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Resolve Managerial Appointments

Bob Umbdenstock

Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, one of the US’ major Marine Emergency Response, Salvage and Fire Fighting experts, is to develop its expertise on a more global basis and has recruited a number of key personnel into its company to achieve this aim. Bob Umbdenstock, marine industry executive and consultant with international management experience in heavy salvage, wreck removal and environmental protection, has joined the company to develop and market the emergency response capabilities Resolve offers to ship owners and managers wishing to comply with statutory planning requirements, namely OPA 90, in the US and elsewhere in the world. A graduate of Dartmouth College and former US Navy salvage officer, he has been a special casualty representative (SCR) for Lloyds Open Form with SCOPIC. Joe Farrell III, son and namesake of the current Resolve Group President, also joins the company. Farrell is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he earned a BS degree in marine engineering. He recently graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with an MS in Ocean Engineering and with a concentrate in Naval Architecture. They join a number of other recent key appointments to the Resolve Group, including Capt. Rich Habib, Senior Salvage Master and Bill Crothers, Group Chief Financial Officer. Habib brings over 30 years of experience in the Marine Industry. He is a Master Mariner with a background in heavy lift vessels


TITAN Appoints Hoddinott and Ives

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TITAN Salvage has appointed Mark Hoddinott to global director, marketing and strategy, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the company's strategic marketing and business development plans. He will operate out of Titan's UK facility at Newhaven, East Sussex, and will report to Rich Habib, TITAN's vice president.  Hoddinott, who will continue his role on the senior management team, will work closely with TITAN's commercial division.


NUS unveils Professorships for Research

Channel NewsAsia has reported that in a boost to the offshore and marine engineering sector, the National University of Singapore has announced two professorships for research and development in the field. Under a memorandum of understanding, Lloyds Register and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will each commit S$3 million to the Lloyd's Register Professorship and the MPA Maritime Technology Professorship


Centrica Energy Awarded Barents Sea License

Centrica Energy in Norway was awarded a 50% operating share in the Scarecrow licence, its first  in the Barents Sea. The Norwegian government on June 12 awarded the licences that form part of the 22nd round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Centrica Energy was awarded an operatorship and 50% ownership in the Scarecrow licence, block 719. This block opens up a new area for Centrica, and marks the beginning of a new venture for the Norwegian upstream business as it looks to grow


Vessels Detained in U.K. Ports: September

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during September 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of this month. Notes on the list of detentions


Lloyds to Sell $500m in Shipping Loans

Lloyds Banking Group has reached an agreement to sell $500 million of shipping loans from its remaining ship finance portfolio, finance and banking sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Bank of America and U.S. hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management were expected to buy the loans, one of the sources said. Lloyds, Bank of America and Davidson Kempner all declined to comment. (Reporting by Jonathan Saul and Matt Scuffham; Editing by Pravin


Decktor Shipyard Wins Contract For Two Pilot Boats

Derecktor Shipyards signed a contract with the New York/New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association for the construction of two all aluminum fast pilot boats. The two vessels will be built according to plans by Camarc Small Craft Designs of Worthing, U.K. in Derecktor's Mamaroneck, N.Y. facility. Delivery is scheduled for fall 2000. The Sandy Hook Pilots serve the port of New York, the busiest commercial port in the U.S


UK Returns to Semi-Submersible Rig Building

Britain is to return to the world of semi-submersible rig building for the first time in two decades as prices soar and shipyards in South Korea run out of space. SeaDragon Offshore, a newly-formed company is to take over a former vessel construction facility on Teesside to build the first in a series of three drilling units worth up to $1.5b. As many as 600 jobs could be created at the Haverton Hill Shipyard by SeaDragon which plans to float on either the London or the Oslo stock


Kentec Onboard for Major Vessel Contract

DP2 Oil and Gas field support Catamaran protected by Kentec Syncro AS Marine fire control panels.

World-class builder and fabricator of aluminium, steel and composite material crafts and vessels NGV Tech of Malaysia has chosen Kentec Syncro AS Marine fire control panels for vessels under fit out and refurbishment at the company's shipyard in Sijangkang Malaysia.  The vessels, a 52m Multiple Utility vessel built to BV classification for the National Iranian Oil Company, a 38m DP2 Oil and Gas field support Catamaran built to ABS classification for SeaWorks Ltd


Equiom Passes Recruitment and Placement Inspection

Equiom Marine and Aviation Services (Jersey) Limited (EMAS) announced that the company recently passed the Lloyds Inspection for Seafarer Recruitment and Placement. The inspection, which is undertaken by an external agency, Lloyd’s Register, evaluates compliance to relevant maritime legislation as laid down by the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006. In this instance, Equiom were required to demonstrate compliance to Regulation 1.4 of the MLC


Ship-to-ship Transfer Clause for Dry Bulk

BIMCO

  A new clause for dry cargo voyage charters is set to plug the gap in contracts that do not address ship-to-ship transfer (STST) cargo operations. STST cargo operations are a common feature in most tanker voyage charters, but rarely form part of dry cargo standard forms.


