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Resolve Managerial Appointments

Bob Umbdenstock

Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, one of the US’ major Marine Emergency Response, Salvage and Fire Fighting experts, is to develop its expertise on a more global basis and has recruited a number of key personnel into its company to achieve this aim. Bob Umbdenstock, marine industry executive and consultant with international management experience in heavy salvage, wreck removal and environmental protection, has joined the company to develop and market the emergency response capabilities Resolve offers to ship owners and managers wishing to comply with statutory planning requirements, namely OPA 90, in the US and elsewhere in the world. A graduate of Dartmouth College and former US Navy salvage officer, he has been a special casualty representative (SCR) for Lloyds Open Form with SCOPIC. Joe Farrell III, son and namesake of the current Resolve Group President, also joins the company. Farrell is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he earned a BS degree in marine engineering. He recently graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with an MS in Ocean Engineering and with a concentrate in Naval Architecture. They join a number of other recent key appointments to the Resolve Group, including Capt. Rich Habib, Senior Salvage Master and Bill Crothers, Group Chief Financial Officer. Habib brings over 30 years of experience in the Marine Industry. He is a Master Mariner with a background in heavy lift vessels


TITAN Appoints Hoddinott and Ives

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TITAN Salvage has appointed Mark Hoddinott to global director, marketing and strategy, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the company's strategic marketing and business development plans. He will operate out of Titan's UK facility at Newhaven, East Sussex, and will report to Rich Habib, TITAN's vice president.  Hoddinott, who will continue his role on the senior management team, will work closely with TITAN's commercial division.


Lloyds to Sell $500m in Shipping Loans

Lloyds Banking Group has reached an agreement to sell $500 million of shipping loans from its remaining ship finance portfolio, finance and banking sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Bank of America and U.S. hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management were expected to buy the loans, one of the sources said. Lloyds, Bank of America and Davidson Kempner all declined to comment. (Reporting by Jonathan Saul and Matt Scuffham; Editing by Pravin


Vessels Detained in U.K. Ports: September

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during September 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of this month. Notes on the list of detentions


NUS unveils Professorships for Research

Channel NewsAsia has reported that in a boost to the offshore and marine engineering sector, the National University of Singapore has announced two professorships for research and development in the field. Under a memorandum of understanding, Lloyds Register and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will each commit S$3 million to the Lloyd's Register Professorship and the MPA Maritime Technology Professorship


Centrica Energy Awarded Barents Sea License

Centrica Energy in Norway was awarded a 50% operating share in the Scarecrow licence, its first  in the Barents Sea. The Norwegian government on June 12 awarded the licences that form part of the 22nd round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Centrica Energy was awarded an operatorship and 50% ownership in the Scarecrow licence, block 719. This block opens up a new area for Centrica, and marks the beginning of a new venture for the Norwegian upstream business as it looks to grow


Equiom Passes Recruitment and Placement Inspection

Equiom Marine and Aviation Services (Jersey) Limited (EMAS) announced that the company recently passed the Lloyds Inspection for Seafarer Recruitment and Placement. The inspection, which is undertaken by an external agency, Lloyd’s Register, evaluates compliance to relevant maritime legislation as laid down by the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006. In this instance, Equiom were required to demonstrate compliance to Regulation 1.4 of the MLC


Braemar Sub-Licenses FSP Containment System

Braemar LNG BV, the wholly owned subsidiary of Braemar Shipping Services PLC, has issued a sub-license to FSP LNG BV for the design and construction of a new Flat-panel, Semi-membrane, Prismatic-shaped (FSP) containment system, under the terms of the license it holds with General Dynamics NASSCO to utilize its patents in the design and construction of FSP LNG containment systems.    FSP technology has been developed for marine LNG transport and can also be used in a range of


UK Returns to Semi-Submersible Rig Building

Britain is to return to the world of semi-submersible rig building for the first time in two decades as prices soar and shipyards in South Korea run out of space. SeaDragon Offshore, a newly-formed company is to take over a former vessel construction facility on Teesside to build the first in a series of three drilling units worth up to $1.5b. As many as 600 jobs could be created at the Haverton Hill Shipyard by SeaDragon which plans to float on either the London or the Oslo stock


New RS Office in Shanghai

A new RS Branch Office has opened in Shanghai (People's Republic of China). In accordance with the requirements of PRC legislation the Branch Office was registered in December 2013, and in May it started to work with shipowners and manufacturers of materials and equipment. Russian-Chinese relations in the field of shipbuilding and shipping industry have a long history. Since September 1947 in the People's Republic of China Inspection of the USSR Register of Shipping functioned with survey


