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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Christian Science Monitor News

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Mystery Barges Emerge on Both US Coasts

Two cargo barges have popped up on either coast of the country, prompting wild rumors about whether Google is behind the floating enigmas and what projects could possibly be in store, reports the Christian Science Monitor. On the edge of Treasure Island, an old Navy base in the San Francisco Bay, the 250-foot long, 72-foot wide, four-story tall cargo barge with the registration BAL 0010 is not open to the public, and is heavily guarded at all times. It is also attached to a warehouse called Hangar 3, which has also been heavily guarded since it started working with a new tenant last year.

Suezmax Tankship Demand Boosted

Before the EU adopted sanctions on Iran in July this year, Suezmax super tankers were in dire straits. Previously there were too many tankships in operation and not enough demand for transport through the Suez Canal on to Mediterranean ports feeding European markets, reports 'The Christian Science Monitor'. Now that Iran’s own exports have dropped by at least half in the face of European sanctions, the concomitant increase in production by Saudi Arabia and Iraq has reignited demand for the tankers and their transport route via the Suez Canal.

Darling, Parker join Tidewater

Tidewater has strengthened its management team with the appointments of David Darling as VP and Chief Human Resources Officer and Mark Parker as Vice President, Corporate Taxation. Darling joins Tidewater with over 24 years of domestic and international human resources experience, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Gulfmark Offshore, Inc., where he was the Human Resource Director since 2007. Prior to Gulfmark, he served in executive human resources roles with Rigdon Marine and a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.

Brandy D. Christian, Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans

Brandy Christian is New Port of New Orleans COO

Current COO Patrick J. Gallwey to Retire in March After 34 Years. Brandy D. Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans by President and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port. Christian comes to the Port after 14 years with the Port of San Diego serving for the past five years as vice president, strategy and business development. During her tenure with California’s fourth largest cargo port…

Left to right: Bethany Shimasaki, Rosie Wilcox, Donald Lay, Connor Vincent, Christine Kimball and Alyssa Scott

Six Washington Students Earn Maritime Scholarships

The 11th annual Norm Manly Puget Sound Maritime (PSM) / Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Compass Course Maritime Training. Bethany Shimasaki from Des Moines and attended Seattle Christian School, volunteers at Seattle Aquarium, and is planning to attend the University of California San Diego, majoring in marine science received a $2,000 scholarship  sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc. Rosie Wilcox from Chimacum Pi Program…

The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment, explaining how it is impacted by shipboard waste, discharge and spills Photo Christian Mollitor  LISCRI


The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff. The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment, explaining how it is impacted by shipboard waste, discharge and spills, and by shipping generally.

Christian W. Berg

Berg appointed CEO of Viking Supply Ships

The Board of Viking Supply Ships AB (under name change from Rederi AB Transatlantic) has decided to appoint Christian W. Berg as CEO of the company with immediate effect. Christian will in parallel continue as head of the Viking Supply Ships business area just as today. Christian W. Berg is born 1968 and has since 2011 been head of the business area Viking Supply Ships, coming previously from Chief Commercial Officer in Siem Offshore (2008-2011) which is a company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Gary LaGrange (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

Port of New Orleans Head LaGrange to Retire

The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners announced today that port president and chief executive officer Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April 2017.The board is expected to name the port’s current chief operating officer, Brandy Christian, as LaGrange’s successor. LaGrange, a 40-year veteran of the maritime industry, served as president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans since 2001. During his tenure, the port invested more than $500 million in infrastructure…

Hans-Christian Mordhorst (Photo courtesy: DA-Desk)

DA-Desk Names New Managing Director

Hans-Christian Mordhorst has been promoted to Managing Director of DA-Desk, assuming the role February 10, 2015. Hans-Christian served as Deputy Managing Director of DA-Desk as of early 2014, while also responsible for relations with existing and new customers, agents and partners in the role as Commercial Director since 2012. Prior to DA-Desk, Hans-Christian held positions within shipping companies, including Chief Commercial Officer for Team Lines, Managing Director for Maersk Line in Russia, Finland and Baltic states; and European Sales & Marketing Director for P&O Nedlloyd.

