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Crowley Restructures Senior Management

Rockwell Smith (Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced a restructuring involving three members of its senior leadership team. John Douglass and Rob Grune will move to new positions, with Douglass taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services, and Grune taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's petroleum transportation group. Both executives will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and continue to report to Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO. Additionally, Rockwell Smith, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager based in Seattle, will assume responsibility for all of Crowley's marine contract services both domestically and internationally.  He will continue to oversee the company's Alaska operations, as well as West Coast harbor services. Douglass has been with Crowley for more than 20 years, most recently serving as senior vice president and general manager of the company's coastwise petroleum transportation services and contract tug and barge services in the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic. In his new position, he will direct Crowley's Puerto Rico and Caribbean liner services, which include regularly scheduled vessel service between the U.S. and nearly 20 Caribbean islands. Reporting to Douglass will be Deena LeBlanc, manager, freight services; Jorge Estevez, vice president, sales and marketing; Maureen Cunningham, vice president, operations; Roberto Lugo, vice president


ClassNK Announces Boardroom Reorganization

Tokyo - Japanese ship classification society Nippon Ippon Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors, effective March 22, 2012. Executive Vice President Hiroshige Kitada has retired, and two executive officers, Tetsushi Agata and Tetsuya Kinoshita, General Managers of the General Affairs Department and Planning Department, respectively, have been promoted to the position of managing director


Mannesmann Board Appoints Top Execs.

The Board of Directors of Mannesman Rexroth Corp. has elected five executive vice presidents, furthering the company's new "Combined Strengths Strategy." Established in 1999, this concept focuses on improving customer service and taking advantage of the synergies among the company's seven individual businesses. Greg Andricopoulos was appointed vice president, corporate finance; Mike Cossentine assumes the position of vice president


Transocean Sedco Forex Merger Establishes World's Largest Offshore Driller

Transocean Offshore Inc. has completed its merger with Sedco Forex, which was spun-off from Schlumberger Limited. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., is now the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and third-largest oilfield services company in terms of equity market capitalization, based on closing market prices on Dec. 30. In the merger, approximately 109.6 million ordinary shares of Transocean Offshore are being issued to stockholders of Schlumberger


Grace Retires from NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO announced the retirement of Janice S. Grace, its senior vice president of operations, on June 30. Grace, 55, had served as the shipyard’s second-ranking executive since February 2004. "This shipyard is indebted to the significant contributions and outstanding leadership of Janice Grace," said Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "She is a pioneer in our industry and for this shipyard


HII Board of Directors Elects Two VPs

Kellye Walker (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) board of directors has elected Kellye Walker to serve as corporate vice president and general counsel and Charles R. “Chuck” Monroe Jr. to serve as corporate vice president, associate general counsel and secretary. These organizational changes are effective Jan. 12, 2015.   As corporate vice president and general counsel, Walker will report to HII President and CEO Mike Petters and will have overall leadership responsibility for


ACL Makes Appointments

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) appointed W.N. Whitlock as its executive vice president, Governmental Affairs and Jerry R. Linzey as senior vice president and COO for ACL. Whitlock is expected to utilize his knowledge of the industry, locks, dams and waterways to address regulatory issues and shape the infrastructure of the industry. He was named senior vice president, COO of ACL in January 2005. He has served as COO since April 2004 and served as president from April 2004 through


Dominguez and Dowd Awarded Thomas Crowley Trophies

Charlie Dominguez, vice president of sales and marketing, Latin America, for Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group in Jacksonville, and Jerry Dowd, vice president of labor relations in Seattle, were awarded 2006 Thomas Crowley trophies, the company's highest honor, at ceremonies Friday in Jacksonville. Created 20 years ago, the Thomas Crowley Trophy award honors employees with outstanding performance, whose dedication, leadership


