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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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 The OOCL Scandinavia unveiled at the christening ceremony held at the SHI shipyard. Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

OOCL Scandinavia Unveiled

In Orient Overseas (International) Ltd (OOCL)’s series of six ‘G Class’ containerships on order at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard, we are pleased to introduce the newest and fifth 21,413 TEU containership, named the OOCL Scandinavia, into our fleet of world trade ambassadors. The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels on our LL1 service, linking major markets in China and Northern Europe together. In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very honored that Mr.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum. Photo: QP

Qatar Petroleum Delivers 500th LNG Cargo UK

Qatar Petroleum (QP) has announced the delivery of the 500th liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from QP affiliate Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (2) to the South Hook LNG Terminal at Milford Haven in the United Kingdom. The landmark delivery, on Thursday March 24th, was made on board the Q-Flex LNG vessel Al-Hamla. Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, described the delivery as “another significant achievement for Qatar’s LNG industry”. Mr. Al-Kaabi…

Ball Country Manager for T.D. Williamson, UK

T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW), provider of equipment and services for pipelines and pressurized piping systems for more than nine decades, is pleased to announce that John Ball recently joined the company as Country Manager, United Kingdom, for T.D. Williamson (U.K.) Limited. In this capacity, Ball is responsible for sales development and execution, the maintenance of operational excellence, and team management. Based in Sheffield, England, and formerly of Applus RTD UK Ltd. and Team Industrial Services…

Patrik Halldén: Photo credit GAC

Ship Service Provider GAC Announces Senior Appointments

The GAC Group announces key management appointments for its head office and local operations in Oman and the United Kingdom. Group Vice President for Human Resources Jan Farnelid will retire on 31 August and take on a consulting role with the Group until the end of the year. Since 2004, Jan has successfully implemented HR policies and initiatives that underline the importance of GAC’s focus on human capital as a key enabler of its expansion strategy. Taking over Jan’s position…

Sailors secure an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 to the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78). Navy photo by Ryan U. Kledzik

Porter, Anzio in Scotland for Biggest Joint Warrior

Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 pulled into Faslane, Scotland, ready to commence Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 9. DESRON 26 arrived in Faslane with guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), ready to participate in Joint Warrior, a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom. The training, led by the United Kingdom, is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multiwarfare environment in which to prepare for global operations.

Image taken from Inmarsat Maritime Vision Video

Inmarsat Launches SafetyNET II

Inmarsat has launched a vital new service, SafetyNET II, for Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs), marking a key stage in upgrading the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), which helps to save thousands of lives at sea each year. Inmarsat’s new generation international broadcast and automatic reception service for Maritime Safety Information (MSI), enables MSIP’s to transition their communications to web-based messaging. As a web-based service, SafetyNET II introduces broadcast scheduling…

Photo: OPDR

OPDR Introduces New PENN Service

OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, has announced the introduction of its new PENN service. Via Rotterdam, the service connects Continental Europe with the United Kingdom and Norway. Short transit times and highly modern 45ft pallet wide high cube reefers provide best conditions for customers. In the course of substantially improving its Northern Europe portfolio, the short sea expert OPDR has introduced a new service. The new weekly PENN service links Rotterdam with the United Kingdom and three of the key ports in Norway: Oslo, Moss and Brevik.

Map: Standard Club

Reduction in High Risk Area for Piracy Now in Force

As of 1 December 2015, the reduction to the High Risk Area (HRA) as defined in Best Management Practices 4, has taken effect. Further information may be found in our earlier web alert, published on 9 October 2015 and available. In response to the reduction in the HRA, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has published a revised version of Maritime Security Chart Q6099 which incorporates the changes. The club considers that the risk of piracy remains and recommends that members continue to exercise vigilance when trading to and through affected regions.

