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Liquid Robotics Hires Gysin

Gary Gysin

Liquid Robotics hires key Silicon Valley sales executive to fuel next stage of growth, Gary Gysin to lead global sales and services.   Liquid Robotics, an ocean data service provider and developer of the Wave Glider, the first wave powered autonomous marine robot, has announced Gary Gysin has joined the Company as executive vice president of global sales and services. In this position, Gary will build upon the worldwide momentum for Wave Glider® data services to scale the business for the next phase of expansion and growth. Gary will report directly to Bill Vass, chief executive officer of Liquid Robotics. His appointment is effective immediately.   Gary brings to Liquid Robotics over two decades of extensive experience leading public and start-up companies in IT communications, network and infrastructure systems involving complex hardware, software, and data services solutions. With a track record of transforming start-ups into global businesses, he joins Liquid Robotics at an ideal time when the company is experiencing dramatic growth across all customer segments and expanding the products and services portfolios. “I’m thrilled to have Gary join our executive team. He is an exceptional sales leader with an outstanding track record of leading companies into new markets with innovative products and services,” said Bill Vass, chief executive officer


Springsteel Joins Liquid Robotics as CFO

Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider marine today announced that Steven R. Springsteel, former CEO of Chordiant Software Inc. and President/CFO of Verity, has joined the  company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting directly to Bill Vass, CEO and President of Liquid Robotics, Springsteel will be responsible for all business operations and financial matters


Marine Robot Crosses Pacific Ocean

PacX Wave Glider: Photo credit Liquid Robotics

U.S. based Liquid Robotics' 'Wave Glider' completes the first ever Trans-Pacific voyage by a wave-powered autonomous robot vessel. The first Pacific Crossing (PacX ) Wave Glider, Papa Mau, completes its 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometers) scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. Throughout his journey, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control collecting and


Bluefin Acquires SeeByte

Bluefin-SeeByte Logos web.jpg

Bluefin Robotics, a provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced that it has acquired SeeByte, Ltd., a provider of autonomous platform software that enhances the user experience and the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems. SeeByte, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluefin. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bluefin is owned by Battelle


ABB to Make Robots in the US

Courtesy ABB

  ABB announced today it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at an existing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where it already has about 500 highly skilled employees. Production is to commence immediately.


SSI Development for Computer Aided Robotics Welding

Image: SSI

CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management.   This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy's National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).    On December 10-11, 2015, SSI representatives met with representatives from Wolf Robotics and Edison Welding Institute to further advance this development


ACL Increasing Tank Barge Demurrage Charges

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has announced new demurrage terms for liquid shipments. ACL will increase per day demurrage charges by 15 percent. Commenting on the new terms, Mike Ryan, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, stated, "We are adjusting our demurrage charges for our tank barge fleet in response to the continued strong demand for liquid barging capacity. The value of these liquid units in the marketplace continues to increase and we need to keep pace with that value


Cal Dive Agrees to Acquire Robotics Company

Cal Dive International, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire 85 percent of Canyon Offshore, Inc., a supplier of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and robotics to the offshore construction and telecommunications industries. Cal Dive would purchase the remaining 15 percent at a price to be determined by Canyon's performance during the years 2002 through 2004. The purchase price from $66 million $74 million is four to five times expected Canyon EBITDA


Clamp Supplier Dives into Project

Bluefin Robotics Corp. called on Clampco — a manufacturer of stainless steel T-bolt band clamps and V-band couplings — when it needed help "testing the waters." Bluefin specializes in manufacturing underwater robotic equipment for offshore survey, military, and scientific research customers. By working with Clampco Products Inc., Bluefin was able to complete an underwater robotics project for the U.S. Navy in record time


Promostudi, NATO Ink Deal for Maritime Research

Delivering sea-proven maritime innovation and interoperability solution. Courtesy CMRE

On 13 March RAdm Hank Ort (Rtd), director of the NATO Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation (CMRE) and Mr. Dino Nascetti, president of Promostudi foundation, signed a three-year framework agreement between the two entities. The protocol makes provision for joint innovation activities and research in the maritime environment with reciprocal exchange for educational and scientific purposes, both nationally and internationally


PSA International Starts VC Arm

File Image: container operations underway ashore (Port of Wilmington)

Singapore-headquartered port operator PSA International Pte Ltd has set up a corporate venture capital arm, PSA unboXed, with an initial fund size of S$20 million ($14.66 million) to invest in startups. PSA said it would seek to invest in companies developing logistics solutions


