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New Chair for Statoil

The corporate assembly of Statoil ASA has unanimously elected Jannik Lindbæk as the new chair of the company's board of directors. Statoil faces major challenges in pursuing its business in Norway and abroad. The assembly emphasizes the need to create calm around and confidence in the company. Mr. Lindbæk has extensive experience both as a business leader and from international activities, as well as knowledge of the oil and gas business. Kaci Kullmann Five has been elected deputy chair by the assembly.

Statoil's Chairman Resigns

On September 21, Leif Terje Løddesøl informed the head of Statoil's corporate assembly and the board of directors that he is withdrawing with immediate effect from his position as chairman and member of Statoil's board of directors. The way in which the debate about Statoil has developed recently has caused him to take the view that his possibility for efficiently leading the board has been weakened. He believes that in the best interests of Statoil, a new chair should be elected.

New Chair Selected for MTS National Advisory Council

John Gaughan, Vice President of the American Maritime Congress, has been selected as the new chairman of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Gaughan served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office, for Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. He also served at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as Maritime Administrator from 1985-1989 and as DOT Chief of Staff from 1989-1991.

Lagrange New Chair of AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has named Gary LaGrange, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, as Chairman of the AAPA Board for 2004-2005. The appointment was made today at AAPA's 93rd Annual Convention, held September 26-September 30 in Long Beach, California "Gary LaGrange is extremely well respected by his colleagues in the port industry," said AAPA President Kurt Nagle

MITAGS To Host Conference

MITAGS will host the national conference, “Maritime Careers: Implementing the Action Plans for Recruiting and Retaining Mariners” at Linthicum Heights Campus on May 1-2, 2002. Glen Paine, executive director, Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), Seattle, Wash., announced that MITAGS would host a national conference for national consensus on mariner recruitment and retention at its Linthicum Heights campus on May 1 and May 2, 2002

Wittman to Co-Chair Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus

Rob Whittman was announced as the new Co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. The announcement came from Congressman Gene Taylor, another Co-Chair for the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. Congressman Wittman was elected on December 11, 2007 during a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the late Jo Ann Davis. The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus was founded by Congressman Taylor and Congressman Davis in January 2005

DeepStar Names New Co-Chairs to Contributors’ Advisory Panel

Peter M. Lovie, P.E., vice president of business development for American Shuttle Tankers L.L.C., Houston, has been appointed to co-chair the Contributors’ Advisory Panel of The DeepStar Project, DeepStar Project Director B. John Sheets, of ChevronTexaco Exploration and Production Technology Co., has announced. ”Peter Lovie has been a tireless advocate for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel technology in recent years and has broad experience with other systems through

Australian Maritime Safety Officials Named

Chairman of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Mr Edward (Ted) Anson AM, welcomed the Government’s announcement yesterday of new appointments for the AMSA Board. The Acting Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Senator Ian Campbell, had announced the appointment of Captain John Paine as Deputy Chairman. “Captain Paine has had a long and distinguished career in the Australian maritime industry, both as a senior executive and a ship’s master

Cal Maritime Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting

The California State University Board of Trustees will begin the search next month for a new president of the California Maritime Academy to succeed  President William B. Eisenhardt, who is retiring after serving as president of the university since 2001.     The first meeting of the search committee will be held in an open forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 7 at the Rizza Auditorium on the Cal Maritime campus, followed by a closed meeting of the committee at 1 p.m

UNOLS Seeks Fleet Improvement Committee Chair

R/V Atlantis (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) informs it is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Chair position.   The position, which becomes vacant in Fall 2015, would see the selected candidate assume leadership after the 2015 Annual UNOLS meeting on December 3-4, 2015.   The FIC works to assure the continuing excellence of the UNOLS Fleet and to assure that the number

ECSA Leads Holistic Approach to Maritime Security

Jakob Paaske Larsen (Photo: ECSA)

European shipowners have widened the scope of the former European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Piracy Working Group, now renamed ECSA Maritime Security Working Group in a move aiming to keep the European shipping industry abreast of maritime developments.  

