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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Burger Elects Cleveringa as VP

Burger Boat Company announced the appointment of Ron Cleveringa to the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing. was promoted to the Project Engineering Team in January 2007. University of Michigan in 1984. Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 1994. than seven years ago. will begin in his new position immediately.

Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.

Transportation Savings of St. Lawrence Seaway Minimal

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Arkansas Maritime Center gets Federal Grant

Photo credit: MarTREC, University of Arkansas

The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, based at the University of Arkansas, has received a federal grant of $923,700, reports AP. The center, known as MarTREC, is a consortium of researchers focused on maritime and multimodal transportation research. It has received $3.7 million since 2013. The latest grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will support research and programs through September 2018. The Fayetteville-based center is part of a consortium of researchers from Arkansas…

Jo Johnson Becomes UK Shipping Minister

Photo: Jo Johnson's Official Twitter Account

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled the cabinet replacing John Hayes as the shipping minister with Jo Johnson. Later the government sources confirmed that Jo Johnson was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London on 9 January 2018. Jo was Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July 2016 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Orpington in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015. May announced her intention to refresh the cabinet last week.

Foss Names Sumner CFO

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.

Yanmar Names US/Canada West Coast Distributor

Anthony Domenici (Photo: Valley Power Systems)

Valley Power Systems has entered into a distributor agreement with Yanmar America Corporation for the sale and service of Yanmar’s commercial marine diesel engine line throughout the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. In business for over 65 years, Valley Power Systems provides power and propulsion products for the commercial and pleasure craft marine industries from manufacturers such as MTU, Electro-Motive (EMD), Scania, Northern Lights, Technicold and now Yanmar Commercial Marine.

SRI-St. Petersburg Begins Operation of New Unit

Silicon Valley-based SRI International has officially started operations of a new marine technology unit in St. Petersburg, Fla. SRI’s expansion in Florida was first announced on November 30 at a press conference in St. Petersburg with Mayor Rick Baker. The new operation, called SRI-St. Petersburg, is being launched with the transition of up to 40 staff members from the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology. Six staff members have already joined SRI International and the new program, with several more expected soon. SRI-St. Petersburg plans to grow to 100 jobs over the next five years. In addition, on December 14 the St. Petersburg City Council approved the facility lease and development agreement between the City and SRI. The City of St.

Linsin Joins Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP announced that Gregory F. Linsin has joined the Firm as a Partner in the White Collar, Internal & Government Investigations practice group. Mr. Linsin brings more than 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and has an extensive background in the supervision and prosecution of complex maritime and environmental criminal cases with the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Linsin will be based in Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Linsin served as Special Litigation Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section. In this capacity, Mr.

First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon, which researchers hope will provide new information about the effects of climate change. A team of researchers from the University of Western Australia led by Professor Malcolm McCulloch will collaborate with researchers from the Western Australia Museum…

Rotkirch Named Chairman and CEO of Grand Bahama Shipyard

Carl-Gustaf (Calle) Rotkirch, a 32-year maritime industry veteran, has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Ltd., effective August 1, 2008. In this capacity, Rotkirch will oversee all operations of the shipyard, which is one of the largest cruise ship repair facilities in the world; Grand Bahama Shipyard services more than 100 cruise ships, cargo vessels, tankers, and naval vessels annually. Managing Director David Dalgleish will continue his day to day operation of the yard while reporting directly to Rotkirch.

Oil Heist Uncovered at Shell's Biggest Refinery

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Leeylutung)

Police say 17 arrested in connection with oil theft; 11 charged; Shell expects "short delay" in operations due to case. Eleven men were charged in a Singapore court on Tuesday in connection with a large-scale oil theft at Shell's biggest refinery, while police said they were investigating six other men arrested in a weekend raid. Police in the island-state said on Tuesday they had detained 17 men, whose ages ranged from 30 to 63, and seized millions of dollars in cash and a small tanker during their investigations into theft at the Pulau Bukom industrial site…

Nicaragua Canal Disastrous: Scientists

 Nicaragua Grand Canal project by HKND

An international consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua. The leading researchers from 18 institutions in the United States and Central and South America -- have voiced their opposition to the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal and the haste with which the project has been initiated, reports UPI. The path of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will cut through Lake Cocibolca (aka Lake Nicaragua)…

DNV GL Launches Project to Test Biodegradable Lubricants

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has launched a new joint development project (JDP) in cooperation with marine insurers The Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld to test the potential influence of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) on failures in stern tube bearings. DNV GL will oversee detailed laboratory testing of EALs by Leonardo Testing Services Ltd. at the University of Sheffield (UoS), UK. The JDP has been prompted by an increase in stern tube bearing failures over the last few years.

