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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Keith Marine News

Keith Marine Relies on Wesmar

"Once we started using Wesmar bowthrusters we haven't used anything else," said Dick Keith, owner and founder of premier Florida boat builder Keith Marine of Palatka. He has installed 20 Wesmar's on luxury yachts and dinner cruise boats. "I like the power and efficiency of the counter rotating design. I like the stainless steel instead of bronze propellers," said Keith. His company operates a fleet of yachts ranging from 50 to 250 ft. including Luxury Dinner Cruisers, Cruising Yachts, treasury recovery vessels, Gambling Casinos, Cruise Tenders, Dive Boats, Tugs, Trawlers, and Paddlewheel Dinner Cruisers. Currently the company is building a 158-ft. Luxury Charter Vessel with a steel hull and superstructure.

Dinner Boat Delivered

Built for Sun Dream Yacht Charters of Ft. Lauderdale, 110 x 30 ft. dinner boat Caprice, was designed by Kirikkoff & Associatioes of Jacksonville, and built by Keith Marine, in Palatka, Fla. The vessel was launched October 10 and delivered on October 18, and commenced operations on October 26. The vessel is inspected to 46CFR Subchapter K and will carry 400 passengers on three decks. The vessel's cruise speed is 11.5 knots powered by twin 8V71's and two Rice propellers.

Emerging from Fog

The various segments of the passenger vessel industry have undergone significant transformation in the last 12 months. It looks stronger as we head into the last six months of the year with ferries and charter yachts leading the way. Frankly, a year ago the passenger vessel industry was in some disarray faced with developing a security plan to meet the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 passed in Congress in wake of terrorism threats. Developing such a comprehensive plan by the end of 2003 proved to be an almost impossible task for an industry made up of mostly small boat owners. Coming to the rescue was the industry's trade association the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA). They developed the PVA Industry Standard for Security of Passenger Vessels and Small Passenger Vessels.

EBDG: Keller to Manage New Gulf Office

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) welcomes Keith Keller as its Gulf Office Manager for the firm’s New Orleans office, re-opening its doors in early 2012. Getting his start at Avondale Shipyard, Keller has over 30 years experience in shipbuilding and engineering, working with various yards and design firms around the country including Marinette Marine, NASSCO, D3 Marine and most recently STX US Marine. He will be responsible for the development of new business and project management, in addition to hiring a staff of naval architects and marine engineers for the office.

Michel Named 15th President of Webb Institute

Dr. George Campbell Jr. R. Keith Michel, Chairman of the Board of the Herbert Engineering Group of Companies, has been appointed President of Webb Institute, the country’s foremost school of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, effective July 1, 2013. The appointment was made following the recently announced retirement of RADM Robert C. Olsen, Jr. USCG (Ret.), who will have filled this role for eight years. “Keith was a natural choice for us. His professional business experience will help open doors for our students as well as for fundraising,” stated John Russell, Chair of the Search Committee. “Keith is highly regarded throughout the marine industry and will be an asset to Webb Institute,” added outgoing President Olsen. Webb also announced that, effective immediately, Mr.

OceanWorks Names Business Development Manager

Keith La Rose, Business Development Manager – Military, Vancouver office

OceanWorks welcomes Keith La Rose to its team in the position of Business Development Manager – Military in Vancouver office. Acting as Business Development Manager for the military industry, Keith’s primary function will be to expand OceanWorks’ penetration of the military market by further raising awareness of the company’s proven custom engineering, standard products, and service capabilities. Throughout his extensive sales career, Keith has held various professional and sales management positions…

Ports America Chesapeake 50-Yr Lease

Ports America Chesapeake has signed a 50-year lease at Seagirt Marine Terminal that is estimated to create 5,700 jobs. McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) partner Keith Mason, and Stephen Goldsmith, former Indianapolis Mayor, and an independent consultant to the firm, served as strategic advisors to the team in supporting this public-private partnership (P3). The project is valued at $1.3b to the State of Maryland over the life of the agreement and is predicted to impact over 16,000 jobs across Maryland.

