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MOL Names New Trade Management EVP/COO

Tsuyoshi Yoshida has been appointed as the new executive vice president and CEO of Trade Management for MOL (America) Inc. Yoshida will have responsibility for pricing, security, business and network planning, as well as trade administration. He will also sit on MOL America's Board of Directors. A 25-year company veteran, Yoshida has extensive experience through positions held in MOL’s sales, marketing, pricing, operations, network planning and trade management organizations in Tokyo and Europe. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Strategic Planning & Asset Group in Tokyo. Yoshida is a graduate of Yokohama National University with a baccalaureate degree in Business Management. Yoshida succeeds Toshiya Konishi who is returning to Tokyo as the General Manager of the Liner Division’s Strategic Planning & Asset Management Group. Konishi led MOL America’s Trade Management organization during a turnaround in the company’s profitability which achieved record levels in 2005.


Jo-Kell Appoints Marchi COO

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Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distribution and engineering company has named Adrian Marchi as their Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Marchi, who had been Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Agilquest, will be responsible for overall company performance and ensuring the future growth of Jo-Kell Inc. Mr. Marchi is a senior business executive with a background in operations and strategic planning, while developing and executing market penetration initiatives. He has a Ph.D


Toyen Appointed President of Seaworthy Systems

Martin Toyen, formerly chief operating officer, has been promoted to president of Seaworthy Systems. Toyen, who has been with Seaworthy Systems since February 1979, will assume the day-to-day operation of the company and its subsidiary corporations. He will also assist in new product/services development as well as strategic planning issues.


SeaArk Promotes McClendon To V.P.

Robin McClendon, former marketing director for SeaArk Marine and SeaArk Boats has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications for both companies. In her new position, McClendon will head all internal and external communications, and will be responsible for overseeing the year-long strategic plans of both companies.


National Sea Grant Review Panel - Meeting

The National Sea Grant Review Panel, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will meet in Washington, DC on November 15-16. Topics on the agenda include program evaluation, strategic planning, and science and technology programs. 70 Fed. Reg. 66351 Source: HK Law


Teekay Shipping Appoints New Director

Teekay Shipping has elected Eileen A. Mercier to its Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created by the retirement yesterday of Steve G.K. Hsu, who had served on Teekay's board since 1993. Mercier has more than 30 years experience in a variety of financial and strategic planning positions, including senior vice president and CFO for Abitib-Price from 1990 until 1995. Since then, Mercier has served as president of Finvoy Management


GAC Appoints Godfrey as Group Sales Director

GAC has appointed Neil Godfrey as its Group Sales Director for the Shipping Division. The new post has been created as part of GAC's strategic plan to build the company's global platform.Godfrey currently serves as GAC's Marketing Manager for the Americas region, working from Ridgefield, Conn. He will assume the new position on September 1. He will be based in London and report to Lars Peter Heisselberg, Group Vice President - Shipping Division in Jebel Ali, Dubai


MarAd Appoints Hicks

The Maritime Administration has named Alan T. Hicks to head its new Southern California Gateway Office in    Ten Gateway Offices have been established in the Nation's largest ports to place a team of intermodal maritime experts "on the ground" that work with headquarters staff, state and local authorities and a broad range of port, shipper and carrier stakeholders to cooperate on projects.  The goal is to work on reducing congestion


Massachusetts Port Welcomes New Cranes

Photo by Lisa Langone

The Massachusetts Port Authority recently welcomed the arrival of its two low-profile and four RTG cranes acquired from the Port of Oakland. The cranes fulfill an essential component of Massport’s modernization strategic plan for growth and greater economic benefit, and will bring enhanced efficiency at Conley Container Terminal in South Boston. The low-profile style is needed because the terminal is under the flight path of a runway at Boston Logan International Airport


Excellence Award for Liebherr Mining by Balanced Scorecard Institute

Balanced Scorecard Institute Award

For their strong commitment to leadership, strategic management, performance analysis and continuous improvement, Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. has been awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence by the Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI). The entreprise has developed and deployed a comprehensive strategic planning and management system in order to affect company-wide transformation and change. As described by BSI, the award is based on the company’s executive leadership


Petrobras Board Approves More Exploration

The board of Brazil's state-run oil company, Petrobras, approved the exploration of new oil and gas fields in February, Planning Minister Miriam Belchior said on Friday, countering criticism by some board members that they were not previously informed of a 15 billion reais ($6


