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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

North America News

A NORDEN dry cargo vessel loading salt in Patillos (Photo: NORDEN)

NORDEN to Ship Road Salt from Chile to US

NORDEN has entered into a 10-year contract effective 2020-2029 for the transportation of 4-5 million metric tons of road salt to be loaded in Caleta Patillos 1,400 kilometers north of the Chilean capital Santiago and discharged primarily on the American East Coast in ports between Boston and Baltimore. Road salt – or rock salt – will be carried on Supramax vessels. The contract covers 8-10 voyages per year of 50,000 metric tons each. A voyage is expected to take approximately 30 days and the vessels will pass through the Panama Canal to get from the South American West Coast to U.S.

(Photo: Bahri)

Bahri Reinforces Americas Commitment

Reinforcing its three-decade-long presence in North America, transportation and logistics firm Bahri took part in Breakbulk Americas, being held from October 17-19, in Houston. The Bahri booth at Breakbulk Americas was opened by Mr. Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Angari, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Houston, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of the annual event in the presence of Amal Al-Ruwaii, Director for Trade and Investment, Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in United States of America…

(Photo: The Interlake Steamship Company)

Interlake Steamship Joins Green Marine

The Interlake Steamship Company has become the first U.S. Great Lakes ship owner to join Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry in North America. As the largest privately held U.S.-flagged fleet on the Great Lakes, the Interlake Steamship Company is propelled by a long-term vision to make its vessels the most efficient and environmentally responsible in the shipping industry. “Green Marine certification aligns well with our strategic initiatives regarding the environment,” said Mark W.

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Tacoma Ends Lease

APM Terminals Tacoma concluded its operations on September 30, 2017, ahead of the December 31, 2017 lease expiration date, transferring the lease to Seattle-based SSA Marine who formed a new joint venture with Matson Lines, called SSAT, starting operations October 2, 2017. APM Terminals Tacoma was used primarily by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, handling a combined 190,000 TEUs in 2016. APM Terminals’ U.S.

(Photo: SOFRANA Unilines)

CMA CGM to Acquire SOFRANA Unilines

CMA CGM announced it will purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a key player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade. With operations in the South Pacific region for almost 50 years, SOFRANA Unilines operates directly or in partnership a fleet of 10 vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands. Together with CMA CGM’s ANL, who already offers 16 trade lanes servicing major ports throughout Australia…

Mike Pevey

Pevey Named Sales Director of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems names Mike Pevey director of sales; opens North America office Mike Pevey has joined Becker Marine Systems as director of sales, responsible for managing Becker’s range of high performance rudder and maneuvering systems in North America. Becker Marine Systems recently announced the opening of its newest global office in North America.  Located in Houston, Pevey will man the office, providing local service to the marine industry.

Tom Linebarger

Cummins Reports Revenue Jump in Q2 2014

Cummins Inc. reported its results for the second quarter of 2014. According to the report, second quarter revenue of $4.8 billion increased 7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. The increase year-over-year was driven by stronger demand in on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America. Revenues in North America increased 14 percent while international sales decreased 1 percent compared to the second quarter a year ago. Within international markets, lower revenues in Mexico, Brazil and India offset stronger demand in China.

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said. Leading the marine North America team will be Graeme Schultz, who brings 18 years of industry experience to the role. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions said the new marine team will support its regional North American clients, enabling better service to midsized-to-large manufacturers, importers, exporters and logistics providers, among others.

Photo courtesy of COWI NA

COWI NA Merges its Marine Companies

Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc. COWI North America, Inc. (COWI NA) announced that its two marine companies, Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc. will join forces to establish COWI Marine North America (COWI Marine NA). According to the company, the new entity will aim to compete with top national specialist marine firms. COWI NA announces that effective January 1, 2015 Ben C. Gerwick (Gerwick) and Ocean and Coastal Consultants (OCC) will merge operations to form the new specialist business unit in North America…

Photo courtesy of OW Bunker

Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

OW Bunker, a reseller and physical supplier of marine fuels, announced the appointment of Georgia Kounalakis to its physical supply operation in North America. Kounalakis joins the region’s senior team to take on responsibility for business development and help to drive further sales growth across North America, in line with the company’s global expansion strategy. Kounalakis joins OW Bunker North America from Aegean Marine Petroleum Inc, where she most recently held the position of General Manager – Americas.