Irving Shipbuilding Buys Dartmouth Waterfront Site

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has bought the former Maritime Steel and Foundries Ltd. steel fabrication site in Dartmouth as part of its plans to gear up for the $25-billion dollar federal combat ship procurement contract, reports 'The Chronicle Herald'. According to documents filed with Property Online Nova Scotia, title to the 2.4-hectare site at 605 Windmill Rd. was transferred from Cameron Corporation Ltd. to Irving Shipbuilding in June. Citing Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith, 'The Chronicle Herald' reported that the company wouldn’t disclose the purchase price, which was rumoured to be about $13 million. There has been considerable construction reported at and around the Halifax shipyard…

Keith Michel Installed as President of Webb Institute

Keith Michel: Photo courtesy of the Webb Institute

Retired Chairman of the Board of the Herbert Engineering Group of Companies and Webb Institute alumnus, R. Keith Michel (Webb ’73) was inaugurated as the 15th president of Webb Institutein a private ceremony set on campus. Mr. Michel's inuauguration followed the retirement of RADM Robert C. Olsen, Jr. USCG (Ret.), who filled the role for eight years. “Keith is highly regarded throughout the marine industry and will be an asset to Webb Institute,” said outgoing President Olsen. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. George Campbell Jr., conducted the presidential inauguration.

Keith Kirby, Director of Hurricane Energy Resigns

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Hurricane Energy plc announced the resignation of Keith Kirby as a director of the Company. In light of this, resolution 3 relating to the re-election of Keith Kirby has been withdrawn from consideration at the Annual General Meeting that was held on 23 June 2014. Mr Kirby departed Hurricane on 22 June 2014 to pursue other interests. Dr Robert Trice, CEO, commented: "Keith has made an outstanding contribution to the Company and in particular his leadership of certain corporate activity, not least throughout the recent IPO process, has been not only effective but widely respected.

Wegener Appointed as Regional Manager at Kvichak

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. announces the opening of its East Coast Support Office with the appointment of Carl F. Wegener as Regional Manager. Wegener was formally the Sales & Marketing Manager at Austal USA in Mobile, AL. Keith Whittemore of Kvichak comments, “With the success of Kvichak’s business over the last few years in the Gulf, Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard, it only makes sense to have a support office in the East to represent and support our projects and Carl Wegener was the perfect match for this expansion.”

Sonsub Makes New Appointments

Sonsub announced that Massimo “Max” Ferraris has been confirmed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sonsub Incorporated as well as Saipem’s Manager of the Subsea Robotics Business line. He has corporate responsibility for all of the Sonsub group activities, coordinating and directing the regional areas around the world. Mr. Ferraris has also been confirmed to the position of Area Manager- North Atlantic for Saipem. Robert Keith, a veteran of Sonsub since 1987, has been appointed President of Sonsub Incorporated. Mr. Keith most recently served as Sr. Vice President of Operations and Commercial, following more than 3 ½ years as Regional Manager of Sonsub’s business in Asia-Pacific. Mr.

IMarEST Appoints COO

Marine industry expert Marcus Jones has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as its first Chief Operating Officer, working closely with Chief Executive, Keith Read CBE. “With the interests of 15,000 members in over a hundred countries and 49 branches globally to look after, coupled with the challenges and opportunities facing the maritime community, I am delighted that our team has been strengthened by the arrival of Marcus Jones,” explains Keith Read. Marcus Jones was previously with Lloyd’s Register Group where, since 2000, he was responsible for a £50m global oil and gas business, leading the development and implementation of global strategy and planning and delivery of the business plan.

ZF Marine LLC Announces Personnel Changes

Roland “Bubba” Benoit – Account Manager, Commercial Craft. Roland’s years of experience as a technician with ZF Marine at our St. Rose, La. facility will serve him well as he works with fleet operators to expand ZF’s presence into the Texas Gulf and Inland River territories. Roland’s appointment reinforces ZF’s commitment to the workboat propulsion market in this region. Jay Denckla – Account Manager, West Coast. Jay, a long time Mathers and ZF Marine Electronics employee moves over to ZF Marine LLC. Jay’s intimate knowledge of electronic controls and thruster systems is going to be a great asset in working with Pleasure Craft customers on complete propulsion system solutions from ZF Marine. Josh Foster – Technical Representative.

NMRA Awards Scholarship to Yacht Design Students

Left to right: David Luff, Cindy Luff, 2014 NMRA scholarship recipient Noah Luff and Keith LaMarr of Macaroni Marketing

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) awarded two scholarships to students pursuing careers in the field. Noah Luff of Ventura, California is one of the recipients of the association's $500 scholarship. Keith LaMarr and Chris Martorana of Macaroni Marketing made the presentation. In Fall 2014, Luff will attend California Maritime Academy and study marine transportation. Growing up in a coastal town, he's also served as an ocean lifeguard and plans to become an active member of the maritime industry once he graduates in 2018.

