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New ClassNK Surveyor Office in Cardiff

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) announced the official opening of a new surveyor office in Cardiff, U.K. The new office becomes the fourth new office to be opened by the Society this year, following the establishment of new offices in Malaysia, Syria, and Peru earlier this month. The new Cardiff Office is also the Society’s fourth office to be opened in the United Kingdom joining offices in London, Newcastle, and Milford Haven. Since opening its first international surveyor office in 1962, ClassNK has grown to have a global presence, with more than 170 million gross tons on its class register and 113 exclusive surveyor offices around the globe.

ClassNK Opens New Office in Casablanca

Classification society ClassNK established a new exclusive survey office in Casablanca, Morocco, which began operation on January 1, 2014. Located on the Atlantic Ocean in northern Africa, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and one of North Africa’s largest ports. The new ClassNK Casablanca Office will strengthen ClassNK’s service network in the region, and cover surveys at ports across Morocco, as well as support clients and shipowners in northwestern Africa and the

Marine Transport Lines RRF to Relocate S.C.

Marine Transport Lines' Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship management group, a unit of Crowley Maritime Corporation's petroleum services segment, is relocating from Secaucus, N.J., to offices in Charleston, S.C., effective July 1. Previously at 100 Lighting Way, Suite 402 in Secaucus, Marine Transport Lines RRF Group will now be managed from 2075 Thompson Avenue, North Charleston, S.C., 29405.The main telephone number for the Charleston office is (843) 747-8045.

ShipNet Expands Local Presence

ShipNet is embarking on an aggressive expansion strategy to establish and develop regional branch offices worldwide. Branch offices are subsidiaries of one of the three ShipNet companies (ShipNet AS, ShipNet USA, ShipNet Asia). The intention is to enable higher levels of proactive Account Management, Customer Support and the provision of local Consultancy Services. The first two of these offices will be established in Athens and London

Simplex Opens in Australia

John Wade, Manager of the new Simplex office.

Simplex opens in Australia The Simplex office in Australia is now up and running – in spite of builders still being on site. The office is run by Australian John Wade, whose extensive experience includes over ten years with Wärtsilä as well as four years at our head office in the UK. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport of Australia and a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

ClassNK Opens Office in Cadiz


ClassNK has opened a new exclusive survey office in Cadiz, Spain with operations beginning today. Cadiz is a port city located in south-western Spain home to well-established shipyard facilities. The Cadiz Office joins an existing network of five survey offices throughout Spain in Bilbao, Algeciras, Barcelona, Ferrol, and Las Palmas. Through the opening of the Cadiz Office, ClassNK will respond swiftly to its clients in the region and provide shipowners with further improved services.

New Headquarters for Offshore Marine

One of the UK’s marine management and engineering solutions companies, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), has moved to new larger headquarters following a period of exceptional growth over the past 12 months. Despite the economic climate, OMM has continued to grow during the last year as it has improved its national and international market position in the offshore renewable energy, telecommunications, and oil and gas industries.

Herbert-ABS Opens Korea Office

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC, a company in marine regulatory, load management, salvage and ship design software, said it has opened an office in Busan to reinforce support for Korean-based shipyards, as well as improve the quality of service to this key market. Herbert-ABS also has an office in Shanghai and earlier this year expanded into Singapore. The Busan office will be led by Arnold (Woo-Sung) Cho, Marketing and Sales Manager

LOC Expands Australian Operations

Courtesy LOC

  London Offshore Consultants (LOC), announced the expansion of its Australian operations with the official opening of its Sydney office today (March 12, 2015). The office will be the second LOC operation in Australia after it opened its first office in Perth.Set up to cover theeastof Australia, the Sydney office will mainly servethe marine market. The services will include hull and machinery advisory, P&I Club work, expert services and casualty management.

