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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Product Management News

Katarina Lindström (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel Taps Lindström as COO

Katarina Lindström will join Hempel as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer from August 1, 2020 as the coatings manufacturer aims to double in size.As Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), Katarina Lindström will be a member of Hempel’s Executive Management Board.As part of its long-term growth strategy, Hempel is making significant investments in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in Asia-Pacific.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Appoints Co-CEO

The Board of Directors of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has appointed Johnny Thomsen as the new Co-CEO following the resignation of Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.Thomsen is the former Vestas Senior Vice President of Product Management, said a press note from the Dutch offshore wind power solutions provider.“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Johnny Thomsen, as the new Co-CEO of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,” said Anders Runevad, Chairman of the MHI Vestas Board of Directors.“Johnny combines substantial understanding and experience of the MHI Vestas platform with business acumen.

Liebherr container cranes in the port of Cleveland, Ohio (Port of Cleveland)

Tideworks, Liebherr, Enter Cooperation Agreement

The two companies to cooperate on offerings for the global supply chain.Tideworks Technology announced cooperation activity with Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. (LCC).This is Tideworks’ first cooperation with an equipment manufacturer and demonstrates a progression of its efforts to provide the global supply chain with next-generation TOS solutions and innovative options that include both software and hardware in a harmonized approach. The cooperation will allow terminal operators…

Kris Shepherd (Photo: GE)

Shepherd to Lead GE Gas Turbine Business

Kris Shepherd has been appointed the General Manager of GE’s marine gas turbine business.Shepherd, based in Evendale, OH,  is responsible for the full lifecycle of all GE marine gas turbine programs, product management, engineering, marketing, supply chain, services, and commercial organizations.GE's marine gas turbine business serves commercial and naval customers worldwide and offers a suite of six propulsion engines to meet any mission profile with power options from 4.6 megawatts to 52.7 MW: LM500 (4.6 MW)…

DNV GL Rolls-out Cloud Shore Monitoring Module for Navigator Port

DNV GL is launching a completely renewed Shore Monitoring module for Navigator Port. Installed on more than 2500 vessels, Navigator Port is the industry's leading port clearance solution.With a strong focus on the user experience, this module is the first of DNV GL's next generation fleet management solutions to be developed on the latest cloud technology.Most shipping companies find it challenging to keep on top of crew work and rest hour compliance. It is essential to have the same view and information on board and in the office.Navigator Port’s Shore Monitoring module is a user-friendly…

Alphabet Soup

Emissions monitoring and reporting means ECA’s, EPA VGP, EU MRV’s, IMO-DCS, RO’s, SEEMP – and you. Fear not: the daunting acronyms can all be managed by employing the right technology.In the past decade, shipowners have faced a raft of new regulations aimed at reducing the pollution from their ships, whether in new environmentally sensitive emissions control areas (ECA) or on the open seas that serve as the primary conduit for 90% of global trade. Limits on sulphur emissions within ECAs such as the Baltic and North seas have been in effect since 2005…

For Seafarers, Net Access is a Must -Report

The Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries and Intelsat, shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry. Roger Adamson, Futurenautics Maritime’s chief executive officer, presented to a London audience yesterday the key findings from his research organization’s newly released Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries, Inc. and Intelsat S.A. The report is based on a survey of 6,000 serving seafarers, the largest…

INTTRA Unveils New Applications Suite

INTTRA, the electronic transaction platform, software and information provider, announced two new cloud-based products and enhancements. The first is a new Container Forecasting and Allocation Solutions Tool (C-FAST) for Freight Forwarders and NVOCC's that matches the forecast of their customers' anticipated container volume to carrier capacity availability. The second is an enhanced version of its Ocean Schedules offering that optimizes the shipment planning experience for ocean supply chain professionals.

Sean S. Fitzgerald (Photo: Maersk Container Industry)

Fitzgerald Named CEO of Maersk’s Container Unit

Sean S. Fitzgerald has been named Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Container Industry (MCI), effective January 1, 2018. MCI develops and manufactures refrigerated containers, dry containers and the Star Cool refrigeration machine for the global intermodal industry and is part of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s Transport & Logistics division. Fitzgerald will assume overall responsibility for the strategic direction and the entire operations of the company including its more than 5,000 employees in three container manufacturing plants in Chile and China and its R&D center in Denmark.