Photo (left top): Alex Dion, Alex Youngs, Rebecca Newman, (left bottom) Amanda Ketting-Oliver, Garett Weston, Christian Blakesley

Crowley Awards Scholarship to Williams-Mystic Students

Six Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program students have been awarded scholarships by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Alex Youngs, Garrett Weston, Alex Dion, Christian Blakesley, Rebecca Newman and Amanda Ketting-Oliver were each chosen as a result of their academic excellence, morale and community involvement. The students also exhibited strong leadership qualities and were articulate spokespeople for maritime education, according to Sarah A. Jordan, Williams-Mystic's director of alumni and development. Each student is in the midst of his or her respective academic career.

Brandy D. Christian  Photo Port of New Orleans

Christian Heads New Orleans Port as President & CEO

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans has announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Brandy D. Christian has begun service as the Port’s president and chief executive officer following her two-year tenure as its chief operating officer. “Brandy is an experienced maritime professional with a strategic mindset and clear focus on actionable goals,” said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Michael Kearney. “The Board’s competitive national search for a COO was part of an executive succession plan. We had hoped the successful candidate would eventually be able to lead the Port.


NORDEN Names New Head of Dry Cargo

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has hired Christian Vinther Christensen as new head of the Dry Cargo Department.   Christian Vinther Christensen takes up his new position January 1, 2017 and becomes part of Senior Management reporting to CEO Jan Rindbo.   He brings with him 16 years of experience from the dry cargo operator Western Bulk. He is shipping educated at Maersk, where he, prior to his employment at Western Bulk, for 10 years held a number of positions in the group including management positions in Maersk Broker.

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TORM CFO Zacho Resigns

Mads Peter Zacho, Chief Financial Offer at TORM, has resigned to become Chief Executive Officer at J. Lauritzen A/S. Mads has been with TORM since 2013 and will remain with the company for a transitional period to effect an orderly handover of his responsibilities, TORM said. Senior Vice President Christian Søgaard-Christensen, currently TORM's Head of Corporate Support and part of the Senior Management Team, has been named as acting CFO. Christian has been with the Company since 2010. TORM's Board of Directors has initiated an executive search for a new permanent CFO.

Christian Andreasen

A/S Dan-Bunkering Appoints New Trader

A/S Dan-Bunkering announces that as from 1 June 2013 Christian Andreasen has been employed as Bunker Trader. Christian will be a part of the trading department in A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd.'s department in Copenhagen, Denmark, currently consisting of 15 traders.  

"We were delighted to sponsor the prize for best poster," said Chelsea's Technical Director, Dr John Attridge (left). "For nearly 50 years we have been developing a wide range of in situ sensors and systems and maintain a keen interest in the development and commercialisation of new technologies".

Dean James Wins Best Poster Prize at Ocean Business

Chelsea's Technical Director, Dr. John Attridge, presented the prize for best poster to Dean James (University of Oxford) at the Microfluidics and Microsensor Sensor Technology for Oceanographic and Environmental Science Applications Workshop held during Ocean Business at NOC Southampton. The Challenger Society hosted this fascinated one-day workshop which focused on developments in microfluidics and microsensor technology for oceanographic and environmental science applications.

NERC chief operating officer Paul Fox and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret seal the deal in Birkenhead on November 19 (Photo: Cammell Laird)

Cammell Laird Seals the Deal for UK Polar Ship

The deal has been finalized for marine and engineering services company Cammell Laird to begin work on the U.K.’s new £200 million polar research ship. The Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird said it saw off competition from Europe and beyond including Korea and Singapore to be selected as the preferred bidder to build the new vessel for the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Bosses met Friday, November 19 to sign the contract, and detailed design work gets underway immediately.

