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Monday, August 2, 2021

Guemes Island Ferry Replacement. Image courtesy Glosten

RFP: Electrical Integrators Sought for Skagit Count All-Electric Ferry

Skagit County Public Works and Seattle-based vessel designer Glosten are seeking proposals from electrical integrators to provide the vessel and shore electrical systems and the automated charging plug for the all-electric ferry design to replace the M/V Guemes.The Washington State Legislature recently passed SHB1502, providing authority for the county to select this equipment during the vessel’s contract design. The selected integrator will be required in the bid specifications…

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive at Subsea UK

VIDEO: Subsea UK and the Creation of the “Global Underwater Hub”

Subsea UK is embarking on a new adventure as The Global Underwater Hub, a new organization with already nearly $18 million in funding. ‘The Hub’ aims to leverage the UK’s strong maritime heritage, as well as its underwater expertise that transcends offshore defense and research. Subsea UK has been around nearly 20 years, set up to champion the UK subsea industry. It was fortuitous timing, as that $2.7B CapEx industry in oil and gas grew to more than $12B by 2013. Neil Gordon, Chief Executive at Subsea UK…

Glenn Edvandsen, CEO, UECC. Photo courtesy UECC

UECC’s Edvardsen on Decarbonization: “There is no perfect solution, start the journey now”

UECC has emerged as a leader in regards to decarbonization, with an order earlier this year for its third LNG battery/hybrid Pure Car/Truck Carrier (PCTC). Glenn Edvardsen, CEO, discusses the strategy and the future for this Oslo-based ship owner.Glenn, to start, can you give a by-the-numbers overview of UECC?United European Car Carrier is a pan-European trading carrier, trading up to the Baltic, as far east as Turkey and down to north Africa. We operate about 18 vessels (of which) UECC-owns six, ranging from (a capacity of) 5,000 cars down to 1,000.

Effective July 1, 2021, Carlos Maenhout is retiring from his position as Founder and Managing Director of BMT Belgium, the company that he and his wife founded in 1991, a company subsequently sold to the BMT Group in 2005. Photo courtesy BMT

Carlos Maenhout Retires, Bruno Storms takes the helm at BMT Belgium

Effective July 1, 2021, Carlos Maenhout is retiring from his position as Founder and Managing Director of BMT Belgium, the company that he and his wife founded in 1991, a company subsequently sold to the BMT Group in 2005.Carlos Maenhout qualified with a Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Ghent, and with an Honors Degree in Maritime Science from the University of Antwerp. His consultancy career in maritime has spanned over four decades…

AST Group, OneWeb Team Collaborate

This week, OneWeb's Maritime team had a long-awaited in-person meeting with colleagues at The AST Group.OneWeb's Maritime team – Carole Plessy, Dave Bell and Alexandra Kenworthy got to have that long-awaited in-person meeting. They met colleagues at The AST Group – Gregory Darling, Stuart Castell and Barney Gray. The main business of the day was to plan the smooth onboarding of The AST Group as we move closer to undertaking customer beta trials and delivering fixed services to support remote connectivity in Northern Europe before the end of the year.Together…

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Erma First Acquires one TANK LLC, "World's Smallest BWTS"

Ballast water equipment maker Erma First expands its portfolio and brings "the world’s smallest" ballast water treatment system to the international market through its acquisition of US firm oneTANK LLC.oneTANK, a subsidiary of Glosten, developed a small scale innovative, low-cost, IMO Revised G8 Code and United States Coast Guard compliant system. Based on a patented mixing technology developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the system can be installed in larger vessels’ aftpeak tanks. It is also suitable for use aboard workboats, tugboats, semi-submersibles, fishing vessels and superyachts.

Mercy Ships announces the delivery of the Global Mercy — the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, built to more than double its capacity to deliver safe healthcare and medical training to Africa. (Photo courtesy Mercy Ships)

Global Mercy Joins Mercy Ships' Fleet and, with Volunteers, Delivers Hope in Africa

Each year, 16.9 million people die due to lack of access to surgical care, according to Lancet Global Surgery 2030 Report. A large percentage of these deaths occur in Africa’s developing nations, where the fragile healthcare systems simply cannot support the overwhelming need for safe surgical procedures.For more than 40 years, Mercy Ships has been on a mission to change that. Through the support of faithful volunteers and partners from around the world, Mercy Ships provides access to safe surgery and delivers medical training through the platform of hospital ships.

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SOS: Stranded, Shattered Seafarers Threaten Global Supply Lines

"I've seen grown men cry," says Captain Tejinder Singh, who hasn't set foot on dry land in more than seven months and isn't sure when he'll go home."We are forgotten and taken for granted," he says of the plight facing tens of thousands of seafarers like him, stranded at sea as the Delta variant of the coronavirus wreaks havoc on shore."People don't know how their supermarkets are stocked up."Singh and most of his 20-strong crew have criss-crossed the globe on an exhausting odyssey: from India to the United States then on to China…

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Eimskip Names New CFO

Iceland-based shipping and logistics firm Eimskip has appointed María Björk Einarsdóttir as CFO, to take over from Egill Örn Petersen, who has decided to resign due to personal reasons. Egill Örn Petersen, who has been the CFO of Eimskip since the beginning of 2019, will take another position within the finance department.María Björk Einarsdóttir has, for the last seven years, been the Managing Director of Alma íbúðafélag (previously Almenna leigufélagið) one of the largest real-estate companies in Iceland which she has led from its foundation. She has a B.Sc.

