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Mitchell Commercial Director at Cosalt Offshore

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Cosalt Offshore, a provider of lifting, tooling and marine services to the oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of Lisa Mitchell as commercial director. Mitchell has worked for the company since 2000, when it was GTC Group and then became Cosalt Offshore in 2007, following acquisition. Her previous roles included contracts manager and commercial manager. Mitchell, a Law and Management honors graduate from The Robert Gordon University and former pupil of Westhill Academy, worked at Conoco and Brown and Root before joining GTC Group. Her specialties include tendering and client account strategy development. As well as her role as Commercial Director for the Cosalt Offshore UK business, Mitchell assumes responsibility for the Client Operations teams in Aberdeen.  

W&O Expands Team at New Brazil Office

Valeria Jackson

W&O expanded its team in the newly opened office in Brazil. The two new positions, a Commercial Director and Customer Services Delivery Manager, are focused on business development and customer service to expand W&O’s footprint in the Brazilian maritime industry and throughout South America.   “Establishing commercial operations in Brazil provides tremendous opportunity for us, yet it requires a tremendous amount of international coordination and a high level of

New CEO at ShipNet

ShipNet named Tormod Haavi as its new Managing Director, succeeding Sven Erik Dølvik. Haavi will assume his new role from July 1, 2006. Haavi was ShipNet’s Commercial Director until the end of 2000. During the years since he left ShipNet, Haavi has worked as an independent management consultant. His projects, amongst others, have been related to business development, mergers and acquisitions on an international level.

SBS Strengthens Management Team


SBS Worldwide Group has appointed Geoff Gillo as a non-executive director and Doug Overett as its first UK Country Manager. Chairman Steve Walker said the company, headquartered in Dartford, UK, is strengthening its management team as part of its strategic global development plan. Launched in 1983 and with offices in the UK and North America, SBS is now targeting new areas for growth, including Asia. “Geoff will be working with us to develop the strategic expansion of the group and

Bibby Ship Management Expands

Fast-growing Bibby Ship Management has relocated its Far Eastern and Indian operations to new, larger premises in key strategic locations, ensuring the company is ideally placed to service the needs of its customers worldwide. Bibby Ship Management’s new office in India is situated in Mumbai, the heart of Indian seafaring trade and industry. With over 120 members, the Mumbai team assists customers with sourcing and placing Indian seafarers on their ships

Beltov Joins DNV Petroleum Services

Tejs Beltov

DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) has appointed Tejs Beltov as the new Chief Operating Officer for Europe. Beltov, who joined the company on May 1, 2014, replaces Bill Stamatopoulos who has taken on a new challenge as Group Commercial Director. Stamatopoulos will develop and execute the company’s commercial and marketing strategy, manage customer relationships and drive business development. Beltov is a graduate of the Technical University of Denmark with extensive experience in the

Red Funnel Records Good Summer

Red Funnel has enjoyed a very successful August this year with growth in market share on the Southampton – East Cowes route. Figures show that Red Funnel has outperformed the market with significant growth compared to the same period in 2004. The total number of cars carried by Red Funnel during August (24 July – 20 August) grew by 9.35%, while the overall market grew by 4.47%. Year to date, Red Funnel’s car traffic is up by 7.74% in a market which has increased by just 2.47%.

WISTA Chalkidis Elects President

Vera Chalkidis, president of WISTA International, with some of the leadership team.  Left to right: Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Dime Agboire, Anna Risfelt Hammargren, Ms Chalkidis, Kathleen Haines, Consuelo Rivero, and Irene Lim. Photo courtesy Adrian Nettleship.

Vera Chalkidis, commercial director of Athenian Sea Carriers has been chosen to succeed Marita Scott of NorthEdge Risk Services, Bergen, who has held the presidency for four years. Athenian Sea Carriers is a tanker management company that prides itself on its support for sustainable commerce.  It was the first shipping entity to obtain ISO9001 certification for the design, development and provision of training courses for its seafarers.

