Delay Averted with Underwater Sterntube Renewal
Hydrex Underwater Technology has assisted an excavation vessel hemorrhaging oil from a stern tube seal entangled with steel wire to pass safely through the Panama Canal. The 156m long, Dutch-owned vessel was unable to make the canal transit until the propeller shaft seal had been repaired, potentially delaying operations and resulting in financial penalty for the owner. Antwerp-headquartered underwater ship repair specialist Hydrex, however, repaired the leaky seal allowing the vessel to continue without disruption to its schedule.
New Directors Key to Isolation Experts STATS Group
STATS Group has appointed two new directors as part of a strategy to double the size of the business. Carl-Petter Halvorsen has joined the pipeline engineering company as business development director while Dave Shand takes up the newly created post of chief operating officer. The dual appointments will strengthen STATS’ management team and free up chief executive officer Pete Duguid to focus on international development of the company’s unique range of piping and isolation tools for the oil and gas industries.
PVA Elects 2013 President, Officers and Board
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2013, held February 16 - 19, in Jacksonville, FL, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Carolyn Horgan, Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA, as PVA President for 2013. Carolyn Horgan is President of Blue and Gold Fleet in San Francisco, CA. Blue & Gold operates 19 vessels in ferry and excursion routes in the Bay Area. The company is also under contract to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority to operate vessels in the Alameda, Oakland, Vallejo and South San Francisco ferry services.
Hydrex's Doubler Plates Keep Ships Sailing
Underwater repair specialist Hydrex says when hull damage leads to the classification society to only allow temporary repair, there is a practical solution that allows ships to continue operations until a permanent repair can be scheduled. Recently called upon to inspect damage to the stern thruster area of a 195m ro-ro ship during a scheduled stop in Antwerp, the Hydrex investigation revealed a large crack in the welding seam on the edge between the hull plating and the thruster tunnel. To repair the vessel, Hydrex was able to fabricate a 600mm x 300mm doubler plate, on-site.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of Submarine Montana
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has authenticated the keel of the 21st Virginia-class submarine, Montana (SSN 794). “This is an important day for us,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. In keeping with a U.S. Navy tradition, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the ship’s sponsor, chalked her initials onto a steel plate. Mariah Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, performed a Native American blessing.
Manson Christens New Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge
Manson Construction Co. recently christened the newest edition to its dredging fleet, a trailing suction hopper dredge dubbed Bayport, at the company's yard on the Duwamish river in Seattle. Bayport is a larger sister ship to Manson's current self-propelled hopper dredge Newport, with an overall size of 303 x 54 x 26-ft. and 5,000 cu. yard capacity. Construction of Bayport was a fast track project for the company. The dump barge hull was reconstructed to become this self-propelled, self-contained hopper dredge, and design work began only in November 1998. The barge, which had been working on a USACE project in San Francisco, was brought to Manson's Seattle yard in February 1999, and since that time was completely transformed under the guidance of Manson's Dave Gertsch and Dave Nielsen.
Dan-Bunkering Beijing Office Up and Running
The newly opened Beijing office of worldwide bunker trading company, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., has experienced an excellent start, the company reported. The office has now been open for a few months and the positive feedback from the industry has been a great support. “With the current staff of two – and looking to hire more – there is plenty of room to grow, and we are seeing a lot of new opportunities in the Chinese shipping market,” said Dave Zheng, Manager of Dan-Bunkering’s Beijing office.
Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility
Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices. As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years, Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25 percent to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said, “The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and running gear care.
American Superconductor Names Paratore Senior VP and General Manager of Wires Business Unit
American Superconductor Corporation has named David Paratore senior vice president and general manager of its Wires business unit, which manufactures and sells the company's high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire. The announcement was made in conjunction with several other promotions or newly expanded assignments for corporate and business unit staff. general manager of AMSC's SuperMachines business unit. became part of the Power Electronic Systems business. Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Superconductor. including our $70 million ship propulsion motor contract with the U.S. said Greg Yurek, chief executive officer. the time is right to move Dave into this key role. marketing and will continue to report to Yurek. Systems from 1982 to 1992.
Bollinger Shipyard Stalwart VP Dave Marmillion to Retire
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. headquartered in Lockport, La., inform of the upcoming retirement of its Vice President Repair, Eastern Division, Dave Marmillion, after 46 years in the shipyard industry. Marmillion’s retirement was announced by Bollinger’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon, who said, “Dave has been an integral part of Bollinger’s growth and a mentor to many in the shipyard industry over the past 46 years. Marmillion started his shipyard career as a lifelong resident of the New Orleans Westbank area.
Westerholm to Head NOAA Response and Restoration
Dave Westerholm, former chief of the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Response, has been named the new director of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration. Westerholm will be responsible for overseeing NOAA's efforts to prepare for and respond to environmental hazards caused by marine debris and the release of oil and chemicals into the nation's ocean and coastal waters. He began his position on Jan. 22.