Connectivity Key to Seafarer Welfare, Inmarsat Sponsored Report says

Inmarsat sponsored a new report which explores the future of seafaring to 2050, a report that offers not just insights on connectivity, rather recommendations on how shipping, training institutions and welfare services can respond to the changing needs of tomorrow’s seafarers.Dubbed ‘A fair future for seafarers?’, the report was prepared by maritime consultancy Thetius. While published as the world still struggles with the impact of COVID-19, the report suggests epidemics and pandemics may become more common…

Nicole LeBoeuf was appointed as the assistant administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management. Photo courtesy NOAA

LeBoeuf Tapped as director of NOAA's National Ocean Service

Nicole LeBoeuf, with more than two decades of experience at NOAA, was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the assistant administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management. In this capacity she will serve as director of the National Ocean Service, America’s ocean and coastal science agency. LeBoeuf, acting in this role since August 2018, also served as the deputy since December 2016."Nicole is well positioned to lead NOAA’s National Ocean Service and to continue its rich history of addressing evolving economic…

AMC recently installed 2 Rotortug simulator bridges, the first of its kind on Tasmania and Australia’s east coast. Image courtesy KOTUG Training

KOTUG Training, AMC Search ink Partnership

KOTUG Training & Consultancy, the training and consultancy division of KOTUG, and AMC Search, the training and consultancy division of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a long-term strategic partnership. The MoU encompasses exclusive training of (tug) masters, ships’ crews and pilots in Australia by certified KOTUG trainers at AMC’s training facilities in Tasmania.

Tomi Julin, General Manager, Auramarine Asia Ltd.

Auramarine Appoints Tomi Julin GM to Grow Asia Business

Auramarine appointed Tomi Julin as its new General Manager of Auramarine Asia Ltd. Julin has worked at Auramarine for more than two decades, with his most recent positions including Technical Director, Product Line Manager and Project Manager in both Finland and China. The development signals the company’s growth plans for its business in the Asia region.

Hendrik Bruhns (Photo: HEC)

Bruhns Named President of Herbert Engineering

Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC) appointed Hendrik Bruhns to succeed Spencer Schilling, who formally stepped down as the company's president on July 1.Bruhns had been serving as an executive vice president and manager of business development for HEC since January 1, 2021, and he has served on the HEC board since 2009. A trained naval architect. Bruhns comes from an 11-year commitment as president of the HEC affiliate and maritime software firm, Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC.

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LR to Focus on Shipping with Sale of Division to Goldman Sachs Arm

British professional services provider Lloyd’s Register (LR) has agreed to sell its business assurance and cyber security division to Goldman Sachs Asset Management as the company focuses on maritime activities, executives said on Tuesday.The deal is expected to be completed during the second half of 2021 subject to regulatory approval, the companies said.When asked about the value of the transaction, an LR spokeswoman said it “exceeds $100 million”.LR’s business assurance & inspection…

Tom Perrine

Shipbuilding; NSRP Elects New Officers

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has announced the election of new officers to its Executive Control Board (ECB).Tom Perrine, Vice President of Engineering at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. has been elected as ECB Chair for a two-year term, effective May 2021. Perrine earned his undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan and is a licensed professional engineer. He succeeds Don Hamadyk, Director of Program Development and Integration at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division in Newport News…

Agnes Mathiesen (Photo: VIKAND Solutions)

Mathiesen Joins VIKAND

Maritime medical operations and public health provider VIKAND Solutions announced the appointment of Agnes Mathiesen as Healthcare Solutions Integrator of VIKAND Direct for commercial shipping, effective immediately.Len Quist, VIKAND Senior Vice President and General Manager, said, “The role of Healthcare Solutions Integrator reflects Vikand’s strategic implementation of VIKAND Direct which includes layers of resources to mirror the intricacies of public and maritime health. Given her vast experience in both the maritime and business worlds…

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Enstructure to Acquire Patriot Ports

U.S. terminal and logistics company Enstructure announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Patriot Port Holdings LLC. Patriot Ports, the ports division of Patriot Rail & Ports and a sister company of Patriot Rail Company LLC, works in breakbulk, specialty cargo and cold storage, operating six terminals in Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and Sunny Point, N.C. with approximately 1.2 million square feet of industrial warehouse capacity, including 10.2 million cubic feet of cold storage.Following the acquisition…

William J. Brennan (Photo: Maine Maritime Academy)

Maine Maritime Academy President to Retire

William J. Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy, announced he will retire after the upcoming school year, capping off 12 years of service to the institution.“It is an exciting moment for me, but I really do have mixed emotions about the announcement,” Brennan said. “This is truly the best job I have ever had. MMA’s mission, our students and our staff and faculty, they all mean the world to me. Still, I feel this is the right decision for me and for the academy.”In a letter announcing his decision to Earle Cianchette…

Ben Weithman (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Weithman Named Director of Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon

Ports of Indiana (POI) announced that it has hired Bernard (Ben) Weithman as the new Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon port director.Weithman will lead port operations and business development for the Mount Vernon port. His industry experience includes more than 30 years in business development, startup and long-term sustainable operations. A senior-level executive in the transportation, agriculture and freight sectors, he most recently served as a senior transportation market consultant at IHS Markit.

