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Maritime Academies Return to Brown Water

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The latest surge in blue water shipbuilding and the seagoing billets that those jobs create is a welcome change for a domestic maritime sector that had seen nothing but decline for the past four decades. Still, and from a training, demand, and recruitment point of view, the brown water sector is arguably the place to be for today’s aspiring mariners. That’s because increasingly sophisticated equipment, expanding fleets and a much tighter regulatory regime are creating the demand for ever more mariners. The nation’s maritime academies are responding with curriculum that reflects what is actually needed, changing to meet the times. One such place is the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   The industry is desperate for these (brown water) graduates. This year, a fall job fair at the school featured 76 companies looking to fill 550 jobs. A list of 28 recent Marine Transportation (MT) graduates shows 20 going to three companies in particular: Kirby Inland Marine (13), G&H Towing Co. (4) and Crowley (3). These inland companies are also taking the place of the blue water ships that used to provide internships for MAA students. Incoming students have also taken note: MMA’s freshman and sophomore classes are showing a significant increase in selecting the USCG license programs


Global Diving & Salvage Hires VP in Houston

Mike Brown (Photo: Global Diving & Salvage)

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has hired Mike Brown as Vice President of Energy Services, working from the company’s Houston office.   In his new position Brown, will focus his efforts to increase Global's position in the domestic and international energy market and will be directly responsible for developing business opportunities and providing oversight on operations for these clients as well as oversee Global’s saturation and deep diving operations throughout the


Babcock & Brown to Acquire Bluewater Wind

International investment firm Babcock & Brown (ASX: BNB - News), announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC and its parent holding companies, including Bluewater Offshore Holdings LLC and Bluewater Wind Holdings, LLC, in an effort to expand its portfolio of wind energy projects and contribute to its goal of developing offshore wind. Hunter Armistead, head of Babcock & Brown's North American Energy Development Group added that Bluewater will


Boater Rescued from Sailboat Blaze

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The U.S. Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man's 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a VHF-FM channel 16 broadcast from Brown at approximately 10:40 a.m., stating his sailboat was on fire. Watchstanders were unable to maintain communications with Brown after the initial broadcast.


Apply Now for the MN 100

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The August 2015 edition of Marine News, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, will feature 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, workboat builders and repairers, and product and service providers.   Is your firm a top 100 workboat, brown water or inland enterprise? Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply before the June 20, 2015 deadline.  


Boardley, Brown Promoted at LR

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Lloyd’s Register announced two significant organization changes: Tom Boardley steps up to a new role as Executive VP and Global Head of Corporate & External Affairs and Nick Brown is promoted to Marine Director. “We are organising our business to make sure that we have the capability to meet whatever challenges emerge as we continue to support clients in their drive for increased assurance and performance of their businesses and assets


News: Newport Shipyard Announces Promotions

Bruce Brown, Chief Operating Officer, announced a number of new staff appointments at the Newport Shipyard. The shipyard is expanding its management team so that the yard can better handle an influx of new work. Mr. Brown said, "These senior staff appointments greatly enhance the shipyard's ability to successfully contract and manage both yacht and commercial work." Mark Mutty, with over 28 years in the boating industry and well versed in both yacht and commercial applications of yacht


Brown Appointed as Asia Pacific Regional Director for U.K. P&I Club

Christopher Brown has been appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director of the UK P&I Club from October 1st. He will also be responsible for providing services to all Thomas Miller’s managed Clubs, particularly UK P&I, TT, UK Defence, ITIC and the Lloyd’s insurer Dex. Based in Hong Kong, Brown will head Miller’s regional management team, leading the offices in the region and supported by experienced managers Nick Sansom in Singapore and Barton Phillips in Sydney.


FGH Elects New COO

Friede Goldman Halter has appointed Anil Raj as its COO, effective immediately. Raj, who served previously as the company's senior vice president, Government Projects, joined Halter Marine in 1987 as director of Engineering. Raj has also held positions at Brown & Root, and Gulf Fleet Marine Corp. He holds a BSE degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan.


