Police and Dive Teams Rely on Underwater Search Equipment
Many government agencies and public safety dive teams are adding underwater search equipment to help make their operations easier, safer, and faster. Maricopa Sheriffs Department in Arizona, Downe Township Fire Rescue in New Jersey, the Fairhaven Massachusetts Harbor Master and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are a few of the diverse group of agencies using metal detectors, video cameras and sonars in their underwater search operations. Deputy Jeff Hanson, leader of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department dive team…
Hanson Acquires Tidewater and Moe Sand
Hanson PLC's subsidiary, Hanson Building Materials America, has acquired Tidewater Sand & Gravel and Moe Sand Co. for $44 million in cash. Tidewater is privately owned and headquartered in Oakland. The company has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area construction industry with high-quality construction grade aggregates since the mid-1950s. For the year ended December 31, 1998, Tidewater had unaudited sales revenue of $15.5 million and operating profit of $6.4 million. Tidewater carries out sand dredging from long-term leases which provide access to sand reserves in the San Francisco Bay. In 1998, it sold more than 1.6 million tons of sand and gravel from its three strategically located distribution facilities in the Bay Area.
Hanson Retires from San Francisco DryDock
Carl Hanson, president and general manager of San Francisco Drydock (SFD), one of seven United States Marine Repair (USMR)ship repair facilities , including Southwest Marine (SWM) and NORSHIPCO on the East Coast, has retired. He had been with the company since 1978. Due to his extensive shipyard knowledge and experience, he will remain involved with the company on a case-by-case consulting basis. Hanson's shipyard career began in San Diego, Calif., at Triple A South ship repair facility, where he gained hands-on knowledge as a ship superintendent. When SWM opened a facility in San Francisco in 1978, Hanson left Triple A and moved north to help with the start-up.
A&P Shipcare Busy with Dredger Repairs
A&P Shipcare has has been busy with Dredger repairs at its Chatham facility. During the past few months, Chatham has welcomed various dredging companies including Hanson Aggregates, South Coast Shipping, United Marine Dredging and Britannia Aggregates. Of the Hanson Aggregates fleet, various afloat repairs have been undertaken on vessels including the Arco Axe, Arco Arun, Arco Adur, Arco Tyne and the Arco Dijk. The Chatham team was pleased to see the Hanson fleet returning to their facility for their repair requirements once again. South Coast Shipping, who have been renamed RMC Marine Ltd, have also been keeping the Chatham team busy with various repairs aboard several of their vessels including the Sand Harrier…
TOTE, Carlile Announce New Advancements
Linda Leary has accepted the Vice President, Commercial Development position with TOTE Logistics, Inc., Carlile’s parent company. Linda’s new role will be overseeing the Sales and Marketing Department of Carlile, TOTE Logistics, Inc. and Spectrum. Linda will continue to build revenue with current customers and seek new opportunities to continue the positive growth on a much broader logistical scale; maintaining several key accounts and remaining heavily involved in community relations.
DLBA Promotes Jeffrey Bowles
Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. (DLBA), a naval architecture and marine engineering company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeffrey Bowles to the position of Technical Director. Jeff graduated from Webb Institute in 2000 and went on to attain his Masters degree (with distinction) at Newcastle University. He is an accomplished Professional Engineer (P.E.) and PMI Project Management Professional. Jeff has been employed by DLBA since 2001, and has directed many initiatives in R&D, design development, refit and construction of advanced-technology marine vehicles.
Holt, Crane Lead the Change at Load & A-2-B Company
A-2-B Company appointed Mark Holt as general manager, while Jeff Crane directs sales and marketing for the Load & A-2-B Company, the industry leader in wireless crane safety solutions. Jeff Crane said, “With new product innovations, our company will exceed the 25 percent annual sales increases we have enjoyed for the last seven years.”
Coastal Tanker Work Drives MMS Business
The coastal tanker industry has been one of MMS Shiprepair’s (Hull) largest contributors during recent weeks, ships including Everard’s 3,778 dwt Asperity, and 3,778 dwt Audacity. The offshore industry has also been a contributor - the 3,115 dwt Safe Truck, this is owned by Sea Truck Ltd, Sutton UK and the 1,336 dwt Toisa Crest, owned by Toisa Ltd, in Hamilton. Also recently at the yard is the 1,308 dwt salvage tug Anglian Monarch this vessel is owned by Klyne Marine Services Ltd, Lowestoft and two dredgers - the 5,872 dwt Arco Beck, owned by Hanson Civil & Marine Ltd, Southampton and the 197 grt Sea Horse, which is owned by Crowley Marine Services Inc, Seattle. Recent projects have involved the 1,370 dwt Trobo, which is owned by Paul Wilson & Co.
Solace Global Maritime is first PMSC to Train Internal Auditors
Solace Global Maritime, a leading private maritime security company (PMSC), has confirmed its commitment to implementing international standards by training internal auditors. Already certified to ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, the company is one of the first PMSCs to have conducted such training in preparation for the new ISO PAS 28007 accreditation, Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies. The two day course was attended by four employees and hosted internally at Solace’s head office by the company’s QSHE Manager, Tony Hanson, a qualified lead assessor.
