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Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.   Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the Interior and the Bureau. Most recently, he served as the Chief of the Division of Environmental Assessment overseeing BOEM’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws focusing on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. He is a graduate of the Departmental Manager Development Program and has earned two Master’s degrees, one in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and the other in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland.  


AWEA Chicago Conference & Expo Kicks Off

New  American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership takes helm with EDPR’s Gabriel Alonso chairing the board. Tom Kiernan to speak as incoming CEO. Generating a sense of electricity like the thousands of wind turbines in the region, the WINDPOWER 2013 Conference & Exhibition (May 5-8, 2013) officially came online in Chicago, a hub for the American wind energy industry. New leadership for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is first being inducted


Seabulk International: The Metamorphosis Continues

Over four decades ago, Hans J. Hvide and three partners formed Port Everglades Towing Company, the predecessor company of Hvide Marine, started with two harbor tugs. Under Hvide’s leadership, Port Everglades Towing expanded rapidly, eventually forming the three major business segments—Offshore Energy Support, Offshore & Harbor Towing, and Marine Transportation—of Hvide Marine Incorporated (HMI). Today, the company has grown into a worldwide enterprise


Boatbuilders Assoc. Names New Director, Relocates to Florida

Gordon Connell: Photo credit ABBRA

American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) appoints executive director, relocates to Fort Lauderdale  American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) names new Association Management Company and Executive Director to lead the national group that represents the business interests of the boat building, marine service and boat repair industry and seeks to strengthen and encourage professionalism.


Somerville Announces Retirement from ABS

Leadership transition plan to maintain continuity of strategy and operations Robert D. Somerville, long serving Chairman of leading classification society ABS, has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2013. Under a carefully planned, two year long, leadership transition strategy, current President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki has been selected to assume the Chairmanship of ABS subject to final election by the Board of Directors at their next meeting on April


W&O Appoints Duffy Regional Manager

Bill Duffy

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced new leadership in its Northeast region with the promotion of longtime employee Bill Duffy to Northeast regional manager. In this new role, Duffy will serve as W&O’s market leader in the Northeast, working closely with customers, pursuing new business opportunities and actively engaging with industry organizations


New Leadership for INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum

INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum last week elected its new Chairman and governing team. Emmanuel Vordonis of Thenamaris Ships Management will be the next Chairman, succeeding Ceres Hellenic’s Nicholas G. Fistes who held the position for three years, and is the Hellenic Forum’s third Chairman. Nick Fistes will remain as a Vice Chairman alongside Costis Kertsikoff of Eletson Corporation and Spyros Polemis of Seacrest Shipping.


PVA Elects New Leadership

Members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) have elected Richard “Dick” Purinton as 2001 president. Also elected were Fredrick “Fred” Hall as vice president and Gary Frommelt as secretary-treasurer. Prior to becoming president, Purinton served as PVA vice president and secretary-treasurer. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he became president of the Great Lakes Ferry Boat Association


NOL Reports $461M Net Profit in 2010

NOL Group today reported net profit of US$461 million for 2010, representing a US$1.2 billion turnaround from its US$741 million loss in 2009.  The container shipping and logistics company said that group revenue reached an all-time high of US$9.4 billion, up 45% from last year.    NOL’s fourth quarter net earnings were US$177 million.  That compared to a US$211 million loss in the same period a year ago.  


Port Authority Introduces New Management Team

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Executive Director Len Waterworth has  implemented a reorganization of the management structure of the Port of Houston Authority designed to enhance efficiencies, drive higher profitability and ensure greater accountability, consistent with the Port Authority's vision and mission.   The reorganization shifts to a structure that is based on collaborative teams with specific operations. Waterworth, who was appointed to his post in April


Hathon is Director Exploration, Cairn

Simon Thomson, Chief Executive Photo Cairn

Cairn announced the appointment of Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join Cairn from Marathon Oil Corporation where he held the position of Director Conventional Exploration


VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP

Robert A. Socha (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017.   In his role


DMCA Readies for International Boat Show

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 As part of its role as the government entity supporting Dubai International Boat Show 2017, the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is taking all the necessary measures to ensure the issuance of marine licenses to boats visiting and participating in the 25th edition of the Middle


NAVADMIN Soliciting Sailors for RDC Duty

Chief Boatswains Mate Ludwik Dyrkacz, a recruit division commander, ensures the proper fit of Seaman Recruit Madeleine Bohnerts white enlisted hat, or Dixie cup, during uniform issue at Recruit Training Command. Bohnert was among the first female recruits to be issued the Dixie cup as part of the Navys efforts for uniformity in service members uniforms. (U.S. Navy photo by Sue KrawczykReleased))

The Navy is recruiting Sailors to become recruit division commanders (RDCs) at Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only boot camp, and Officer Training Command, as announced in the NAVADMIN 042/17 message, released Feb. 23. Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. R. P


Chevron Names Wirth Vice Chairman

Michael K. Wirth, Executive Vice President, Midstream and Development

Chevron Corporation said today that Michael K. Wirth, executive vice president of Midstream and Development, has been named vice chairman, effective February 1, 2017. “As a senior officer of Chevron, Mike has made significant contributions to the company’s success,” said John S


US Navy Launches Full Speed Ahead Training

Official U.S. Navy file photo of Full Speed Ahead training, designed to reinforce the Navys core attributes and help build a strong foundation for professional and resilient Sailors. It follows Chart the Course and Bystander Intervention training that was conducted the past two years. Photo USN

The chief of Naval Personnel announced Jan. 30 new training for 2017 that expands on existing efforts to prevent destructive behaviors across the fleet. The training entitled, Full Speed Ahead, is designed to reinforce the Navy's core attributes and help build a strong foundation for


Corvus to Supply Energy Storage for Hybrid Chemical Tanker

Photo: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy Inc. has announced  that it has been selected as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid chemical tanker being built for Rederiet Stenersen AS of Norway. The chemical tanker will be the first vessel of its kind to utilize an ESS


MPA Expands MOU with DNV GL

From left to right: Remi Eriksen, DNV GL’s Group President and CEO, Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport, Singapore and Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Photo: DNV GL

 A memorandum of understanding to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry was renewed between DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).    Given the growing need to create safer and more efficient solutions for the


Maersk Chairman Rasmussen Steps Down

Michael Pram Rasmussen (Photo: A. P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Møller - Maersk’s chairman of the board will step down at the end of March as the group missed fourth-quarter profit expectations amid low prices and oversupply in the oil and freight sectors.   Michael Pram Rasmussen said he will not stand for reelection as chairman of


Maersk Line posts $376 mln Loss

Courtesy Maersk Line

Maersk Line reported a 2016 result that is USD 1,679 million lower than the 2015 result (USD 1,303 million). The overriding reason for the loss is a 19% decline in freight rates compared to 2015. Revenue was USD 20.7 billion, which is 13% lower than 2015 (USD 23.7bn).  


Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

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The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017.   The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies


Tony Bon: From Yarn Handler to CEO

Tony Bon (Photo: Samson)

January of 2017 saw the retirement of one of the veterans of the Samson family. Tony Bon, CEO through 2015 retired as of December 31, 2016.   Bon shares his impressions of the time he’s been with Samson and the high points of both the company and the industry it serves


Carnival Orders Two Cruise Ships for China

Photo: Fincantieri

Fincantieri, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four, the first units of the kind ever built in China for the Chinese market.  


ABS Earns EU MRV Accreditation

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Greece’s National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS as EU MRV frontrunner.   ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring


ABS Takes the Lead as First Class Society to Earn EU MRV Accreditation

Photo: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was awarded accreditation by Greece’s National Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring






 
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