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Maritime Leaders Present New Strategy to Portland Community

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kelli D. Roesch, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific, Det. Northwest Director, Navy Strategic Actions Group, and other Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and civilian officials introduced the new Maritime Strategy to more than 150 community leaders in Portland, Feb. 21 as part of the "Conversations with the Country" program. Capt. Dan Cloyd clarified early in the conversation what the new Maritime Strategy is – and what it is not. "It is not a resourcing plan. I will not talk about numbers of ships or Sailors or aircraft or Marines," he said. "It is a collection of ideas that inform or drive the decisions we make. It determines how we will organize, train and equip ourselves. And we want you to be a part of that." "Conversations with the Country" is a series of public forums held around the United States designed to communicate the new unified maritime strategy known as "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower." Linking the past with the future, Dr. Karl F. Walling, professor in the department of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College, began the discussion of future strategic possibilities by presenting a "Backward Look at Forward-Thinking Strategies." Walling discussed historical approaches to maritime decision-making and highlighted fundamental issues faced by the country's forefathers.


US Plans More Maritime Drills in Asia

Image: Official Website of the United States Navy

 The United States will increase the number of drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of its new strategy to counter to China’s expansion in the South China Sea, Reuters quoted the Philippine military as saying.   Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, discussed the Pentagon’s recently drafted Asia Pacific Maritime Security Strategy with his Filipino counterpart, General Hernando Iriberri, during a visit to Manila, Reuters reported.  


Minister Calls for ‘Sea Change’ in Maritime Safety Culture

Crew wear lifejackets: File photo

Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has called for a sea change in attitudes to maritime safety, as he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture. Minister Varadkar highlighted the 134 maritime fatalities which have occurred since 2002, almost half of which were as a result of leisure activities on recreational craft


New MD for Damen Shiprepair Götaverken

Monica Svenner, Damen Shiprepair Götaverken

Damen Shiprepair Götaverken aims to be the best within the Nordic countries, according to its new strategy.   As part of this focus, Ms Monica Svenner has been appointed as the new MD. Ms Svenner has wide industrial experience as MD for several international companies, such as Stena Recycling and Atlas Copco. She is the first woman to take an MD post within the ship repair industry and as a Gothenburger she has a burning ambition for her new company.


Enterprise Strike Group Exemplifies CNO's Maritime Strategy

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead, along with the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. James Conway and Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen released the "Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower" on Oct 17. As the maritime strategy was released, Enterprise Strike Group (ENTSG) was executing it while forward deployed in the 5th Fleet area of operations. The new strategy stresses the importance of the Navy's core capabilities of forward presence


Odfjell Returns to Profit

Photo: Odfjell SE

Odfjell SE today reported preliminary full year and Q4 2016 results, showing improvement in financial performance in 2016 in spite of challenging markets. Efficiency programs continue to increase competitiveness, and the balance sheet is substantially strengthened. For the full year, Odfjell reports net results of USD 100 million, compared with net results of USD -36 million in 2015, and improved full year EBITDA to USD 238 million, from USD 190 million in 2015


Maersk Chairman Rasmussen Steps Down

Michael Pram Rasmussen (Photo: A. P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Møller - Maersk’s chairman of the board will step down at the end of March as the group missed fourth-quarter profit expectations amid low prices and oversupply in the oil and freight sectors.   Michael Pram Rasmussen said he will not stand for reelection as chairman of the board of directors, opting to stand down when his election period expires March 28, 2017, the date of group’s annual general meeting


American Club Announces Record Year

The American Club reported solid progress in its financial performance and business development at the annual meeting of its members in New York. In spite of challenges encountered early in 2004, the year ended on a high, with both tonnage and premium reaching record figures against a background of strong operating results. Paul Sa (Standard Shipping Inc.), the club’s chairman, told members: “Although somewhat negative conditions prevailed at the beginning of the year


50,000 Expected to Attend SMM 2014

Every two years Hamburg assumes the role of world capital of the maritime business for the duration of SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair Hamburg and a major meeting place of the decision makers of the maritime industry. Over 2,000 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 industry visitors from all continents are expected to attend the 2014 leading international maritime trade fair with its program of superlatives.


