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Heinz-Werner Hof Joins IAU Board

The International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) has announced that Heinz-Werner Hof, CEO of Allianz Marine and Aviation, has joined its board. Hof was co-opted to the board at its meeting in December. Prior to his current role, Hof was a board member at Allianz-Elementar in Austria, responsible for the property & casualty division. From 1993-2000, he was a board member of Allianz Hamburg and Allianz Globus MAT, holding the chairman's position from 1999-2000. Before that, Hof held various senior management positions within the Allianz Group in Munich, which he joined as an underwriter after graduating in 1977.


Chevron To Change Controversial Name Of Tanker

Chevron Corp. has reversed its decision to name an oil tanker after U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, a former board member, Reuters reported. Chevron named the tanker after Rice in April, highlighting what public watchdog groups called the close ties between the Bush administration and the energy industry, but renamed the vessel after complaints grew louder. The spokesman would not comment on whether the White House or Rice requested that the oil tanker be renamed


Bowsher Named Newport News Board Member

Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. named Charles Bowsher as a member of its board of directors. Bowsher served as the comptroller general of the United States from 1981 until October 1996. Prior to this appointment, Bowsher was a partner with accounting and auditing firm Arthur Andersen LLP.


Tognum Appoints New Executive Board Member

Jörg Schwitalla: Photo credit Tognum

Jörg Schwitalla will be the new Executive Board member for Personnel and Integrity at Tognum AG as of 1 January 2013. Tognum has created the new position on the Executive Board on the one hand to meet future requirements – such as the planned integration of Bergen Engines AS and the group’s growth targets – and on the other hand to achieve the aim of bringing the Personnel, Legal Affairs and Compliance divisions closer together and to underline the growing importance


POLB’s First Woman Commissioner Dies at 93

Louise M. DuVall (Courtesy POLB)

Louise M. DuVall, the first woman to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, died Saturday, April 19. She was 93. She was appointed to two terms on the Harbor Commission, serving from Feb. 6, 1979, to July 18, 1990. She advocated for women to rise in the legal profession and the maritime industry. “Louise led the way and broke through barriers for other women who would follow,” said current Harbor Commissioner Susan E


Appointment Of Board Members Of Lerwick Port Authority

Lerwick Port

Three Members of Lerwick Port Authority have been re-appointed to the Board of the Authority. Three existing Business Ratepayer Members were the only applicants for the three positions. Brian Anderson, Harry Jamieson and Ronnie Gair all applied to serve a further three year term until July 2017. Their applications have been approved under the procedures set down by Government guidelines and the Authority’s own legislation.


Appoints New Member to Advisory Board

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has appointed Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) President Koji Miyahara as its newest Advisory Board member. This appointment helps strengthen the Canal's focus in maritime shipping and provides the Board with representation from Japan, one of the largest users of the Panama Canal. Additionally, Mr. Miyahara will play a key role in the implementation of the ACP's expansion plans.


FreeSeas Appoints Kalogeropoulos to Board

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) a transporter of drybulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced today that George Kalogeropoulos has joined its Board of Directors as a Board member, replacing Kostas Koutsoubelis, who resigned for personal reasons. Kalogeropoulos brings to FreeSeas over 30 years of marine transportation experience, holding managerial positions in brokering, chartering, ship management


WCA Announces Leadership Changes

Dan March (Photo: WCA)

Dan March has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the independent forwarder network WCA, with founder David Yokeum becoming Chairman, and Ram Menen joining a new global Supervisory Board.   Based in London, March, who has been WCA Communications Director for over five years, will oversee the day-to-day operations and work closely with Yokeum and the new non-executive Supervisory Board – comprising Eric Fady, Philip Bilney, and Jim Barnhart, as well as Menen.  


Succession Fight for Evergreen Heats Up

Image: Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd

The feud among the scions of late billionaire Evergreen Group founder Chang Yung-fa's family boiled to the surface, reports local Taiwanese media.   The struggle between the heirs to Evergreen Group has escalated as the three older brothers reportedly took drastic measures to undermine their younger brother’s accession to the helm of the family-run shipping and transportation empire.   Evergreen Group founder Chang Yung-fa died on Jan


HCI Capital Acquires Ernst Russ GmbH

Schiff Courtesy HCI Capital

 HCI Capital AG acquires the long-established Hamburg shipping company Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG. The HCI Group, which early in 2016 already the majority of the shares of König & Cie. Group had taken, thus expanding again the controlled fleet and strengthen its maritime services


New Tank Barge Delivered to Harley Marine

Fight A.L.S., a tank barge designed by EBDG and built by Vigor Fab, was delivered to Harley Marine Services in February (Photo: EBDG)

The newly built tank barge, the Fight A.L.S., was delivered to Harley Marine Services on February 19, 2016.   Designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and constructed at Vigor Fab in Portland, Ore., the 83,000 bbl tank barge joins Harley’s offshore fleet working the Gulf and East


Harley Marine Orders Two Harbor Tugs

Harley Marine Services announced the construction of two new ship handling vessels to be built at Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore. The two tugs are sister class vessels to the previously built Michelle Sloan and Lela Franco, and will add to the company's fleet presence on the West Coast.