Christian Olavesen

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., Texas, have added James J. Stusse and Christian Olavesen to their respective professional staffs. In July of this year, James was added as a Senior Naval Architect at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI). He is a graduate of the Webb Institute…

Lesley Warrick (Photo: Seafarers' House)

Seafarers’ House Warrick Named ICMA Trustee

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has announced that Executive Director Lesley Warrick was appointed a trustee of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA). Warrick, who also is vice president of the board of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA), will represent North American concerns within the international organization. ICMA is an ecumenical association of 28 Christian organizations, representing different churches and Christian communities.

NOAA launches USS Monitor Website

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today launched a new website highlighting the 150-year history of the USS Monitor on the anniversary of the ship’s launch. The website, http://monitor.noaa.gov/150th, takes viewers from the iconic warship’s construction through its recovery to recent science expeditions undertaken to protect its legacy. The website, also offers students, teachers and history enthusiasts a variety of education materials and a calendar of upcoming events celebrating the Monitor.

Bourbon Director Resigns

Christian de Chateauvieux's resignation for personal reasons accepted by the Bourbon Board of Directors. Mr. Christian de Chateauvieux has been a Director since 1990, playing a role in Bourbon’s growth and with a focus on offshore oil marine services. All members of the Board of Directors thanked him for his commitment during his term in office. Bourbon offers oil and gas companies a comprehensive range of surface and subsea marine services for offshore oil and gas fields and wind farms, based on its extensive range of latest-generation vessels.

NORDEN headquarters (Photo: NORDEN)

Employee Representatives Elected to NORDEN Board of Directors

The new employee representatives will join the Board of Directors immediately following the annual general meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The present employee representatives Ole Clausen, Anne-Katrine Nedergaard and Lars Enkegaard Biilmann will withdraw from the Board of Directors immediately following the annual general meeting on April 23, 2015. However, Lars Enkegaard Biilmann will join the Board of Directors again as he has been reelected.

The ROPOS ROV surfaces as it comes up from a night dive.

ROPOS ROV Wins SS Beaver Medal

The Sidney-based ROPOS Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was recognized for its contributions to British Columbia’s marine sector by the prestigious award of the SS Beaver Medal on November 26th. The medal, forged from the salvaged remains of the 19th century Hudson’s Bay Company’s SS Beaver, was awarded by the by Honourable Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon. The Canadian ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science) ROV, a scientific research deep-diving submersible, has been a key tool utilized by scientists…

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Malgrain Named Executive VP of Bourbon

At a meeting on November 4, Bourbon’s board of directors appointed Nicolas Malgrain as executive vice president effective December 1, 2014. He will be in charge of the group’s strategy, finance and administration. Malgrain, nominated on the proposal of the chief executive officer Christian Lefevre, will succeed Laurent Renard, who will retire effective December 31, 2014, on the executive committee. The group's executive committee now includes Christian Lefevre, Chief Executive Officer…

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DNV GL Opens LNG Test Center

DNV GL opens LNG test center. The facility, at the organization’s existing renewable energy technology and gas laboratory site is the first type of facility with a capacity compatible for the downstream sector. Its capacity is up to 250kg of liquefied gas and boasts a heat exchanger that allows the temperature of the LNG – and therefore its boil-off – to be precisely regulated. Johan Holstein, Head of gas testing and analysis at DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said the testing of new sensor technology to rapidly identify the composition of LNG would be a priority.

Ingall Shipbuilding Awards Grants to Local Schools

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded $70,500 in grants to 19 school districts and organizations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The grants will be used by the districts for various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. "These STEM grants provide school districts with resources that math and science teachers can use to get students excited about solving hard problems," said Irwin F. Edenzon, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA  Photo courtesy Esbjörn Ljunggren; Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA prevents oily water discharge problems

Non-compliant discharge of oily water continues to be an environmental threat – and an expensive headache for the marine industry. With the tamper-proof Alfa Laval BlueBox SA, a standalone oil content monitor and data recorder, Alfa Laval is providing peace of mind to ship owners and operators. Despite many years of strict enforcement when it comes to oily water discharge limits, there are still high-profile cases that result in extreme fines or jail terms. Naturally, no company can afford to take risks when the consequences are of such magnitude.