Odfjell Signs Site Reservation in France

Odfjell Terminals Europe and Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) have today signed a Site Reservation Protocol for a plot of land in the Port of Le Havre to develop a bulk liquid terminal. The planned terminal will be located inside the Port of Le Havre along the Grand Canal Maritime and the plot is approximately 31.5 hectares. The first phase will consist of at least 150,000 cbm for storage of petrochemical and petroleum-related products. Construction is currently expected to start in 2015 and the terminal is foreseen to open in 2nd half 2017. The total investment for the first phase is estimated to be about €150-200 million. HAROPA – Port of Le Havre is one of Europe’s largest ports, strategically located by the entrance to River Seine.

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in Alaska

Je Yong Lee, Chief Engineer of the M/V Sohoh pled guilty in United States District Court to three federal felony crimes. Defendant Lee admitted to keeping and presenting a false log book that concealed the dumping of waste oil and sludge from his ship, obstructing a United States Coast Guard investigation and witness tampering for telling crew members to lie to a federal grand jury in Anchorage. The plea was announced by Timothy M. Burgess, United States Attorney for Alaska and Thomas L. Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. "Crimes against our environment, including those that take place in the waters off our coasts, will not be tolerated," said Sansonetti.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Big Valley Crewmen

After searching more than 1,700 square miles, the Coast Guard suspended its search for three individuals from the fishing vessel Big Valley late Monday night. The Big Valley sank Saturday morning casting the six crewmen into the frigid Bering Sea 70 miles west of St. Paul Island. The joint search operation included searches by the Alaska State Trooper (AST) vessel Stimson, Good Samaritans, a Coast Guard C-130 airplane crew, the Coast Guard cutter Sherman with an embarked Dolphin helicopter and a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew. Searchers aboard the Jayhawk aircraft recovered Cache Seel, a Kodiak resident, the only survivor of the incident the same morning. They also recovered a deceased crewman later in the day. The AST vessel Stimson's crew recovered one additional deceased crewman.

Austal USA Names Spiegel COO

Austal announced the appointment of Dan Spiegel to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Austal’s Mobile, Ala., shipyard. Spiegel, his wife and their three children have relocated to the Mobile area from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spiegel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. He brings to Austal a successful career background that includes over 20 years of management experience in the manufacturing industry. Current activity at the Mobile yard includes two 353-ft, (107-m) high-speed cargo/passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry and one 127-m Littoral Combat Ship under construction for the U.S. Navy. Austal’s operation in the US currently employs over 700 shipyard workers.

Austal USA Names Spiegel COO

Austal announced the appointment of Dan Spiegel to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Austal’s Mobile, Ala., shipyard. Spiegel, his wife and their three children have relocated to the Mobile area from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spiegel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. He brings to Austal a successful career background that includes over 20 years of management experience in the manufacturing industry. Current activity at the Mobile yard includes two 353-ft, (107-m) high-speed cargo/passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry and one 127-m Littoral Combat Ship under construction for the U.S. Navy. Austal’s operation in the US currently employs over 700 shipyard workers.

Coast Guard to Celebrate 217th Birthday

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley will celebrate on August 4 the service's 217th birthday as America's oldest continuous sea-going service. Since its inception in 1790, the men and women of "America's Lifesavers," the Coast Guard, have saved more than 1 million lives. In 2006 alone, the men and women of Sector Ohio Valley assisted 560 persons and over $800m in property. Moreover, that same year the Sector conducted 331 casualty investigations, 1,395 vessel inspections, 448 facility inspections, and 122 pollution responses. The Coast Guard traces its roots in Louisville back to 1852 with the assignment of the first local Supervisory Inspector of the U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service.

MISC Withdraws from Far East Services

The shipping line MISC Berhad (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) has informed the partners in the Grand Alliance that it will withdraw from services between Europe (incl. Mediterranean) and the Far East with effect from January 1st 2010. MISC does not operate with the Grand Alliance on the Transpacific or Transatlantic trades. The withdrawal of MISC will not affect sailing frequencies, transit times or service structures. The fleet deployed by the Grand Alliance comprises about 140 vessels with capacities of between 2.900 and 9.000 TEU. MISC has so far provided seven units of these. “We will be replacing these ships in the context of our normal cascading,” stated the Grand Alliance. (www.hapag-lloyd.com)

Major Seabed Seismic R&D Collaboration

SpiceRack: CGGVeritas & Saudi Aramco join in major R&D collaboration to develop seabed seismic acquisition. Five months after CGGVeritas  and Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaborative research and the development of geophysical acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation technologies, the two companies have entered into a collaboration to conduct a major joint R&D project, known as SpiceRack, intended to herald a new innovative solution for seabed seismic acquisition. Under the terms of the SpiceRack project, CGGVeritas and Saudi Aramco will work in close partnership to develop, manufacture, and commercialize an innovative robotized solution for seabed seismic acquisition.

Next Generation of Subsea Engineers

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Dave Peter, GE Oil & Gas engineering and technology manager—training, explained the purpose of a subsea tree to children from Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen Grammar school attending Offshore Europe. The SVXT subsea tree is a new product launched at Offshore Europe, designed and being manufactured in Aberdeen. 12. Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, and Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited are announced that they have signed a Mega-Yacht…

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