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Monday, January 22, 2018

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New CEO, Co-CEO to Lead MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Photo: Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas) have appointed Philippe Kavafyan to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lars Bondo Krogsgaard to Co-Chief Executive Officer (Co-CEO) of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The appointments will take effect on 1 April, 2018, and are made in accordance with the joint venture agreement's principle of changing its leadership every four years. Under the leadership of out-going CEO Jens Tommerup and Co-CEO Tetsushi Mizuno, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has established itself as a leading player in offshore…

Zurich Forms Focus Group

Zurich U.S. has reorganized its Marine Group to expand upon the group's focus on multiple marine lines and to support its efforts to work with both customers and producers on a variety of marine exposures. The new Zurich U.S. marine organization, based in New York encompasses a new leader; five practice leaders and streamlined regional leadership. Wayne Krause, the former head of Global Marine, HO Zurich, will run the Marine Group as chief underwriting officer. Based in New York, Krause succeeds Gus Gonzalez, marine group director, who is retiring. The company also elected practice leaders for its five target market segments. They are as follows: Andrew Forbis, Cargo; Gordon Lewis, Blue Water Hull; Dan Lord, liabilities; and Howard Kingston, Fine Art/Specie.

Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Malta appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami.

ASA Announces New Leaders

George Wittich, Senior Vice President of Weeks Marine has been named President of the American Salvage Association (ASA). John Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ), has been named ASA’s Vice President, and Paul Gallagher, Director of Sales – Marine Transportation, Foss Maritime (Seattle, WA), has been elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Gordon England Resigns as Navy Secretary

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has relinquished his post as secretary of the Navy, Defense Department officials announced Dec. 29. He will continue to serve as acting deputy secretary of defense, officials said. England has served as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's deputy since May, when former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz left the Pentagon to head up the World Bank. Over two terms as Navy secretary, England served a total of 48 months. His terms were separated by his service as the first deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. For the past eight months, he has served in both the Navy post and as acting deputy secretary of defense. Navy Undersecretary Dionel M. Aviles will serve as acting Navy secretary effective today.

Royal HaskoningDHV Appoints Two Corporate Directors

Jasper de Wit (left) and Abhishek Kaushal (right). Photo Royal HaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV appoints two new leaders at Corporate level for Finance & Control and Global HR Services: Jasper de Wit has been named Corporate Director Finance & Control per January 1, 2017, and Abhishek Kaushal has been appointed to lead Global HR Services per December 12, 2016. Jasper de Wit joined the company in 2005. In his last role he was responsible for Corporate Controlling. Jasper succeeds Nynke Dalstra who was appointed CFO in November 2016. Abhishek Kaushal joins…

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates 219

Captain Mark Kelly Addresses USMMA: Photo credit USMMA

The U.S. Captain Mark Kelly, Class of '86 and a former NASA astronaut, gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, Armed Forces and maritime industry. "However today's graduates choose to continue serving their country, I'm certain that Captain Kelly's remarkable life story will be an inspiration to them all," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The congressionally-nominated…

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

2014 Freight Market Analysis

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Consultancy and sales company in the transport and logistics industry, CarrierDirect, released its semiannual freight market perspective this month, giving guidance on what to expect for 2014 and how company leadership should be shaping their strategies to compete in the everchanging marketplace. CarrierDirect said coming from a somewhat better than anemic 2013, the transport and logistics industry has gotten some wind back in its sails as freight tonnage has gone up. Some companies…

DNB Bank Appoints Senior Asia Region Execs

Vidar Andersen: Photo credit DNB Bank

DNB Bank, the leading international shipping and energy bank, has appointed Vidar Andersen its new Head of Asia, based in Singapore with immediate effect. In a related move, Mats Wermelin has been appointed the bank’s new Head of China based in Shanghai, a post which was previously held by Mr Andersen. Group Executive Vice President (Large Corporations and International), Harald Serck-Hanssen, welcomed Mr Andersen and Mr Wermelin into their new positions. He said:"Vidar's understanding of the needs of Asia's markets and its business sensibilities is without peer.

ASA Announces New Leaders for ‘08

John A. Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ) has been elected President of the American Salvage Association (ASA). Mauricio Garrido, Managing Director of Salvage for the Americas for Titan, a Crowley Company, (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has been elected ASA’s Vice President, and Tim Beaver, President of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. (Seattle, WA) has been elected Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, James Calhoun, Senior Vice President, Bisso Marine Co., Inc. (Houston, TX); Paul Hankins, Vice President for Operations, Donjon-SMIT, LLC (Alexandria, VA); Charles Usher, President, Marine Pollution Control (Detroit, MI); and Ken Edgar, Marine Response Consultant (Houston, TX) were elected to ASA’s Executive Committee.

