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Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or hostile acts and involves collection of information relating to all aspects of maritime activities. Mr. William Boles, Director of Security, Port of Wilmington, Delaware, testified regarding the challenges and successes of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Ms. Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, testified regarding disconnects in development of the National Strategy and in the port security grant program, among other things. Dr. Scott Glenn, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, testified about the possible use of compact high frequency radar to enhance maritime domain awareness. HK Law

Doen Pacific Enters into Joint License Agreement

Doen Pacific as one of only 5 marine waterjet manufacturers in the world matching engines to 4,000kW, and CSIC, one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China, together with its Member WMMP, have jointly signed a license agreement for the manufacture and sale of WMMP‐DOEN Waterjets in China. The signing ceremony took place on October 29, in Wuhan, China, and was attended by representatives of each company, headed by Mr

Meetings Will Discuss Mariner Training Program

A subcommittee of the Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to discuss the training of merchant marine personnel on April 30 and May 1, 2003, in Seattle, WA., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. The MERPAC subcommittee will specifically meet to discuss recommendations on a training program for officers in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawsepipe. The subcommittee will develop recommendations and a

Ensco Promotes Lowe to EVP

Ensco plc announced that Carey Lowe has been promoted to Executive Vice President.   Lowe will be responsible for overseeing investor relations, public relations, employee communications and branding, led by Vice President Sean O’Neill, as well as strategy, headed by Vice President Michael Howe, and human resources, directed by Vice President Maria Silva. Mr. Lowe was most recently Senior Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere where he led operations for Europe, Africa

Easy Appointed Port of Melbourne CEO

Nick Easy: Photo credit State of Victoria

The Australian State of Victoria's Minister for Ports informs that Nick Easy has been appointed as CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation. Port of Melbourne Corporation Chairman Mark Birrell said that the Port of Melbourne Board undertook an extensive recruitment and selection process and was very pleased to recommend Nick Easy to the Victorian Government for appointment. “The Board looks forward to Nick commencing in the role and provide strong leadership to the Corporation at

ClassNK Registers 25 Million Gross Tons in 2012

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda

Sets New Records for Newbuildings & Class Transfers   Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2012, revealing that the Tokyo-based society registered nearly a thousand vessels totaling more than 25 million gross tons in 2012. The announcement was made on 28 January 2013 following the January meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all registrations and certifications made to the ClassNK register.

BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President Iron Ore Jimmy Wilson, President HSE, Marketing and Technology Mike Henry, President Coal Dean Dalla Valle and guests to reveal the commemorative plaque to mark the milestone.

Bugbee Named 2014 CMA Commodore

Robert Bugbee speaking at CMA in March 2013

Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2014. The award will be presented March 19, 2014 at the conclusion of the CMA's Shipping 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition Mr. Bugbee follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2014 Commodore Award will be presented to Mr. Bugbee on March 19, 2014 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime

Danos Announces Organizational Changes

Oil and gas operations partner Danos announced several personnel adjustments in various areas throughout the company. Mark Danos was named Division Manager of Construction and Fabrication. Mark joined Danos earlier this year as a Project Coordinator after eight years with ExxonMobil. Mark worked in various project management roles with ExxonMobil in Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Gibraltar, Angola and the U.S. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical

Newbold Wins Entrepreneur Award


Strategic Marine chairman and founder Mark Newbold has won an Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Newbold, whose shipbuilding company has its headquarters at Henderson in Western Australia, took out the national Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Products Category at a black tie event on Nov. 27 in Sydney. Mr. Newbold founded Strategic Marine in 2001 with the goal of building a shipbuilding company with manufacturing operations across the world

New Chair for Townsville Port

Renita Garard is the new chair of Port of Townsville

  The Palaszczuk Government has appointed one of Queensland’s most respected businesswomen, Renita Garard as the new Chair of the Port of Townsville. In a statement released earlier today, Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said that Ms Garard was being appointed at a pivotal time in Port

NewLead Fixes Newlead Castellano

Newlead Castellano

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced yesterday that it entered into a time charter contract for one of its dry bulk Eco-type Handysize vessels, the Newlead Castellano, for two consecutive voyages, anticipated to be completed by the end of November 2015, at a gross charter-out rate of US $7

Besselink of Royal HaskoningDHV Quits

Piet W. Besselink

  Mr Piet Besselink, Executive Board Member of international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, has decided to step down by the end of the year. This change was announced by the company’s Supervisory Board.  

Scorpio Tankers to Sell Assets, Upsize Credit Facility

Press release - Scorpio Tankers announced an agreement to sell STI Highlander, newbuilding vessel deliveries, and the upsizing of a previously announced credit facility. The company reached an agreement to sell its 2007-built Handymax product tanker, STI Highlander, for approximately $19

Cole Appointed Beach Energy's Non-Executive Director

Robert Cole

  Beach Energy Limited announced that Mr Robert Cole will, on cessation of his employment with Beach on 14 October 2015, continue as a non-executive director of the company. Mr Cole will nominate for re-election as a non-executive director at the 2015 annual general meeting.

Denmark's Torm Sells Two Vessels, Exits Dry Bulk Shipping

Danish shipping company said on Wednesday it has sold two dry bulk vessels to an undisclosed buyer and will hand back a leased bulker at the beginning of October, marking its exit from the dry bulk shipping industry. Torm Anholt and Torm Bornholm are both so-called Panamax vessels and both

GTT’ Mark V Earns DNV GL General Approval

GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its new containment system Mark V has been granted General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) by classification society DNV-GL.  

Changes in Swire Pacific's Top Deck

Ron Mathison

  Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announces a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Mr Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, 21st September 2015.  Mr Mathison has also been appointed as Director of John

Li to Head MacGregor's China business

Zhengyu Li (Frank)

MacGregor develops operations in China and strengthens its organisation by appointing Zhengyu Li (Frank) as Vice President, Head of China as of 1 October 2015. Mr Li drives the development of MacGregor business in the most important market in the marine industry

The Tanker Orderbook: A Heavy Tome Or A Light Novella?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The recent firm sentiment across much of the tanker market has supported relatively significant ordering levels, which has taken the combined crude and products orderbook to 670 vessels of a combined 82.4m dwt at the start of September, equivalent to 17% of the fleet and 13

Cole Quits Beach Energy

Robert J. Cole, Managing Director

  Beach Energy Ltd announced today that Robert Cole resigned as Managing Director of the company. Mr Cole will remain with Beach until 14 October 2015 to allow for an orderly transition. As announced on 19 August 2015 Mr Cole has been on leave to attend to family matters in Perth

Kildahl Named to Höegh LNG Board

Jørgen Kildahl

Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has appointed Mr. Jørgen Kildahl to the Board of Directors of the Company with effect from 15 September 2015. The Board now consists of eight members. Kildahl has since 2010 been a Member of the Board of Management (Vorstand) in E.ON SE

OceanSaver BWT for 2 European-owned VLCCs

Ballast water treatment (BWT) supplier OceanSaver said it has been contracted to deliver BWTsystems for two VLCCs to a European owner, currently being constructed by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea. The contract’s value is undisclosed.  

India, Australia Begin First Joint Maritime Exercises

HMAS Arunta sails to India for AUSINDEX 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 India and Australia have commenced the first bilateral maritime exercise, Ausindex15, in Visakhapatnam, India, strengthening defence cooperation between the countries.   Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, the Minister for Defence

Dometic Promotes Trigg

Dometic Group promoted Ned Trigg to Executive Vice President of Dometic’s Marine division.   In his new role, Trigg will be the business leader for the Marine OEM and Aftermarket divisions for the Americas region. This includes sales, application engineering, customer service

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