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Ostrom Appointed MARAD Chief Counsel

Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert announced the appointment of Robert B. Ostrom to serve as Chief Counsel for the Maritime Administration. He will provide counsel and advice for handling all legal matters with the agency. "I'm pleased to welcome Bob to MARAD's leadership team," Schubert said. "His broad range of experience will greatly enhance our efforts to provide more effective advocacy for America's vital maritime industries and Marine Transportation System." Ostrom will supervise the activities of MARAD'S Office of Chief Counsel, which includes five divisions focusing on general and international law, maritime assistance programs, ship financing contracts, legislation, and litigation. Additionally, the Office of Chief Counsel drafts proposed maritime legislation, executive orders and reports to Congressional and administrative offices and committees. The chief counsel also assists the Justice Department in litigation involving the agency and, with the authorization of that department, represents MARAD before federal, state and local courts and before administrative agencies of the government. Ostrom has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, having served as a senior and managing partner in Maryland law firms and as the county attorney for Prince George's County, MD. For several years, Ostrom was a member of the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)


Kvaerner Masa-Yards Elects New Executives

Kvaerner Masa-Yards has announced the following management changes: Jouko Virta, CFO; Martin Landtman, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales; Thomas Foss, chief legal counsel; and Arto Hein, manager of Human Resources and Development - Turku New Shipyard.


Hvide Marine Elects New General Counsel

Hvide Marine has appointed Alan R. Twaits as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for all legal activities of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Twaits replaces Ronald J. Bjelland, who was appointed earlier this year and has since left the company due to health reasons. Prior to joining Hvide, Twaits was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Premier Cruise Lines. He has also held positions with Carnival Corp


Larson Appointed General Counsel of FMC

Chairman Steven R. Blust announced the appointment of Amy W. Larson as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 11, 2004. Mrs. Larson is currently an attorney in the agency's Office of the General Counsel. Mrs. Larson is originally from Milton, Mass., and is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to the Commission, Mrs


Boudreaux Corporate VP for Litigation, Huntington Ingalls

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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HII) announced that Chad N. Boudreaux has joined the company as corporate vice president for litigation, investigations and compliance. He will report to Bruce N. Hawthorne, corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary, and to George M. Simmerman Jr., corporate vice president and deputy general counsel. Boudreaux comes to HII from Baker Botts LLP, where he established the law firm's Global Security and Corporate Risk Counseling practice


Transocean Appoint Lars Sjobring Senior V-P & General Counsel

President/CEO Steven L. Newman: Image courtesy of Transocean

Mr. Sjobring will join the company upon completion of the notice period with his current employer and will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. In the interim, Mr. Allen Katz will continue to serve as the company's Interim Senior Vice President and General Counsel. His qualifications include over 15 years of law practice in international settings, and he received his education in both Europe and the United States. Mr. Sjobring has been serving as the Vice President Legal Affairs


MCA Counsels Against Use of Decca on GPS Displays

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Press Notice counseling fishermen and other mariners against using the Decca format on GPS receivers. Reporting the position of a vessel in Decca coordinates (lanes and positions) is not acceptable and may lead to confusion and possible delay in responding to an emergency. Source: HK Law


New York Firm to Buy Maritrans

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. has a definitive agreement to acquire Maritrans Inc., for $455 million. Terms call for New York-based Overseas Shipholding to acquire Maritrans in an all-cash transaction for $37.50 a share, a 47 percent premium over Maritrans' closing price of $25.50 on Sept. 22. OSG also will assume Maritrans' debt outstanding as of June 30, according to a release from the companies. OSG will finance the deal through a combination of available cash and borrowings under


Foss Unveils New Management Structure

The Foss Maritime Company has created three new management positions aimed at strengthening its safety, compliance and environmental programs. Frank Williamson has been promoted to vice president, safety, quality and general counsel. Formerly Foss’ general counsel, Williamson will take on new responsibilities in health, safety, compliance and quality assurance. He will oversee the team responsible for developing and implementing safety and environmental programs.


