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Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager

Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy operations in the region. His addition follows Austal’s recent acquisition of Darwin-based Hydraulink NT and its associated business KM Engineering (“HKME”), and further signals Austal’s commitment to supporting US Navy operations in Asia-Pacific, where Austal expects many of its Mobile-built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) to operate. Mr. Little joins Austal from SES Marine Services, a subsidiary of Sembawang Shipyard. Prior to joining Sembawang, Mike served 20 years in the US Navy with assignments including Commanding Officer of the Mine Counter Measures Ship USS Patriot  (MCM 7) and Commanding Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Patrol Craft USS Hurricane (PC 3). Mike’s last US Navy assignment was as Director Military Sealift Command Ships Support Unit Singapore.  

Ferry Experts and Legislators to Discuss Steel Electric Ferries

Washington State Ferries will hold meetings regarding the status of the Steel Electric class vessels and Port Townsend/Keystone ferry service. Legislators and staff from affected ferry communities, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Washington State Ferries Executive Director Mike Anderson will review current ferry status and discuss future vessel and service options. John Boylston, Naval Architect, Legislative Joint Transportation Committee consultants and WSF engineers will

Management Changes at Resource Power Group

The Resource Power Group appointed Chimas Sylve as Spare Parts Coordinator at its new Deer Park facility near the Houston Ship Channel. “Chimas brings with him knowledge of not only the MaK engine line, but also MaK gas engines as well as the entire Caterpillar engine line,” said Mike Kriner, Branch Manager for the Houston facility. “Our Houston facility is less than a year old, but is already growing rapidly both in medium speed engine and turbocharger services

Aker Solutions Sign UK Continental Shelf Frame Agreement

Photo credit Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions secures a 5-year frame agreement to execute contracts acrossTalisman Sinopec Energy UK Ltd's offshore brownfield projects. Although the contract contains no firm spending commitment, the anticipated multi-million pound agreement cements the long standing relationship between the two organisations. Mike Forbes, UK managing director of Aker Solutions maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) business said: "Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Ltd is embarking on an exciting

Mullen Sworn In

Secretary of the Navy Gordon England administers the Oath of Office to Adm. Mike Mullen. Adm. Mike Mullen relieved Adm. Vern Clark as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during a late-morning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Clark's tenure as CNO began July 21, 2000, making it the longest term served by any CNO since Adm. Arleigh Burke resigned in 1961. Mullen last served as Commander, Joint Forces Command Naples, and had operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq

New Director of Engineering for Foss

Michael Minnig

Foss Maritime announced that Michael Minnig has been promoted to Director of Engineering. Minnig joined Foss in 2012 with more than 15 years of naval architecture experience in vessel design, shipyard construction support, and project management. He has a background in vessel stability assessment, structural engineering including finite element analysis and 3-D modeling. "Michael brings strong technical skills coupled with extensive industry experience to his new position

Brookings Institution to Sponsor Webcast of CNO Speech

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen announces the naming of DDG 108 as USS Wayne E. Meyer at a ceremony celebrating the deliverance of the 100th Aegis Weapons System to the Navy. The ship was named after retired Rear Adm. Meyer, who is widely regarded as the "The Father of Aegis" after spearheading the development of the defense system, and will fittingly receive the 100th system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st

Transocean Chairman Announces Retirement Plans

Transocean Ltd. announced that J. Michael Talbert has advised the Board of Directors that, if reelected at the company's upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 17, he will retire from the board no later than the company's 2014 AGM. To facilitate an orderly transition of leadership, should Mr. Talbert be elected by the Board as Chairman following the upcoming AGM, he will step down as Chairman no later than the Board's November 2013 meeting, at which time a new

Coast Guard Cutter Enters Service

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is welcomed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin by its crew in Bellingham, Wash., after the Terrapin officially entered service. During the ceremony Gov. Gregoire became the Terrapin's sponsor and will serve as a civilian advocate for the cutter and its crew. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Zolzer.

Cargol Joins Global Diving in Gulf of Mexico

Photo courtesy Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., announced the hiring of Mike Cargol as general manager for its Gulf of Mexico region, based in Houston, Texas. In this position, Cargol will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. Cargol was previously employed by Houston based Wild Well Control, Inc.

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Envirologic Gets Becker Marine Systems Approval

EnviroLogic 3032 hydraulic fluid and EnviroLogic 802 grease are certified as VGP compliant, technically feasible for marine industry   RSC Bio Solutions, a developer of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, as well as 

HII’s Petters Receives Lone Sailor Award

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson (left) and Navy Memorial Foundation President and CEO John Totushek (Photo by Jeff Malet

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was presented with the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award on Thursday during the annual Lone Sailor Awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  

Canada Arctic Drilling Rules May Stifle Development

Canada's offshore Arctic drilling rules could "stifle" development since they do not provide incentives for companies to proceed with production after discovering oil, the government was told in a newly-released internal briefing note.  

Syncrude Uncertain about Plant Fire Affecting Production

Syncrudes Mildred Lake plant Photo Syncrude

  The operator of Canada's largest synthetic crude project said on Saturday it is investigating the causes of an early morning fire at an upgrading plant. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, at Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake upgrading complex in northern Alberta, and no one was injured

USN Observes Suicide Prevention Month

Lt. David Dziengowski, left, Yeoman 1st Class Silvia Raya, and Lt. j.g. Victor Gutierrez, from the Chief of Naval Personnel office, show support for the 1 Small Act message as part of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign

  While September is Suicide Prevention Month, subject matter experts from the 21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention Office, OPNAV N171, say their goal isn't to prevent suicide on just a single day or month, but every day of the year.

Bass Strait Ferry Records 16 % Growth

Spirit of Tasmania. Photo: TT-Line Company Pty Ltd

 Passenger numbers on the Bass Strait ferry service have grown by 16 per cent over the past two years, says Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding, says AAP.   For the 2014-15 financial year 384,501 people travelled on the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels, up from some 330

KONGSBERG Awarded IVCS Package for Nautilus Newbuild

Integrated Vessel Control System

Nautilus announces that the contract for the vessel integrated control system (including dynamic positioning and navigation systems) to be used on the Company's Production Support Vessel (PSV), has been awarded to Kongsberg Maritime, located in Norway

MSC Ship Rescues 11 Mariners from Sinking Vessel

Photo: Crowley

Ship-owning and managing company Crowley informs that a Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessel under its management has rescued 11 fishermen from a sinking vessel in the South China Sea.   While transiting toward Subic Bay, Philippines, on July 19

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

New DMRs for USN Destroyers, Submarines under Construction

New DMRs

  The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S

MSC Awards Crowley Technical Management Contract

USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (Photo: MSC)

 Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its global ship management group will continue the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with a new technical management contract for six Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).  

Nautilus Awards Contract for Dewatering Plant Design

Image: Nautilus Minerals

Nautilus Minerals Inc. has awarded a contract for the design of the Solwara 1 dewatering plant to be used on the company’s production support vessel to the Brisbane office of engineering specialist DRA Group.    Nautilus CEO, Mike Johnston, commented

Commerzbank Sells 18 Ships for $254.5mln

KKR & Co LP's Embarcadero Maritime unit will pay $254.5 million to buy 18 dry bulk and container ships from Commerzbank AG's Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, the companies said on Thursday.   U.S. private equity firm KKR and London-based independent ship operator Borealis Maritime

Shippers Demand Probe of Abandoned Calabar Port Dredging

Calabar port. Photo:  Nigerian Ports Authority

 The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in Cross River State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the N20 billion contract awarded to Calabar Channel Management (CCM) for dredging Calabar Port by former President Goodluck Jonathan.   

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