Upgraded Winch Control from Rexroth

New DS2R electrohydraulic controller with proportional valve is now available for the Rexroth hydraulic axial piston units that function as secondary control devices in offshore winch applications (Image: Bosch Rexroth)

Bosch Rexroth has upgraded the electrohydraulic controller used on the company’s A4VSO and A4VSG hydraulic axial piston components, which function as secondary control units in the Rexroth Active Heave Compensation (AHC) system for offshore winching applications.  


New Defense Cooperation with India

  Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S


Ferus Smit to Launch Newbuild for Symphony Shipping

Photo: Ferus Smit

Ferus Smit announced it will launch Newbuuld 417 on Saturday, February 21 in Leer.   Newbuild 417, a multipurpose vessel to be christened Nordana Sky, is the first vessel in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The ship will be chartered out to the Danish company


LaNaval lays Keel of Ferry Texelstroom

Keel of the ferry Texelstroom laid

  LaNaval Shipyard in Spain has laid the keel of the ferry Texelstroom on the 30th of December, that is building for the dutch company Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO), located in the island of Texel, at the north of The Netherlands.


Charleston Harbor to Be Deepened

SC Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center Announce Milestone Agreement for Harbor Deepening  Collaboration benefits land conservation efforts along Cooper River Corridor   


Danish Maritime Authority Use Open Mail Lists

Open mail lists

  The Ministry of Health and the Danish Maritime Authority both take part in a pilot project with open mail lists, starting on 1 January 2015. The Danish Maritime Authority as well as the Ministry of Health have been appointed to take part in a pilot project on open mail lists


Symphony Orders DP2 Offshore Ships from Ferus Smit

Image courtesy of Ferus Smit

Ferus Smit has received an order from Symphony Shipping to build and deliver two DP2 offshore dedicated versions, with two options, of the new ECOBOX design. The two ships are in addition to the six ECOBOX-MPVs presently being built by Ferus Smit for the same client.  


Port of Seattle Co-Presidents Reelected for 2015

Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle’s co-presidents Stephanie Bowman and Courtney Gregoire have been reelected by the port’s commission for another full-year term. The commission also elected John Creighton to serve as vice president, Tom Albro to serve as commission secretary and Bill Bryant to serve


Australia: Murray Mouth Dredging Starts

Dredging of the River Murray mouth has begun as the South Australian Government was granted funding from the Murray Darling Basin Authority to keep the channel open over summer.   The State and Commonwealth Governments announced in December dredging would be undertaken to keep the mouth open


Canadian Seafarers Union Weighs in on CETA

SIU: Canada's coastline could become the easiest point-of-entry for terrorists if CETA becomes a reality. Their statement on the matter is shown below: The Seafarers International Union of Canada is today raising the alarm to inform Canadians that the Maritime provisions of the


General Dynamics Enhancing US Navy Capabilities

General Dynamics Mission Systems Presents Portfolio of Capabilities to Defend, Protect and Connect the U.S. Navy

  General Dynamics Mission Systems makes its debut as General Dynamics' newest business unit at the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 27th National Symposium. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems combined to form General Dynamics Mission Systems on


Cold and Calculating: Dealing with Ice in Domestic Waterways

The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Army research laboratory helps vessels deal with ice in domestic waterways. Ice, snow and extremely low temperatures can put a big chill on maritime operations in ports, lakes, rivers and waterways. Thanks to the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering


SUNY Maritime: Bridging the Competency Gap

Tug & Barge Simulator

SUNY Maritime’s Cutting Edge Tug & Barge Simulator fills an enormous training hole in the tri-state area. When Morton S. Bouchard, III, maritime and political dignitaries officially opened the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State


Broome Port Prepares for Cyclone

A Severe Tropical Cyclone approaching

  In preparation for a possible tropical cyclone, Broome Port was closed to shipping at 1700 hours local time yesterday (18 January) and Port Hedland is considering port evacuation from today (19 January). A Tropical Low is currently over land in the northern Kimberley and is tracking






 
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