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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Pragma, Maersk Oil Agree on $2.8M Deal

Pragma Systems announced it had agreed to a $2.8m contract with Maersk Oil North Sea to provide a technology support center. The three-year contract, with two one-year options, was won by competitive tender and is for the provision of a core team on site at Maersk Oil's Aberdeen office to undertake call management, security administration, desktop support, back-office services, network management and change management. (Source: The Herald)


California Port Truckers End Strike

Ports of Los Angles and Long-Beach

Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.


NZ Ports to Turn Away Cruise Liner

Ovation of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Radio New Zealand says that ports of Auckland is set to turn away one of the world's largest cruise ships after agreeing with its council-owner not to build one of two planned wharf extensions.   It said, without the extension, it could not berth the Ovation of the Seas


Garlock Expands ABS Type Approval for Expansion Joints

Image courtesy of W&O

W&O, a global supplier to the marine offshore and marine markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced today that OEM partner Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC has received fire rating for its ABS type approval certificate for GARFLEX 8100 and Style


Contest: Join a Plastic Pollution Research Voyage to the Atlantic Ocean

5 Gyres joined the crew of 2041 to Antarctica to survey plastic pollution.

  The 5 Gyres Institute, a leader in global plastic pollution research, has launched an online contest for those who want to learn first-hand about the problem and help drive solutions. One winner will be chosen to join the final leg of 5 Gyre’s June research expedition to the North


Arctic Whitening Might Help Ice But Not Climate

Image by Carnegie Institution for Science

 The attempt to artificially whiten the surface of the Arctic Ocean and offset climate change will not be able to reduce global temperatures substantially. It could in principle help restore some amount of sea ice, says a research based on model configurations.  


BMT Reports Strong Performance for 2014

Image: BMT

BMT Group Ltd. announced a strong performance for the year to September 30, 2014, a period which saw BMT secure revenues of £165.1 million with underlying operating profits of £10 million, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share


Rolls-Royce to Sell Michell Bearing Business

Michell Bearings are now part of a grouping of world-renowned businesses within Rolls-Royce Power Engineering plc.

  Rolls-Royce has today confirmed its intention to sell its Michell Bearings business to British Engines Limited for a cash consideration of £12.6m. Subject to licence consents, the sale will be completed in the autumn.   Michell Bearings has been part of the Rolls-Royce Marine


IMO Joins UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

Photo: IMO

The International maritime Oranization (IMO) reports it has joined the United Nations One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).   IMO now enters a partnership of more than 30 UN organizations that have an interest in climate change learning.  


Dubai's DP World Eyes Dollar Bond

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, wants to issue a dollar-denominated bond and could announce plans to market the deal to fixed-income investors as soon as next week, three sources aware of the matter said on Thursday. The Dubai-based firm could raise between $750 million and


EPA Awards Clean Diesel Grants to US Ports

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $5 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at U.S. ports.   The selected projects in California, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas will improve the air quality for people who live and work near the ports


East to Succeed Rishton as Rolls-Royce CEO

Warren East (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

John Rishton will retire as chief executive of Rolls-Royce on July 2, 2015 and will be succeeded by Warren East, whose appointment follows an extensive international search, the company announced today.   Warren East was CEO of ARM Holdings from 2001 to 2013


Wärtsilä Launches AHTS Vessel Design at Sea Asia

Image: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä launched a new anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel design at this year's Sea Asia exhibition held in Singapore from April 21-23.   According to the designer, the focus of the new design is on simplicity, efficiency, low fuel consumption


Dispersants ... Will we ever be able to use them again?

Jonathan K. Waldron

On January 22, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Proposed Rule on dispersants. The Proposed Rule drastically changes the EPA’s approach to dispersants and could imperil proven and effective means of responding to marine oil disasters


Underway on LNG

Dennis Bryant

On 17 January 1955, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, the first Commanding Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) signaled the memorable and historic message “Underway on nuclear power.”  Underway on LNG has an opportunity to signal an equally significant change in the merchant


USN Names Littoral Combat Ship

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828






 
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