Left to right: MD Secretary of Transportation Gregory Slater, MD Governor Larry Hogan, and MPA-Port of Baltimore Executive Director William Doyle observe dredging operations at Seagirt Marine Terminal for a new 50-ft. berth in March 2021. (Photo: Maryland Port Administration)

Maryland Port Administration, Port of Baltimore Joins CDMCS

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Port of Baltimore, officially joined the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS), a national unified safety voice for the dredging and marine construction industry.The Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest seaports in the United States, handling every type of cargo at its public and private terminals. Currently, Baltimore is in the execution phase of more than $200 million in marine construction, dredging and infrastructure upgrades at Seagirt, Dundalk and Locust Point Marine Terminals.

Bahri CEO Eng Abdullah Aldubaikhi. Image courtesy Bahri

Bahri Moves Up to #40 on Forbes Middle East Top 100

Bahri is featured in Forbes Middle East’s list of the top 100 companies for 2021, advancing 36 spots to #40.Despite operating amid uncertain market conditions, Bahri continued to grow through several multi-pronged initiatives to improve its operational efficiency, technological competencies, service offerings, geographical presence, and fleet strength. As a result, Bahri attained a huge increase of 153 percent in its annual net profit in 2020, with the revenue increasing by 28 percent compared to the preceding year.

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National MDA Executive Steering Committee Excellence Award Announced at Maritime Security East

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Supervisory Air Interdiction Officer Ali Baig recognized for promoting regional maritime securityThe National  Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Executive Steering Committee annual national level “MDA ESC Excellence Award for 2021 for law enforcement was presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Supervisory Air Interdiction Officer Ali Baig of the Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch. The recognition…

Charles D. Tillotson (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee Hires Tillotson as Chief Commercial Officer

As new chief commercial officer of Port Manatee, Charles D. Tillotson looks to bolster diverse cargo growth at the global gateway of Southwest and Central Florida.“Working with the Port Manatee team, my goal is to double the port’s volume of cargo activity over the coming 10 years,” said Tillotson, who brings nearly four decades of maritime industry experience to the position. “We are seeking to build upon Port Manatee’s current trend of record trade by advancing further diverse revenue streams.”Tillotson most recently served as senior vice president of business development for Altamont…

Klaus Stoltenberg (Photo: VIKAND Solutions)

Stoltenberg Joins VIKAND as Non-executive Director

Maritime medical operations and public health provider VIKAND Solutions announced it has appointed Klaus Stoltenberg as non-executive director for commercial shipping.Stoltenberg brings a wealth of experience to VIKAND. He is currently the co-owner of Constellation ApS, and was formerly the Chairman of Global Shipping, Deutsche Bank where he managed a team of corporate finance and shipping experts. He has also served as Global Head of Ship and Aircraft Finance for NORD/LB; Head of Transport…

Greensea hired Greg Horton as Senior Robotics Engineer to lead engineering associated with SafeC2, Greensea’s long-range command and control capability. Photo courtesy Greensea

Horton Joins Greensea

Greensea hired Greg Horton as Senior Robotics Engineer to lead engineering associated with SafeC2, Greensea’s long-range command and control capability, which is providing the US Navy the capability of conducting water-borne Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations with marine robotics from a safe standoff distance. “I was excited by Greensea’s open system,” said Greg. “The government and US Navy are demanding open systems now, with plug-n’-play modules that can plug into other systems. Greensea’s really far down this path.

Kevin Short (Photo: Mintra)

Kevin Short Named CEO of Mintra

Norwegian maritime and offshore training software firm Mintra said it has appointed Kevin Short as CEO. Short, who has been chief commercial officer since 2018, takes over the leadership role from Scott Kerr following his decision to join the firm’s board of directors.“In these post-Covid times and as we slowly return to a world that can be considered more normal, there are tremendous prospects for both digital learning and human capital management software. We know that how things worked before – people constantly travelling to training facilities – will not be the same going forward.

(Photo: Seafarers International Relief Fund)

Relief Fund Raises $530,000 for Seafarers Impacted by COVID-19

Only three weeks after launching, a relief fund established to help seafarers and the families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has collected $530,000 in pledges to date, nearly $400,000 of which has already been allocated to help those worst affected.The Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF), set up by seafarer welfare charities and the wider shipping industry, said the first three SIRF grants were enabled through The Seafarers’ Charity’s agile and established grant making processes and will provide funds to three seafarer charities…

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Signal Maritime Launches MR Tanker Pool

Commercial ship manager Signal Maritime announced it is launching a new pool for MR product tankers building upon the success of its Aframax pool launched in 2018. “The clean tanker market has always been a highly competitive environment with the presence of many experienced owners and pools. We believe that our new MR pool is good for a market that may see more players combining efforts to achieve benefits of scale, optimize their commercial management and address the demanding environmental requirements ahead…

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Sailors’ Society Expands Seafarer Wellness Campaign

Shipping companies are being invited to sign up to a free mental health and wellbeing campaign offering support not just to crews, but also their families and shore staff.International maritime charity Sailors’ Society said it has expanded its Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign to include families and shore staff. The 27-week campaign, which starts in June, will help seafarers, their families and shore staff understand how they can manage their own wellbeing and navigate common challenges that people connected to the maritime industry can face.

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Golar Taps Karl Fredrik Staubo as CEO

Golar LNG announced on Thursday it has appointed appointed Karl Fredrik Staubo as CEO, filling the void left by prior chief executive Iain Ross, who stepped down in April.Staubo has since May 2020 been the chief executive officer of Golar LNG Partners LP, recently sold to New Fortress Energy. Since September 2020 Staubo has also been acting as Golar's chief financial officer.Staubo's broad shipping/energy background includes time with Clarksons Platou Securities (2010-2018) and Magni Partners (2018-2020).

