AMCV Files for Voluntary Petition, Reorganization Under Chapter 11
American Classic Voyages Inc., the largest U.S.-flag cruise company, announced on October 19 that it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Del. The company has ceased operations for its Hawaii vessels, the ms Patriot and the ss Independence, following the completion of their last cruises. cease operation at the completion of each vessel's cruise following the announcement. The Delta Queen steamboat, the company's National Historic Landmark flagship, will continue to operate its scheduled future voyages. In addition, AMCV said it intends to work with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S.
America's Cruise Line Faces Delivery Delays, Job Cuts
As part of a comprehensive cost reduction program, American Classic Voyages (AMCV) announced in June that it would eliminate 70 full-time positions form its shore-based staff of 470 full-time personnel. The cuts are also attributed to the fact that the company, which previously held offices in Chicago, Ill. and New Orleans, La., decided to combine its subsidiaries under one main location in Sunrise, Fla. "Although this was a difficult decision, we need to be leaner and more efficient to ensure continued success, AMCV CEO Phil Calian said. Calian was quick to point out that aggressive sales and marketing efforts have driven demand for AMCV's Hawaii cruises of more than 2…
Melding The Old With The New
It's a timeless piece of history that is the newest deal going on in the cruise ship industry - the deal between the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and Atlantic Marine, which calls for the building of two U.S. Coastal flag ships inspired by the former Fall River Line Vessels which ran from 1847 to 1937. It was the age in which water transportation was the only mode of distance travel. Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers had not yet become household names and the horse and carriage reigned as the only means of getting to and fro. Aristocracy held court on ships that sailed the high seas - namely the Fall River Line, which ran from New York to New England. Inspired yet? Executives at Delta Queen were - so much that they decided to model their current project after the famed line.
United States Lines -- Flying High Again
As far back to the early 1900's when the transatlantic crossing ruled the day, the motto of the cruise ship industry was to provide passengers with a vacation that was both relaxing and hospitable. For the most part, the majority of these passengers were of American descent — boarding vessels registered in foreign countries and were serviced by non-American crewmembers. Such is the case now as the major playing cruise companies adhere to these customs. All that changed though, this past March when, American Classic Voyages, headed by CEO, Philip C. Calian, broke ground in the cruise shipping industry with its decision to build and operate two U.S.-flag cruise vessels as part of its newly-established United States Lines. It has often been said that you never forget your roots.
From Madison Avenue To The Heat Of Miami
Since beginning his cruise industry career as Royal Caribbean's first ever marketing director — Roderick K. (Rod) McLeod has been an instrumental force in the cruise industry. He now heads up what is arguably the world’s most watched cruise ship newbuild program. Having a discussion with Rod McLeod is like talking to an old friend that you haven't been in touch with for awhile. Even though you may have not spoken for months — or even years — you always manage to find enough to talk about. That was the case when McLeod recently spoke with MR/EN regarding his current endeavors as president and COO of AMCV, as well as his past experiences — both professionally and personally.
St. Pé Wins Man of the Year Management Award
The Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and Vicinity has jointly honored Philip Calian, CEO of American Classic Voyages Co. (AMCV), and Jerry St. Pé, COO of Litton Ship Systems, with the Council's Man of the Year Management Award for 1999. Calian and St. Pé were recognized for their roles in returning the construction of major, ocean-going passenger ships back to the U.S. Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is building two 1,900-passenger state-of-the-art cruise ships for AMCV in the Project America program, with an option for a third vessel. The new cruise ships will sail under AMCV's new brand United States Lines, one of the most storied names in the history of ocean-going passenger transportation. The program has a total potential value of $1.4 billion.
EnQuest Appoints Holland as Non-Ex Director
EnQuest PLC has appointed Phil Holland as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 August 2015. Phil has very significant international project management experience in the energy sector, in particular in oil & gas. He held a number of senior positions at the Shell Group, including that of Executive Vice President, Shell Projects and Technology. Prior to Shell, Phil led the management of large scale Oil & Gas projects in a range of international locations for the Bechtel Corporation. James Buckee, Chairman of EnQuest, “I am delighted to welcome Phil to EnQuest as a Non-Executive Director.
GNS Announces Senior Appointments
Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointments of Phil Stothard as Chief Information Officer and Kieron Abernethy as Chief Revenue Officer. Both assume their roles with immediate effect. Phil Stothard joins GNS from banking and payment solutions provider ACI. Phil has over 25 years’ experience of IT development, leading teams and delivering global solutions for organizations such as HSBC and Accenture. Phil has particular expertise in data and information systems and has a track record of delivering value to internal and external clients from the solutions he has designed and delivered.
IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that it has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in an effort to help promote sustainable shipping. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and the First Vice President of the EBRD, Phil Bennett, will help promote sustainable shipping through a range of safety- and environment-focused capacity-building activities in the maritime and port sectors in selected countries.
Double Top for Exova Experts
Phil Dent and John Carter, corrosion specialists with Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, have been appointed as chairmen of the Marine Corrosion Forum and STG44 - Marine Corrosion, respectively. Phil Dent, technical manager at the Exova Corrosion Center UK, takes up a three-year tenure with the Marine Corrosion Forum. He has over 35 years’ metallurgical experience, and particular expertise in sour service (H2S) corrosion testing for the oil and gas industry.
