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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Damen Yacht Support Vessel Game Changer Sold

Game Changer. Photo: Damen

Dutch shipyard Damen has confirmed the successful sale of its 70-meter support vessel, Game Changer. The yacht will now return to Gorinchem in the Netherlands for further customisation. Game Changer  is Damen's fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.

LR Appoints New Commercial Director

Gael Lewis was elected commercial director at Lloyd's Register (LR), effective February 14. In this newly created position, Lewis, who joined LR as manager, special projects this past December, will work with LR's business and regional directors to establish a global pricing policy for the LR Group. He will also be responsible for helping to implement new internal approval procedures and contract bids.

New Commercial Director For FBM Babcock Marine

FBM Babcock Marine Ltd, one of the world's leading designers and builders of high speed ferries and specialist patrol vessels has elected Steven Scott as its new commercial director. Scott's appointment is part of the company's actions to reinforce its management as it expands its business.

Dryad Maritime Intelligence Appoints Commercial Director

David Hunkin

Dryad Maritime Intelligence has announced the appointment of David Hunkin OBE as their new Commercial Director who will be based at their Operations Center in Portsmouth. In this new role, David will lead Dryad’s commercial business development with some exciting plans for international expansion in 2013. Supported by Dryad’s Executive Board, his remit will be to ensure that Dryad clients remain fully informed and prepared for current and future security challenges. The appointment…

Mitchell Commercial Director at Cosalt Offshore

Photo courtesy ThinkPR(Scotland) Ltd

Cosalt Offshore, a provider of lifting, tooling and marine services to the oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of Lisa Mitchell as commercial director. Mitchell has worked for the company since 2000, when it was GTC Group and then became Cosalt Offshore in 2007, following acquisition. Her previous roles included contracts manager and commercial manager. Mitchell, a Law and Management honors graduate from The Robert Gordon University and former pupil of Westhill Academy, worked at Conoco and Brown and Root before joining GTC Group.

Burger Boat Appoint Thom Conboy Commercial Director

Thom Conboy: Photo credit Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company, celebrating its 150th anniversary, announce the appointment of Thom Conboy as its Commercial Director. As Commercial Director, Thom will be working closely with the shipyard in Manitowoc, WI to secure new construction, refit and repair projects as well as heading its yacht brokerage and charter division at Burger Yacht Sales. Thom's yachting career spans over 30 years. He is an avid sailor and held positions as captain, project manager, yacht builder, shipyard owner and superyacht broker.

W&O Expands Team at New Brazil Office

Valeria Jackson

W&O expanded its team in the newly opened office in Brazil. The two new positions, a Commercial Director and Customer Services Delivery Manager, are focused on business development and customer service to expand W&O’s footprint in the Brazilian maritime industry and throughout South America. “Establishing commercial operations in Brazil provides tremendous opportunity for us, yet it requires a tremendous amount of international coordination and a high level of customer service to ensure we are successful,” said Michael Hume, President and CEO of W&O.

VT Group names Harrison Finance Director

VT Group has appointed Philip Harrison as its new finance director with effect from November 19. Harrison joins VT Group from Hewlett-Packard where he has been vice president finance for Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2002. The shipbuilding and support services company said that group commercial director Chris Cundy, who was the acting finance director, will now focus fully on PFI, business development and the group's shipbuilding joint venture. Source: Thomson

Veson Nautical Expands, Opens Oslo Office

Veson Nautical expanded its corporate HQ and opened a new office in Oslo, Norway, to accommodate growth of more than 410% over the past five years and 70% in the past year, according to the company. In May, the company will relocate its corporate headquarters to a larger space at 500 Boylston Street in Boston, MA. The new office in Oslo is led by two highly experienced professionals in the commercial maritime industry, Tomas Hozman, Commercial Director, Europe and Tone Ekman, Senior Consultant. Veson Nautical is planning for further growth in that office in the near future.  www.veson.com

Ashtead Technology Appoints New Commercial Director

Tim Sheehan

International subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has added to its management team with the appointment of Tim Sheehan as commercial director. The appointment, which is a new position, comes as part of the company’s strategy to expand its global service offering which includes rental equipment, calibration, repair and maintenance, offshore personnel and bespoke engineered solutions. With more than 30 years of subsea industry experience, Mr. Sheehan takes up his new role following two years as executive vice president commercial at Reef Subsea…

LR Acquires Human Engineering

Lloyd’s Register seeks to enhance its human factors technical services business with the acquisition of Human Engineering Limited, a supplier of ergonomics and human factors technical services worldwide.  The signing took place on July 23, 2008 in London, between Lloyd’s Register Transportation Commercial Director, Rod Evans, and Human Engineering’s Managing Director, James Amende. Human Engineering is an independent company that has been providing human factors, risk management and design services since 1995.  The move adds 60 employees over four offices worldwide to the Lloyd’s Register's Group.  

New Global Director, New Dubai Location at GAC Bunker Fuels

GAC Bunker Fuels unveiled plans to relocate the headquarters of its global bunker fuel services to Dubai under the new company name, GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. The company also announced the appointment of Nicholas Browne as the new Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels and Anthony Mollet as Commercial Director – Shipping (GAC UK). GAC Bunker Fuels’ relocation to Dubai will take place in August 2012. 

Dan-Bunkering Appoints Jensen as Managing Director

Photo: Dan-Bunkering

Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. has announced the promotion of Jim Jensen to the position of managing director as of July 1, 2017.   Jensen initially started with Dan-Bunkering as a bunker trader at its Copenhagen office in 2008 and relocated to Houston in 2012 at the same time as the opening of the group’s first American set-up, where he advanced to commercial director. Prior to joining the Dan-Bunkering Group, Jensen was employed by a large oil company in Denmark.  