Courtesy  Technip

EnQuest Selects Technip for Mega Subsea Contract

Technip was awarded by EnQuest earlier this year a large(1) engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPCI) contract for the Kraken development located in the North Sea,  400 kilometers North-East of Aberdeen and 130 kilometers East of Shetland, at a water depth of approximately 120 meters. - pipeline flooding, hydro testing and leak testing. Technip’s operating center in Aberdeen, United-Kingdom, will execute the contract. The Group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business.

Stephen Pryor

President Pryor Retires from ExxonMobil Chemicals

Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has elected to retire on January 1, 2015, after more than 44 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation will appoint Neil A. Chapman as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and elect him a vice president of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Chapman is currently senior vice president, Polymers, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Matthias Hansen (Photo courtesy: Geodis Wilson)

Geodis Wilson Names Hansen Regional VP

Geodis Wilson has appointed Matthias Hansen as the new regional vice president (RVP), EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) with immediate effect.  Hansen has been acting as interim RVP for the last few months. He now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis. Hansen became managing director for Germany in 2009 and also served as managing director North Europe (including Belgium, Netherland and United Kingdom). Hansen will continue with his responsibilities in the North European region in addition to his new role, until a successor is nominated.  

Change Recruitment Achieves MLC Standard

Change Recruitment Group announced that it is the first independent recruitment company in the U.K. to achieve the quality status which is gained by receiving a Declaration of Conformity to the Maritime Labor Convention. The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 came into force August 20, 2013, and has led to greater employment protection for the majority of the world’s seafarers and Change International, the global division of Change Recruitment Group, is the first recruitment agency in the United Kingdom to achieve the requisite quality standards…

This Day in Naval History – September 2

1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima 1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the U.S. In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk, and on Pagan Island and Rota in the Marianas surrender. (Source: Navy News Service)

Ireland to Modernize Maritime Administration

The Irish Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey T.D., issued a release addressing the development and modernization of the Irish Maritime Administration, with emphasis on the recent assessment of marine aids to navigation around the United Kingdom and Ireland. (3/16/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Bob E. Mallory (Photo: Mallory Alexander International Logistics)

New Chief Administrative Officer at Mallory Alexander

Robert “Bob” E. Mallory has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for supply chain specialist Mallory Alexander International Logistics.   Based at the company headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., Mallory will focus on developing programs to drive company growth through expansion and acquisitions.     He is a member of the fifth-generation family owning Mallory Alexander International Logistics.   Mallory has over 20 years’ experience in international sales in the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada through Morgan Keegan and Company and Raymond James.

John Iain Barrowman (Photo: Cummins)

Cummins VP Awarded MBE by Queen Elizabeth

John Iain Barrowman, Vice President - High-Horsepower Operations and a senior director of Cummins Ltd., has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2016 Honors List in recognition of his contribution to British industry. Barrowman was appointed as an MBE by Queen Elizabeth following a recommendation submitted by Prime Minister David Cameron. The MBE investiture ceremony will take place at Buckingham Palace at a date to be advised. Barrowman MBE has overseen the development of Cummins U.K.

European Commission Finances Renewable Energy Projects

The Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion to 23 innovative renewable energy technology (RES) projects. The projects cover a wide range of renewable energy technologies from bioenergy (including advanced biofuels), concentrated solar power and geothermal power to wind power, ocean energy and distributed renewable management (smart grids). The projects will be hosted in 16 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

From left to right: Fernando Sánchez, Ian Stewart and Rafael de Góngora (Photo: SENER)

SENER Inaugurates Manchester Office

The engineering and technology group SENER has celebrated the inauguration of its facilities in Manchester, the group’s base for engineering and construction in the United Kingdom, which have been fully operational since 2014. The inauguration event was held May 8 and was attended by local authorities, including City Mayor Ian Stewart and representatives from key clients such as BAE Systems and Babcock. The guests were received on behalf of SENER by its Marine General Manager, Rafael de Góngora, and the Manager of its Marine office in Manchester, Fernando Sánchez.

