointments reinforce the high level of investment and input of expertise that continues to be made.

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Containers Market to Reach $12bln by 2023

The global shipping containers market, which amassed $9.29 billion in 2017, is estimated to reach $12.08 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2023.According to a report by Allied Market Research, surge in seaborne trade, rise of transportation services, and increase in number of manufacturing facilities drive the growth in the market. However, decreasing economic growth in few nations in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region restrain the market growth.On the other hand…

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Freight Volumes Impacted by World Economy

Freight volumes in the United States and around the world are falling, signalling tougher times for manufacturers amid escalating trade tensions and heightened uncertainty.Freight volumes in the United States were up by just 0.8% in the three months from March to May compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.Volumes fell year-on-year in May, for the first time in more than two and half years, according to the agency's transportation services index.Freight is growing at the slowest rate since the mid-cycle slowdown of 2015/16…

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled record cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston in fiscal year 2019.SCPA handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200,406 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month. As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 112,988 pier containers in June for a total of 1.36 million pier containers annually…

Simon Heaney, senior manager, container research at Drewry and editor of the Container Forecaster.

Container Market Challenges Likely as Uncertainty Mounts

Today’s container market is confronting more than its fair share of headwinds.The recently published Container Forecaster from global shipping consultancy, Drewry, highlights concerns of a slowing global economy stoked by the ongoing US-China trade war (albeit paused for the moment), escalating geo-political tension in many regions of the world and an industry grappling with challenging new emission regulations. Beyond these, however, a series of existential fears are also beginning to present themselves that could dent demand for shipping in the future…

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Water Outflow on Seaway Now Above 10,400 CMS

The Chamber of Marine Commerce supports the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board’s decision Friday to continue flow rates from the Moses-Saunders dam at 10,400 cubic meters per second (CMS).Maintaining the 10,400 CMS outflow still results in a significant cost to the economy, with an estimated $2.3 million to $3 million in business revenues lost for every day it’s in place due to delays for all ship transits through the Seaway.The Chamber’s ship operators are following…

One of seven U.S. maritime academies, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s picturesque campus in Buzzards Bay has sent thousands of mariners into the global maritime workplace since its inception in 1891. CREDIT: MMA

Over 1,650 Cadets Graduate from American Maritime Academies

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) — the voice of the domestic maritime industry — congratulates the more than 1,650 young men and women who have graduated from the seven U.S. maritime academies this Spring. Applauding them for their dedication and commitment to pursuing a career that supports our nation  in times of both peace and war, AMP is proud to welcome a new generation to the workforce. Generations of retirement have created a shortage of mariners, making this and future classes of cadets all the more important.“A strong U.

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World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade Debuts

The American supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry LM Wind Power, part of GE Renewable Energy, has displayed its first 107-meter blade, for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine, which has made its first trip outside its factory in Cherbourg, France.The LM 107.0 P is the first ever wind turbine blade to surpass 100 meters in length, said a press release from the wind turbine blades manufacturer.Final preparations for shipment of the blade are now underway.GE Renewable Energy…

Don Hamadyk, Newport News Shipbuilding's director of research and development, presented the first 3-D printed metal part to Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration, and naval engineering during a brief ceremony on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Photo by Matt Hildreth/HII.

Hamadyk Named Chair of NSRP Board

NSRP is a national collaboration of private shipbuilders that provides framework to improve shipbuilding processes. NSRP focuses on national shipbuilding and naval practices to improve the efficiency of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair industry.Hamadyk, who has worked for Newport News for 38 years, was instrumental in collaborating with the U.S. Navy and industry partners on the technical standards that led to the adoption of additive manufacturing of metal components for nuclear-powered warships. The first 3D part certified for use was installed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S.

Christian Rheault (Photo: Samson)

Samson Appoints Rheault as President & CEO

Samson, a worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces the appointment of Christian Rheault as CEO, effective July 1, 2019.Rheault comes to Samson with a strong combination of multinational experience. Most recently he was CEO of Greene, Tweed, a US-based global supplier of custom sealing engineered solutions for aerospace, oilfield, semiconductor, petrochemical, and power. Prior to that, he was CEO of C&D Technologies, a company that manufactures systems for energy storage in standby backup power systems.

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GAC Mulls Expansion

The shipping & logistics company GAC is tapping into the growing contract logistics business potential of the Asia Pacific, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East, with plans to further develop and expand in its operations in the regions.That was the message Lars Bergström, GAC’s Group Vice President for Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent, had for the Group’s Contract Logistics Solutions experts who gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to chart GAC’s strategy to increase its share of the business in their regions.

Connecticut Port Authority and Governor Lamont announced $93 million public-private investment in State Pier to develop Connecticut into the center of New England’s offshore wind industry. (Photo: CPA)

CPA Announces P3 Investment in State Pier

Connecticut Port Authority and Governor Lamont announced $93 million public-private investment in State Pier to develop Connecticut into the center of New England’s offshore wind industry.May 2, 2019 was a historic day for job creation and economic growth across southeastern Connecticut.The Connecticut Port Authority, Gateway Terminal, Eversource and Ørsted announced a partnership to revitalize State Pier and establish New London as a major northeast center for the growing offshore…

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AAPA to Co-Host Workforce Summit

To assist maritime and supply-chain logistics industries to better compete for job applicants, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will co-host its first-ever Workforce Development Summit in Long Beach, Calif., June 25-27, in conjunction with the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach City College and TransPORTS, the official national industry intermediary chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeship in ports and the multi-modal transportation…

Sebastiaan Bleuanus, GM for research coordination and funding, Wärtsilä.

Interview: Sebastiaan Bleuanus, Wärtsilä

The May 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News features a 10-page feature section on "Thought Leadership" in the marine power sector. Here we extract and present the interview with Sebastiaan Bleuanus, GM for research coordination and funding, Wärtsilä.Please put in perspective and discuss the current environment and pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.The last 15 years have seen a shift in legislative focus in two main areas; a tightening of the…

Tore Andersen (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin Gears Up for BWMS Retrofit Wave

Optimarin is growing its staff to effectively handle the growing wave of ballast water management system refit activity.The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as its new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple…

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Maersk India Trade Report Q1 2019

India’s containerized exports with the world witnessed a stable growth of 6% in the first quarter of 2019 propelled by robust performances in refrigerated cargo, engineering and pharmaceuticals sectors, while imports declined slightly in the same quarter registering a market growth of -2.2% in Q1. The import demand was buoyed by pharmaceuticals, metal, appliances and kitchenware, paper, chemicals and fruit & nuts, mainly from Northern Europe, South Asia, China and Russia. Exports were driven largely by the East and West of India…

Cullen Glass (Photo: HII)

HII Appoints Director of Enterprise Transformation

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has announced that Cullen Glass has been named corporate director of enterprise transformation. He will report directly to Scott Stabler, executive vice president and chief transformation officer.As the director of enterprise transformation, Glass is responsible for working with corporate and division leadership to co-implement improvements in core business processes. His role will span multiple value streams, including supply chain, information technology/analytics and manufacturing.Glass spent the last 18 years of his career at Honeywell…