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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Toyota Lean Management News

Tom Lego (Photo: TMHU)

Toyota Material Handling Promotes Lego, Redelman

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU) said it has promoted Tom Lego and Scott Redelman to its national management teams. Tom Lego has been promoted to national manager of training and the customer center, where he will spearhead all TMHU training initiatives and oversee the Customer Center. Lego joined Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) in 1991 with positions in production control, purchasing and kaizen project management before joining TMHU in 2011 as the customer center manager. In the past year, Lego has also led the technical training team.

Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line)

Toyota Backs Japanese $1.8 Bln LNG Vessel Order

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe, according to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei. The company has backed an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each, as it  is preparing for the environmental regulations that will go into force in 2020. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping are expected to be in the running for the contract, which is estimated to be approximately $1.83 billion.

Photo: Crowley

Toyota Recognizes Crowley with Logistics Excellence Award

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner and logistics group was recently presented with its eleventh-consecutive Logistics Excellence Award for export quality – an honor given in recognition of Crowley’s ongoing efforts to safely and efficiently transport Toyota vehicles to Puerto Rico from the U.S. East Coast. Crowley’s Peter Noyer, vice president, national accounts and John Kelley, director, national accounts, accepted the award on Crowley’s behalf during Toyota’s annual logistics partners meeting in Newport Beach, Calif.

Photo: Oceanteam ASA

Hessel Halbesma Resigns as Chairman of Oceanteam

Norwegian Offshore service provider Oceanteam said that in order to mitigate against further repercussion against the company and to diffuse the misinformation that is circulating currently, Chairman of the Board Hessel Halbesma offered his resignation forthwith as Chairman of the Board effective immediately. "As Chairman I have led the company to this moment in time. I have decided to retire and create room for a new Chairman to be appointed that is capable of directing the company into the future and develop it to its full potential," he said in a statement.

Karen Jacquelin

Jacquelin Named Willard Marketing Director

Willard Marine announced the appointment of Karen Jacquelin as director of marketing earlier today. Jacquelin will be responsible for leading Willard Marine’s product and brand marketing strategy, including all advertising, public relations and event marketing initiatives. She will be based out of the company’s corporate offices in Anaheim, Calif. Jacquelin brings more than 20 years of integrated brand advertising, marketing, and business development experience to Willard Marine. She has held management positions at Young & Rubicam, Xperience Communications and the Irvine Company.

Dave Caplan (Photo: Port of Seattle)

Port of Seattle Hires Director of Strategic Initiatives

Port of Seattle CEO Ted J. Fick appointed Dave Caplan as a member of the port’s executive team as director of the new Office of Strategic Initiatives. Caplan will be responsible for exploring, developing and implementing initiatives to support performance within organization. He will work to ensure the port’s metrics are aligned with strategies, that programs support a high performance organization, and that the LEAN philosophy is incorporated into all aspects of the port’s business processes.

Photo courtesy Jo-Kell Inc.

Jo-Kell Wins World Class Supplier Award

Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distributor and engineering company was recognized for their outstanding performance and support of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Socio-Economic Business Programs (SEBP). The award was presented on December 4, 2009 at the company’s annual recognition event in Redondo Beach, Calif. Jo-Kell CEO, Suzy Kelly and President, Marty Kelly accepted the award at the event. Northrop Grumman annually recognizes companies with the World Class Supplier Award who…

ABS Grants Energy Management Certifications

ABS announced the certification of several maritime industry leaders for adopting energy management systems. Gaslog LNG Services Ltd., Consolidated Marine Management and Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd. are among the first organizations to certify their energy management systems using the ABS Guide for Marine Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy (HSQEEn) Management. These forward-leaning companies are exceeding maritime industry requirements for energy efficiency and establishing systems that will allow them to manage operations that align with increased environmental awareness.

