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Schulte Retires from MAN B&W

After 32 years of service with MAN, Dr. Hans-J. Schulte, Member of the Executive Board of MAN AG (Munich) and Chairman of the MAN B&W Diesel Executive Board, officially retired from professional life today. At the farewell celebration attended by 150 guests, Håkan Samuelsson, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN AG and Chairman of MAN B&W Diesel AG’s Supervisory Board emphasised: “Thanks to his international experience and his extensive knowledge of the diesel engine markets worldwide, Dr. Schulte has always been able to give fresh impetus to the Executive Board of the MAN Group and has pushed the diesel engine division decisively forward.” At the end of January, Dr. Hans-J. Schulte will retire from professional life. After his studies in law at Münster, Genf and Harvard, the Westfalian by birth joined MAN in 1973 as a young lawyer. Six years later, he was in charge of the Investment Division of the former M.A.N. Aktiengesellschaft in Augsburg. In 1984, Dr. Schulte was appointed Member of the first Executive Board of the newly founded MAN B&W Diesel AG and MAN B&W Diesel A/S (Copenhagen). In 1998, he was appointed Chairman of the MAN B&W Diesel Executive Board and Member of the MAN Aktiengesellschaft Executive Board. Dr. Schulte had significant involvement in the development of the present MAN B&W Diesel Group. 25 years ago, MAN acquired the Danish B&W Diesel A/S. In 1987, a stake in the French engine manufacturer, S.E.M.T. Pielstick in Paris and St

GL: New shareholder Structure to Safeguard Independence

At a shareholders' meeting, Germanischer Lloyd's Executive Board announced the successful defense against the hostile takeover bid by a French competitor. The binding purchase offer by the Hamburg entrepreneur Günter Herz, with secure long-term perspectives for the Society, met with the approval of shareholders who were willing to sell. More than 40% of the shares changed hands. The Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd has already approved the transfer of these registered shares.

Changes in GL’s Executive Board

Rainer Schöndube, Member of the Executive Board at Germanischer Lloyd AG, will conclude his tenure at the classification society based in Hamburg on 30 September 2007. Over 200 guests came to his farewell at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hamburg. At the beginning of Schöndube's career, in 1980, Germanischer Lloyd had 535 employees. Today, over 4,100 employees in over 76 countries work for the classification society. During this period Germanischer Lloyd's newbuilding orderbook rose from 1

Casjens to Leave Hapag-Lloyd Board

Günther Casjens, a member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, is leaving the company at his own request with effect from March 1, 2004. "I greatly regret the decision, but must accept that Günther Casjens has other plans," stated Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, adding that he welcomed Mr Casjens' intention to remain linked with the company on an amicable basis. Günther Casjens joined Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1974 and has been a member of the executive

ClassNK Announces New Appointments to the Board

Japanese ship classification society Nippon Kaijikyorkai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors effective March 1. Chairman and President Kenji Ogawa, Executive Vice President Yukio Tsudo, and Managing Director Kazunori Yamanaka have retired, resulting in three new appointments to the board. New Board Chairman and President Mr. Noboru Ueda (previously Executive Vice President)*

Besselink of Royal HaskoningDHV Quits

Piet W. Besselink

  Mr Piet Besselink, Executive Board Member of international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, has decided to step down by the end of the year. This change was announced by the company’s Supervisory Board.   Piet Besselink (56), member of the Executive Board of Royal HaskoningDHV since 2012 and of former DHV since 2006, has decided to take on a new direction in his career and pursue opportunities outside of the company effective from 1

GL Announces Good 1H Results

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) recently presented the key figures for the first half-year of 2001. Rainer Schöndube, Executive Board Member in charge of financial affairs, said: "The positive developments in turnover and performance for the first half of 2001 lead us to expect a Group result for the entire year that is about as good as last year's." The turnover of the GL Group grew in the first half of 2001 by 11.4 percent to 81.0 million EUR (previous year: 72.8 million EUR)

MAN B&W Extends Reach in China

Håkan Samuelsson (left), Executive Board Chairman of the MAN Group, and Li Changyin, CSIC President, signing the contract in Munich. The MAN B&W Diesel Group and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) agreed upon comprehensive cooperation with regard to the development and production of large diesel engines. The frame agreement, which was recently signed in Munich, also provides for close cooperation in the purchase and production of components

New Executive VP for Van der Velden Marine Systems

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Paul van Maanen (48) has joined Van der Velden® Marine Systems as Executive Vice President. He brings with him years of experience as a Managing Director in the shipbuilding  and aircraft industries. Van Maanen will join the Corporate Executive Board and be co-responsible for the overall operation and management of the entire Van der Velden group of companies. He joins a four men strong Corporate Executive  Board, which also includes Gerrit Spekman (CEO)