Rescue Ship Idar Ulstein Named in Norway

Gunvor Ulstein (Photo: ULSTEIN)

The search and rescue boat Idar Ulstein was named in Ulsteinvik today, becoming the latest newbuild to join the fleet of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.   RS Idar Ulstein is also the first vessel in the new Ulstein class, named after ULSTEIN’s long-time CEO

Interferry Leads Search for Ro-pax MRV Solution

Photo: DFDS

In an initiative led by trade association Interferry, a special correspondence group has been formed to recommend sector-specific metrics for ro-pax vessels under pending implementation rules for European Union (EU) legislation on the monitoring

ITF Seafarers’ Trust Launches Shore Leave 2.0

Press release - The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is launching an enhanced version of its free Shore Leave app – the first app designed to help seafarers looking for reliable transport when in port. Shore Leave only needs to be downloaded once

New Chair for Townsville Port

Renita Garard is the new chair of Port of Townsville

  The Palaszczuk Government has appointed one of Queensland’s most respected businesswomen, Renita Garard as the new Chair of the Port of Townsville. In a statement released earlier today, Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said that Ms Garard was being appointed at a pivotal time in Port

Incat Crowther Designs Ferry for Malaysia

Image: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has been commissioned to design a passenger transport ferry to be operated by Cataferry Sdn Bhd, in Malaysia.   The main deck features a full width cabin accommodating 151 passengers. This area includes interior seating, a cargo luggage area

India's Paradip Port Mechanization Project Approved

Paradip Port to get Mechanised

  The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Government of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the project of Mechanisation of East Quay (EQ) Berths-1, 2 and 3 at Paradip Port on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis

Shell Want Shipper Guarantees on Nigerian Crude Exports

Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a "letter of comfort" (LoC) to guarantee it is not stolen, according to an email from the company seen by Reuters. In July, state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) banned more than 100 tankers from

Foss Hires VP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull has joined the company as the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer.   Based in Seattle, Nguyen-Bull will lead Foss's Legal and Risk Management Group, where in addition to providing counsel on legal issues and business

Noreco CEO Quits

Tommy Sundt, CEO

  Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) announces that Tommy Sundt is stepping down as CEO of Noreco ASA. Since joining Noreco in September 2014, Tommy Sundt has played a very important role during the financial and corporate restructuring of the Company. Whilst Mr

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

Photo: Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting.   The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership

NYK Sponsors Facilities for Project Hope School, China

NYK Line (China) Co., Ltd. has donated 30 bunk beds and some sports supplies to NYK Wangping Middle School, which is located in the rural area of Luoyang in Henan province.   On October 21, Yuji Isoda, a corporate officer at NYK and the company’s chief representative for China, visited the school with officers from the Luoyang municipal government and education bureau to attend a ceremony in recognition of the event. The school and the government expressed their sincere gratitude to the NYK Grou

  NYK Line (China) Co., Ltd. has donated 30 bunk beds and some sports supplies to NYK Wangping Middle School, which is located in the rural area of Luoyang in Henan province.   On October 21, Yuji Isoda, a corporate officer at NYK and the company’s chief representative for China

Asean Sets up Maritime Crisis Hotline

Photo: Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen Facebook Page

 The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has established a hotline to resolve maritime disputes and to ensure the line of communications between the countries remain open during a crisis, reports the Star.  

essDOCS Names Toet Board Chairman

essDOCS announced that Non-Executive Board Member, Andre Toet, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, succeeding Barry Williams, who is standing down after chairing the board since 2013, having previously served a term as Chairman from 2006 to 2011.

Tanker Futures Market Booms as Rates Rally

Freight forward agreement (FFAs) trade rises. The market for hedging oil tanker freight has revived sharply this year to a value of $4.5 billion after years of torpor, with ship owners looking to profit from a freight rally and more energy companies scramble to cover risk, industry sources say

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