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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Operational Management News

Todd Cottrell (Photo: Hempel)

Cottrell Koins Hempel as Group VP for N. America

Global coatings company Hempel announced Todd Cottrell will take over as the company’s new Group Vice President for North America and a member of Hempel’s Operational Management Board.Hempel is an important player on the North American coatings market, with a leading position in the wind tower industry and a growing business in many other areas, including infrastructure, rail and marine. Originally from Detroit, Cottrell will be responsible for further improving Hempel’s position in selected markets and industries in the region.Lars Petersson…

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Nakilat Reports $76m Q1 Profit

Nakilat  announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 with a net profit of $76 million compared to $64 million during the same period in 2019, with an increase of 18%.Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, Nakilat continued to uphold operational management of its LNG and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels.Additionally, Nakilat group continued to strengthen its value proposition, with the ship repair, offshore fabrication, towage and…

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Inmarsat Publishes ICT Field Guide

As day-to-day operations at sea become ever more reliant on information and communication technology (ICT), mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has published a practical guide to help ship managers build onboard networks that are resilient and reliable.The Best Practice Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Recommendations, published by the Inmarsat Research Program, offers guidance on maximizing uptime and minimising cyber-vulnerabilities of onboard networks and automated systems.

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Westug Live with AI-assisted Dispatch

Perth-based Harbor towage operator, Westug Pty Ltd (Westug) has announced their successful start with the OptiPort AI-assisted Dispatch system in its new Port Hedland operation to ensure long-term, efficient and sustainable towage services in the port on behalf of KOTUG for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue). The announcement was made alongside the official start of Westug’s towage operations in the world’s leading and largest dry bulk export port with an annual export volume of over 500 million tons of iron ore…

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JR Shipping Adds 2 Container Feeder Ships

Netherlands' short sea shipping firm JR Shipping has expanded its container feeder fleet by purchasing a vessel and entering into a new management contract.According to a press note from the Harlingen-based shipowner and manager, the two vessels were transferred to the shipping company. They will be registered under the flag of Madeira and sail under the names MV Expert and MV Energy. Confeeder Shipping & Chartering is responsible for the commercial management.The new management contract concerns MV Expert. She is an 800 TEU short-sea feeder and was built by Damen Shipyard Group in 2011.

Chauncey Naylor (Photo: Resolve Maritime Academy)

Naylor Named Resolve Maritime Academy Director

Resolve Maritime Academy, the learning arm of the Resolve Marine Group, has welcomed Chauncey Naylor as the Academy’s new Director responsible for operational management, strategic course, and certification development. Naylor comes to Resolve from Williams Fire and Hazard Control in Port Arthur, Texas with extensive experience leading safety management and emergency service teams.For the past 23 years, Naylor has been a driving force behind Williams’ response teams earning himself the prestigious Red Adair Industrial Community Award.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman CEVA Logistics. Photo: CMA CGM Group

CEVA Logistics Implements Turnaround Plan

Following the friendly takeover bid for CEVA Logistics, the CMA CGM Group has implemented a turnaround plan which includes a new governance, a new brand identity and priorities reset. CEVA’s new operations center opened in Marseilles.The CMA CGM Group now holds 99.6% of CEVA's equity. Structural decisions have been made during the second quarter of 2019 to enable CEVA’s financial recovery and create the conditions of a solid and successful turnaround.Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group…

John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

INSIGHTS: John F. Reinhart, CEO, Virginia Port Authority (VPA)

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia’s marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.Under his leadership, the goal has been to…

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CMA CGM's Turnaround Plan for CEVA

Following the friendly takeover bid for the contract logistics and freight management solutions provider CEVA Logistics, the French container transportation and shipping giant CMA CGM Group now holds 99.4% of CEVA's equity.The shipping Group is resolutely committed to CEVA's financial recovery, and has already taken major structural decisions paving the way for CEVA’s rapid return to profitability.Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, was elected…