(Photo Georgia Ports Authority)

Port of Savannah Moves 1 Mln TEUs in Q1

The Port of Savannah moved more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units across Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of FY2018 (July 1-Sept. 30), growing by 5.8 percent or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17. In September alone, the GPA moved 325,141 TEUs, an increase of 5.4 percent or 16,792 TEUs compared to the same month last year. "Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Photo courtesy ESAB

Masterman President, CEO ESAB, N. America

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announced the appointment of Andrew Masterman as President and Chief Executive Officer of ESAB North America. Masterman will be based in Florence, S.C., and will replace Brendan Colgan, who will be assuming the role of Chairman of The ESAB Group, Inc. (North America) and will also assume additional responsibilities by year's end as Operations Director for ESAB Global including India, South America, Asia Pacific and China. Masterman was previously president of Metalico’s Platinum Group Metals division.

Wrist Seals Record Deal

Wrist Ship Supply, part of the Wrist Group, announced the acquisition of World Ship Supply, West Coast Ship Supply, East Coast Ship Supply and Karlo Corporation – collectively known as One Source North America - the largest ship supply organization in North America. The move represents the largest deal in the Wrist Group’s corporate history, and provides the organization with a major footprint into the U.S. and Canadian markets. The acquisition marks Wrist Ship Supply’s fifth deal in the past 12 months, and continues Wrist Group’s strategy of controlled global expansion.

Martin Meissner

ZF Promotes Meissner

The Industrial Technology division of the ZF Group said that Martin Meissner has assumed the position of Marketing and Communications Manager for North America. Meissner, currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for ZF’s Marine business in North America, will now be responsible for all facets of marketing related activities in North America for the Industrial Technology division. The Industrial Technology division encapsulates all of the non-automotive business activities of the ZF Group.

Steve Schollaert as Executive Vice President for North America region.

ISS Appoints Schollaert

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime, cargo and supply chain solutions provider has announced a key hire to its senior management team with the appointment of Steve Schollaert as Executive Vice President for North America region. Steve joins ISS with extensive experience at American President Lines (APL) where he held senior positions with responsibility both domestically and internationally in the areas of operations and commercial. In addition to APL…

Stacie Speckman (Photo: ISS)

ISS Names Speckman VP for North America Operations

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has promoted Stacie Speckman to Vice President, Operations for North America. Based in Houston, Speckman will focus on managing and developing ISS’ regional operational services and lead a continuous improvement culture across regional and group-wide projects. She will report to Tim Cahill, Executive Vice President, North America. With more than 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Speckman joined ISS in 2015 as Area General Manager for Greater Houston from tanker specialist…

Two Join Ports of Indiana Commission

Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez and Michael Browning have been appointed by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to the Ports of Indiana Commission. Newhouse-Rodriguez is managing principal of Newhouse and Associates, a national airport consulting firm which provides airport planning, capital management and development services. Browning is the former president and CEO, and now chairman of the board, for Browning Investments, the largest developer of industrial distribution facilities in central Indiana.

Ron Huibers, Volvo Penta Americas

Ron Huibers New President of Volvo Penta Americas

Ron Huibers, currently President of Sales & Marketing North America within Volvo Trucks Americas, will assume his new position on September 1, 2012. Huibers has been with Volvo Group for 20 years. He has held various North America and International executive positions within Volvo Group including Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Financial Services, Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks. In his current position, Huibers is the leader of Volvo Trucks North America commercial sales and marketing operations with more than 25…

Maersk N. American HQ welcomes HRH The Prince Consort of Demark

HRH The Prince Consort of Denmark visited the North American headquarters of Maersk in Madison, NJ, today. The Prince Consort met with Chairman and CEO of Maersk Inc. J. Russell Bruner, Chief Financial Officer Maersk North America Morten K. Nicolaisen, President of Maersk Line North America Michael J. White, and President of Damco North America, Jeremy T. Haycock to discuss the history and current activities of A.P. Moller Maersk companies in the U.S. The Prince Consort was escorted by the Deputy Consul General and Head of Trade Thomas Rizk. The purpose of the U.S.

