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ASCO Acquires Safety Training & Lifting Company

ASCO, oil and gas logistics specialists, acquire North Sea Lifting Limited (NSL) – an international safety training and lifting specialist company With its HQ in Aberdeen, NSL is one of the industry's leading safety training companies and a supplier of specialist personnel, operating globally out of bases in the UK and the USA and through a partner, has operations in Baku, Azerbaijan. Derek Smith, Chief Operating Officer of ASCO (who operate in more parts of the world than any other specialist Oil & Gas logistics company) commented: “NSL is a highly regarded business in the oil and gas safety training market and I am delighted that we can welcome its team to ASCO. This acquisition supports our growth strategy allowing us to seize the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for ASCO, notably by providing a wider scope of oil and gas services in addition to our logistics, waste management and freight services. It offers exciting opportunities for all involved. The value of this acquisition has not been disclosed.  


Thompson Named VP of Connector Specialists

Larry Thompson has been named vice president of operations for Connector Specialists Inc. Thompson joined the hose and fitting specialists in 1996 as a salesman in the Baton Rouge office. His territory covered the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Connector Specialists has three locations - New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. As vice president of operations, Thompson works with owner-president Ed Sutton on day-to-day operations of the company


Hutchison Set to Retire After 42 Years

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John C. G. Hutchison closes a 42 year career at this year’s Workboat Show in New Orleans. Born in Philly on April Fool’s Day 1941, John Hutchison played collegiate golf at Duke University and Moravian College, and coached the golf team at Lehigh University before being drafted in 1966.  A Viet Nam vet, 2nd LT, Infantry Branch, John returned home in 1970 and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corporate Office in Bethlehem, PA, and other Bethlehem offices in Burns Harbor IN


Int’l Register of Shipping Opens Singapore Office

International Register of Shipping (IRS) has opened an office in Singapore. The office will be designated as a regional centre for the classification society and will offer a wide range of services. “Singapore is one the busiest ports in the world and with a free market economy and political stability, many shipping companies are making this their home,” said Julian Padilla, Chairman of the Board of International Register of Shipping


CBP Intercepts Pest in Sea Cargo

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists conducted nearly 5 million agricultural cargo inspections last fiscal year, up more than 16 percent over the year before. Many shipments get routine inspections; others are targeted for closer scrutiny for various reasons. Last month, one carried the beginnings of a dangerous insect that was, fortunately, stopped dead in its tracks. On the morning of February 17, 2005, at the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island


Chinese Ship Repair Potential Unlocked

Two leading European shipyard supervision and specialist ship repair groups have joined forces to provide a specialist ship repair service in China. Cardiff-based Graig Shipping Plc and Barry-based Harris Pye Marine Ltd. have launched Graig Harris Pye (China) Ltd, which will meet all ship repair and conversion needs of shipowners from its modern Shanghai office. "Chinese ship repair yards have enormous potential," says Hugh Williams, CEO


Quest Joins Corrocean

CorrOcean ASA of Norway has announced the acquisition of Quest Consulting Ltd. (QCLI) based in Aberdeen and with a branch office in Perth, Australia. QCLI was established in Aberdeen in 1989 to provide Specialist Integrity Management Engineering Consultancy Services to the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry and also to the Energy, Mining, Defenze, and Utility Sectors. Managing Director, Ken Woolley said, “this is a great opportunity for us to join with a larger, and like minded, organization


Multraship Recovers Sunken Fishing Vessel

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Netherlands-based towage and salvage specialist Multraship and Croatia-based diving specialist Hidroinžinjering have recovered the fishing vessel Marinero 1, which sank in January 2009 off Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia. The 31.75 m-long vessel sunk in a water depth of . An ROV inspection revealed that, although the vessel has suffered stern, rudder and propeller damage, there was no other visible damage to the hull. The ROV also showed that the vessel was lying on a sandy bottom with a 20-degree


Swire Oilfield Services Acquires Weir

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Supplier of specialist offshore cargo carrying units, Swire Oilfield Services, has announced the acquisition of the assets and operating business of Australia based Weir OCI, creating the largest regional supplier of offshore cargo carrying units (CCU) in the Australian and Asian region. Weir OCI is the company’s second Australian acquisition in the past year, and takes investment in the region to more than $25m


Faststream Taps Ellis to Lead Business in the Americas

Maritime recruitment specialist Faststream appointed a new Vice President to manage its team of recruitment specialists in the USA. Tamara Ellis, a former senior employee with Ranstad, the world’s second largest staffing organisation, will be responsible for developing Faststream’s growing presence in the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Logistics markets throughout the Americas. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Ellis has both management and hands-on recruiting experience within US and


