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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Survitec Group News

Ross Wilkinson

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.

Greg Allanach, European MD of Survitec Courtesy Linkedin

SPE Award for Survitec Group

Two safety and survival systems developed for use in the UK’s offshore sector by the Survitec Group were recognised for their industry-leading importance when they won the Safety Innovations Award in the recent Offshore Achievement Award organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The Safety Innovations Award recognises excellence in innovative technology and products that have been developed in the UK and which contribute to offshore safety. In particular, it looks at how they contribute to the overall objective of improving individual…

A new Rope Access Jacket and enhanced Launch and Recovery Service are the latest developments from Survitec

1st lifejacket for Working at heights

The first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height has been developed by Survitec Group, the leading provider of survival and safety equipment to the offshore industry. The jacket, which has been designed in conjunction with leading offshore operators, incorporates a number of safety features which include minimising the risk of accidental deployment. Trialled successfully both on and offshore to work in conjunction with a fall arrest harness…

Nadia Delaoutre-Pollato (Photo: Survitec Group)

SurvitecZodiac Appoints New General Manager

Nadia Delaoutre-Pollato, the recently appointed general manager of SurvitecZodiac at Chevanceaux, France, has announced the completion of a major factory modernization. Located in the heart of France’s cognac-growing region, the factory is the principal manufacturer of large escape slides and life rafts for Survitec Group. Nadia Delaoutre-Pollato was promoted to the position of general manager from her post as financial director and is now responsible for an important element in the Survitec Group’s product portfolio.

Mark Baines. (Photo: Survitec)

Survitec Appoints Baines VP, Cruise

Survitec appointed Mark Baines as Global Vice President, Cruise. Based in Survitec’s Miami office, he will build a dedicated sales and operations team focused solely on partnering with cruise clients to achieve their safety and equipment reliability objectives. He joined Survitec on secondment from Survitec’s majority owners Onex in July 2017 and has been heavily involved in the development of Survitec’s go-to-market strategy. He will also retain his current role as Group Strategy Director, reporting to CEO Brian Stringer.

David Ellis

Crewsaver Appoint New Sales & Marketing Director

Crewsaver, a manufacturer of lifejackets and water-sports equipment, has appointed David Ellis as its new Sales & Marketing Director. The high profile appointment will strengthen the Gosport-based business as it seeks to take advantage of new opportunities to develop the Crewsaver, YAK and CSR brands as part of the global Survitec Group.Parent company Survitec Service & Distribution (SSD) believes David's experience and track record in driving sales, implementing creative marketing strategies and launching new product lines will help take the Crewsaver business to a new level.

Erik Nyheim Photo Wilhelmsen group

Nyheim, Wang Join Wilhelmsen as Vice Presidents

As part of reshaping the executive team, the Wilhelmsen group adds two senior vice presidents to its group management team. Mr Erik Nyheim will be responsible for Wilhelmsen’s investments in ships service (marine products and agency), safety products and solutions (Survitec), governmental services and Qube, while Mr Jan Eyvin Wang will be responsible for following up ship management, insurance services, Treasure ASA and NorSea Group. “I am pleased to see Erik and Jan Eyvin joining our team,” says Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO at Wilhelmsen.

Escape Slide: Photo credit Survitec

Swedish Ferry Sails With SurvitecZodiac Escape Slides

Latest version of the SurvitecZodiac MIS MES escape slide & liferaft system is fitted to the new ferry 'Uraniborg'. The Uraniborg, owned by Ventrafiken, was recently completed at the Hvide Sande shipyard in Denmark and has just entered service between Landskrona and the island of Ven located in the Oresund between Sweden and Denmark. The new ferry is fitted with two SurvitecZodiac escape slide systems that each contain two 151-person open reversible liferafts. The deck installations are the first to feature a soft fabric cover that protects against the weather and ultra-violet light…

Photo: Survitec Group

Survitec at Marintec China 2017

Safety solutions provider Survitec is continuing to show its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region by displaying its latest range of safety and survival solutions at Marintec China 2017, between December 5th-8th. The exhibition takes place at the Shanghai New International EXPO Centre and Survitec’s experts will be on hand to answer all technical enquiries. Survitec will not only display its lifejackets and life rafts, but also its range of fire and gas safety systems, including the latest N2 nitrogen generator.

