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Varna Products Staff Promotions & Additions

Mark Ashurst

Varna Products, manufacturer of industrial oil & fuel pumps, announced the promotion of Mark Ashurst to Operations & Facility Manager.  Ashurst has been with VARNA Products/Transportation Research Corp. for nine years in charge of production. Mark’s focus will be on organizing, directing, and coordinating all production activities as well as streamlining processes and new product development. Varna has also added a new team member to the electrical engineering/production team, Wilson “Boyd” Mello. Mello will be assisting the electrical engineering team on turnkey control packages & assisting the Operations & Facility Manager.  Varna also announced the promotion of Tiffany McAchran to Sales Manager.  McAchran is responsible for the United States territory, directing International distribution/distributors, OEM relationships and continuing to grow sales/markets in prelube, soakback, transfer & drain/fill applications in marine, power generation, oil/gas, OTR trucking, off-highway, etc. Varna Products also announced the appointment of Mystic Tie Corporation, Wechool Jung, as Varna's Exclusive Representative for the complete pump line in South Korea. (www.varnaproducts.com)


Navibulgar Upgrades Black Sea Ferry

Navibulgar, the Bulgarian state-owned shipping company, has completed access modifications to one of its ships and added the Turkish port of Derince in the Sea of Marmara to the schedule for its long-established trans-Black Sea Ro-Ro ferry operation. The destination had been 'out of reach' to Navibulgar, whose two 13,000 DWT rail, truck and car ferries - Geroite na Odessa (Hero of Odessa) and Geroite na Sevastopol - were originally constructed with a single stern door designed to be


Transas to Supply VTMIS For Bulgarian Gov’t

Transas Marine Ltd. UK has been announced as the winner of the international tender for a large-scale VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management and Information System), including GMDSS and UAIS subsystems sought by the Bulgarian government. On November 30, a multi-million contract was signed in Sofia between Transas Marine and the Ministry of Finance of Bulgaria, which was endorsed for financing by the European Community. The tender has been held under the framework of the Phare programme aimed at the


Cammell Laird To Invest $10M In Varna Yard

Britain's Cammell Laird plans to invest between five and $10 million as part of a bail-out package for Bulgaria's indebted Varna Shipyard. "Investments are aimed at upgrading production capacity. Two-thirds are to be made within 10 days after the bail-out plan is enforced and the remainder within 18 months," the Economy Ministry said in a statement. The plan was worked out by the yard's creditors including the ministries of finance and economy


Marine, NL, Joins ShipConstructor Community

Marine, The Netherlands, is the latest company to join the ShipConstructor community. General Manager Stefan Raev, already a ShipConstructor expert for well over 10 years, brings significant experience and industry knowledge. Following a Master's Degree in Naval Architecture at Varna University, Raev quickly became Production Manager at Varna Shipyard.  A few years later he took the position of Manager Repair & Production at Kuwait Shipbuilding & Repair Yard and later


Transas Upgrades Bulgarian Naval Training Center

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An official opening of the upgraded training complex equipped with the Transas state-of-the-art simulators for N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy took place on September, 30. Numerous high-rank officials attended the ceremony, dedicated to the start of a new academic year. Among them was Mr. Rosen Plevenliev, the president of Bulgaria and the supreme commander of the armed forces, Mr. Ivan Ivanov, the deputy minister of defense, and many others


Atlas Elektronik Delivers Coastal Surveillance System

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Atlas Elektronik completed the delivery of the coastal surveillance sys-tem, which has been ordered by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance regarding the completion of the Bulgarian obligations towards the Schengen agreement of the European Union. The Sys-tem, operated by the Border Police (Ministry of Interior), covers the entire Bulgarian coastline of more than 350 km. The contract includes the delivery of the complete coastal surveillance system


Patrick Verhoeven Leaves ESPO for ECSA

Patrick Verhoeven: Photo credit ESPO

European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) chairman leaves to join the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). Mr Verhoeven has been recruited by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) to succeed Alfons Guinier who will be retiring as Secretary General next year. "It is with much regret that I have to announce this news", said Mr Garcia-Milà, "Patrick will however not be leaving us immediately