Solace Global Maritime Gains Certification
Maritime security services provider, Solace Global Maritime Ltd, has been awarded the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its success in implementing an effective environmental policy throughout the company. The internationally accepted standard awarded by ISOQAR provides a set of strict criteria for putting in place a successful Environmental Management System that helps to reduce a company’s impact on the environment. Solace recognises that collectively, organisations within the…
A Billion to One Shot
TTS has set its sights on becoming a billion euro business and is focusing on China as a key growth driver. Through long-term joint ventures with state-owned Chinese concerns, TTS has established itself as the leading (and largest) Norwegian business in China. Ivar K. Hanson, the chief operating officer of marine, offshore and ports and logistics equipment supplier TTS Group, has adopted the diplomatic smile of an experienced politician. He’s batted away a question about the tense…
TOTE and Carlile Announce New Appointments
TOTE Logistics Inc. parent company of Carlile Transportation Systems announced several new company positions. John Armstrong has accepted the Vice President, Logistics position for Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc. John joins Carlile from sister company Alta Logistics, where he was the Director of Logistics. John has leadership, operations and logistical supply chain management experience. John is familiar with both the Alaska and Pacific Northwest Markets, having worked in Alaska for many years.
Austal Appoints Hogan COO
Austal is pleased to announce the appointment of former Boral Limited Divisional General Manager Peter Hogan to the position of Chief Operating Officer – Australian Operations. Hoganr brings a strong background in business growth and operational improvement as well as proven success at all levels of management, both in Australia and overseas. He has previously held senior management positions with Hanson Israel Limited, Pioneer International Limited, and most recently with Midland Brick - a subsidiary of Boral Limited and the largest clay brick manufacturing facility in the world.
Ellicott Dredges Receives Four Awards
Ellicott Dredges, LLC-a unit of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC-and its management have recently received multiple awards from international and national organizations for its technical innovations, leadership in the dredging industry, organizational growth, and community contributions. Ernst & Young, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, has announced that Ellicott Dredges' President Peter Bowe is the recipient of its 2009 "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for Maryland in the manufacturing category. An independent panel of seven judges selected Bowe from the nominee pool.
WAGO Appoints Regional Sales Manager for Northwest Region
Electrical interconnect and automation solution manufacturer WAGO has appointed Jeff Zimmerman as Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest region, the company announced today. Zimmerman will coordinate WAGO’s sales and marketing activities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He previously held senior management and marketing roles at AOP technologies and Kinequip Incorporated. “We are excited to have Jeff join our growing sales team in the region. His extensive industry experience and product knowledge will help WAGO build on our growing expansion in the region…
Twin Disc Elects Knutson CFO, Treasurer
The board of directors of Twin Disc, Inc. has elected Jeffrey S. Knutson to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer effective June 22, 2015 in addition to his current roles as vice president of finance, corporate controller and secretary. "Jeff has done a fantastic job since assuming the interim chief financial officer role in February," stated John H. Batten, president and chief executive officer. "Jeff's experience and contributions to Twin Disc since joining the company in 2005 make him uniquely qualified to step into the chief financial officer position. His strong global financial experience and deep understanding of our business and culture are valuable assets to Twin Disc.
Marine Firefighting Veteran Joins Resolve
Marine Firefighting Veteran Jeff Johnson Joins Resolve as Manager, Training and Response, and Pacific Region Responder. RESOLVE Marine Group has announced that Jeff Johnson has joined the company as Manager, Training and Response with responsibilities in both RESOLVE’s Salvage & Fire (Americas) emergency response/OPA-90 subsidiary and at RESOLVE Maritime Academy, the training subsidiary. Jeff focuses on continuous development of RESOLVE’s U.S. and territorial waters Firefighting Response Network and serves as the company’s Pacific Region Responder for marine incidents…
Training on Z-Drives with Jeff Slesinger
I asked a friend at Seattle’s Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) if she thought someone like me could successfully complete just one maneuvering task in their tug simulator after a couple hours of training. Ten years ago I’d run a cutter aground in San Francisco Bay when my Officer Candidate class was let loose in the Coast Guard Academy’s simulator, but that was the extent of my shiphandling experience, real or virtual. As a testament to her optimism, my friend scheduled me in PMI’s Z-drive tug simulator last January under the instruction of Captain Jeff Slesinger…
PVA Elects 2016 Leadership
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. as PVA President for 2016. Margo Marks is President/General Manager of Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island, Mich. The company has provided passenger service, vehicle service and freight service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, Mich. since 1984. The first ferry service to the island began in 1890.
White House Opposes Moves to End Crude Oil Exports Ban
The White House said on Tuesday that it continues to oppose legislation that would lift a longstanding ban on U.S. crude oil exports, and urged Republicans to focus on funding the government without attaching unrelated measures ahead of a looming deadline. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest stopped short of saying that President Barack Obama would veto a government funding bill that included the crude oil measure. "Our position on that (measure) is firm - we oppose it - but we also oppose other things that have been floated for possible inclusion in the omnibus," Earnest said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason)
Obama, Leaders Discuss Possible Sanctions, Force for South Sudan
U.S. President Barack Obama and regional leaders discussed options on Monday that included sanctions and a "regional intervention force" if South Sudan's warring parties do no agree a peace deal by August 17, a U.S. official said. Obama met with leaders from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, and the African Union to discuss the crisis. The group agreed on the urgency of the situation in South Sudan but did not reach a consensus on what to do if a peace deal is not reached, the official said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Ralph Boulton)
White House Concerned about Impact of Iran Vessel Seizure
The White House said on Wednesday it was concerned about the impact on navigation caused by Iranian authorities' seizure of the Maersk Tigris container ship in the Strait of Hormuz and said it was monitoring the situation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said no injuries had been reported from the ship and that the ship remained in the custody of Iran as of this morning. (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)
US Says China's Activity in South China Sea Won't Help Peace
The U.S. State Department said on Friday that China's activities building on reclaimed land in the South China Sea do not contribute to peace in the region, regardless of how the facilities are used. China has said the United States and other countries would be welcome to use civilian facilities it is building for search and rescue and other purposes. State spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. position is that this activity does not add to regional stability. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)