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Friday, October 20, 2017

Steps Down

China Rongsheng Chairman Quits

Chairman of China's largest private shipbuilder, Zhang Zhirong, steps down from China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group. Determined to put scandal behind it, China’s largest private shipbuilder, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, has said its chairman has stepped down. to be replaced by the yard’s CEO, Chen Qiang, reports SinoShip News. Rongsheng was hit by an insider dealing scandal involving a firm owned by Zhang ahead of the $15.1bn bid for Canadian oil firm Nexen Inc by China offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC. Rongsheng’s profits have slumped this year amid a barren time for Chinese yards and shares of the Hong Kong-listed entity have dropped 30%. Source: SinoShip News

OSX Brasil CFO Steps Down, CEO to Take Role

OSX Brasil SA Chief Financial Officer Claudio Antônio da Silva Zuicker is stepping down, and Chief Executive Officer Vladimir Kundert Ranevsky will add the role of CFO, the troubled Brazilian shipbuilder said in a statement on Tuesday.   OSX is the shipbuilding arm of the EBX conglomerate started by fallen tycoon Eike Batista, who was once Brazil's richest man but lost almost everything as his companies failed under mounting debt and missed targets.    

Marsh to Take Over as Lloyd’s Register CEO

Alastair Marsh (Photo: LR)

Alastair Marsh, current CFO at the Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd. (LR), has been appointed as the successor to CEO Richard Sadler who has decided to step down at the end of 2015.   Sadler will pass the CEO role to Marsh on October 1, 2015 and commence a formal handover period until the end of December 2015. Simon Nice, currently Group FP&A Director, will take up the role of Interim Group Financial Director during the transition.  

Besselink of Royal HaskoningDHV Quits

Piet W. Besselink

  Mr Piet Besselink, Executive Board Member of international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, has decided to step down by the end of the year. This change was announced by the company’s Supervisory Board.   Piet Besselink (56), member of the Executive Board of Royal HaskoningDHV since 2012 and of former DHV since 2006, has decided to take on a new direction in his career and pursue opportunities outside of the company effective from 1

Odfjell SVP Olsen Steps Down

Helge Olsen (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Norway based shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE said its Senior Vice President Helge Olsen will step down from his role as Head of Ship Management, effective January 9, 2017.   Olsen, who has been with the company since 2000, holds no Odfjell shares or options.   Harald Fotland, SVP Odfjell Tankers, has been appointed to temporarily cover the position as SVP Ship Management until Olsen’s successor is in place

A.P. Moller-Maersk Misses Q4 Forecast

File Image: A Maersk product tanker underway (CREDIT: Maersk)

Net operating loss after tax of $2.7 bln means dividend cut. Chairman to step down at end of March.   A.P. Moller-Maersk missed fourth-quarter profit expectations on Wednesday as the world's largest shipping company pressed on with changes, taking impairments, slashing its dividend and announcing a new chairman.   Hurt by low prices and oversupply in the oil and freight sectors, Maersk announced a major restructuring plan in September.  

Samsung Chairman to Step Down

's most powerful businessman said he is stepping down after 20 years at the helm of the Samsung group, following his indictment for tax evasion and breach of trust.   A sombre Lee Kun-Hee made the shock announcement at a press conference called to announce reforms to the scandal-tainted group, which employs 200,000 people and accounted for more than 20 percent of the nation's exports last year. Special prosecutors charged Lee last Thursday following a three-month investigation into

New Chairman Announced at Intercargo

John Platsidakis

Intercargo the trade Association representing the interests of the bulk shipping industry, has announced the appointment of Mr John Platsidakis as Chairman. Mr Platsidakis is currently Managing Director of Piraeus-based Anangel Maritime Services Inc., a function that he will continue to perform alongside his role as Intercargo Chairman. The appointment was made at the Annual General Meeting of Intercargo in London on 9 October

Hapag-Lloyd CFO Ganz Steps Down

Peter Ganz (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd CFO Peter Ganz steps down from position; CSAV CFO Nicolas Burr appointed his successor   Peter Ganz will step down from his position as company CFO effective April 1, 2015, also leaving the company on the same day, as announced during today’s meeting of Hapag-Lloyd’s Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board has given its approval.   The change on the Executive Board comes following an agreement between shareholders stipulating that CSAV

Freeport-McMoRan Chairman James Moffett to Step Down

Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.   Freeport said Moffett, who had been appointed chairman emeritus, would be a consultant to its board and advise the company on its Indonesia operations, including Grasberg.   Moffett was instrumental in the discovery and development of Grasberg

Bekkenes Steps Down from Palfinger President Post

Styrk Bekkenes, President of Palfinger Marine, has stepped down from his position. (Photo: Palfinger Marine)

Styrk Bekkenes, President of Palfinger Marine, has stepped down from his position.   “With the strengths that lie within the company, both in terms of personnel and products, Palfinger Marine is very well positioned to be the preferred supplier of cranes, lifesaving equipment and winches for vessels and installations worldwide.  I feel that the time is right for me to step down and seek new challenges,” said Bekkenes.

Wilhelmsen Majority Shareholder in NorSea Group

Jan Eyvin Wang, senior vice president industrial investments in Wilhelmsen and new chair of NorSea Group | John Stangeland, CEO of NorSea Group | Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO of Wilhelmsen. Photo: Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

 With effect from 26 September 2017, Wilhelmsen increases its shareholding in NorSea Group from 40% to approximately 72%.  NorSea Group provides supply bases and integrated logistics solutions to the offshore industry.   Eidesvik Eiendomsinvest AS and Simon Møkster Eiendom AS will hold approximately 12% each, while management in NorSea Group controls the remaining 4%. Following the transaction, Wilhelmsen will buy a small portion of management controlled shares.