HCI Group Takes Over 13 Feeder Containerships

Courtesy HCI Capital

The HCI Group and two other investors have taken over a total of thirteen ships from the loan portfolio of HSH Nordbank. The HCI Group structured the portfolio acquisition and is investing a substantial amount itself. The portfolio consists of thirteen feeder ships of between 800 and 1,800 TEU


Richards Elected Chairman of Palm Beach Port

Wayne M. Richards Credit Port of Palm Beach

On Thursday, January 20, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners elected its new Chairman, Mr. Wayne M. Richards. Richards, a member of the board for 16 years, is known for keeping a strong focus on fiscal responsibility and bringing new, diversified business to the Port of Palm Beach


"Oil Spill India 2016" set for Launch in Mumbai in August

(l to r) Capt Kalia with DGS Deepak Shetty Photo OSI

The 4th Edition of Oil Spill India (OSI) 2016 is all set to be launched at the JW Marriot Sahar, Mumbai. Keeping with the current trend and the government policy of "Make in India" the theme selected for this two-day event scheduled for 11th and 12th August 2016 is "Commitment


SBM Offshore: US Authorities Reopen Corruption Probe

SBM Offshore, the world's top oil production ship leasing company, said on Wednesday that U.S. authorities had re-opened an inquiry into bribery allegations involving the Dutch company.   SBM Offshore reached a record $240 million settlement in November 2014 with Dutch and U.S


IBIA Celebrates 23th Annual Dinner

Jens Maul Jørgensen (Photo: IBIA)

Association appoints new board members and sets priorities for the future   The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed three new members to its Management Board and one new member to the IBIA in Africa Board. The appointments were announced at the Association’s


Carbon War Room Launches Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board

Six leaders and influencers from across the shipping industry will join global NGO Carbon War Room’s (CWR’s) Shipping Operation Advisory Board. Their backgrounds span the shipowning, chartering, technical analysis, finance, and academic worlds.  


Singer Appointed Non-Executive Director, Rolls-Royce

Bradley Singer Photo ValueAct Cap.

Rolls-Royce today announced the appointment of Bradley Singer as a Non-Executive Director. He will join the Board with immediate effect and will become a member of the Science and Technology Committee.   Brad is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of ValueAct Capital


Royal HaskoningDHV appoints two Directors

Cindy Meervis Photo Royal HaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed new Corporate Directors for Human Resource Management and Corporate Strategy.   Cindy Meervis (40), joining from AkzoNobel, will further develop the global HR strategy in support of building a performance and client driven culture


IBIA Develops Bunker Course with South Shields Marine School

Training Courtesy IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association, (IBIA) has joined with South Shields Marine School at South Tyneside College, to develop a course unit on bunkering essentials for merchant navy cadets and engineering officers taking their Class one and Class two certificates of competency.


GulfNav Unveils Expansion Plans

From right to left Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, Group CEO, Abdulla Saeed Abdulla Brook Al Hemeiri, Chairman, and Ahmad Al Kilani, Board Member Photo Gulf Navigation

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav), the Dubai-based shipping company, has announced in a press conference at Rose Rayhaan by Rotana today (Tuesday, April 19, 2016), its key expansion plans to increase its assets under management and service-based revenue.


New CEO at GulfNav Leads Expansion Plans

From right to left: Khamis Juma Buamim, Group CEO, Abdulla Saeed Abdulla Brook Al Hemeiri, Chairman, and Ahmad Al Kilani, Board Member of Gulf Navigation (Photo: Gulf Navigation)

Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) has announced in a press conference at Rose Rayhaan by Rotana April 19 its expansion plans to increase its assets under management and service-based revenue. The shipping company also revealed the appointment of Khamis Juma Buamim


Agreement on Wreck Removal MV Flinterstar

Photos courtesy of SCALDIS

Flinterstar III BV, the owner of the Dutch freighter MV Flinterstar, has entered into a contract with a consortium of Belgian marine contractors to remove the wreck of the vessel which sank in the North Sea off the coast of Zeebrugge following a collision last October.  






 
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