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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Survitec Hires Wilkinson as Managing Director

Ross Wilkinson has joined Survitec Group to play a role in promoting worldwide sales growth and developing and maintaining an effective sales distribution and service network for the Crewsaver Commercial and Leisure ranges. Wilkinson joins Survitec from Orolia Limited, where he was General Manager and Maritime Business Unit Manager. Ross also spent twelve years with Navimo, firstly as Director of Sales and then as General Manager of Navimo UK. survitecgroup.com  

Ross Wilkinson, the new Managing Director of Survitec Group’s U.K. Services and Distribution business (Photo: Survitec)

Survitec Names Wilkinson Managing Director for UK Services

In recent weeks, Survitec Group, a provider of safety equipment to the commercial marine market, has appointed Ross Wilkinson as Managing Director of the Group’s U.K. Services and Distribution business. Wilkinson was formerly Managing Director of Survitec Group's Crewsaver business . He has leadership experience in the global marine and leisure industry, having worked in the sector for over 18 years. Before joining Survitec, Wilkinson was General Manager and Maritime Business Unit Manager at Orolia Limited.

Kannad SafeLink AIS SART: Image credit Kannad

Kannad Gains AIS SART Certification

Kannad's SafeLink AIS SART obtains Wheel Mark (Mark of Conformity) the European regulatory marking for marine equipment. The SafeLink AIS SART is a manual deployment survivor location device intended for use on life rafts or survival craft. Offering an alternative to a Radar SART, once activated the SafeLink transmits the beacon’s geographic position and unique serial number continuously, indicating range and course on all standard ships’ AIS receiver equipment. To further assist search and rescue authorities…

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River Ministry Pioneer Wilkinson Retires from SCI

The Rev. James (Jim) R. Wilkinson retires this year in April after over 11 years of service to the nation’s inland waterways community as their first full-time, fully-dedicated chaplain. In 1998, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) called Wilkinson to head up Ministry on the River, a first-of-its-kind endeavor offering pastoral care to river mariners and their families in the United States. Wilkinson’s congregation of mariners spanned thousands of miles of moving waters from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Greenville, Miss.

Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) prepare for a Turkish tug boat to guide them into port in Istanbul, Turkey while on deployment Nov. 9. R

USS Ross Arrives in Turkey

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit, Nov. Ross’ visit to Turkey reaffirms to NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthening ties while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Black Sea region. This was Ross’ second visit to the Black Sea in 2014, in both cases it’s mission was to strengthening partnerships and assuring U.S. allies as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The U.S.

Coast Guard Foundation Establishes New Fund

Ross E. Roeder Shipmate Fund Improves Morale and Welfare for Active Duty Coast Guard Members. The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced the launch of the Ross E. Roeder Shipmate Fund. Established to benefit the morale, education and wellness of Coast Guard units and their families in Northern Michigan, the fund also thanks and honors the Foundation’s retiring board chairman, Ross E. Roeder. Chairman of the Board for the Coast Guard Foundation since 2005, Mr.

Nigel Ross

Jee Appoints Business Development Director

Jee Ltd., an independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training company, has appointed Nigel Ross as Business Development Director. Based in the company’s Aberdeen office, Mr. Ross will be responsible for ensuring the business continues to meets its ongoing strategy for growth by further developing relationships with key customers and seeking new business opportunities to support long-term growth plans. Mr. Ross has more than 20 years of experience in business development and sales management within the oil and gas industry.

Austal Graduates 38 Apprentices

Austal USA honored graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program with a banquet at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama. The 38 graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. They were joined by their supervisors, instructors and many of Austal USA’s executive and human resources staff in celebrating this momentous occasion. The graduating class consisted of 8 electrical journeymen, 6 fitout journeymen, 10 pipe fitting journeymen, and 13 fabrication journeymen.

