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RB Royal Announces New Chief Operating Officer

The appointment of John E. Valek to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RB Royal Industries, Inc. was announced by John W. Neumann, Jr., the company's Chairman and CEO. Valek will also continue to perform his duties as Executive Vice- president and General Manager. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, Valek received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He has been with the company since 1994.


German shipbuilder P+S Werften Edges to Brink

German shipbuilder P+S Werften fights for time to stave off insolvency. Troubled German shipbuilder P+S Werften, which operates two of the country's biggest shipyards, has asked some of its customers to pay for ships in advance to bridge a liquidity shortfall and avert insolvency. New Chief Executive Ruediger Fuchs has approached Danish shipper DFDS, passenger ferry operator Scandlines and Greenland's Royal Arctic Line, a P+S spokesman told Reuters recently.


USS New Orleans Enters Dry Dock

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USS New Orleans (LPD 18) entered a dry dock in Bahrain April 25 to continue repair work on the ship's hull. The Navy signed a firm fixed-price contract with Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY) Shipyards in Manama, Bahrain to repair New Orleans. The repair contract includes planning efforts, material procurement, pre-fabrication and dry dock repair work and is expected to be completed in 10 to 14 days. The amphibious transport dock was damaged in a collision with USS Hartford (SSN


Ailing German Shipyard Appoints New CEO

Rüdiger Fuchs: Photo credit P+S Werften

Rüdiger Fuchs to become new Chief Executive Officer of P+S Werften, aims to re-define the German shipyard's business model. The experienced industry manager and qualified engineer (Daimler Group, Airbus and Sietas Group) will take over management of the company from Dr. Dieter Brammertz, who is leaving P+S as planned. The change is taking place after the European Commission has approved the rescue aid granted preliminarily by the German State of Mecklenburg-Pomerania.


Torm Appoints New CFO

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Mads Peter Zacho (44) has been appointed new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of TORM A/S. With an educational background as M.Sc. from the University of Copenhagen, Mads Peter Zacho began his professional career in banking working with Goldman Sachs Intl. and Unibank before joining the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. Mads Peter Zacho was with Nordea in Copenhagen before being recruited to A.P. Moller Maersk, where he was appointed Deputy Head of Group Finance


USNI Appoints VAdm Daly Chief Executive Officer

On July 27, 2011, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) begins an important new chapter with the appointment of Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.) as the professional society’s Chief Executive Officer. Daly served from August 2008 until June 2011 as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He brings more than 30 years experience as a commissioned naval officer, to include command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Commander


New Chief Accountant for A/S Dan-Bunkering

Jan Eckhoff

We are pleased to announce that as from 1 February 2013 Jan Eckhoff, 37, has been employed as Chief Accountant with Dan-Bunkering. Jan has several years of experience both within accounting and management, and will be a part of the accounts department in the company’s head office in Middelfart, Denmark.


Lloyd’s Register Reports Strong Performance

In his report on the accounts for the year ended June 30, 2008, David Moorhouse, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, has announced that Group income rose by 19.6% to $893m (2006/07: $747.5m) with a marginal increase in surplus before tax generally in line with the budgeted target. The budgeted surplus for the year allowed for a significant increase in spending on projects and personnel in support of the Group’s medium and long term business objectives.


First Kongsberg K-Chief 600 Equipped Vessel Delivered

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The first vessel to sail with Kongsberg Maritime's new K-Chief 600 marine automation system was delivered to its owner on 10th January 2010. The Korean Built VLCC features an extensive Kongsberg Maritime package, led by the K-Chief 600 with integrated Vessel Performance System (VPS), which supports reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions. The new K-Chief 600 was announced early in 2010 with a pilot project aboard 'MV Sia' completed in May 2010


Coast Guard Names Next Top Enlisted Member

MCPO Steven Cantrell: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard announce the selection of the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard –  Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell. Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell is the current Atlantic Area Master Chief and will relieve the current MCPO-CG, Michael P. Leavitt, during a change of watch ceremony in May in Cape May N.J. Cantrell hails from Memphis, Tenn., and joined the Coast Guard in 1983.


