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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 Hires at Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard

Graham Gajewski

The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced this week that it has made two new hires. Graham Gajewski has been named naval architect, reporting to Jonathan Leivo, director of engineering, and Patrick Owens has been named operations coordinator, reporting to Lindsay Dew, director of operations and compliance, both working in the Cleveland offices.   Gajewski earned his Bachelor of Engineering – Naval Architecture at the State University of New York

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

USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game

Great American Ball Park (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds)

The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. According to the Coast Guard, boaters can expect no wake zones, interruptions and closures to maritime traffic. A no wake zone will be enforced between the I-471 and I-71 bridges Friday

$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

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

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

GIB India Adds Bunker and Lubricant Trader

Ankita Batra (Photo: Glander International Bunkering)

Global marine fuel and lubricant trading and brokering company Glander International Bunkering (GIB) has hired Ankita Batra as a trader for its India office.    Batra joins (GIB) with a post graduate in the domain of Energy Trading  from  the University of Petroleum and

Glander Hires Bunker & Lubricant Trader

Ankita Batra

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading, global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company hires Ankita Batra as Bunker and Lubricant Trader for the India office. Ankita Batra joins Glander International Bunkering with a post graduate in the domain of Energy Trading 

EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

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EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in

Cohen Retires from ExxonMobil, McCarron to Takeover

Ken Cohen Courtesy ExxonMobil

  Ken Cohen, vice president, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron as vice president

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

TIGER Revs Up the Hoosier State

(Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Since 1985, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville has played an important role in handling millions of tons of steel, grain, fertilizer, salt and other bulk cargoes for both inbound and outbound markets – domestic and abroad.   Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky

Snow storms, Earthquakes - Scientists to Predict

Photo Press office of the governor YaNAO

  Russian scientists have demonstrated the ability to predict earthquakes, typhoons and snowstorms on the changes of the atmosphere. "These experiments allow satellite data on the state of the atmosphere to detect the earliest stages of seismic processes which result in a strong

Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Project carried out by Schmidt Ocean Institute

  Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size

‘Simulation and Training without Boundaries’

Photo: Transas

More than 200 experts from all around the world are expected to attend the global Simulation User Conference (SimUC 2016) “Simulation and Training without boundaries”, which will be hosted by Transas in Singapore on January 28, 2016.  

Glander Appoints Hawkins as Trader & Team Leader

Joshua Hawkins

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company welcomes Joshua Hawkins as Bunker/Lubricant Trader and Team Leader for the Geneva office.   Joshua Hawkins brings five years industry experience to Glander International Bunkering along

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake

Crews Continue Response for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

Divers assess Lake Erie wreck for potential environmental impact Photo USCG

  Crews continue to respond to and investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie Thursday. The unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA

Crowley Christens LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Pamela Beall breaks a of champagne across the hull to christen Ohio (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp. today christened the first of four new Jones Act product tankers at the Tampa Cruise Terminal. The 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity ship Ohio is the first tanker ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval

New Barge Fleeting and Switching Operation in Cairo Harbor

 American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016.   

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