Marseille Fos Repeats Q1 Cargo Result

(File photo: Marseille Fos Port Authority)

French port Marseille Fos handled 20.17 million metric tons of cargo from January to March in a near identical repeat of last year’s first-quarter result.   General cargo rose 1 percent to 4.49MT led by container growth at Fos, which gained 3 percent for 263,038 teu


IMS Launches Tankering and Plant Service Company

Dave Hammond (Photo: IMS)

Inland Marine Service, Inc. (IMS) has partnered with Shawn Hantz of Third Coast Tankering, LLC to launch a new tankering and plant service division called Inland Marine Tankering, LLC (IMT), announced IMS president, Dave Hammond.   IMS is a marine management company employing more than 700


WSS: Post-combustion Fuel Treatment Cuts Vessel Costs, Risk

Exhaust gas boilers (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a provider of products and services to the shipping industry, is advising vessel operators to wage war on soot. According to WSS, soot accumulation in a ship’s exhaust gas boiler (EGB) is a serious issue, leading to reduced EGB efficiency, significant cleaning costs


APM Terminals Pipavav Welcomes INDFEX Service

The first vessel m.v. WANHAI 509 berthed at Pipavav at 1048 hours / 14 March, 2016.

APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd), one of western India’s gateway ports, today announced the commencement of the INDFEX service at Pipavav.   The INDFEX ( India – Far East Express ) is run in consortium with Wanhai, K-Line, Shipping Corporation of India


Godrej Conferred AILBIEA's Lifetime achievement Award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries (at left) receiving the award

Nadir B. Godrej, MD of Godrej Industries Ltd., was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA) during its 15th Anniversary celebration held on 1st April 2016 in Mumbai. 


First Wärtsilä X62DF Engine Ready for Large LNG Carrier

The Wärtsilä 6X62DF engine’s launching celebration at Doosan’s works in Changwon, Korea. (Photo: WinGD)

On April 5, 2016 Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), together with Doosan Engine Co., Ltd demonstrated the first low-speed low-pressure Wärtsilä six-cylinder X62DF (W6X62DF) engine for a commercial application.   The event took place at Doosan’s works in Changwon


Essar Ports Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Essar Ports

On the back of increased production by its anchor customers, Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has registered significant growth in cargo handling over the last three months. In March 2016 alone, EPL’s four operational ports handled total cargoes of 6


Antwerp Port's Volume Growth Continues

Photo Antwerp Port

The port of Antwerp handled 53,265,552 metric tons of freight in the first three months of this year, 3.9 percent more than in the same period last year. The container volume in TEU did particularly well with growth of 4.6 percent, while liquid bulk rose to new heights with growth of 10.6 percent


Collaboration on Swimming Robots for Subsea Maintenance

Statoil CTO Elisabeth Birkeland Kvalheim (left) and Eelume CEO Kristin Y. Pettersen. Photo Statoil

NTNU spin-off company Eelume collaborates with Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil to develop swimming robots for subsea inspection and light intervention. Kongsberg Maritime and Statoil have signed an agreement with Eelume, a NTNU spin-off company


Rotterdam’s Q1 Port Throughput Matches 2015

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam handled roughly the same volume of cargo in the first quarter of 2016 as in the same period last year, as an increase in the volume of, mainly, crude oil and oil products put through the port was offset by a more or less equivalent decrease in the volume of dry bulk and


First Methanol-fueled Tanker Launched

Lindanger naming ceremony Courtesy DNV GL

Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger is the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine


VTS Radar Systems Chosen for Port of Marseille Fos

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hughes

A world leader in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by French company AVON Communications to supply five of its SBS-700 radar systems for integration with the Marseille Fos Port Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).  


ExxonMobil 1Q Profits Plunge 63%

Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive office ExxonMobil

Highlights   * Earnings of $1.8 billion decreased 63 percent from the first quarter of 2015.   * Earnings per share were $0.43 assuming dilution.   * Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $5 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $177 million.


PSA Unveils Incubator Programme for Start-ups

Courtesy PSA International

PSA International Pte Ltd today announced the inception of PSA unboXed Pte Ltd (PSA unboXed), its new corporate venture capital arm with an initial fund size of S$20 million. Through its incubator program, PSA unboXed seeks to invest in and nurture start-ups that are keen to create innovative






 
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