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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Matt Doherty News

Matt Keith (Photo courtesy of tesla Offshore)

Keith Promoted to VP at Tesla Offshore

Offshore survey service provider Tesla Offshore LLC has promoted Matt Keith to vice president, geoscience manager and an officer with the company, as announced by the company’s president C. D. Schempf, Jr. As a vice president, Keith will continue to manage the geosciences and related divisions while working to further enhance Tesla Offshore’s position as an industry leader and its commitment to expanding its global reach, the company said. A native of Pennsylvania, Keith earned a master’s degree from Florida State University, where he specialized in underwater archaeology.

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SWIVEL unveils a Logistics Control Tower

SWIVEL Software announced, at the 3PL Value Creation Asia Summit in Hong Kong,  the launch of SWIVEL 360, a Logistics Control Tower that can provide both visibility and transparency between all parties in the supply chain. With SWIVEL 360, all parties can get real time alerts and search the status of a shipment based on SKU or item code, purchase order, bill of lading, container, or customer. The collaboration portal also allows simple tasks as searching airline and sailing schedules, communication with factories overseas, booking freight to logistics partners/carriers, and much more.

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Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer for CIRM, announced the development of the CIRM User Feedback Forum. The best way to achieve usability in a system, product or service is to ask users what they think at each stage of the design.

DP World: Chairman also Appointed CEO

Dubai's DP World has appointed chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as permanent chief executive with immediate effect, the port operator said on Monday, two weeks after he took interim charge following the retirement of the former CEO. Sulayem will hold both roles simultaneously, DP World said in a bourse statement. On Jan. 27, the company announced long-serving chief executive Mohammed Sharaf had retired. Reporting by Matt Smith

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Upcoming NAMEPA National Maritime Day Seminar

'Safety at Sea' focus of NAMEPA's National Maritime Day seminar at the Washington DC National Press Club. The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be offering a seminar “Environmental Intelligence in Maritime:  Safety at Sea", featuring shipboard safety, piracy, and an update on issues for seafarers. The seminar will take place on May 21st at the National Press Club in Washington DC commencing at 2:00pm. The seminar is intended to commemorate National Maritime Day, which is held on May 22nd to honor merchant mariners.

Advice on Choosing Private Maritime Security Protection

Nexus Consulting release their updated best practice guidelines for maritime security firm selection by shipowners. “As the number of private maritime firms has grown from a handful just a few years ago to over a hundred today, we felt it was important to help shipping organizations get a head start in their selection process,” said Nexus Consulting’s President Kevin Doherty in a statement. In addition to the best practices guidelines, Nexus was featured at the NAMEPA 2013 National Maritime Day Seminar and AMVER Awards in a panel discussion on the changing face of piracy.

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Djibouti, DP World in Legal Spat

Djibouti said it had started legal action against DP World, seeking to rescind the Dubai-owned port operator's concession in Africa's largest container terminal in a row over how the contract was awarded. "The resulting agreement unfairly favoured DP World," the government said in a statement, which questioned payments made in winning the concession in 2000. DP World said it rejected Djibouti's allegations. "We categorically reject the accusations and will vigorously defend our position during arbitration," a company spokesperson told Reuters by email.

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14 Appointed to NOIA Board

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) elected 14 industry leaders to its Board of Directors on April 21, 2016 during its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Gary Luquette, President and Chief Executive Officer, Franks International, N.V. Kirk Meche, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. Richard Morrison, Regional President Gulf of Mexico, BP America, Inc. W. Matt Ralls, Executive Chairman, Rowan Companies, Inc. Jeff Platt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tidewater, Inc.

WCI Chairman Matt Woodruff (Director, Government Affairs, Kirby Corporation)

WCI Names New Officers and Directors

Waterways Council, Inc. At its Annual Meeting on October 19 in Pittsburgh, the Board of Directors of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) elected the following new officers for 2011-2013: Chairman, Matt Woodruff, (Director, Government Affairs, Kirby Corporation); Vice Chairman, Steve Little, (President, Crounse Corporation); General Counsel, Dan Mecklenborg, (Senior Vice President, HR & Chief Legal Officer, Ingram Barge Company); Immediate Past Chairman, Rick Calhoun, (President, Cargo Carriers). All other officers were re-elected to their current positions.

