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Monday, October 23, 2017

BROWN & ROOT

Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root Sign Contract with Australian DoD

A Rolls-Royce and Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) team has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defense worth more than $39m. The contract covers four Royal Australian Navy amphibious and afloat support ships for seven years with options for a further five. The Rolls-Royce and KBR team will reduce DoD ship costs through improved logistics management, total ship maintenance, faster response to day-to-day engineering issues and managing equipment obsolescence. Pat Marolda, Rolls-Royce President – Naval, said: “The Rolls-Royce and KBR team look forward to creating an effective partnership with the Department of Defence. Rolls-Royce is committed to providing long-term support to navies worldwide, helping them manage costs and allowing them to concentrate on operating their ships at sea. The DoD is a forward-looking organisation which is leading the way in forming partnerships between private industry and government.” Rob Hawketts, Director of KBR Government and Infrastructure Asia Pacific, said: “KBR and Rolls-Royce have the breadth of capabilities and teaming experience to deliver the world-leading integrated material support demanded by the RAN.

MTN Appoints Venegas GM, Oil and Gas

Santos Venegas

MTN Communications (MTN) announces Santos Venegas has joined the company as general manager for its Oil and Gas Division. This appointment further solidifies MTN’s position in the market as a pioneer in communications technology spanning across various market segments. A 35-year industry veteran and respected consultant, Santos most recently served as managing director for Latin America at Harris CapRock. Prior to that role, he was director of Corporate Development

Offshore Petroleum Industry Pioneers Receive Hall of Fame Induction

The Offshore Pioneers Gala, sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) Society, showcased the 1999 class of offshore petroleum industry pioneers inducted into the OEC Hall of Fame. The 10 industry inductees included: Robert F. Bauer, former president of Global Marine, for his developments in the technology of offshore drilling from floating drilling rigs. Herman Brown and George R. Brown, founders of Brown & Root in 1919, created a premier design and construction company

Obituary: Shirley J. Brown

Nov. 10, 1913 - Aug. 9, 2005. Remembered as one of the most influential businessmen in Pensacola's modern maritime industry, Mr. Brown was owner of Brown Marine Service. At its peak, his company operated 16 tugboat and fuel-oil barges, which transported nearly three-quarters of all diesel and gasoline products to Pensacola and other Panhandle marine terminals. Mr. Brown was the son of a tugboat captain and grandson of a ship's captain. (Source: Pensacola News Journal)

Former Chief Engineer Arraigned on Vessel Pollution Charges

Patrick K. Brown, a former Chief Engineer of the M/V Fidelio was arraigned today on a six count indictment related to deliberate vessel pollution that was originally returned by a federal grand jury on July 26, 2007. The indictment was announced by Ronald J. Tenpas, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment & Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

Brown Heads Int’l Marine Business for W R Systems

Photo courtesy Goldman & Associates Public Relations

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems) appointed Simon Brown as Director of International Marine Business. Brown will expand and develop an international distributor base for current WRSystems navigation and marine IT-based products, as well as direct business development to increase the profile of the company in the global marine industry. Brown is a resident of Manchester, United Kingdom. Brown has extensive experience in the commercial maritime industry

Carnival Ratings Cut

Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Salomon Smith Barney and Credit Suisse First Boston have all cut their ratings for top cruise group Carnival Corp. Deutsche Bank Alex Brown and Credit Suisse First Boston downgraded the company to buy from strong buy while Salomon Smith Barney cut ratings to outperform from buy.The downgrades follow Carnival's announcement that second-quarter earnings look weak, in part due to higher fuel costs. First-quarter earnings were in line with Wall Street estimates

Philip Brown appointed UK Managing Director for SBS Worldwide

Philip Brown, UK Managing Director

Philip Brown, who has worked in the logistics and freight forwarding industry for over 20 years, has been appointed UK Managing Director for SBS Worldwide.   Steve Walker , Group Chairman said ‘  This completes  our senior management appointments that will see our change from an A2B forwarder to a Supply Chain driven model, with Phil’s expertise allied with our consultative brand Virtualized Logistics leading the drive’

Training & Education: At the Leading Edge

RANGER: Mass. Maritime Academy’s smaller platform training ship

Innovative Brown Water Programs   Arguably the best equipped and most environmentally sound maritime campus in the country, Mass. Maritime also finds itself (not by accident) at the leading edge of a fundamental change in how maritime academies deliver education in a changing marketplace. At the heart of that effort is a comprehensive workboat simulation and training program.   Same Maritime Roots: Different Industry Demographics

Shell Resumes Crude Exports from Forcados Terminal

Royal Dutch Shell has resumed crude exports from the Forcados terminal in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta following repairs after a militant attack, the Nigerian presidency said on Tuesday.   "The Shell Director, Mr. Andrew Brown, informed the President of the resumption of oil exportation through the Forcados terminal following its restoration," the presidency said after a meeting between Brown and President Muhammadu Buhari.  

Taking the Guesswork out of Navigating Tropical Cyclones

StormGeo's shipping division (formerly AWT), a provider of fleet optimization services, fleet performance and onboard voyage management software, has introduced a new multi-model technology enabling ship captains to make better routing decisions around tropical cyclones. StormGeo's Tropical Cyclone track uses multi-model ensembles and advanced analysis to narrow the "cone of uncertainty," the area extending out from a storm on a forecasting map that projects a cyclone's path.

