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Announces Changes

Universal Silencer Now Universal

On December 8, 2009 at the International Power Generation Conference, Universal Silencer announced changing its name to Universal. Universal’s President, Randy Eppli, said, “Over the past 5 years we have seen an ever increasing demand from our customers to help them be more environmentally conscious and meet higher air quality standards for exhaust emissions. This demand from our customers and the marketplace has driven the development of our core technologies within engine, blower, fan, compressor and vent acoustics and emissions. Therefore, the name Universal Silencer communicates only a part of our capabilities.” Eppli continued, “The name change also helps support our mission of providing clean, quiet technology for the world’s energy needs.” (www.universalAET.com)


Chemoil Marketing Group Announces Changes

Chemoil announced that Nick Ganas from its San Francisco Marketing Group will move to Singapore as of November 20th, 2006. Nick will join Cem Saral’s marketing group at Chemoil International Pte Ltd Singapore as Sales Manager for Asia. Cem Saral will be promoted to Sales and Marketing Director for Asia. Joining Chemoil Corporations’s Marketing Group in San Francisco will be Stuart Colie. Stuart joins us from APM Terminals


HORNBECK-LEEVAC Changes Name

HORNBECK-LEEVAC Marine Services, Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. The new corporate name was approved at the company's recent annual meeting of stockholders. The name of the tug and tank barge owning subsidiary, LEEVAC Marine, LLC, has also been changed to Hornbeck Offshore Transportation, LLC. The name changes are effective immediately. Todd M. Hornbeck, President and CEO remarked


USCG Announces Changes to Civil Penalty Policies

The Coast Guard has expanded the scope of the Notice of Violation (NOV) program, building upon the success of the existing program in place since 1995. The NOV program is an expedited civil penalty assessment process that allows parties to pay the proposed penalty without further administrative process. The Coast Guard has also recently announced that it will be adjusting its fines and other civil monetary penalties for inflation


Change Recruitment Achieves MLC Standard

Change Recruitment Group announced that it is the first independent recruitment company in the U.K. to achieve the quality status which is gained by receiving a Declaration of Conformity to the Maritime Labor Convention. The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 came into force August 20, 2013, and has led to greater employment protection for the majority of the world’s seafarers and Change International, the global division of Change Recruitment Group


Key Leadership Changes at Hydroid

Christopher von Alt (left) and Duane Fotheringham

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, today announced changes in its leadership team. Christopher von Alt, one of the company’s founders and primary forces in its extraordinary growth since its inception in 2001, has elected to resign from his current position as president, effective January 1, 2014. Hydroid’s board of directors has selected Duane Fotheringham, Hydroid’s vice president of operations, as his successor


WQIS Introduces Policy Form 2007

Government regulations, environmental changes and an increasingly difficult business climate make it impossible to keep doing business as usual. Recognizing the need for change, the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) has created its 2007 Policy Form. The overall policy has been simplified by including and clarifying several endorsements while the coverage itself has been expanded, making it the most flexible and complete insurance coverage for today’s marine industry.


Maine Maritime Academy Restructures Loeb-Sullivan School

Dr. John Barlow, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), has announced that the college's Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics has been restructured. The Loeb-Sullivan School offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in business. According to Barlow, the restructuring is intended primarily for administrative efficiency so as to position the graduate division of the business school as a global


Death Knell for NOAA Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

Chartwork old-style: Photo courtesy of NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts .  NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including Print-on-Demand paper charts as well as electronic and digital formats. Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts -- available in marine shops and other stores -- have been


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is Philly Shipyard Now

Photo by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc

 Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announces its plan to change its name to Philly Shipyard ASA, pending an upcoming shareholder vote at an extraordinary general meeting expected to take place in October 2015. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) will likewise change its name to Philly Shipyard, Inc.   "Changing our name to Philly Shipyard more accurately reflects the shipyard we have become in recent years," remarked Steinar Nerbovik


Next US Littoral Combat Ship Named Oakland

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS Oakland during a major league baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced August 18.   The future USS Oakland will be named to honor its namesake city’s long-standing history with the Navy


