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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Braemar inks deal with UK MOD

Braemar signed a seven-year contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide global shipbroking services across all commercial maritime sectors. Under the contract, Braemar will provide the MOD with access to its S&P, chartering and research departments across Braemar’s 14 global offices. The seven-year contract encompasses all aspects of S&P, as well as spot and period chartering for routine and emergency response requirements globally.

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Sercel Acquires Geocomp

CGG announced today that Sercel, its Sensing & Monitoring division, has acquired Geocomp Corporation, specialized in high-value services and products for geotechnical risk management and infrastructure monitoring. This acquisition gives Sercel access to the US infrastructure market and will accelerate deployment of its S-lynks and S-scan infrastructure monitoring solutions.

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Liberty Green Creates Offshore Wind Consortium

Liberty Green Logistics LLC, (Lake Success, NY) formed an offshore wind supply chain consortium to provide "Factory to Farm" logistical support and integrated supply chain services to the U.S. offshore wind industry. The consortium is on a non-exclusive basis and available as a one stop shop for developers, OEM’s, and EPC contractors, providing services ranging across ports & terminals, vessels, and supply chain logistics. Since the inception in May 2021 Liberty Green has enrolled 17 consortium members…

Timothy Hunt has been named president of USMI. (Photo: USMI)

USMI Names Hunt President, Bernhard CTO

Timothy Hunt has been named president and Bryant Bernhard, PE, chief technology officer of boatbuilder United States Marine, Inc. (USMI).Hunt has more than 24 years of experience in the marine industry and 12 years with USMI. “Tim has my support, and that of the USMI employees, as he assumes this important role of leadership at USMI,” said John Dane, III, USMI chairman and CEO.To facilitate Hunt’s appointment, Bernhard will assume the new position of innovations efforts as the CTO. This change will ensure continued innovation at USMI, the company said.

Styrk Bekkenes, CEO, Scana ASA.

Scana Records Strong Growth

Scana reports that it has more than doubled revenues and EBITDA in the first quarter. Revenues increased by 126 percent to $21.2m (NOK 208 million) compared to the same period last year, while EBITDA was up 140 percent to $1.63m (NOK 16 million), with the acquisition of PSW Group being the main driver.“Scana have transitioned to a new company. The acquisition of PSW Group closed on 11 January 2022, and Scana now forms a driving force for the green shift in the ocean industries,” says Styrk Bekkenes, CEO of Scana.“Our ambition is to reach $173m (NOK 1.7 billion) in revenues in 2025.

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CrewSmart Names Saunders Commercial Director

CrewSmart, the end-to-end management system for maritime operations, has hired Commercial Director Anna Saunders to support the global rollout of its software platform to maritime businesses. Saunders joins from offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services, where she led the company’s crew management team.Christian Adams, Founder & Technical Director, CrewSmart, said, “Crew and fleet managers need to be on the top of their game to mitigate the growing compliance risks associated with modern maritime operations.

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Mass Maritime Puts on Offshore Wind Training Demo for Governor Baker

Governor Charlie Baker, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO (MassCEC) Jennifer Daloisio joined Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) officials for a Global Wind Organization (GWO) training demonstration at the Academy. Nearly three years since helping launch MMA’s first-in-the-nation offshore wind crew transfer training facility, Governor Baker returned to observe a wind and life raft training and highlight the investments the Baker-Polito Administration is proposing to expand the offshore wind workforce further.

Jim O’Hare, Guardian Award recipient.  With Margaret Winters, CGF board member and Jim’s wife, Terry O’Hare. Photo courtesy Coast Guard Foundation

Coast Guard Foundation 'Tribute' Event Planned for June 7 in Washington, DC

The Coast Guard Foundation announced that its annual Tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., will take place on June 7,2022, at the historic National Building Museum in Washington.The event celebrates the Coast Guard and raises funds for Coast Guard Foundation programs that support service members and their families when and where they are most in need.“We look forward to coming together with policymakers, industry leaders and government officials to highlight the heroism of the U.S.

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Ann Phillips Confirmed as Next MARAD Administrator

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Ann C. Phillips as Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), filling a position that has been left vacant at the Department of Transportation (DOT) since January 2021. Phillips was confirmed by a vote of 75-22.Phillips, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, takes over as head of the DOT's maritime agency amid continued shipping and supply chain disruption as well as historic levels of government funding for maritime and port infrastructure projects. She succeeds Mark Buzby, who resigned from the role in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S.

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OPINION: A New Approach to Maritime Safety is Needed

For years, the shipping industry has focused on regulations and procedures to improve safety. Yet shipping is still at risk of major accidents. The whole industry needs to change its focus. Ticking boxes never made anyone safer. Also, assessing culture using valid and reliable survey instruments can help to improve safety.It has been well documented that most maritime accidents (~80%) are caused by human error. Still, most of the focus on learning is rooted in technical causes and adding procedures and checklists.Despite this bias…

Dawn Massa Stancavish standing in front of a display at the Reagan National Library’s “Secrets of WWII” exhibit honoring her grandfather, Frank Massa. Photo courtesy Massa

MASSA: Innovation Inside its DNA

From designing the world’s largest transducer; to lobster-like surf crawling robots to detect and destroy mines; to creating a new bowling score system; to designing, building and delivering sonar systems used by the most powerful navy on the planet, Massa Products Corporation represents nearly eight decades of invention and innovation. Dawn Massa Stancavish shares her insights and experience as a female, third generation leader of this innovative sonar and ultrasonic products engineering company.Following in the footsteps of an invention and engineering pioneer is neither straight nor easy.

