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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Managing Director News

G2 Ocean Names Wallem

Image: Wallem Group Limited

Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia. The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year. Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia.

Tug Newbuild Delivered to De Boer

Photo: Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld

On January 9, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld delivered an ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught), named Papillon, to De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage. Damen has customized the ASD for a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. The tug’s primary function will be the assistance of vessels entering and leaving the ports. She can also provide emergency assistance, such as fire-fighting, survey activities and small transports.

Jumbo Orders LNG-powered Heavy Lift Ship

(Image: Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V.)

Dutch transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) for the construction of a new heavy lift crane vessel (HLCV) scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020. The DP2 vessel will feature dual fuel engines capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG), and will be built to serve the offshore wind and the offshore oil and gas industries. “Despite the current offshore climate, we are committing to this industry long term,” said Jumbo managing director, Michael Kahn.

MedPort Tangier Cranes to Reach APM Soon

Photo: APM Terminals

The first group of three, of a total of 12 advanced remotecontrolled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, has departed China for delivery on February 15 to the new APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Morocco terminal. Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the super post-Panamax cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 TEU vessels, giving the facility an annual container throughput capacity of five million TEUs. “Our goal is to use proven technology to create highproductivity for our clients on one of the world’s most strategically important trade lanes on the Strait of Gibraltar…

Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) was officially opened by Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on January 5. The facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia. Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility modernization program over the past two years, resulting in the creation of a new campus and state-of-the-art facilities.

ClassNK Announces New Appointments to the Board

Japanese ship classification society Nippon Kaijikyorkai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors effective March 1. Chairman and President Kenji Ogawa, Executive Vice President Yukio Tsudo, and Managing Director Kazunori Yamanaka have retired, resulting in three new appointments to the board. Chairman and President Mr. Executive Vice President Mr. Executive Vice President Dr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Mr. Managing Director Dr. Ogawa will remain with the Society in the role of Honorary Chairman and Mr. Tsudo will remain with the Society in the role of Senior Adviser to the Society.

ClassNK Changes in Executive Board

Japanese ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the following changes in its Executive Board of Directors effective 1 March 2010. Executive Vice President Tateo Kaji and Managing Director Fumio Imakita have retired, resulting in two new appointments to the board. Chairman and President    Mr. Executive Vice President    Dr. Executive Vice President    Mr. Managing Director    Mr. Managing Director    Mr. Managing Director    Dr. Managing Director    Mr. Mr. Kaji and Mr. Imakita will remain with the Society in the role of Advisors to the Society.

Damen Launches China Support Company

(Photo: Damen)

Netherlands based shipbuilder Damen said it has launched its China Support Company in Shanghai, officially opened December 4, by Kommer Damen, Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group. The company, led by Managing Director, John Zhou, will be involved in a range of activities, including commercial activity for Damen newbuild and Damen Marine Components as well as the provision of services to clients in the region. The company will support Damen’s commercial involvement and development in the region…

Hvide New President of NSA

The annual General Assembly of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has today elected shipowner Johan G. Hvide, Seatrans DA in Bergen, as President for a two years period. Mr. Hvide was unanimously proposed and was elected by acclamation. Elisabeth Grieg from Grieg International AS in Oslo and Trygve Seglem from Knutsen OAS Shipping AS in Haugesund were elected Vice Presidents. President: Johan G. Kjell E.

New Step in GreenCarrier Development

Niklas Olsson, Managing Director of GreenCarrier Sweden AB, has also been appointed Managing Director and CEO of GreenCarrier International with effect from 1 June, 2009. With the Nordic countries and the Baltic States as home markets, GreenCarrier provides forwarding and logistics services, based on the concept of one contact person for all types of transportation all around the world. GreenCarrier International is a key member of the Björk.Eklund Group. Olsson has been with the group since 1987 and became Managing Director of GreenCarrier Sweden in 2004. The GreenCarrier team is also being strengthened at a senior level by the addition of Ulf Sundberg, who was formerly Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Sweden.

New Appointments at Keppel Strengthen Growth

The Board and Management of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) wish to announce several new appointments as part of ongoing efforts to put in place a strong leadership team to continually reinforce the Group's growth strategy. Mr Michael Chia, 59, has been appointed Managing Director (Marine) of Keppel O&M and will oversee Keppel O&M's Marine Division which includes Keppel Shipyard, Keppel Singmarine and other marine-related overseas yards. Mr Chia will concurrently hold his appointments as Managing Director (Technology) of Keppel O&M and Managing Director of Keppel O&M Technology Centre. He will report directly to Mr Chow Yew Yuen, Chief Operating Officer of Keppel O&M.

New Managing Director at Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has appointed Ron Nailer as the new managing director of Kelvin Hughes Ltd., succeeding Dr. Martin Jones, who has returned to the parent company - Smiths Group Plc head office - to pursue his responsibilities as director of Technology and Innovation of Smiths' Industrial Group. Nailer leaves his current post as divisional managing director for the Dowty aviation support and electronics distribution companies, which Smiths acquired via its merger with TI last year.

Fratelli Cosulich Names Spiess Zurich Managing Director

Fratelli Cosulich has appointed a new managing director to take forward its Zurich-based cruise and ferry travel agency business, Cosulich Ltd. Stefan Spiess takes over as managing director from Detlev Bandi, who retires after 26 years with the travel agency. After receiving his diploma in economics in Baden and studying law in Fribourg, Spiess began work in tourism fifteen years ago. He has experience in the fields of tour operating, destination marketing, tourism writing and sales of tourism goods.