Globecomm Displays Communication Range at Posidonia

Specialist communications provider Globecomm Maritime said it will use the Posidonia 2014 exhibition to showcase the latest additions to its innovative range of connectivity management solutions. Globecomm also said it will provide a chance for users to hear from experts on how to get the best from next generation ship-shore communications solutions. New from Globecomm is Nimbus, a scalable platform solution for managing and simplifying ship and shore-based communications, enabling users to choose the applications and levels of user control that suit them best.

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Ross to Drive New Business Lines at LOC Singapore

Rutger Bierman, Managing Director at London Offshore Consultants (LOC) Singapore, has confirmed that Don Ross, who previously established and headed LOC Thailand, is stepping up to assume responsibility for the Group’s Fixed Object Damage and Port Development business lines in Singapore, including surveys and audits. "Don’s 40 years in engineering and construction on international, multi-disciplinarymarine projects, driving improvements in technical, safety and quality,make him uniquely qualified for the role,”Captain Bierman confirmed.

Kari Wilkinson (Photo: HII)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Promotes Wilkinson, Duthu

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ ( HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that Richard Schenk, vice president of program management, will retire on July 1 after 33 years of service. He will be succeeded by Kari Wilkinson, effective May 23. Ingalls also announced that Mike Duthu has been promoted to vice president, business development, effective immediately. “Richard has made significant contributions to our past, current and future business objectives, and we owe him our gratitude and thanks,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said.

Mark Ross (Photo: Brookes Bell Group)

Ross Joins Brookes Bell Group

Brookes Bell Group, a multidisciplinary consultancy to the maritime, offshore and energy, and industrial sectors, has appointed Mark Ross as Fire Investigator based in the group’s Sidcup office. Ross brings a wealth of experience to Brookes Bell. Prior to joining the company, he worked with the London Fire Brigade for over 20 years, specializing in fire origin and cause investigations and fire behavior. He has carried out more than 2,000 fire investigations, ranging from small compartment fires to multimillion pound losses, and including those of accidental and deliberate origin.

New Dry Bulk Shipowning Firm Raises Funds

Nautical Bulk Holdings Limited, a newly formed Bermuda-based dry bulk shipping company, has raised in excess of $100 million of equity capital to fund the construction of eight ultramax, eco-friendly vessels under construction by Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry, a leading Chinese shipyard. WL Ross & Co. / Fearnley Advisors AS, Solus Alternative Asset Management LP and the CONTI Group are providing the equity capital to launch the company. Nautical has entered into shipbuilding contracts for the construction of eight 64…

GulfMark Offshore Elects Two New Board Members

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) has announced the election of Steven W. Kohlhagen and Charles K. Valutas to its Board of Directors for terms expiring in June 2014. Steven W. Kohlhagen is a retired financial executive who brings to the Board expertise in financial accounting, finance and risk management through his extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the financial, securities and foreign exchange markets. He has held various positions in the private sector, including investment banking, asset management, and most recently as a consultant with AMETEK, Inc.

Photo courtesy Seamen’s Church Institute

SCI Appoints New Ohio River Chaplain

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has appointed the Rev. Kempton D. Baldridge to serve as its new Ministry on the River (MOR) chaplain, serving the Ohio River region, effective June 1. Based from SCI’s Paducah, Ky. Center for Maritime Education, Chaplain Baldridge will serve mariners along the Ohio River plus river regions surrounding Nashville, St. Louis, and Memphis. In addition to his direct care for mariners and their shore-side counterparts, Chaplain Baldridge strengthens a network of River Friendly Churches who partner with SCI to provide ministry to mariners.

Mark Ross (Photo: OCIMF)

Mark Ross Named OCIMF Chairman

Chevron Shipping Company president Mark Ross has been appointed as chairman of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). The OCIMF Annual General Meeting voted on Tuesday to support the Executive Committee’s appointment of Ross, who has served as OCIMF vice-chair since 2015. Ross succeeds Shell’s Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, who stepped down as OCIMF chaurman in November after three years in the role. “I am honored to be working with OCIMF members to advance our priorities,” Ross said.

