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Editorial: When Up is Down, is Down Up?

As editors, much of our time is spent reading and evaluating, examining a wealth of information to help us determine in which direction particular market segments are heading; trying to forecast “what's hot ... what's not.” Given that this is the Offshore Annual edition, much of my reading and discussions of late have centered on offshore oil and gas production, and the myriad of political and market forces that ultimately determine the "what," "where's," "when's" and "how much" of offshore drilling. My insightful conclusion: Throw all of the reports and data in a trusty centrifugal, give it a whirl, grab the third thing to fly out and you are just as likely to be on the mark. Or not! Notoriously cyclical, unpredictable and dependent on forces based solidly on economics and loosely on politics, the direction, near-term and far-forward outlook of the offshore drilling market can change depending on which "expert" opinion you solicit. Not a day goes by when there aren't reports in the U.S. of gasoline prices hitting historic new highs — months before the peak summer season — yet talk to a some rig and boat builders and you'd think that the oil majors will never drill for another drop in the oil patch. Pick up a copy of the NY Times — Wednesday, March 24, 2004, page C1, to be exact — and read about new technologies to drill deeper, and "with energy prices rising


New Director for Jeffersonville Port

The Ports of Indiana has named Scott Stewart as port director for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. A native of nearby New Albany, Ind., Stewart spent 24 years in positions of increasing responsibility with the Procter & Gamble Company before retiring in 2008 and moving back to Indiana. Upon his return, he served as a senior policy director for Governor Mitch Daniels and most recently as Director of Strategy for the Indiana Department of Transportation on the Ohio River Bridges project.


SUNY Maritime College Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner

State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, on the College’s Throgs Neck, Bronx, New York campus.  The event will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour, followed by the awards dinner at 7 pm in Vander Clute Hall.   During the Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner, SUNY Maritime College will salute two Maritime graduates, Mark Barker, president, The Interlake Steamship Company


Westlawn Adds Dean of Naval Architecture

Westlawn Institute of Technology, the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), welcomed RADM Gordon G. Piché USCG (Ret.) as Dean of Naval Architecture. Piché was also elected to Westlawn’s Board of Directors. Piché is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, with a BSE in general engineering. He holds an MSE in naval architecture and marine engineering and an MSE in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan


$42M in Grants for Ferry Docks & Facilities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced more than $42m in grants to improve ferry service and build new docks and facilities in 15 states and Puerto Rico.  Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists


Algae-X Standard Equipment on All New Nordic Tugs

Algae-X International has announced its agreement with Nordic Tugs, to integrate the Algae-X Fuel Decontamination Technology into the fuel systems of the company's diesel-powered vessels. Mr. Shelton is incorporating Algae-X technology with traditional filtration to fulfill his goal of providing owners of Nordic Tugs with maximum reliability systems. Algae-X provides Optimal Fuel Quality and Peak Engine Performance and prevents fuel filter clogging and engine failure.


New Leadership Takes Helm at Port of Indiana

The Ports of Indiana named Rick Heimann Port Director for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor effective January 16.   Heimann recently served as Sourcing Manager, specializing in rail and water transportation, for ArcelorMittal USA in East Chicago. “The opportunity to lead the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is an exciting endeavor,” said Heimann. “The customer base, the synergies they provide and logistical capabilities of the port, including access to rail


Miller Boat Contract to Great Lakes Group

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Group, has been awarded a contract by Miller Boat Line, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to fabricate and install a new 40-ft mid-body extension in the passenger/vehicle ferry Put-in-Bay.   The contract was awarded on August 17, 2009, and all work is underway at Great Lakes Shipyard's state-of-the-art facilities on the South Bank of the Old River Channel, on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River. The project is slated for completion by year end.  