Joint Venture to Build Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm support vessel specialists OWPMS has partnered with The Brook Henderson Group to provide a bespoke package for offshore wind farm operators, focusing on vessel supply during construction and operation & maintenance phases throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Brook Henderson is committing it substantial financial resources, equity of over $44.4m, to building a fleet of up to 60 Vessels over the coming 24 months.

Gibdock Completes Work on Spirit of Adventure

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Gibraltar-based Gibdock has recently completed a drydocking contract for UK-based Saga Holidays. Last month, the niche cruise operator docked the 9,570gt, 139m long Spirit of Adventure for a 10 day program of works, including steel repairs to the bulbous bow and a comprehensive external clean and repaint. Richard Beards, Gibdock Commercial Director, comments: “This is another important breakthrough for the yard, as it is the first time we have had the opportunity to work for Saga

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example

Volvo Ocean Race Partners with Yacht Racing Forum

Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

 The Volvo Ocean Race has agreed a three-year partnership with the Yacht Racing Forum.   "We are delighted to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race as a long-term partner,” said Bernard Schopfer, the event’s CEO.  

Italy's LSCT Executives Tour Asian Logistics Hubs

Cecilia Battistello

  In Singapore, senior executives from Italy's La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group will kick off a tour of key cargo hubs across south east and east Asia today to raise awareness and promote the benefits of La Spezia Homeport as the gateway to Northern Italy and its main

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow

Maria Pittordis

  Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding  its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’.  

Team Tankers Appoints Hans Feringa as President and CEO

Hans Feringa. Photo by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

 Team Tankers International Ltd has appointed Hans Feringa as new President and CEO. Feringa is the former President of Stolt Tankers, a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited. He succeeds Jens Grønning, who has left the Company.  

NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV.   NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half

Vogel Appointed CEO, Eagle Bulk Shipping

Photo Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

  The Board of Directors of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. today appointed Gary Vogel as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk, effective September 1, 2015. In addition to his new position, Mr. Vogel will also join the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Vogel will succeed Stanley H

Quality Counts as AMC Boosts Production

Photo: AMC

Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) celebrated its acquisition of ISO 9001 quality management certification in June by placing four High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV) under build simultaneously in its new Isle of Wight UK building hall.  

Damen Offshore Carrier Maersk Connector Launched

Launch of Maersk Connector at Damen Shipyard

  Yesterday senior representatives of Maersk Supply Service, DeepOcean UK and the Damen Shipyards Group who gathered at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania witnessed the launching of subsea support vessel Maersk Connector. The vessel is owned and operated by Maersk Supply Service and is built to

Brazil Exports Soy from New Northeast Terminal

  Two soybean cargoes have recently departed from a new terminal in northeast Brazil operated by VLI and local trader Multigrain, the latest option in the region as exporters look for alternatives to Brazil's overcrowded southern ports.

Côte D’Ivoire Invests in O&G Safety Training

Thegrowth in oil and gas activity in Côte D’Ivoire has seen investment in standardized safety training in the region far outstrip that of other hydrocarbon-rich West African countries, according to international learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge.

Liam Means Business for Shipping Cluster

My specific project is to assist the IOMSA in gathering information via an online survey so as to best present what the shipping and maritime sector means to the Isle of Man’s economy

  Enterprising student Liam Finch has been putting his summer days to good use by working on an important survey for the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA). Liam, 20, is involved in a project aiming to shed light on the value of the marine industry to the island

Record Number of Cruise Ships Sailing Down in NZ

Image: Cruise Lines International Association (Australasia)

 New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country.   28 ships from its members' fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months - an increase of more than 25 per cent

Unmanned Ships: How Close is the Autonomous Ferry?

The first remote-controlled ferry demonstrator could hit the water within four to five years thanks to a new wave of research into operational efficiency based on ship intelligence solutions. The prediction from Oskar Levander, VP for innovation

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