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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Galasso Named Ocean Signal Sales Manager

Rich Galasso (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal has announced the appointment of Rich Galasso as its new US Sales Manager. Galasso will assist with the company’s sales growth strategy in the US as demand continues to increase for Ocean Signal’s communication and safety products for the recreational and commercial markets, including 406MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices and flares. Bringing more than 20 years’ experience in the marine industry to the role, Galasso joins…

Laborde wins Bukh Distribution Deal

Enclosed lifeboat Photo Laborde Products

Laborde Products has been selected as BUKH Diesel Marine Distributor for the United States marine market. "Our companies have tremendous synergies," stated Soren Pederson, BUKH sales manager. "The BUKH engine line really complements our growing position in the marine market, and provides much needed domestic support for the US cruise ship industry with the large population of BUKH SOLAS engines used in lifeboats and fast rescue craft”, said Chris Cerullo, Laborde Products marine manager.

Taylor to head Trojan Battery's Global Workforce

Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Phillip Taylor as senior vice president, and chief human resources (HR) officer to lead the company’s global workforce of more than 1,000 employees. Taylor brings over 30 years of experience to this position, which includes his most recent tenure at legendary toy maker Mattel, Inc. Battery. Taylor is responsible for the development of corporate HR strategies for Trojan’s worldwide operations in the areas of recruitment, compensation, benefits, performance management and organizational development for the company. While at Mattel, Taylor served as senior vice president of HR for the commercial and corporate divisions.

First collaboration for Sydney City Marine and Damen

Sydney City Marine has completed its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel since the signing ofa Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Damen Shipyards Group last year. The works signify the successful cooperation between Damen Services in the Netherlands, the Damen Service Hub in Brisbane and Sydney City Marine. The vessel in question was the Svitzer Warang, a Damen ASD 2810 owned by global towage operator Svitzer. Sydney City Marinewascontracted by Svitzer to carry out a 5-year special survey on the vessel. The Svitzer Warangleft the yard just before Christmas 2016. “We performed a full-on scope of works on this tug,” explains Sydney City Marine Director Brenton Fischer. “This included all Lloyd’s Register requirements.

Cable Laying Software, MakaiLay commissioned

Four Cable Ships Commission MakaiLay Photo Makai Ocean Engineering

In the last few months, the submarine cable industry’s #1 cable installation software, MakaiLay, has been commissioned on four cable laying vessels around the world. KT Submarine (KTS, Korea) recently completed a challenging installation with one of their cable laying vessels, Segero. They also commissioned the software on their other vessel, the Responder, and are currently using it to manage a cable installation in the Pacific. “To provide more accurate cable installation services to our client…

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

A new specialist Ship Simulation Center, based in Atwell Arcade, Fremantle, was officially opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by City of Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt. The Australia Ship Simulation Center, owned and operated by HR Wallingford, has moved into new premises from where it will continue to provide expert navigation consultancy and a dedicated pilot training center for Western Australia and the wider region. HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr.

Miliaras tapped for Carnival Maritime Post

Minas Miliaras has taken on the role of Vice President Fleet Cruise Execution at Carnival Maritime, the Marine Service Unit of the Costa Group (AIDA, Costa) in Hamburg. Minas will head the fleet teams and the maintenance development team for all AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises and Costa Asia ships. He will be responsible for the fleet management of the 26 vessels according to efficiency and sustainability targets of Carnival Maritime. This includes technical management, improvement of repair efficiency, standardization and harmonizing processes as well as connecting offices and ships across the globe. Greek-born Minas is a studied naval architect, and MBA marine engineer. Before joining Carnival Maritime, he worked for Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises for sixteen years.

TMG buoyed by global demand

Les Chapman Photo TMG

An expanding maritime consultancy headquartered in Seattle has recorded its busiest start to a year so far with rising demand for its services worldwide. The Maritime Group (International) (TMG) is lining up contracts across multiple sectors for 2017 after a surge of interest in its services. Targeted projects cover ferry and cruise operations, port management, marine surveys, feasibility studies and maritime and border security. Les Chapman, who is a TMG director, said: “Although the maritime market is toughening in certain sectors, there are still myriad opportunities available.

