Aegean to Acquire H.E.C. Europe
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding share capital of H.E.C. Europe Limited (H.E.C.), the parent company of Hellenic Environmental Center S.A. and a group of companies that together provide global port reception facilities services, from the shareholders of H.E.C., for aggregate consideration of approximately $367 million, including the assumption of certain indebtedness, which consideration is payable in the form of a combination of debt, the assignment of certain accounts receivables, cash (determined in accordance with the definitive agreement) and shares of Aegean common stock…
Spectria Builds Info Portal for Modern Maritime
Spectria, a leading technology consulting firm, has developed a prototype of a new, knowledge-management-based information portal called SmartShips, for Modern Maritime, Inc., a professional services company for the marine industry. Upon full implementation, this new portal, based on Microsoft's new SharePoint knowledge management server, will provide the marine industry's first-ever online regulatory compliance and quality management consulting service based on an easy-to-use enterprise software system. The new Modern Maritime portal model can be applied to other heavily regulated industries where safety, quality and environmental management systems are pervasive.
Spectria Builds New Information Portal for Modern Maritime
Spectria, a leading technology consulting firm, has developed a prototype of a new, knowledge-management-based information portal called SmartShips®, for Modern Maritime, Inc., a professional services company for the marine industry. Upon full implementation, this new portal, based on Microsoft's new SharePoint knowledge management server, will provide the marine industry's first-ever online regulatory compliance and quality management consulting service based on an easy-to-use enterprise software system. The new Modern Maritime portal model can be applied to other heavily regulated industries where safety, quality and environmental management systems are pervasive.
P And H, Modern Maritime Team Up
Modern Maritime, of Arlington, Va. (MMI), and P and H Marine Associates, supplier of Marine Management System consulting services, Portsmouth, N.H. (P and H), have agreed to terms for a merger of the two companies, effective early March. The new company, which will be known as Modern Maritime, Inc., plans to offer the marine industry with cost-effective solutions to the management of problems encountered through increasing regulatory requirements and a more competitive marketplace. Founded by Captain Jamie Clarkson, MMI is a newly developed Internet portal designed to provide the marine industry with professional services specializing in solutions for safety, quality, and environmental management, regulatory compliance, and Maritime Information Systems.
Marine Security Announces Joint Venture
Marine Security Services, a division of York-Mahar, Inc., announced a partnership with MARSAF, Marine Safety Consulting. Now offering a full range of professional consulting services including maritime security, environmental safety, preparedness training, including NIMS ICS, and contingency planning; our staff of subject matter experts is uniquely positioned to assist our customers with their regulatory mandates. York-Mahar, Inc. has been certified as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program. Additionally, York-Mahar, Inc. has been certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) in the Federal Government’s SDB program. The term of participation for both programs is nine (9) years beginning January 25, 2005.
ACL Establishes Environmental Consulting SErvice
American Commercial Lines Inc.has established an environmental and regulatory consulting service to include environmental compliance auditing, regulatory training, and general consulting in environmental and safety management. The company also announced that ACL was recently accepted for membership in the Responsible Care Partnership program of the American Chemistry Council. Responsible Care Partnership is a global chemical industry performance initiative and is the largest and most comprehensive environmental, health, safety, and security initiative in American industry. Since 1988, members of the American Chemistry Council have significantly improved their environmental, health, safety and security performance through the Responsible Care initiative.
S-E-A Names Karentz Senior Maritime Consultant
Captain Christopher Karentz has joined S-E-A, Ltd. (S-E-A) as a Senior Maritime Consultant. He is based in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida office. Captain Karentz complements S-E-A’s existing staff of marine investigators and enhances the “Marine and Energy Group” with his 30 plus years of maritime experience in vessel operations, vessel management, regulatory compliance and marine engineering. The S-E-A Marine & Energy Group provides technical consulting, investigative services and analytical expertise to marine insurance companies…
Tomer Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Richard Tomer has been named a Regulatory and Permitting Specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Tomer will provide technical regulatory services throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region for resiliency and waterfront projects, with an early focus on post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding. Mr. Tomer comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff from the U.S.
