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General Dynamics Appoints Kirchmaier AIS President

General Dynamics announced that Thomas W. Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of the company's Information Systems and Technology group. Kirchmaier succeeds Lewis F. Von Thaer, who resigned in April. The appointment is effective immediately. Kirchmaier, has been the senior vice president and general manager of the Intelligence Solutions division of General Dynamics Information Technology since 2007, leading a worldwide organization with more than 4,600 professionals which provides high-technology solutions for the U.S. intelligence community, selected DoD commands and agencies, their coalition partners and NATO. Previously he was senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology's Global Information Services, providing network and IT solutions to commercial, public safety and international customers. He joined General Dynamics through the acquisition of GTE Government Systems in 1999. With a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in business management from Pepperdine University, Kirchmaier is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University's Federal Acquisition Management and Program Management School. www.gd-ais.com www.generaldynamics.com


U.S. ONR-funded Researchers Recognized by President

Briseno Meets President Obama: Photo credit ONR

Six researchers funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. “ONR has always had an excellent ability to identify and foster young talent by keeping current with the most innovative research being done in various fields,” said Dr. Michael Kassner , ONR director of research. “Working with top scientists and engineers ensures that we get the most advanced capabilities to our Sailors and Marines


Bureau Veritas, Brazilian University Speeds Deepwater Development

International classification society Bureau Veritas has agreed a technical co-operation deal with COPPE/UFRJ, the Ocean Engineering department of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, to set up a joint development centre. The move builds on co-operation agreements with nineteen universities in China, Russia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Taiwan and France and is intended to speed the development of tools and technical requirements needed to facilitate Brazil’s


BOEMRE to Aggressively Recruit Environmental Scientists

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today launched a focused, nationwide recruitment campaign to fill current and new environmental science positions at the agency.  “As we work to elevate the role of science in our decision-making, we must attract top-flight environmental scientists to conduct scientific studies, complete legally-mandated environmental reviews


Freak Waves & Tides Simulated in New Wave Tank

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The new FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Scotland's Edinburgh University can simulate waves 28m high – and tidal currents simultaneously – in a world-class testing facility for marine energy devices recently inaugurated at the University. The University explains that researchers and industrial partners can use the facility to develop and refine full-scale devices. These could include wave and tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms


Arkansas Maritime Center gets Federal Grant

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 The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, based at the University of Arkansas, has received a federal grant of $923,700, reports AP.   The center, known as MarTREC, is a consortium of researchers focused on maritime and multimodal transportation research. It has received $3.7 million since 2013. The latest grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will support research and programs through September 2018.  


UCF Students Win Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition

A team of students from the University of Central Florida (UCF) Robotics Laboratory took first prize at AUVSI and the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR)’s First International Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition (ASVC), held Aug. 7-9 in San Diego, Calif. The first competition of its kind brought together students teams from the U.S. and Canada. Six undergraduate student teams competed for three days at the U.S


Great Lakes Towing Company Leadership Changes

Joseph Starck Jr. will take over as President of Great Lakes Towing Company.  Starck joined the towing company in 1991 and was most recently its Vice President – Engineering.  Since April 2009, he has also been President of the company’s shipyard division, which operates under the name Great Lakes Shipyard.  Starck has been successfully leading all new construction and repair contracts for the company's Shipyard business


AVEVA Inspires Korean Ship Designers

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AVEVA Marine and AVEVA Bocad software licenses will be deployed in Korean Universities and schools to encourage the ongoing development of the local marine industry. Students will be introduced to the ship design process through hands-on experience with essential engineering and design disciplines. "We welcome AVEVA’s support to bring critical job skills to our students," said Professor TaeWan Kim, Seoul National University


BMT WBM Scientist Udy wins Kevin Smith Prize

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  BMT WBM’s Brisbane-based Graduate Scientist, Danielle Udy, was recently awarded the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland 2014 Kevin Smith Prize for her honours research. The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland presents medals to the highest achieving student majoring in geographical science at three major Queensland universities – James Cook University, The University of Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast.


Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

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The board of Golden Ocean Group Ltd. announced a pair of leadership appointments, naming Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal as the new Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS and Per Heiberg as the new Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS.  


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

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The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  


Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

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Oregon State University to issue RFI on ship project after design completion   The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete, and Oregon State University will issue a request for information (RFI)


Ingalls Shipbuilding Promotes Wilkinson, Duthu

Kari Wilkinson (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ ( HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that Richard Schenk, vice president of program management, will retire on July 1 after 33 years of service. He will be succeeded by Kari Wilkinson, effective May 23


Wassmer Named CEO at Kelvion

Robert Wassmer (Photo: Kelvion)

Robert Wassmer will join Kelvion, a globally active manufacturer of industrial heat exchangers, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Kelvion Holding GmbH effective as of July 1, 2016, the company’s shareholder committee announced.  


SUNY Maritime to Honor ABS’ Wiernicki

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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Maritime College.   Wiernicki, CEO of the classification society since 2007 and its chairman since 2011, will receive the degree and speak at SUNY Maritime’s spring


MHI Establishes MHI Australia Pty. Ltd.

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Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) launched operations at MHI Australia, Pty. Ltd. in Sydney. Creation of the new entity has two overriding ambitions: 1) to strengthen ties with Australia's governmental institutions and economic and industrial sectors


India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

Photo: Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB Ports)

 India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018.   


Long Joins SEACOR Holdings as Executive VP

SEACOR Holdings Inc. has appointed William “Bill” C. Long as the company's Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. He will report directly to Charles Fabrikant, SEACOR's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  


Spivak Appointed CFO, Seaspan

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 Seaspan Corporation announced today that David Spivak is joining the Company as its Chief Financial Officer, starting May 2, 2016. Mark Chu will continue to serve as interim CFO until David's arrival, whereupon Mark will continue in his current roles as Vice President


NOIA Elects McEvoy, Chairman Welch Vice Chair

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The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Kevin McEvoy as Chairman and Dave Welch as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2016-2017 term. McEvoy and Welch assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, D.C.  


NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

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 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas


Seafarers International House Honors Maritime Leaders

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Members of the maritime community gathered last evening at the New York Athletic Club to honor three of its leaders: H. Marshall Ainley (President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), Ian T. Blackley (President & CEO, Overseas Ship Management, Inc.) and Raymond J. Burke Jr


ExxonMobil, Employees Donate $45 Mln for Higher Education

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ExxonMobil and its employees contributed a total of $45.4 million to institutions of higher education across the country as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $13






 
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