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Monday, January 22, 2018

New Name News

Orsetd, Formerly Dong Energy, Sued over Name Change

(Photo: Orsted)

The descendants of Danish scientist Hans Christian Orsted will take legal action on Friday against one of Denmark's biggest companies over its decision to change its name to Orsted, their lawyer said. DONG Energy, the world's largest developer of offshore wind farms, in October renamed itself Orsted as part of its shift to renewable energy from oil and gas. DONG was short for Danish Oil and Natural Gas. It said the new name, chosen from more than 3,000 alternatives, was inspired by 19th century Danish physicist Hans Christian Orsted, who discovered electromagnetism.

Serdijn Ship Repair Renamed ROG Ship Repair BV

ROG Ship Repair

Serdijn Ship Repair has changed its name to ROG Ship Repair BV. As one of the leading ship repair companies, the yard in located in central, easy accessible and strategic location in the main port of Rotterdam. The terminal is a recognized port facility as required by the ISPS code, whereas efficient in and out “open sea” access is guaranteed due to being west of all bridges. "This change represents more than just a new name," according to Martin van Leest, Managing Director of ROG Ship Repair. The Rotterdam-based terminal has in and out open sea access.

CSBC Completes Name Change

The China Shipbuilding Corp. (CSBC) completed repainting its new name, Taiwan International Shipbuilding Corp., in Chinese on the huge Goliath crane at the CSBC Kaohsiung shipyard, a CSBC official said Tuesday. The working crew spent the whole day painting the CSBC's new Chinese name on the Goliath bridge crane, which is a hallmark of the CSBC. The repainting task was not easy as the Goliath crane is 177 meters wide and 87 meters high, and each Chinese character on it covers nine square meters, which is the equivalent of approximately three stories in height. The official said that the CSBC's name-change plan has been approved by its board directors, and is awaiting final approval by CSBC general investors March 1.

Vigor Renames Fabrication and Alaska Operations

Vigor Alaska

Vigor Industrial announced today that it has renamed two of the company’s subsidiaries. U.S. Fab, Vigor’s fabrication and shipbuilding subsidiary, is now Vigor Fab. Alaska Ship and Drydock, which operates the Ketchikan shipyard in Alaska, is now Vigor Alaska. “It’s about better serving our customers,” explained Frank Foti, president and CEO of Vigor Industrial. •Vigor Shipyards, which provides repair, maintenance and modernization services to the U.S. The changes apply to the names only and do not alter the operating structures of either subsidiary. The new names go into effect immediately.

Lagersmit, Back to Its Old Name

Lagersmit logo

Starting in December 2014, IHC Sealing Solutions will operate under the new – but also old and trusted – name of Lagersmit. The new pay-off line ‘The Origin of Sealing Solutions’ pays tribute to the company’s rich history and its desire to supply the best sealing solutions, now and in the future. On 28 November 2014, the new name was unveiled at a party for the employees of the ‘new Lagersmit’. Why this new name and pay-off line? In the summer of 2014, the company became independent and consequently separated from Royal IHC.

The Maritime Cloud becomes Maritime Connectivity Platform

Photo: EfficienSea2

Maritime Connectivity Platform, or MCP, is the new name for what was previously known as the Maritime Cloud. The team behind the Maritime Cloud has decided to change the name of the communication framework. The new name, Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), has been chosen to provide clarity and support e-Navigation going from testbed to real life implementation. “MCP is at a level of maturity where we are ready to take it from our project spheres into operational mode. However…

Tognum Now under Rolls-Royce Power Systems Name

Effective immediately, the former Tognum AG will now operate under the name of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.

Effective immediately, the former Tognum AG will now operate under the name of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. Since March 2013, the specialist for large engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG, each of which has a 50% shareholding in the company via a joint venture. The group of companies with MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH as the core company has been consolidated in the Rolls-Royce Group’s results since the beginning of 2013.