Even 'Small' Vessels are Getting Bigger

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The Shipowners’ Club is a mutual provider of P&I insurance that has throughout its 160 year history been dedicated to serving owners of small and specialist ships.  These vessels, active in a range of different operations, are at the lower end of the size spectrum and


BMT Completes Hong Kong Port Study

BMT completes Hong Kong Port Strategic Development Study‏

  BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is pleased to announce the completion of The Strategic Development Plan for Hong Kong Port 2030 (HKP2030) on behalf of the Hong Kong Government. The Study is a key element in guiding local port development policy and planning investment for


Sovcomflot Names New LNG Carrier

SCF Melampus (Photo: Sovcomflot)

Russia’s largest shipping company is continuing to develop its potential in the LNG transportation segment by entering into a new long-term agreement with Royal Dutch Shell.   On December 16, a naming ceremony was held for the LNG carrier SCF Melampus


Hempel Acquires Schaepman

Hempel has acquired Schaepman’s Lakfabrieken B.V, a Dutch supplier of specialized industrial, protective and decorative coatings. The acquisition is part of Hempel’s five-year growth strategy. Terms of the sale are undisclosed.  


RN-Aero, KazMunayGas-Aero Join Forces

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  RN-Aero (Rosneft subsidiary) and KazMunayGas-Aero (KazMunayGas subsidiary) signed an agreement, substantially increasing cooperation between the Companies. The accord on the signing of the agreement was reached at the IATA International Aviation Forum in Dubai in the end of November.


Pacific Basin Sells Harbor Towage Business to Smit Lamnalco

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has sold to Smit Lamnalco its entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA), including all its harbor towage operations and 16 harbor tugs and two additional assests (one harbor tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies.


Tse Heads Risk Management, BMT Asia Pacific

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  BMT Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of BMT Group has appointed Joanne Tse as Head of Risk Management based in Hong Kong. The new appointment will help support the regional growth of risk consultancy services - principally in the transportation and construction sectors.


LM Handling Installs FPSO

Acteon operates across the entire life of field, from exploration to decommissioning

  LM Handling, an Acteon company, has provided handling expertise and equipment to support Acteon sister company, InterMoor, in the successful mooring installation of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) operated


Pieter Breugel Delivered to Vloot DAB

The outfitted ferry Pieter Breugel

Scheepswerf van Os has delivered the outfitted Pieter Breugel to shipping company Vloot DAB. The ship will employed in the ferry service between Hoboken and Kruibeke, Belgium.   The vessel measures 28.65 x 9 meters, has a draft of 1.94 meters and is suitable for the transport of 240


Mares Joins Guardian as Europe, U.S. Agent

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Going from strength to strength, Guardian Maritime Ltd, producers of GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers, has further expanded its worldwide coverage and distribution by signing a deal with Mares Shipping GmbH, specialists in the supply of spare parts and technical equipment for ships


Construction of Mermaid Ausana Begins

Key executives from Mermaid and China Merchants at the steel cutting ceremony.

Mermaid Maritime Public Company announced that it has marked the start of its new vessel / rig construction by participating in a steel cutting ceremony for its performance class tender rig ‘MTR-3’ and DP2 multipurpose subsea dive support and construction vessel ‘Mermaid


RCCL: Bayley, Lutoff-Perlo take CEO Posts

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE, OSLO: RCL) named two senior company executives to lead the company’s two largest brands. Michael Bayley, who worked his way up from an assistant purser’s position aboard the Nordic Prince, will serve as President and CEO of Royal Caribbean


Sovcomflot Concludes $319 mi 10-year Loan

The fund will be used to finance  2 ice-class LNG carriers

  OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) signed a new USD 319 million 10 year credit facility with a consortium of leading European banks with ING acting as Agent.  The funds will be used towards financing two new ice-class LNG carriers SCF Melampus and SCF Mitre


Concern Over Wages Despite Positive MLC Enforcement

Thomas Brown, managing director of Seacurus

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus says that overall confidence in the successful implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) should not conceal the fact that there is continuing concern over the risk of abandonment and the timely payment of crew wages.


Rosneft Help Find Missing Population of Reindeer

Missing population of reindeer

  The scientists of Siberian Federal University with the support of Rosneft found a missing population of Evenki wild reindeer. It became possible through implementation of the “Evenki reindeer” project, realized jointly with East-Siberian Oil and Gas Company (Rosneft’s






 
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