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Finnlines Names Pippingsköld Deputy CEO

Finnish shipping company Finnlines has appointed Tom Pippingsköld as vice president and deputy CEO. In this new position Pippingsköld serves as the deputy to the president and CEO.Pippingsköld has been CFO of the ro-ro and passenger shipping operator since October 1, 2013. He will continue in his current position and is in charge of the group’s finance, administration, legal, human resources, communications and IT functions.Finnlines, part of the Italian-based Grimaldi Group, said Pippingsköld is a member of the executive committee and reports to the president and CEO, Emanuele Grimaldi.

Mark O'Neil, CEO - Columbia Shipmanagement (Photo: Columbia Shipmanagement)

Columbia Shipmanagement, Seatrans Form Ship Management JV

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) announced it has partnered with Norwegian ship owner and operator Seatrans AS to form a ship management joint venture.The company will be named Stödig Ship Management AS will become operational from the beginning of May 2021, operating out of Seatrans’ offices in Bergen, Norway. All Seatrans’ staff will remain employed in the company.Mark O’Neil, president and CEO of CSM, said, “In Columbia Shipmanagement we recognize the particular expertise and skill sets associated with managing ships in the hard chemical trades and other special tonnage markets.

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes (Photo: UKHO)

UK Hydrographic Office Appoints Peter Sparkes as Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes as the new chief executive and accounting officer. Sparkes will be leaving the Royal Navy to take up the role.As chief executive, Sparkes will continue to lead the organization’s important work in supporting safe, secure and thriving oceans. This includes the UKHO’s work in support of Defense and merchant shipping. Working in close collaboration with national and international partners…

Dan-Bunkering appointed Claus Bulch Klausen CEO. Photo courtesy Dan-Bunkering

Klausen Named CEO at Dan-Bunkering

Dan-Bunkering  appointed Claus Bulch Klausen as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective May 1st, 2021, when the company commenced its new fiscal year.Klausen, who has been with the company since April 2004, has held several key roles within Dan-Bunkering, most recently as Head of Operations and as part of Dan-Bunkering’s leadership team.

Anna Galoni has been appointed CEO of bearing and seal specialist Thordon Bearings Inc., a Thomson-Gordon Group company. (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Galoni Named CEO of Thordon Bearings

Anna Galoni was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Thordon Bearings Inc., a Thomson-Gordon Group company.Galoni joined the Burlington, Ontario-headquartered company in 2007 after graduating from Queens University with a Masters’ Degree in epidemiology. Prior to her appointment in April, she held a number of senior roles in various departments including human resources director, new product development director and, subsequently, chair, Thordon Bearings, a position she continues to hold.Her appointment follows the retirement of Terry McGowan…

Nils Aden (Photo: Harren & Partner)

Harren & Partner Names Nils Aden Managing Director

German shipping and logistics group Harren & Partner announced it has hired Nils Aden as managing director, effective May 1.Aden brings to the role more than two decades of know-how as a shipping industry executive in the industry, with experience from leadership positions in international ship management, transformation projects, M&A transactions and integration. In his previous assignments, he overlooked the merger of V.Ships and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt as Managing Director, led Zeaborn as CEO and transformed E.R. Schiffahrt as CEO into an international ship management player.

Fleet Master Chief Bill Smalts, U.S. Navy (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Smalts Designated SNA's 'Old Tar'

The Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) "Old Tar" designation, honoring the U.S. Navy Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) serving on active duty with the earliest qualification date, has passed to Fleet Master Chief Bill Smalts. Smalts is currently assigned as the Fleet Master Chief, Commander, United States SECOND Fleet, Norfolk, Va.Smalts is now the 14th individual to receive the Old Tar honor having relieved Force Master Chief David B. Carter, who has recently retired."This award is a recognition of the leadership, experience and expertise possessed by a knowledgeable mariner.

Isle of Man Ship Registry Director Cameron Mitchell

IOMSR: First flag state to partner Eyesea ocean clean up initiative

The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) has become the first flag state to formally back the Eyesea initiative, the not for profit organization formed last year to map marine pollution.The move will see the IOMSR director Cameron Mitchell become an ambassador of Eyesea while the registry, which is home to 10,000 seafarers aboard more than 380 vessels, has become a member. Eyesea aims to tackle pollution of the seas by collecting data in a newly developed app and reporting incidents of oil spills…

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Svitzer AMEA Appoints Benjamin-Lea as COO

On May 2, Tina Benjamin-Lea will take up the position as new COO in Svitzer’s AMEA region, reporting to Svitzer AMEA’s managing director, Nicolai Vinther Friis. Benjamin-Lea brings with her a wealth of experience within logistics after having worked for more than 30 years in the industry, focusing on cargo operations, chartering, ISPS and terminal operations.Nicolai Vinther Friis, managing director for Svitzer AMEA, said, “I am very pleased that Tina Benjamin-Lea is joining Svitzer AMEA as our new regional COO…

Ken Chapman Senior Instructor, Maersk Training. Photo courtesy Maersk Training

Profiles in Training: Ken Chapman Senior Instructor, Maersk Training

Ken Chapman has led as deep and as broad of a maritime and offshore life as possible, an accrued experience and knowledge including being part of the team that had to coordinated during one of the offshore oil and gas industry’s worst disasters ever: the Piper Alpha. Today he reflects with Offshore Engineer on how these experiences helped drive him into a career in training, today as the Senior Instructor, Maersk Training.Ken, to start can you give an overview of your career with insights on your current position?My working life started in the Merchant Navy (MN) (the U.S.

