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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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File Image of the Stena Impero (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com / © Erwin Willemse

Iran: British-flagged Tanker Seized in Gulf

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.The Revolutionary…

Civilian Mariner Kevin Sauls, Ship's master aboard the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), observes the Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Montrose (F 236) during a replenishment-at-sea drill. Guadalupe is conducting operations, providing logistical support to U.S. Navy and allied forces operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tristin Barth)

Iran Attempts UK Tanker Block, Fails

Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block its oil tankerThree Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the strait that controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, Britain said on Thursday.A week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria, London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the Strait of Hormuz…

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UK Does Not Want to Escalate Hormuz Tensions

Britain does not intend to escort every British-flagged merchant vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, a security source said on Thursday, after a Royal Navy warship had to stop three Iranian vessels from blocking the passage of a BP-operated tanker.The source said London would be resolute in defending its maritime interests in the Gulf but it does not want to escalate the situation with Iran.Exactly a week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar accused of violating sanctions on Syria…

File Image: A UK Navy warship on patrol (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Peter Cripps)

Britain Foils Iranian Attempt to Block Tanker

Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.Britain urged Iran to "de-escalate the situation in the region" after the British Heritage, a Suezmax oil tanker operated by BP under an Isle of Man flag, was approached."HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels…

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BMT CEO Sarah Kenny Appointed OBE

BMT Group Ltd (previously British Maritime Technology) said that Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive of BMT has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.The accolade, for services to the Maritime Industry, and Diversity, reflects her long-standing commitment and contribution to supporting and promoting the United Kingdom’s maritime industries, in addition to her work on STEM and promoting the importance and value of diversity in the sector.Sir John Hood…

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Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

American seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity has announced the appointment of Paul Helmore as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).Paul has spent his career to date in business development roles, and brings a track record of managing complex commercial situations and driving international growth. He joins Ocean Infinity from Schlumberger, where most recently he was Director Global Accounts, responsible for overseeing relationships with many of the company’s fastest growing, technology led…

Stuart Nicholls (Photo: Shoreham Port)

Shoreman Port Announces Changes in Board

Shoreham Port bid farewell to Stuart Nicholls, who has been on the Board for six years. Nicholls joined the Board in January 2013, with more than 25 years of experience in shipping and marine services. In 2016 Stuart chaired a new subcommittee of the Board – the Compliance Committee. His maritime and safety expertise made Nicholls the ideal candidate to lead this Committee and to question and challenge the Port’s safety culture.Replacing Nicholls, Shoreham Port welcomes Sir Alan Massey to the Board.

 Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE (Photo: UK Hydrographic Office)

UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer. Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Lowe is a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and joined the UKHO as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015.

Mark Bowden  (Photo: Intermarine UK)

Intermarine UK Appoints Bowden

Intermarine UK has named former A&P Falmouth procurement manager Mark Bowden as its new production manager.Bowden will be in charge of day-to-day operations at the company’s newly opened 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset.Intermarine UK, part of Polish-owned Inter Marine Group, signed a 20-year lease on the site at the start of this year and has since invested $832,900 in new machinery. The move has enabled the business to evolve from a labor…

Maritime Finance Lawyer Johnson Joins Haynes and Boone

Mark Johnson, a transactional lawyer and former naval officer and ship captain, has joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a London partner in the firm’s Shipping Practice.Johnson has extensive experience advising on the construction, sale and purchase, financing, management, operation and ownership of all types of vessels, including some of the world’s largest super yachts. His clients range from major banks and oil companies to shipowners, leasing companies and shipyards.Johnson served 13 years in the Royal Navy…

Two Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels docked at the Outer Coaling Pier and the Deep Water Berth, with Queen’s Pier in the background.

Intermarine UK Investment Boosts Portland Port Activities

UK-based Portland Port leverages new fabrication and welding facility to win a bigger share of ship repair, refit, conversion and shipbuilding markets.Polish-owned maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has unveiled major growth plans after investing a six-figure sum in a new 2,400 square meter (26,000 sq ft) fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset, UK. The move will create up to 60 new jobs in the area over the next two years. Along the way, the company has signed a 20-year lease and moved its UK head office from Bridgend to Portland Port…

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BAE Systems, Flinders University to Train Shipbuilding Workforce

A new agreement between BAE Systems Australia and Flinders University will see students and industry working together to develop new ways to provide Australia’s defence force with the evolving capability it needs and train the shipbuilding workforce of the future. BAE Systems is one of three companies bidding to build nine Anti-Submarine Warships for the Royal Australian Navy. The company is proposing an Australian variant of the Global Combat Ship currently being manufactured in the UK for the Royal Navy.