Brown, Director of Underwriting, UK Club

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Christopher Brown will lead underwriting policy for the UK Club with effect from 20th February 2009 in the new role of Director of Underwriting. Christopher Brown, previously Claims Director in London, will be taking over from Hugo Wynn-Williams who has led underwriting policy as chief executive of Thomas Miller P&I Ltd. He is central to the claims analysis process that supports the Club's claims reserving activity


WFW Advises Teekay on Major Financing Initiatives

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International law firm Watson Farley & Williams LLP (“WFW”) advised long-standing client Teekay on the successful completion of financing initiatives for Teekay Corporation and Teekay Offshore Partners LLP (“TOO”).


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling


Cargo Barge Launched for Alaska Marine Lines

Skagway Provider was launched in Portland, Ore. on July 7 (Photo: The Greenbrier Companies)

 Alaska Marine Lines celebrated the launch of its newest barge, Skagway Provider, at a ceremony July 7 at Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. where the vessel was constructed. The heavy deck cargo barge will make its maiden voyage from Seattle to Southeast Alaska July 29 and will begin serving


Volvo Penta Names Brown Commercial Marine Sales Director

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Dave Brown has joined Volvo Penta of the Americas as director of commercial marine sales.   In this new position, Brown will provide strategic and administrative direction and leadership to support overall segment growth. His primary focus will be to secure and maintain effective business


Almi Tankers Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron Marine

From left to right: Jeroen Kortsmit – Global Business Development Manager JRC/Alphatron Marine, Fanis Valvis – Navigation/Communication & Automation Manager Almi Tankers, Frans Steenbergen – General Manager Global Service Solutions JRC/Alphatron Marine and Vassilis Kokkotis – Sales Manager Nova Electronics (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

JRC and Alphatron Marine has announced that Greek based company Almi Tankers have signed an all-encompassing maintenance contract supporting all yearly inspections and surveys as well as any required services, for a total of 11 vessels. Alphatron Marine, together with local partner in Greece


Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Awarded Service Order in Peru

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 Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, a leading global system supplier for submarines and surface vessels, has received a service order worth around €40 million from the Peruvian naval shipyard SIMA.    A key component of the order is the provision of consulting during the planning


Apply Now for the MN 100

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The August 2016 edition of Marine News, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, will feature 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, workboat builders and repairers, and product and service providers.  


Yanmar Names US/Canada West Coast Distributor

Anthony Domenici (Photo: Valley Power Systems)

Valley Power Systems has entered into a distributor agreement with Yanmar America Corporation for the sale and service of Yanmar’s commercial marine diesel engine line throughout the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia


Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?

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 For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral.   The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote.   


New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

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

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


Northern Lights Opens Branch Office in Louisiana

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Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, La, to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators.     The new Northern Lights Gulf branch


US Workboat Market: Domestic Drivers

The enlarged Panama Canal potentially helps inland operators as deep(er) blue water ports attract still larger tonnage that can load more grain and bulk products. (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal)

Sectors of the U.S. market are hot, but for how long? Five key variables drive the domestic brown water market.   The challenging operating climate currently facing blue water, international trades can and sometimes does overshadow what happens on the American side of the big pond


PALFINGER Finalizes Harding Acquisition

Morten Blix (Herkules) shaking hands with Herbert Ortner (CEO,Palfinger) and Styrk Bekkenes (CEO, Harding Safety) in the background (Photo: Harding Group)

The PALFINGER Group closed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS, i.e. the globally operating Harding Group, supplier of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships.  


Damen Signs MOU with Sydney City Marine

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Damen Shipyards Group and Sydney City Marine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the future cooperation of the two companies concerning the repair and maintenance of Damen-built vessels in Australia and New Zealand. The MOU lays the groundwork for expansion of Damen’s


OEM Bags £1m Go Marine Fleet Deal

Barry Park was recently awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at the Elevator Awards 2016. Photo OEM

OEM Group has secured a two-year contract worth up to £1 million with Go Marine to deliver engine support services to its fleet of vessels operating across the world for the oil and gas industry.   Under the global technical support and services agreement






 
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