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CIGI's New Man to Lead Arctic Governance Project

John Higginbotham: Photo credit CIGI

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) appoints John Higginbotham as senior fellow. At CIGI, an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance, Mr. Higginbotham will play a key role in leading CIGI’s global security project on Arctic governance. Mr. Higginbotham is also a senior distinguished fellow at Carleton University, where has he been working on the Arctic, China and the United States as well as a transportation studies initiative drawing on the strengths of Carleton’s Faculties of Business, Public Administration and Engineering. His work with the Government of Canada, including several international assignments, spans over thirty years. He served as assistant deputy minister in three departments, during which he coordinated Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative at Transport Canada. He has served abroad in senior positions in Washington for six years, Hong Kong for five years, and served in Beijing on two occasions, as trade commissioner and political counselor. Mr. Higginbotham has served as vice president at the Canada School of Public Service, focusing on Canada-US relations, and as assistant deputy minister for policy planning, communications, culture and federal-provincial relations at Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Mr. Higginbotham speaks English, French and Chinese


RS Bolsters Education, Science and Production Ties

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said it is actively strengthening partnership in key areas of enhancing maritime transport safety. In 2014, meetings of four sections of the RS Scientific and Technical Council (STC) were held. Scientific and educational centers, shipbuilding and shiprepair yards, shipping companies and other organizations of the maritime industry participated in the RS Scientific and Technical Council sections: St


Superior Energy Appoints New Executives

Superior Energy Services, Inc. announced that Patrick Zuber has been appointed Executive Vice President, International Sales, and Charles Hardy has been named Executive Vice President, Marine Services. Mr. Zuber resides in Dubai. During the past 12 years he held various international business development positions at major oilfield service companies. Mr. Zuber has also served in a range of management, business development


Ridge Teams Up with iJET for Security Training

Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Ridge Global

Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services, and iJET University, a provider of risk management training curricula and solutions, announced that the two companies will collaborate to offer instructor-led training for executives and decision makers with security responsibility. Specifically, iJET University will offer Ridge Global’s flagship corporate security and resiliency training courses to its broad base of international clients and members.


Technology, Economy the Focus of New Marine Academy in China

Chinas Ningbo container port (Photo courtesy UNNC)

The Ningbo Nottingham International Academy for Marine Economy and Technology (IAMET) has been officially launched at a ceremony at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). A partnership between The University of Nottingham, Wanli Education Group and Ningbo Municipal Government, the Academy will build on Ningbo’s marine-related activities and support the city’s 12-year plan, a focus of which is the marine economy.


International Maritime Prize for Mexican Legal Expert

Dr. Eusebio Salgado y Salgado: Photo courtesy of UACJS

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) informs it decided at its recent meeting to award the International Maritime Prize for 2013 to Dr. José Eusebio Salgado y Salgado, Mexican academic and author of the Manual de Derecho Internacional Marítimo (Manual of International Maritime Law), for his significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO. In nominating his candidature, the Government of Mexico drew attention to Dr


Nelson Named MARAD Chief Counsel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced the appointment of Julie Nelson as Chief Counsel for the Department’s Maritime Administration. “Julie brings the right combination of experience to the job,” said Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian. “Her experience in industry and her credentials in the field of Maritime and Admiralty Law give her a solid understanding of the work we do here,” he said.


Maine Maritime Academy to Host International Symposium

Maine Maritime Academy will host the 3rd General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) in late September at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean in Rockport, Maine, United States of America. This year's conference will serve as an academic forum for "Enhancing Global Maritime Excellence", offering extensive exchange of theory and practice pertaining to professional maritime training and education


Erik Gronbeck Joins Atlantic Cordage

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Atlantic Cordage announced that Erik Gronbeck has joined the Atlantic Group of Companies.  Mr. Gronbeck is third generation following in the footsteps of the founder of the company, Mr. Walter Gronbeck Jr. (deceased) and Erik’s father, Mr. Peter W. Gronbeck C. E. O. and Susan Gronbeck, President, his Aunt.  Erik Gronbeck is a graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield Ct. where he majored in International Studies with emphasis on Global Issues and Global Marketing


Fincantieri Inks Training Deal with URI

Italian shipbuilder signs deal with an American university for the start-up of an advanced training course   Shipbuilder Fincantieri and the University of Rhode Island (URI), on behalf of its International Engineering Program (IEP), has signed an agreement establishing the beginning of mutual collaboration to develop academic and cultural interchange.   The agreement, of an initial duration of three years with renewal possibility


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  


Oregon State Seeks Shipyard Input for New Research Ship

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Oregon State University to issue RFI on ship project after design completion   The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete, and Oregon State University will issue a request for information (RFI)


Pacific Nations Take a Stand on Shipping Emissions

Photo: IMO

On Earth Day, Pacific leaders queued among 175 countries to sign the Paris Agreement in New York. Earlier that day in London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s sister UN specialized agency


Wassmer Named CEO at Kelvion

Robert Wassmer (Photo: Kelvion)

Robert Wassmer will join Kelvion, a globally active manufacturer of industrial heat exchangers, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Kelvion Holding GmbH effective as of July 1, 2016, the company’s shareholder committee announced.  


SUNY Maritime to Honor ABS’ Wiernicki

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Maritime College.   Wiernicki, CEO of the classification society since 2007 and its chairman since 2011, will receive the degree and speak at SUNY Maritime’s spring


India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

Photo: Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB Ports)

 India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018.   


Abruzzese to Head Quality & Operational Excellence at ABB

Pasquale Abruzzese Photo ABB

Acknowledged expert in the field becomes head of Quality and Operational Excellence at ABB, effective June 6, 2016 ABB has appointed Pascale Abruzzese as head of Group Quality and Operational Excellence. Abruzzese, a British national, is currently Chief of Operations for Philips International


US: China's South China Sea intentions Raise Tension

File Image: A Military Sealift Command tanker refuels a U.S. Navy warship. U.S. Naval ships have recently passed in close proximity to disputed islands and waters in the South China Sea. (credit: MSC)

A top U.S. official on Thursday said China's land reclamation and militarisation in the disputed South China Sea was raising tensions and serious questions about its intention. On a visit to Vietnam, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington would continue to play a


Spivak Appointed CFO, Seaspan

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 Seaspan Corporation announced today that David Spivak is joining the Company as its Chief Financial Officer, starting May 2, 2016. Mark Chu will continue to serve as interim CFO until David's arrival, whereupon Mark will continue in his current roles as Vice President


NOIA Elects McEvoy, Chairman Welch Vice Chair

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The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Board of Directors has elected Kevin McEvoy as Chairman and Dave Welch as Vice Chairman for the upcoming 2016-2017 term. McEvoy and Welch assumed their positions at the NOIA Annual Meeting today in Washington, D.C.  


NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas


Seafarers International House Honors Maritime Leaders

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Members of the maritime community gathered last evening at the New York Athletic Club to honor three of its leaders: H. Marshall Ainley (President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), Ian T. Blackley (President & CEO, Overseas Ship Management, Inc.) and Raymond J. Burke Jr


ExxonMobil, Employees Donate $45 Mln for Higher Education

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ExxonMobil and its employees contributed a total of $45.4 million to institutions of higher education across the country as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses contributed $13


Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

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The board of Golden Ocean Group Ltd. announced a pair of leadership appointments, naming Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal as the new Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS and Per Heiberg as the new Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS.  






 
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