Bessero Recieves UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award
Gilles Bessero, the outgoing French Hydrographer has been honoured by the UK Hydrographic Office for his outstanding contribution to Hydrography by being named the recipient of the prestigious Alexander Dalrymple Award 2010. The announcement was made by Mike Robinson, CEO of UKHO, at a reception for World Hydrography Day held at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore on Wednesday, 30 June, 2010. In attendance was Rear Admiral Ian Moncrieff CBE, UK National Hydrographer. The award is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography and as such is an extremely prestigious award in this sector.
UKHO Appoints New Non-Executive Chair
Following an open competition, the UKHO is delighted to announce the appointment of Sandra Rogers as our new Non-Executive Chair. Sandra, who has been on the UKHO’s board for more than eight years having joined in July 2002, has been Interim Chair since October 2009 and she takes up her new position for an initial term of three years. She is currently the Director for Inside Sales and Emerging Markets at Cisco and has been in the IT and Telecommunications industries for over 30 years having worked in senior positions for British Telecom, Dell and Hewlett Packard.
Training & Education: The Dilemma: Competent Crews vs. Costs
The V.Ships Managing Director of USA Shipmanagement operations — Mike Robinson, says that owners are anxious to secure competent crews to serve on their vessels in the coming years, but cost remains an overriding theme in today's market. V.Ships is aware that the global shortage of seafarers is causing concern. "The increasingly strict regulatory environment, including the impact of the International Safety Management Code phase 2 provision for all vessels, together with STCW95, means that experienced and fully trained officers and ratings are more crucial than ever to the process of compliance if problems are to be avoided," says Robinson.
Mike Robinson Appointed LR Customer Strategy Director
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has appointed Mike Robinson to the newly created role of Group Customer Strategy Director. He will guide and support the group’s businesses in designing, developing and implementing programs to meet the organization’s business objectives through customer segmentation, customer care and the effective use of key account strategies. Robinson started at LR on September 2, 2013 and brings extensive experience and expertise from a long career with blue chip companies. He joins LR from Royal Mail Group, where he was leading Group Strategy.
GNS Launches First Vessel Management System
At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group, is launching its Vessel Management Service (VMS), the first integrated management system for total navigation compliance, to give shore-based ship managers more control of navigation compliance, save them money on charts and save time on navigation related administration. This new service is offered free of charge to GNS customers. VMS enables shore-based ship managers to better monitor and control navigation compliance across their fleet. It does this by highlighting whether the ships in the fleet have applied all relevant chart and…
GNS Launches Free E-Navigation Solutions
At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group announces the launch of (i) its new free Essentials package, as well as (ii) an upgrade to the Voyager Planning Station dashboard, and (iii) a new bundle purchasing option. With effect from 1 October 2014, GNS customers will be able to use its new Voyager Essentials Package free of charge. This will enable vessels to benefit from GNS’s navigational purchasing and information management tools irrespective of whether they are using chart updating and other added value services on board. Vessel’s using the Voyager Essentials package can…
Voyager Distribution Network Expands
Global Navigation Solutions announced that Voyager is now offered by all members of the Global Navigation Solutions maritime services group. Ship operators looking for the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided uniquely by this new digital chart management system can now obtain Voyager from any company within the Global Navigation Solutions group worldwide. Bringing together the world’s most established and reputable names in maritime navigation into one global network…
New Features for Voyager Planning Station
Users of the Voyager Planning Station, developed by Global Navigation Solutions, the maritime services group, can now plot their route directly onto the official ENCs on board their vessel. Visitors to this year’s Marintec China exhibition will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of this new feature. Providing a single all inclusive back of bridge solution, Voyager Planning Station enables the navigator to passage plan using live data. A route can be plotted directly onto Voyager’s enhanced ENC display…
New Cardinal Division Offers 24/7 Offshore Vessel Services
Cardinal Companies International, headquartered in Alvin, Texas, has launched Cardinal Marine to provide ship repair and dockside services, offering 24/7 marine services for topside repairs with the capability to deliver support and services world-wide. The company says it mobilizes its crews to meet clients where it’s most convenient for them to berth and perform any repairs and services on-site at local ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico. This service alone initially saves the customer time and money before any services are performed.
Global Navigation Solutions Names New CEO
Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group, has appointed Paul Stanley as Chief Executive with effect from January 5, 2015. During the last fifteen years, Paul has held a number of senior executive positions in the business information and software sectors, both within the U.K. and internationally. In 1999 he founded Moneybox Plc and floated the company on AIM. From 2006 to 2011 he held several senior positions at First Data Corporation. His most recent role was as CEO of Retail Decisions, a specialist in fraud mitigation software and a global leader in its field, which has recently been sold to ACI Worldwide. Stanley takes over for Mike Robinson who stepped down as CEO in December 2014.