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ABS Forms Asset Performance Management Group

ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS, a provider of global maritime classification services, announced the formation of the Asset Performance Management Group (APMG). The new organization integrates several existing services into a single team focused on complete life cycle performance services that complement traditional classification services. "The future of classification requires ABS to work with our members and clients in a more collaborative, more efficient and less intrusive way," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "To effectively meet the needs of the marine and offshore industries, we are continually seeking ways to better integrate our traditional classification services with innovative concepts, tools and practices." The new APMG will bring together: •ABS Operational and Environmental Performance - Responsible for assisting clients with operational performance, energy efficiency and environmental performance •ABS Nautical Systems Product Line - Provider of asset management solutions for the marine and offshore industries through the NS5 Enterprise software suite •Asset Integrity Management - Assists clients in developing life cycle management programs that address reliability, technical integrity and safety ABS said the realignment will improve life cycle services in the areas of asset performance and management


Finnegan Joins Drew Marine As Manager

The Drew Marine Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company has elected John C. "Jack" Finnegan as manager of new business development. Finnegan, who comes to Drew Marine from Newport News Shipbuilding, will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities to expand the range of products and services Drew Marine offers to the marine industry. He will also manage start-up operation and global implementation for the company's new business ventures and product lines.


Redefining Offshore Painting

Wasser High Tech Coatings has made dramatic technological breakthroughs, solving tough problems and producing a complete product line. Their advanced state-of-the-art coatings have made Wasser the largest U.S. supplier of bridge coatings, says the company.


PortVision Now Supports Long Range Tracking

PortVision now offers a service that allows PortVision users to integrate long-range vessel tracking (LRIT) directly within the web-based PortVision platform.  PV-Onboard Global is the latest addition to the PV-Onboard product line, which already allows barges, intermodal containers, railcars, and trailers to be tracked and managed along with AIS-enabled vessels from within the PortVision service. 


Chris-Marine Strengthens Canadian Market Position

Chris Marine AB has announced that its sales portfolio now includes Scandic Diesel Services based in Montreal. Established in 2009, Scandic Diesel Services provide full services to Americas within their product lines and represent some of the strongest brands in the market known for their quality and service. Scandic Diesel’s primary focus is the professional marine, offshore, power plant and fishing industry - also within related service and repairs industry


Thrane & Thrane to Trade as Cobham SATCOM

Cobham plc has established a new strategic business unit (SBU) Cobham SATCOM: Thrane & Thrane will form its core. Headquartered in Denmark, Cobham SATCOM is led by Thrane & Thrane CEO Walther Thygesen with assistance from a multinational management team, and includes Cobham’s satcom facilities in Cape Town, South Africa, Concord, California and Orlando, Florida. Cobham SATCOM is now twice the size of what either Thrane & Thrane or Cobham’s legacy satcom businesses


Twin Disc Expands Marine Presence In Japan

Twin Disc is forming a majority-owned joint venture with Niigata Engineering Company, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan. Twin Disc has had a long-standing and mutually successful relationship with Niigata Engineering. The new venture, named NICO Transmissions Co., Inc., will be an engineering and marketing company supporting Twin Disc's expanding global marine product line as well as a distribution company for NICO's family of transmission products.


National Marine Suppliers Distributes Chafe-Pro

Fjord, Inc. has recently reached an agreement authorizing National Marine Suppliers to be a distributor of their Chafe-Pro product line.  National Marine Suppliers specialize in worldwide yacht support and deal in every facet of the yachting industry. Fjord, Inc. is a manufacturer of marine chafe-protection coverings for safeguarding lines and hydraulic hoses. Chafe-Pro’s patented design allows the units to be moved to the desired location due to their Velcro closing system


AER Distributes BSCO Fire Suppression

AER Supply Ltd. has been named the exclusive distributor for BSCO, Inc. Fire Suppression Systems for 13 states. BSCO manufactures and installs semi-custom systems that provide fire-protection solutions for small, enclosed areas, such as the engine room, to prevent fire from spreading throughout the boat. The company uses environmentally friendly agents and the USCG-approved suppression systems have been tested to meet the requirements of NFPA 2001 in a program jointly designed by Factory