Photo: John Nilsen (Bunker Purchasing Manager), Håkon Kiil (Head of Business Analytics) and Geir Frode Abelsen (Head of Technical Operations)

Höegh Autoliners Readies for IMO 2020

Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners AS is now preparing its fleet for the change in fuel, having chosen Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) and Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oil (LSMGO) for complying with IMO 2020.In the Bunker department, new bunker patterns are being planned for and in the commercial section, the new rules also require attention.IMO 2020 entails a great shift for the shipping industry and the preparations started long ago in Höegh Autoliners.Håkon Kiil, Head…

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Nakilat Profit Jumps by 8.5%

Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat)  has reported about 8.5% year-on-year increase in net profit to QR659mn (USD 181 million) during January-September this year."Nakilat’s stronger performance is a result of the company’s successful expansion, which is attributed to its strategic long-term plan to diversify and seek business opportunities with minimal risk, as well as through effective cost optimisation initiatives across its integrated operations," said a press release from…

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MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy Opened

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that an inauguration ceremony for MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA), jointly operated by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC), was held on September 12 in Salitran, Dasmariña City, the Philippines.Around 700 people attended the event, including Senator Grace Poe, Secretary of the Department of Transportation Arthur Tugade, H.E. Koji Haneda, Japanese Ambassador-designate to the Republic of the Philippines, President and CEO Doris Teresa Magsaysay-Ho of A.

Carlos del Corral (Photo: iContainers)

iContainers Hires Barcelona Office Director

Online freight forwarder iContainers appointed Carlos del Corral as Director of Sales and Operations of its Barcelona office. Del Corral possesses over 20 years of experience in the logistics sector and is a veteran in the transformation of processes and systems in the sector. At iContainers, he will manage the strong growth that the online freight forwarding company has experienced in recent months. This includes accelerating the development of new products and services rooted in technology and innovation.

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President (Photo: Inmarsat)

Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner

Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage. The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage the satellite communications platform’s capabilities from the moment the ship is delivered.

A successful operation thanks to competent staff and good teamwork from the stevedores, lashers and WWL. Photo WWL

WWL Setting Trend in Breakbulk Shipments to US

WWL recently became the first RoRo shipping company to transport heavy breakbulk cargo weighing more than 92 tonnes from Japan to the United States. Until recently, Japanese ports only allowed a maximum cargo weight of 92 tonnes including roll trailer. Following negotiations with port authorities, this restriction was lifted to extend the benefits of RoRo to customers with even heavier breakbulk cargo. The first customer to benefit from the extended weight limit was a Japanese company that urgently needed to ship two generators weighing 242 tonnes each from Yokohama to Newport News…

Ian Edward Ross (Photo: GBSL)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a Caribbean shipyard providing retrofit, refurbishment and revitalization to cruise and commercial vessels, has added four new positions to its executive team in 2016. Taking up the new executive positions are Ian Edward Ross, Don Keirce, Charles Nugent and Adrian Baboi. Ian Edward Ross joined GBSL July 2016 as VP of HSSEQ, bringing with him over 25 years’ practical experience delivering strategic and operational support to major organizations in the oil and gas, power generation and heavy construction and fabrication industries.

Cadets with Bibby Ship Management and X-Press Feeders staff (Photo: Bibby Ship Management)

Training the Next Generation of Seafarers

Major global independent common carrier, X-Press Feeders and Bibby Ship Management have put training at the forefront of their investment into the next generation of highly trained and capable crew, by enrolling a group of young aspiring seafarers onto their Trainee Engineering Officer and Trainee Deck Office programs. The four cadets, Luke Jakes, Conrad Dempsey, Claire Allan and Jonathan Jones, have recently began their three-year Officer Cadet training and, as such, will experience a wealth of maritime activity, both at sea and academically at various marine institutions throughout the U.K.

