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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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ASA Welcomes New Members

At its recent Spring meeting, the American Salvage Association (ASA) welcomed a new General Member, 10 new Associate Members, and four new Corporate Associate Members to its ranks. The New General Member is Associated Marine Salvage, Inc., based in and led by Gordon Olson, Vice President. Eva Longobardi, Northeast Diving Services, Inc.

Liability in Venezuela

A new General Ports Law has been approved in Venezuela, which is expected to introduce significant changes to the liability regime of port operators and administrators. Venezuela law firm Sabatino Pizzolante notes that stevedores' and warehousemen's liability has always been a complex subject in Venezuela because of the lack of a proper legal framework. Despite the fact that port legislation is relatively new, there have until now been no specific rules governing port operators' liability. Regional port authorities have traditionally shifted liability for cargo loss and damage to the private sector, even in cases where the very nature of the responsibility - maintenance of navigation channels, dredging, and security, for example - is clearly on the port authority.

IRISL’s New Service Makes First Call in Hamburg

Left to right: Malte Meisch, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Dr. Nasr Bateni, CEO IRISL Europe; Capt. Jörn Scheffler, Operation & Cargo Planning IRISL Europe; Rainer Fabian, CEO C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Martin Riepenhusen, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Klaus-Dieter Busch, Liners Manager Peter W. Lampke; Christian von Georg, CEO Peter W. Lampke; Mehdi Bateni, Son of Dr. Bateni (Photo: C. Steinweg / Hasenpusch)

Iranian state shipping company IRISL’s new general cargo service makes first call at C. During the first call by its new general cargo service, representatives of state shipping company IRISL – Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines – joined staff of the Peter W. Lampke shipping agency and Terminal C. Steinweg in welcoming the Captain and crew of the SEVGI on May 17. The new general cargo service will call monthly at Hamburg as the only port in Germany, transporting conventional general cargo in addition to containers. The multipurpose vessels deployed are equipped with shipboard cranes.

China Marine Management Restructure by LR

Maogen Xue: Photo courtesy of LR

Classification Society Lloyd's Register is restructuring its marine management in China to create a more efficient operating model. The new Marine Manager for Greater China will by Maogen Xue, to be based in Shanghai. In a new area named East China, Lin Li, Area Manager for Shanghai & Nantong, will be responsible for all operational and business issues in Zhejiang Province. He will be supported by his Senior Surveyors-in-Charge, Y.P. Dai, Francesco Ruisi and Xingtai Shi who will continue to manage LR operations in Zhoushan, Shanghai and Nantong respectively.

Bahri Scraps Old Stager Cargo Ship

'Saudi Diriyah': Photo courtesy of Saudi Arabia Ports Authority

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) sells 'Saudi Diriyah' for recycling. The sale of the general purpose cargo vessel raised the sum of SAR. 30,257,136 generating a net gain of SAR 19,523,391 after deducting its book value and all expenses associated with the sale. Bahri mention that they had previously announced the signing of six ship building contracts to acquire six new general cargo vessels to replace the older fleet in this sector which have completed their useful life.

O'Neil Settles into Private Sector with Videotel

President. says Stephen Bond, managing director of Videotel. Lancaster. training courses. experience and has served as master on several tankers. Navigation as a quality, training and safety superintendent. in-house operational support functions.

O'Neil to become Videotel President

President. says Stephen Bond, managing director of Videotel. Lancaster. training courses. experience and has served as master on several tankers. Navigation as a quality, training and safety superintendent. in-house operational support functions.

Bay Shipbuilding GM Steps Down

America's Bay Shipbuilding Co. vice president and general manager, Gene Caldwell, has left the company for personal reasons. Caldwell’s leave was confirmed by Rachel Krummen, human resources manager for Bay Shipbuilding/Fincantieri in Sturgeon Bay. Bay Shipbuilding’s current director of contract services, Todd Thayse, will be acting vice president and general manager, she said. No further information regarding staff changes was immediately available. Bay Shipbuilding employs about 500 people. Fincantieri welcomed Caldwell two years ago on Aug. 2, 2010, as the new general manager after replacing longtime local manager Pat O’Hern.  