ClassNK Announces Boardroom Reorganization

Tokyo - Japanese ship classification society Nippon Ippon Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors, effective March 22, 2012. Executive Vice President Hiroshige Kitada has retired, and two executive officers, Tetsushi Agata and Tetsuya Kinoshita, General Managers of the General Affairs Department and Planning Department, respectively, have been promoted to the position of managing director

Gate Terminal Expanded for Handling Small LNG Vessels

Gate LNG terminal at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam

Gate terminal and its shareholders Gasunie and Vopak are proud to announce that the LNG terminal at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam has been expanded to include a third berth and special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels. These small LNG vessels will enable distribution to LNG

Hamburg Port to Implement Green Tech

From left to right: Jan Tellkamp, Expert LNG bunkering and smallscale LNG Europe at DNV GL – Maritime, Torsten Schramm, President DNV GL – Maritime, Karsten Schönewald, Head of Fleet Management at the HPA, Claudia Flecken, Member of the HPA Executive Board, Merten Stein, Head of Shipping Advisory at DNV GL – Maritime, and Lea-Valeska Giebel, Expert External Relations and Public Affairs at DNV GL. Photo by  DNV GL

 DNV GL has signed a letter of intent with the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Claudia Flecken, Member of the HPA Executive Board, and Torsten Schramm, President of DNV GL – Maritime, agreed to join forces in boosting the sustainability of the existing HPA fleet and all new acquisitions.

World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Chartered

(Image: Bomin Linde LNG)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Bomin Linde LNG said it has secured a capacity of 7,500 m3 LNG bunker supply vessel, the largest of its kind to date, via a time-charter contract signed with ship owner Bernhard Schulte on September 30, 2016.  

Caterpillar CEO to Retire, Successor a Company Veteran

Caterpillar Inc insider Jim Umpleby will become chief executive of the heavy equipment maker on Jan. 1, faced with the challenge of reversing a multiyear sales decline triggered by the global commodities slump.   He replaces Doug Oberhelman, who will retire as CEO on Dec

Wassmer Named CEO at Kelvion

Robert Wassmer (Photo: Kelvion)

Robert Wassmer will join Kelvion, a globally active manufacturer of industrial heat exchangers, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Kelvion Holding GmbH effective as of July 1, 2016, the company’s shareholder committee announced.  

14 Appointed to NOIA Board


The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) elected 14 industry leaders to its Board of Directors on April 21, 2016 during its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.   Appointed to first term on the Board of Directors: Galen Cobb, Vice President Industry Relations, Halliburton

Hamburg Süd Reports Sustainably

Courtesy Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd is the first container shipping lines to publish its Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standard Disclosures (Core). Entitled “Setting standards and acting sustainably”

Damen Delivers Its Largest Shoalbuster to Date

Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made

HCI Group Takes Over 13 Feeder Containerships

Courtesy HCI Capital

The HCI Group and two other investors have taken over a total of thirteen ships from the loan portfolio of HSH Nordbank. The HCI Group structured the portfolio acquisition and is investing a substantial amount itself. The portfolio consists of thirteen feeder ships of between 800 and 1,800 TEU

New Leadership at Alphatron Marine

Arno Metzemakers (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

Alphatron Marine announced that Arno Metzemakers will join the company's management team as General Manager responsible for all operational matters worldwide, effective June 1. Next to Metzemakers, Karin Hoogendam will be appointed as COO

McClain Appointed MD of Braemar Engineering

Sheila McClain

Braemar Shipping Services Group PLC is pleased to announce that Sheila McClain, Executive Vice President of Braemar Engineering, has been appointed Braemar Engineering's new Managing Director.  Sheila will continue to be based in Houston

HCI Capital Renamed Ernst Russ AG

Photo HCI Group

A vote was passed at the ordinary shareholders’ meeting of HCI Capital AG yesterday to change the company’s name to Ernst Russ AG. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board put the proposal to the shareholders’ meeting as one element of the corporate strategy to strengthen the

Hapag-Lloyd Still Strong in Canada

From left to right: Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd; Philippe Couillard, Premierminister von Quebec; Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 Hapag-Lloyd remains the market leader among liner shipping companies in Canada. In the past year, the shipping company saw its market share increase to over 18%.    Hapag-Lloyd is the largest liner shipping company in terms of throughput volume at both the Port of Vancouver and

Maersk Drilling Delivers $164m Profit

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO in Maersk Drilling  Photo Maersk

Maersk Drilling delivered a profit of USD 164m (USD 218m) in the second quarter of 2016. The result is positively impacted by a strong operational performance with an average uptime of 98% and savings on operating costs, however partly offset by more idle days

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Vessels

Two new-builds in the 5-star expedition segment

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction

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