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ABS Restructures Engineering Organization

Effective 1 May, ABS will introduce changes to its global engineering organization designed to improve service delivery to clients and reinforce technical capabilities. The new organizational structure is similar to the approach the society has used to administer its global survey services in recent years and is intended to provide better administration of its ship and offshore engineering services, more technical support to the engineering staff conducting plan reviews and promote greater technical consistency. The key component of this new organizational structure is the creation of Assistant Chief Engineer (ACE) positions within each operating Division, reporting directly to the ABS Chief Engineer Robert Giuffra in the corporate headquarters in Houston. The Assistant Chief Engineers will be responsible for technical engineering standards and interpretations in each division, technical monitoring of the engineering work undertaken, investigating client feedback, and providing guidance to the Divisional Vice Presidents of Engineering on technical issues that arise. Appointed to these new positions are Robert Spencer in the Europe Division, based in London, Roy Bleiberg in the Americas Division, based in Houston, and Wei Bao (Bill) Shi in the Pacific Division, based in Singapore. “By creating the Assistant Chief Engineer position to focus on the technical aspects of the engineering function


Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty to Concealing Deliberate Pollution

The former chief engineer of an American-flagged car-carrier pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste through a "magic pipe" that bypassed required pollution prevention equipment, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew J. McKeown for the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.


InterManager Discussion Reveals Lifeboat Concerns

Captain Kuba Szymanski InterManager Secretary General

Lifeboat hooks can be lethal, and their design is out of date and unsuitable to meet modern demands, according to serving seafarers whose views have been gathered by InterManager. Following a series of incidents and fatalities involving lifeboat hooks, InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has gathered comments from seafarers of various ranks in an online discussion forum.


Chief Engineer Sentenced in Tacoma

Chun Do Oh, Chief Engineer of the M/V Rubin Stella sentenced to twelve months plus one day in prison for presenting false entries in an Oil Record Book to the United States Coast Guard. These entries concealed the fact that he had directed the dumping of waste oil and oil sludges from this ship into the Pacific Ocean. The sentencing was announced today by John McKay, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington and Thomas L


Government Update: Signed Confessions

By Dennis Bryant, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP Many in the maritime industry are beginning to view the oil record book as a signed confession. The number of prosecutions in the United States for fraudulent entries in oil record books is rising exponentially and fines have recently skyrocketed. In the years 1998 through 2001, research has revealed one prosecution in each year for oil record book violations


Management Company Fined for ORB Violation

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey stated that a ship management company has pled guilty to intentionally failing to maintain the required oil record book (ORB) concerning overboard discharge of oil sludge and oil-contaminated bilge water from one of its ships. The company has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $200,000 and an additional $150,000 community service payment. According to the Information that was also released, the chief engineer on the ship, on various occasions


ASNE to Host Launch & Recovery Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) announced that registration has opened for its Launch and Recovery Symposium 2014: Launch and Recovery of Manned and Unmanned Vehicles from Surface Platforms. The theme for 2014 is Mission Effectiveness, Safety and Affordability. The event is slated to take place November 19-20, 201 at the Maritime Institute conference center in Linthicum, Md. According to ASNE, the symposium provides an opportunity to learn about launch


German Company Pleads Guilty to AK Bilge Dumping

 The Aleutian Islands (Photo courtesy of pacificenvironment.org)

German shipping company AML Ship Management GMBH and one of its chief engineers pled guilty yesterday to illegally discharging oily waste in Alaskan waters last August. The company and Nicolas Sassin, 45, the chief engineer of AML's City of Tokyo vehicle carrier, each plead guilty to one count of violating the Clean Water Act. They also face charges in Portland, OR, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.


