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Olivier Named UK Club Chairman

Alan Olivier, the new Chairman and President of the UK P&I Club

Alan Olivier was elected Chairman and President of the UK P&I Club at their board meeting in Bermuda on October 28. He succeeds Dino Caroussis who has retired from the board. Mr. Olivier, 53, Chief Executive Officer of Grindrod Limited, became a Director of the UK Club in 2000 and a Deputy Chairman in 2006. Mr. Caroussis, 61, of Chios Navigation, had been the Club’s Chairman for the past five years, having joined the board in 1996 in the shipping division. He held senior treasury and financial positions before his appointment as chief executive of Unicorn Shipping in 1995. He was appointed to the Grindrod Limited board in May 1999, where he is now chief executive. Alan is a director of local and international subsidiary companies, including Grindrod Bank Limited. Following the Club’s Annual General Meeting seven new Directors joined the UK board. They are Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al Sabah of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; Angela Chao of Foremost Group, New York; Michael Fostiropoulos of Almi Tankers; Polys Hajioannou of Safe Bulkers, Athens; Edouard Louis-Dreyfus of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Paris; Paul Wogan of Gaslog, Monaco; and Riad Zein of Naftomar Shipping & Trading, Athens. Sheikh Talal Al Khalid Al Sabah is the Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company in Kuwait. He joined Kuwait Oil Company in 1983 after graduating in business administration and gained his MBA in 1986


APS Management Restructured

Associated British Ports Holdings Plc is reorganizing top management at its American Port Services subsidiary, including appointing Douglas Tipton as head of the Seaport container terminal division. Tipton has been president and chief executive officer of U.S. shipping firm Contship Containerlines Inc for the past three years. He has extensive experience of the container industry, having also worked at Mitsui OSK, Maersk and Sea-Land


British Ports Reorganizes American Management

Associated British Ports Holdings Plc has appointed Douglas Tipton as head of the Seaport container terminal division at its American Port Services subsidiary, and will reorganize top management including the appointing. Tipton has been president and chief executive officer of Contship Containerlines Inc. for the past three years. He has extensive experience of the container industry, having also worked at Mitsui OSK, Maersk and Sea-Land


Ronald D. Sugar Elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Ronald D. Sugar, president and chief operating officer chairman and chief executive officer. Dr. Sugar was elected to Northrop Grumman's board of directors last April. Kent Kresa, chairman and CEO, stated, "With our recent acquisition of Litton Industries, Northrop Grumman is now a $15 billion top-tier global enterprise with 80,000 employees. Ron's appointment provides our company with additional management depth


EDHEC-Risk Institute Welcomes Eight New Members

EDHEC-Risk Institute announced that eight new members have joined its international advisory board, which brings together scholars, representatives of regulatory bodies as well as senior executives from business partners and other institutions. The role of the international advisory board is to validate the relevance and goals of the research program proposals presented by the institute’s management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry


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. We hope some competitors will order fewer new vessels," Chief Executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen told a teleconference. Andersen said the low oil price is the biggest short-term challenge for the group. Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen


NASSCO, BP Hold Naming Ceremony

Preparing to name the Alaskan Frontier are Richard Vortmann, President of NASSCO, ship's Sponsor Pamela Olver, spouse of Richard Olver, Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP, Richard Olver, Diane Malone, Matron of Honor, spouse of Bob Malone chief executive of BP Shipping, Ltd., and Bob Malone. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO joined BP p.l.c. in naming the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska-class double-hull oil tankers being built for BP Oil Shipping Company.


Lund Named New Statoil CEO

At its meeting on March 7, 2004, Statoil's board of directors appointed Helge Lund (42) as new chief executive for the Statoil group. Mr Lund is currently chief executive of Aker Kværner ASA. "Helge Lund was the first choice of the board and we are very pleased that he has agreed to lead Statoil in the years ahead," said Statoil chair Jannik Lindbæk. Lund graduated as a business economist at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administrationin Bergen


ConocoPhillips Announces Senior Management Changes

ConocoPhillips announced the following actions concerning the company's senior management: John Carrig, currently executive vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer, will become president and chief operating officer.  He will continue to report to Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. Jim Gallogly, currently executive vice president, Refining, Marketing & Transportation, will become executive vice president, Exploration & Production.