The Lowdown on Ocean Acidification

The two globes illustrate the changes in ocean acidification that are expected as the ocean continually absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Green areas are sufficiently saturated with aragonite to support shell formation; areas colored yellowish-brown are under-saturated, and shell dissolution occurs. The climate model shows the change in ocean aragonite saturation from 1885 to what is expected in 2094. (Image: NOAA)

Scientists say that the world’s oceans are acidifying.  This term is correct, but somewhat misleading.  Until recently, the oceans have had (so far as can be determined) a pH level of about 8.4 for millennia.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral


Coastal and Ocean Clean-up Project Funding

A volunteer with the NOAA-funded Protectores de Cuencas project records debris data on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Credit: NOAA)

 NOAA has awarded more than $675,000 in grants to 13 projects aimed at aiding coastal communities in their fight against marine debris, the agency announced.   This is the third year NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has awarded grants through its Marine Debris Prevention through


Shipyards Rising Competitive Stirrings

Shanghai:  Plans for a new “Shanghai Maritime City” might need more ship orders

A mini order boom fueled by gas, “green-tech”, tankers and new rules is underway in shipbuilding. It won’t fill all yards, but changes like the July 2015 cap on sulfur emissions garner retrofit and rush orders. Even China’s Directive 55 obliges its mixed bag of yards to


Alphatron Marine Appoints Regional Manager

Erik van Boom (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

Alphatron Marine announced it has appointed Erik van Boom as country manager for the Euro border region Scheldemonden.   With recent changes in Belgium, where Alphatron Marine has taken over the sales and service activities of maritime navigation and communication equipment of Astron NV


BMT Nigel Gee Reaches 1,000th Project

Photos courtesy of BMT

BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, and an independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy, is celebrating its latest achievement in securing its 1,000th project which will involve the delivery of detailed production engineering for a ferry machinery


Can't Touch This: The Climate Case Against Arctic Drilling

Photo: White House

 A new report released today by Oil Change International and Greenpeace USA details a clear case against drilling for oil in the Arctic ocean based on climate science imperatives.    The report, “Untouchable: The Climate Case Against Arctic Drilling,” shows U.S


Obama to Visit Arctic

Photo: Official Facebook Page of Obama

 President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century".   He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic


Maersk Cuts Growth Forecast

Photo: Maersk Line

 Though the Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk posted higher-than-expected earnings, it has cut its forecast for global trade growth and abandoned several medium-term profit forecasts, as per a report in FT.   Maersk overcame low oil prices and freight rates in its container


Port of Vitória Orders Hi-res Radars

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Navigation and security surveillance systems company Kelvin Hughes announced it has been contracted to supply two of its SBS-900-2 SharpEye radar systems for the Porto de Vitória in Brazil. The equipment will be provided through Spain’s Indra.  


Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips

  The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer


Ulstein Implements Organizational Changes

The management team in Ulstein Design & Solutions BV, from left Nick Wessels (Marketing & Sales Manager), Edwin van Leeuwen (Managing Director), Bram Lambregts (Deputy Managing Director), and Alwin Hendriks (Finance Manager

Naming and organizational changes are underway in the Ulstein Group companies in the Netherlands. As of August 1, 2015, the ship design company Ulstein Sea of Solutions has been renamed Ulstein Design & Solutions BV (UDS BV), while the equipment company Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions has


China’s Currency Devaluation Good for Shipping

Image: Maersk Line

 The depreciation of the Chinese currency will help both international and domestic shipping operators in the region that have been stuggling of late with growing costs and rising competition, says Maersk.   Xinhua quoted Tim Smith


Conrad Industries 2Q Revenue Shrinks

Conrad Shipyard Puerto Rico

  Conrad Industries, Inc.  announced today its second quarter and six months 2015 financial results and backlog at June 30, 2015. For the quarter ended June 30, 2015, Conrad had net income of $1.2 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.21 compared to net income of $6


G6 Alliance Axes Four Asia-Europe Sailings

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Container shippers of the G6 Alliance announced four sailings within their Asia-Europe product have been cancelled in response to changes in market demand.    According to the shippers, as the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile






 
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