Wachel Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

William Wachel

William Wachel has been named a Senior Supervising Engineer, Ports and Marine, in the Houston office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Wachel will manage ports and marine projects throughout Texas and the Southeastern United States.  Wachel comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff following 25 years with the Port of Houston Authority


China Research Submersible Set for 7km Dive

Chinese Deep Sea Research Vessel: Photo credit China Government

Chinese manned submersible ready soon for deep ocean research Yan Kai, the chief engineer of China's manned deep-sea submersible research vessel Jiaolong, confirmed that the craft will reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level this summer, thereby meeting its design goals. The submersible has successfully completed all of its previous trial runs, carrying three crewmembers to a depth of more than 4,000 meters below sea level and subsequently to a depth of 5,038 meters


LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia


Carisbrooke Takes Fuel Regulations in Stride

Image courtesy of Carisbrooke Shipping

"Our first three months of Emission Control Area operation have run without a hitch," said Carisbrooke Shipping CEO Robert Wester. "We put this down to careful preparation supported by the skill and diligence of our sea staff."  


Crowley Crew Aids Ill-fated Catamaran

Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393-foot, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran Rainmaker during a routine transit from Progresso, Mexico, to Halifax, Canada.


Chief Engineer Sentenced for Pollution Violations

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein (Photo courtesy of: USDOJ)

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Noly Torato Vidad of the Philippines, the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader, to eight months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


Shipping Company, Chief Engineer Charged for Dumping Oil

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced  that AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, and Nicolas Sassin, Chief Engineer of a vehicle carrier ship it operated, the M/V City of Tokyo, were both charged with knowingly dumping oil into United States’ waters off the coast of


Sheen Named ICG Managing Director

Andrew Sheen (Photo: ICG)

Andrew Sheen has been appointed by the Irish Continental Group (ICG) to the position of Managing Director of its Irish Ferries division.    Sheen will assume his new role with effect from the beginning of April, reporting to ICG’s CEO, Eamonn Rothwell.  


Navy LCS Undergoes Planned Maintenance

The U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed from Singapore February 2 after completing her first six-day scheduled preventive maintenance period during a maiden 16-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the Navy reported.  


Ship Operator Fined $1.8m for Oil Discharge

Ship operator admits to covering up deliberate discharge of oil and ordered to pay $1.8 million; $450,000 of penalty to fund projects benefitting Chesapeake Bay and $250,000 awarded to crew member who provided evidence of the illegal discharges  


THOME Group's Junior Officer Recruitment Now Self-Sufficient

   Cadets from THOME Groups training program (Photo courtesy of THOME Group)

THOME Group's Junior Officer Recruitment Now Self-Sufficient International ship management company THOME Group has become self-sufficient in recruiting junior officers, the company announced today, saying it managed to fill all of its 2014 junior officer vacancies from within its own pool of


New CMD for Dredging Corporation of India

Image by: Dredging Corporation of India

Rajesh Tripathi assumed charge as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the public sector Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) w.e.f. February 02, 2015.  Capt. D. K. Mohanty, Chairman and Managing Director has been relieved from the services of the Corporation w.e.f


KR Launches Software to Aid ECA Compliance

The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program to assist vessels with fuel oil change over when complying with the new low sulphur regulations.    From January 1, MARPOL Annex VI Reg 14 requires vessels sailing within an emission control area (ECA) to burn


New Simulator Improves Inland Waterway Training

Image courtesy of BMT

Simulation Tool for Brown Water Training and Collision Reconstruction   BMT ARGOSS a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., has developed a specialized version of its REMBRANDT simulation and training tool for use in scenarios involving inland waterways.  


S.Korean Ferry C/E Overcome by Fear, Panic

The chief engineer of the doomed Sewol ferry who was jailed for 30 years for leaving behind two injured crewmates believed they were dead and had acted in "a state of extreme fear and panic," his lawyer told a South Korean appeals court on Tuesday.


New RAmparts Tugs for PSA Marine

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd.

A year after PSA Marine, Singapore took delivery of Rubicon, its first ever RAmparts 3200CL tug from Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong in December 2013, the same builder has now put four more similar tugs, OLNG Sur, OLNG Seeb, OLNG Masirah and OLNG Muttrah into the hands of PSA Marine Qalhat SAOC


Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

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An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions






 
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