Cadets with Bibby Ship Management and X-Press Feeders staff Photo By Bibby Ship Mngmt

Liverpool Industry Inspires GenNex Mariners

Major global independent common carrier, X-Press Feeders and Bibby Ship Management have put training at the forefront of their investment into the next generation of highly trained and capable crew, by enrolling a group of young aspiring seafarers onto their Trainee Engineering Officer and Trainee Deck Office programmes. The four cadets – Luke Jakes, Conrad Dempsey, Claire Allan and Jonathan Jones – have just started their three-year Officer Cadet training and, as such, will experience a wealth of maritime activity, both at sea and academically at various marine institutions throughout the UK.

Miriam Maes (Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Maes Joins Port of Rotterdam Supervisory Board

Miriam Maes has been appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam Authority as of January 1, 2016, filling the position that fell vacant after Merel Vroonhoven stepped down from the Board on July 1, 2015. Maes has extensive international experience in a variety of operational management positions at Unilever, ICI, Texas Utilities and EDF. After mostly working in the food industry for the first twenty years of her career, over the past decade, the main focus of Maes’s activities has shifted towards the energy sector and climate change.

EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in operational management, human resources management, strategic planning and process improvement.  A graduate of Occidental College, de Rubertis has a BA in American Studies and a MS in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven.

Marco Neelsen (Copyright: Buss Port Logistics)

Neelsen to Succeed Ahlers as Buss Port Logistics CEO

Press release - On October 1, Marco Neelsen will assume Heinrich Ahlers' position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Buss Port Logistics (BPL). Ahlers will stay with Buss Group until at least the end of 2016. Neelsen is a trained navigational officer. In his  career up to now Neelsen took on operational management positions within the AP Möller Terminals Group in places like Oman, Nigeria and Aqaba, Jordan. Most recently and since 2012, he was the CEO of the Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Bahrain.

Jonathan Britain

Jonathan Appointed LOC Group's London MD

In line with LOC’s continual global growth and strengthening of the senior management team,  Britain has been appointed as Managing Director of the London operation. Jonathan Britain joins LOC as Managing Director, LOC London having previously headed-up Bureau Veritas’s UK industry division. A mechanical engineer by background, he brings with him a wealth of operational management expertise. Prior to Bureau Veritas, he worked for GL Noble Denton, Germanischer Lloyd and Advantica.

Mark Preece. Photo: Ceona

Ceona Gets New CEO

Ceona, a London-based SURF contractor with deep-water subsea construction capabilities, has announced that the company's executive vice president commercial and business development, Mark Preece, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). According to the press release, Mark takes over from current CEO, Steve Preston, who after 40 years in the industry has decided to retire from operational management and step down. Steve has worked tirelessly to establish Ceona as a key subsea player over the last three years…

Mark Preece (Photo: Ceona)

Ceona Appoints Preece as New CEO

Ceona, SURF contractor with deepwater subsea construction capabilities, has announced  that the company’s executive vice president commercial and business development, Mark Preece, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Preece takes over from current CEO, Steve Preston, who after 40 years in the industry has decided to retire from operational management and step down. Steve has worked tirelessly to establish Ceona as a key subsea player over the last three years…

Dr. Ahmed Al Abri (Photo: Oman Drydock Company)

Oman Drydock Appoints Deputy CEO

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) informs it has appointed one of Oman’s most experienced maritime professionals as deputy CEO to help support and grow its expanding operations. Taking up the role of deputy CEO, Dr. Ahmed Al Abri, draws on 17 years experience working as a naval architect overseeing major projects in shipyards around the world in the U.K., Holland, Romania and Singapore. “When I first went to study naval architecture at Southampton University in the U.K., there were no shipyards in Oman,” he said.

Todd Grove (Photo: ABS Group)

Grove Named ABS Group President, CEO

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. announced the appointment of Todd Grove as its new President and CEO. Grove most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for ABS Group's parent company, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). He has served more than 30 years at ABS, in various senior technical and operational management roles across the world. Grove holds a bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Houston and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.