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UTEC Announces Important Houston Appointment

Mark Klusza

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Measurement Technology at its Houston HQ. Mark Klusza – who holds a Bachelor in Design in Architecture from the University of Florida – brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the industrial measurement arena.  During that time he has owned successful metrology and software companies, and most recently ran the Industrial Measurement and Dimensional Control (IMDC) division for Trimble in the US. In his new role at UTEC, Mark will be tasked with developing the company’s IMDC technology capabilities and charged with growing revenue for this business line. Commenting on his appointment Mark says: “UTEC has undertaken IMDC activity all over the world in harsh environments, including offshore vessel-based dimensional control. I look forward to both driving current technologies and introducing new innovative processes, enhancing the company’s reputation in this fast-paced activity.” UTEC CEO Martin O’Carroll adds: “The appointment of Mark brings another senior   industry professional to the UTEC management team and I look forward to working with him in expanding the Measurement Technology division across our global network.”


General Dynamics Board of Directors Elect VPs

The board of directors of General Dynamics elected two new vice presidents of the corporation: Frederick J. Harris, 60, who will succeed Richard H. Vortmann as president of subsidiary National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO); and Chris Marzilli, 46, who will succeed Mark A. Fried as president of business unit General Dynamics C4 Systems. Harris and Marzilli will assume their new positions and become vice presidents of the corporation on January 1.


InterManager Appoints New Team

Gerardo A. Borromeo

InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, has today appointed Gerardo Borromeo as its new President with immediate effect. Mr Borromeo, who was elected unopposed [October 11] InterManager AGM in Copenhagen, succeeds Alastair Evitt, Managing Director of Meridian Marine Management, who has completed his two-year term of office. The AGM also voted in four new Vice Presidents to focus on specific areas of InterManager business


RCCL Appoints Danis as VP of Supply Chain Management

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. appointed Jeff Danis as the cruise line’s new vice president of Supply Chain Management. Danis will be responsible for overseeing worldwide procurement, inventory management, distribution, warehousing, and shipping operations for both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. He will focus on supplier relationship management, maintaining integrity of the procurement process, and driving efficiencies in the supply chain process


GL Appoints New VP

The new Vice President Division East Asia of Germanischer Lloyd is Dr Volkmar Wasmansdorff. As a process engineer with considerable professional experience in Asia, he will be responsible for the business activities of the Germany based classification society in Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Born in Wilhelmshaven


European Shipyards’ Executives Voice Concerns

At the AWES and CESA annual meetings held in Nyborg, Denmark on May 16 and 17, shipyards and their associations from 15 European Countries discussed the situation in shipbuilding and related policies. Concern was expressed acknowledging recent developments regarding the trade dispute between the European Union and the Republic of Korea over illegal subsidies to the Korean shipbuilding industry. This dispute is going on since three years without any progress


IBIA Appoints Robin Meech Vice-Chairman

Robin Meech: Photo IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) says it has appointed Robin Meech as its new vice-chairman for a one year term of office.  An independent and well respected bunker industry consultant, Robin Meech is a former bunker buyer and author of several books for the marine fuel sector.  

 Meech replaces Jens Maul Jorgensen who became IBIA chairman on 1 April, 2014. Welcoming Robin Meech’s appointment IBIA chief executive Peter Hall said:

 “Robin Meech has


Carlile Transportation Systems Hire New V-P, Larry Felix

Larry Felix: Photo credit Carlile Transportation Systems

Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc., a TOTE Logistics company, has named Larry Felix as their new Vice President of Business Development. Larry will provide leadership over commercial development in Alaska and throughout the Lower 48. Carlile inform that Larry joins Carlile from Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc., out of Southern California, where he held the position of District Manager of Sales & Operations. Larry was responsible for developing the Southern Californian District comprised


ISS Hires New Vice President

Tim Cahill

Maritime service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) appointed Tim Cahill to a new role as Vice President Bulk Commodity Business Development, to target future growth in cargo services. Tim comes to the role with over thirty years’ experience in business development, operating at a global level in the bulk commodity sector and marine industries.  He has extensive knowledge of commodity origination


STX Appoints New Vice President of Operations

Bill Lind

STX Marine announced Bill Lind has joined its team to further develop their growing portfolio in the Gulf Coast. Bill joins STX Marine as Vice President of Operations (Houston, Texas) to continue STX Marine’s success in providing engineering servicesto clients worldwide, but more specifically the Gulf Coast. Bill will handle marketing and business development as well managing the overall Houston operations. www.stxmarine.net


Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at

  Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF.


Beth Bodensteiner is Sr VP at Holland America Line

Beth Bodensteiner

  Beth Bodensteiner has been promoted to senior vice president, revenue management for Holland America Line. In this capacity, Bodensteiner will lead the development and execution of all revenue management programs and initiatives that support Holland America Line’s revenue goals


Bollinger Announces Promotions

From left to right: Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps (Photos: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotions of three key leaders, as Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps enter new roles.   Making the announcement, Bollinger’s President and CEO Ben Bordelon, said, “We will be strengthening our position in the market by developing our


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


Two Executive Changes at HII

William Ebbs (left) and  Andrew Hicks (right). (Photos: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announces two executive changes to its government relations team   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that William Ebbs has taken on the new role of vice president, federal policy, and Andrew Hicks has been promoted to vice president


ABS Awards AIP for Next-generation Drillship

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

ABS  has awarded approval in principle (AIP) for Hyundai Heavy Industries' next-generation HD12000 heavy duty, wide beam drillship design. The drillship, which can accommodate a 20,000-psi blowout preventer system, has been designed in full compliance with the ABS Guide for the


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

Jim Weakley (Photo courtesy of LCA)

An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing


Seafarers International House Awards Banquet

Seafarers International House will hold its 15th Annual Setting the Course Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York City.   This year’s honorees are Anthony Chiarello, President & CEO, Tote, Inc


Bureau Veritas Selects New Offshore Lead

Matthieu de Tugny (Image: Bureau Veritas)

Matthieu de Tugny to lead Bureau Veritas' offshore activities Bureau Veritas has appointed Matthieu de Tugny as Senior Vice President in charge of offshore activities within the marine and offshore operating group. He is tasked with driving forward Bureau Veritas Group initiatives in the oil


Polarcus Appoints Starr as Next CEO

Photo: Polarcus

Rod Starr will succeed Rolf Ronningen as Polarcus' next chief executive officer. Following a comprehensive selection process, Polarcus Limited’s board of directors has chosen Rod Starr to succeed Rolf Ronningen as chief executive officer


Brandy Christian is New Port of New Orleans COO

Brandy D. Christian, Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans

Current COO Patrick J. Gallwey to Retire in March After 34 Years. Brandy D. Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans by President and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port


ABS Extends Design Approval for KC-1 LNG CCS

ABS has granted extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers currently on order for Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), the world's largest LNG importer.   


Sea Hawk Paints Names Detmer as COO

Mike Detmer (Photo courtesy of New Nautical Coatings, Inc.)

Mike Detmer has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer at New Nautical Coatings, Inc.    Based at the company’s headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., Detmer will report to Erik Norrie, co-founder and chief executive officer at Sea Hawk Paints


St. Petersburg Becoming Int'l Gas Sales Hub

Gas Sales Center

  Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, inaugurated today a new office building of Gazprom Export in St. Petersburg. Taking part in the ceremony were Mikhail Mokretsov, Vice-Governor of the city of St. Petersburg, Alexander Medvedev






 
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