Wärtsilä Opens Support Center in Singapore
Wärtsilä said it has established its latest Expertise Center (EC) in Singapore to provide support functions, including operational support and dynamic maintenance planning, for marine and energy customers.Together with nine other Wärtsilä EC units around the world, the new center supports Lifecycle Solution agreement customers with advice and recommendations based on the analysis of data from monitoring the condition and performance of the specified machinery.Based within the company’s Acceleration Center facilities…
Naval Group Cuts Steel for First FDI Frigate
French industrial group specialized in naval defense Naval Group held a steel-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on the first-in-class vessel, the French Navy's first defense and intervention frigate (FDI) that is natively protected against cyber threats.The ceremony was led in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck…
V. Ships Leisure, Mystic Cruises Team Up
V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, a global marine support services provider, has partnered with Mystic Cruises to provide crew management services including deck, engine, and hotel crew for the 9,300 GRT ice-classed vessel World Explorer.The vessel, which is currently under the final stages of construction at WestSea Viana Shipyard in Portugal will be delivered to Mystic Cruises in Q2 2019. With capacity for 200 passengers, World Explorer will be Mystic Cruises’ first newbuild expedition vessel…
Danaos Partners with iMarine Software
The international owner of containerships Danaos Corporation has partnered with iMarine Software, fully integrating the maritime e-procurement solution 'SeaProc eProcurement' platform into their system.Danaos Web Enterprise Suite is a web-enabled maritime software suite that automates all the daily functions of any shipping company, said a press release from the developers of marine information systems.Combining comprehensive maritime domain knowledge with advanced technology expertise…
Steelhead Asia Appoints Marina Surzhenko as New Director LNG
Steelhead Asia, a unit of the Canadian LNG export project developer Steelhead LNG, said that Marina Surzhenko has taken the role of Director LNG.Based in Singapore, Marina is responsible for developing Steelhead’s business in Asia as well as leading the negotiations of LNG offtake contracts.Marina is an energy and investment management executive with 20 years of global experience in gas and LNG contracts negotiations and contract management. During her time at Shell and Gazprom…
MBTA Welcomes New Addition to Boston Ferry Fleet
As part of a continued effort to invest in Boston-area water transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) recently welcomed a new high-speed catamaran ferry, Champion to its fleet with support from STV, a leading engineering, architectural, planning, and construction management firm. Champion is the first new passenger ferry vessel procured by the MBTA. It was also the first new water-borne vessel procurement supported by STV, which has a long-standing…
Crowley’s Solutions Group Reorganizes
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group announced that it is reorganizing and establishing new leadership to better serve customers in need of engineering, project management and government services. Solutions is the company’s dedicated, full-service engineering, project management and government services team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. Jay Edgar, who is new to Crowley, has been appointed vice president and leader of the company’s newly formed engineering services team…
Voices: Howard Fireman, SVP & CTO, ABS
As industry increasingly evolves on the digital transformation path, inevitably the focus turns to the move toward cloud computing. Last month Maritime Reporter & Engineering News spoke with Howard Fireman, SVP and Chief Technology Officer of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for take on how industry innovators – large and small – in the shipbuilding and marine equipment sectors are leveraging inherent advantages of cloud computing to better position themselves for the competitive long-haul.
Brazil Delays Estimate for First Oil Cargo from Libra
Brazil on Wednesday pushed back its forecast for a first oil shipment from its promising offshore Libra prospect to the first quarter of next year, months after its previously projected October 2017 estimate made in May. Hercules Tadeu F. da Silva, contract management director at Brazil's state-run Pre-Sal Petroleo SA, a company created to help guide development of Libra, declined to explain the cause of the delay. (Reporting by Simon Webb)
Baltic Exchange Chief Outlines Growth Plan
Newly appointed Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson has set out the Exchange’s vision of the near-future in a wide-ranging speech in Singapore during the concurrent MPA Singapore Maritime and Singapore Iron Ore Weeks. “The recent acquisition of the Baltic Exchange by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) has reinvigorated this key international maritime institution, allowing us to grow our leadership profile and play a bigger role than ever before in setting standards, building consensus and leading change in the shipping markets. These are bold plans and will ensure that the Baltic Exchange remains at the heart of the bulk shipping industry for the long-term.