MidAtlantic Engineering Partners (MidAtlantic) named W. Stuart Lewis, P.E. as a partner in the firm. Photo courtesy MidAtlantic

Lewis Named Partner in MidAtlantic Engineering

MidAtlantic Engineering Partners (MidAtlantic), a civil, environmental, and marine engineering and surveying firm, is pleased to announce that W. Stuart Lewis, P.E. is a partner in the firm. Since joining MidAtlantic, he has successfully led the company’s Marine Services Division. Lewis joined MidAtlantic in February 2017, and since that time has developed and grown the Marine Services Division into a multi-disciplinary infrastructure group providing in-water and waterfront engineering and consulting services including dive services, structural design, permitting oversight, and inspections.

Charles F. Krugh  was named president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. Photo courtesy General Dynamics

Krugh Named President of Bath Iron Works

General Dynamics appointed Gulfstream Aerospace executive Charles F. Krugh as president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.“Chuck’s leadership, proven track record in manufacturing and expertise in managing complex supply chains will be an enabler to Bath Iron Works as it expands and increases the pace of shipbuilding for the U.S. Navy,” said Robert E. Smith, executive vice president for Marine Systems.A U.S. Army veteran, Krugh served in a variety of aerospace manufacturing roles before joining General Dynamics in 2011 as a senior vice president and general manager for Jet Aviation.

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Höegh LNG Names New President & CEO

Oslo-listed LNG FSRU specialist Höegh LNG has appointed Erik Nyheim as the new President & CEO, effective from mid-August this year.Nyheim comes from the position as Partner of Boston Consulting Group's Norwegian office where he has successfully led their maritime practice since 2019. Prior to this, he worked for more than 15 years with the Wilhelmsen group. Nyheim holds a BSc Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH) in Bergen.Chairman of the Board,  Morten W.

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Odfjell SE Names New CEO

Norwegian shipping firm Odfjell SE has appointed Harald Fotland as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Fotland comes from the position as Odfjell's Chief Operating Officer, and will assume the CEO position on May 6, 2022."We are pleased to have an internal candidate take over the helm at Odfjell. The appointment was made after a process including external and internal candidates. Harald has excelled at leading innovative and transformative projects during his time at the Company.

Greensea promoted Rob Howard to the role of Chief Growth Officer. Photo courtesy Greensea

Greensea Promotes Howard to Chief Growth Officer

Greensea appointed Rob Howard as Chief Growth Officer. Currently Howard is VP Growth & Strategy for Greensea’s sister company Armach Robotics, and Howard’s appointment to Greensea in this newly created role will ensure the company is able to exploit its future potential within the business of marine robotics."When we created the open architecture OPENSEA software platform for marine robotics we acknowledged the opportunities to drive growth outside our traditional defense market," said Ben Kinnaman, Founder and CEO, Greensea.

Seongki Han has been appointed General Manager of Schottel  East Asia. Photo Credit: Schottel

Schottel Expands in South Korea, Japan

The expansion of Schottel’s international network of subsidiaries developed further with the foundation of Schottel East Asia located near Busan. In addition to the growing market in South Korea, business development of the German propulsion expert will now also be intensified in Japan. Business operations were launched in April 2022.Seongki Han has been appointed General Manager of Schottel East Asia. He brings to his new role extensive experience and expertise in the area of ship propulsion…

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K&L Gates Adds Maritime Lawyer in Houston

Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Felisa Sanchez as of counsel in the maritime and finance practices. She joins the firm’s Houston office from Foley & Lardner LLP.Sanchez focuses her practice on a wide variety of corporate, finance, and commercial matters for domestic and international clients in the financial services, maritime, transportation, and energy sectors. She has nearly 20 years of experience representing public and private companies in complex transactions, including maritime financings and restructurings…

Marcelo “Yudi” Takizawa (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi Authority)

Port of Corpus Christi Names Takizawa Director of Trade Development

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority has named Marcelo “Yudi” Takizawa as its Director of Trade Development. Takizawa has more than 20 years of commercial business and market development leadership experience in the energy and marine transportation space. He comes to the Port of Corpus Christi from Vopak.In his new role, Takizawa will oversee all business and trade development initiatives for the Port of Corpus Christi, including market development, management of customer relationships…

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Valmet Opens Miami Office

Valmet has opened a new office in Miami, Florida, to strengthen its local presence and improve its services for the global marine industry.“Out of the many Valmet offices in the USA, this new one is solely dedicated to serving our marine customers. Miami is an ideal location for the office as it is home to the world’s largest cruising companies, and many of their ships are equipped with Valmet’s advanced marine automation solutions. Our marine customers now have better access to our automation experts’ know-how as well as our cybersecurity…

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Shell Marine Receives NOL from MAN ES for Shell Alexia 40 XC

Shell Marine received a full No Objection Letter (NOL) from MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) for Shell Alexia 40 XC, its Category II (CAT II) 40BN cylinder oil, confirming the successful completion of the full approval process.Alexia 40 XC uses a proprietary and unique formulation, developed by Shell Marine’s in-house Research & Development team. The NOL was received following the conclusion of the Main NOL Service Test and Confirmation Test for Alexia 40XC. The successful approval…

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SOHAR Port Names Hoogsteden CEO

SOHAR Port and Freezone announced the appointment of Emile Hoogsteden as the new chief executive officer of SOHAR Port, a joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ASYAD Group.Hoogsteden succeeds Mark Geilenkirchen effective July 1, 2022.Located in northern Oman, SOHAR is one of the fastest-growing Port and Freezone complexes in the world, capable of welcoming the world’s largest container vessels. To date, the company has attracted close to US$ 30 billion in investments by serving industries such as metals, raw materials and plastics, among others.

“A new challenge is the installation of big windmills. Big windmills today are 13 MW, 14MW. They are going up to 15 MW and people talk about 20 MW, so we have developed a system that can handle up to 20 MW. By weight it’s nothing, but in terms of technical challenge, it’s very interesting because the windmills are very big, the blades are extreme sizes and installation is at enormous heights. We think Pioneering Spirit is a big vessel, but if you take the biggest windmill of the future, she is t

Edward Heerema – Dutch Courage with Single-minded Focus

Edward Heerema is founder and president of Allseas, which brought the world’s largest construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, to the market. The company, which also brought innovation to the pipelay sector, has added its latest trick to Pioneering Spirit – its jacket lift system. But Allseas is also targeting deepsea mining and has its sights on the offshore wind market. Elaine Maslin caught up with Edward Heerema to find out more.The first time I met Edward Heerema was at the company’s offices in Delft, in the Netherlands.

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Maritime Subcontracting: 'Do it Right' for Successful Projects

Within the maritime sector not enough attention is paid to maritime subcontracting. And yet, it is as important as the main contracts that maritime main contractors conclude with their clients, such as shipping companies and buyers of superyachts. The same applies to the oil & gas and renewable energy industry. Thomas van Tol, co-founder of The Synergy Partner, writes: "As many maritime main contractors do not conclude contracts with their subcontractors in the right way, they take major risks for themselves as well as for their clients. Most of the time they are not aware of it.

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Beth Rooney Named Director of Port of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Beth Rooney has been named Director of the Port Department, taking over for Sam Ruda who is departing to return to the West Coast.A maritime industry veteran, Rooney will assume the role on May 2 following three years as the ports Deputy Director and more than three decades of experience. She has been with the Port Department since 1993.Together, Ruda and Rooney have led the East Coast’s busiest and largest seaport, and third in the nation behind the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

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Interferry 2022 'Call for Papers'

Interferry has launched a call for papers addressing the ‘Power and People’ themes of its 46th annual conference taking place in Seattle, Washington, in October 2022.Under the Power theme, presentations are invited on any sustainable, future-proof vessel powering options and the related challenges – notably the regulatory targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of some 50% by 2030 and a ‘net zero’ scenario by 2050. With electrification emerging as the ferry industry’s key driver towards these goals…

ZIM CEO Eli Glickman appointing Captain Shani Ben David. Photo courtesy ZIM

Shani Ben-David: First Woman to Be Appointed Captain in the Israeli Merchant Marine

Shani Ben-David, 39, was appointed to the position of Captain, significant as she is the first woman to be appointed captain in the Israeli Merchant Marine. In a traditional ceremony held at the company's headquarters in Haifa, ZIM President & CEO, Eli Glickman, granted her the official appointment. She will take command of the container ship ZIM Shekou at the beginning of May 2022."The historic appointment of Shani Ben-David, as the first woman Captain in our fleet, is exciting and inspiring," said Glickman.

Mustafa Müslüm, General Manager, Berg Propulsion Eurasia. Photo courtesy Berg

Berg Propulsion Opens Office in Istanbul

Berg Propulsion opened new offices in Istanbul to reinforce its presence in Turkey and the surrounding region. The operation will be led by Mustafa Müslüm, who has been appointed General Manager, Berg Propulsion Eurasia.Müslüm is familiar with the Berg Propulsion organization, having led regional activities on behalf of Berg Propulsion between 2005 and 2013 Istanbul and Dubai. He went on to serve Reintjex Eurasia and then Schottel Turkey, building on his network of contacts with local designers, owners and yards.

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Oldendorff Inks Deal with Yara for Scrubbers

Oldendorff Carriers signed a deal last week in Oslo with Yara Marine for the installation of U-type scrubbers on two newbuild capesize vessels.Torsten Barenthin, Oldendorff Carriers' Director of Innovation, and Aleksander Askeland, Yara Marine Technologies' (YMT) Chief Sales Officer, have signed an agreement for the first installation of YMT’s new U-type SOx scrubbers on board two bulk carriers at the Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition in Oslo on Wednesday, 6 April 2022. This…

David Gray was named Chief Naval Architect, Dales Marine. Photo courtesy Dales Marine.

Dales Marine Appoints Gray Chief Naval Architect

Dales Marine announced the appointment of David Gray as Chief Naval Architect, bringing the business a wealth of experience in ship and yacht design.Gray's areas of specialties cover the design and development of new vessels and conversions, including ships and floating structures, large yachts, and small commercial vessels such as workboats, dredgers, fast ferries, and other special service craft. In addition, Gray's has a keen interest in electric propulsion, hydrofoils, roll stability and stabilizers…

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Marshall Islands Registry Promotes Management Team

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, announced the promotion of Simon Bonnett and Theo Xenakoudis.Bonnett, who has served as Senior Vice President, Technical since 2018 was promoted to Chief Maritime Officer, and Xenakoudis, the organization’s Director, Worldwide Business Operations since 2015 and Managing Director of the Piraeus office since 2007…

From left to right: Deputy Chairman Jens Lundgaard, Director Helle Andsbjerg and Chairman Jens M Sorensen (Photo: DMO)

Danish Maritime Officers Set a New Team

The union Danish Maritime Officers (DMO) has set a new team, with a new director, new chairman and deputy chairman, and has the ambition to increasingly serve its member’s interests internationally.New chairman is Jens M. Sorensen, who has sailed training ships as a mate and navigator for 20 years and worked with anti-piracy as a risk consultant for more than a decade. The new deputy chairman is Jens Lundgaard, tow master with Maersk Drilling.“As current events clearly show, maritime personnel need a strong union.

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Texas A&M Partners with Great Lakes to Open Dredging Lab

The United States' largest dredging contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it has signed an agreement with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University to provide funding and technical support for what will become the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Laboratory of Dredging and Coastal Studies.Lasse Petterson from Great Lakes commented, “Our company has had a long and robust relationship with Texas A&M that has included research, participation in dredging short courses, and advocacy for the ocean and coastal engineering profession.