Photo of Rune Mode Ramberg. By Harald Pettersen, from Equinor

Rune Mode Ramberg: A Leading Light Subsea

There are not many of the leading edge subsea processing projects Rune Mode Ramberg has not been involved in at some level. The list includes Tyrihans subsea pumping, Tordis subsea separation, studies on the Ormen Lange subsea compression project, Jack St. Malo boosting, Åsgard subsea compression, Troll Phase 3 and now the subsea scope on the Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. In terms of subsea technology, there’s not much in this space that doesn’t come across his desk.But despite the advances he’s seen in subsea processing…

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New Leadership for d’Amico's Dry Cargo Business

The d'Amico Group announced Cesare d'Amico has taken over as chief executive officer of the Italian shipowner's dry cargo business unit.Cesare d'Amico, who already serves as CEO of d'Amico Società di Navigazione SpA, has always been directly involved in the company's strategic decisions relating to the dry cargo business unit, which operates a core fleet of 50 vessels mainly in the Post Panamax/ Kamsarmax, Supramax and Handy segments. An additional 20 vessels are chartered in…

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Russian Transport, Logistics Group Opens Dutch Hub

The RUSCON Group, a Russian container cargo transhipment and railway transportation service provider, has expanded its presence in Europe with the opening of new subsidiary in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The new Dutch company, Smartcontainer B.V. offers customized logistics services and solutions to help European shippers optimize supply chain operations and to improve the quality and speed transportation of the containers transit between Europe and Russian and the Eurasian market.“Our new company of Smartcontainer B.V.

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Wärtsilä CEO: Order intake 'Stable', but COVID Impact still a 'Burden'

In announcing its 2021 Q1 interim financials, Wärtsilä  said that while order intake is stable, COVID-19 continues to burden net sales and profitability. Looking ahead, while it sees near-term demand as "somewhat better", it noted that visibility "remains limited" and prevailing market conditions "make the outlook uncertain."Highlights of the January to March 2021 period include:Order intake was stable at EUR 1,244 million (1,247)Order book at the end of the period decreased by 6% to EUR 5…

Lance C. Lemcool has accepted the position as vice president of commercial sales and marketing at ESG. (Photo courtesy ESG)

Lemcool Joins Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that Lance C. Lemcool has accepted the position as vice president of commercial sales and marketing. “Lance is a welcome addition to the ESG leadership team”, said Joey D’Isernia, president of Eastern Shipbuilding. “He is versed in nearly all areas of shipbuilding and his experience will be well applied to maintaining our status as a world class builder of government and commercial vessels.”Lemcool, a veteran of the United States Air Force and United States Navy, started his career in the marine industry in 1989.

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James Fisher Names CFO

Marine and offshore services provider James Fisher and Sons on Tuesday announced the appointment of Duncan Kennedy as Chief Financial Officer and as an Executive Director with effect from May 4, 2021, when he will join the Board.Group Finance Director Stuart Kilpatrick in March informed the James Fisher Board of his intention to step down from the Board on April 29, 2021, following the Company's Annual General Meeting.Kennedy joins James Fisher from BTG plc ("BTG"), previously a FTSE250 international specialist healthcare company…

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UK: Port of London's Rodrigues Named Chair of Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The UK Secretary of State for Transport has appointed Christopher Rodrigues CBE as the new Non-Executive Chair of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), the government agency responsible for preventing the loss of life on the coast and at sea, as well as producing legislation and guidance on maritime matters.Rodrigues brings extensive international experience as a chair of public, private, and government sector bodies in tourism, the arts, and public diplomacy and since 2016 as chair of the Port of London…

Carsten Treuer is FSG's new Head of Operations. Photo courtesy FSG

Shipbuilding: FSG Expands Management Team

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) is expanding its management team further: in April, Carsten Treuer starts as Head of Operations and Bernd Liedtke as Head of Sales.“I am very much looking forward to working with these two shipbuilding specialists,” says Philipp Maracke, CEO of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, about the expansion of his team. “Our common goal is, on the one hand, to align production even more specifically with the requirements of our portfolio in the future.

Nick Brown (Photo: Lloyd’s Register)

IACS Announces LR's Nick Brown as Incoming Council Chair

The International Association of Classification Societies has named Lloyd’s Register CEO Nick Brown as its Incoming Council Chair.Brown will take up the role on July 1 this year, marking the first time that the IACS Chair has been chosen by the Association’s Members and not by rotation, a move that follows governance changes announced in December last year. As part of those changes, Brown’s term of office will run until December 31, 2023.“I am honored to have been named Chair of the International Association of Classification Societies,” Brown said.

Talbert Joins JAXPORT Board of Directors

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has appointed Memorial Hospital President and CEO Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors. Talbert’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Jacksonville City Council on April 13.An experienced healthcare executive and civic leader, Talbert has two decades of leadership experience at hospitals throughout the Southeast. Under his leadership, Memorial has earned final Accreditation as a Level 2 Trauma Center and completed more than $36 million in facility expansions.

