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LR Selects New Finance Director

Lloyd's Register (LR) has appointed Robert Biddle as group financial director, effective November 1. Biddle succeeds Christopher Gomm, who recently retired and will become a member of LR's board at the General Committee meeting in December. Biddle previously served as finance director of Eurotherm Plc, the industrial electronics group, for 10 years.


Waterways Council Meetings & 2011 Seminar

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) announced the dates of its 2011 Washington Meetings, February 15-17, 2011, which include the Waterways Seminar and the Leadership Service Award Dinner.  All events will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC.  The deadline to register at the hotel under the group rate is January 18 (For Hotel reservations, please contact the Mandarin Oriental directly at 1-888-888-1778 and reference Waterways Council, Inc.)


RINA Recognized by Turkish Administration

Italian classification society RINA has been recognized by the Turkish Maritime Administration to carry out statutory activity on Turkish-flagged ships. Speaking at a reception in Istanbul on December 5, RINA Group CEO Ugo Salerno said, “In addition to the agreement with the Turkish Administration, we have two events to celebrate - the expansion of RINA’s Istanbul office and completion of the first year of successful activities involving RINA local plan approval.”


Lloyd's Register Hellenic Advisory Committee

Lloyd’s Register’s Hellenic Advisory Committee (HAC) met November 19, 2009 at the Yacht Club of Greece. Chairman, Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos summed up the proceedings: "This has been another good committee meeting. We are facing a new era - the issues we see, particularly the carbon challenge, have never been experienced before. Never have we needed class so much, never before has class needed shipowners as much as today


BOEMRE Discusses Science in Offshore Energy Development

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Stressing the importance of scientific integrity in decision-making regarding offshore energy development, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich today highlighted the role of the bureau’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee in evaluating the bureau’s research and scientific agenda.   “The Scientific Committee is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to ensure we have the appropriate


BSEE's Salerno Visits Arctic Challenger, USCG, ABS Leaders

File Photo: ADM Brian Salerno (ret.), Now BSEE Director

On February 20 and 21, 2014 Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire traveled to Bellingham, Wash. to meet with senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping and see first-hand Shell's containment system aboard the Arctic Challenger.   Director Salerno and Alaska Region Director Fesmire also visited with Coast Guard representatives at the Coast Guard's District headquarters in


OSHA to Hold Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an open meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) and its workgroups in Washington on Nov. 27 and 28, 2007. The workgroups will meet on Nov. 27, and MACOSH will meet on Nov. 28. Both meetings will be at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Office Building, 200 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C., 20210.


Ports Conduct Security Exercise

Harbor residents of and will see increased law enforcement activity this Wednesday and Thursday as area emergency responders participate in a 2-day U.S. Coast Guard lead counterterrorism exercise.  The exercise is designed to test the Area Maritime Security Plan that was mandated by the Maritime Security Transportation Act of 2002 (MTSA). The exercise will take place in both the Ports of Los Angeles and and include simulated bombings that law enforcement and fire agencies will


Greek Shipowners Support Korean Register

Over 70 Greek shipowners supported the Korean Register of Shipping’s (KR) 5th Hellenic Committee meeting held in Athens on October 15.  Chaired by Adam Polemis, this important gathering meets annually to discuss KR’s performance and to guide the classification society to further its twin aims of ensuring quality shipping and safeguarding the natural environment in which its vessels operate. Senior representatives from the Athens shipping community heard how KR’s


Counter-piracy: BIMCO's GUARDCON Contract INTERTANKO Endorsed

INTERTANKO’s Documentary Committee endorses BIMCO's newly published standard contract for Private Armed Guards (GUARDCON). GUARDCON has now been in use for some months. During this time the Documentary Committee has reviewed the GUARDCON wording and, as the use of private armed guards has proliferated, has considered it against a backdrop of other contracts for the use of private armed guards. The Committee found that private armed guard contracts vary in content and standard


MERPAC to Meet on IGF Code Training Requirements

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to work on Task Statement 80, concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).


MLC Amendments Address Abandonments, Claims

Governments, maritime employer representatives coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and their counterparts from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met this week at the International Labor Organization in Geneva for the first meeting of the Special


US Sens. Kaine and Reed Visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Pictured with U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Jack Reed  in front of USS Abraham Lincoln are (left to right) Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship’s commanding officer; Todd West, director, Newport News’ RCOH program; and Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. Photo by Chris Oxley, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided the senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders and see construction progress being made on all programs across


InterManager Welcomes New Protection for Seafarers

Captain Kuba Szymanski

InterManager said it welcomes the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organization in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to


Port of Houston Meetings Rescheduled

The Houston Port Commission and Board of Pilot Commissioner have rescheduled meetings originally set for Tuesday, January 28 due to a forecasted mix of freezing rain and sleet, which they said could cause unsafe driving conditions The Port  Commission of the Port of Houston Authority will


Arctic Standards Development Moves Ahead

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Improving and updating Arctic design standards for material, equipment, and offshore structures for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. Seventy representatives from seven countries met for two days in St. John’s


IMO Update: Shipping in polar waters

Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training


Larsen Named Director at CLIA

Bo Larsen will serve as Director of Port Engagement and Business Development

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the establishment of a Global Ports Committee as well as new regional committees in the Americas, Australasia and Asia in addition to the regional committee already operating in Europe. CLIA is now focusing more on engaging directly with port


Scania Evaluates Volkswagen Buyout Offer

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At an extraordinary board meeting in Scania the board of Scania – excluding Martin Winterkorn, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Leif Östling and Ferdinand K. Piëch – has decided to appoint an independent committee


Latest on Proposed Scania Buyout

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The Independent Committee of the Scania Board of Directors has begun its work to consider Volkswagen's buyout offer and confirms it has noted that Volkswagen does not foresee any significant changes with regards to Scania and that Scania’s headquarters and its development centers will remain


Seafarers Gain ILO Minimum Wage Increase

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ITF representatives met with maritime employer representatives from the International Shipping Federation (ISF) at the ILO recently for discussions. The sub-committee on wages of seafarers of the joint maritime commission agreed to increase the ILO monthly minimum wage from USD585 to USD592


Krepp Comments on GSA Storis Auction

Denise Krepp

Denise Rucker Krepp, former Maritime Administration Chief Counsel who currently advocates on behalf of the U.S. domestic ship recycling industry, issued a statement at the Coast Guard Shipping Coordinating Committee Meeting March 12, 2014, in Preparation for the April 2014 Maritime Environment


BOURBON Committee to Examine JACCAR Bid

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At its meeting of March 21, 2014, the board of directors of BOURBON noted JACCAR Holding’s proposed bid for shares of BOURBON. It decided to appoint a committee of four independent group directors (Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Guy Dupont


Kuwait in Talks on Russian LNG Imports

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Gazprom informs it has hosted a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Company's Management Committee and Abdulaziz Al-Adwani, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuwait to the Russian Federation to discuss prospects for bilateral


IMO Closer to Polar Environmental Regulation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed which ships are to be covered by the future environmental regulations for voyages in polar areas, The Danish Maritime Authority said.


 
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