Wärtsilä Helps Optimize Albacora's Fishing Fleet
Wärtsilä has signed a long-term Technical Management Agreement to optimize the performance of 10 of the Spanish company Albacora S.A.'s fishing vessels. The five-year agreement was tailored to meet the requirements of Albacora's fleet management, providing technical assistance and maintenance planning for fishing vessels operating around the world. Wärtsilä has previously provided Albacora with engines and propulsion systems as well as seals and bearings. The new agreement includes monitoring of the equipment as well as yearly audits…
Armstrong Named VP MOL (America)
MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional accountability for operations in Mexico and the Caribbean. He reports to Richard Craig, President & CEO, MOL (America) Inc. Armstrong joins MOL (America) Inc. after 20 years in the container shipping industry, including experience serving as a head of intermodal operations along with responsibility for West Coast terminals. Armstrong earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of North Texas and has served on the board of directors for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)…
Radio Holland Wins Ahrenkiel Contract
Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co. KG and Radio Holland Germany GmbH, part of Imtech Marine, have agreed a long-term maintenance agreement for the entire Ahrenkiel Steamship fleet, which comprises nearly 60 vessels. Based in Hamburg, Ahrenkiel Steamship Group is a leading, independent ship owner and provider of ship management services, with its roots dating back more than 150 years. In April 2014, the Christian F. Ahrenkiel Group merged with a joint venture established by the MPC Group…
UASC Streamlines Fuel Purchasing
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East, has implemented Shiptech, an end-to-end fuel management system developed by global cloud software company Inatech. Shiptech provides the company with an automated, cloud-based, fuel management system that transforms the way UASC buys bunker fuel. Using Shiptech’s procurement, contract management and advanced reporting applications, UASC plans fleet level bunkering for its vessels, tracks vessel performance and improves negotiations with suppliers.
E-Procurement Streamlined via the Cloud
Marine Procurement Solutions (MPS) has built an electronic platform that aims to enhance the purchasing cycle for the maritime industry. MPS provides software, consultancy services and other customized solutions through its Direct Connect e-procurement trading platform that is designed to unite buyers, vendors and other members of the supply chain via a cloud-based interface that allows users to electronically process requests for quotations, purchase orders, confirmations and documents associated with supply management transactions.
Helm Launches Software for Harbor Towage Sector
Helm Operations has launched new software Helm CONNECT Jobs, specifically designed to support tugboat owners and operators in a range of customer-facing tasks including contract management, tariffs, billing, dispatch and vessel logs. The Jobs software improves on the functionality of Helm’s program Helm Dispatch Manager for Harbor Towage, which is in constant use on around 400 vessels across the globe, and has been rebranded to reflect the transition to cloud-based storage. With Jobs, schedulers/dispatchers are doing much less data entry and have more time to focus on ensuring top-notch customer service. Management can view data in new ways either at a macro or micro level to make better business decisions.
Freight Logistics Implements CargoSphere Rate Technology Platform
CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced that Freight Logistics, a global freight forwarder and logistics service provider, has implemented the CargoSphere technology platform. Freight Logistics is now self-managing air and ocean carrier contracts using CargoSphere’s SUDS (Smart Upload and Diagnostic Solution) and is receiving rates over CargoSphere’s Web-based, real-time Rate Mesh from carriers, NVOs and the NCBFAA-SA.
First Methanol-fueled Tanker Launched
Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger is the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine transportation company Waterfront Shipping. With a MAN designed Hyundai–B&W 6G50ME-9.3 ME-LGI dual-fuel, two-stroke engine on board, the Lindanger can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gasoil.
SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched
Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting. iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management, global parts iMarket Place and advanced management dashboard reporting. “Version 2.0 of SeaProc was launched last summer to a very receptive market,” said Issa Odeh, CEO iMarine Software. “The market was telling us that marine eProcurement systems were not only hard to use but expensive…
Silverstream Technologies Names Potts as Head of Supply Chain
Silverstream Technologies, pioneers of air lubrication technology for the shipping industry, today announced the appointment of Stephen Potts as its new Head of Supply Chain. The development is based on the company’s strategy to further expand its infrastructure on the back of the significant increase in interest in the Silverstream System and impending commercial orders. Stephen Potts joins Silverstream Technologies from leading luxury super yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International where he served as Supply Chain Director, responsible for the procurement and logistics teams.
Grand Bahama Shipyard Adds Four Executives
Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a Caribbean shipyard providing retrofit, refurbishment and revitalization to cruise and commercial vessels, has added four new positions to its executive team in 2016. Taking up the new executive positions are Ian Edward Ross, Don Keirce, Charles Nugent and Adrian Baboi. Ian Edward Ross joined GBSL July 2016 as VP of HSSEQ, bringing with him over 25 years’ practical experience delivering strategic and operational support to major organizations in the oil and gas, power generation and heavy construction and fabrication industries.
South Korean Orders for MacGregor's Pusnes Deck Machinery
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for various shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, in South Korea. "These orders clearly show the confidence our customers have for MacGregor and our equipment," says Nils Jørgen Walle, Sales Manager for Pusnes deck machinery at MacGregor. MacGregor's Pusnes deck machinery has been specified for the following ship types: twelve very large crude carriers (VLCC)…
MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, in South Korea. MacGregor's Pusnes deck machinery has been specified for the following ship types: twelve very large crude carriers (VLCC); four Suezmax tankers; six liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers…