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Vinashin Gradually Stabilizes

According to the VOV News, some members of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group Vinashin have recovered from the economic crisis and stabilized their production and business to create more jobs and ensure workers’ incomes. On April 9, Vinashin’s Party Committee held its second Party Congress for the 2011-2015 term in the presence of politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, who is also head of the Steering Committee for restructuring the Vinashin group.     (Source: VOV News)  

Revisions to Oil Spill Regulations

The Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee held a hearing to review proposed revisions to the state's regulations related to oil terminals and vessels transporting petroleum products. The proposed revisions contain several references to vessels transporting petroleum products on the state waterways. AWO's major objection to the Maine regulations relates to a proposed requirement that vessels stay 12 miles offshore, except when approaching Maine's ports

Shiptec China 2014 Taking Shape

In just under seven months’ time, marine professionals from China and around the world will gather for the opening of Shiptec China 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center. Taking place October 21-24, it is the 11th holding of this increasingly important event, and the organizers have now confirmed many aspects of the forthcoming event. With its leading role now well established thanks to the involvement of the Chinese government

Building Momentum for America

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In Washington, DC, success is often measured in the smallest of increments, especially when we have gridlock in Congress like we have seen this past year.  But when it comes to bringing attention to the importance of the inland waterways system to America’s current – and future – prosperity, progress is being made.  On September 21, Midwest Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mark Kirk (R-IL)

GulfMark Offshore Elects Two New Board Members

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) has announced the election of Steven W. Kohlhagen and Charles K. Valutas to its Board of Directors for terms expiring in June 2014.   Steven W. Kohlhagen is a retired financial executive who brings to the Board expertise in financial accounting, finance and risk management through his extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the financial, securities and foreign exchange markets

U.S. Energy Panel Plans More Oversight Of Gasoline Reserve

U.S. House Republicans will continue delving into the Obama administration's creation of an emergency gasoline reserve in the Northeast, after a briefing by the Department of Energy failed to quell concerns about the stockpile, a committee aide said on Tuesday. Senior members of the House Energy Committee asked for the briefing after the DOE earlier this year held the first test sale of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) since 1990

John Harrison Appointed General Counsel of Technip

Technip appoints John Harrison to its Executive Committee as General Counsel. In this newly created function, John Harrison will as General Counsel be responsible in the Executive Committee for all group legal, corporate and compliance matters and will report to the Chairman and CEO of Technip, Thierry Pilenko. Prior to his appointment and since 2003, John Harrison was General Counsel of the Defence and Security Division of EADS.

New EU Transport Committee

Following the European elections of June 2004, the newly elected European Parliament held its first plenary session from 20 to 22 July. During this session, MEPs formally approved the nomination by the European Council of Portugal's Jose Manuel Durao Barrosso as Romano Prodi's successor as European Commission President. The key institutional change on the maritime front is that the former "RETT" Committee of the European Parliament ("Regional Policy

SCC Meetings Set

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will hold two meetings in Washington, DC. The first meeting, on January 22, is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment. Topics on the agenda include the longitudinal strength of tankers and prevention of accidents with lifeboats. The second meeting, on January 30, is to prepare for the upcoming session of IMO Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases

Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the organization and helps to provide resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to support the service of men and women in the United States Coast Guard

Smith Taken on Rolls-Royce Holdings Board

Kevin Smith Courtesy GKN Plc

  Rolls-Royce Holdings plc today announces the appointment of Sir Kevin Smith CBE as a Non-Executive Director.  Sir Kevin will join the Board with effect from 1 November 2015 and will become a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

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  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

Changes in Swire Pacific's Top Deck

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  Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announces a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Mr Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, 21st September 2015.  Mr Mathison has also been appointed as Director of John

IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

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 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier

Losses Impacting Marine Cargo Insurance Market


Speaking at this year’s IUMI annual conference in Berlin, Nick Derrick, Chairman of IUMI’s Cargo Committee warned that large cargo losses were having a significant impact on the marine insurance sector. The recent incident at the port of Tianjin should, according to Derrick

EU Climate Deal Must Address Shipping, Says Greens

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 The groups representing European Parliament's (EP) environment committee are urging European leaders to include international shipping in the global climate deal scheduled to be signed in Paris in December.   The 28 EU member states meet on 18 September to finalise their position for

NASBLA Expands Patrol Edition Vessel Offering

Press Release -- The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Enforcement & Training Committee voted to expand its Patrol Edition Boat Program to include additional models by Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP). 

US House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal Oil Export Ban

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee passed a bill on Thursday to repeal the U.S. ban on oil exports, providing momentum in the chamber for overturning the 40-year old trade restriction. The House Energy and Power subcommittee passed the bill by a voice count

CMMI Establishes Kolkata Chapter

Members of the Kolkata Chapter

  The formation of a chapter of The Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) last week in Kolkata comes as a major break-through. Though CMMI was formed in India in 1956, with its Head office at Mumbai, it was able to establish in 12 chapters at various cities in India such as

Mary Anne Rooney Named APP President

Mary Anne Rooney (Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Mary Anne Rooney, Harbor Commissioner at California’s Port of Hueneme, has been named President of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP), a trade and information association promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness of Pacific ports.  

IMO’s Sekimizu Condemns People Smugglers

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

Prompted by recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has voiced

China Passes New Pollution Law, Will Cap Coal Consumption

  Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog. The draft amendments were passed by 154 votes to 4

Gazprom, OMV Meet on Establishing Nord Stream JV

Nord Stream landfall in Germany

  At a Meeting held at the Gazprom headquarters between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, issues of the Nord Stream II project implementation, particularly

US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit

Sivertsen is New CEO of EMGS

Stig Eide Sivertsen

  Stig Eide Sivertsen is appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Electromagnetic Geoservices Bjarte Bruheim has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA with immediate effect. He has held this position since 7 January 2015, and before that

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