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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Operations News

Aker Solutions Establishes New Base in Vietnam

Aker Solutions opened a new operation center in . The new operation center, which is located within state-owned base of Petroleum Technical Services Corp (PTSC), will provide strategic and effective support services for Aker Solutions' onshore and offshore oil and gas customers in the country. The opening ceremony, held at the new office at Vung Tau, was jointly officiated by Egil Martinussen, president - Asia Pacific for Aker Solutions' subsea business area, and Mr Khanh, director, Petro , branch. Aker Solutions' general manager Surface Products and Services, Crawford Tennant, said the new operation base demonstrated the company's commitment to provide unparalleled services to its customers, while acting as a nucleus in to capture other potential clients.

ISS: New Regional Team & Ops Division

Inchcape Shipping Services has announced its new regional team for Europe and North Africa following the creation of its new operations division. Reflecting ISS’ transition from eight regional profit centers within two hemispheres to four world regions and Japan, the new operations division is charged with delivering operational excellence, providing the very best products and quality of service, standardising work processes and optimising resources and capabilities. The Europe and North Africa operations team is the first of the four regional teams to be announced. Simon Edsall has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Operations Region Europe and North Africa.

Austal Opens European Service Hub

Photo courtesy Austal

Austal announced an expansion of its European service presence with the establishment of a maintenance hub on the Strait of Gibraltar. Based in Southern Spain and Northern Morocco, the new operations will support the extensive fleet of Austal and non-Austal high speed craft currently operating on the Strait of Gibraltar. The new operations will support the ports of Algeciras and Tarifa in Spain, and Tanger Ville and Tanger Med in Morocco, and will be staffed by members of Austal’s existing maintenance team as well as local personnel.

Weathernews Opens Manila Operations Center

Weathernews’ Manila Operation Center in Makati

Weathernews Inc. announced it has established a new operations center in the Philippines in response to the shipping industry’s demand for the company’s risk communication services. The company officially kicked off operations for their voyage cost-optimizing services this month from the new Manila Operations Center with a commencement event in the City of Makati last week. Weathernews aims to help the shipping industry reduce vessel fuel consumption while maintaining safety and punctuality for cost effective voyages.

Braemar Opens Crude and Products Ship Broking Operation

Denis Petropoulos

Braemar Seascope said it is strengthening its ship broking activities by opening a new division within the group’s Houston offices focusing on the large crude and products tanker trades. The new operation will launch following the employment of four tanker brokers: Nelson Hebert, Clint DeAtley, Chip Kelman and John Anderson have all come across town to the Braemar office. They will be joined by ex-MJLF broker and past Tanker Pacific chartering executive, Lynne Rutherford.  

ISS Opens North Africa Operations Desk

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has opened a new North Africa operations desk to co-ordinate customer requirements across ports in Libya, Algeria and Morocco. Providing a new single point of contact for North Africa will deliver quick and decisive solutions to global customers using extensive local knowledge and contacts. Based at ISS Algericas office and operating around the clock, the North Africa operations desk will be headed up by Gavin Griffin, General Manager for Gibraltar, Iberia and North Africa, supported by Operations Manager, Julian Isola, and an expert team with indepth experience of operations in often challenging situations.

Chemoil to Supply Bunkers in Panama Canal

Chemoil Corporation will soon start supplying bunkers in the Panama Canal. Chemoil plans to be a physical supplier in both Cristobal and Balboa by the middle of March, 2003. Further details of this new operation will be available at the beginning of March.

