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Lloyd's Register's King to Retire

Lloyd’s Register announces the retirement of J. Rod King, Global Floating Offshore Installation (FOI) Business Manager. Mr. King has elected to take early retirement in mid-September 2007 to address family health issues. Lloyd’s Register North America FOI and Classification Manager, Keith Charles, will assume some of King’s previous activities until King’s replacement is named. Lloyd’s Register continues to expand its Houston operations base to address the FOI classification and consultancy businesses in the Americas more fully, as well as to provide support for its Asia and EMEA regional offices. David Corbett, senior vice president of Lloyd’s Register North America’s Oil & Gas/ Asset Management business…

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Prospects

Image: King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Rabigh aims at being part of the overall development of the Saudi economy, which is the largest economy in the region and among the top 20 in the world, said Abdullah Hameedaddin, managing director of Ports Development Company (PDC), according to a report in the Arab News. “King Abdullah Port also takes pride in its high-tech superstructures, as they are some of the most advanced in the world and already optimized to service vessels and operate terminals for decades to come,” Hameedaddin said.

KVH Industries Wins Patent Trial

A jury for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled that KVH Industries, Inc., is not liable for infringing King Controls' U.S. Patent 6,864,846. According to the verdict, the jury found that claim 5 of the patent, the only claim at issue, was in fact invalid due to the existence of prior art as well as the obviousness of the technology. King Controls said that KVH was liable for royalties and sought an injunction against selling certain products because satellite switching capabilities present in KVH's TracVision mobile satellite TV systems had infringed on a patent that King Controls filed in 2000. KVH successfully contended that the technology had been developed prior to King Controls' patent application and was already in use in the industry…

VADM Stewart Announces Retirement from USMMA

Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, has announced his retirement from government service. VADM Stewart’s career spanned over 44 years of public service to the as a Marine Corps officer and member of the civilian Senior Executive Service. "After 10 years at Kings Point and over 44 years in service to our nation, Kathy and I are looking forward to retiring from public service," said VADM Stewart. "I am thankful for the opportunity the Kings Point community afforded both of us during our time here. My memories of the Regiment, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and all the friends of Kings Point will have a lasting impact on my life.

Coast Guard Medevacs 18-Year-Old From Cruise Ship

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue crew medically evacuated an 18-year-old male from a cruise ship 250-miles southwest of Clearwater Beach, Fla. Tyler King, fell 20 ft. from the cruise ship's mast to the deck. King landed on his head causing head trauma, a hematoma behind the eye and a broken bone in his face. The Coast Guard received a call from a doctor on board the 739-ft. Carnival cruise ship Fantasy, home ported in Miami, Fla., reporting the male's condition and requesting Coast Guard assistance. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched an HH-60 rescue helicopter and a C-130 search plane to assist in the medevac of King. The rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted King into the rescue helicopter. King was transferred to Tampa General Hospital.

News: King Named CEO for VT Halter Marine

Boyd E. (Butch) King was appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at the beginning of the month. "King brings tremendous experience to his new position," said General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO and Chairman of VT Systems Inc., in announcing the appointment. "He will be at the forefront to ensure that VT Halter Marine contributes to the profitability of our marine sector." King most recently served as a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, consulting on various logistical support projects. Among others, this included the study and recommendation to revamp the Balkan Military Support initiative for the United States Army Europe. King…

New CEO Announced for VT Halter Marine

General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO and Chairman of VT Systems Inc., announced the appointment of Boyd E. (Butch) King as CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at a company event celebrating the acquisition of VT Halter Marine. “King brings tremendous experience to his new position,” stated Gen. Coburn. Most recently a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, King consulted on various logistical support projects. Among other, this included the study and recommendation to revamp the Balkan Military Support initiative for the United States Army Europe. King also played an instrumental role in developing the Capstone Training Course for the first Interim Brigade Combat Team command and staff for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Prior, King had a successful 35-year career in the U.S.

Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats. Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske, Kings Point is the 10th of 14 “Sassafras Class” tugboats contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Maryland. Kings Point also has a sister tug, Fort Schuyler, that was launched by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in April and is expected to be delivered this summer.

Kings Bay Named Installation of Excellence

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced March 30 that Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is one of five recipients of the 2007 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence. The Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The five recipients of this highly competitive presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions. Kings Bay is the only Navy base to win the award, along with two Marine Corps bases, an Army garrison, an Air Force base and a Defense supply center. “We are truly humbled to receive this award,” said Capt. Mike McKinnon, commanding officer of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Saudi Signs Port & Shipyard Contracts

Saudi Ports sign contracts for upgradilng ports & rents out shipyard The Saudi Ports Authority has signed contracts worth s total $130 million for develpment and maintenance of ports including: King Abdul Aziz Port in Damman, King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu for use of Yasref refining company. In addition a 10-year contract was signed with Al=Balagha Trading Group for the rental of King Fahd Shipyard.  

DOT: KP Training Vessel Sent to Texas

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Transfers TV KINGS POINTER to Texas A&M University. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that the TV KINGS POINTER will be transferred to Texas A&M University in Galveston. The transfer facilitates the upcoming reconstruction of Mallory Pier, the Academy’s main ship docking facility. The Mallory Pier project has been in the planning stages for several years, and work is now scheduled to begin in early 2012. The project will take 12 to 18 months, during which time there will be no docking facilities available to tie up vessels as large as the TV KINGS POINTER. In addition, Academy leadership has determined that the TV KINGS POINTER no longer meets its training needs in a cost effective manner.

Kings Bay Receives Highest OSHA Safety Rating

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented its highest rating for worker safety programs to Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay during an all hands presentation held at the southeast Georgia submarine base April 19. Kings Bay received Star status -- the highest level a business entity can achieve in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The strategic submarine base joins 1,600 other organizations in the United States who have achieved this status. According to OSHA, Kings Bay is the first Navy operational base to achieve this milestone; Naval Sea Systems Command shipyards in Puget Sound and Norfolk previously had been recognized in 2006 for their programs. OSHA area director for Savannah, John Deifer, stated the base is a model installation for others to follow.

VT Halter Mourns Death of CEO

VT Halter Marine announced the loss of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brigadier General Boyd E. King, (Ret.) who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 20 April 2009 at the company’s Corporate Headquarters in . The cause of death reportedly was a heart attack. BG (Ret) Boyd King joined VT Halter Marine on December 16, 2002, as CEO. Before his appointment at VTHM, Mr. King was a retired Brigadier General with a 35-year career in the United States Army, culminating in his appointment as Director of Transportation, Energy and Troop Support on the Arm Staff.

King Abdullah Port Hits New Milestone

Photo courtesy: King Abdullah Port

The infrastructure works for Berth 5 and Berth 6 are about to be finished in a few weeks, King Abdullah Port announced. The two berths are part of the port’s strategic expansion plan, which aims to significantly uprate the port’s capacity, thus boosting its standing in the maritime industry, both regionally and internationally. “With the two new berths, the port’s annual capacity will rise to four million TEU as of the beginning of the first quarter of 2017,” said Eng. Abdullah Hameedadin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, the owner and developer of King Abdullah Port.

Omega Navigation Takes Delivery of Tanker

Omega Navigation Enterprises, Inc. (has taken delivery of its second Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker, the Everhard Schulte, to be renamed the Omega King. The Omega King is a Panamax (LR1) double hull product tanker of 74,999 deadweight tons (dwt), built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2004. The acquisition was funded by in part from the net proceeds of the Company's initial public offering and debt under a senior secured credit facility provided by HSH-Nordbank AG. The Omega King is employed under a long-term time charter to A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM until June 2009 at a daily time charter hire rate of $26,500. The Company has granted Torm an option to extend the charter for an additional period of 24 months at a minimum daily time charter hire rate of $28,500.