ABS Council Supports Maritime Security Initiative
Strong support for a proposed comprehensive series of maritime security initiatives was expressed by the ABS Council at its semi-annual meeting in New York on November 12, following detailed presentations on the subject by ABS executives. The 60-strong Council is drawn from the more than 800 members of the classification society to provide guidance to the Chairman and management of the society. It includes prominent members of the shipowning, insurance and regulatory sectors. "New demands will be placed on classification societies when the proposed IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) comes into effect," said ABS Chairman and CEO Frank J. Iarossi after the meeting.
In Defense of Environmental Regulations
While it may be an unpopular opinion, I support marine environmental regulation – so long as it is sensible, fair, well-researched, and structured so as to result in minimal unintended consequences. Knee-jerk regulation, on the other hand, is invariably counterproductive. Examples illustrate these points. The issue of whether oil tankers should be constructed with double hulls was debated within the maritime industry for years. Only a few shipowners were sufficiently intrepid to actually build such ships on an experimental basis – and they operated at a financial handicap as compared with their competitors who operated cheaper, simpler vessels.
MN 100: Safety Management Systems, LLC
Since 1996, Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) has provided consulting services to the global maritime, transportation and related industries. Public and private sector clients turn to SMSLLC to bring effective solutions to a range of challenges. SMSLLC has established a reputation as a client-focused consultancy that creates results as lasting solutions. SMS LLC, with years of crafting ISM, ISO and management system solutions to U.S,-based blue water clients, will formulate subM compliance solutions designed specifically for each individual client.
Maritime IT Consulting Service
Teledata Marine Solutions (TMS) will launch a maritime IT consulting service and Holistic Maritime Training (HMT) platform in Hong Kong on 4 September 2009. Himanshu Joshi, the President of Teledata Marine Systems, explained the genesis of this pioneering maritime IT consulting service, “It is proven research that analysis across costs, tangible benefits and intangible benefits towards the deployment of IT services arithmetically generates ROCI at 9% per annum over a period of six years in a medium to large maritime enterprise. Taking into account the inherent cyclical behaviour of shipping revenues, the use of IT to ensure effective cost management becomes all the more important. TMS, with its years of experience in the maritime business, understands the maritime market dynamics best.
Goltens, Yara Marine Partner for Scrubbers Installs
Goltens and Yara Marine Technologies have entered into a nonexclusive global engineering and installation pact for Yara’s SOx Scrubber System from 2018, including sales representation in North America, the Middle East and Singapore. “Yara Marine is a leader in exhaust gas cleaning systems,” said Goltens COO, Roy Strand. Kai Låtun, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in Yara Marine, said, “The value of a strong sales and service network cannot be underestimated. A bonus for both in the new partnership should be the timing.…
ABS Approves Anyboat as External Specialist
Anyboat Marine Electronics has received ABS certification as a radio technician external specialist to conduct GMDSS radio station surveys, for ABS classed vessels. ABS approval included a review of Anyboat's Quality Assurance System, an audit of their facilities and a practical demonstration of services. Clipper Navigation, Inc. and John J. McMullen Associates have agreed to combine their operations to provide comprehensive ferry consulting services focused on high-speed ferries for North American markets. The joint venture, operating under the Clipper-McMullen banner, will provide a range of services from initial operating concepts through vessel selection and acquisition.
Government Required Maritime Security Training Programs Now Available in Video Tape for Ports and S
SeaSecure LLC, has created, in partnership with Moxie Media, the first comprehensive ISPS Code and MTSA-compliant maritime security training program designed specifically for seaports and shipping companies to meet both US and international regulatory requirements. SeaSecure, a global leader in maritime security and counter-terrorism consulting, co-developed the 11 video (or DVD) training program with Moxie Media, one of the United States’ largest producers and distributors of training and safety programs. “As a result of the terror attacks of 9/11, the United Nations and the United States established requirements that port and ship personnel all receive specific maritime security training”, Petersen said in a press conference.
