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North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy. Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry. The trainees are the second group to embark on a12-month programme with Bristol-based Offshore Marine Academy, which launched its Offshore Trainee Programme in the South West of England last year. Its aim is to give successful applicants the right mix of training and experience to begin a new career in this developing industry.   Chosen from more than 200 applicants, the trainees are: Scott Pitman, 24 from Holyhead; Joe Stafford, 21 and Ronan Conway, 24 both from Colwyn Bay; 24-year-old Martyn Berrington from Rhos-On-Sea; Troy Melling, 21 from Old Colwyn and 20-year-old Ralph Williams from Penrhynside.   Martyn Berrington said he was surprised to see such an opportunity in the current economic climate but not being in an office was a big motivator. While with many friends and family already working in renewables, Ralph Williams has always hoped for a long-term career in the industry.  


North Wales Offshore Wind Trainees Breeze Through Program

From left to right: Troy Melling, Ralph Williams, Joe Stafford, Scott Pitman, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway.

Six offshore wind energy trainees from North Wales have successfully completed a year-long training program with the UK’s only dedicated academy for the offshore wind industry and are ready to take up positions in this rapidly expanding industry. The trainees were fortunate enough to be selected for Offshore Marine Academy structured traineeship, which selects candidates with an affinity for the marine and coastal environment and aim to prepare them for a new career in offshore wind


Francois Named CEO of Delta Towing

Hercules Offshore, Inc. has appointed Larry Francois as Chief Executive Officer and President of Delta Towing effective August 20. Delta Towing, a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore, operates a fleet of 96 marine vessels, including 42 inland tugs, 18 offshore tugs and 36 crew boats, as well as 60 barges, including 30 deck barges, 17 shale barges, four spud barges and one offshore barge in the Gulf of Mexico. Larry has over 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Sr


Offshore Energy Conference: Exceeds Expectations

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Record number of 7632 attendants gathered in Amsterdam.   Offshore industry professionals from around the world gathered in Amsterdam on 23 - 24 October for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2012. The fifth edition of Offshore Energy attracted a record number of 7632 attendees, up 49% from last year, according to the organizers Offshore Energy 2012 continued on its path of steady growth. The exhibition sold out and welcomed over 400 exhibitors, up 33% from 2011


Marine Engineering of Importance to U.K. Economy

A recent report by the Royal Academy of Engineering on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) occupations found that demand for graduate engineers is exceeding supply. Since then, there has been more focus by the British Government on the education of engineers and raising awareness of engineering career paths within the U.K. With engineering being essential to a number of sectors there is a huge variety of career options available


Bibby Offshore Opens Office in Stravanger, Norway

  Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited, [the subsea services provider to the oil & gas industry, is pleased to announce its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stravanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the UK North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the Company’s growing international presence.


Tidewater Elects Day To Board of Directors

Tidewater announced the election of James C. Day to its Board of Directors for a term expiring in July 2008. Day comes to Tidewater with a distinguished and successful career in the oil and gas industry with thirty years of experience. Mr. Day is the retired Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Noble Corporation, founded in Oklahoma in 1921 and is currently one of the world's largest offshore drilling companies. During his 23 year tenure with Noble Corporation


Offshore Solutions B.V. New Engineering, Projects Manager

Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland N.V., has appointed Andy Waterstreet as engineering and projects manager.   Mr Waterstreet joins the company from the Dutch electro-technical installation company Croon Elektrotechniek B.V., where he was a senior project manager in the marine and offshore division.   With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and a ten-year career in the Royal Navy


Bollinger VP Larry Vauclin to Retire

Larry Vauclin

Bollinger VP Larry Vauclin to Retire After 52 Years in the Shipyard Industry Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Central Division, Larry Vauclin. Vauclin’s retirement was announced by Bollinger Executive Vice President, Ben Bordelon, who said, “Larry has been a critical part of the growth of Bollinger over the past 16 years, and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over his 52 year career


SMM 2014: Offshore, Recruiting Featured Topics

Offshore energy, whether oil, gas or wind, faces a tightening regime of restrictions. In Germany, for example, the German Federal Bureau of Maritime Traffic and Hydrography (BSH) recently updated its standards for offshore wind energy units, offshore converter and inverter stations, and subsea high-power transfer cables. But regardless of the unclear political environment, the offshore industry continues to expand, a fact reflected in the order books of shipyards


‘Maritime Spectrum’ of CMMI a Big Draw

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  For The Company of Master Mariners of India, the conference “Maritime Spectrum” that comes at the turn of each year has become a brand in itself, and each one witnessing a bigger gathering of mariners both on shore leave as well as others in land-based jobs


Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy of Bibby)

Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K


Crowley Awards Scholarships to SUNY Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 2014 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for three students of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. The recipients, who each sailed with Crowley during their studies


Hogan Named VP at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan (HII photo)

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the company announced.   Hogan began his career in 1976 as a welder. Since then, he has held leadership positions at all levels of production and


ULSTEIN to Build 2 Offshore Wind Service Vessels

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Ulstein Verft has signed a shipbuilding contract with the Germany-based Bernhard Schulte for two service operation vessels (SOVs) of the ULSTEIN SX175 design developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The final detailed arrangements and equipment for the vessels have been developed and specified


Palfinger Adds Winch Line with NDM Acquisition

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Palfinger Marine acquires Norwegian Deck Machinery AS, expands product portfolio with new deck winches    Palfinger Marine has expanded its product portfolio with the acquisition of Norwegian Deck Machinery AS (NDM), stating NDM’s position within the design and development of


Great ships of 2014: Siem Moxie

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The ISV Siem Moxie, an Ulstein SX 163 design not only has been deemed a “Great Ship” in our pages, it has also been awarded the “Offshore Renewables Awards 2014” and the “Innovation Awards” by an international panel.  The Siem Moxie measures 242 x 55.7 ft


Are Offshore Ports the Future?

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The benefits of offshore ports in the U.S. & Africa In many parts of the world, offshore ports are a good solution for meeting the requirements of the rapid changes in the international container and bulk shipping industry. Bigger ships


Imtech Appoints Campbell to Lead Imtech Marine USA

Imtech Marine has appointed Fergus Campbell as the new Director of Imtech Marine USA. Fergus has worked for the Imtech Martine company previously (Radio Holland USA) from 2000 to 2010 as respectively Branch Manager Florida, National Service Manager and National Sales manager


Eversendai Offshore Selects AVEVA Software

AVEVA Marine is a set of integrated applications created specifically for the unique processes in the engineering and design of ships and offshore structures (Photo courtesy: AVEVA)

AVEVA announced that Eversendai Offshore, a brand new customer, has made a significant investment in AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solutions through its deployment of AVEVA Marine. The agreement includes the full suite of AVEVA Marine engineering and design applications that


Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., January 20 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy.  


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.


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

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As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an


InterMoor Completes Juniper Mooring Installation Contract

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InterMoor has completed a mooring and foundation installation campaign for bpTT’s Juniper gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago, reportedly the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.   InterMoor provided engineering and design services to


New Chemical Handling Service from Ferguson Group

Ferguson Group’s Gap Ridge Chemical handling facilities. (Photo: Ferguson Group)

Tank, Fluid Solutions and Bunded Storage for Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Introduced at Gap Ridge, Karratha.    Ferguson Group Australia, global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules






 
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