SUNY Hosting Free Shipping Symposium

SUNY Maritime College Presents The Annual 2012 Groundhog Day Cutting Edge Issues in Shipping Symposium. At 10:00 am,    "Cuba Oil Drilling - U.S. Contingency Planning  to respond to a pollution release impacting U.S  Waters"  will  be the topic of  a talk by Captain Francis (“Stash”) Pelkowski, USCG  and Assistant Professor, Global Business &  Transportation, SUNY Maritime College. James Maloney, Esq., SUNY Maritime graduate and maritime attorney will tackle the topic of  "Controversial Issues of Marine Insurance,” at 10:45 am.

SUNY Maritime's 7th Annual Groundhog Day

Global Business and Transportation Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Shipping Conference. It was a good day for New York City’s most famous groundhog, Staten Island Chuck. Groundhog Day, 2012 proved to be an even better day for the more than 150 men and women from the international shipping community, along with hundreds of SUNY Maritime College students, who  attended the 2012 SUNY Maritime College Cutting-Edge Issues in Shipping held on the SUNY Maritime College campus in Throggs Neck, the Bronx, New York City.

Matthew (Matt) Desch, Chief Executive Officer, Iridium Communications, Inc.

Iridium CEO Matthew Desch Wins Award

Matthew (Matt) Desch, Chief Executive Officer, Iridium Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM), has been named Via Satellite’s Satellite Executive of the Year for 2011. Iridium boasted a strong performance in 2011 that exceeded estimates on nearly every metric. Financially speaking, the MSS operator grew in areas where it was not expected to grow, driven by its service, its technological innovation and its ability to be a catalyst to its ecosystem of development partners in an increasingly competitive sector and in new sectors, as well.

Ridge Global Names Two to Flag Bridge Team

Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services, has named Vice Admiral Brian Peterman (United States Coast Guard, Retired) and Matt Branigan as the newest members of Flag Bridge, a recently launched service focused on maritime risk and sovereignty management. "Strategic maritime challenges are increasing at an alarming rate," said Tom Ridge, Ridge Global President and CEO and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition to Peterman and Branigan…

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Private Maritime Security Insights via Webcasts

Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, announce an upcoming series of webcast events (follow-along paper available ) that provide insight into the maritime security Use of Force (UoF) protocols. The webcast series is being held in response to a recent viral video that portrayed non-Nexus private security personnel firing on small crafts in the open sea. “We believe that the use of force – especially deadly force – is always a last option when engaging potential hostilities…

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Australian PM Holding Talks on Sub Purchase

  Australia is holding talks with a number of countries on a contract to build replacements for Australia's aging submarine fleet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday at the G20 leaders Summit in Brisbane. Japan has been seen as the front-runner to sell Australia as many as 12 stealth submarines, but strong interest from manufacturers in Sweden, Germany and France and domestic political pressure has led to calls for his government to hold an open tender. (Reporting by Matt Siegel; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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US Navy CNO Casts Eye on NNS Warship Construction

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hosted the Chief of Naval Operations for a tour of the shipyard. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert was briefed on the shipyard's current work and capabilities and met with shipbuilders. The admiral also toured the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) to see the progress being made on the first-of-class ship and the advancements in shipbuilding enabled by 3-D modeling and design/build strategies.

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Graig Ship Management Appoints Callender

Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management has appointed Matt Callender as Operations Director. He joined GSM as General Manager in March and is responsible for the day to day running of GSM's fleet. Callender has thirty-five years experience in shipping, beginning as a sea-going engineer, rising to Chief Engineer, then building a career in management, including a period as Joint Managing Director of Reederei NORD Klaus Oldendorff and General Manager - Technical for OSG Ship Management.