GoFree Vessel Monitoring Adds Global Connectivity with Vodafone

Photo Navico Holding

Vodafone announced today that it is working with Navico, an international marine electronics company, to bring global connectivity to Navico’s GoFree product suite. Using the Vodafone Global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM, GoFree can provide boaters, fleet managers, and service technicians with the ability to monitor, log, transmit and report important vessel information in real-time. With the connectivity, GoFree Track, an affordable hardware system,can track critical vessel information like engine hours, battery status, oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel consumption, and more.

EMMF Strengthens Global Bunkering Team

bunkering team worldwide with effect from January 1, 2004. Marketing, based in Houston. to become General Manager Americas, EMMF Fuels Marketing Division. Lubricants, Marine & Aviation Lubricant Sales. Manager Marketing and Supply, EMMF Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, based in Singapore. Aviation Manager for Asia Pacific. planning and analysis.

Navy Handed Over Seychelles Ship Topaz After Refit

Topaz. Photo: Indian Navy

Seychelles Coast Guard Patrol Ship (SCGPS) Topaz has completed her Medium Refit and has been handed over to Colonel Simone A Dine, Commander Seychelles Coast Guard by Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on 16 February 2017. The ship underwent a Medium Refit at Naval Dockyard from March 2016 to January 2017. The event was held at Naval Jetty inside INS Circars and was attended by other dignitaries from Seychelles Coast Guard and Indian Navy.

New Executive Appointments at Shoreham Port

Helen English Photo Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port welcomes to its team; Darren Bridle (Transport and Logistics Administrator), Helen English (Property Manager), Doug Martin (Tug Master) and David Cornelius (Pilot). Darren Bridle commented “After being employed at my previous job for just over 15 years the thought of making a brand new start with any company is a daunting prospect. Shoreham Port has made this transition seamless, everyone here has been great. My new colleagues are very friendly and helpful. Helen English commented “It’s been great to get to know everyone here at the Port.

ClassNK Reorganizes Management Team

Classification society ClassNK has announced that it will reorganize its Board of Directors as part of a larger corporate reorganization, effective July 1, 2011. As part of the reorganization, ClassNK’s four current Managing Directors -- Shosuke Kakubari, Koichi Fujiwara, Takuya Yoneya, and Yasushi Nakamura -- will be promoted to Executive Vice Presidents and take up positions alongside current Executive Vice Presidents Hiroshige Kitada and Toshitomo Matsui. In addition to the promotion of the four executives, ClassNK will also establish a new second tier of Operating Officers who will oversee the day to day operations of the 110 year old classification society. ClassNK General Affairs Department General Manager T. Agata, Finance Department General Manager M.

Liebherr: Italian Deliveries Reached a Record Level in 2016

Photo: Liebherr

Last year Liebherr Maritime Cranes delivered nine mobile harbor cranes, four reachstackers, three rail mounted gantry cranes and one ship-to-shore container crane to various Italian ports. Since Liebherr has been engaged in the manufacturing of maritime cargo handling equipment, Italian ports proved to be reliable and valuable partners. The first mobile harbor crane was already delivered in 1974 and over the years the maritime cargo handling fleet operating in Italy has constantly been increased.

Ship Managers Bilked by Owners

Hard times have brought about an increase in bogus claims against ship managers by shipowners, warned the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) in its latest issue of 'Claims Review'. The ITIC finds that shipowners are resisting payment of ship maintenance costs and end up owing ship managers, not only for their own fees but also for money paid on owners' behalf, reported London's Tanker Operator. But when ship managers go to collect, they are charged with negligence in the running of the ship. Resulting claims are costly to defend, the ITIC said. One case that ended up costing US$250,000 in legal fees, involved a balance of funds owed to the ship manager.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Announces Appointments

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC) has announced the following staff promotions and appointments effective immediately: Francesco Pansardi was named Marketing Manager, based in New York City; Tom Hughes was named National Trade Manager Transpacific Service, based in Los Angeles; Halina Rosa was named Trade Manager East Coast for the company's Transpacific service based in New York City; and Juan Wilson has been named Credit Manager, also based in New York City. Francesco Pansardi joined MSC in April of 1998. Prior to that, he had worked with Henkel Cosmetic Italia in Parma as product manager, and before that, with Bruno Magli Group as assistant product manager.