MCM Inks Key Strategic Partnerships

MetalCraft Marine (MCM) has announced an exciting strategic partnership has been signed between MetalCraft Marine and Bill Connor, President of Connor Industries and Stanley Custom Aluminum Boats.    Mr. Connor will be President of MetalCraft Marine and MetalCraft Marine US Inc of Cape Vincent NY. Mr. Connor is a major contributor to the boating industry and sits on the Board of the NMMA and Toronto Boat Show.  

Rigdon Named Interim CEO at Tidewater

Larry Rigdon

Larry T. Rigdon will serve as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tidewater Inc. while a search committee seeks a permanent successor to Jeffrey M. Platt, who has elected to retire from his role as director, president and CEO of offshore service vessels (OSV) owner and operator effective October 15, 2017.    “Having successfully completed the financial restructuring of Tidewater at the end of July

Hathon is Director Exploration, Cairn

Simon Thomson, Chief Executive Photo Cairn

Cairn announced the appointment of Eric Hathon as Director of Exploration. Dr Hathon, who has more than 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry, will join Cairn from Marathon Oil Corporation where he held the position of Director Conventional Exploration, based at the company’s Headquarters in Houston, USA. Dr Hathon will succeed Richard Heaton, currently Cairn’s Director of Exploration, who is retiring after 23 years service with the company

Shigemi Named Executive VP at ClassNK

Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi (Photo: ClassNK)

Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi has been appointed as Executive Vice President as well as Executive Director of ClassNK, effective March 7, 2016.   Yasushi Nakamura has stepped down as Senior Executive Vice President, and has been appointed as an Advisor to the Society.   Dr. Shigemi joined ClassNK in 1981. After a career including roles in plan approval, ClassNK’s research institute, and on-site surveys, he took up the position of General Manager of the Development Department in 2008

Glickman to Take over as ZIM CEO

File photo: ZIM

Eli Glickman has been nominated by ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ board of directors as the container carrier’s new president and CEO.   Glickman will assume the role July 1, replacing current CEO Rafi Danieli, who last year advised that he would be stepping down. Danieli led ZIM as CEO for the past eight years, and before this held various positions at ZIM, including CFO and deputy CEO.  

A.P. Moller-Maersk Elects New Chairman to Steer Digital Transformation

Jim Hagemann Snabe (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Moller-Maersk's new chairman committed to automating its systems as the oil and shipping group steps up its drive to become more efficient and save costs at a time of low oil prices and declining freight rates. The more than 100-year-old conglomerate's digital push will mean that in theory, it should be as easy to book a container as booking an airline ticket, Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe told Reuters shortly after he was elected.

Boykin Tapped as Next Newport News President

Jennifer Boykin (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Board of Directors has elected Jennifer R. Boykin to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective July 1. She will succeed Matt Mulherin, who announced that he will retire on August 1 after a 36-year career at Newport News Shipbuilding.   Boykin, who will report to HII President and CEO Mike Petters effective July 1, currently serves as vice president

Meek Named IMCA President

Harke Jan Meek (Phto: IMCA)

Harke Jan Meek, chief commercial officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, has been named the new president and chairman of the board of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).   Meek succeeds Bruno Faure (TechnipFMC), who has stepped down as president of IMCA after completing his two-year term of office, in accordance with the association’s constitution. Faure remains on the board of the association.  

Aumann Named CEO of Oman Drydock

Stephan Aumann (Photo: Oman Drydock Company)

Stephan Aumann has been appointed by ASYAD (formerly Oman Global Logistic Group) board of directors as the new CEO of the Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C. in Duqm/Oman. Aumann assumed the role June 15 and replaced the former CEO Jin Han Lee (DSME), who advised at the end of 2016 that he would be stepping down.  With a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and a master degree in industrial engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel/Germany

Engineering Entrepreneur Buys Wren Industrial

(Photo: Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications)

Merseyside maritime company Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications has been bought by Merseyside entrepreneur and former member of the Armed Forces Jonathan Willoughby.   Bootle-based Wren Industrial has been run for 27 years by husband and wife team David and Helen Wren. It specializes in manufacturing doors, windows and hatches for ships and boats as well as welding and fabrication services primarily in the maritime sector

New CEO Takes the Helm at Intermarine

Andre Grikitis (Photo: Intermarine)

Project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo transporter Intermarine, LLC said its president and CEO, Al Stanley, has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.   Stanley was succeeded by Andre Grikitis, who assumed the role of President & CEO of Intermarine, LLC and Industrial Maritime Carriers, LLC and is responsible for the international flag services.   Additionally, Will Terrill has assumed the role of president and CEO of US Ocean

Noble Group Reports $1.75 Bln Q2 Loss

Commodities trader Noble Group reported a second- quarter loss of $1.75 billion on Thursday, weeks after warning it faced its steepest quarterly loss in a year and a half and would slash jobs and sell assets to cut debt.   Once Asia's largest commodities trading house, Noble is slimming down drastically to its core Asian coal trading business after a crisis-wracked two years. Last month, it announced the sale of its U.S

U.S. Navy Relieves Seventh Fleet Commander

A file image of the USS John S. McCain returning to port.

Vice Admiral Aucoin relieved of command; Pacific Fleet commander cites "loss of confidence."   The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.   Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on

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