From left, Hiroaki Sakashita, Class NK President & CEO; Tomoyuki Koyama, NYK senior managing executive officer. Photo courtesy NYK
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NYK Receives ClassNK’s Highest Innovation Certification Rating

On March 29, NYK was recognized by ClassNK with its highest rating of Class S on its Innovation Endorsement (IE) provider certification, which confirms a company’s innovative initiatives. NYK was highly evaluated for the NYK Remote Diagnostic Center (RDC), which is a facility in the Philippines for remote diagnosis and monitoring of the state of engine plants, in addition to the company’s organizational structure. NYK is the first company/organization to receive Class S IE provider certification since this system was introduced by ClassNK in 2020.

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Marine Learning Systems wins Inmarsat's "Ferry Open Innovation Challenge"

E-learning technology and service provider secures £10,000 grant to implement proof of concept for end-to-end crew training solution aboard working ferryInmarsat announced that e-learning technology and service provider Marine Learning Systems (MLS) as the winner of the its inaugural Ferry Open Innovation Challenge, a competition inviting start-ups and SMEs to propose digital solutions that promise to enhance the working lives of ferry crews. Launched in January 2022 in collaboration with the largest ferry operator in Greece…

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ZIM Strikes Deal to Charter Six 5,500 TEU Newbuilds

Israeli shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (NYSE: ZIM) on Wednesday announced a new charter transaction with a group of investors initiated by MPC Capital AG, according to which ZIM will charter a total of up to six 5,500 TEU wide beam newbuild vessels for a period of seven years and total charter hire consideration of approximately up to $600 million.The vessels will be constructed at Korean-based shipyard, HJ Shipbuilding & Construction (formerly known as Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co.) and are scheduled to be delivered between May 2023 and February 2024.

Giesick Named COO, Colonial Group

Colonial Group Inc. announced that Brett Giesick has been named chief operating officer for the Savannah-based group of companies. Giesick has served as president of Colonial Group’s retail division, Enmarket, since 2017. He is the first person to serve in the role of COO for Colonial.Giesick’s new responsibilities will include direct oversight of all subsidiary companies of the family-owned business founded in 1921, along with human resources responsibility for the group. The diversified energy and port-related company has grown to become one of America’s largest privately held companies…

Ioannis Stefanou, Managing Director, Wallem Ship Management.

Stefanou Named MD at Wallem Ship Management

Wallem Group appointed Ioannis Stefanou as Managing Director of Wallem Ship Management, with responsibility for the oversight and strategic planning of the company’s ship management activities worldwide.Stefanou joined Wallem Ship Management in April 2014 to lead its Technical Management. Over his career he has worked for a number of well-known ship management companies and highly respected privately-owned ship operators. He holds Master’s degrees in both Marine Technology and Technical Management of Ship Operations and is a Chartered Engineer registered with Engineering Council UK.

Laura Finbow, Director of Sales Enablement of Xeneta

Xeneta Appoints Finbow, Irvine to Exec Team

Xeneta, a leader in ocean and air freight rate benchmarking, market analytics platform and container shipping index, announced the appointment of two new sales executives. Scott Irvine joins Xeneta as VP of Freight Forwarding and Laura Finbow will serve as Director of Sales Enablement. Scott Irvine has worked in the logistics industry for over two decades holding senior leadership roles across both shippers and freight forwarders. Most recently Scott was the VP of Air & Ocean for Zencargo, a leading digital freight forwarder.

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Eye on Maritime Design: Can Wind Propulsion Work by Keeping it Simple?

While it is starting to look like some clever wind/power sail technologies are starting to appear, too often I have looked at the cargo cranes of geared bulkers and wondered if it makes sense to rig some sort of sail on them.I think the fancier approaches fight the “build a little, test a little, learn a lot” engineering maxim in new technology development, and maybe doing more simple stuff may be a better way to achieve lasting results quicker.A recent conversation with a sustainable propulsion advocate compelled me to run a few numbers.I found a bulker with a GA for a 2010 era 25…

Joe Hughes and Dorothea Ioannou (Photo: American P&I Club)

American P&I Club Announces Leadership Change

After 27 years’ service as Chief Executive Officer of Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), the Managers of the American P&I Club, Joe Hughes will stand down from that role on August 1, 2022. Dorothea Ioannou, currently Deputy Chief Operating Officer of SCB, will succeed Hughes as CEO from that date, making history as the first woman to ascend to the top executive position of an International Group P&I club in the 167 year history of the marine mutuals.At the same time, Vince Solarino will step down as Chief Operating Officer of SCB, Inc.

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Jan De Nul, W&O Ink Marine Valve Deal

W&O signed a new supply agreement with Jan De Nul Group, a leading civil engineering and dredging companies, a deal which expands upon the existing 10-year relationship and will see W&O supply marine valves and instrumentation to Jan De Nul Group.The two-year supply aims to ensure product availability, a fixed price, and, when needed, technical advice for upcoming drydocks or special refit projects. Jan De Nul is one of the largest marine contractors in the world, operating a fleet of more than 80 dredging and offshore installation vessels in many remote areas across the world.

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Port NOLA Names Montroll Harbor Police Chief

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has named Assistant Chief Melanie Montroll as Chief of its Harbor Police Department (HPD), following a rigorous national search that included a number of highly qualified candidates. She is a 21-year veteran of the force and will serve as the department’s first woman Chief of Police. Montroll succeeds Chief Robert Hecker, who will retire after having led HPD for more than 26 years.“The Port, our tenants and the region rely on our strong, ethical, and professional Harbor Police Department,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA President and CEO.

From left: North CEO Paul Jennings and Standard Club CEO Jeremy Grose.

