PVA Elects New Officers and Board
At the 2010 Passenger Vessel Association Convention at MariTrends in Tampa, Fla., the members of the PVA elected their new officers and board members. Captain Kevin Stier, River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill. Captain Jay Spence, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Boston, Mass. Paul Belforti, Entertainment Cruises, Chicago, Ill. Captain Kevin Stier is the owner and operator of River Cruises. River Cruises offers two day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River aboard the vessel Twilight. Captain Stier’s career started with him working on the Julia Belle Swain for the late Captain Dennis Trone, one of the original members of the PVA, throughout the span of his career Captain Stier has piloted the Julia Belle Swain, the Talisman and Twilight, of which he was instrumental in the construction.
PVA Elects New President, Officers,Board
PVA members, during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2010 in Tampa, Fla., elected Kevin Stier as President. Captain Stier is owner of River Cruises, Scales Mound, Ill.. River Cruises operates the 149 passenger Riverboat Twilight that offers two-day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River. A longtime member of the PVA Regulatory Committee, Captain Stier has been a member of the PVA Board of Directors since 2003 and has served as PVA Vice-President and PVA Secretary-Treasurer. Captain Jay Spence was elected PVA Vice President. Captain Spence is General Manager of Massachusetts Bay Lines in Boston, Mass. This second-generation, family-owned business has operated since 1963 and is the oldest operating year-round commuter service in Boston.
PVA: Improve USCG Form 2692 Requirements
In a letter responding to a Federal Register notice about the renewal of Coast Guard Form 2692, Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) President Jay Spence insisted that the Coast Guard issue new instructions clarifying the circumstances in which a Form 2692 should or should not be submitted by passenger vessel operators. The Coast Guard solicited comments on its proposed application to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) renewing approval of Coast Guard Form 2692. OIRA is part of OMB and was created as a result of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980.
Frommelt Named President of PVA
Gary Frommelt, Hornblower Marine Services, Elizabeth, Ind., was elected 2003 PVA President on February 18 during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2003 held in Long Beach, CA. Other officers elected were PVA Vice President, David B. Clark, Golden Gate Ferry , Larkspur, CA, and PVA Secretary-Treasurer, Cornel Martin, Delta Queen Steamboat Company, New Orleans, LA. Frommelt serves as project manager for Hornblower Marine Services as director of marine operations for Caesars Indiana-home to the largest riverboat casino in the world. Frommelt was most recently PVA Vice President, has served on the PVA Board of Directors since 1996, and has been a long-term member of the Safety Committee.
Maritime Security East 2014 Underway in Boston
Maritime security and law enforcement experts are gathering in Boston this week to better understand maritime domain awareness and the challenges of port, waterway and coastal security, environmental protection, safety and law enforcement. One big lesson learned is that everything is just a little more challenging on the water. A number of law enforcement agencies from the New England area are attending and participating that have specific duties and functions associated with the maritime environment…
Spence Takes over as Noise Control Engineering President
Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a Massachusetts-based acoustical and structural engineering consultancy, said it has appointed Jesse Spence as its next president. As NCE president, Spence will have direct responsibility for organizational processes, market assessment and business development. He accepts this position after serving as NCE’s director of technology. Spence joined NCE in 2001, having led the firm’s efforts to develop and implement technologies and techniques to facilitate solutions to marine acoustic and vibration problems.
Spence Offers New Line of Safety Valves
Spence Engineering Company, Inc., announced a new line of Safety Valves featuring a soft seat for tighter shutoff in those applications where the operating pressure is close to the set pressure of the valve. These ASME Section I and VIII approved valves also featured rugged construction and two ring control which make them extremely dependable in terms of pop action, seat tightness and blowdown.
Spence Joins NCE
Jesse Spence joined NCE as an acoustical engineer this past October. Spence previously worked for the speaker manufacturer, Boston Acoustics. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1998 with a BSME. He is a member of the Acoustical Engineering Society (AES) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Within his short time at NCE, Jesse has already been involved in the development of code for the SBIR noise prediction program, the FRV-40 noise predictions and field noise surveys for various projects in locations such as Michigan, Maryland and Poland. Jesse and his wife Isola were married this past September.
ENSCO Appoints New V.P and CFO
James "Jay" W. Swent has been named by ENSCO’s Board of Directors to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Swent previously held various financial executive positions at Memorex Corporation and Nortel Networks, and served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer of both Cyrix Corporation and American Pad and Paper Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Finance and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Carl F. Thorne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ENSCO, said "We are pleased that Jay is joining our management team, and look forward to his contribution.
Ensco CFO Jay Swent to Retire
Ensco plc announced today that EVP & CFO Jay Swent, 64, will be retiring after more than 11 years of service. Mr. Swent will continue to serve in his current role until the succession process has been completed and a new CFO has been named. The completion of the succession process may extend into the first half of next year. “Jay has been integral to Ensco’s major achievements over the past decade as the company has grown to become an industry leader,” said CEO and President Carl Trowell.