IHC Merwede Appoints Bram Roelse as CEO

Bram Roelse (Photo: IHC Merwede)

IHC Merwede announced that it has appointed Bram Roelse as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect as of April 1, 2014. He has taken over this leading role within the company from predecessor Dirk Philips who stepped back in November 2013.


Heidmar Names van der Zijde CEO

The Board of Directors of Heidmar has announced the appointment of Hans van der Zijde as Heidmar's new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. van der Zijde graduated from the Nautical Academy of Rotterdam in 1985 and subsequently studied Maritime and Logistic Management there, graduating in 1992.


Raytheon Choose Kennedy to Take Over From CEO Swanson

Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy

Raytheon Company says its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy to serve as its Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31, 2014, when William H. Swanson, who has served as CEO since 2003, steps down following his 65th birthday.


UK Chamber of Shipping Appoint New CEO

Guy Platten: Photo UK Chamber

The UK Chamber of Shipping's new Chief Executive, due to start in January 2014, will be Guy Platten, currently Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL). Guy Platten is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry – including serving as a deck officer in


Topaz Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Pernille Fabricius, Chief Financial Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine

Topaz Energy and Marine, a global offshore support vessel owner with key operations in the Middle East and Caspiantoday announced the appointment of PernilleFabricius as Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Fabricius’career spans 25 years and she joins Topaz from her position as CFO of DAMCO


ASRY Appoints New Chief Executive

Nils Kristian Berge

ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has appointed Nils Kristian Berge, the current Commercial General Manager, as Acting Chief Executive, to succeed Chris Potter, who leaves the company in October 2013. The ASRY Board of Directors confirmed the transition has been planned for


MSC Cruises Appoint Gianni Onorato CEO

Gianni Onorato: Photo credit MSC

Gianni Onorato will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective 2 September 2013. With almost 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry, Onorato has a thorough understanding of the cruise business and extensive experience in senior executive leadership


Bunker Holding Appoints New COO

Søren Høll

Bunker Holding, the parent company of a group of bunker companies worldwide, has appointed Søren Høll as the company’s new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Søren will be situated at the company’s headquarters in Middelfart, Denmark


Harkand Appoints New CEO

Internatioanl subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) group Harkand announced the appointment of John Reed as its new chief executive officer as it embarks on the next stage of its ambitious growth strategy. Reed, an industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the


Port of Huename Appoint Navy Vet COO

John Demers will be joining the staff at the Port of Hueneme as the Port’s new Chief Operations Officer. Port CEO & Director Kristin Decas said: “John comes to us with a strong background in operations and logistics in his over 20 years of service with the United States Navy


Bibby Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Chris Stone

Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd. appointed Chris Stone as its new Chief Operating Officer. He joined the business on July 1, 2013. Chris will replace Simon Barham who was scheduled to move on from Bibby Ship Management at the end of June


China Navigation Orders MacGregor Machinery for Four New Vessels

China Navigation Company's (CNCo) four new Chief Class 22,000dwt multi-purpose vessels ordered from Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Ouhua), on Zhoushan Island in China, will each feature three 60-ton variable frequency drive (VFD) MacGregor cranes and hydraulically-operated MacGregor hatch


Harkand Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Harkand, the international subsea inspection, repair, maintenance and light construction group, has appointed Deborah Stevenson as the company’s new chief financial officer. A former CFO of both private equity-backed and FTSE 250 businesses in engineering and asset rich companies


Editor's Note

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Offshore energy is a unique animal. I say that because, increasingly, the vessels that provide offshore service are becoming the mainstream of our bluewater merchant marine. Smaller than their containership or tanker cousins – although getting bigger every day – these vessels pack


IBIA CEO Quits to Join Saudi Seaport

Acting IBIA CEO Trevor Harrison: Photo courtesy of IBIA

International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) chief Cliff Brand resigns to become Marine Director, King Abdullah Economic City Seaport. International Bunker Industry Association has announced that it is searching for a new chief executive following the resignation of its Chief Executive


 
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