OW Bunker Announces Plans for U.S. Expansion

OW Bunker, one of the world's leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, announced its intention to launch new operations in the U.S. With an anticipated commencement date of May, 2012, the move will provide the company with a complete global offering for its customers. OW Bunker already has a significant presence in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East, and has delivered sustained expansion and growth over the past five years. OW Bunker will launch its first trading operation in Houston with further plans to expand on the East and then West Coast. The U.S. office will also act as an internal purchasing center for the whole OW Bunker Group…

GMS Launches Korean Operation

GMS, a cash buyer of ships and offshore structures, has launched a new operation in Korea. The office will be headed by Gyungbae Gil, a trader who was based in Dubai. According to GMS, the move will allow it to strengthen its position in the important East Asian market, and grow its expanding customer base. GMS said it has worked with a significant number of Korean owners and brokers for many years, and as the Korean market continues to grow, more vessels will need to be recycled. GMS claims to be the only cash buyer that currently operates in Korea, and the launch of the operation will further strengthen its position within the region.

Marine Fuel Provider Launches US Operation

OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, announce its intention to launch new operations in the US. With an anticipated commencement date of May 2012, the move will provide the company with a complete global offering for its customers. OW Bunker already has a significant presence in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East, and has delivered sustained expansion and growth over the past five years. OW Bunker will launch its first trading operation in Houston, with further plans to expand on the East and then West Coast. The US office will also act as an internal purchasing centre for the whole OW Bunker Group…

New Barge Fleeting and Switching Operation in Cairo Harbor

American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016. The Cairo harbor is a vital hub in the inland waterway supply chain. The new operation will be based in Wickliffe, Kentucky, and will provide fleeting and switching operations from mile 948 on the Lower Mississippi River to mile 29 on the Upper Mississippi and mile 974 on the Ohio River. “ARTCO is the only company in the inland waterway system that can provide a self-contained supply chain to our customers, which allows us to provide better, more efficient and cost-effective service,” said Jason Porter, vice president, ARTCO operations.

Dynamic Oil Trading Plans Dubai Expansion

Lars Møller, CEO, Dynamic Oil Trading

Dynamic Oil Trading, the global trading company for marine fuels and lubricants, has unveiled plans to launch a new operation in Dubai later this year to meet growing customer demand in the Middle East. The expansion into the UAE, one of the world's most important bunkering hubs, marks another milestone in the growth strategy of Dynamic Oil Trading, just nine months after the company was established in Singapore, and is the latest in a series of announcements by one of the fastest growing companies in the bunker sector.

Major New Barge Operation

The Ferguson Group, a supplier and manufacturer of modules and containers for the energy industry around the world, has launched a new operation to offer accommodation barges in a significant development for the offshore market. Ferguson Modular, a division of the Ferguson Group, is currently marketing the AMT Explorer for charter and negotiations are currently underway to purchase a second barge to be on offer from later this year. The AMT Explorer barge will be available for charter from Ferguson Modular from August 1…

SCI Hires New Sales Head, Opens 12th Office

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has made a new appointment and announced the opening of its 12th office. Jos Lems, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime sector, has joined Survival Craft Inspectorate as Head of Global Sales. He will also lead the opening of the company’s new operation in Rotterdam, Holland. Survival Craft Inspectorate is on track to increase turnover for its year-end in 2014 to £30 million – a projected increase of 35% on its May 2013 figure. The Rotterdam office is targeting turnover of £1 million by the end of its first year. Jos Lems said…

Lindsay Blee Expands into the Americas

Lindsay Blee’s new U.S. Independent international bunker broker Lindsay Blee announced that it is expanding its brokering operations into the Americas with a new operation called Lindsay Blee Americas (LBA) based in Florida to support customers across the U.S. and throughout Central and South America. Lindsay Blee Americas will initially be staffed by two broker/traders as well as two support personnel. James Hills, Managing Director of Lindsay Blee, said, “Along with our presence in the U.K. and Singapore, this expansion gives our customers a true global partner capable of fuelling their fleet anywhere in the world. “Many brokers have been consolidated into large bunkering conglomerates,” said Dean Morrison of Lindsay Blee.