First Line of Baltic Sea Pipe to be Laid by Saipem

Saipem 7000 pipe-laying vessel: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Contracts worth around EUR 2-billion for construction of the first of the four offshore lines of the trans-Baltic South Stream gas pipeline have now been signed by South Stream Transport and Saipem, inform Gazprom. Saipem is to build the first offshore line of the South Stream gas pipeline as well as erect process facilities in the shore crossing areas, and construct the landfalls. Pipes will be welded together on board a special pipe-laying


Royal IHC Launches Easydredge 2700

Easydredge 2700 (Photo: Royal IHC)

Royal IHC (IHC) has launched the first Easydredge 2700, the first vessel in its range of standard trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD) to be delivered in summer 2015. The launch took place at the shipyard of IHC's partner, MTG Dolphin, in Varna, Bulgaria.   The new vessel will be supplied with a "world-dredging package", which includes bottom doors, a bow coupling and a dredging depth of 25 meters. This makes her suitable for a wide range of tasks


White House Takes Aim at Illegal Seafood Trade

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A White House task force on Tuesday issued proposals to tighten the grip on the illegal global seafood trade, which the group said causes billions of dollars in losses to the legal fishing industry annually.   Under the plan, the United States would create a program to trace seafood


VSTEP Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

VSTEP, global supplier of simulator solutions for commercial, government and military customers in the maritime and public safety and security sectors, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification by DNV GL Business Assurance.   Prior to achieving ISO certification


Hoists Facilitate Offshore Crane Repairs

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When the diesel engine of a deck crane failed, it caused major handling problems for an offshore platform operating in the Dutch sector of the southern North Sea, problems that were solved with the use of J D Neuhaus air operated hoists. The crane was operating at 40 meters above sea level and


NASSCO Cuts Steel on APT "ECO Tanker"

Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of another ship in its commercial shipbuilding backlog, starting construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony in its San Diego shipyard. U.S. Rep


Capital Product Partners Announces New Charters

International diversified shipping company Capital Product Partners L.P. announced that it has secured time charter employment for the M/T Aias and M/T Arionas.   The M/T Aias (150,393 dwt, Crude Oil Carrier, built 2008, Universal Shipyard, Japan) will be employed with Repsol Trading S.A


BHP Ships 1 bln Tonnes to China

Iron Ore Shipment to China

  BHP Billiton last night celebrated the shipment of its one billionth tonne of iron ore to China with customers, industrial associations, joint venture partners, suppliers and employees in Shanghai. BHP Billiton’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mackenzie was joined by President


Petrobras' Condensed Report for 3Q, 2014

  Petrobras clarifies that it has been decided not to publish the financial statements for the third quarter of 2014 not reviewed by the independent auditors in view of the new incidents, after the day November 13, 2014, relating, directly or indirectly, with Operation Lava Jato, namely:


CEZ to Close its Bulgarian Thermal Plant

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  Czech power utility CEZ will wind down operations of its coal-burning plant in Bulgaria on Jan. 1, after it failed to get an exemption from European Union environmental rules, the company said on Saturday. CEZ had hoped Brussels may allow the plant to continue operations during the


Damen Wins Sitecore Business Transformation Award

Damen wins Sitecore Experience Award for Online Business Transformation‏

  Damen Shipyards Group, together with its website partner Evident,has won the ‘Benelux Sitecore Experience Award 2014’ in the category ‘Business Transformation’. This prize is awarded to the best Sitecoresolution, meaning a solution which generates measurable


MacGregor Bags Equipment Contract for 6 AH

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  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a major order from Kleven in Norway for six comprehensive deck handling equipment packages. They will be installed on six new-generation Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels for Maersk Supply Service


Hempel Acquires Schaepman

Hempel has acquired Schaepman’s Lakfabrieken B.V, a Dutch supplier of specialized industrial, protective and decorative coatings. The acquisition is part of Hempel’s five-year growth strategy. Terms of the sale are undisclosed.  


USCG Begins Northeast Icebreaking Season

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The U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting December 15 and running through March.    OP RENEW is the USCG's region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies


PublisherLT Available for Pre-2015 Release

Many ShipConstructor users have already realized the value of SSI's new information-sharing tool, SSI EnterprisePlatform PublisherLT. This product was launched in September 2014 with the ShipConstructor 2015 release. However, a number of clients are mid-project in an older version of


Safety is Job One

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Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Free Fallin’


Wärtsilä Acquires L-3 Marine Systems International

Wärtsilä Corporation is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is a business sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment primarily focused on the commercial ship industry






 
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