New CEO of 3Si, Andrew Richards (Photo: 3Si)

Richards Appointed CEO For 3Si Group

Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd (3Si) has announced the appointment of new CEO, Andrew Richards. Richards joins the group, whose companies include Ocean Safety, Typhoon International, International Safety Products, 3Si Offshore and Revere Survival, in mid-May. Richards has over 20 years’ experience in the safety sector of the marine industry. Most recently he was CEO of marine refurbishing business Trimline, and prior to that Managing Director of Cosalt PLC’s Marine Division, and Global Marine and Leisure Sales Director for Survitec.

Tuomo Valkonen (Photo: Evac)

Valkonen Named CFO of Evac Group

Tuomo Valkonen, M.Sc. (Econ), has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Evac Group, effective as of May 1, 2018.  He will be based in Espoo, Finland, and report to Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac Group.   Valkonen has more than 20 years’ experience in various financial roles. Previously, he has worked as the CFO at HKScan Group and CFO at CPS Color Group.  

Photo: Marenave Schiffahrts AG

Ernst Russ Sells Marenave Schiffahrts Stake

German asset and investment manager Ernst Russ Group has sold its stake in Marenave Schiffahrts AG, a shipping company in Germany. "The focus of the Ernst Russ Group’s work was on restoring the business activities and realigning Marenave Schiffahrts AG in the maritime sector. This was concurrent with the strategic approach of Ernst Russ Group and offered potential to enter into a successful partnership," said a statement from the company. After acquiring a larger block of shares in January 2018, Deutsche Balaton AG held a total of 21.34 % of all shares.

Noble Group Founder Resigns Due to 'Amicable Differences'

Noble Group Ltd said this week's resignation of its founder Richard Elman was due to "amicable differences" with the board and a group of senior creditors who are negotiating a debt restructuring that is crucial for its survival. The clarification, in response to a query from the Singapore bourse, comes days after Goldilocks, an Abu Dhabi Financial Group equity fund - a leading shareholder of Noble - filed a lawsuit in Singapore against the firm and some of its former and current senior executives, including Elman, alleging they inflated Noble's assets.

Photo: Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO)

DP World, Tata Group Mull Cooperation Opportunities

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DP World, has met senior  executives from India’s Tata Group to explore opportunities for cooperation, knowledge sharing and best practice. Discussions covered logistics and supply chain operations, innovative customer care and creating high quality, sustainable services. The meeting was attended by Ahmed Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Jafza, and Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO, Dubai Trade. Bin Sulayem outlined DP World’s operations across 40 countries…

LT-3100-System Photo Radio Holland Group, PR

Radio Holland, Lars Thrane Team

Radio Holland Group and Lars Thrane A/S concluded a global distribution agreement for the LT-3100 Iridium system. As a ‘kick-off’, mid-March Peter Thrane (CEO & Co-founder) and Thomas Flinth (Sales Manager) visited the Rotterdam office of Radio Holland Netherlands for a sales presentation, a commercial and a technical training. The global agreement enables every Radio Holland office in the world to distribute the LT-3100 Iridium system as well as perform after-sales service and maintenance.

Philip Bannerman, Regional Director Americas Radio Holland (Photo: Radio Holland Group)

RH Taps Bannerman to Head Americas

Effective April 1, 2018, Radio Holland Group appointed Philip Bannerman as Regional Director Americas. Bannerman will be based at the RH regional head office in Houston and will be responsible for all offices and activities of Radio Holland in the Americas region, being USA, Canada, Curaçao, Panama, Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. Philip Bannerman is a senior business development executive with 20 years in the international maritime, cruise and energy industries. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University.

