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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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


Kansas Shipping Hub Announce Finalists

Photo: Kansas Department of Transportation

 Seven finalists have been selected for the site of a proposed Kansas transload shipping center.   The Kansas Department of Transportation/Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site Analysis team selected the finalists from the 111 proposals submitted for consideration


Coast Guard Foundation to Honor HII’s Petters

Mike Petters (Photo: HII)

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 35th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard will honor Mike Petters of Huntington Ingalls Industries for his long time support of the


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.   


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


Shell Arctic Rig Departs Seattle Surrounded by Protesters

 A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic pulled out of its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop its movement, authorities said.  


GNS Expands its Voyager Suite

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) will unveil its new Voyager suite of products that for the first time connects ship and shore through one e-navigation solution.   Scheduled to debut at events in London, Singapore and Hamburg on June 17, 18 and 19


7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow

Maria Pittordis

  Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding  its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’.  


Shell Rig Departs for Arctic Despite Protest

U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell.   The Noble Discover is the second drilling ship Shell has sent to the area in recent days.  


Crowley Takes Over Management of MSC Ships

USNS Victorious (Photo: MSC)

Crowley strengthens relationship with U.S. Navy, completes turnover of Military Sealift Command T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet   Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its global ship management group completed the turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now


ASRY Inks UK Royal Navy Support Contract

ASRY chief executive Nils Kristian Berge (right) signs the agreement with Babcock warships managing director Mike Whalley (left). (Photo: ASRY)

ASRY and Babcock have signed a long term support facility agreement to provide ongoing services to the U.K. Royal Navy in Bahrain   ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), a shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a long-term collaborative enabling agreement with U.K


Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat to FMT

Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86  (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La.   The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’


Subsea 7 Teams up with OneSubsea

Image: Subsea 7

Subsea 7 and Houston-based OneSubsea have announced the signing a global alliance agreement to combine resources and collaborate on selected projects.   The firms will jointly design, develop and deliver integrated subsea development solutions. OneSubsea is owned by Cameron and Schlumberger


New E-learning Course for Migrant Sea Rescue

Photo: IMO

UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) announced its cooperation with maritime training provider Marlins on the development and endorsement of a new e-learning course addressing the rescuing of migrants at sea.   The new course, entitled Humanitarian Response


British Columbia Readies for LNG Industry

Image: Pacific NorthWest LNG

British Columbia Finance Minister Mike de Jong has tabled a bill designed to spell out the rules for a proposed $45-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, placing the Liberal government’s pro-LNG agenda on a collision course with the NDP.  


Green Groups Ask U.S. to Stall Shell's Final Arctic Permits

MSV Fennica. Pic by Arctia Shipping

 Ten environmental groups say a missing icebreaker should be a deal-breaker for Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska's northwest coast and urged the U.S. government not to grant final permits to Shell, reports Reuters and AP.  






 
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