Mark Crooks (Photo: Superior Industries)

Crooks Joins Superior Industries

Superior Industries Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has named Mark Crooks as its vibratory product manager. Crooks’ responsibilities will include managing and further developing Superior’s vibratory product line, which currently includes the Guardian Horizontal Screen, Anthem Inclined Screen, and Intrepid Vibrating Grizzly Feeder (VGF). Crooks brings 20 years of experience and an expertise in product management, business development, and sales and channel management.

Paul Hickinbotham is the new Product Manager EMEA Marine at Dometic (Photo: Dometic)

Dometic Names Hickinbotham Product Manager EMEA Marine

Dometic has appointed 18-year company veteran Paul Hickinbotham as its Product Manager EMEA Marine. In this newly created role, Hickinbotham is tasked with helping to drive product innovation and customer responsiveness by channeling the latest consumer feedback and market intelligence for each specific region in both the OEM and after-market sectors through to Dometic’s product development and sales teams. Previously EMEA Director - Sales and Administrations & Commercial Division at Dometic, Hickinbotham will lead a dedicated team from his U.K.

Descartes Acquires PCSTrac Business

Descartes Systems Group said it has acquired the assets of Philadelphia based PCSTrac, Inc., including certain related assets of Progressive Computer Services Inc. dba PCS Technologies. U.S.-based PCSTrac helps specialty retailers and logistics service providers collaborate to improve carton-level visibility for shipments from distribution centers (DCs) to stores. PCSTrac’s solutions provide visibility and insight into the store replenishment supply chain, helping increase sales, enhance loss prevention, and improve inventory control.

Photo: Viega

Viega Debuts ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valves

Viega has introduced its line of Viega ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valve press x hose thread for copper fittings. The bronze ball valves are full port and designed for potable water applications. The ball valves are available in 1/2" and 3/4" press sizes and 3/4" hose sizes. Other features include a lockable metal handle, stainless steel ball and EPDM sealing element. The Viega ProPress for copper system is available in more than 600 fitting configurations, in sizes ranging from 1/2" to 4".

Executive Changes at Caterpillar

Following the previous announcement that Jim Umpleby will become Caterpillar’s Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017, Caterpillar Inc. announced today additional changes in its executive ranks. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed current Construction Industries Group President Tom Pellette, 53, group president of Energy & Transportation, the position previously held by Umpleby. Replacing Pellette, the Board has appointed Bob De Lange, 47, group president of Construction Industries. De Lange is currently vice president of the Excavation Division.

Susan Ludwig (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

Ludwig Named Coast Guard Foundation President

Susan P. Ludwig will replace Anne B. Brengle as president of the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families. Ludwig, presently Regional Director of Philanthropy, will assume her new position in January following Brengle’s retirement this December. Ludwig will lead the organization, its board and staff through a nationwide effort to increase awareness for the Coast Guard and the Foundation and strengthen support for programs that benefit Coast Guard members and their families.

(Photo: UCA)

UniCarriers Americas Offers New Lift Truck Engine

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) said it now offers the ZD30 Tier 4 Advanced Turbo Diesel (ATD) engine series in its GO4 and FK Series lift truck models. The EPA/CARB-certified, advanced ZD30 engine delivers high power and increased efficiency with emission levels that fall below Tier 4 requirements, the manufacturer said. The ATD engine includes common rail fuel injection, a variable-geometry turbo charger, cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel oxidation catalyst. The engine provides low emissions without using a diesel particulate filter.

Commodities to Struggle to Regain Stance in Portfolios -JPM

Commodities will battle to regain a prized place in many portfolios after the "super cycle" fizzled out and in a world of muted global growth, executives at JP Morgan Asset Management said. The sector could, however, claw back a shred of its former glory by providing some diversification benefits, they said during a conference by the fund manager in London this week. During a commodities boom mainly spurred by China's hunger for infrastructure in the years leading up to the global financial crisis…

Navis Debuts New Terminal Operating Software

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, announced the general availability of N4 3.2, the latest version of its flagship terminal operating software (TOS). This new release of N4 executes on the vision to provide a technology platform that increases the productivity and efficiency of terminals in various operational environments, Navis said. N4 3.2 includes a set of features and enhancements that help terminal operators to meet the new regulatory requirements of SOLAS, help IT teams administer and maintain N4, and provides innovative solutions for terminals using automated equipment.

