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Monday, September 25, 2017

KVH Introduces Videotel Performance Manager

To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries, Inc. introduced Videotel Performance Manager. The scope of the Videotel Performance Manager combines the range of training content from Videotel with the power of web-based data analytics – all from KVH. By providing maritime managers with actionable insights about their fleets’ training activities, Videotel Performance Manager is designed to help increase operational efficiency, safety, and crew performance. The cloud-based software platform ensures that a crew’s latest training records are accessible from any web-enabled device, and interactive…

Michelsson to Join Evac

Tomas Michelsson (Photo: Evac)

Waste, wastewater and water management systems provider Evac has appointed Tomas Michelsson as the President, Offshore and Merchant business area, effective January 8, 2018.   Michelsson will replace the former President, Claes Rudling, who has retired during the summer.    Michelsson previously worked as the Vessel Type Responsible (VTR) Global Sales Manager, Ro-Pax and Yachts, ABB Marine, and as the Director, Marine and Offshore business unit, Marioff.

Uotinen Joins Robert Allan Ltd.

Sami Uotinen (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Sami Uotinen will join naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. on October 1, responsible for European Business Development initiatives, operating from Turku, Finland.   Uotinen, a graduate naval architect, joins Robert Allan Ltd. from Rolls Royce, where he has worked since 2000, most recently as North American Sales Manager for Z-Drive propulsion. He has also held positions at Aquamaster, Kamewa and Kvaerner Masa Yards.  

Hunter Marine Chooses MarineCFO Solutions

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Hunter Marine's Operations Division has selected MarineCFO’s Vessel 365 fleet optimization technology, along with Endurance Personnel for managing time cards, scheduling and personnel reporting functions, and Endurance Maintenance, a complete maintenance solution from scheduling, outside services and capacity planning to quality control. Darrick Lee, Hunter Marine Purchasing Manager said the company will use MarineCFO's suite of products to achieve Subchapter M compliance and to help streamline existing business processes.

Hedge Funds Watch U.S. Refinery Restarts

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Hedge funds are betting crude oil stocks will adjust quickly to the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma but gasoline and distillate inventories may take more time to normalise. Hedge funds and other money managers increased their combined net long position in the five major petroleum contracts linked to crude, gasoline and heating oil by 46 million barrels in the week to Sept. 5, according to the latest regulatory and exchange data. Fund managers recovered some of their pre…

Hasuly Joins The Shearer Group

Anne Hasuly (Photo: TSGI)

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced a new addition to its naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm, Anne Hasuly, P.E. Hasuly has recently joined TSGI as a naval architect. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Anne is also a member of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society. Prior to joining TSGI, Hasuly worked for Aqualis Offshore as a senior naval architect.

Operations Begin at New Fujairah Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi celebrated the official commencement of operations of Fujairah Terminals in the East coast of the United Arab Emirates. The announcement came following an official event held at Novotel Fujairah, attended by Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman of the Board of Port of Fujairah, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, along with a delegation of Senior Managers, Key Stakeholders and Customers. Earlier this year, Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah…

DMA Afloats Ambitious Project Blue INNOship II

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Digitalisation and new business models will be in focus of the research and innovation project Blue INNOship II, which was included in the recommendations of the Maritime Strategy Team. A steering group counting participants from Danish Maritime, Danish Shipping, the Danish Metalworkers’ Union, the Danish Maritime Authority, DTU, CBS and Force Technology have – through the Danish Maritime Fund – created the basis for initiating the work through the hiring of a project manager.

Q88VMS, ClearLynx Complete Integration

Q88 LLC announced it has completed its integration with bunker procurement platform ClearLynx, enabling common customers to create requisitions in ClearLynx automatically from Q88VMS – Q88’s cloud-based voyage management system.   “We are very excited about the integration with ClearLynx and the value it will bring to our customers,” said Gabriel Reiter, Q88VMS Product Manager. “We continuously aim to automate processes for our customer and deliver un-matched user experience. Integrating our system with young and innovative companies like ClearLynx is yet another step in this direction.”   Q88VMS, the latest product in Q88 LLC’s portfolio, is a web-based platform for managing all voyage related information. Its user base has more than doubled over the past 10 months.

New Service Powers Cyber Resilience at Sea

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Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has rolled out a fully-managed service for the maritime industry that detects vulnerabilities, responds to threats and protects ships from widespread cyber attack. The new service, called Fleet Secure, was showcased at London International Shipping Week, and will be commercially launched as a standard option on Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service. Inmarsat describes Fleet Secure as a Unified Threat Management (UTM) and monitoring service that will power cyber resilience at sea…

Mercator Lines Brings Down the Curtain

File Photo: Mercator Lines(Singapore) Ltd

Singapore-based Mercator Lines says its judicial manager (JM) has filed an application to wind up the company. "Subsequent to the termination of the  Implementation Agreement (IA), the Judicial Manager (JM) held preliminary discussions with several potential investors to explore transferring the Company’s listing status and/or restructuring the Company," said a stock exchange filing. Whilst these potential investors have expressed an interest in the Company’s listing status, to date the Company has been unable to justify an application for a further extension on the Judicial Management Order.

How to Legally Remove a Hazardous Wreck

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

What is the legal basis for removing a hazardous wreck at sea? Who bears the liability? These and many other wreck removal questions were addressed by IMO’s Jan de Boer at the ACI’s Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response conference in London (13-14 September). Speaking to a wide variety of stakeholders (Participants from salvage companies, tug & towage companies, authorities, ship owners, ship managers, P&I clubs, maritime lawyers and consultants) concerned with wreck removal, Mr.