Chembulk Announces New Leadership
It has been about fours months since the deal was sealed for PT Berlian Laju Tanker to acquire Chembulk Tankers—the 21st Century Chemical Tanker Company, and the vision of the acquisition is being realized. The addition of 19 new chemical tankers, coupled with the strong Chembulk management team, results in an organization that boasts the third largest stainless steel chemical tanker company in the world. The fleet of 19 includes the Chembulk Kings Point, delivered last month in…
Stork Announces Two New Appointments
Stork Technical Services has appointed Dave Workman to the new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Erik-Jan Bijvank as Senior Vice President (SVP) UK and Africa. Mr Workman and Mr Bijvank will both be based in Aberdeen, UK, which is the operational hub for the company’s upstream oil & gas business, and take on their respective roles with immediate effect. As COO, Mr Workman will oversee all operational matters and help drive Stork’s global growth plans across the company’s four key regions; UK & Africa, Continental Europe, MECAP (Middle East, Caspian, Asia-Pacific) and the Americas.
New contracts for Dockwise
Dockwise Shipping was awarded contracts for the transportation of one of the largest semi submersible drilling rigs and various floating equipment. Dockwise Shipping will transport the new build sixth generation semi submersible drilling rig Noble Dave Beard in 2009 as well as various floating docks and other equipment in 2008. The total value of the contracts is approximately $18m.
Matson Decreases Fuel Surcharge by One Percentage Point
As a result of recent declines in bunker fuel prices, Matson Navigation Company will lower its fuel surcharge in its Hawaii, Guam/CNMI and Micronesia services by one percentage point, from 19.75 percent to 18.75 percent, effective November 5, 2006. "Bunker fuel prices continue to decrease, allowing us to make this second consecutive reduction to our fuel surcharge," said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services. We will continue to monitor fuel costs and adjust the fuel surcharge accordingly. While fuel prices remain volatile, we are hopeful this current trend will continue."
Port Canaveral Names German as Director
Port Canaveral's Cruise Team is gaining a new dimension with the appointment of Dave German as Director, Cruise Business Development, effective Friday, November 10, 2017. German previously served as Port Canaveral's Senior Harbormaster. In his new role, he will be responsible for building the Port's alliances with cruise lines for both home ported and port-of-call vessels. Dave German holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine transportation and logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and earned an MBA in finance from Ohio University.
PVA Elects President, Officers and Board Members
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held January 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats Newport, Ky., as PVA President for 2014. Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix, Mich. Captain Terri Bernstein is Vice President of Operations of BB Riverboats in Newport, Ky. This third-generation, family-owned business is the oldest riverboat company in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Region.
STATS Group Adds New Directors
Pipeline engineering specialist STATS Group said it has appointed two new directors as part of a strategy to increase its international presence in key oil and gas regions. The newly created roles see Dave Vernon promoted to Director of Isolation Services and Dale Millward promoted to Director of EPRS & Subsea Services. Dave Vernon has been with STATS for 14 years in a range of senior roles and has managed major UKCS and international isolation and intervention projects. Dale Millward joined STATS in 2005 and has been integral in developing the company’s design…
Fraser Shipyard Gets Federal Contract
Fraser shipyards in Superior has reportedly landed a big contract to overhaul a Coast Guard cutter, according to a report on BusinessNorth.com Congressman Dave Obey’s office announced a $1.2 million federal contract to dry dock the cutter Hollyhock at Fraser.
Matson Senior VP Hoppes to Retire
Dave Hoppes, Matson’s senior vice president, ocean services, will retire March 31, 2015, the company announced. John Lauer, currently vice president, Transpacific services at the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., will succeed Hoppes as senior vice president, ocean services, effective March 31, 2015. The company also announced that Chris Scott, currently director, Asia at Matson Navigation Company, will succeed Lauer as vice president, Transpacific services at Matson Navigation Company, effective March 31, 2015, as part of the transition plan.
Royal IHC Names Vergunst CFO
Royal IHC has appointed Arie Vergunst as Chief Financial Officer as of October 1, 2016. Vergunst succeeds Dave Vander Heyde, who became CEO on September 1, 2016. Vergunst has worked at IHC since June 2007 in several financial positions, both at holding level as well as in the business.
Saab Seaeye MD Leaves
Dave Grant has left Saab Seaeye after five years as Managing Director. Agneta Kammeby, chairman of Saab Seaeye Ltd says, "Dave Grant has made a valuable contribution in the ROV business for offshore Oil & Gas. During his time with the company it has grown substantially and has been relocated and settled into a major new manufacturing facility. The company continues to be led by the existing directors Jon Robertson, Matt Bates and Mark Exeter, with Jon Robertson taking over the role of Managing Director.
Damen Tug Commissioned by Port Nelson
Port Nelson, positioned at the top of New Zealand’s South Island at the head of Tasman Bay, has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2310. Named TōIA, which is Maori for ‘to pull’, she is the first new tug there for 32 years and represents a significant upgrade of capability. Jointly owned by the Nelson City Council and the Tasman District Council, Port Nelson is a vital hub for the regional economy and is investing in its infrastructure both ashore and afloat in anticipation of growth in the years ahead.