Lind, Mäkinen Appointed at Wärtsilä

Raimo Lind, MSc (Econ.), Group Vice President, CFO, and Mikael Mäkinen, MSc (Eng.), Naval Architect, Group Vice President, Ship Power, have been appointed Executive Vice Presidents of Wärtsilä Corporation with effect from 1 January 2005. Mr Lind will also act as deputy to President and CEO Ole Johansson. Wärtsilä's current Executive Vice President, Sven Bertlin, retires on 31 December 2004. Raimo Lind, born 1953, holds a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration


Northrop Grumman Announces Leadership Appointments

Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager for the Gulf Coast for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Northrop Grumman Corporation announced two newly created and key positions at its Shipbuilding sector. Matthew J. Mulherin has been appointed sector vice president and general manager of Newport News, and Irwin F. Edenzon has been appointed sector vice president and general manager for the Gulf Coast. They will report to Mike Petters


CMA CGM to Tap Indonesian Market

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 CMA CGM aims to increase its market share in Indonesia to 20 percent by year-end from the current 13 percent, reported The Jakarta Post.   The company's senior vice president in Asia, Jean-Yves Duval said that with aggressive marketing, as well as longer and more efficient routes


Infor, GenesisSolutions Form Alliance

Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions), the asset performance optimization subsidiary of ABS Group, has signed an Alliance agreement with Infor (US), Inc., a enterprise asset management (EAM) software provider and strategic technology partner for more than 90


MAN Debuts New SCR for Two-stroke Engines

Rendering of the SCR-HP reactor with a host two-stroke engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo and its licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding introduced its new high-pressure selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, MAN SCR-HP, at an event in Tamano, Japan on April 11.   The MAN SCR-HP is available for two-stroke engines of all bore sizes and reduces


Cox Takes over as Matson Board Chairman

Matthew Cox (Photo: Matson)

Matson, Inc. president and chief executive officer Matthew J. Cox will succeed retiring chairman of the board Walter A. Dods, the company announced today.   The appointment becomes effective at the end of the company's annual shareholders’ meeting today


Gowind 2500: DCNS Creation Passes first Test

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DCNS announced the success of the first sea trials of the first-of-class Gowind 2500 corvette under construction in Lorient, France by DCNS. Ten Gowind 2500 corvettes, aimed at supplementing DCNS surface vessel product range, has been ordered so far by international navies.  


Steel Cut for First Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship

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A steel cutting ceremony has signaled the start of construction for the first of three new cruise ships for the Virgin Group’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages.   The three new ships are being built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Genoa, Italy for scheduled deliveries in 2020


Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

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Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal


Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Marcia Kull has been named President of Torqeedo Group, Inc., and will direct global sales and strategy for the electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems manufacturer. Kull will oversee Torqeedo’s growth activities in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions


NAPA Group Names Kuutti President

Ilmo Kuutti (Photo: NAPA Group)

Software solution provider for ship design and operation NAPA Group (Napa Ltd.) has appointed Ilmo Kuutti as its new President.   Kuutti assumes the position from Juha Heikinheimo, who served as President of NAPA Group for five and a half years.  


Seakeeper Names Semprevivo COO

Andrew Semprevivo (Photo: Seakeeper)

Marine stabilization company Seakeeper Inc. has promoted Andrew Semprevivo to Chief Operating Officer, effective April 10. A Seakeeper employee since the commercialization of the company in 2008, Semprevivo assumed various sales roles, culminating in his appointment as Vice President of Sales


Another ABS NS Software Implementation

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has successfully implemented the ABS NS Fleet Management Software suite for Hadi Hammad Al Hammam Group, a leading service provider to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East.  


Somali Pirates Flee Hijacked Dhow, Taking Crew

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took the 11-member crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said.   The Al Kausar vessel was seized earlier this month, part of a sudden string of attacks by Somali pirates after years without a


Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

 Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S


Nicholls Elected as ADCI President

Bryan Nicholls (Photo: U.S. Underwater Services)

Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference.  


Vice President Pence Visits Naval Air Facility Atsugi

Photo: United States Navy

 Marking his first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region, Vice President Mike Pence made his first ceremonial stop in Japan at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, April 18.   During the Japan portion of his regional visit, the vice president will travel to Tokyo where he will meet






 
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