BMT Expands Operations Team
BMT Scientific Marine Services announced an expansion of its operations team with the appointment of Phil Hart as the new Vice President of Operations and Jeffrey Lewis as Vice President - Client Support Operations. Phil has over 17 years of experience in the offshore industry, including project management, technology development, designing and implementing new product lines and company revenue streams, building and directing multiple cross-functional teams, and budgeting. Phil previously was a Project Manager and Consultant at Cranfield University…
Composite Carries Savings for Offshore Turbine Services
Hereford-based Offshore Turbine Services reported savings from choosing composite over aluminum craft in the offshore wind market. As the company takes delivery of its fourth CTruk 20T multi-purpose cat, Commander P, and eagerly awaits Commodore P, the fifth, this May, chairman Phil Collins commented on this decision, “We are very pleased that in under a year we have managed to establish ourselves in such a dynamic and innovative industry. OTS operations director Nick Bright has worked closely with CTruk on design enhancements to the wheelhouse…
Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Partners With HHIC Holdings
Virginia Beach, Va. - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its subsidiary, AMSEC, has signed an agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of HHIC Holdings Co. Ltd., to work together in providing maintenance, repair and logistics services to the U.S. Navy and other customers in the western Pacific region. The agreement with HHIC-PHIL allows AMSEC to benefit from Hanjin's state-of-the art shipyard at Subic Bay, Philippines, and accelerate Hanjin's growth into the maintenance, repair and logistics services, as the U.S. Navy increases focus in the Western Pacific region. "It's great that AMSEC's relationship with HHIC-PHIL has been firmly established," said Harris Leonard, HII vice president and president of AMSEC operations.
Ship Repair, Maintenance Agreement – HII Subsidiary & Hanjin Heavy Industries
Huntington Ingall Industries subsidiary, AMSEC LLC, & Hanjin Heavy Industries sign ship repair, maintenance services agreement for Subic Bay yard. Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that its subsidiary AMSEC has signed an agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-PHIL), a subsidiary of HHIC Holdings Co., Ltd. to work together in providing maintenance, repair and logistics services to the U.S. Navy and other customers in the western Pacific region. The agreement with HHIC-PHIL allows AMSEC to benefit from Hanjin's state-of-the art shipyard at Subic Bay, Philippines, and accelerate Hanjin's growth into the maintenance, repair and logistics services as the U.S. Navy increases focus in the Western Pacific region.
Seatronics Appoints Donaldson as V.P.
Seatronics Ltd, an Acteon company and part of its survey, monitoring and data business, has promoted Derek Donaldson from vice president Asia Pacific to vice president global operations. Donaldson enters into a new position within the Seatronics Group management structure, reporting directly to the Seatronics Group managing director, Phil Middleton. Donaldson and Middleton will together support regional vice presidents in managing and developing the global Seatronics business.
Grill Retires, Maritime Cabotage Task Force
The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) is thanking its retiring Chairman, Philip M. Grill, for his 14 years of leadership of the labor/management coalition that promotes the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws in Washington. Grill, who is retiring as Vice President – Government Relations for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., on July 31, has chaired MCTF since its founding in September 1995. Under his leadership, three Administrations and eight Congresses have consistently supported the Jones Act and a strong U.S.-flag merchant marine. “The Jones Act and other U.S.
Philippine Shipyard to Build 10 Container Ships
Despite the current global economic slowdown, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil's Subic Shipyard has won a bid to build mid-size container ships for the first time this year. The shipbuilder recently announced that it has signed a USD 450 million contract to build ten 5,000TEU container ships (options included) with ship owners in Europe. These days, large vessels have been the mainstream in the container ship market with little demand for mid-size container ships (5,000TEU).
Hanjin Subic Freeport Yard - 2 More Vessels
South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co.-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) has launched two new vessels, the third and the fourth container ships it has built at its $1.6b shipyard in Subic Freeport. (Source: Philippine News Agency)
Royal Navy Adm Leads EU Anti-Piracy Ops
According to a report from Defence News, on Dec. 8, the Royal Navy's Rear Admiral Phil Jones took charge of the EU led counter-piracy naval operation, which is to operate off the coast of Somalia. The operation, called Op Atlanta, is the European Union's first naval task force, and it has been assembled to ensure the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia as well as protection to other vulnerable shipping off Somalia and to provide deterrence to acts of piracy by presence and surveillance. (Source: Defence News)
US Navy Might Accompany Other Nations' Ships in Strait of Hormuz
The U.S. military signaled on Friday it may allow warships to accompany other nations' vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran's seizure of a container ship this week prompted the Navy to start accompanying U.S.-flagged vessels. "Our current plans are for accompanying U.S.-flagged ships, although there are discussions with other nations to include their vessels as well," said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman at the U.S. military's Central Command, declining to identify the other countries. (Reporting by David Alexander, Writing by Phil Stewart)
US Navy Stops Accompanying Ships through Strait of Hormuz
The U.S. Navy has stopped accompanying commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a mission it began last week in the wake of Iran's seizure of a cargo ship, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the decision was taken after several days of accompanying U.S. and British commercial ships without incident. He stressed that U.S. Navy ships in the area would still conduct routine maritime security operations. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
Brazil to Hold New Subsalt Oil Auction by 2017
The Brazilian government plans to hold a new oil bidding round for areas in the subsalt polygon by 2017, the secretary of oil and gas at the Mines and Energy Ministry, Marco Antonio Almeida, said on Monday. Almeida denied during a presentation in Rio that the current corruption scandal plaguing state oil company Petrobras was delaying the auction being held sooner. (Reporting by Marta Nogeira; Writing by Reese Ewing; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)
Upstream O&G Companies Face Interest Payments Friday
At least 10 upstream oil and gas companies, cramped for cash in the oil downturn, must make coupon payments Friday, April 15, according to Thomson Reuters data. Among them are oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp , which completed a debt swap last year, and Linn Energy LLC. Linn skipped interest payments due last month. (Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)