All in a Day’s Walk

Image: Kongsberg

Just over the horizon, a new ‘Integration Strategy’ promises offshore safety and efficiencies. Kongsberg’s Walk-to-Work technology is just the beginning.    Maritime technology has come on in leaps and bounds since the turn of the century. We have the technology to keep an offshore support vessel on station within a 0.5-meter radius, even in the most severe weather conditions and sea states


Should OPEC Worry About Contango and Backwardation?

"Backwardation is the solution" to OPEC's problem of how to raise output and revenues without sparking another shale boom, according to the influential oil research team at Goldman Sachs. Backwardation would allow low-cost oil producers in OPEC to sell their output at a higher price


Hendry Marine Launches Business Development Team

Kristen Chittenden (Photo: Hendry Marine Industries)

U.S. tug-barge shipyard Hendry Marine Industries, Inc., (HMI) has launched a new business development team, with Kristen Chittenden appointed Director of Business Development, and Eric Smith named VP & Chief Commercial Officer.  Chittenden and Smith will work closely with Hendry


e-Navigation Concepts Demonstrated in Singapore

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

The SESAME Straits project utilizes e-Navigation concepts to reduce maritime traffic congestion and hot spots, as well as improve traffic safety and efficiency. Leading up to the recent Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the project conducted a successful demonstration in close


Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a


Akzo Nobel Rejects Third PPG Takeover Bid

Photo: Akzo Nobel N.V.

Marine coating major AkzoNobel announced it has declined a third unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal submitted by PPG Industries on April 24, 2017, for all outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of AkzoNobel.   A statement from AkzoNobel said that it has concluded its own


MOL Rolls Out 'Rolling Plan 2017'

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has formulated a new management plan starting from fiscal 2017.   In formulating the plan, it first devised a vision for the MOL Group 10 years from now (2027), along with a long-term course for management


TechnipFMC wins EPC Contract

Photo:  TechnipFMC plc

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract (EPC3 project) for a sulfate reduction plant on West Island located offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).  


Denmark Aims to be Global Maritime Power Hub

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish Government receives recommendations from the Maritime Strategy Team on how to maintain the Danish stronghold as a maritime nation towards 2025.   The Maritime Strategy Team, headed by Chairman Jesper Lok, presents its recommendations to the Danish government


Partners Ink MOU for Indonesia Maritime Logistics

LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group (LDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with palm oil plantation company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) to develop maritime logistics business opportunities in Indonesia.   The MOU signed between GAR and LDA focuses on developing logistics in


CMA CGM to Continue its Development Strategy

Photo: CMA CGM

 In 2017, leveraging its global presence, dynamism, capacity of adaptation and innovation, and strategic actions implemented in 2016, CMA CGM should benefit from the sector’s improving environment, initiated in the 4th quarter of 2016.  


Korean Register Opens ICT Center

Korean Register (KR) has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries. According to KR, the new high-tech facility has been launched in response to demand from


Oman Shipping to Acquire 10 Tankers

Photo: Oman Shipping Company

 Omani government-owned Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has secured USD 227 million in debt to finance the acquisition of ten tankers, Reuters said citing France-based Societe Generale.   The new medium range tankers are chartered to Shell Tankers Singapore for seven years.  


Stena Line Signs Up for MAN Online Service

Stena CEO, Dan Sten Olsson (front, blue helmet) and Stena Line Technical Director, Bjarne Koitrand (white helmet) pictured in Augsburg during a tour of the local MAN PrimeServ facility (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo recently signed a contract with Stena Line to provide its online service to two vessels. The Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica are both conventional passenger-and-vehicle superferries that sail the daily route between the Hook of Holland and Harwich and are each powered


Portland Port, ICTSI to terminate Lease

ICTSI Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland have mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port’s Terminal 6. The agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31, 2017


Butzelaar takes over from Whitworth as CEO, Seaspan

Jonathan Whitworth Photo Seaspan ULC

On behalf of its Board of Directors, Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) announced today that long-serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Whitworth, will be retiring at the end of 2017.   Jonathan announced to the Board in 2016 his timeline to retirement






 
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