Reservoir Names MD for Well Intervention

Fraser Louden (Photo: Reservoir Group).

Reservoir Group announced the appointment of Fraser Louden as managing director of its well intervention and measurements business. Acting as the Group management team’s interface with its growing portfolio of companies, Louden joins from an executive advisor role at FMC Technologies and previous expertise at READ Well Services Ltd., where he held key roles, including chief executive officer, vice president, business development manager and R&D manager.


US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.  


Teekay Sign Yamal Charter for Newbuild

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has entered into a 15-year time-charter contract with the Yamal LNG project, sponsored by Novatek OAO, Total SA, China National Petroleum Corporation and Silk Road Fund, to provide Yamal LNG with conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation services


Cosco wins Abu Dhabi Container Terminal Concession

Abu Dhabi Ports has awarded China's Cosco Shipping a 35-year concession to build and operate a new container terminal at Khalifa Port, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi company told Reuters on Wednesday. The terminal is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018


New Book Targets Better Ship Design

Improving Ship Operational Design, second edition (Image: The Nautical Institute)

Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design


German Banks Count Cost of Global Shipping Crisis

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

German banks are struggling to recoup tens of billions of dollars of loans as a global shipping industry slump hits them hard.   The lenders - among the biggest backers of shipowners over the past 20 years - are behind up to a quarter of the world's $400 billion of outstanding shipping loans


RBS Says Starts Winding Down Shipping Business

The Royal Bank of Scotland has begun winding down its global shipping finance business, it said on Tuesday, ending efforts to sell it amid a worsening downturn across the freight industry.   Chief Executive Ross McEwan is battling to complete a restructuring


New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21).  


Daintith Named CFO, Rolls-Royce

Stephen Daintith Photo courtesy DMGT

Rolls-Royce announced that Stephen Daintith has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and as an executive director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. Stephen will take up his new role in 2017, succeeding David Smith who will leave Rolls-Royce after three years to pursue other business interests


Pavilion Energy, ExxonMobil Join on Singapore LNG Bunkering

Image: Exxon Mobil Corp

 Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd (Pavilion) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (ExxonMobil) will work together to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in Singapore, as well as other downstream projects, reports the Straits Times.   Both companies will also look at developing other downstream


Teekay Offshore Bags North Sea Shuttle Tanker Contracts

Courtesy Teekay Offshore Partners

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore or the Partnership) (NYSE:TOO) announced today that it has been awarded new three-year shuttle tanker contracts of affreightment (CoA), plus extension options, with BP plc, Royal Dutch Shell and OMV Group


Petrobras to Seek Builders for Six Platforms

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-run oil company, as of 2017 will begin seeking offers for the construction of six new offshore oil platforms envisioned in current investment plans, according to a newspaper interview published Sunday.


Baltic Exchange Names Jackson as CEO

Mark Jackson (Photo: Baltic Exchange)

Baltic Exchange on Monday named Mark Jackson, a former Chairman and Director, to replace Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Penn.   Baltic Exchange shareholders earlier approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions


NAT Announces Public Offering

Nordic American Tankers Limited (the "Company") today announced an underwritten public offering of 11,000,000 common shares pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement.  At the Company's request, the underwriters have reserved for sale an aggregate of 534


Sonagol Deepens DSME's Woes

Image: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 Concerns were growing again over liquidity woes of Soth Korea's largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), as the Angolan oil major Sonangol EP is likely to delay the takeover of its drill ships once again.    


Norway Approves PBES Lithium Energy Storage

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said its marine energy storage system has received approval for use in electric and hybrid vessels in Norway, having met the new Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) standard.   The lithium-ion battery manufacturer PBES






 
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