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US Marine Repair Joins Lockheed Martin LCS Team

The Lockheed Martin LCS Team is adding United States Marine Repair to its group of core teammates supporting the Sea Blade LCS solution. Using an open business model, the Lockheed Martin LCS Team is recruiting "best of breed" technical specialists from the U.S. and overseas in its bid to win this important transformational Navy program. "A key focus of Lockheed Martin's LCS proposal is to find the best companies, in the U.S. and abroad, to deliver to the Navy the most affordable and effective ship possible," said Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin's Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems. "Our team is harnessing world class expertise in a wide range of disciplines. United States Marine Repair, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Defense, adds another important element to our Sea Blade littoral combat ship proposal for the Navy." United States Marine Repair provides ship repair and logistics services experience to the team. Potential long-term roles for the company within the Sea Blade solution include fleet maintenance, training, module fabrication, ship outfitting and porting. "United States Marine Repair is honored to join the highly regarded group of technical specialists on the Lockheed Martin LCS Program Team," said retired Rear Adm. Dick Camacho, the company's vice president of business development


WIL Lines Opens Home Base in Tripoli, Libya

WIL Lines, a worldwide logistics integrator with offices throughout the U.S., Africa, Middle East and Europe, recently opened its Libyan office in the capital, Tripoli. Since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 2004, Libya’s economy has opened significantly. Foreign businesses are finding it easier to do business there and the profits to be made are significant. The country has one of the highest GDPs in the world and is a major importer of dry foods and other


Freightgate Announces Opening in France

Freightgate Inc., a leading provider of Internet applications for the freight and logistics industry, announced that it has opened a new sales, service and support facility in Marseille, France in order to reinforce its commitment to the European market. "Our new office in France will not only facilitate the relationships with our current customers in Europe, but also to develop new business within this area. We believe the door is open for additional activity in Europe," said Martin Hubert


ACL Opens Houston Headquarters

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) opened its new Liquid Transportation Division Headquarters in Houston, Texas. The opening of the new regional headquarters, combined with ACL's recent announcement to build 30 new 30,000 barrel tank barges in 2008, begins the foundation for the Company's long-term strategy to increase liquid business from 24% to 40% of its total transportation revenue.


ABB Opens Integrated Operations Center in Singapore

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 ABB is opening a new integrated Operations Center in Singapore, the third facility of its type and first in Asia, which will allow the company’s engineers to follow the sun across the globe. Typically, at the end of the working day, the Singapore Center will handover to colleagues in Norway and Finland and this process will continue across the globe when a new Integrated Operations Center is opened in the U.S. later this year.  


Ardmore Shipping Opens Houston Office

Holly Cummins (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping has expanded its global network with the opening of an office in Houston, to be led by Holly Cummings, who joins Ardmore Shipping as Chartering Manager (Americas).   The new Houston office will be responsible for expanding Ardmore’s commercial activities in the Americas and will work with Ardmore’s chartering teams in Europe and Singapore.   Cummings joins Ardmore with 11 years of experience in the maritime sector


General Dynamics to Supply Core Mission System for U.S. Combat Ships

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in December 2010 to Austal USA. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.


Viking Supply Ships Open Canadian Office

Balder Viking: Photo courtesy of VSS

Sweden's Viking Supply Ships (VSS) have opened an office in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. They say they have had several vessels working in Canada over the past few years and the opening of the Canadian office will strengthen their strategic position in the Canadian market. Mr. Gerard Dunphy, who has been in the Offshore Business for over 20 years in Atlantic Canada, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland and the North Sea, has been employed as the Managing Director.


Open Ocean Launches Maritime Security Program

Chenega UK Managing Director Murray Hammick

Aboard the HQS Wellington in London yesterday, Chenega UK Ltd. launched its fully integrated maritime security system to combat piracy and provide the ship owning community with a holistic, single point of contact security program to mitigate the risk of piracy.   The system was received with excitement by the shipowners, managers, insurers, flag states and others engaged in transporting more than 90% of the world's goods, as "currently


Swire Oilfield Services Opens New Headquarters

Swire Oilfield Services chief executive officer, Tor Helgeland; chairman, Barnaby Swire; director & general manager UK, Roy Burrell; and chief operating officer, Richard Sell.