Maersk Legal Department Applies Lean Methodologies

IQPC Exchange interviewed the General Counsel of Maersk Line to find out how the legal department  has utilised lean methodologies IQPC Exchange interviewed the General Counsel of Maersk Line, Martin Clausen, to find out how the legal department of the largest container ship operator in the world has utilised lean methodologies, and what impact this is having on productivity. Martin's team has implemented a number of systems and methods and is planning to expand these in the future


XL Catlin Promotes Chief Underwriting Officer, Marine

XL Catlin today announced the promotion of Anne Marie Elder to the role of Chief Underwriting Officer Marine for the Americas region. Elder in her new leadership role now reports to Lee Meyrick, XL Catlin’s Chief Underwriting Officer for Global Marine, in London.  


Maritime College Receives $750,000 from SUNY

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The State University of New York yesterday awarded $750,000 from its Investment and Performance Fund to Maritime College to boost student success and completion rates. The grant was among the largest paid for with money from the fund.  


DP World: Chairman also Appointed CEO

Dubai's DP World has appointed chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as permanent chief executive with immediate effect, the port operator said on Monday, two weeks after he took interim charge following the retirement of the former CEO. Sulayem will hold both roles simultaneously


Maersk CEO Looks to Increase Market Share

file image: The Maersk Kalmar underway (Maersk)

A.P. Moller-Maersk's chief executive said its container shipping arm Maersk Line probably gained market share in the second half of 2015 after losing some in the first half of the year. "We want to increase Maersk Line's market share


CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in todays national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum


Songa Dismisses DSME Claim

Image: Songa Offshore

 Norway's Songa Offshore SE referred Tuesday to its announcement July 15 regarding the receipt of notices of arbitration from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs.    


U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States


Vitol Buys Stake in Sargeant Marine

  The Vitol Group and Sargeant Marine, an asphalt trading, storage and transportation business, announced that Vitol will acquire a 50 percent interest in Sargeant Marine for an undisclosed sum.   Sargeant Marine comprises a global trading operation


Management Shuffle at Atlas Elektronik

Dr. Rolf Wirtz will become Chief Executive Officer of the naval electronics systems provider Atlas Elektronik GmbH, with effect from January 1, 2016. He will succeed Volker Paltzo who will leave the company on December 31, 2015 and take on a new role as Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter


Adrian Tolson Launches 20|20 Marine Energy

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 A new consultancy established by well known industry veteran and leading marine energy expert Adrian Tolson, was launched Tuesday.   A new consultancy, 20|20 Marine Energy, was launched to help companies create and implement strategies for purchasing and selling marine energy


Creating History Indian PM Chairs Commanders’ Meet On Board INS Vikramaditya

Photograph: PTI and Press Information Bureau

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a combined commanders' conference  on Tuesday (December 16) morning aboard INS Vikramaditya, stationed about 40 nautical miles on the high seas.   INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier that was inducted in the


Radio Holland Awarded Remote Monitoring Agreement

Photo: Radio Holland

Radio Holland, part of the newly formed company RH Marine Group, has been awarded a Remote Monitoring Agreement from The China Navigation Company (CNCo).   Under the new agreement, Radio Holland will install VDR Remote Interface on board three more CNCo vessels (Coral Chief


Dynagas LNG Partners Acquires LNG Carrier

Photo:  Dynagas LNG Partners LP

 Dynagas LNG Partners LP has entered into an agreement with Dynagas Holding Ltd to purchase 100% of the ownership interests in the entity that owns and operates the Lena River, a 2013 built 155,000 cubic meter ice class liquefied natural gas carrier


Barham Named UK Ship Register Director

Simon Barham (Photo: UK MCA)

Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016.   Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry


Crowley Promotes VP and Deputy General Counsel

Kerri McClellan (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Kerri McClellan has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel for the corporation.   McClellan, who is based in Jacksonville and reports to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mike Roberts






 
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