DHS – Agency Name Changes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice stating that, effective March 31, the official name of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection was changed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In addition, the name of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was changed to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Note: Since both agencies have been using their new names (as least unofficially) for several years now, this is a case of the paperwork catching up with reality.

Imtech Marine Becomes RH Marine Group

Photo: RH Marine Group

The new RH Marine Group, formerly known as Imtech Marine was introduced at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam today. Following the recent acquisition by Parcom Capital and Pon Holdings, Imtech Marine will now be known as RH Marine Group, built on the roots of founding companies Radio Holland and van Rietschoten & Houwens. The two ‘pillars’ for service and newbuild activities within Imtech Marine are also involved in the new naming structure. Global NavCom, Connectivity, On Board ICT service and maintenance brand Radio Holland will keep its name but will have a new logo.

FleetWeather Renamed Accuritas Global Solutions

Jess Hurwitz Accuritas Photo FleetWeather

FleetWeather Ocean Services, experts in business intelligence and analytics for the commercial shipping industry, today opened its doors under a new name and new brand: Accuritas Global Solutions…A business intelligence and analytics company. Executive Vice President Jess Hurwitz announced the name change reflecting continued focus and growth in providing industry-unique business intelligence, analytics and consulting services, and expansion from working within the commercial shipping industry to other modes of global transportation. The new name is effective immediately.

STX OSV Becomes VARD

Image credit VARD

Shipbuilders & designers STX OSV adopt new brand name following sale of STX Europe’s majority stake in the company to Fincantieri Oil & Gas. Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of VARD, Roy Reite, said, “I am excited to announce that VARD will be our new name. It conveys a sense of stability and strength, relevance and flexibility. More importantly, it reflects our long-standing Norwegian heritage, as well as our leading position within the offshore and specialized vessels industry globally.

Hapag-Lloyd Gets New Logo, New Name

Karl J. Pojer presents the new logo in Hamburg. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The 125 years old German cruise operator, Hapag-Lloyd, has unveiled new branding, along with a modest name change, that will help promote the luxury cruise line to a global audience. Effective immediately, the old Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten name has been changed to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, in a bid to attract a worldwide audience, rather than just German speaking guests. 125 years after the first Hapag-Lloyd cruise to the Mediterranean from Hamburg aboard the steamer Augusta Victoria, the new branding will help continue the historic legacy of the German cruise line.

RRS Boaty McBoatface: Name Sought for New UK Polar Ship

Image: British Antarctic Survey

The public are being asked to name the UK’s new polar research ship. The current front-runner for the vessel's name is already gathering a lot of attention: RRS Boaty McBoatface. An open vote has been set up to name the next Royal Research Ship (RRS), with the public allowed to come up and vote for new names of the vessel. The £200m, 15,000-tonne, 128m-long vessel is being built at Cammell Laird on Merseyside, and is due to become operational in 2019 to explore the Arctic and Antarctic.

Thomson-CSF Now Known As Thales

International defense and commercial electronics group Thomson-CSF is rebranding its global operations with a new name - Thales. A global business, with operations in nearly 30 countries, Thales' strategy falls in the realm of leveraging its expertise in dual technologies - where military applications can take advantage of advances made in response to the civil market and vice-versa. Thales already serves the defense community as a prime contractor in a variety of geographical markets.

AlliedSignal Changes To Honeywell

With the completion of the merger between AlliedSignal, Inc. and Honeywell, Inc., on Dec. 1, 1999 - AlliedSignal is now known as Honeywell. As a result, Honeywell Performance Fibers is the new name of the company's industrial fiber and fiber technology business headquartered in Colonial Heights, Va. The company also operates sites in Longlaville, France; Seoul, Korea; and Kaiping, China.

Ciserv Organization to be Integrated within Wärtsilä

Ciserv, the group of service companies owned by Wärtsilä, will be integrated within Wärtsilä's service organization with effect from May 1. Operating under the new name Wärtsilä Services, the business will be one of the largest worldwide service organizations in the power and marine industries.