Eni Targets Growth in North American Market

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Eni USA R&M subsidiary of Eni S.p.A. (seventh largest integrated  multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Italy present in 90 countries) plans to go beyond its historical business area of Quebec, Ontario, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York boroughs where it has sold its high quality lubricants since 1987. In the last two years, Eni USA R&M changed its business model by selling its products mostly through distributors instead of direct selling to its


LUKOIL Marine Debuts EAL Generation

Due to new U.S. regulations, almost all ships exceeding 24 meters in length which are operating in U.S. coastal waters are confronted with much stricter environmental protection requirements. The Vessel General Permit (VGP), in effect since December 19, 2013


North P&I, Sunderland Merge to Form North Group

North of England P&I Association (North) and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited (SMMI) merged to form the North Group on Friday 28 February 2014 following approval by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority and other U.K. and overseas regulators


W&O Expands Engineered Solutions Team

John Catanzaro (left) and Marc Lagattuta

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, announced the expansion of its Engineered Solutions team. John Catanzaro and Marc Lagattuta have joined W&O to provide its customers and OEM partners


Transas: New Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator

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Transas Marine launched its new liquid cargo handling simulator LCHS 5000 TechSim LNG which reportedly is the first one in the market to boast ship-to-ship transfer functionality. The new Transas LCHS 5000 TechSim product line includes simulators for LNG tanker, LNG terminal and LPG carrier


No Safe Haven for Weak Chinese Shipyards

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China will continue to lag behind its foreign competitors as prolonged excess shipbuilding capacity continues to negatively impact industry profits and drive smaller shipyards out of business: a situation unlikely to improve in 2014, says Xinhua.


Volvo Penta Appoints US Mid-Atlantic Power Center Agency

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Volvo Penta of the Americas says it has appointed Johnson & Towers as an authorized Power Center for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. The company will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta leisure & commercial marine engines for New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware


Laborde Celebrates 16 Years of Business

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Laborde Products of Covington, Louisiana, observes sixteen years in business in 2014. During this time, the company has expanded both its product line and staff, as well as its reach throughout much of the Gulf Coast area. Growth has brought changes to Laborde's staff


Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative

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Bel-Ray Company Inc. announced that it has appointed the Yellow Marine Consultancy for sales representation in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. For more than 60 years, the Bel-Ray Company has produced high performance marine lubricants for everyone from the United States Navy to the


North P&I and Sunderland Marine to Merge

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The members of North of England P&I Association (North) and Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company Limited (SMMI) have voted in favor of the clubs' recent proposals to merge. A target date of February 21, 2014 has been set for the merger


ISP Announces Defense Sector Growth

ISP managing Director John Rogers

Liverpool marine firm International Safety Products (ISP) is announcing major defense sector growth after securing a deal with the Pakistan Navy. The Bootle business has signed a contract to supply the Asian security force with more than 180 assault troop lifejackets


CJR Propulsion Acquires Oval Stainless

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CJR Propulsion announced the completion of an agreement to purchase all commercial assets and intellectual property from leading stainless steel fabricator, Oval Stainless. In addition, the agreement includes the transfer of all current employees – helping to secure the continued employment


Aubin and Flexlife Partener for Integrity Solutions

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Offshore chemical engineering specialist Aubin Group has formed a cooperation agreement with subsea flexible pipe specialist Flexlife to create an industry first in subsea integrity management (IM). Aubin Integrity, a division of Aubin Group


Two Management Changes at Ellicott Dredge

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Ellicott Dredge Enterprises announced two personnel changes to its senior management team. Gert de Vries has joined as Senior Director of Engineering, in which capacity he will be supporting the engineering departments of all of Ellicott's brands, principally Ellicott and Rohr-Idreco


Larson Debuts Escape Line of Pontoon Boats

Larson Boat Group (LBG) launched a new line of pontoon boats, Escape by Larson. "As an industry leader and market innovator for more than 100-years, we knew that for our next 100-years it was time to change what a pontoon boat has originally been thought of – two round cylinders on a


W&O Named Distributor for Perma-Pipe

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W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has been named the exclusive North American marine distributor for Perma-Pipe, Inc., the largest North American manufacturer of pre-insulated piping


 
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