SS&Y Capesize Indices
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 243 points to 5,259 in the week ending May 8. "The Pacific Capesize index fell after the holidays in the Far East, with early vessels becoming the victims of a lack of inquiry," SS&Y said. "A $1 fall on the Queensland/Rotterdam route (120/150,000 ton cargo) was certainly not going to help the index, which witnessed its first serious decline since January," SS&Y added. Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 131 points to 4,786 in the week ending May 8. "The Atlantic Capesize index dived on the back of weaker demand, which softened rates for early tonnage. However, iron ore demand in the Atlantic remained steady and limited the fall in rates to more moderate levels," SS&Y said.
Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Work to Recover Fallen Containers
At approximately 1 p.m. Monday (March 4, 2013), the Coast Guard received a report that 22 containers fell off the 91-foot barge Atlantic Trader and into the ocean 18 miles east of Key Biscayne, Fla. Coast Guard Watchstanders at Sector Miami received notification from the Tug Spence that 22 containers on a voyage from Jacksonville, Fla., to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba fell off the barge into the water. An aircrew from Coast Guard Airstation Miami launched to the scene and initially located some of the containers floating around the Tug Spence.
SS&Y Indicies Rise
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 102 points in the week ending Monday to 5,828. "Tonnage in the Pacific remained in tight supply," SS&Y said. "The index continues to march towards 6,000 and if the trend line of the past five months is maintained we will cross this mark by mid-November," SS&Y added. Its Atlantic Capesize Index rose 30 points in the week ending Monday to 5,926. "The 30-point gain shows that the market remains very firm," SS&Y said.
SS&Y Capesize Indices Fall
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 125 points to 4,293 in the week ending Dec. 29. "The final Pacific Capesize Index of 1999 brought a slight tinge of disappointment for owners," SS&Y reported. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 87 points to 4,532 in the same week. "The 87 point drop in the index won't have been unexpected due to the seasonal effect of holidays on demand," SS&Y reported.
SS&Y Atlantic Index Up, Pacific Index Down
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 162 points in the week ending Monday to 5,700. "Capesize rates strengthened overall by the middle of last week with rates from Richards Bay for October particularly strong, with fronthaul activity also firmer," SS&Y said. SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index fell 11 points in the week ending Monday to 5,475. "The Pacific market saw a marginal re-balancing of tonnage supply in the charterers favor on certain positions," SS&Y said.
SS&Y Indices Fall
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 54 points and its Atlantic Capesize Index fell 79 points in the week ending Monday to 5,123.
Rigdon Marine Promotes Harkness
James (Jay) A. Harkness was recently appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rigdon Marine. Mr. Harkness is responsible for the financial management of the company, including fiscal controls, insurance placement and claims management and financial reporting. “Jay is a very capable individual with an astute background in all financial procedures of a vessel operating company,” said Larry Rigdon. “He is a take charge person, capable of providing critical data and important statistics, which are essential in the analysis of business forecasts and investments in our capital asset inventory. Mr. Harkness has been involved in the marine services industry for over fourteen years…
SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Rises 179 Points
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 179 points to 4,378 in the week ending Oct. 18. "After last week's record rise (912 points), the Pacific Capesize index has continued on a more moderate upward path this week," an SS&Y spokesperson said. "Current Pacific trade and activity looks steady with the volume of Japanese and Chinese cargoes remaining strong, but Atlantic direction cargoes are not holding as high a premium as trans-Pacific, although brokers feel that this could alter soon," he added.
SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Rises 37 Points
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 37 points to 3,287 in the week ending Sept. 27. "Cargoes uncovered for October helped to steady rates and even saw a slight improvement in places, which led to a modest 37 point gain in this week's index," SS&Y reported.
Tankers Pressured By Low Rates, High Costs
Oil tankers are reportedly being squeezed by low freight rates and high fuel costs, and some older ships may be heading for the scrapyard. An OPEC cut in oil production combined with reduced demand and high bunker fuel prices makes it difficult for even older tankers with little financial commitment to break-even, according to a report by shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young.
SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Fell 16 Points
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 16 points to 3,250 in the week ending Sept. 20. "The Pacific Capesize index had a disappointing 16 point fall this week, with a five cent drop on trans-Pacific routes an indication of the lack of demand," SS&Y said. "The index is still nearly 1,000 points down on 1997 levels and dipping away from clearing 1998's peak, so cargoes need to start emerging soon if the market is to remain feeling buoyant."
SS&Y Atlantic Capesize Index Climbs 226 Points
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 226 points to 4,367 in the week ending Nov. 22. "Gains of between five and 40 cents on many routes lifted the index this week, and Richards Bay remains active with several stems still uncovered for December," SS&Y reported.
SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Down 12 Points
Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index was down 12 points to 4,282 in the week ending Nov. 22. "Short-term prospects remain good as the plethora of Chinese enquiry is not fully covered yet, as well as some Atlantic-bound cargoes for December, which leaves a few opportunities for owners," SS&Y reported. "The firm tone should prevail over the coming week but thereafter the market will need fresh inquiry."