WSS Appoints Romanet GM for Belgium

Romaine Romanet (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) appointed Romaine Romanet as new General Manager for Belgium. Ms. Romanet brings many years’ experience from a number of multinational businesses in the areas of operation, finance, business development, change project management and people development. Ms. Romanet was formerly part of the senior management team at CMA CGM Group with responsibility for the development and administrative control of European agencies. Prior to this, Ms. Romanet worked for 15 years with the SGS Group (testing, inspection and certification) as Country Chief Executive in the U.K.

Rickmers-Linie Names JHL as New General Agent

The German project liner and heavy-lift specialist, Rickmers-Linie, has appointed Japan Heavy Lift Inc. (JHL), a Sankyu Group company, as its new general agent for Japan, effective March 1. Rickmers-Linie serves Japan with its Round the World (RTW) service on a fortnightly basis. The "Superflex Heavy MPC" vessels have a service speed of 19.5 knots. They are equipped with four cranes, two of which have a maximum lifting capacity of 320 tons and can be combined to lift a maximum of 640 tons. The main hatches are 32m in length to allow long loads under deck and adjustable tweendecks can cope with varying cargo height. A dehumidifying system controls the air in all holds, ensuring protection from condensation for all types of sensitive cargo.

Hvide Marine Elects New General Counsel

Hvide Marine has appointed Alan R. Twaits as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for all legal activities of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Twaits replaces Ronald J. Bjelland, who was appointed earlier this year and has since left the company due to health reasons. Prior to joining Hvide, Twaits was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Premier Cruise Lines. He has also held positions with Carnival Corp., Trusthouse Forte and Crowley Maritime Corp. As Hvide's general counsel, Twaits will have a significant role in installing and monitoring the company's Maritime Compliance Program.

LISCR Appoints new General Manager for Greece

Pantazopoulos as General Manager of its Piraeus office. shipping and Greece. of leading ship management company Avin International S.A. in Athens. posts in the maritime sector in Greece and the United States. most vibrant and innovative truly maritime nation in the world.

Alnmaritec Delivers “Wave Train”

Alnmaritec, an aluminum boat builder based in Northumberland, UK, recently announced the delivery of a new general purpose line handling and harbor support work boat to Western Australia. The “Wave Train” was built for South Sea Logistics Ltd., based in Geraldton, Western Australia. She is a customized version of the “Wave Angler” class of vessels from Alnmaritec and is the first boat that the company has ever sold to Australia. “Wave Train” is an aluminum asymmetric catamaran 10.15 long and 4.8m wide with a displacement of around 11 tons.

SAAM Appoints Valdés as New CEO

Macario Valdés Raczynski (Photo: SAAM)

SAAM’s Ordinary Board Meeting appointed Macario Valdés Raczynski as new General Manager of the company, a position that he will take on as from March 16. Valdés holds a degree in commercial engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from University of Berkeley, Calif. At present, he serves as SAAM’s Manager of Development and Management Control, post that he has held from April, 2013, when he took on the responsibility for the Company’s growth projects.

New General Director for MAN B&W

On June 1, Federico Syassen was appointed managing director of the Madrid office of MAN B&W Diesel. His responsibility has been extended to cover the two-stroke sector, after Sven Christensen, who was previously responsible for this sector, left the company. Carlos Keller has taken over responsibility for PrimeServ Spain’s after-sales activities. Federico Syassen has been with MAN B&W Diesel for 10 years, the last six of which he has spent in the sales force for stationary works. His biggest projects during this time have included the sale of more than twenty V48/60 engines for power plants to the Spanish ENDESA Group for the Canaries and Balearic islands as well as for the Spanish enclave of Ceuta / Melilla.

Bahri Reports 2012 Annual Profits Up

A Bahri Chemical Tanker: Photo courtesy of Bahri

Bahri announce the Interim Consolidated Financial Results for the 12-month period ended 31st December, 2012. The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) report that Net profit, for the 12-months totaled SAR 500.4 million compared to SAR 287.7 million for the corresponding period for the year 2011, an increase of 74 %. However, Net profit, for the fourth quarter was down and totaled SAR 73 million compared to SAR 113.3 million for the corresponding quarter for the year 2011, a decrease of 35.6%. The CEO of Bahri, Eng.