V.Ships Acquire AMA

V.Ships announces they have acquired the services of Associated Marine Adjusters Ltd., (AMA) Piraeus in a deal which increases the group's involvement in average adjusting and marine insurance claims consultancy, and strengthens V.Ships' commitment to the Greek market. The acquisition reflects V.Ships strategy to position itself as a global marine services provider, offering a full portfolio of services to the marine industry including technical management, crewing, commercial, financial, ship agency, consulting and leisure management services. AMA will now work alongside V.Ships' existing average adjusting company, Vanguard Adjusting Company Limited.

Venture Insurance Programs Acquires Tidal Solutions

Philip J. Harvey, president of Venture Insurance Programs

Venture will rebrand and integrate Tidal Solutions specialty commercial marine products into its portfolio of industry leading programs. Venture Insurance Programs, a national insurance program administrator, today announced it has acquired Tidal Solutions, LLC, a Charlotte, NC-based managing general underwriter serving the North American specialty commercial marine market. Venture will integrate the Tidal Solutions marine products into its portfolio of industry specific insurance programs.

MN 100: Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.

Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. responds quickly to new customer requirements, works with potential customers to develop complete specifications, and ultimately delivers the best suited product for the mission. Kvichak builds a variety of vessels for multiple Federal agencies as well as state and local municipalities. To effectively maintain Kvichak’s reputation as a world-class boat builder, Kvichak currently has four divisions, Headquarters/Seattle Facility, Response Boat Medium Division, KMI Leasing Company, LLC, Kvichak/Marco Pollution Control, and Flashmark Tech cutting facility.

UK Jubilee Convoy Led by LR Classed Royal Barge

Royal Barge: Photo credit Lloyd's Register

The recently constructed royal row barge led the UK’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend, heading a flotilla of ships along the River Thames. The barge was built in London and supervised by Lloyd’s Register’s Southampton-based UKI Marine Operations Team. Keith Vernon, LR’s Principal Specialist, said: “While the vessel will not be classed it will be certificated as an MCA Class V Passenger Vessel. “It has been a very interesting project because of the unique character of the project. Our initial concerns centred around LR’s limited experience of wood boat-building construction.

Webb Institute President Elected to NAE

R. Keith Michel

Webb Institute said that its president, R. Keith Michel, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Upon learning of his election, Michel said, “It is indeed a special honor to be selected by my peers to serve on the NAE. I am indebted to Webb Institute for instilling in me the fundamentals of engineering and a passion for lifelong learning and to Herbert Engineering Corp. Dr. George Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Webb Institute stated, “All of us…

Tropical Storm Keith Forces Key Oil Ports To Close

Two of Mexico's key oil export ports were shut down on Wednesday as tropical depression Keith whipped up winds and waves in the Gulf of Mexico, though the effects on oil production were not immediately known, authorities said. The port of Dos Bocas in southeastern Tabasco state was closed as winds blew from 21 and 27 miles per hour and seas swelled at between eight and 10 ft., said the transport ministry in a statement. Cayo Arcas in neighboring Campeche state was also closed, though the transport ministry did not provide details on port conditions.

Cape Horn Delivered into Service

Cape Horn

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Ketchikan, announced the delivery into service of the Cape Horn, a Specialty Oilfield Vessel. EBDG partnered with Gulf of Mexico Operator SeaMar, LLC and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators on the class design and production engineering for the ship. "We would like to congratulate our valued client, Darrel Plaisance of SeaMar, LLC on the delivery of their EB-220CC and the shipyard on a fine build," stated Gulf Coast General Manager, Keith Keller.

IMarEST Appoints COO

Marine industry expert Marcus Jones has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as its first Chief Operating Officer, working closely with Chief Executive, Keith Read CBE. Jones was previously with Lloyd's Register Group where, since 2000, he was responsible for a £50m global oil and gas business, leading the development and implementation of global strategy and planning and delivery of the business plan. He also directed worldwide business development and the definition of the commercial, technical and marketing policies for the business, as well as technology developments and innovation. In this role he also lead the identification and progress of a number of acquisitions in strategic locations around the world.

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