Paul Fardy (l) and Claus Schensema Photo GAC

Management Changes at GAC North America

GAC North America - Logistics (GNAL) has made two key managerial changes to drive its business. Paul Fardy has been appointed Managing Director, based at the Houston head office, to oversee the further development of GAC’s integrated logistics services throughout North America. Previously GAC Management Systems Director at the GAC Group’s Corporate Headquarters in Dubai, Fardy brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role, including many years in GAC logistics operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Maersk Partners With Apex for North American Wind Energy

Maersk Line, Limited and Apex Offshore Wind Energy Partner to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to North America. Apex Offshore Wind, LLC and Maersk Line, Limited today announced that they have established a working relationship to support the development, financing and construction of utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities in North America. Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is a subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global corporation with a long history of successful operation in offshore energy.

Kvaerner Sells EPC Center Houston

Kvaerner has announced the signing of an agreement to sell its on-going downstream focused operations and related assets of the entity known as EPC Center Houston to IHI E&C International Corp, a US subsidiary of the Japanese company IHI Corporation (IHI). Kvaerner retains and will further develop all of its other businesses in North America, both the Houston based Kvaerner Field Development business focusing on offshore field development projects and Kvaerner North American Construction providing construction services and maintenance in the unionized areas of North America.

Larry Hungerford is now President & CEO at Terma North America (Photo courtesy of TNA)

Terma NA Names Hungerford President & CEO

Terma North America Inc. (TNA), a subsidiary of the Denmark-based Terma A/S, has appointed Larry Hungerford as President & CEO, effective immediately. Larry Hungerford joined Terma North America Board of Directors in February, 2008. During 2012 he became part of the company’s daily operations as Vice President, Business Development, Command, Control & Sensor Systems while continuing his Directorship. Prior to joining Terma North America, Larry Hungerford was responsible for leading Lockheed Martin’s domestic growth and management of Lockheed Martin’s 26 domestic field offices…

Image courtesy of the port

Port of Hueneme Inks BMW North America Contract

Port Officials and BMW of North America, on the eve of BMW’s 26th anniversary at the Port, executed a fifth modification of its 1987 contract extending  their agreement for an additional five years through December 31, 2018. Said Harbor Board President Jason Hodge, “BMW’s Vehicle Distribution Center is a vital community partner and a significant economic engine. BMW’s Port manager Mark T. Port CEO and Executive Director Kristin Decas noted at the announcement, “26 years represents a lifetime in the maritime community.

LNG Supply Security: Linde to Present Conference Paper

Linde North America will be presenting a paper at the first annual LNG for Marine Transportation USA conference. The event will focus on how to build an LNG fuel supply chain for the Marine Market. It is being held in Houston, Texas, on June 11-12, 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston-Greenway Plaza. Development for Linde North America, will deliver the presentation "LNG Supply Security: Ensuring There is Enough LNG to Meet Demand in the Long Term" on Tuesday, June 11, at the session on Logistics and Supply.

Auto-Maskin Opens Houston Office

Auto-Maskin, the makers of the Marine Pro range of diesel engine controllers, announced the opening of a new regional office in Houston, Texas to support the continued expansion in the marine and oil and gas sectors in North America. The facility in Houston will be staffed by sales, engineering, application, aftermarket and commissioning resources, backed up by the HQ in Norway. With a comprehensive local inventory of parts for both new project sales or replacement parts for the extensive equipment population already in North America…