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Svitzer Americas Opens Regional HQ in Panama

Maersk's towage arm Svitzer announced it has opened a new Americas regional headquarters in Panama City.Svitzer said it decided early last year to relocate its Americas headquarters from Miami, U.S. to Panama and move into the Panama Design Center, which also houses other entities of the Maersk Group including Sealand Americas, APM Terminals, Hamburg-Sud, Twill, and Maersk Liner Operations Clusters.Arjen van Dijk, managing director of Svitzer Americas, said, “Panama is an important, strategic maritime hub with good infrastructure and easy connections to nearby countries and ports.

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Golar LNG CEO Ross Resigns

Golar LNG said on Monday its chief executive officer Iain Ross has tendered his resignation, and the company will immediately start the process to recruit his successor.The liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company said the contractual termination period is six months, though it can be prolonged or reduced upon mutual agreement.Ross joined Golar LNG as CEO in September 2017 after holding various leadership roles at WorleyParsons.

Robert Ekse (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group Names Ekse President

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) said its board of directors has appointed Robert Ekse as president of the firm. Ekse will assume the position from current president and chief engineer, Brian King, who is retiring after 33 years of service. King will remain active in EBDG projects in a limited capacity, accepting the role as principal emeritus."Brian will be deeply missed, but his many accomplishments will be a reminder of his contributions to our industry…

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The Swedish Club Pairs with CWA to Reduce Cargo Claims

The Swedish Club has partnered with cargo consultants CWA International to develop its new Cargo Advice series, aiming to provide advice and information on the carriage of a wide range of cargoes that are frequently subject to claims.The new Cargo Advice gives operators a unique, in depth insight into the proper handling and carriage of these cargoes, with detailed advice on the basic characteristics of each cargo type and the measures to be taken during each stage of carriage.

Captain Liel Gonzales. Photo courtesy NYK-FILShip Management Inc.

First NTMA Grad Makes Captain at NYK

On April 10, Filipino seafarer Liel Gonzales became the first NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA) graduate to be appointed to the rank of vessel captain since the academy was established in 2007.NTMA is a four-year Philippine commercial shipping university jointly operated by NYK and Transnational Diversified Group (TDG).Captain Gonzalez graduated from NTMA in 2011 after completing three years of basic education and training followed by one year of practical training on board an NYK training vessel.After graduating, he joined NYK-FIL Ship Management Inc.

AXESS Networks Creates Commercial Maritime Business Unit

AXESS Networks (AXESS) has created a new business unit: AXESS Networks Maritime; a specialized business unit established to respond to the growing and sophisticated demands within the maritime sector.“The maritime business initiative is a major step within AXESS’ growth and diversification strategy,” said Guido Neumann, President AXESS EMEA and Chief Development Officer AXESS. “AXESS will present tailored connectivity solutions to the commercial shipping and yachting markets, whilst focusing on their specific requirements.

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Port of Gulfport Names Nass CEO

The Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) Board of Commissioners has named Jon Nass the new CEO and executive director of the Port of Gulfport, following a national search led by Tim McNamara, head of Odgers Berndtson’s Transportation and Infrastructure Practice in Washington, D.C. His tentative start date is June 1.“After nearly an eight-month process, the MSPA Commission is very pleased to announce we have selected a new executive director to lead the Port of Gulfport team,” said MSPA President E.J. Roberts.

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IMO Honors 'Exceptional Maritime People'

The International Maritime Organization has recognized the contributions of a long-standing maritime industry chief and has presented its highest bravery accolade to two maritime pilots from Brazil and an off-duty seafarer from the Philippines.The event, which premiered on April 7, saw Peter Hinchliffe, former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), receive the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2019.The 2020 IMO Awards for Exceptional Bravery at Sea were awarded to Marcio Santos Teixeira and Fabio Rodrigues Alves de Abreu (Brazil)…

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Hjelland Tapped to Take the Helm at Servogear

Servogear announced it has seen record sales during the first quarter of 2021, and has established an order back-log of $14 million for delivery in 2021, compared to total sales of $9.1 million for the whole of 2020, driven by orders for zero emission propulsion systems for high-speed passenger ferries and cruise & sightseeing vessels for tourism.The company is also a provider of propulsion systems to highspeed crew transfer vessels used to ferry service personnel to and from offshore wind turbines…

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Crowley’s Skoglund to Lead Mergers and Acquisitions Team

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed Trish Skoglund as corporate director of mergers and acquisitions, guiding strategic investments that create sustainable growth and accelerate the company’s competitive advantages.In her newly created role, Skoglund will contribute to all aspects of strategic acquisitions, and she will collaborate with Crowley’s business units to identify growth opportunities that best maximize the company’s diverse capabilities and offerings, the company said.

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ClassNK Opens Kyushu Regional Office

Classification society ClassNK said it has opened a Kyushu regional office in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan on April 1, 2021.Hakata is the transportation hub of Kyusyu, the island located in the southwest part of the Japanese archipelago. On top of five existing survey stations in Kyusyu, ClassNK adds Kyusyu Regional Office overseeing its operation in the region in order to expand the service and further improve customer convenience there, the class society said.

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Crowley Promotes Praskovich to VP of Sustainability

Crowley Maritime Corporation has promoted Alisa Praskovich to vice president of sustainability to orchestrate Crowley’s environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG) activities. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., she reports to chief operating officer Ray Fitzgerald.Sustainability responsibilities under Praskovich include supporting Crowley’s continuing commitment to cleaner, environmentally friendly technologies and operations, such as the company’s New Energy Division…

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei has been sworn in as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Photo courtesy FMC

President Biden Taps Maffei as Next FMC Chairman

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei has been named Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, as appointed by President Joe Biden on March 29, 2021. Maffei is a sitting member of the FMC and replaces Michael A. Khouri in the role of Chairman.A native of New York, Maffei was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. His previous professional experience includes serving in the Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration, and earlier in his career, working as a Capitol Hill aide and as a broadcast reporter.