Sinopacific Shipbuilding & Topco Link-up at OSV World 2012
Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group to team up with event organizer The Oriental Pro-Energy Consulting Organization (Topco). Sinopacific announce its cooperation with the leading event organizer The Oriental Pro-Energy Consulting Organization (Topco) to jointly present at the Offshore Support Vessel World Forum (OSV World 2012) in Shanghai China on 11-12 Sep 2012. The event, event, supported by Sinopacific, Shanghai International Shipping Institute, UCIBN, LTI Steel Wire Rope, GL, MARIC, TCC Fleet and Wuchang Shippbuilding etc., is expected to attract 200 industry players to get updates on key design & technology trends in offshore projects and to network.
General Maritime, Arlington Tankers Merge
General Maritime Corporation and Arlington Tankers Ltd. jointly entered into a definitive agreement whereby the two companies will combine in a stock- for-stock combination. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both General Maritime and Arlington Tankers, shareholders of General Maritime will receive 1.340 shares of the combined company for each share of General Maritime held, and shareholders of Arlington Tankers will receive one share of the combined company for each share of Arlington Tankers held. The combination will create a leading publicly traded tanker company. The combined company, to be named General Maritime Corporation, will be headquartered in .
ClassNK Launches MLC Consulting Service
April 12 (Tokyo) – ClassNK has begun offering a new consulting service for the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The launch of this new service comes just as shipowners are beginning to practically address the requirements of the new convention, and as ClassNK moves to expand its services in maritime consulting. The MLC lays out a broad range of new regulations covering the working conditions and living environments of ships crews, and will enter effect 12 months after being formally ratified.
McRoberts Maritime Security Contracts Access Cruise
McRoberts Maritime Security announced that it has contracted Access Cruise, Inc., for strategic sales support to the cruise industry. "As the cruise industry moves to another phase in its evolution, Access Cruise Inc.'s principal, Shannon McKee, a cruise industry veteran with wide contacts, will serve as a partner to McRoberts as McRoberts seeks to redefine its offerings in response to shifting priorities yet maintain its commitment to quality and maximum value creation for its clients," said Meredith McRoberts, president of McRoberts Maritime Security. "The consistent quality that McRoberts delivers is an integral part of the overall delivery of the cruise guest experience," said Ms. McKee of Access Cruise, Inc.
Canadian Maritime Link Cable Project
Maritime Link, is an electrical transmission project to link the island of Newfoundland with Nova Scotia for the first time. NSP Maritime Link Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador Holdings Inc. and an affiliate of Nova Scotia Power, has filed its Environmental Assessment Report (EA Report) for the Maritime Link Project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Nova Scotia Environment, and Newfoundland & Labrador's Department of Environment and Conservation. This is a major milestone in the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes for the proposed Maritime Link, an electrical transmission project which will link the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia for the very first time.
ClassNK Establishes First Ever Subsidiary
ClassNK has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary, ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo. This new company, ClassNK’s first ever subsidiary, heralds a new chapter in the storied history of the Society, the world's largest in terms of tonnage. This development was made possible by the Society’s change in legal status to a general incorporated foundation under Japanese law in April 2011, and promises much in terms of cultivating new areas of growth. This subsidiary in particular will allow ClassNK to broaden its activities in the field of maritime consulting.
Crowley Acquires Jensen Maritime
Crowley Maritime acquired Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, a naval architecture and marine engineering firm to strengthen its technical capability. Jensen, which has 19 employees, will remain an independent company with their offices in Seattle, and will continue to serve their current clientele while supporting Crowley. "Crowley's investment in Jensen Maritime provides our technical services group with a key marine engineering and naval architecture resource to supplement our existing capabilities and to provide an even better, more comprehensive suite of services to customers," said Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO.
FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force
Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Michael A. Khouri has designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied. "Relief from regulatory requirements that have outlived their usefulness is one of the easiest contributions the Federal Maritime Commission can make to increased efficiencies and creating economic benefits," said Acting Chairman Khouri. The designation of a Regulatory Review Officer and establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force is consistent with the intent of the Executive Order issued by President Donald J.