Rolls-Royce Opens New Facility in Newfoundland

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has enhanced its global customer support capability in Canada with a new Marine service center located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, one of the busiest ports in the Canadian Maritimes. Encompassing 25,000 square feet, the new Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine service center in Mount Pearl will provide state-of-the art repair and overhaul expertise for customers throughout the East Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Great Lakes region. Rolls-Royce has invested in this location to support its expanding customer base and growing demand in the region. Newfoundland’s Minister of Business, Ross Wiseman…

Pulse Hires Campbell as Operations Director

Mike Campbell

Pulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, has appointed Mike Campbell as its new operations director. Based in the U.K., he will lead the production, project management and offshore departments and help to manage Pulse’s recent geographical expansion. Campbell brings extensive experience to this role, having been responsible for managing manufacturing, quality, health, safety and environment and supply chain for a group of companies with operations in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Australia.

Tracerco’s New China Office

Industrial technology specialist, Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group, has increased its global presence by establishing a new service centre in Shanghai, China. The opening comes shortly after the company invested in new operations facilities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Perth, Australia. Despite the global economic downturn, China continues to achieve growth and positive GDP, adding still further capacity to its vast oil and gas, refining and petrochemical industries.

Kawasaki Inaugurates Gulf Of Mexico Service

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has expanded with the addition of a new service center to its worldwide network for marine machinery. Established in the New Orleans area to support Kawasaki's marine propulsion systems, the new operation is end result of an agreement with AmClyde Engineered Products Company - to utilize AmClyde's parts and service center in Covington, La. Kawasaki supplied a set of four propulsion thrusters for Tidewater's ROV support vessel Nautical Tide. The equipment package was comprised of two azimuth thrusters for main propulsion, one tunnel bow thruster and one retractable azimuth bow thruster. The vessel was constructed at Yantai-Raffles Shipyard in China under subcontract from the company's U.S.-based partner - Friede Goldman Halter.

Atlantic Pacific Marine Opens Miami Branch

Photo: APM

Marine engineering company Atlantic Pacific Marine (APM) informs it has opened a new site in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to meet an increasing workload and customer base following another year of success and growth. APM is headquartered in Cardiff, U.K., but operates globally, in the past year completing dry dock projects and refits in the Grand Bahamas, Australia, Germany, the U.K, Singapore, Italy and Miami for clients including Carnival Australia, Carnival UK, Princess Cruises, P&O, Wärtsilä, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line.

Lubmarine Expands With New Copenhagen Facility

International marine lubricant supplier Total Lubmarine has extended its global network of service and supply centres with the opening of a dedicated commercial and supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark. Already a significant player in the Nordic region, especially in Norway and Denmark, Lubmarine is now able to offer ship owners and operators an international-class local sales and logistical service in the Danish capital. Serge Dal-Farra, Head of Marketing at Lubmarine, says, “We believe in having a presence wherever in the world our customers need us. Our new operation in Copenhagen forms the latest link in our worldwide chain, and we look forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to our dedicated facility there.”  

East Coast UK Wind Farm: Final Turbine Installed

The 75th and final turbine has been installed at the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm. The installation marks a major milestone in the development of the 270MW project, which will be capable of producing enough energy to meet the annual power needs of more than 200,000 households – equivalent to two thirds of the homes in Lincolnshire, reports the Lincolnshire Echo. Construction of the project, located eight kilometres (five miles) off the coast of Skegness, started in 2010 with full commissioning expected later this year. Lincs is a joint venture between leading UK energy company Centrica Energy, DONG Energy and Siemens Project Ventures. When complete it will be managed from Centrica’s new operations and maintenance base in Grimsby, which was opened last year as a major new hub for the business.

Manila Upgrades North Harbour Port

Picture by Manila North Harbour Port Inc

Manila North Harbour Port Inc. (MNHPI) is budgeting P1 billion ($23 million) capital expenditure this year to finance port expansion. It expects to increase container throughput once a major terminal upgrade completes. According to the MNHP chief executive officer Richard Barclay, capex last year was “probably over P2 billion including the equipment,” while target revenue for this year is more than P2 billion. The new operations centre currently under construction at MNHP's box port will house a one-stop shop for terminal users…

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