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ICHCA International Taps Richard Steele as CEO

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) said it has appointed Richard Steele as the new head of ICHCA International. He will take over the role with effect from July 1, on the retirement of the current postholder Richard Brough O.B.E. Reporting directly to the board, Steele will lead the organization, which aims to help improve cargo handling throughout international supply chains and represents members of the cargo handling industry.Steele is a safety…

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USTC Puts Digitalization on the Fast Track with BunkerEx Acquisition

USTC has acquired BunkerEx in a move to step up and streamline digitalization activities across USTC companies.BunkerEx caters to digitalization and transparency within logistics and transport, providing accessibility and optimization of online platform for fueling costs.“The acquisition of BunkerEx is a testament to our ambition to digitalize and be at the forefront of innovation and new technologies within the industry. We see great potential in BunkerEx and the team behind it…

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Hamburger Lloyd Sells Two Ships to Hapag-Lloyd

Hamburger Lloyd is selling the two widebeam containerships, RHL Constantia (IMO-No. 9495765) and RHL Calliditas (IMO-No. 9495777), to Hapag-Lloyd AG. Hamburger Lloyd will remain responsible for the technical management and crewing of the two freighters. With the purchase of the Constantia and the Calliditas, Hapag-Lloyd AG is expanding its fleet to a total of 17 units in the 4000-6000 TEU ship segment. The RHL Calliditas has already been deployed as a charter vessel for Hapag-Lloyd in the Swahili Express / Gulf India Africa service since 2019.

Cheong Tsang becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, facility. Photo courtesy Balmoral Tanks

Balmoral Tanks Appoints Lockwood, Tsang

Balmoral Tanks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aberdeen-based engineering and manufacturing business, Balmoral Group, announced two senior appointments: Gary Lockwood becomes the new operations director at Balmoral Tanks’ Llantrisant facility in South Wales while Cheong Tsang moves into a similar role in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire.Lockwood has enjoyed a career across the defence, aerospace and electronic contract manufacturing sectors where he has held responsibility for engineering, operations, program management and business development.

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USTC Acquires 60% Stake in CM Biomas

USTC has acquired 60% of CM Biomass, the world’s largest independent wood pellet trading company, a move designed to consolidate USTC as a global force in shipping and trade. USTC, which has a long history within commodity trade, shipping, and logistics, has acquired the stake of CM Biomass, a company in theCopenhagen Merchants Group. The remaining 40% will be held by the existing owners, and the CM Biomass management team and the organization will remain unchanged with Simon Rodian Christensen as its CEO.

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VIDEO: MarTID Survey Looks at Pandemic’s Impact on Seafarer Training

2020 presented a monumental challenge for many industries and workers, particularly seafarers, as COVID-19 effectively left hundreds of thousands of seafarers stranded at sea, unable to disembark and partake in crew changes due to onerous restrictions by the majority of port states. The challenges continue into 2021, and while eventually the situation will pass, COVID-19 will leave an indelible mark on the way in which seafarers are trained.For the fourth year, the MarTID survey of examines maritime training practices and trends.

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Harvey Appointed as Chief Executive of Windship Technology

U.K.-based Windship Technology said its board of directors has confirmed the appointment of Graham Harvey as chief executive officer. Harvey's remit will be to convert the progress that has been made in the overall Windship Technology auxiliary wind power system and to commercialize the proposition, the company said.Harvey has spent a lifetime in and around the marine industry having studied ship science at the University of Southampton. A member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects…

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SOFEC CEO to Retire

Rick Hall, CEO of SOFEC, a company providing mooring systems for the international offshore oil and gas industry, has decided to retire.According to SOFEC, a subsidiary of Japan's FPSO specialist MODEC, Hall, who has been with SOFEC for almost three decades, and of which 21 years as SOFEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire on March 31, 2021.SOFEC said that in Hall's place Brent Konstanzer will step into the President & CEO role on April 1st, 2021. Konstanzer…

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Katherine Tai Confirmed by Senate as US Trade Chief

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to confirm veteran government trade lawyer Katherine Tai as the first woman of color to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, putting her to work enforcing trade deals, confronting China’s trade practices and patching up ties with U.S. allies.The rare 98-0 vote for Tai, a Yale and Harvard-educated daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, reflects support from pro-labor Democrats, traditional free-trade Republicans and China hawks from both parties.Tai…

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Awilco LNG Names New CFO

Oslo-listed LNG tanker operator Awilco LNG has appointed Per Heiberg as its CFO. Heiberg will assume his new position on April 6, 2021.The news follows the announcement from October 2020, when CFO Øyvind Ryssdal gave his notice of resignation.Heiberg comes from the position as CFO in Golden Ocean Group Limited where over his 15-year career also held the positions as Risk Manager and Vice President Finance."The Board and I are very pleased to have Mr. Per Heiberg onboard as CFO in Awilco LNG.

