Ineos Storage Tanks at Antwerp Port
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…
Asbestos: Maritime’s Ticking Time Bomb
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should amend regulations banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.
Aker Solutions Buys Separation Specialist
Aker Solutions is buying Separation Specialists Inc., a California-based provider of produced water de-oiling products and field services, which strengthens the international oil services company's position in the produced water de-oiling segment. "With the acquisition of Separation Specialists, we are able to offer a complete produced water de-oiling solution from one vendor. There is also an excellent cultural fit between the two entities, which we look forward to further developing," says David Merle, head of Aker Solutions' process systems business. Aker Solutions will immediately be able to offer Separation Specialists' products, such as nutshell filters (NSF), mechanical induced gas flotation (IGF) and field services, through its global distribution and execution network.
ASCO Acquires Safety Training & Lifting Company
With its HQ in Aberdeen, NSL is one of the industry's leading safety training companies and a supplier of specialist personnel, operating globally out of bases in the UK and the USA and through a partner, has operations in Baku, Azerbaijan. “NSL is a highly regarded business in the oil and gas safety training market and I am delighted that we can welcome its team to ASCO. This acquisition supports our growth strategy allowing us to seize the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for ASCO, notably by providing a wider scope of oil and gas services in addition to our logistics, waste management and freight services. It offers exciting opportunities for all involved. The value of this acquisition has not been disclosed.
Ferguson Appoints Team of Industry and Product Experts
The Ferguson Group announced the appointment of industry experts to be based at its Aberdeen headquarters. The newly appointed team will offer technical support to the group’s international bases and provide advice and guidance to partners and customers alike. The new team, with a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience in fluid management, waste solution management and International markets, includes Judith Verner Development Manager (Fluid Solutions), Gordon Bennett Technical Development Manager (Waste Solutions)…
Thompson Named VP of Connector Specialists
Larry Thompson has been named vice president of operations for Connector Specialists Inc. Thompson joined the hose and fitting specialists in 1996 as a salesman in the Baton Rouge office. of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Connector Specialists has three locations - New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. As vice president of operations, Thompson works with owner-president Ed Sutton on day-to-day operations of the company. He is a member of the company's board of directors. "Larry's skills will help us continue to grow in a highly competitive market," Sutton said. Thompson has 38 years of sales and management experience, having worked in the oil and gas industry since being discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. He also served eight years on the Board of Commissioners for the St.
US Exits Search for ARA San Juan
The U.S. Navy said it has begun to wind down operations as part of the international search for the still-missing Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan that vanished in the South Atlantic in mid November. The U.S. joined the Argentina-led multinational search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on November 17, and is now drawing down, having twice swept the search areas assigned by the Argentine Navy with advanced sensors. U.S. planning and analytical specialists will continue to support the efforts through data analysis. At its height, U.S.
Clarity, Focus Key to Liability Cover in the OSV Sector
The Shipowners’ P&I Club, experts in the provision of liability insurance for specialist vessels, is on a mission to bring clarity to policy wordings; the in-depth knowledge accrued from its particular focus on certain sectors of the global fleet assists the club in making insurance cover easier to understand. Over the last thirty years Shipowners’ p&I Club said it has seen significant expansion in the offshore sector; these vessels (OSVs) have become larger and more sophisticated and their activities, for instance in dynamic support and construction operations, more complex.
Aker Solutions Buys US Water De-oiling Company
Aker Solutions buys California-based Separation Specialists Inc., provider of produced water de-oiling products & field services. Aker consider that the acquisition will strengthen the international oil services company's position in the produced water de-oiling segment. "With the acquisition of Separation Specialists, we are able to offer a complete produced water de-oiling solution from one vendor. There is also an excellent cultural fit between the two entities, which we look forward to further developing," says David Merle, head of Aker Solutions' process systems business. Aker Solutions will immediately be able to offer Separation Specialists' products…
Hutchison Set to Retire After 42 Years
John C. G. Hutchison closes a 42 year career at this year’s Workboat Show in New Orleans. Born in Philly on April Fool’s Day 1941, John Hutchison played collegiate golf at Duke University and Moravian College, and coached the golf team at Lehigh University before being drafted in 1966. A Viet Nam vet, 2nd LT, Infantry Branch, John returned home in 1970 and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corporate Office in Bethlehem, PA, and other Bethlehem offices in Burns Harbor IN, Johnstown PA, and Sparrows Pt., MD.
Spinnaker Reports Buoyant Job Market
Maritime recruitment specialist Spinnaker Consulting has reported that despite general reports of a slowdown in the world economy, recruitment in the shipping, offshore and transport markets remains buoyant. Writing in the latest issue of Changing Course, Spinnaker's monthly e-mail newsletter, managing director Phil Parry says, "Contrary to most industry forecasts, 2002 does not look like being such a bad year for the shipping, offshore and transport job markets. We are currently experiencing a high demand for charterers and shipbrokers with 5-10 years' experience. are also healthy for maritime and insurance lawyers. This includes both litigators and finance specialists and not just at the usual 1-5 year qualified level, but equity partners too.