Swire Oilfield Services, a global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, has officially opened its new £4 million global headquarters in Aberdeen.   The new headquarters are part of an overall investment in the business of £50 million this year to support the company’s international business development strategy.   Swire Oilfield Services currently employs 750 people globally and expects to


Shipping Must Disclose or Risk Being Exposed - Moore Stephens

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the shipping industry must adopt a transparent, proactive approach to corporate governance or else risk exposure to business and reputational damage.   Corporate governance in shipping has been in sharp focus recently


Panama Canal: Assessing the Risk & Reward

COSCO SHIPPING: Panama makes the first commercial transit of a Neopanamax through the Expanded Panama Canal. (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal’s impact on shipping routes and vessel sizes since it opened in 1914 is undisputed. This will continue with the opening of a third channel for larger vessels in 2016. This briefing examines the risk management impact of this expansion on the maritime industry.  


Ship Hits Panama Canal

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 The Panama Canal authority  (ACP) says a Chinese container ship’s damaging scrape with the canal’s new wider locks was caused by bad weather, Reuter quotes  ACP's  administrator, Jorge Quijano.    He said that the only problem in the last month involved


New Container Facility at Krishnapatnam Port

Shri Suresh Prabhu and Shri Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration ceremony of the Port Side Container facility at the Krishnapatnam Port premise.  (Photo: KPCL)

Krishnapatnam Port, India's largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India has inaugurated CONCOR’s - Port Side Container facility – a Government of India undertaking. This event is a significant turning point for the port


GAC Russia Expands Eastwards

GAC Russia said it is expanding eastwards with the opening of new branches at Nakhodka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to meet demand for shipping services as opportunities open up in Far East.   According to GAC Russia, this means it is the only ship agent with a presence throughout the


Unipec: U.S. ANS Destined for Sinopec

Arbitrage opens after ANS discount widen on ample supplies. Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec, has bought two U.S. crude cargoes, including a rare purchase of Alaskan North Slope (ANS) for its refineries in China, trade sources said on Friday.


Singapore Well-positioned to Benefit from Brexit Permutations

John Simpson, Managing Partner, Singapore

Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading maritime services hub is likely to be enhanced in a post-Brexit environment, according to Singapore-based Ince Law Alliance, comprising Ince & Co Singapore LLP and Incisive Law LLC.  


RINA Awards Carnival Maritime with Environmental, Safety

Certification Ceremony (Photo: RINA Services)

RINA recently awarded Carnival Maritime GmbH ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 certificates.   Now the Carnival Maritime office in Hamburg as well as 26 ships in Carnival Maritime’s fleet have been awarded environmental management ISO 14001 and occupational health and safety management BS


Ghana cuts GDP Forecast

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Ghana has cut its 2016 economic growth forecast sharply to 4.1 percent from 5.4 percent due to lower export prices and irregular oil production, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters on Monday.   Oil output was halted between March and May at the offshore Jubilee field due to a


NOIA Applauds Passage of House Interior Appropriations Bill

NOIA - Randall Luthi President of the National Ocean Industries Association

NOIA President Randall Luthi released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill: “NOIA applauds members of the House of Representatives for passing the first Interior and Environment Appropriations bill since


LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Hong Kong Office

LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz at the opening ceremony ribbon cutting. (Photo: LUKOIL Marine)

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has opened a new branch office in Hong Kong to tap into an increasing market share in Hong Kong and the greater China area.   The official opening ceremony was held on Friday, May 27, 2016, and was attended by more than 50 guests from Hong Kong and Taiwan


Finalists of Wind Propulsion Innovations Awards

Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards 2016 Image IWSA

The International Windship Association (IWSA) has announced the shortlist, selected by shipping industry experts, for the inaugural Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards 2016 and voting is now open to everyone to select the winners in three categories – Innovation, Technology User and Research


Elcome Scores Service Agreements in the Middle East

Marine technologies and system integrator Elcome International has signed fleet service agreements with two major ship operators in the Middle East, the company announced today.   Elcome will provide shore-based maintenance and service for navigation


Port of Barcelona Looks to Panama, Cuba for Growth

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

Panama and Cuba, both in the midst of growth and international expansion, are examples of two different economic models that are helping to attract foreign companies through government initiatives providing investor security.   Seeking to generate business opportunities and strengthen


Bering Sea Deal a First for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Alaskan Leader (Photo: Alaskan Leader Fisheries)

Inmarsat announced that its partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX). 






 
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