NAVTOR Opens US Office

Todd Allen will lead NAVTOR USA Inc. (Photo: NAVTOR)

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has set its sights on the U.S. shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian business, which has built a global network of facilities since forming in 2011, has, until now, serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters


Wärtsilä Debuts New Tug Designs

The new portfolio of Wärtsilä HYTug designs (Image: Wärtsilä)

A new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, place emphasis on environmental sustainability.   Since tugs typically operate in or close to harbors and populated areas, they are particularly affected by environmental considerations


Warning on Hazards of Carrying Bauxite by Ship

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A new warning that bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize, has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes


International Focus on Protectionism

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Consultative Shipping Group (CSG) is meeting in the United Kingdom during the London International Shipping Week (LISW) to discuss the challenges facing global shipping markets, said a press statement from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).  


Patrol Vessel Delivered to Nigeria's Homeland

Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel (Photo: Damen)

A Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel has been delivered to Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd of Lagos, Nigeria, taking its fleet of these craft up to three, with a fourth currently under construction.   Guardian 3 along with its sister ships Guardian 1 and Guardian 2 is now providing security


Port of Long Beach Achieves Record Pollution Reductions

The Port of Long Beach Middle Harbor rendering (CREDIT: POLB)

The Port of Long Beach notched clean air records in its latest study of air pollution emissions, including an 88 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter, continuing more than a decade of air quality improvements.   The first phase of the zero-emissions Long Beach Container Terminal


HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Sail with Dellner Brakes

(Photo courtesy Dellner Brakes)

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived at her home port of Portsmouth last week, fitted with two Dellner Brakes ‘stopping, turning, locking’ (STL) systems that, weighing in at 11,000 kg each, are the biggest STL systems that Dellner Brakes has ever built.  


Ferus Smit Launches Symphony Spirit

On Friday, August 25, shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched newbuild 421, Symphony Spirit, in Leer.   The 122.5-meter, 10,500 dwt Symphony Spirit is the fifth vessel in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping.   The vessel is an ‘Ecobox’ design


Voith Opens 'Digital Campus' in Raleigh

From left to right: Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development; Stephan Keuschnigg-Zingl, Voith Digital Solutions; Marc Begin, Voith Digital Solutions; Representative Cynthia Ball, N.C. House of Representatives; Darryl Stevenson, Voith Digital Solutions; Rene Habets, Voith Digital Solutions; and Jenn Bosser, City of Raleigh, Office of Economic Development and Innovation. (Photo: Voith)

 Voith marked the opening of its new high-tech campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday that was joined by many key Voith executives and local dignitaries and community leaders.   The Digital Campus is the latest venture of the Voith Digital Solutions Division (DS): a campus where


Diana Containerships Reports 1-for-7 Reverse Stock Split

Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

 Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today announced that its Board of Directors has determined to effect a reverse stock split of the Company’s common shares, par value $0.01 per share, at a ratio of one-for-seven. 


Vesconite Introduces Thicker Plate Stock

Photo: Vesconite

Whether a simple wear plate or machined into a complex, multi-faceted shape, many projects call for a material of substantial thickness. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube plate stock is now available in sizes up to 4" thick. The plates are available up to 8" wide and 10' long


Theresa May hails HMS Queen Elizabeth

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The Royal Navy’s new flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed in her home port of Portsmouth early on Wednesday morning and was greeted Prime Minister Theresa May visited the aircraft carrier and hailed it as a symbol of the UK’s maritime might


Two AIDA Ships to Participate in German Maritime Festival

Photo: AIDA Cruises

For the fourth time in a row, AIDA Cruises has agreed to sponsor a ship for one of these major public attractions of one of Germany’s biggest maritime festivals. Thanks to the support of the cruise company based in Rostock, the venerable Russian vessel “Kruzenshtern” will be a


Hong Kong Continues Cleanup Following Palm Oil Spill

Hong Kong stepped up efforts on Wednesday to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tonnes of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory's waters.  


Russia in Talks with Asian Investors on Sovcomflot Sell-off

(File photo: Sovcomflot)

Russia is in talks with Asian investors on the privatisation of state shipping company Sovcomflot, the RIA news agency cited Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov as saying on Tuesday.   The government does not rule out other forms of the company's privatisation apart from an






 
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