Unocal Thailand, Ltd. Awards Contract
Ocean Specialists, Inc. has been awarded a consultancy contract from Unocal Thailand, Ltd. to study Unocal’s offshore communication network alternatives in the Gulf of Thailand. The study will involve assessment of Unocal’s existing network, forecasting future network capacity requirements and analyzing and recommending the most appropriate telecommunication solution to meet those requirements. “Unocal’s decision to award this contract to Ocean Specialists underscores our vast experience in offshore communication networks”, stated Brad Parro, Managing Director of Ocean Specialists. “Our management team has served as investors, owners…
Int’l Register of Shipping Opens Singapore Office
International Register of Shipping (IRS) has opened an office in Singapore. The office will be designated as a regional centre for the classification society and will offer a wide range of services. “Singapore is one the busiest ports in the world and with a free market economy and political stability, many shipping companies are making this their home,” said Julian Padilla, Chairman of the Board of International Register of Shipping. “We intend to be the preferred service provider to these companies. The office is staffed by marine engineers, naval architects, master mariners, marine oil and gas specialists, marine risk and security specialists, oil terminal specialists and quality/environment/safety and safety lead auditors.
Drewry Appoint Philip Damas to the Board
Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited announced that Philip Damas has been appointed a director of the company, with responsibility for developing Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the specialist supply chain consulting practice within the Drewry group. Philip joined Drewry in 2005 from American Shipper with many years of experience of analyzing the international logistics challenges of exporters and importers in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Philip will also be responsible for further improving specialist market intelligence and cost benchmarks for international logistics, including Drewry's industry-leading freight rate benchmarks.
P&I Club Strengthens Management
North of England P&I club strengthened its management team with the appointment of four new directors to the board of its wholly owned management company, North Insurance Management Limited (NIML). The now 13-strong NIML board is led by managing director Rodney Eccleston and deputy managing directors Paul Jennings and Alan Wilson. The newly appointed directors are financial controller Jeff O’Neill, underwriter Thya Kathiravel, admiralty claims specialist Colin Trappe and FD&D specialist Katherine Birchall. All were formerly associate directors.
Hydrolink Teams with ASRY
Hydrolink, the Sharjah based specialist engineering company, have teamed with leading Gulf Ship Repair Facility ASRY of Bahrain to provide a complete range of hydraulic services to vessel owners and operators. The two Gulf companies have signed an agreement which will allow Hydrolink and ASRY to extend the services they offer to mutual clients. Hydrolink are providing hydraulic experts from Sharjah together with specialist hydraulic repair and test equipment to fit out a purpose built workshop provided by ASRY.
De Poli Tankers Extends VSAT Deal with Marlink
Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers BV has extended its contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for its fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers. De Poli Tankers' in-house ITC company, Maritime Performances BV, chose to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up in a single easy to manage bundle, Marlink said. De Poli Tankers first migrated to Marlink VSAT from L-band only communications in 2013…
ABS Approves Anyboat as External Specialist
Anyboat Marine Electronics has received ABS certification as a radio technician external specialist to conduct GMDSS radio station surveys, for ABS classed vessels. ABS approval included a review of Anyboat's Quality Assurance System, an audit of their facilities and a practical demonstration of services.
CBP Intercepts Pest in Sea Cargo
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists conducted nearly 5 million agricultural cargo inspections last fiscal year, up more than 16 percent over the year before. Many shipments get routine inspections; others are targeted for closer scrutiny for various reasons. Last month, one carried the beginnings of a dangerous insect that was, fortunately, stopped dead in its tracks. On the morning of February 17, 2005, at the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island, New York, CBP Agriculture Specialists were processing cargo coming in from the Far East. A group of containers had been targeted by CBP for a more in-depth inspection.
Chinese Ship Repair Potential Unlocked
Two leading European shipyard supervision and specialist ship repair groups have joined forces to provide a specialist ship repair service in China. Cardiff-based Graig Shipping Plc and Barry-based Harris Pye Marine Ltd. have launched Graig Harris Pye (China) Ltd, which will meet all ship repair and conversion needs of shipowners from its modern Shanghai office. of Graig. "Very competitive steelwork prices, and a flexible, skilled workforce are attractive to owners. specialist pipework and steelwork projects, boilers and economisers, and can provide supervision and skilled technicians for all aspects of marine repair in China. John Coffin has been appointed general manager of Graig Harris Pye. team of shipyard supervisors based in Shanghai. China.
LR Acquires ODS
A Lloyd’s Register Group company has acquired Ødegaard & Danneskiold-Samsøe A/S (ODS), a Danish consultancy specialising in noise, vibration and machinery dynamics. The acquisition will build on the strengths of both organisations and will enable the Lloyd’s Register Group to offer the marine, rail and oil and gas industries a wider range of services designed to solve noise, vibration and machinery performance problems. ODS’ capabilities will complement and strengthen those of Lloyd’s Register EMEA’s existing Technical Investigations department. ODS is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of noise and vibration, employing over 40 highly-qualified personnel who perform a wide range of noise…
Kåre Jonsson appointed Group Senior Specialist
Volvo Penta´s engineer Kåre Jonsson has been appointed Group Senior Specialist within the Volvo Group for his unique propeller competencies. Group Senior Specialist is an honorary title that is awarded to individuals with unique skills and expertise in a specific area within the Volvo Group - one of the giants in the global commercial transport industry with approximately 100,000 employees and net sales of around USD 50 billion. Kåre Jonsson complies with all the criteria that are set in order to be regarded as a specialist.
Glacier Energy Services Acquires Ross Offshore
International oilfield specialist Glacier Energy Services confirmed the acquisition of Aberdeen-based Ross Offshore in a multi-million pound deal, further extending its onsite specialist technical support offering to the energy industry. The purchase sees Glacier Energy Services establish an offshore division headquarters at Ross Offshore's modern facility at Peterseat Drive in Aberdeen. Following the acquisition, Glacier has a combined turnover of more than £15million, with a global staff of 110 people across its operational hubs in Glasgow…