RS Bolsters Education, Science and Production Ties

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said it is actively strengthening partnership in key areas of enhancing maritime transport safety. In 2014, meetings of four sections of the RS Scientific and Technical Council (STC) were held. Scientific and educational centers, shipbuilding and shiprepair yards, shipping companies and other organizations of the maritime industry participated in the RS Scientific and Technical Council sections: St


Struthers President, Kohler Power Systems

Photo courtesy Kohler Co.

Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group has named Jason Struthers as the new president of its Kohler Power Systems business. Struthers has assumed leadership and management responsibilities for Kohler Power Systems, which includes operations in North America and Asia. KPS Sales & Service — doing business in Europe, Middle East and Africa — also falls under the administration of Struthers.  With an emphasis on growing sales, profitability and market share


Christensen, Farren Join Port of Long Beach

Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren appointed to newly created management positions

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen


SCHOTTEL Opens Colombia Subsidiary

Julio Carrasquilla Martínez (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL has opened a new subsidiary in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.   Serving as managing director of SCHOTTEL de Colombia is Julio Carrasquilla Martínez who previously worked as a sales agent for SCHOTTEL do Brasil. He has a Master in Marine Technology from Delft University and


Topaz, Saudi University to Offer Maritime Training

Topaz Commander (Pic: Topaz Marine KSA)

 Topaz Marine KSA, a subsidiary of Topaz Energy and Marine, and the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah have joined forces to offer training to cadets from the university which allows them to operate as officers onboard sea going vessels.  


Duke Energy Fined for Environmental Violations

  Duke Energy Corp has agreed to pay a fine of about $102 million for environmental violations related to a power plant's coal ash spill into a North Carolina river last year and the company's management of coal ash basins in the state.


Thibodeaux Named President of Fugro Chance

Blaine Thibodeaux (Photo: Fugro Chance)

Offshore survey company Fugro Chance Inc. has appointed Blaine Thibodeaux to president. His responsibilities include Fugro’s Gulf of Mexico and Arctic offshore operations, including marine positioning, offshore construction and subsea projects, and international services.  


Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP)


Award Winning Vessel Designed Using QinetiQ Software

Image courtesy of QinetiQ

QinetiQ’s ship and submersible design software, Paramarine, has been used by Mojo Maritime to design an offshore construction vessel for the marine renewables sector. The Hi Flo 4 (HF4) is a dynamic positioning vessel capable of operating in extreme coastal and continental shelf environments


Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel

SUNY Maritime’s current training vessel Empire State VI is 52 years old (Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime College)

The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.  


Devil's Blanket Responsible for Increasing Ice Rescues

Coast Guard teams train for ice rescues at conference in northern Michigan

  Rescues in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, Sunday evening and Lake Erie Monday morning are the latest in an alarmingly high number of Great Lakes ice rescues since Saturday, prompting a Coast Guard reminder of the risk of venturing out onto the ice and of the importance of taking appropriate safety


Indiana Ports Set Cargo Record in 2014

State's three ports handle 10 million tons for first time in history     The Ports of Indiana handled over 10.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up nearly 26 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded 10 million tons in the port authority's 53-year


Jeffersonville Port Sets Cargo Record in 2014

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville (Picture by: Ports of Indiana)

The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year, according to a news release from the port. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded two million tons in the port’s 29-year history. 


Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested in Florida

An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday.   Tommy Thompson was detained on Tuesday night at a Hilton hotel in west Boca Raton, Florida


Crowley Awards Scholarships to SUNY Maritime Students

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2014 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for three students of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. The recipients, who each sailed with Crowley during their studies


Investment Impact in Inland Waterways System

National Waterways

  The National Waterways Foundation (NWF) has commissioned and released a two-year, ground-breaking study by the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky, “Inland Navigation in the United States: An Evaluation of Economic Impacts and the Potential Effects of


Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Sets Shipping Record

Grain, steel, salt help port exceed 2 million tons for first time in 29-year history   The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville handled over 2.4 million tons of cargo in 2014, up 48 percent from the previous year. This was the first time annual shipments exceeded two million tons in the port's






 
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