North P&I and Standard Club Plan to Merge

North P&I and Standard Club revealed they have entered formal discussions for a proposed merger to create a new global marine insurer and one of the largest providers of mutual cover in the maritime industries. The combined mutual insurer would provide cover for vessels equivalent to 400 million GT.The formal announcement follows the approval of the proposal by both clubs' boards and notification to principal regulatory authorities of their intention to merge. A joint North and Standard Club working group has been appointed to evaluate how a combined entity would maximize value for members.

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GAC Bunker Fuels Opens New US Office

GAC Bunker Fuels has opened a new office in Westport, Conn. to help global customers decarbonize in American ports and beyond.The office will be manned by liquefied natural gas (LNG), biofuel, low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) and marine gasoil (MGO) experts Maurice Lara and John Lindquist, and will be carbon neutral.Beyond aligning with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, GAC Bunker Fuels has pledged zero oil-based bunker sales by January 1, 2030. On 1 September 2020…

Kristian Mørch (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell CEO Kristian Mørch to Step Down

Kristian Mørch, CEO of Norway-based shipping group Odfjell, has informed the company's board of directors that he will step down after seven years in the role.The board has initiated a process to identify the next CEO, and Mørch will continue in his current role until his successor is in place. Russell Reynolds Associates in Oslo has been engaged as an advisor in the process.Chair of the board, Laurence Odfjell, said, "Kristian has led Odfjell through seven intense years of transformation.

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Dover Fueling Solutions Partners with GTS

Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) announced its expanded agreement with Global Technical Services (GTS) for the provision of its DX Wetstock management services to the Egyptian markets.GTS, based in Cairo, Egypt, is a longstanding distributor of Wayne Fueling Systems and ProGauge products for nearly four years, during which time it deployed DFS tank gauging equipment to over 3,000 sites throughout Egypt. The addition of DX Wetstock, an end-to-end fuel management solution from DFS…

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ZIM Announces Record Financial Year in 2021

Net Income of $4.65 Billion, Adjusted EBITDA  of $6.60 billion, and Adjusted EBIT of $5.82 billionAs the containershipping industry enjoys its greatest boom of a generation, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM) announced its consolidated results for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2021.Net income for the fourth quarter was $1.71 billion (compared to $366 million in the fourth quarter of 2020), a year-over-year increase of 366%, or $14.17 per diluted share…

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Former Ports of Indiana Commissioner Ferguson Passes

Marvin Ferguson, Commissioner for the Ports of Indiana (POI) from 1993 – 2018, has passed away. First appointed by Governor Evan Bayh in 1993, Ferguson was the longest-serving Commissioner in the Ports’ history, having served under six different Governors (Bayh, O’Bannon, Kernan, Daniels, Pence and Holcomb). “Marvin has a great legacy with the Ports of Indiana,” said Ports of Indiana chief executive officer Vanta E. Coda, II. “I often talk of the foundation that I was handed when taking my current role. Marvin was a huge builder of that foundation.

Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Vice Adm. Jack Buono (Photo: USMMA)

USMMA Superintendent to Step Down

Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Vice Adm. Jack Buono announced his retirement after a maritime career that has spanned more than 45 years.Vice Adm. Buono, a 1978 Kings Point graduate, has spent the past three and a half years at the Academy helm, and will relinquish command at a ceremony in June 2022. His successor has not been announced.“For Ginger and I, serving as the Superintendent and First Lady of the Academy has been the honor of a lifetime,” Buono said. “The young women and men who come here are truly the best and brightest America has to offer.

“Our performance in 2021 was very satisfactory and demonstrates that the decisive actions taken to refocus our ambitions and deliver on our strategy are paying off,” says Lars Petersson, Group President & CEO of Hempel. “Our ambition is to double our business by 2025 and to increase our positive impact in terms of sustainability – and we remain on track.” Photo courtesy Hempel

Hempel Records Solid 2021, 10th Consecutive Quarter of Organic Growth

Hempel continued its growth trajectory in 2021, ending the year with 5.9 percent organic growth, following 10 consecutive quarters of organic growth. Total growth was 15.1 percent, despite supply chain challenges across the coatings industry. The 5.9 percent organic growth was the highest in more than 10 years, driven by strong performance in the Marine and Infrastructure segments, and stronger than expected in the face of unprecedented raw material cost increases and shortages.

Dina Aryan-Zahlan (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Port of LA Names New Chief Harbor Engineer

The Port of Los Angeles announced it has appointed Dina Aryan-Zahlan to Chief Harbor Engineer, lead of the Port’s Engineering Division. Aryan-Zahlan replaces David Walsh who retired in December 2021.Aryan-Zahlan most recently served as the Port’s Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer since 2015, where she oversaw the planning, development and design of infrastructure and facilities that support the diverse operations of the nation’s busiest seaport, including wharves, terminals, rail…

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Combi Lift Sets Up US Branch in Houston

German heavy lift and project logistics company Combi Lift said  its expanding its business into the Americas through the opening of a new office in Houston. “Houston is the perfect location in the U.S.A. It is one of the main project capitals in the world,” explained Klaus Hilpert, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Combi Lift. “Solutions are becoming more complex and project risk profiles are increasing. Clients are looking for trusted and globally connected partners who can leverage their assets and drive risk sharing throughout project delivery.

IRI Opens New Offices in Vancouver and Qingdao

Expanding to strengthen support in Asia, International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) opened offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Qingdao, China today. This is the first Canadian office of IRI and the 11th office in Asia. The opening of the Vancouver office expands on the historical and powerful link between Vancouver and China, while Qingdao opens to facilitate inspections and client services in Northern China. Both offices will serve Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) corporate and maritime clients.