Drechsel Joins Sea IT Technical Team

Adam Drechsel (Photo: SEA IT)

 Adam Drechsel has joined the international team at the Sea IT headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.   Drechsel has a background in system development and networks. He has previously held positions as technical account manager and IT technician at Gotanet, an internet and telecommunications provider.

NSB Adds 31 Ships

Photo: NSB GROUP

German ship manager NSB Group  has added 31 new ships under its management. In the course of the new joint venture named PT Asia Marine Temas fleet of NSB grows up to 96 vessels in total. At the same time NSB extends its business in Southeast Asia. Partner of the new joint venture is Indonesian shipping company Temasline. Headquarter of the company is located in Jakarta. Until 2020 the corporate structure of the group of companies will undertake further changes. REEDEREI NSB is extending international ship management activities under corporate brand name NSB GROUP.

China Launches World's Largest Bulk Carrier

Ore Tianjin. Image courtesy: New China TV

China launched world's largest bulk carrier 'Ore Tianjin' in the port city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, reported China Daily. The mammoth ore ship, built by the Wuhan subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), can carry 400,000 metric ton deadweight (DWT). It will go into service for ore transportation between China and Brazil upon delivery, which is expected in April 2018. At 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 30.4 meters deep, and a deck equivalent to three soccer fields, it's 25 meters longer than the world's largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.

EMMF Strengthens Global Bunkering Team

bunkering team worldwide with effect from January 1, 2004. Marketing, based in Houston. to become General Manager Americas, EMMF Fuels Marketing Division. Lubricants, Marine & Aviation Lubricant Sales. Manager Marketing and Supply, EMMF Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, based in Singapore. Aviation Manager for Asia Pacific. planning and analysis.

MacGregor Inks Deal to Service Teekay Vessels

MacGregor has signed a five-year frame agreement with Teekay Shipping Ltd to provide spare parts, maintenance, training and project support for approximately 115 of Teekay's vessels. The agreement was signed during the second quarter of 2017, and will see MacGregor, part of Cargotec, provide spare parts, maintenance, training and project support for hatch covers, hose-handling cranes, general-purpose cranes, offshore mooring/loading systems, deck machinery winches, steering gear and compressors on board Teekay vessels. “The business relationship with Teekay goes back to Pusnes and Hatlapa brands with separate types of agreements. When discussions first took place it was clear there was a tremendous spread of installed base,” said Steve Goodchild, UK Branch Manager.

ClassNK Reorganizes Management Team

Classification society ClassNK has announced that it will reorganize its Board of Directors as part of a larger corporate reorganization, effective July 1, 2011. As part of the reorganization, ClassNK’s four current Managing Directors -- Shosuke Kakubari, Koichi Fujiwara, Takuya Yoneya, and Yasushi Nakamura -- will be promoted to Executive Vice Presidents and take up positions alongside current Executive Vice Presidents Hiroshige Kitada and Toshitomo Matsui. In addition to the promotion of the four executives, ClassNK will also establish a new second tier of Operating Officers who will oversee the day to day operations of the 110 year old classification society. ClassNK General Affairs Department General Manager T. Agata, Finance Department General Manager M.

Ship Managers Bilked by Owners

Hard times have brought about an increase in bogus claims against ship managers by shipowners, warned the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) in its latest issue of 'Claims Review'. The ITIC finds that shipowners are resisting payment of ship maintenance costs and end up owing ship managers, not only for their own fees but also for money paid on owners' behalf, reported London's Tanker Operator. But when ship managers go to collect, they are charged with negligence in the running of the ship. Resulting claims are costly to defend, the ITIC said. One case that ended up costing US$250,000 in legal fees, involved a balance of funds owed to the ship manager.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. Announces Appointments

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC) has announced the following staff promotions and appointments effective immediately: Francesco Pansardi was named Marketing Manager, based in New York City; Tom Hughes was named National Trade Manager Transpacific Service, based in Los Angeles; Halina Rosa was named Trade Manager East Coast for the company's Transpacific service based in New York City; and Juan Wilson has been named Credit Manager, also based in New York City. Francesco Pansardi joined MSC in April of 1998. Prior to that, he had worked with Henkel Cosmetic Italia in Parma as product manager, and before that, with Bruno Magli Group as assistant product manager.

MPC Containerships to Use USD 100mln Bond Proceeds for Fleet

Image: MPC Container Ships Invest B.V

MPC Container Ships Invest B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oslo-listed MPC Container Ships AS, has successfully completed the issuance of a new senior secured bond issue of USD 100 million. The bond issue has a 5 year tenor, carries a floating interest rate of 3m LIBOR + 4.75% and has a borrowing limit of USD 200 million. The bond issue received strong demand and was oversubscribed. The net proceeds from the bond issue will be used to finance acquisitions of additional container vessels and for general corporate purposes.

Liberian Registry Appoints London GM

Kostas Ladas (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd., where he was vessel operations manager. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years with Coscon/Cosco (U.K.) Ltd. in London, where he held a variety of executive roles, including Chartering & Shipbroking deputy general manager, commercial manager and company legal adviser.

ITIC Says: Ship Managers Must Beware of Increase in Claims by Owners

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it has seen a noticeable increase in claims against ship managers by shipowners who are going through difficult financial times. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC notes that, as result of their financial difficulties, owners resist paying for the full maintenance of their ships and also end up owing ship managers not only for their own fees but also for disbursements paid on owners’ behalf. When ship managers try to collect the funds due, they are faced with a claim for negligence in the management of the ship.

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