Mike Boyte

Multicam Appoints Boyte Manufacturing Manager

Mike Boyte has been appointed Manufacturing Manager at MultiCam, Inc. In his new position, Boyte will report to Tony McGrew, Director of Operations. Boyte has more than 20 years of manufacturing and quality control experience in industries related to factory automation. In 2008, Mike received his MBA from Texas A & M University. In addition, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and will continue to lead MultiCam’s efforts in lean manufacturing which were implemented in 2012. multicam.com  

Kristina Luna (Photo: IMS)

Inland Marine Service Appoints New Leadership

Four corporate professionals have recently joined Inland Marine Service (IMS), announced Dave Hammond, President of Inland Marine Service. The new hires are Kristina Luna, HR Manager; Moses Garza, Tankerman Supervisor; Caleb King, Manager SHEQ/Compliance Director; and Brian Howell, Assistant Port Engineer. Reporting to Jason Adams, Luna will be based out of the Hebron office and will be responsible for all of the company’s human relations needs. Luna has 20 years of experience in employee management, human resources, event planning, marketing, and sales.

Andrew Goldspink (Photo: Perkins)

New GM at Perkins Marine Facility in Wimborne

Engine manufacturer Perkins hires Andrew Goldspink to succeed retiring general manager Steve Phillips. After 30 years at engine manufacturer Perkins, Steve Phillips has elected to retire from his role as General Manager of the company’s marine facility in Wimborne. Over his years at Perkins, Phillips has held leadership roles in Parts and Service (London), Marine Service Manager for the Asia Pacific region (Singapore), through to his current role as General Manager (Wimborne, UK).

Mike Campbell

Pulse Hires Campbell as Operations Director

Pulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, has appointed Mike Campbell as its new operations director. Based in the U.K., he will lead the production, project management and offshore departments and help to manage Pulse’s recent geographical expansion. Campbell brings extensive experience to this role, having been responsible for managing manufacturing, quality, health, safety and environment and supply chain for a group of companies with operations in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Australia.


Organisational Restructuring at VSS

In order to remain competitive and reduce costs, the management of Viking Supply Ships A/S (VSS) has decided to close down the Aberdeen office with effect from 1 July 2015. The Aberdeen office has operated the Viking PSV fleet and the organisational change is a direct result of the current weak market for these vessels. The purpose is to ensure a lean and efficient VSS organisation for the future. All administrative functions will be absorbed by the head office in Copenhagen. As a consequence VSS will enter into consultation with affected staff in the Aberdeen office.

Rodney Mckechnie (Photo courtesy of UMG)

UMG Names Mckechnie as Managing Director

Unique Maritime Group (UMG) has appointed Rodney Mckechnie as the Managing Director for Unique Hydra, its office based in South Africa. McKechnie is an executive with experience gained in international Fortune 100 companies across various industrial sectors including motor manufacturing, food and alcoholic beverages, electronics, white and brown goods and also the public sector. In addition to being a Chartered Accountant and financial specialist, McKechnie's skills and experience include a track record of achievement in terms of LEAN process optimization…

 Brian Ley, new transportation industry manager for Wago (photo courtesy of Wago).

WAGO Introduces New Transportation Industry Manager

WAGO today announced the appointment of Brian Ley to the position of Industry Manager – Transportation. Ley joins WAGO after an extensive career in technical and operations management, engineering and consulting. “Brian’s wide-ranging experience in the transportation sector with special emphasis on the railroad industry will be invaluable to our customers and sales team," said Toby Thomman, Vice President of Sales. In addition to his Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Lean Six Sigma certification…

Olav Eek Thorstensen: Photo credit Thome Group

Thome Group Opens New Copenhagen Office

Thome Group, Singapore’s first independent ship manager, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year & continues to expand its global footprint. As part of this expansion, Thome is opening a new ship management office in Copenhagen, Denmark. The move underlines Thome’s drive to further service its already strong ship owner client base in Scandinavia, and expands the company's European presence as a platform to offer its full range of ship management services. With the establishment of Thome Ship Management Denmark in Copenhagen…

Mike Boyte: Photo credit MultiCam

MultiCam Appoint Mike Boyte Manufacturing Manager

Dallas, Texas-based MultiCam say that the new manager has over 20 years of manufacturing and quality control experience in industries related to factory automation. In 2008, Mike received his MBA from Texas A & M University. In addition, he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and will continue to lead MultiCam’s efforts in lean manufacturing which were implemented in 2012. In his new position, Mike will report to Tony McGrew, Director of Operations. The company manufactures versatile CNC router, laser, plasma, waterjet and knife cutting machines.