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Plug in Power Infrastructure for Electric Boats fast-tracked in Europe

Aqua superPower announced a strategic partnership with AC charge point developer e-concept, which has developed a novel design of charging posts that have been approved for use in certain sensitive environments including the canals in Venice. Aqua superPower will be developing charging infrastructure for marine and inland water applications deploying e-concept’s AC charging posts where environmental, cultural and heritage factors need to be considered.e-concept manufactures public and private recharging stations for electric boats and for the transition towards electric marine transport.

SAYFR CEO Johan Rostoft. Photo courtesy SAYFR

SAYFR Gets $3m Backing from Nordic Venture Fund

The unique mix of data and digital solutions approach developed by safety culture specialist SAYFR has been given added momentum from the Nordic venture fund Corinthian Venture Partners (CVP).CVP has invested nearly $3m in SAYFR’s share issue to scale up SAYFR’s SaaS offering. This solution comprises unique data insights and a set of digital products which improve organizational safety culture, improvements that can help to save lives and reduce accidents and environmental pollution.

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Shipbuilding: Leadership Transition at Bay Ship & Yacht

Bay Ship & Yacht founders Bill Elliott and Alan Cameron step back, name Joel Welter CEO, Gerona Goethe General ManagerBill Elliott, who during a 45-year career catapulted Bay Ship & Yacht (BS&Y) from operating out of a single, mobile shipping container known as the “Shipyard in a Box” to becoming a premiere ship repair conglomerate in San Francisco Bay, announced a new generation of leadership for the company.Joel Welter, currently Chief Naval Architect, was named Chief Executive Officer and Gerona Goethe, currently Assistant General Manager was tapped tas General Manager.

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Cargotec, Konecranes Win EU Antitrust Approval for $5 Billion Merger

Cargotec and Konecranes on Thursday won EU antitrust clearance for their 4.5-billion-euro ($5 billion) deal to create a global leader in industrial machinery after agreeing to divest some businesses.The companies, which provide road and sea-cargo handling machinery and services to industries, factories, ports and terminals, announced their tie-up in October last year.The European Commission said the companies' remedies addressed its concerns that the deal may hurt competition and lead to higher prices, confirming a Reuters story on Feb.

Nova Marine Carriers acquires 39,000 DWT Bulk Carrier Pair

Nova Marina Carriers, the Lugano based shipping company (controlled by the Romeo and Bolfo/Gozzi families), confirmed the purchase of two new 39,000 dwt bulk carriers, presently owned by the Swire China Navigation group in Hong Kong. These new vessels are due to be delivered to the company shortly; the first in the next few days on the U.S., and the second In April in the Far East.These ships were built in 2013 and 2014 and will join the 80 vessels Nova Marine fleet, with seven other ships in the fleet holding similar characteristics, including EEXI engines.

Vicente Boluda Fos, CEO of Boluda Corporación Marítima and Boluda Towage. Photo courtesy: Boluda Corporación Marítima

Vicente Boluda Fos to Receive France's Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal

Boluda Corporación Marítima CEO Vicente Boluda Fos will receive the Knight of the Legion of Honour medal in Paris on June 16, in recognition of outstanding services rendered to France by the Valencian businessman. The distinction will be awarded by former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy.Boluda France was created in 2007 after the purchase of the French company Les Abeilles, a company whose activity dates back to 1864.“It is with great pride that I accept this award from the French Republic: I cannot begin to express my gratitude towards the country.

Commissioner Vekich during his confirmation hearing last fall. (Official U.S. Senate photograph by John Klemmer)

Max Vekich Sworn In as FMC Commissioner

Max Vekich was sworn-in today as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2026.First nominated by President Joseph R. Biden on June 24, 2021, and then again on January 4, 2022. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 2022, and is the 43rd person to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission.“Commissioner Vekich assumes office when his lifelong experience working on the waterfront will be especially beneficial. He understands port and supply chain issues from the perspective of a worker on the frontlines of making cargo move.

Robert Mærsk Uggla is nominated as new Chair of the Board, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Generational Change: Maersk Board Nominates Family Heir as New Chairman

A.P. Moller-Maersk's board said on Tuesday it has nominated family heir Robert Maersk Uggla to be its next chairman as part of a generational handover at the Danish shipping company.Current chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe and vice-chair Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Robert Maersk Uggla's mother, are not standing for reelection to the board at its March 15 annual general meeting, the company said in a statement."After three decades on the board, it is time for me to pass on the responsibility…

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A New Onassis? Italy's Sea Captain Swoops on Reborn Alitalia

Sixty-five years after Aristotle Onassis founded Greece's Olympic Airways, another shipping entrepreneur is planning to take to the skies - this time in Italy, where Gianluigi Aponte's MSC has its sights on the successor company to Alitalia.The 81-year-old, known as "the captain" after building his shipping empire from a single vessel, is hoping to forge an air freight and passenger business to dovetail with MSC's sea cargo and cruise operations.But there are big challenges.Alitalia stumbled for years…

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Eric Friend Named MITAGS Executive Director

On behalf of the MM&P MATES Program, The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Maritime Conference Center (MCC) announce the appointment of Eric Friend as the new executive director.“The trustees’ decision to select Friend as the next executive director has made the transition much easier. Friend has been running the Academic Division for several years, and has been involved in most major decisions,” said Glen Paine, former executive director, now retired. “Eric is smart, dedicated, and respected by the trustees, students, and industry.