Harley Marine Hires Adlakha as CFO

(Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Harley Marine Services is pleased to welcome Sterling Adlakha to its executive team where he will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.   A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Sterling served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He began his career as an engineer on a 210' cutter before moving to the West Coast and becoming a double-ended marine inspector and plank owner of the country's first Sea Marshal program following the 9/11 terrorist attacks

DNV GL Acquires ComputIT

Are F. Tjønn, CEO, DNV GL - Software (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL said it has acquired ComputIT, a specialist independent company for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and R&D. ComputIT develops unique high-end technology for simulating fires, explosions and gas dispersion. “This acquisition brings us world-leading capabilities in the CFD domain,” says Are F. Tjønn, CEO, DNV GL - Software. “Through this acquisition, we are strengthening our core

AkzoNobel Cargo Tank Coating Wins Innovation Awards

Photo: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel said it scooped two honors at the recent ICIS Innovation Awards for the Interline 9001 ultra-performance cargo tank coating supplied through its International brand.   As well as being awarded with the overall Innovation Award, Interline 9001 also received the Best Product Innovation Award from ICIS, the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries.   The awards recognize the impact the new coating has had on the chemical tanker industry

MN100: July 3 is the Final Day to Apply

© Joe Sohm / Adobe Stock

Today is the final day to apply for the MN100. Is your firm a top workboat, brown water or inland enterprise? Each year the August 2017 edition of Marine News magazine, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, features 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, builders and repairers, and product and service providers. Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply before July 3 at http://mn100.maritimemagazine.com/

Conrad Shipyard Founder Parker Conrad Passed Away

John Parker Conrad, Sr. (Photo courtesy of Conrad Shipyard)

John Parker Conrad, Sr., founder of Conrad Shipyard, died peacefully on July 6 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Morgan City, La. He was 101 years old.   A shipbuilding pioneer and a legend along the Gulf of Mexico coast and beyond, Parker founded Conrad Industries in 1948. Conrad now has five shipyards along the Louisiana-Texas coast.   From age 12 to age 17, Parker trained as a Christian Brother, which formed in him a deeply rooted and lifelong commitment to others

Z-Drive Collaboration on the Inland Waterways Expands

(Photo: ACBL)

American Commercial Barge Line’s leadership and early adoption of ZF Marine’s z-drive propulsion technology underscores a growing trend on the inland waterways.    American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has been around a long time – since 1915, to be exact – and along the way has developed into one of the dominant players in the inland marine transportation industry. With a passion for safety and a green footprint

Oil Markets Brace for Possible US Sanctions on Venezuela

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U.S. oil markets were readying for fallout from potential U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's vital oil sector on Monday after Sunday's election in the struggling country was deemed a "sham" by Washington.   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday celebrated the election of a new legislative superbody that will have the power to dissolve state institutions such as the opposition-run Congress. Countries around the world denounced the vote.  

Venezuela Ships More Oil to US in July vs June

Venezuela's PDVSA and its joint ventures last month shipped 638,325 barrels per day (bpd) of crude to the United States, a 30 percent increase over June due to larger sales of upgraded oil, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data.   Venezuelan crude output has declined this year to its lowest point in 27 years due to a lack of investment and payment delays to oil service firms, affecting exports to customers in key markets including the United States.  

GE to Provide Maintenance to TMS Cardiff Gas’ LNG Fleet

Corcovado LNG (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions and TMS CARDIFF GAS Ltd. have signed a service agreement that will see GE undertaking the support and maintenance of four TMS LNG vessels—Corcovado, Kita, Palu and Yari—for the next 10 years. GE will provide maintenance services to TMS fleet’s electric propulsion system, including providing parts to the propulsion motors, medium-voltage drives, generators and switchboard

Harvey Shuts in More than 18% of US Gulf Output -BSEE

Astronaut Randy Bresnik took this photo of Tropical Storm Harvey from the International Space Station on Aug. 28 at 1:27 p.m. CDT. (Credits: NASA)

More than 18 percent of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut in on Tuesday due to Harvey, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement said.   That equates to some 319,523 barrels of oil per day, out of roughly 1.75 million barrels pumped daily from the Gulf. The amount of production shut in was down from Monday, when more than 331,000 barrels were shut in.   Meanwhile, 19.1 percent of natural gas production in the region, or 615

Noris Marine to Offer PBES Energy Storage to Southern Europe

Photo: PBES

PBES and Noris Automation GmbH has announced a partnership agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels. This further underscores the ongoing green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry.   “Noris Automation is a company with deep roots in the marine industry,” said Brent Perry, PBES Chief Executive Officer. “Their attention to exceptional quality and made in Germany products

ZIM Continues to Outperform

Photo: ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

 ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM)continues to outperform the industry and achieve improved results, claims the company.   The shipping liner industry went through major developments and structural changes which include reshaping of the alliances and M&A activities that took place over the last quarters.    "Since Q3 2016 we have been witnessing a positive trend in the industry with improved freight rates in most trades, however

Weakened Maria Could Regain Major Hurricane Status -NHC

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite VIIRS instrument captured this thermal image on Sept. 20, 2017, at 2:12 a.m. EDT (0612 UTC). At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the American Virgin Islands, and its northwestern quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico. (Credit: NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team)

Maria, which weakened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, could regain major hurricane status by Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.   Catastrophic flash flooding was occurring over portions of Puerto Rico with conditions now deteriorating over the eastern Dominican Republic, the NHC said.   The hurricane was about 25 miles (45 km) north northwest of Aguadilla

South Korea to Build World's Largest LNG-Fueled Ship

The Asia Energy, one of the new LNG carriers, during sea trials in South Korea. Photo: Chevron Corporation

 In an effort to go green amid looming strict emission rules, South Korea will launch a pilot program to build the world's largest vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports Yonhap.   South Korean Ministry of  Oceans and Fisheries  said it will join forces with local shipyards, builders and state institutes to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-propelled vessels.   The government launched a task force in January made up of local companies to develop the

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