Fock Siew Wah, Group Chairman, PSA International, Photo courtesy PSA

PSA International sees profit jump 5.0%

* PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 74.24 million TEUs for the year ended 31 December 2017, representing an increase of 9.8% from the previous year. * PSA's flagship Singapore Terminals contributed 33.35 million TEUs, increasing 9.0% over 2016. PSA terminals outside Singapore delivered a total throughput of 40.89 million TEUs, increasing 10.4% over 2016. * PSA Group revenue rose 7.8% and profit from operations grew 5.0% compared to previous year. Overall net profit for the year was 5.1% higher at $1.23 billion.

Ore Tianjin: File Photo:

Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Delivers World's Largest Ore Carrier

Shandong-based Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co, a subsidiary of Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co, delivered a very large ore carrier (VLOC) to Brazilian miner Vale SA, said Chinese state media. China Daily said that the ship, named Ore Tianjin, has 400,000 metric tons' carrying capacity and is the first VLOC the group has made for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Leasing. Aiming to reduce the shipping cost by increasing capacity and enhance the operator's global competitive edge…

Image: Wrist Ship Supply

Wrist Grows Despite Tough Markets

During 2017 Wrist Ship Supply kept working with customers on enhancing their profitability and continued the steady expansion of its global business platform. Most shipping segments were depressed by low rates last year, and activity in the offshore oil & gas markets has been reduced significantly the last couple of years. However, on the backdrop of a flat – sometimes even negative – general market development Wrist’s sales aggregated DKK 4.1bn, an increase of more than 3% in 2017 in local currencies.

Seaspan Buys GCI from Carlyle

Containership owner and operator Seaspan Corporation announced it has acquired Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC (GCI) from affiliates of The Carlyle Group and other minority owners. Seaspan, which previously held 11 percent of GCI and operated the company’s container vessel fleet, will take over GCI’s 16 on the water 10,000-14,000 TEU containerships plus two newbuilds scheduled for delivery during Q2 2018. All 18 vessels sister ships to Seaspan’s current fleet. “With GCI’s fleet now under our ownership…

Image: Noble Group

Noble Group To Sell Ship For $24 Million

Struggling commodity trader Noble Group Ltd said it would sell to Bianca Corp a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier for $24 million in cash. The Hong Kong registered ship has a capacity of 81,499 deadweight tons. Built in 2015, the vessel, Ocean Integrity, is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group's internal freight requirements. "The consideration for the Proposed Disposal shall be US$24 million payable on completion of the Proposed Disposal and will be satisfied in cash.

The keel laying is underway Photo Ulstein Group

Keel Laid for National Geographic Polar Ship

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc., a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, and Ulstein Group, Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer, celebrated the keel laying of Lindblad’s first polar new build. The keel laying at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland, marked a milestone in the construction of the sophisticated expedition ship, and served as the official naming ceremony of the line’s latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.

Eugene-Kwan Photo courtesy Vancouver Fraser Port

Kwan re-elected vice chair, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors has re-elected Eugene Kwan as vice chair for a third term commencing March 25, 2018. Mr. Kwan was appointed to the board of directors by the federal minister of transport as recommended by the Port User Group Nominating Committee. Mr. Kwan is also a member of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee and the Major Capital Projects Committee. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee…

Map: CMA CGM Group.

CMA CGM Upgrades Indian Sub-continent and Europe Services

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce it is reinforcing its offer, starting 2 April 2018, from Indian Sub-Continent, in a partnership with HLC, MSC, COSCO and ONE. With 2 weekly and complementary services, this new offer will provide expanded port coverage and will also reduce transit times and improve schedule reliability of existing services. With this unique offer, CMA CGM pursues its ambition to strengthen its service to the Indian Sub-Continent market.

Photo credits CMA CGM

CMA CGM Unveils 'Customer Centricity' Strategy

Customer experience management has become a strategic necessity to satisfy customer demands, deliver consistent and rewarding service, and ultimately strengthen customer relationships. On the occasion of the 18th TPM Annual Conference currently taking place in Long Beach, California, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, unveils its customer centricity strategy to create the customer experience of tomorrow. A year ago Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, defined ‘Customer Centricity’ as one of the Group’s core strategies.