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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. (

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

Photo: Transas

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

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

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) The inauguration ceremony took place at the River Information Center in Ruse in presence of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski.  

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

SSI has hired CAD/CAM specialist Robert Holder as part of its sales force in the U.S. market.    According to SSI, the hiring is intended to meet the expanding demand for SSI's design and manufacturing solutions in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.  

Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

The EPA Tier 3 certified MTU 8V 4000 Ironmen marine engine will be on display at the upcoming International Workboat Show 2015 in New Orleans. (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

SSI to Unveil ShipConstructor 2016 R2 at WorkBoat

SSI's latest release, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 will be unveiled for the first time in public at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3, in New Orleans.   According to SSI, the new software enhances productivity via new features and benefits

Wärtsilä's' Digital Services for Performance Enhancement

Genius services courtesy Wartsila

  Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, launches a new service portfolio, Wärtsilä Genius services to help Wärtsilä's customers seize the opportunities from digitalisation.

LR to Class Nine Tankers for Maersk


 Lloyd’s Register (LR) won the deal for classification of nine Medium Range (MR) type product tankers. Owned by Maersk Tankers, the vessels are to be built at Samsung’s Ningbo yard in China.    These are the first ever vessels ordered by a Danish ship owner to the

Latest Deliveries Complete Ardmore Newbuild Program

Ardmore Chippewa (Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation)

Tanker shipper Ardmore takes delivery of 23rd and 24th vessels, completing its initial newbuilding program Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk

Lightering Operations Begin for Sunken Lake Barge

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie

Lightering operations has begunn for the  tanker barge Argo sunken in Lake Erie as Unified Command responders took advantage of a favorable weather window, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The first of Argo’s eight tanks are being tapped and offloaded

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound

Lukoil Predicts Similar 2016 Russian Output

Oil producer Lukoil aims to maintain output in Russia at this year's level of 86-87 million tonnes and to increase it by 1.5-2 million tonnes in 2017, its chief executive, Vagit Alekperov, said on Tuesday. Russia intends to provide further discounts on its Urals crude blend in order to defend

Stena Bulk Orders Tankers from China

Photo courtsy of Stena Bulk

Stena Bulk has placed an order for three 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX MR tankers with the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME), formerly Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in Guangzhou.   It has also taken out an option on a further two vessels

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Photo: Ecoslops

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217, validating the company’s commercial proposition, the company announced today

Concordia Maritime Charters MR Tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker, the company announced today. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime's share amounts to 50 percent. The contract, which comes into effect at the end of November 2015

South Korean Orders for MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery

MacGregors Pusnes Deck Machinery courtesy MacGregors

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for various shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

R-22 Phase-out Presents Dangers and Expense -WSS

UnitorUnicoolRange (Photo: WSS)

The shipping industry is facing price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant, warns Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a global provider of services and products. The colorless gas

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

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