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Ecochlor Expands in Southeast Asia

U.S.-based ballast water treatment sysems manufacturer Ecochlor has appointed Zen Hong Oh as Regional Service Manager for Southeast Asia.Oh has more than 11 years of involvement in the maritime industry both in shipbuilding and in project management of vessel repairs and retrofits. Prior to Ecochlor, he was Field Service Manager at Emerson Process Management Marine Solutions. He also acted as Assistant Manager of Green Technologies for Sembcorp Marine with responsibilities that…

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GAC Opens Office in Shenzhen, China

GAC has opened a new office in Shenzhen, China. Having its own Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) license and Ship Agency license, GAC (Shenzhen) Ltd will handle the croup’s shipping and logistics operations in South China.GAC Shenzhen’s coverage extends to the international airports in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, as well as the main logistics seaports including Yantian, Shekou, Chiwan, Huangpu, Nansha, Zhongshan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Guangxi, Shantou, Zhanjiang, Zhuhai, Haikou…

Alter Logistics Hires Ferguson as Senior VP

Alter Logistics Company announced that Paul Ferguson has joined the company as Senior Vice President.“Paul’s responsibilities will include expansion projects at Alter’s St. Paul, Minnesota Terminal as well as new growth development opportunities for the company,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Ferguson joins Alter with an extensive career in developing logistical solutions and advantages for shippers to create, connect and enable new market access.

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Callan Marine Launches Marine Construction Division

Galveston, Texas-based Callan Marine has launched a new Marine Construction Division to provide turnkey marine, civil and specialty construction services along the U.S. Gulf Coast.The Marine Construction Division has the capability to complete projects requiring 110- to 300-ton crane barges, including major marine bulk freight projects, containership terminals, marina developments and new dock and pier construction, Callan said, adding that the Marine Construction Division specializes in pile driving…

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen CEO Craig Jasienski Steps Down

Norwegian/Swedish shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced its CEO, Craig Jasienski, has stepped down from his role and left the company effective March 8.The car carrier operator said its current CFO, Torbjørn Wist, will assume the role of acting CEO while it works to find a replacement for Jasienski, a 30-year Wallenius Wilhelmsen employee.Wist joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen as EVP and CFO on October 1, 2020. He has previously served as EVP & CFO in Scandinavian Airlines…

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Mahindra Logistics Names Anish Shah as Chairman

Mahindra Logistics Limited (MLL), a provider of logistics and people transport services, announced the appointment of Dr. Anish Shah as the chairman of the board, effective April 2. Dr. Shah will join the company's board of directors on the same date. He is the deputy managing director and group CFO of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Limited. He is designated to take over as the managing director and CEO of M&M Limited from April 2.VS Parthasarathy, president - Mobility Services Sector and member of the Mahindra Group executive board…

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Rood Boven Groen Pushes to get more Seafarers STCW Training

Training Institute launches reseller campaign to help get more seafarers quality STCW training.Rood Boven Groen (RB) launched its reseller campaign to help get more seafarers quality STCW training. The announcement comes as many merchant ships are still sailing, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and their crews require vital training and certificate renewals."Choosing an appropriate STCW training or course can be a minefield for seafarers," said Rood Boven Groen’s owner, Stephan Kramer.

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Solon Reappointed to Port Authority Board of Commissioners

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz this week reappointed Yvonne Prettner Solon to a third term on the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners.Prettner Solon served previously on the board as a Duluth City Council appointee from 1990-1994, including a term as board president in 1993. She later became Minnesota’s 47th lieutenant governor, serving in that capacity from 2010-2014, before being appointed by former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to a second term on the Port Authority board in 2015.

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Royal Doeksen Acquires Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam from Royal IHC

Royal IHC and Royal Doeksen reached an agreement on the acquisition of all shares in Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam, a continuation of IHC's plan hatched in mid-2020 to return its core business and divest itself of pieces that did not fit. The decision was taken that Vuyk, among others, would be divested.According to the companies involved the management of Vuyk was involved during the divestment process and is pleased to be a part of theRotterdam based Royal Doeksen. Vuyk Engineering was founded in 1979…

Frank Morneau, former Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has joined ThayerMahan, Inc. as Special Advisor for unexploded ordnance (UXO) and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC).

Morneau Joins ThayerMahan to advise on UXO, MEC

Frank Morneau, former Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has joined ThayerMahan, Inc. as Special Advisor for unexploded ordnance (UXO) and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). Morneau is a leading authority on the management of UXO and MEC and will serve as a senior advisor to ThayerMahan’s Seabed Systems Group.Morneau will be responsible for the health and safety of all personnel and equipment on UXO and MEC projects, will ensure regulatory and environmental compliance…

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United Product Tankers Names Schoeller Co-managing Director

German shipping company UPT United Product Tankers GmbH & Co. KG said Matthias A. Schoeller has been named co-managing director, succeeding Stefan Ciegelski who will retire by the end of June.Schoeller, having worked as the company's chartering manager for the last 10 years, will serve as co-managing director alongside Christos Matarangas, who has been at the helm of UPT for over a decade already.Ciegelski departs UPT after nearly 45 years in shipping, including 17 as one of the…

Adam Pang champions the next chapter in digitisation at OneOcean

OneOcean Appoints Pang CCO

OneOcean appointed Adam Pang as the company’s new Chief Commercial Officer.Pang has an extensive background in disruptive technology and holds specialist knowledge in complex software as a service (SaaS) solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in high growth B2B environments, he has built commercial teams at scale using modern data driven insights and the latest tech stack available to sales, marketing and customer success today. Most recently, Pang shared his expertise on go to market strategy with several early-stage companies.