Ulrich Ulrichs is Appointed Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie

Ulrich Ulrichs, Managing Director

Rickmers-Linie, part of Hamburg’s Rickmers Group, has promoted Ulrich Ulrichs to the position of Managing Director. Mr Ulrichs joined Rickmers-Linie in 2005 when he took over responsibility for Line Management. In 2008 he became Director of this division before being appointed Deputy Managing Director in August 2011. Mr Ulrichs will work alongside Rüdiger Gerhardt, who has held the title of Managing Director since 1 July 2011 as well as Head of Logistics Services for the Rickmers Group.

GreenCarrier Asia Names Chu Managing Director

GreenCarrier Asia, part of the Björk.Eklund Group, has appointed Peter Chu as Managing Director. will take on the task of developing GreenCarrier’s operations in Greater China. For much of his career has been involved with the Sweden-China trade and has considerable knowledge of both the Swedish market and its corporate culture. Formerly with Wilson Freight, he fulfilled roles as Sea Freight Manager, Assistant General Manager, Director and Deputy Managing Director before becoming Managing Director of TNT Freight Management. In 2006 he joined Baltrans Logistics HK Ltd as Managing Director of its North China operations, where he was also accountable for Hong Kong and Greater China exports to .

New Finance Manager at Ulstein Verft

Sindre Rotevatn (51) has been appointed finance manager and deputy managing director of Ulstein Verft AS. He will take up the position in November. “I am looking forward to joining ULSTEIN and to my new role as finance manager and deputy managing director of Ulstein Verft,” says Sindre Rotevatn. He comes from the position as Senior Vice President Business Process Improvement in Saferoad Group, where he previously held the position as CFO. Rotevatn also has several years of experience as finance manager in Ørsta-gruppen, Ørsta Stål and Møremøbler, in addition to experience from banking. Rotevatn also succeeds Sigurd Viseth as deputy managing director of Ulstein Verft.

New Senior Staff Appointments at FMC

Chairman Cordero (R) observes vessel discharge operations.

The retirement of veteran Federal Maritime Commission senior executive Mr. Vern W. Hill, who has served as the Managing Director of the agency since 2013, has set in motion staff changes in three key offices. In consultation with his fellow Commissioners, Chairman Mario Cordero has appointed Ms. Karen V. Gregory to serve as the Commission’s Managing Director and Mr. Peter J. King to serve as the Deputy Managing Director. In their most immediate previous positions Ms. Gregory was the Secretary of the Federal Maritime Commission, while Mr. King was the Director of the Bureau of Enforcement.

Trac-Wheels Signs Contract for 10 Kalmar Tractors

 TL2 terminal tractor. Photo: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with  Malaysia-based supply and installation company Trac-Wheels (M) Sdn Bhd, for an order of ten units of Kalmar TL2 terminal tractor. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake and it is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2018. The Kalmar TL2 terminal tractor is specifically built for Asia-Pacific and was launched to the market in November. Trac-Wheels will lease the new machines to its Miri Port and Tanjung Manis Port terminals in East Malaysia…

World Seaborne Coal Trade Up in 2017

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lidian Neeleman)

World coal seaborne trade increased by 1.5 percent last year due to a recovery in output in producer countries such as the United States, Russia and China and an accompanying rise in export activity, German coal importers lobby VDKI said on Friday. Looking ahead, Wodopia said that, price-wise, China remains in the driving seat as the size of its domestic production determines how much landed coal the country needs to import. "So far, persistent demand in Southeast Asia continues to offset declining tendencies in the Atlantic and supports coal prices," Wodopia said.

Industry Leaders Elected To ABS Membership

Twenty-four prominent shipping industry executives have been elected as new Members of ABS bringing the classification society's worldwide membership to 817. The members, each eminent in their maritime field of endeavor, provide broad governance and oversight of ABS. Members are drawn from various sectors of the marine, offshore and related industries worldwide. Timothy J. Lawrence R. James J. John R. RADM. Robert C. Vittorio Portunato, Managing Director, Portunato & C.S.R.L. John F. Reinhart, CEO, Maersk Line. William J. H. W.

Iron Ore and Coal World Shipping Summit 2013

The fifth annual Iron Ore and Coal World Shipping Summit will take place on October 1 in Athens, Greece. The conference will focus on the maritime transportation of iron ore and coal, making an attempt to forecast the trends of global economy; iron ore, coal and other commodities, production and distribution; the trading markets, shipping capacities, shipbuilding and shipping requirements; the financing and investment climate, shipping innovation effects on ship-values and the environmental imperatives. •    Nicky Pappadakis, President Emeritus Intercargo and Chairman, I.G. Pappadakis & Co. •    Harris Vafias President & CEO, StealthGas Inc. •    George D. •    John Su Managing Director, Keen Maritime Services Inc. •    Janos Koenig Managing Director, Eurofin International Ltd.

P&I Club Strengthens Management

North of England P&I club strengthened its management team with the appointment of four new directors to the board of its wholly owned management company, North Insurance Management Limited (NIML). The now 13-strong NIML board is led by managing director Rodney Eccleston and deputy managing directors Paul Jennings and Alan Wilson. The newly appointed directors are financial controller Jeff O’Neill, underwriter Thya Kathiravel, admiralty claims specialist Colin Trappe and FD&D specialist Katherine Birchall. All were formerly associate directors.

New Managing Director for BMT Cordah

Aberdeen-based, BMT Cordah, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, an international maritime design, environmental and engineering consultancy, has announced the appointment of Norman Di Perno as its Managing Director. Dr David Sell, who has been the company’s Managing Director for the past four and a half years, will take up the role of Technical Director. With a background in environmental engineering and hydrogeology, Di Perno’s  focus for the business will be to further enhance its global reach as a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy for the offshore oil and gas and marine renewable sectors. Di Perno has held both Managing Director and Director positions throughout his career and has worked within the BMT group of companies since 2000.

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