Bob Sanguinetti  Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Bob Sanguinetti New CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping

Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping. Sanguinetti was recently CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority, where he was credited with delivering significant growth in vessel traffic following a series of wide-reaching initiatives. Previously he served as Commodore in the Royal Navy. Sanguinetti said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda. The UK Chamber team deserve great credit for their work in recent years…

Sir Alan Massey (Photo: MCA)

MCA’s CEO Massey to Retire by End 2018

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) chief executive Sir Alan Massey announced he plans to retire from the role before the end of 2018. The Department of Transport will begin its search for Massey’s successor on March 19. Massey will continue in his role until late 2018 to allow the chief executive appointment process to take place. Massey joined the MCA in July 2010 after a 33-year career with the Royal Navy, where he left as Second Sea Lord. During his eight-year tenure at MCA…

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London Gateway Ups Security Measures

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

Steve Window (Photo: SIMWAVE)

Window Joins SIMWAVE as Navigation Manager

As of August 2017 Steve Window has joined SIMWAVE, the maritime simulation center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As the Manager for Navigation, Window will be responsible for overseeing all training and assessments on the various full mission bridge simulators that will be installed at the 5,000m² center. Prior to joining SIMWAVE Window worked for eight years at Warsash Maritime Academy, where he was head of bridge simulation. Having served for 21 years as an officer in the Royal Navy in a variety of roles…

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities. Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth. As well as providing advice during data collection…

Philip Tinsley. Photo: BIMCO

BIMCO Names Philip Tinsley as Head Of Maritime Security

BIMCO has appointed Philip Tinsley as its new Head of Maritime Security. Tinsley joined the association in 2015 and assumes his new position after the sad and untimely death of his colleague, Giles Noakes, earlier this year. Before joining BIMCO, Tinsley spent 31 years with the Royal Marine Commandos – an elite specialist unit of the British Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of Major. His time with the military included both coastal and shore-side operations on a global scale and warfighting, with a specialisation in cold weather warfare.

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Diversity and Inclusion at Sea Course Goes Live

Marlins, V.Group’s training business and Human Rights at Sea collaboration on a Diversity and Inclusion at Sea e-learning course is now available and being offered free of charge to individual seafarers for a limited time via Marlin’s online shop. The collaboration, which was announced in September 2016 at the inaugural International Maritime Human Rights conference in London, includes input from Apostleship of the Sea and the UK Royal Navy diversity team – Compass. It is the only e-learning course of its kind, which specifically tackles the topic of diversity and inclusion for seafarers.

Admiral Lord West of Spithead with Sea Cadets at Seafarers UK’s Annual Meeting last year.   (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Lord West to Highlight State of UK Maritime Sector

On January 1, 2017, Seafarers UK, celebrated the start of its Centenary Year. To mark this anniversary, Seafarers UK is holding a number of special Centenary events around the UK during 2017, in Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow and London. On March 28,  exactly 100 years to the day since the first meeting was held in 1917 in the City of London to discuss the formation of the charity (previously known as King George’s Fund for Sailors), Seafarers UK will hold a Centenary Celebration Dinner at Guildhall.

John Southam (left) and Stephen Maclennan have joined North P&I Club’s loss prevention team (Photo: North P&I Club)

North P&I Club Expands Loss Prevention Team

North P&I Club has strengthened its loss prevention team this month with the appointment of loss prevention executive John Southam, a master mariner with global experience in container, offshore, shipbuilding and consultancy roles. Together with the recruitment of survey executive Stephen Maclennan from the Royal Navy earlier this year, his appointment boosts the Club’s international loss prevention department to 14. Southam was previously a marine consultant and surveyor with Braemar Technical Services in London.

George Devereese (Photo: UK P&I Club)

Devereese Joins UK P&I as Loss Prevention Advisor

The UK P&I Club has appointed George Devereese as Loss Prevention Advisor in London. Devereese joins from Edge Brokers London where he handled a wide variety of marine claims. He has over a decade of insurance and shipping experience, including service with a container line and Royal Navy.

Kevin Hawes  (Photo: TMG)

Hawes Joins TMG

Kevin Hawes has started at  Seattle-based maritime services company and consultancy The Maritime Group (TMG) International Ltd., as Business Development Manager and Senior Consultant. Based at TMG’s London office at Victoria Embankment, he brings a wealth of commercial experience gained since leaving the British Royal Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993. His appointment comes as TMG continues to grow, including a new website and recent ISO 9001 quality accreditation. Hawes' maritime experience was developed from 17 years in the Royal Naval Submarine Service to…

Robert Griffin on board HMS Meon (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Brothers Separated by the Sea Reunited

A pair of former seafaring brothers who had lost touch have been reconnected, thanks to international maritime charity Sailors’ Society. Robert Griffin, was worried about his brother Norman, who lives in New Zealand, after being unable to reach him for more than two years, and is delighted after finally speaking to him last week. Robert, 81, who spent nine years in the Royal Navy, last spoke to his brother in 2014. He had all but given up hope of speaking to his brother again until Sailors’ Society came to the rescue in response to a call for help from Robert’s son Steve.

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UK Convicts Captain, First Mate of Drug Trafficking

The captain and first officer of an ocean going tug boat have been found guilty of drug trafficking following the biggest ever U.K. seizure of class A drugs, the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA) announced. The cocaine, worth an estimated potential street value of £512 million once adulterated, was found hidden aboard the Tanzanian flagged MV Hamal in April 2015. The vessel had been intercepted by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter HMC Valiant in the North Sea approximately 100 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

A 7.5-ton Naval anchor, refurbished by Cammell Laird (Photo: PAL)

New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new  £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence. Hugh Baird College, Bootle, and its supporting partners officially launch the Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) with some 200 guests from across the U.K. representing the maritime industry, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy – both past and present - and charitable trusts. Port Academy Liverpool will provide first class academic…