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.

Clockwise from top Craig Huntbatch,  Marije Hulshof, Anke Mastenbroek and Anton van der Sanden

Restructuring at Royal HaskoningDHV

International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has announced a simplified organisation and management structure. As of 1 January 2016 the company has consolidated its activities into four Business Lines and four regions, enabling closer collaboration and faster decision-making. Chairman of the Board Erik Oostwegel said: “Our clients operate in an increasingly volatile and complex environment and simplifying our internal structure helps us to serve them with even better, future-proof and integrated consultancy services.

James Woodrow, MD, CNCo signing the MOU in Singapore. Photo SPREP

CNCo, SPREP Ink Recycling MOU for Pacific Islands

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports, pro bono, to be sustainably treated and recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific. “This historic partnership will be of great benefit to our Pacific islands…

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Iron Ore Stockpiles at China Ports near Record High

Chinese iron ore futures struggled to regain ground on Tuesday after recent sharp losses that drove the steelmaking commodity to its weakest since November and pulled down spot prices to below $70 a tonne for the first time in three months. Lean demand in top consumer China has kept iron ore stocks at its ports near a record high around 159 million tonnes, enough to build Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge almost 1,900 times over. Iron ore demand has been slow amid a mountain of…

Jeanne Callahan (Left) and David “Chip” Wasson. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Promotes Two Vice Presidents

America’s largest military shipbuilding company announced that Jeanne Callahan has been named corporate vice president, internal audit, and that David “Chip” Wasson has been named corporate vice president, corporate strategy. Both promotions are effective immediately, and both report to Chris Kastner, executive vice president, business management, and chief financial officer. Callahan has served as director, business management, contracts and government compliance, since HII formed in 2011.

Peter Brun, Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL Appoints Peter Brun as New Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader

DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, has appointed wind energy professional Peter Brun as Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader. Brun is responsible for stakeholder management, alliance building and promoting offshore wind development throughout the world. Brun brings more than 26 years of experience in the wind energy industry and international diplomacy. His rich and varied expertise in the wind industry, includes holding dual Vice Chairman roles at EWEA (now WindEurope) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) between 2009 to 2013.

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ship Management Pact with WestEast Marine

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has sealed a strategic newbuilding supervision partnership with WestEast Marine Consulting (WEM) to strengthen WSM’s newbuilding supervision offering. Wilhelmsen Ship Management’s experienced newbuilding team will offer newbuilding supervision services to the mass market with reinforced technical expertise from WestEast Marine Consulting, said a press statement. “We are delighted to work with WEM as we look to grow our newbuilding supervision arm and offer a more comprehensive solution to our customers.

Japan Automakers Impacted by U.S. Port Dispute

Japanese automakers are being forced to ship some car parts to U.S. plants by expensive air cargo and tweak production processes as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports shows no signs of letting up. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd's Subaru, the fastest-growing brand in the United States, said this week that it now had to shoulder an extra 7 billion yen ($60 million) in costs a month due to air freight, which has seen prices go up with the extra demand. "It looked like the labor talks were going well at one point but in recent days the slowdown has grown quite severe…

Seamless integration of Laser scan data in the AVEVA Everything 3D BubbleView

Atkins Chooses AVEVA Design Software

Atkins has chosen AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) and AVEVA Laser Modeller software to support Lean Construction processes. Atkins has already executed many successful projects on AVEVA PDMS and is keen to increase its delivery standards with AVEVA E3D. Key capabilities that persuaded Atkins to migrate to AVEVA E3D were its ‘BubbleView’ laser scan imagery and the tight integration of AVEVA Laser Modeller, which enables laser scans to be readily converted into intelligent, as-built 3D design models.