Dana Gas Receives $60 mln from Egyptian Gov't

  Egypt's government has paid Dana Gas $60 million, part of overdue receivables totalling $212 million, the Abu Dhabi-listed firm said in a statement on Sunday. Egypt has delayed payments to oil and gas firms as its economy has been hammered by almost four years of instability since a popular uprising ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. The Cairo government said in November it intended to repay all its energy-related debt within six months. (Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by Matt Smith)  

Waterways Council Names Officers & Directors

Richard R. (Rick) Calhoun, Cargo Carriers, Chairman; Cornel Martin, President & CEO; Merritt Lane, Canal Barge Line, Vice Chairman; Rodney Weinzierl, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Vice Chairman;  Matt Woodruff, Kirby Corporation, Counsel; Peter Stephaich, Campbell Transportation Company, Secretary; Cherrie Felder, Channel Shipyard Company, Treasurer. Dan Mecklenborg, Ingram Barge Line Co., was named Immediate Past Chairman, and Berdon Lawrence, Kirby Corporation and Mark Knoy, AEP River Operations, were named Honorary Past Chairmen.

ASA Names Committee Leaders

New CEO and Management at MGT

Kevin Doherty transitions to board seat, Michael Fratianni assumes role of president and CEO at Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership. Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT) has announced  the retirement of Kevin M. Doherty as President and CEO. Doherty will take a seat on MGT’s board and will be replaced by COO and CFO Michael Fratianni. Guy Desrosiers, currently Treasurer, will become CFO. MGT is wholly owned by MGT Holdings S.à.r.l., a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.

'Minnesota' Christening: Photo credit HII

USN Submarine Christening at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries held the christening of the 10th Virginia-class submarine, 'Minnesota' (SSN 783), at its NNS division. The ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine's hull. Mrs. Roughead, a Minnesota native, is the wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead. "Minnesota is the sum of all her parts," Mrs. Roughead said. "Everything and everyone who has contributed will be an ingredient in the spirit and the force that makes Minnesota.

First Non-Military Standard, Underwater Noise

A new voluntary consensus standard for the measurement of underwater noise from ships is now available from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The new standard will be known as ANSI/ASA S12.64-2009/Part 1, “American National Standard, Quantities and Procedures for Description and Measurement of Underwater Sound from Ships- Part 1: General Requirements”. Noise Control Engineering, Inc. of Billerica, Mass. led the effort to develop the new standard having its Vice President Michael Bahtiarian chair the committee.

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Nexus: Ferry Tragedy a Fatal Chain of Errors

Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria, LLC, a leading provider of private maritime safety and security solutions, announced Tuesday that upon expert review by maritime safety subject matter expert Captain Bill Doherty of reports and statements made by Sewol crew, that the tragic loss of life was culmination of a “fatal chain of errors” which may have started months before the Sewol left port April 16, 2014. “It appears that the sinking of the Sewol and the tragic loss of lives was a preventable final link in a systemic fatal chain of errors…

Matt Yacavone: Photo credit Crowley

Matt Yacavone Joins Crowley

Matt Yacavone joins Crowley as Vice President of Sales and Chartering, Petroleum Services. He will be domiciled in the company's Jacksonville headquarters and report to Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. Yacavone, who assumes his new position Jan. 7, will be responsible for the planning and direction of sales and chartering initiatives, overseeing development of policies and procedures, coordinating and negotiating customer contracts and developing business relations, particularly in the company's articulated-tug barge (ATB) and tanker programs.

Fukunaga Joins Matson Board

Matson, Inc. shareholders elected Mark H. Fukunaga, Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific Inc., as a new member of Matson’s board of directors.  Concurrently, Matson Chairman and CEO, Matt Cox, announced that the board's independent directors have designated Stanley M. Kuriyama to succeed Jeffrey N. Watanabe, the board's Lead Independent Director, who retired from the board in accordance with a mandatory retirement age policy.