Nicolas Quéru (Photo: Navico)

Quéru, Davis Take up Leadership Roles at Navico

Nicolas Quéru has been appointed to lead Navico’s Commercial Marine Division worldwide to take forward the marine electronics group’s continuing strategy for growth. Quéru has been made EVP Managing Director with immediate effect following his promotion from Vice President, Commercial Marine EMEA. He succeeds Jose Herrero. A French Native residing in Oslo, Norway, Quéru has extensive experience in international business management, including over eight years in management consulting at Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company leading assignments in strategic planning…

John Beering (Photo: Trojan Battery)

Trojan Battery Names Beering COO

Trojan Battery Co., LLC has appointed John Beering to the new role of chief operating officer. Reporting to Jeff Elder, president and chief executive officer of Trojan Battery, Beering is responsible for all operations of the company including manufacturing, environmental health and safety, quality, engineering, supply chain, sales and marketing. Trojan’s finance, legal, human resources, as well as market and corporate development teams will continue to report directly to Jeff Elder.

Inmarsat Unveils Fleet One Global

Inmarsat has launched Fleet One Global, a service designed to offer basic voice and data connectivity to the maritime market. Fleet One Global is part of the Fleet One range of satcoms services developed for flexibility, reliability and simplicity, aimed at customers with low data needs looking for basic functionality, greater cost and usage control, with the reassurance of a trusted global commercial satellite network. The plug-and-play service delivers 100kbps voice and data at one global rate, eliminating the need for ship owners to use a patchwork of different providers.

Campbell Joins AdvanTec as V.P.

Matthew Campbell assumes the position of Vice President, Marketing & Product Management of AdvanTec Global Innovations. He assumes responsibility for marketing, and the development and growth of all brands within the marine products portfolio. He brings over 20 years of experience from a variety of high tech and manufacturing companies within the transportation sector including marine. “We are thrilled to have Matthew join our organization and to have him lead our marketing and product management teams with a focus on evolutionary collaboration.” said Paul Hill…

Matthew Campbell (Photo: AdvanTec)

Campbell Joins AdvanTec in Marketing Role

Aiming to enhance its marketing and product management capabilities, AdvanTec Global Innovations – parent to the Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine, Pacific Coast Marine and Freeman Marine Equipment brands – has appointed Matthew Campbell to the position of Vice President, Marketing & Product Management. The role gives Campbell responsibility for marketing, as well as the development and growth of all brands within the company’s marine products portfolio. He brings more than 20 years of experience from companies within the transportation sector including marine.

RMS Report Examines Marine Risk, Cargo Modeling

RMS has published a new report examining the current state of cargo modeling in the marine market, and providing a new cargo-specific approach to the assessment of vulnerability and port accumulation. The report “Marine Cargo Catastrophe Modeling: Navigating the Challenges, Charting the Opportunities” precedes the May 2016 launch of the RMS Marine Cargo Model, the industry’s first marine cargo and specie risk model. In the last four years, records have been broken twice for total insured marine losses—first for Hurricane Sandy in 2012 at $3 billion…

DNV GL ShipManager Enables Safety Management Reporting

Shipping companies are increasingly gathering information from the fleet in order to improve their operations and safety performance. Without easy–to-use and data smart systems potential insights and improvements may be lost. Time-consuming reporting to various stakeholders may reduce focus on other important tasks. The latest release of ShipManager includes the Safety Management Reporting module with a new and flexible user interface, increasing efficiency and optimizing processes to improve safety at sea.

Kidde Fire Systems Introduces New Monitors

Kidde Fire Systems  launched a new control head monitor (CHM) for electric actuators and solenoid monitors for directional valves. The new CHM is fully compliant with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2001-2012 Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems and is designed for simple installation on existing Kidde systems. According to the company, electric actuators are commonly used as activating devices for the release of a fire suppression agent in the event of a fire and the NFPA requires these devices to be in place and ready to activate.