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

SECNAV Visits USS Iwo Jima

Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Feb. 15, to meet and speak with Sailors during his first visit to Norfolk since being sworn in as the 74th Secretary of the Navy. Winter arrived at the pier shortly before noon and met with Capt. Richard S. Callas, commanding officer of Iwo Jima, for a tour of the ship and a reenlistment ceremony. An all hands call following the ceremony gave Winter a chance to speak to the crew about his role as their new leader. “It’s been great to meet with Sailors and Marines around the world during my tour,” said Winter. Winter spoke to Sailors about the Navy’s role in the global war on terrorism and the humanitarian relief operations in terms of post-war reconstruction and disaster response.

Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Malta last Wednesday appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami. The new Malta Drydocks board will include former central bank governor Emanuel Ellul, former Labor minister Joe Micallef Stafrace and Anglu Fenech, former general secretary of the General Workers Union. Workers will elect one director to the board, instead of four previously.

American Salvage Association Names New Leaders

(ASA). Vice President, Donjon Marine Co., Inc. new Secretary/Treasurer. Fairbanks. maritime security, the status of pending U.S. immunity and the salvors' role in environmental protection," he continued. "The association owes many thanks to J. of Donjon Marine Co., Inc., who served as ASA's first President. that we will be ever-grateful," Fairbanks said. representing North America's professional salvors. professionalism and improve marine casualty response in American coastal and inland waters.

New Leader for NUWC

Rear Adm. John Elnitsky assumed command Friday of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which conducts research and development for submarines and other underwater vessels and weapons. Elnitsky, a native of Whitehall, Pa., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980, and obtained advanced degrees in engineering from Naval Post Graduate School. Elnitsky was to assume command of the center during an outdoor ceremony. The guest speaker was Vice Adm. Paul Sullivan, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command. The NUWC has been without a permanent commander since the departure in May of Adm. Stephen Johnson, who held the position for two years. Elnitsky had been the commanding officer of the ballistic-missile submarine Maine from 1998 to 2001.

HII Graduates 184 Shipbuilders from Apprentice School

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, gave the commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by John Whalen.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 184 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony was held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, reminded the company’s newest shipbuilders during his commencement address that everything they have achieved and will continue to achieve makes a difference.

US Refineries Cease Purchase of Kurdish Oil

U.S. refiners will refrain from buying Kurdish crude oil until a long-running dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan is settled, while Washington urges both sides to set aside their differences and helps them tackle Sunni militants. The two known U.S. buyers of Kurdish crude oil have now rejected delivery of cargoes from tankers near New Jersey and Texas, saying they will not make further purchases until it is determined who has the right to sell the oil: the central government of Iraq or the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). U.S. refiner Axeon Specialty Products was the latest company to turn away a cargo of Kurdish crude oil on Monday. It balked after Baghdad filed a lawsuit over a cargo slated for another U.S. refiner, LyondellBasell NV.

Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries

Ferry map

Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from all over the world. WFSA’s Executive Director, Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, said: “The goal of the design competition, now in its third year, is to elicit new approaches for ferry design for and with the developing world, where there are still many accidents.

Cargotec Defines Sustainability Targets for 2018

Photo: Cargotec Corporation

Cargotec Corporation's Extended Executive Board has set the company sustainability targets for 2018. The targets support Cargotec's strategic must-win battles - services, digitalisation and people leadership - with which the company aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo handling. Cargotec's focus in 2018 will be on increasing safety awareness, setting a new sustainability standard for the supply chain, increasing the usage of renewable electricity, and ensuring that human rights-related company practices and processes are at the correct level.

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…

MOL Acquires Seafarers Manning Company

Group photo of MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. and MOL management provided  by MOL

Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that MOL acquired 100% of the issued shares of Azalea Maritime B.V. on December 21st, 2017. Azalea Maritime changed its name to "MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V." on January 1st, 2018. MOL will enhance providing top-quality seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers and tankers and continue to aim to become a world leader in safe operation. MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime's accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business.

Ineos Storage Tanks at Antwerp Port

Photo: Port of Antwerp

During the past month a pusher barge moored in the Antwerp port area on the Left bank of the Scheldt carrying four large storage tanks each 50 metres long. These cylinders came from a specialist tank builder in Germany and were carried down the Rhine to Antwerp. After being unloaded they continued their journey by night by special road transport to the Ineos Oxide site in Zwijndrecht. The British chemical company Ineos entrusted coordination of this project to Jacobs Belgium, specialised in project coordination and design…

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