Liberian Registry Appoints London GM

Kostas Ladas (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd., where he was vessel operations manager. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years with Coscon/Cosco (U.K.) Ltd. in London, where he held a variety of executive roles, including Chartering & Shipbroking deputy general manager, commercial manager and company legal adviser.

ITIC Says: Ship Managers Must Beware of Increase in Claims by Owners

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it has seen a noticeable increase in claims against ship managers by shipowners who are going through difficult financial times. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC notes that, as result of their financial difficulties, owners resist paying for the full maintenance of their ships and also end up owing ship managers not only for their own fees but also for disbursements paid on owners’ behalf. When ship managers try to collect the funds due, they are faced with a claim for negligence in the management of the ship.

Glosten Promotes FitzGerald to Principal

Ken FitzGerald (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Ken FitzGerald to Principal. FitzGerald is a graduate of Louisiana State University (BS, Petroleum Engineering, 1992), and joined Glosten in 2003 after 13 years working in commercial oceanography. While at Glosten, he has supported the firm’s work in mooring design, geophysical surveys, research vessels, logistics planning, and has managed risk assessment workgroups. He is a subject matter expert in mooring and maneuvering, and has managed ship alteration projects of all types.

Mzamo Named Port Manager at Port of Richards Bay

Hlubi Mzamo, new port manager of the Port of Richards Bay, did not expect to find himself at the helm of the port with the largest cargo volumes in South Africa when, he joined the National Ports Authority (NPA), as marine operations manager in Cape Town, 18 months ago. Mzamo had just settled down with his family in the Mother City, when the NPA, landlord and regulator of South African ports, informed him that he was being promoted to an even more responsible position. From sitting in his office, which overlooks the valuable Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), he modestly concedes that although the promotion was wholly unexpected, he is encouraged that his continuous hard work as marine operations manager was rewarded so quickly.

Another Busy Winter for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

Photo: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

The winter repair season is in full swing at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where 16 vessels of various sizes from the Great Lakes bulk carrier fleet are in for winter repair, including five 1,000-foot bulk carriers, eight medium sized ships 600-700 feet long and three tugs. The scope of the repairs is as wide as the variety of ships at dock and include vessel repowering from steam propulsion to diesel, steel and piping repairs, bulkhead renewals, machinery inspection and repairs, exhaust scrubber installation, painting and regulatory inspections.

China Marine Management Restructure by LR

Maogen Xue: Photo courtesy of LR

Classification Society Lloyd's Register is restructuring its marine management in China to create a more efficient operating model. The new Marine Manager for Greater China will by Maogen Xue, to be based in Shanghai. In a new area named East China, Lin Li, Area Manager for Shanghai & Nantong, will be responsible for all operational and business issues in Zhejiang Province. He will be supported by his Senior Surveyors-in-Charge, Y.P. Dai, Francesco Ruisi and Xingtai Shi who will continue to manage LR operations in Zhoushan, Shanghai and Nantong respectively.

Hogia Names New Manager Customer Services

Hogia Ferry Systems has established a new position as Manager Customer Services. The Manager Customer Services will be responsible for present customers and ensure they benefit from their systems in the best possible way. Ari-Pekka Soini has been appointed Manager Customer Services at Hogia Ferry Systems. Soini has held leading positions both onboard and ashore during his 20 years career in the ferry business, his latest position being Managing Director of Sea Containers Finland. As the Manager of Customer Services, his responsibility is to care for the current customers and after sales activities. The new Manager Customer Services will inform and offer new functionality to customers and keep informed about their business and development plans.

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