Mr. Verschelde (left) receives the IADC Award for the best paper by a Young Author from IADC’s Secretary General René Kolman.

IADC Young Authors Award

The International Association of Dredging Companies presented its Best Paper Award for a Young Author for the 28th time at the CEDA Dredging Days 12-13 December 2012 in Abu Dhabi, to Mr. Arnaud Verschelde for his paper ‘Erosion Behaviour of a Draghead’. Mr. Arnaud Verschelde graduated from the Delft University of Technology ‘Faculty of 3mE’ (Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering). He is presently a Project Engineer Automation at DEME (Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering). The erosion behaviour of a draghead designed in-house at DEME was investigated.

NATO Counter-Piracy Enhanced Mandate

NATO’s contribution to international efforts to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa and in the Gulf of Aden entered a new phase on 17 August after the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved Operation Ocean Shield. This new mission builds on the experience gained during Operation Allied Protector, NATO’s previous counter-piracy mission, and develops a distinctive NATO role based on the broad strength of the Alliance by adopting a more comprehensive approach to counter-piracy efforts.

Andy Sallis

AMEC names Andy Sallis President of Oil & Gas Americas

Houston, TX (21 July 2011) – AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has named  Andy Sallis to the position of President, AMEC Oil & Gas Americas, responsible for Houston-based project operations, including supervision of joint ventures AMEC Black & McDonald in Canada and Paragon Angola in West Africa. Previously, Mr. Sallis served as Senior Vice President, Business Capture and Delivery, for AMEC Paragon, the oil and gas business unit of AMEC Natural Resources Americas.

Austal Trimaran in Background: Photo credit Austal

Austal Welcomes Defence Delegation

Austal receives a high profile defence delegation, including the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, at its Western Australian facility. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the UK Secretary of State for Defence, was accompanied by Australia’s Minister for Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith, MP; Australia’s Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC; Australia’s Defence Secretary, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO and other defence personnel from both the United Kingdom and Australia.

IMO NZ Representation Ceremony: Photo credit NZ Government

New Zealand Ramps Up IMO Representation

Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith  appointed New Zealand's first Permanent Representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Sir Lockwood, New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, recently presented his credentials to the IMO’s Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu. The Director of Maritime New Zealand, Keith Manch, also participated in the first-ever Symposium on the 'Future of Ship Safety', held at IMO headquarters in London. Mr Manch said Sir Lockwood’s appointment as Permanent Representative was an indication of the importance of maritime affairs to New Zealand.

U.K. Hydrographic Office and Warsash Maritime Academy Form Agreement

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has agreed a deal to supply Warsash Maritime Academy, one of the UK’s leading maritime training colleges and pioneer of the use of bridge simulators for higher level training, with training licences for its full portfolio of Admiralty Digital Publications. The agreement will see Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, utilise the full Admiralty Digital Publication portfolio in its passage planning, ECDIS, navigation and radio module training.

HMAS Anzac is the first of her class and a modern warship, capable of operating in a multi-threat environment.  Courtesy Australian Navy

HMAS Anzac Deploys for Gallipoli Commemorations

HMAS Anzac and the ship’s company of 192, departed Sydney today for a once in a life-time deployment, supporting the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Family and friends were on the wharf to farewell the frigate, which will spend five months visiting ports around the globe. Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac, Commander Belinda Wood said the ship’s company was proud to represent Australia on this significant trip. “Today is an exciting time for Anzac as we set off for ports many Australians never get the chance to experience. “The crew are proud to have been selected.

ADP Pack image

Navigation Safety: New Edition of Admiralty Digital Publications

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched its latest edition of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP), Version 14. Free as an upgrade to existing users and available as a 3 month free trial to new customers. UKHO inform that 75% of the world's fleet of vessels over 2,000 gross tonnes has now been approved to use digital publications in place of their paper equivalent. ADP's suite of digital navigation publications, includes: ADMIRALTY Digital List of Lights,  ADMIRALTY TotalTide…