Maher Named Ship Repair GM at ASRY

 Charles Maher is the new Ship Repair General Manager (GM) at ASRY, bringin 15 years of experience with top firms including Dormac, Grand Bahamas Shipyards, and Southern African Shipyards.

ASRY appointed Charles Maher as the new General Manager (GM) of the Ship Repair division, effective January 4, 2016. Maher brings more than 15 years worth of corporate and hands-on technical shipyard experience at Dormac Marine & Engineering, Grand Bahamas Shipyard, and Southern African Shipyards. He will lead the newly restructured Ship Repair division of ASRY. Maher’s appointment will overlap with the outgoing Ship Repair GM, Magdy Sharkawy, who retires in February, to ensure a comprehensive transition of the role and a seamless client handover.

Ecke is GM of DEA Egypt

Dr Hans-Hermann Ecke

The new General Manager for Egypt is Dr Hans-Hermann Ecke, who is responsible for the business of the Egyptian subsidiary of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG based in Cairo since the beginning of March. “I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks in Egypt, where DEA has already been part of the oil and gas industry for more than 40 years,” says Dr Hans-Hermann Ecke. “With our Disouq natural gas project, we have recently been able to more than double our oil and gas production in Egypt. Dr Hans-Hermann Ecke has a PHD in geology.

Georgia Ports Enhance Breakbulk Cargo Handling

Photo courtesy of GPA

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has instituted a new tracking system to process breakbulk cargo more quickly, and provide real-time freight tracking for GPA and its customers. "The new system means faster service and better communication with our breakbulk customers," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. The General Cargo System software shows cargo headed to the Port of Savannah and its current stage in transit. This enables GPA to prepare for and expedite handling of shipments, down to the item level.

EU Aligns With IMO Marine Engine Emission Rules

The European Parliament approves legislation agreed with member states, which requires new general limits to be in place by 2020. The new rules will bring European legislation in line with limits agreed by the International Maritime Organisation. The general sulphur limit for fuels in European seas will fall from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020, after MEPs insisted on deleting provisions that would have allowed the deadline to be postponed by five years. "Highly polluting shipping fuels have a serious impact on the environment but this is also the most important health reform of this parliamentary mandate. With air pollution from shipping expected to outstrip land-based emissions by 2020…

Westlawn Adds Dean of Naval Architecture

Westlawn Institute of Technology, the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), welcomed RADM Gordon G. Piché USCG (Ret.) as Dean of Naval Architecture. Piché was also elected to Westlawn’s Board of Directors. Piché is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, with a BSE in general engineering. He holds an MSE in naval architecture and marine engineering and an MSE in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan. “Gordon has already contributed highly important technical reviews to Westlawn’s new general structural engineering text as well as to a new aluminum text that is in the drafting phase, and to the student technical reference manual,” said Dave Gerr, Westlawn Director.

NORDANA Nominates Rickmers as General Agent in Japan

NORDANA Project and Chartering (NPC) and Rickmers (Japan) Inc. announced jointly that Rickmers (Japan) Inc. was nominated as sole General Agent of NORDANA Project and Chartering in Japan effective from June 15, 2015. NORDANA’s name is taken from its NORwegian and DANish background. The company started business in 1957 and its Asian Head Office is located in Thailand. Nordana is part of the Weco Group which consists of amongst others tankers (StenaWeco), RoRos, a bulk division and multipurpose tweendeckers. Weco Group operates more than 90 vessels and is a privately owned company. NORDANA owns and operates a fleet of more than 25 Breakbulk and Heavy Lift Multipurpose tweendeck vessels with an average age of four years…

Ship Repair Specialist Goris to Join ASRY

Jos Goris

New Operations General Manager, Jos Goris, to bring 20 years of experience with top firms including Damen, Maersk and Shell. ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has appointed Jos Goris as the new General Manager of the Operations division, effective October 1. Goris brings more than 20 years worth of shipping experience with global leaders such as Damen, Maersk and Shell, with more than 12 years of that being in ship repair yards across Asia and the Americas.

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