Vryhof Makes Two Senior Appointments

Evan Zimmerman and Clément Mochet (Photo: Vryhof)

Anchoring and mooring solutions provider Vryhof has made two senior appointments: Evan Zimmerman as Vryhof’s new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Clément Mochet as new Commercial Director for Vryhof’s business unit, Vryhof Anchors. Based in Houston, Zimmerman has been tasked with pushing improvement within Vryhof’s technology, management systems and engineering capabilities. In particular, he will support Vryhof in strengthening its mooring equipment technologies…

DP World London Gateway Hires Head of Commercial Port

James Leeson (Photo: DP World London Gateway)

DP World London Gateway Port has appointed James Leeson to the role of Head of Port Commercial following the announcement that Tabare Dominguez is to become Commercial Director at DP World Vancouver. Leeson started in the role this month, bringing with him more than 20 years of international experience in the shipping and ports industry. He was most recently Head of Commercial for Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber region, covering the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby and Goole.

Curley Joins RESOLVE Marine Group

RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. (RESOLVE) announced that John Curley has joined the company as Commercial Director for RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (Europe), Ltd. (RSFA). As Commercial Director of RSFA, Curley is the corporate representative and industry liaison for RESOLVE and its subsidiary companies. In addition to facilitating delivery of services to the company’s OPA90 clients, Curley will promote RESOLVE’s worldwide marine emergency response, salvage, wreck removal and other marine services to ship owners…

Bibby Offshore Appoints New Commercial Director

Nicky Etherson

Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore has appointed Nicky Etherson as its new commercial director to help facilitate the company’s ambitious growth plans. Ms. Etherson joins the business with almost 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously held the position of head of contracts for Total E&P UK Limited. Here she was responsible for managing all aspects of the contracts function, supported by a team of 15 personnel, covering a range of services including; drilling, well control, subsea support, logistics and topside operations.

Mike Robinson Appointed LR Customer Strategy Director

Mike Robinson

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has appointed Mike Robinson to the newly created role of Group Customer Strategy Director. He will guide and support the group’s businesses in designing, developing and implementing programs to meet the organization’s business objectives through customer segmentation, customer care and the effective use of key account strategies. Robinson started at LR on September 2, 2013 and brings extensive experience and expertise from a long career with blue chip companies. He joins LR from Royal Mail Group, where he was leading Group Strategy.

Beltov Joins DNV Petroleum Services

Tejs Beltov

DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) has appointed Tejs Beltov as the new Chief Operating Officer for Europe. Beltov, who joined the company on May 1, 2014, replaces Bill Stamatopoulos who has taken on a new challenge as Group Commercial Director. Stamatopoulos will develop and execute the company’s commercial and marketing strategy, manage customer relationships and drive business development. Beltov is a graduate of the Technical University of Denmark with extensive experience in the maritime industry.

Dryad Names Jacques Commercial Director

Dryad Maritime Intelligence the south of England based intelligence firm specializing in military-grade predictive intelligence for superyachts and commercial vessels and shore based maritime operations staff has announced the appointment of Karen Jacques as Commercial Director. In her role, Jacques will be responsible for marketing strategy, sales and after sales customer service. "After graduating with an Honours Degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology from Plymouth University and the Royal Naval College Greenwich, Karen served in the Royal Navy for 14 years as a Warfare Officer spending 9 years at sea. A Navigator by trade with several years as a boarding officer…

Stolt-Nielsen Names Feringa as President of Stolt Tankers and Terminals

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. said that Hans Feringa has been appointed President of Stolt Tankers & Terminals as pf December 1, 2007. Hans Feringa will succeed Otto Fritzner, who will be retiring, as planned, from the Company at the end of the year. Feringa has been Managing Director of Tanker Trading at Stolt Parcel Tankers Division since 2003. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Stolthaven Terminals Division (2000 to 2003) and Asia Pacific Regional Director, Stolthaven Terminals Division (1996 to 2000). Before joining Stolt-Nielsen S.A. in 1996, he was Commercial Director of Van Ommeren's Tank Terminal at Botlek, Rotterdam. He gained an MBA in 1987 from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University prior to joining Van Ommeren.

Feringa Named President of Stolt Tankers & Terminals

Stolt-Nielsen announced that Hans Feringa has been appointed President of Stolt Tankers & Terminals as of December 1, 2007. Hans Feringa will succeed Otto Fritzner, who will be retiring, as planned, from the Company at the end of the year. Hans Feringa has been Managing Director of Tanker Trading at Stolt Parcel Tankers Division since 2003. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Stolthaven Terminals Division (2000 to 2003) and Asia Pacific Regional Director, Stolthaven Terminals Division (1996 to 2000). Before joining Stolt-Nielsen S.A. in 1996, he was Commercial Director of Van Ommeren's Tank Terminal at Botlek, Rotterdam. He gained an MBA in 1987 from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University prior to joining Van Ommeren.

Volvo Penta Names Puscar Marketing Director

Marcelo Puscar (Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta)

Marcelo Puscar has been appointed as director of marketing at Volvo Penta of the Americas. Previously director of marine sales for Latin America, Puscar will relocate from Volvo Penta Brazil to the company’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va., where he will be responsible for managing and implementing a strategic marketing plan that builds, promotes and communicates Volvo Penta’s brand, products and services in the marine and industrial market sectors. He will report directly to Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

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