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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Wood Jr. Appointed Chairman at American Superconductor

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), a global power technologies company, announced the appointment of John W. Wood Jr. as chairman of the Board, effective August 16. He replaces former chairman and company founder, Gregory J. Yurek, who retired as chief executive officer earlier this year. Wood, 67, has been an independent director of AMSC since 2006. Prior to joining AMSC’s Board, Wood was chief executive officer of Analogic Corporation

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.

New Cranes for Felixstowe Port

Three new cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe’s Berth 8&9. The Berth 9 extension will be operational during the fourth quarter of 2015.

  Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new cranes will be operated on the port’s Berth 8&9 which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the

Completed GMS Scirocco Gets first Contract

GMS Scirocco

  Gulf Marine Services the provider of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) serving the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, informed that the newly-built GMS Scirocco has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget and has been awarded its first

Saga Cruises Orders New Ships

Image: Saga Cruises

 Saga Cruises has placed an order for a new cruise ship to be built by Meyer Werft in Germany with the delivery date of Summer 2019.    The deal comes with an option for a second new ship to be delivered in 2021. The 55,900 gross ton vessels will span approximately 234 metres in

New Jersey Transportation Chief to Resign

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday said his transportation commissioner Jamie Fox would step down by the end of the month to return to the private sector after only a year in the position.   Fox was previously a lobbyist with airline company United Continental Holdings Inc

Norden to Exit Capesize Bulker Markets

Danish shipping company D/S Norden plans to cut the number of vessel types it operates to help it through a long-depressed shipping market that could be about to get worse due to a slowdown in China, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

America's First Female Cruise Ship Captain on Maiden Voyage

Kate McCue. Photo by Celebrity Cruises, Inc

 An American woman Kate McCue is on her maiden voyage at the helm of the Celebrity Summit. She's leading the 14-day cruise with more than 2,100 passengers and a crew of about 950.     Kate McCue, 37, took the helm of her maiden voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship on Sunday as the

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Transas Marine, a provider of equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.   The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

Image: International Marine Contractors Association

 The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members

UK Chamber signs MOU with Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Maritime Industries and British Marine, to set out the basis for the three organisations to work together for the benefit of the industry as a whole.  

Baltic Exchange CEO Stepping Down

Jeremy Penn, chief executive of London's centuries old Baltic Exchange will step down next year, the exchange said on Friday. Penn, who took the helm as CEO in 2003 after previous top positions with international news agency Reuters, will leave next summer.

Lerwick Readies for Cruise Call

123 metre cruise ship Hanseatic

  Lerwick Harbour is making ready for a surprise visit by the 123 metre cruise ship Hanseatic. The 8,378 gross tonnes vessel carrying 144 mainly German passengers is due to arrive at 1200 noon on Sunday 27 September from Seydisfjordur and will berth at Victoria Pier East before sailing

Dubai's Topaz Buys Two Ships

Courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

  Dubai's Topaz Energy and Marine, a unit of Muscat-listed Renaissance Services, has bought two ships from Norwegian boat yard Vard Brattvaag for about $115 million, the Omani parent firm said on Sunday. The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2017

NewLead Fixes Newlead Castellano

Newlead Castellano

  NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced yesterday that it entered into a time charter contract for one of its dry bulk Eco-type Handysize vessels, the Newlead Castellano, for two consecutive voyages, anticipated to be completed by the end of November 2015, at a gross charter-out rate of US $7

Hapag-Lloyd in US$500 mln IPO

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd is looking to sell shares for a total US$500 million, and will seek listings in Hamburg and Frankfurt before the end of 2015.   Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed that it is preparing for a US500 million initial public offering (IPO) this year

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