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Ross is Fleet Manager, Heidmar

  Heidmar announced the promotion of Duncan Ross to Fleet Manager. Duncan joined Heidmar’s London office in 2012 as vessel manager.  Prior to joining Heidmar, he sailed on a number of vessels over a six-year period. Duncan will be responsible for overseeing the consolidated fleet operations of Star and Dorado as well as the new Marlin pool.  

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards Train Together

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, (counterclockwise from right) a Canadian coast guardsman and U.S. Coast Guardsmen Seaman Apprentice Anthony Kelley, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Abel and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Wilkinson transfer Canadian coast guardsman Liam Jeffrey to U.S. Coast Guard Station Eastport's boat during a simulated search and rescue exercise in the Bay of Fundy off Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Personnel from U.S.

Courtesy  Antarctic Ocean Alliance

AOA Calls for Southern Ocean Conservation Commitments

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the 25 member countries gathering today for the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally agree on lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection. CCAMLR previously pledged to establish two marine protected areas by 2012, but, because of a lack of consensus, member states have failed to reach agreement on two major proposals on four separate occasions. The Southern Ocean is home to more than 10…

Ian Edward Ross (Photo: GBSL)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives

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

Michael Celata

Celata Heads BOEM's Gulf of Mexico Office

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced Mike Celata as the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. Celata, who starts his position immediately, has been with BOEM and its predecessors since 1988. He has been acting Regional Director since March. The Gulf of Mexico Region is responsible for managing more than 4,600 active leases over 25 million acres of land on the OCS. “Mike has many years of service with the agency…

Photo of a Weddell Seal in the Ross Sea, Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor integrated into a tag built by the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Costa, University of California, U.S.)

'Valeport in Action' Contest Winners Announced

Bringing home the prize for Valeport’s first product in action competition were an image of a Weddell Seal in the Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor and a hands-on video showing the pilot deployment of a Valeport Midas directional wave recorder at the mouth of the U.K.’s Humber Estuary. U.K.-based Valeport, a designer and manufacturer instrumentation for the oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric communities, asked its customers to submit videos and photos of Valeport products in action for a chance to win an iPad Air 2 (video category) and iPad Mini 3 (picture category).

Fishing Boat Fire in Antarctic Killed Three

Fire on board S. A major rescue effort was launched in the Ross Sea in early January when the 51 metre Korean fishing vessel Jeong Woo 2 caught fire. It was the second major incident in Antarctic waters in as many months and involved several Korean fishing vessels, a United States research vessel and a United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft. Jeong Woo 2’s distress call was picked up by another Korean fishing vessel, Hong Jin 707. The information was relayed via the New…

Alps Wire Rope Growth

The goal at Alps Wire Rope Corporation is to provide quality products and services to customers. As Alps continues to grow, it is important to meet the needs of our customers and to continue to provide the services and quality products that customers have come to expect. Alps Wire Rope Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Elizabeth Beddow to Controller. Elizabeth has been with Alps Wire Rope Corporation since July 25th, 2005. Elizabeth attended college at Western University of Illinois.

Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program.

Austal Graduates Four-Year Apprentices

Part of Austal’s growing talent pool – 3,000 and counting. Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a ceremony held in the new Office Complex Multi-Use Room. This was recently the same backdrop for a ribbon-cutting ceremony which celebrated the official opening of three new buildings at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding operation in Mobile, Ala. The graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen.

This Day in Naval History – Nov. 7

1861 - CAPT Charles Wilkes seizes two Confederate diplomats from the British steamer Trent, causing an international controversy with Great Britain (known as the Trent Affair). 1942 - Operation Torch (Allied landings in French Northwest Africa). American forces land at Casablanca. French naval forces attack U.S. Navy ships and 13 French ships are sunk without a loss to the U.S. 1956 - Navy Stratolab balloon (LCDRs Malcolm D. Ross and M. Lee Lewis) better world height record soaring to 76,000 feet over Black Hills, SD, on flight to gather meteorological, cosmic ray, and other scientific data.