Westgarth to Lead V.Group
V.Group, a global provider of ship management and marine support services, has announced the appointment of Graham Westgarth as Chief Executive Officer. Graham has served on V.Group’s board since September 2018 and will take over from Ian El-Mokadem who has informed the Board of his desire to leave the company.Graham has a distinguished track-record in the maritime sector, having worked in the industry for almost 50 years. During his career, he has operated across almost all sectors and functions in the industry…
V.Group Opens New Center in Mumbai
V.Group, a global marine support services provider, opened its state-of-the-art new home in Mumbai in a ceremony earlier this week. Colleagues from across the Group were joined by CEO, Ian El-Mokadem, and a number of distinguished guests, to open the new building in Windsor Corporate Park, Oshiwara.The new facility brings together V.Group’s six service lines and the full breadth and depth of the Group’s expertise in Mumbai into one location, and reflects V.Group’s strategic investment in recruiting and retaining the best talent in the industry.
V.Ships Hamburg Appoints Nils Aden as MD
V.Group has announced the appointment of Nils Aden as Managing Director of V.Ships Germany in Hamburg.The global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider said in a press release that the announcement reaffirms its commitment to growing in, and leading the transformation of, the German shipmanagement market.Last year, V.Group announced that it would invest in a centre of excellence for container shipmanagement in Hamburg, bringing together the best expertise to deliver the highest quality service for its customers.As the shipmanagement segment consolidates…
V.Group Showcases Seafarer App, Manila Training Facilities
V.Group, a leading provider of marine support services, has announced that it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training center in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark, a program designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience, while enabling V.Group to utilize regularly updated seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.
V.Group Launches Seafarer App
The global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group has announced that it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark.Project Embark is a programme designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.A press release from the provider of marine support services said that The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience…
V. Group Appoints New CFO
Marine support services provider V.Group has appointed Alison Henriksen to the position of chief financial officer, effective immediately. Henriksen takes over the position from Rod Day, who has served as interim chief financial officer since August 2017.In addition to her new role as CFO, Henriksen will serve as a member of V.Group’s board of directors, joining the group’s governing body which includes V.Group CEO Ian El-Mokadem and chairman John Pattullo.Henriksen joins V.Group from Compass Group PLC…
Norddeutsche Reederei Joins V.Group
Norddeutsche Vermögen Group and V.Group have signed an agreement for Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt to join V.Group. At the same time, the combined company will form a partnership for commercial management with Blue Net Chartering.The transaction represents a major step in delivering consolidation of commercial and technical management in the container segment in Germany, underpinning V.Group’s ambition to drive the transformation of the industry and to be the leading global…
V.Group Sets Out to Transform Crewing
Marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider V.Group has engaged with management consultancy Accenture to transform its approach to crew management. Named Embark, the project seeks to develop an in-house shared services model which streamlines and optimizes key processes for V.Group’s seafarers, customers and colleagues. Embark will see the introduction of new and enhanced technology to support these shared services and digitize the shipowner and seafarer experience.For customers…
V.Group Rolls-out Fleet Cell of the Future
V.Group, the leading global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider, has announced the launch of its groundbreaking Fleet Cell of the Future, a prototype for the future of technical management and marine support services.This new design of operation rethinks and redesigns the traditional Fleet Cell model, the building block of technical management at V.Group. With market-leading performance design and an open-plan layout based on the latest in ergonomic research…
Shell UK Awards Mooring Contract to GAC
Following on GAC UK’s partnership with Forth Logistics Marine Services (FLMS) to provide mooring and related terminal services around the UK, the global shipping, logistics and marine services provider has secured a contract with Shell UK Ltd. to provide mooring services at its Braefoot Bay facility. The contract also includes jetty watch services and safety boat cover. From November 1 this year, GAC UK and FLMS will support day-to-day mooring operations with two brand new Alnmaritec aluminum-hulled line-handling boats to be delivered in October.
Safeen Milestones Reflect Growth of Abu Dhabi Ports
Safeen, the marine services subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, supporting the operations of the network of ports and harbors across the emirate of Abu Dhabi with a range of maritime and quayside-support services, announced several milestones reinforcing Abu Dhabi Ports’ continued expansion. First, three new state-of-the-art tugs, specializing in towing and escorting the world’s largest ships that now regularly call at locations in Abu Dhabi, have been integrated into Safeen’s existing fleet.
Nakilat to Build 11 Tugs for New Doha Port
Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) has signed an agreement with Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) to construct 11 workboats for use at the port. HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, and HE Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport, witnessed the signing ceremony between NDSQ and NPP, on Wednesday, 17th December 2014. The contracts were signed by Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Chairman of NDSQ and Managing Director of Nakilat, and Capt. Abdulla Al-Khanji CEO Qatar Ports Management Company & NPP General Supervisor.
Smit Lamnalco Orders Vessels to meet Shell Gabon Deal
Smit Lamnalco renewed its marine support services contract with oil major Shell in Gabon, a deal that has triggered investment in three auxiliary vessel newbuildings, according to the company. The five year contract renewal extends a relationship which dates back to the 1990s and covers support for Shell Gabon’s tanker operations at the remote Gamba Terminal, south of Port Gentil. “The trust Shell Gabon has in our services has sustained through the 2011 merger of Lamnalco and SMIT Terminals.” says Aart van der Wal, Managing Director Smit Lamnalco Africa.
Maybulk to Sell its Stake in POSH
Malaysian Bulk Carriers Bhd (Maybulk) plans to sell its entire 21.23% stake in Singapore-listed PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH) to its own shareholders, reported The Star. According to the report, Maybulk seeks to raise cash to pay for new vessels and cut down its debts. It also seeks to raise funds to strengthen its future operations in the dry bulk sector. Maybulk said the proposed disposal will enable the group to focus on its core business activity in the dry bulk sector. POSH is involved in offshore marine support services.
Smit Lamnalco Signals Growth Agenda
The official launch of Smit Lamnalco as a distinct entity has coincided with the global marine services group’s first commitment to new growth-driven investments, following the 2011 acquisition of Smit’s terminal and anchor handling tug supply activities by Lamnalco. Daan Koornneef, Smit Lamnalco Chief Executive, said that the new identity has been adopted to reflect the extent of the turnkey services offered by the expanded group across the oil and gas sectors. Smit Lamnalco owns…
Swiber Wins Siazable Offshore Contracts
Offshore construction & services provider Swiber wins SE Asia & Latin America contracts worth altogether about US$ 143-million. The contracts comprise an approximate US$100 million contract for offshore construction work in Southeast Asia; and an approximate US$43 million contract for the charter of a construction vessel that will be deployed to Latin America this year. Work for the US$100 million contract is expected to commence in Q1 2013 with expected completion by Q3 2013. Work for the US$43 million contract win will begin this year, with an option to extend for the next two years.
RAstar Class Tugs for Angola LNG Contract
Colle Maritime Company, a joint venture between Signet Maritime Corporation and Colle Towing Company, has been awarded a twenty-year contract to provide marine support services to Angola LNG Supply Services (ALSS) in the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Signet/Colle joint venture will construct two RAstar 3100 Class Terminal Support/Escort Tugs to fulfill this important contract. The tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, BC, will each provide 80 metric tonnes of bollard pull.