Ampelmann Opens Office in Houston

Photo: Ampelmann

Ampelmann announced that it will open a new office in Houston, Texas as the next step in the company’s continued expansion.   Ampelmann said the new office strengthens its presence in the Americas and confirms the company’s commitment to the global oil and gas industry. The company, which is headquartered in Delft (The Netherlands) and has offices in Qatar and Singapore has taken up residence in the Two Allen Centre, in downtown Houston

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Palau Ship Registry Eyes Asia Expansion

Jai Acharya (Photo: PISR)

With the opening of three new offices in Asia, The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it is pushing ahead with a growth strategy intended to place the Palau flag among the region’s foremost ship registers.  The newly opened offices in Qingdao and Dalian, China, and Tainan

Allowing US Oil Export Could Push Crude Prices Higher -CBO

Lifting the ban on U.S. crude exports could push the price of domestic oil up roughly $2.50 a barrel in the coming decade, a report from the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday.   "CBO estimates that authorizing exports of domestically produced crude oil without restrictions

New Jersey Transportation Chief to Resign

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday said his transportation commissioner Jamie Fox would step down by the end of the month to return to the private sector after only a year in the position.   Fox was previously a lobbyist with airline company United Continental Holdings Inc

The Switch Opens Headquarters in Helsinki

Photo: The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class electrical drives for wind energy, marine and industrial applications, has opened its new global headquarters in Helsinki. According to Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch, the primary motivation behind the location change is to be

McQuilling Joins Forces with Jones Trading

Marine services company McQuilling announced today a strategic alliance between McQ Holdings and U.S. block equity trading firm JonesTrading Capital Markets Group to provide a capital markets platform to the transportation industry.    

Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Receives Final Approval

Press Release - The 52-foot Charleston Harbor Deepening Project announced receipt of its Chief's Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their final substantive approval required for the project to progress through construction. The report by Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick

Hansa Heavy Lift Opens Office in Monaco

Press release - Hansa Heavy Lift has opened a regional office for the South European market covering France, Italy and Spain based in Monaco as part of ongoing global expansion plans. The office is managed by Walter Prosetti, Head of South Europe, Hansa Heavy Lift

Struggle Continues at Vietnam Port

Photo credit: VietnamPlus

 The deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity, says local media reports.   The seven deep-water seaports have been built by the Cai Mep – Thi Vai Port Group in the southern province of Ba Ria –

NAVTOR Opens Japan Office

Navtors Japan office opening

Less than a year after opening its first office in Asia, Norwegian e-navigation specialist NAVTOR is expanding in the region again - this time with a dedicated presence in Japan.   NAVTOR Japan K.K. will help the firm, known for its simple

MPR, MPS ISO-9001 Certified


Maritime Propeller Repairs BV, together with its sister company Maritime Propulsion Services BV, acquired ISO-9001 certification. During an audit by Bureau Veritas, both companies proved to have their affairs well arranged. "It was rather intense to get both companies certified at the same

Hollande, Sissi Agree on Mistral Warships Deal

French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi have agreed on the purchase by Egypt of the two French Mistral helicopter carriers whose planned sale to Russia was cancelled. "They agreed on the principle and the terms of the acquisition by Egypt of

SCHOTTEL Pumps €45 Million into New Factory

Shrink fitting of shaft and bevel gear; ©SCHOTTEL

SCHOTTEL, a German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, has invested a total of €45 million to open a new state-of-the-art Rudderpropeller factory, increasing the company’s production capacity by roughly 30 percent.  

GC Hidromek, Aker JV to Develop Dredgers

  GC  “Hidromek”  (Russia) and Aker Arctic (Finland) have signed the strategic partnership agreement  at NEVA 2015 GC “Hydromech” (Russia) Inc and Aker Arctic (Finland) signed an agreement on strategic partnership at the NEVA 2015 International

MN 100: Freedman Seating Company

President/CEO: Craig Freedman

The Company: Hyman Freedman began making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies over 120 years ago. A century later, Freedman Seating Company is still a family owned-and-operated business, producing seats to the highest quality standards, compliant to applicable safety standards

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