Metal Shark Hires Wegener as Sales Director

Carl Wegener (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats has hired Carl Wegener as its Director of Commercial Sales, the company announced today. Wegener brings a diversified background in engineering, strategic planning, and business development


LNG to Acquire Bear Head LNG Project in Canada for US$11 mi

LNG to Acquire Bear Head LNG Project in Eastern Canada -

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited today announced that it has significantly expanded its presence in the North American Liquefied NaturalGas (LNG) sector by signing an agreement to acquire 100% of Bear Head LNG Corporation (BHLC)from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) for


LiveCom Selects iDirect Evolution to Enable Global Expansion

  iDirect Asia Pte Ltd today announced that LiveCom Limited (“LiveCom”), a Hong Kong based ISP, has selected Evolution as the platform to help enterprise and government customers expand their reach beyond the Asia-Pacific market


Sakhalin Energy, Sovcomflot Order Newbuild

The companies have signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of the vessels for Sakhalin-2 project. At an official ceremony in Moscow, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) and Sovcomflot Shelf (SCF Shelf) on behalf of Sovcomflot Group have


Russian Partners Agree Icebreaking OSV Constructions

Arctic drillship: File photo

Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot (SCF) inform they have agreed to extend their co-operation having signed a number of agreements for construction and long-term operation of support vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project. SCF explain that the vessels will be used as year-round personnel carriers and


Fredriksen Joins Rival for New Capesize Firm

Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen is joining one of its shipping firms with rival Knighsbridge Tankers Ltd to create the largest U.S. listed Capesize firm, which will compete with Fredriksen's own dry bulk company Golden Ocean. Fredriksen's Frontline 2012 and Knightsbridge Tankers will together


Knightsbridge, Frontline to Form US Capesize Company

Photo courtesy of Knightsbridge Tankers

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited and Frontline 2012 Ltd. have announced an agreement to combine Frontline 2012's remaining fleet of 25 fuel efficient vessels with Knightsbridge. The newbuildings have expected deliveries between September 2014 and September 2016, with five vessels delivering in 2014


IRClass Announces New Appointments

Ravi Kiron Kalra

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has announced three new senior appointments aimed at boosting its presence in key international maritime centers. The new appointments in Singapore and London are part of IRClass’ strategic plan to expand its capabilities and geographical reach to


Stolt-Nielsen, Trafigura Partners in Bitumen Terminal

Photo courtesy of Stolt-Nielsen

Trafigura Beheer BV, an  international commodities trading and logistics company, has announced that it has joined forces with the global bulk-liquid transportation, storage and distribution services firm, Stolt-Nielsen Limited, to develop a new bitumen distribution centre at Stolthaven


UASC Signs Credit Facility for Two Containership Newbuildings

Principals at signing ceremony: Image UASC

United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC) informs it has concluded a bilateral facility worth USD 190 million with Burgan Bank’s Corporate Banking Group to finance the acquisition of two 14,000 TEU vessels from among UASC's new building order of 17 vessels comprised of eleven 14


Cal Dive Sells Off its GofM Surface Diving Fleet

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Cal Dive International says it has sold its U.S. Gulf of Mexico shallow water surface diving fleet to a privately held company for cash of US$18.5-million and a 19.9% minority interest in the entity acquiring the assets. Cal Dive explains that the assets sold are comprised of eight surface


Port of Long Beach Recognized for Green Efforts

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach was recognized Tuesday, June 17, as the “Best Green Seaport” at the 28th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai, China. Known for its nearly 10-year-old Green Port Policy, the Port of Long Beach has regularly reported reduced impacts


McCabe Named President at Nautical Institute

Robert McCabe

On his election yesterday as President of The Nautical Institute, Captain Robert McCabe FNI issued a challenge to members and branches to evaluate their contribution to the Institute as a “responsible and independent voice for the maritime industry


FORAN Users Convene for FORUM 2014

FORAN users gathered June 11-13 for FORUM 2014 (Photo courtesy of SENER)

Organized every two years among the FORAN users, the Eight FORAN Users Meeting (FORUM 2014) took place from June 11-13 in the Parador de la Granja, Segovia. The event started on Wednesday, June 11, with a guided visit to the Royal Palace and Gardens of La Granja






 
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