People and Company:King Named CEO for VT Halter Marine

Boyd E. (Butch) King was appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at the beginning of the month. King most recently served as a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, consulting on various logistical support projects. Among others, this included the study and recommendation to revamp the Balkan Military Support initiative for the United States Army Europe. King also played an instrumental role in developing the Capstone Training Course for the first Interim Brigade Combat Team command and staff for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. King had a successful 35-year career in the U.S. Army, culminating in his appointment as Director of Transportation, Energy and Troop Support on the Army staff.

Feature: VT Halter Marine A Shipbuilding Company Reborn

Boyd E. "Butch" King is a man on a mission. The new CEO of VT Halter Marine, Inc. is rebuilding the shipbuilding company one contract at a time. "Our goal is to reestablish VT Halter Marine's world-wide reputation as a builder of midsize commercial and military vessels," King said from his office in Gulfport, Miss. King is a retired Brigadier General with a 35-year career in the U.S. Army culminating in his appointment as Director of Transportation, Energy and Troop Support on the Army staff. During his Army career, King was in charge of the management and tracking of 12,000 ocean shipping containers worldwide and headed various logistic operations including the shipment of combat equipment in support of operations in Haiti.

Significant Gas and Condensate Discovery in the North Sea

The jack-up rig Maersk Gallant. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Statoil has made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the King Lear prospect in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea along with its partner Total E&P Norge. Exploration well 2/4-21 drilled by the jack-up rig Maersk Gallant in production licences 146 and 333, has proven a 48-metre gas/condensate column in the main bore 2/4-21 and an additional 70-metre gas/condensate column in the side-track 2/4-21A. Statoil estimates the total volumes in King Lear to be between 70 and 200 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent (o.e.).

King Abdullah Port Throughput up by 14% In H1 2017

Photo:  King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port announced the increase of its throughput to 821,694 TEU in the first half of 2017, representing an increase of around 14% compared to the same time last year, where the throughput was 720,483 TEU. The port also announced an increase in the number of vessels received during the same period, reaching 398 vessels compared to 349 in the first half of 2016, also representing a 14% increase. In its report on the merchandise exports and imports of the Kingdom, the General Authority for Statistics revealed that the imports of King Abdullah Port increased by 60.7% in May 2017…

Construction of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex Gains Steam

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that Royal Inauguration Ceremony of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex was held at Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia with the attendance of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on November 29. The ceremony was also attended by Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince; Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources; Amin al-Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Choi Kil-seon, Chairman of HHI; Chung Ki-sun, Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning Office of HHI. King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex…

Australia’s HMAS Arunta Returns to Sea

HMAS Arunta on her first day at sea conducting a boat transfer (Australia Department of Defense photo)

A milestone has been achieved in the Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) Upgrade Program with HMAS Arunta setting sail for her sea acceptance trials this week. Chief Executive Officer, Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) Warren King and the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, together congratulated all those involved in the program. King said the ASMD Project will deliver a capability providing an improved level of self defense against modern anti-ship missiles for the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates.

VT Halter Marine CEO to Address WorkBoat Show

Ret. Gen. Boyd "Butch" E. will deliver a keynote address at the International WorkBoat Show. Mr. King will speak at the Ernest N. Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. going vessels. A retired Brigadier General who served in the U.S. years, Mr. January 2003. Mr. within a very short period of time. the current health of VT Halter Marine's U.S. technology and his vision for the future. Coast, we anticipate that Mr. industry in 2004" said David Krapf, editor of WorkBoat magazine. regulations, finance, and marine management issues.

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Maritime Services

Photo: King Abdullah Port

Specialized Marine Services (SMS), a JV between the Ports Development Company (PDC), which is the private sector owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, and the National Port Services Company, delivered 1,460 maritime services  in 2016. It expects 30% increase expected by the end of 2017. SMS is the primary supplier of marine services, such as marine guidance, in King Abdullah Port. Its team includes highly qualified and skilled maritime guides with vast experience in dealing with the largest international vessels, most of which have visited the King Abdullah Port.

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