Hertel Offshore Renamed CKT Projects

Photo courtesy of CKT Projects

Hertel has announced the acquisition of Hertel by Altrad  for its worldwide access solutions, insulation, corrosion protection and mechanical businesses. Hertel Offshore was not part of the acquisition by Altrad, but will continue its activities and business with the same shareholders (NPM Capital, Ackermans & van Haaren and Hertel Offshore Management) under a new brand name. Hertel Offshore has now changed its name and will continue its business as per May 1, 2015 under its new name: CKT Projects.

BMT Isis Renamed BMT Cadence

Photo: UK MOD

BMT Isis, a subsidiary of international design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group, has announced a name change effective immediately; the company will now take the name BMT Cadence. “Given recent global events, we recognize the sensitivities around any organization using the name Isis and we hope that the name change will serve as clear affirmation of BMT’s support to our clients operating within U.K. and global defense markets and the front-line forces that we collectively serve,”   explained Mike Prince, Managing Director of BMT Cadence.

Mainstay Marine Looks Ahead Following Rebrand

Stewart Graves, Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions outside the company's build hall on Pembroke Dock (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

South Wales maritime engineering company Mustang Marine has rebranded as Mainstay Marine Solutions. The Pembroke Dock based workboat, marine energy device and waterside infrastructure specialist has adopted a new name and corporate image following its first year under new ownership. The company, which was bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, said it has thrived under its new ownership and is on course to double its workforce compared to 12 months ago, increasing from 27 employees in June 2014 to 60 today.

China Merchants to Change Name

Image: China Merchants Holdings (Pacific)

China Merchants Holdings (International) Company has proposed to change its name to China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited. The proposed change is subject to approval by shareholders through a special resolution at the AGM and confirmation by the Registrar of Companies in Hong Kong. The company said the new name will better reflect the current strategy of the company to focus on ports and port-related businesses, providing a clearer identification and image for the company. "The core business of the Group includes ports and port-related businesses.

Kockums Now Tribon Solutions

Kockums Computer Systems is changing its name to Tribon Solutions and plans to launch a new international business concept this summer. Under its new name, the company's new concept will comprise all the design and production stages, as well as all sub-contractors involved in a shipbuilding project, which includes IT applications. This concept offers shipyards internationally with cost-effective solutions in the handling of this part of the logistic pattern. Specifically, Tribon will consist of the entire shipbuilding process offering shipyards sourcing of materials and services from a complete international supply platform. The company also plans on expanding its consulting staff in order to further efficiency to the processes within its customer companies.

Ferry Sale to be Completed Soon

According to reports, shipping industry sources have named European company Corsica Ferries as the successful bidder for the Spirit of Tasmania III.. The name of the bidder and financial details of the offer have remained a mystery when TT- Line announced that a memorandum of understanding had been signed for the sale. Sources close to the industry believe European company Corsica Ferries put in the winning bid but the sale price remains unknown. Corsica Ferries and its subsidiary Sardinia Ferries transport more than one million passengers annually aboard eight ferries, which operate in the western Mediterranean Sea. The Spirit III will be given a new name and will most likely be employed on a run between Corsica and France. Source: Tasmania Examiner

Spook Communications Reported in Arab Waters

Vessels report potential surveillance by unknown entities while in transit of the Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hormuz & Arabian Gulf. In one recent case, a vessel was asked its crew complement and master's name, purportedly by a named vessel that was in fact operating elsewhere under the new name it has borne since 2011. ONI [the Office of Naval Intelligence] cannot assess at this time whether the queries originated ashore or from vessels within the Gulf, but none is known to have been made by the vessel to which it was attributed. Although these queries are not in themselves hostile, they are potential evidence of enhanced surveillance and could be a prelude to more specific interference; mariners are advised to be cautious about responding to them.

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