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American Maritime Partnership Announces New Leadership Team

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), a trade group for the U.S. domestic maritime industry, announced the election of new leadership for the organization. Ku’uhaku Park takes the helm as president, and he is joined by new vice president Jennifer Carpenter, and Sara Fuentes who will serve dual roles as secretary and treasurer. Elected officers will hold their positions for a two-year term.“I am humbled to have been elected by my peers to lead the American Maritime Partnership and carry this banner at such a consequential time for our industry…

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Pacific Northwest Waterways Association Names Stebbings Executive Director

Trade group the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) announced it has hired Heather Stebbings as executive director.Stebbings has 15 years of advocacy and public policy experience for the PNW maritime community, including 13 years directing communications and government relations for PNWA.“Heather is a proven, well-rounded leader with deep experience and relationships in our industry, across the Northwest, and in Washington, D.C.,” said Glen Squires, PNWA Board President.

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Rodriguez Appointed Interim Director of MITAGS

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) announced it has appointed Mike Rodriguez as interim director."I am pleased that Mike Rodriguez has agreed to take on the day-to-day administration of MITAGS' academic programs and courses as we begin the process of bringing onboard a new director,” said Eric Friend, MITAGS executive director. “Mike brings a wide range of experience and skills to our crew as we move our organization forward.”“I have been fortunate throughout my career to work with great people in education, labor, government and the military.

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Ship Recycling Prices March Forward (Again)

Chinese (Lunar) New Year holidays concluded this week and there appears to be a real spring in the step of industry players, as international ship recycling markets continue to push on once again, according to GMS.Both, Pakistan and Bangladesh, have been at the forefront of this recent resurgence, with an improved India (that is still unable to compete on any regular / non-HKC / non-specialist tonnage) and a relatively stable Turkey that has defied explanation for the most part…

The Department of Navy selects Branch Head Jillian Berry from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division as the 2022 award recipient for the prestigious Civilian Service Commendation Medal. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

NSWC Dahlgren's Berry Awarded Prestigious Commendation Medal

It takes determined leadership to bring a culture of innovation to large and historic institutions like the U.S. Navy. Regarded as a successful leader in electromagnetic systems certification at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Jillian Berry is passionate about her work, displaying a high level of expertise everyday on the job.The Department of Navy selected Berry as the 2022 recipient for the prestigious Civilian Service Commendation Medal (CSCM) in recognition of her exceptional work…

Quadriga Aqua: Concept for the world’s first zero emission mobile aquaculture. Image courtesy Sailing Cargo

Q&A: Uwe Köhler, CEO, Sailing Cargo

Is it true that Sailing Cargo is building the world’s first mobile aquaculture ship?That is correct. We at Sailing Cargo Inc. want to change the future of global fishing while proving the value of clean shipping. Our team of experienced professionals is building the world’s largest zero emission sailing vessel in order to respond to the increasing global demand for healthy salmon and protein in the most efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. The conventional fish farming…

Hans Augusteijn was appointed President, Stolt Tank Containers (STC), effective February 1, 2022. Photo courtesy STC

Augusteijn Takes the Helm at Stolt Tank Containers

Stolt-Nielsen Limited appointed Hans Augusteijn as President, Stolt Tank Containers (STC), effective February 1, 2022.Augusteijn succeeds Michael W. Kramer, who will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Stolt-Nielsen Limited.Augusteijn spent 17 years at Maersk in various leadership roles related to container shipping and logistics before joining Stolt Tankers as Director of Strategy in 2019. In his current role, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing Stolt Tankers’ overall strategy. He holds a degree in Logistics and Transport

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Marine Coatings: APC Reports Maritime Sales Up 40% in '21

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), the owner of the MarineLINE cargo tank coating brand, announced its most successful year of trading with maritime sales growing by 40% in 2021.By it's own reckoning the Ohio-headquartered company says it accounts for more than 12% of the global cargo tank coating market, specified on more than 700 ships, with 56 ships coated equating to over 750,000 sq. m. of MarineLINE applied in 2021.Growth is being driven by a rapidly changing shipping landscape…

Attica Group ferry Superfast X - Trials are scheduled for the winner of the Inmarsat Ferry Open Innovation Challenge onboard an Attica Group ship. Photo courtesy Attica Group

Seafarer Training, Well-Being at center of Inmarsat Ferry Open Challenge

Inmarsat, Attica Group and Thetius have teamed to jointly launched the ‘Inmarsat Ferry Open Innovation Challenge: Crew Training and Entertainment,' a competition which inspired start-ups and SMEs to deliver digital solutions to enhance the training or enrich the leisure hours of seafarers. Applications are invited for solutions in four work-related areas: ship familiarization, regulatory training, emergency response and customer services – all of which must support content delivered in Greek…

 Al Dhafra vehicle and passenger ferry connecting Dalma Island with Jebel Dhanna Port. Photo courtesy Abu Dhabi Maritime

Abu Dhabi Maritime takes control of all Ferry Services in Abu Dhabi's waterways

Abu Dhabi Maritime, the custodian of all of Abu Dhabi’s waterways and marine ecosystems, has assumed responsibility for all ferry services operating within Abu Dhabi’s waterways.Operating under the AD Ports Group, with guidance from the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), the organization is integrating the Ferry Operations Branch of the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) under the scope of its services. The move will see Abu Dhabi Maritime manage and oversee the daily operation of the Emirate’s two major ferry lines — the Dalma Island Water Transport Service…

The first LHM 420 powered by HVO diesel was delivered to the Swedish port city of Södertälje. Image courtesy Liebherr

Heavy Lift: Liebherr logs a strong 2021; All-Electric Trend is "Clear"

Liebherr reports that it had a record year in 2021 in its maritime mobile harbor crane business, logging an order intake volume of 80+ new units, a record level for the company.Including additional sales of used units, Liebherr mobile harbor cranes were ordered from 31 different countries. The company reports stronggrowth in the Middle East and West Africa regions and stable core markets in Europe as well as North and South America. As in previous years, the LHM 550 is the most popular crane, closely followed by the LHM 420.

Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen has decided to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of chemical tanker operator Stolt-Nielsen Limited. Photo courtesy Stolt-Nielsen

Stolt-Nielsen CEO to Step Down after More Than Two Decades in Position

Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen has decided to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of chemical tanker operator Stolt-Nielsen Limited.The company said Wednesday he'd continue as CEO and as a Director on the Board until the appointment process for a successor has been completed. Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen has served as Chief Executive Officer of Stolt-Nielsen Limited since November 2000 and has been a Director since 1996."The intention is that once a suitable replacement is found, Mr. Niels G.

Gary Vogel, Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping)

Eagle Bulk CEO Gary Vogel Named CMA Commodore

Gary Vogel, chief executive officer of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2022.The 2022 Commodore Award, given each year to a person in the international maritime industry who has contributed to the growth and development of the industry, will be presented on March 31, at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and expo, in Stamford, Conn..Vogel has served as CEO and director of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: EGLE) since September, 2015.

Wozair Appoints New Group MD

Wozair appointed John Foley as Group Managing Director to the Board on January 1, 2022.Foley is an experienced senior executive who previously held positions as Managing Director, OTIS Elevator Co. in Norway and most recently, served as Managing Director Volution Ventilation, part of Volution Group PLC.Wozair Group are a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high integrity HVAC systems, specializing in applications operating in extreme environments, with strong focus on the energy, powergen, marine and defence sectors of industry.

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Stena Line, ABP Ink £100M Deal for New Ferry Terminal

Stena Line and Associated British Ports (ABP) entered an agreement to jointly develop a new freight terminal at the Port of Immingham in the Humber region. The £100M agreement will see the Swedish ferry company operate the new terminal for the next 50 years.Today Stena Line operates 37 vessels on 18 routes between 13 countries across Northern Europe, a business has been brisk with 2021 seeing its North Sea routes moving record levels of freight, including a 28% year-on-year increase…

A recent aerial image of most of Austal USA, including the new steel panel line addition. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Shipbuilding Interview: Rusty Murdaugh, President, Austal USA

Austal USA has been investing mightily, more than $600 million to expand its repair and services business for both commercial and military customers; and in the opening of a state-of-the-art steel panel line in Mobile to complement its established aluminum shipbuilding operations. Rusty Murdaugh, President, Austal USA, discusses the rationale behind the investment as Austal USA drives quickly toward a $500m services model.Most of our readers know the Austal USA brand, but can you give a “by the numbers” look at Austal USA today?Austal is about 3…

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Watch Change: Ed Kelly Retires from NY/NJ Maritime Association

As 2021 closed, Edward J. Kelly stepped down as the Executive Director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/ New Jersey (MAPONY/NJ). Kelly was at the helm of the Association for the past 18 years. MAPONY/NJ president Michael DiVirgilio announced that Stephen Lyman took over as new Executive Director on January 1.Under Kelly’s leadership, the Association’s work and standing, regionally and nationally, marked significant accomplishments. For elected officials and decision-makers, the Association became the “go to” place for expertise and context.

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Hilpert Joins Combi Lift as Managing Director

German heavy lift and project logistics expert Combi Lift announced on Monday that Klaus Hilpert has joined its management team as managing director and chairman of the board of directors.Combi Lift has significantly expanded its services over the past year, increasing its global footprint even further after founding the Forwarding Solutions Division in October.“I am very pleased that Klaus is part of our team. With his expertise and proven track record in the project forwarding industry, he will lead the continued expansion of our logistics brand,” explained Dr.

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Macheras Named WFW Global Maritime Sector Co-Head

Law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) announce it has named partner George Macheras as its new global maritime sector co-head, replacing Lindsey Keeble as she takes up the role of WFW managing partner as of February 1. Paleokrassas, who takes on the role of WFW senior partner on the same date, will remain in his role as global maritime sector co-head.Macheras, who made partner in 2018, advises on all aspects of ship financing as well as on commercial matters relating to the sale, purchase, employment and operation of all maritime asset classes.

The SMS Group has had the busiest year in its 22-year history as the cruise and marine market re-opened. SMS engineers are pictured with a cruise ship. Photo courtesy the SMS Group

SMS Group Investment Pays Off with 'Record Breaking' 2021

As COVID continues to create business hurdles globally, the SMS Group, based within the Port of Southampton in the UK, announced that it has recorded its busiest year in company history. Traditionally a ship repairer, SMS Group invested in a team of industry professionals to establish, develop and deliver in the challenging interior outfit and marine refurbishment sector within the cruise industry – and 2021 was the defining year.Dan Lockyer, who heads up the team, said: “2021 was our year. It’s the fourth year on this journey, and ironically the 22nd year that I’ve been in this industry.

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Training Tips for Ships: Are Mariners Knowledge Workers?

What is the difference between knowledge and skills? Which should we focus more on in our training, and how does one influence the other?When we think about the most important mariner quality, often the first thing that comes to mind is skill. Can the officer or crewmember safely perform the skills required of him or her? After all, if everyone performs their necessary skills correctly, what more is there?There is, in fact, much more. Let’s see what the experts have to say:“A study by the U.S.

“This acquisition is a clear statement of our intent to expand in the tanker segment,” said Carl Schou, CEO and President, Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ship Management Takes a Majority Stake in Ahrenkiel Tankers

Wilhelmsen Ship Management signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Hamburg-based Ahrenkiel Tankers, resulting in Wilhelmsen Ship Management taking over the management of five tankers and gaining 80% ownership of Ahrenkiel Tankers. The remaining 20% is held by existing owners MPC Capital Group. Ahrenkiel Tankers will be rebranded as Barber Ship Management.It marks the first step by Wilhelmsen Ship Management after its earlier decision to re-enter the tanker segment following a decade-long absence…