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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Global Supply Chain Security

In this timely work, James Giermanski describes the advent and subsequent development of security operations in the global supply chain, outlining the respective contributions of governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders to this worldwide concern. Global Supply Chain Security explores the potential impact of port-related catastrophic events in the United States and their effects worldwide, concentrating, in particular, on the United States’ contribution to global container security. Offering insights on deficiencies in U.S.

ABS Names New Chief Engineer

Bret Montaruli (Photo: ABS)

Montaruli steps up at ABS as technical engineering authority. ABS, a provider of classification to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the appointment of Bret Montaruli as Vice President and Chief Engineer. In his new role, Montaruli will be responsible for overseeing the interpretation, application and compliance with the ABS Rules across all ABS Engineering offices worldwide. Montaruli steps into his new position February 15, 2016 to replace Jim Gaughan, who is retiring from ABS after 30 years of service.

Creative Systems Offers GHS Training

Creative Systems, Inc., developers of GHS, has several training classes scheduled for the remainder of 2011. This training provides the naval architect the knowledge and confidence to make use of the flexibility of power that are available in this software package. The Canadian Coast Guard will be hosting general GHS class, including model building and stability calculations. London Offshore Consultants will be hosting intermediate GHS class, dealing with salvage operations. Nick Danese Applied Research will be hosting an advanced GHS class in Probabilistic Damage. Class sizes are limited, so please contact Creative Systems directly for a seat in any of these classes. Additional future classes can be arranged at your location or at the offices of Creative Systems in Port Townsend, WA, USA.

New Naval Engineering Education Center

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) signed a contract agreement May 6 to establish a Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC). The purpose of the NEEC will be to educate and develop world-class naval systems engineers for the Navy's civilian acquisition, engineering and science workforce. Led by the University of Michigan, the NEEC Consortium will initially be comprised of 15 colleges and universities, along with the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and the Society of Naval Architects and Engineering (SNAME). Other colleges and universities included in the NEEC Consortium include Virginia Polytechnic Institute…

Naval Engineering Education Center Kick Off

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) celebrated the kick off of the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), launching a three-day conference at the University of Michigan, July 26-28. NEEC is a new partnership between NAVSEA and a consortium of 15 top colleges and universities as well as 2 engineering professional societies focused on developing the Navy's future science, engineering and acquisition workforce. “Sailors depend upon you to give them a ship with a technological edge. The NEEC will provide the best minds and training to give the Sailors the technological edge they rely on," said Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the keynote speaker at the Kick-Off event.

Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

Jorge L. Quijano at Conference

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports. Furthermore, once the Panama Canal Expansion…

Vryhof Makes Two Senior Appointments

Evan Zimmerman and Clément Mochet (Photo: Vryhof)

Anchoring and mooring solutions provider Vryhof has made two senior appointments: Evan Zimmerman as Vryhof’s new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Clément Mochet as new Commercial Director for Vryhof’s business unit, Vryhof Anchors. Based in Houston, Zimmerman has been tasked with pushing improvement within Vryhof’s technology, management systems and engineering capabilities. In particular, he will support Vryhof in strengthening its mooring equipment technologies…

University of North Texas Wins IANA Competition

Joni Casey, President and CEO of IANA

A student team fielded by the University of North Texas (UNT) won the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) third annual Intermodal Challenge, earning national recognition for their university through IANA’s growing young professionals development program. The first place award was presented to UNT’s Curtis Pogue, Sarah McLaughlin and Chris Turner at the Intermodal Expo in Houston, Texas. Undergraduate business schools from the Universities of North Texas, Maryland and North Florida (IANA Scholarship Award recipients) as well as Auburn University competed…

Shipping Firms Pay $1.9 Mln for Pollution Cover-up

Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore will pay $1.9 million in penalties after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage into the sea. Defendants Egyptian Tanker Company and Thome Ship Management are the owner and operator of the offending vessel, the 57,920 gross ton, 809-foot long, oceangoing, oil tank ship called the M/T ETC Mena. The plea agreement was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston for the Eastern District of Texas.

Texas A&M Picks Transas/BCG for Simulator Replacement Project

Texas State Maritime Program, a component of Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator. Using Transas Marine's unique combination of simulation software, dedicated hardware (real ship controls) and commercial-off-the-shelf components, the simulator will be an ideal tool in the training and certification of United States Maritime Service Cadets.

Students Protect Inlets from Oil Contamination

NSCS Students Setting Up Oil Boom

A new Texas Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies (TIPS) program, being developed by researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will soon be in place to protect our state’s sensitive bays and estuaries from the potential harm of offshore oil spills. The bays and estuaries of the Texas coast serve as nurseries for several species of marine organisms including sport fish. These estuaries are connected to the Gulf of Mexico through various inlets. An oil spill in any of these sensitive habitats has the potential to kill fish and even shut down popular tourist areas.

Wärtsilä Donates Engine to Texas A&M University

The 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine donated to Texas A&M Galveston is housed in an engineering lab on the University campus. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has donated an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engine and generating set, to the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The donation represents a continuation of Wärtsilä's ongoing industry support programme aimed at helping future maritime sector leaders to acquire detailed understanding of marine technologies. The donation includes specialty tools and will provide students with valuable hands-on experience for expanding their knowledge of engine repairs, emissions and fuel economy.

Stephen H. DonCarlos Named to Port Commission

Stephen H.  DonCarlos

Attorney Stephen H. DonCarlos was appointed to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority by the Harris County Mayors and Councils Association on Sept. 19. The Harris County Mayors and Councils Association is an organization representing 26 cities in Harris County. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. DonCarlos was named to the seat previously held by Jimmy Burke. Burke  had served as Port Commissioner since 1999. An attorney with Reid, Strickland & Gillette, L.L.P., DonCarlos was elected as Mayor of the City of Baytown in May 2006.

Superior Energy Appoints New Executives

Superior Energy Services, Inc. announced that Patrick Zuber has been appointed Executive Vice President, International Sales, and Charles Hardy has been named Executive Vice President, Marine Services. Mr. Zuber resides in Dubai. During the past 12 years he held various international business development positions at major oilfield service companies. Mr. Zuber has also served in a range of management, business development, and engineering positions for both service and exploration and production companies over his career that spans more than 25 years.

University of Hawaii Pushing Navy Research Center

Some University of Hawaii officials and faculty members are still pushing for a Navy research center on campus despite the Faculty Senate's rejection of the project, according to an AP story. University lawyers are reviewing the contract for a Navy University Affiliated Research Center to address concerns of faculty leaders who recently voted against the proposed military partnership. The vote against the center could be overturned if 100 professors sign a petition asking for a vote of all Manoa campus faculty members, according to the report. University faculty representatives voted 31-18 against the center, with opponents expressing fear it could disrupt existing programs, set up publication restrictions on research and allow for weapons development on campus.

Seaspan Names Hale Chief Administrative Officer

Brent Hale (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) has appointed Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Brent joined Seaspan in June 2015 as Vice President - Human Resources (HR). In this capacity Brent led the strategic reorganization of HR at Seaspan - implementing new HR and Labor Relations initiatives that facilitated rapid growth across the enterprise while significantly improving quality and efficiency. In his new role as CAO, Brent is accountable for leading Seaspan’s Corporate Shared Services, while continuing to be a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Thrustmaster Names Pineda Director of Sales and Marketing

Marcela Pineda (Photo:Thrustmaster of Texas)

Marcela Pineda has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Thrustmaster of Texas.   Pineda, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing. She joined Thrustmaster in 2012 as a Project Manager, and in 2013 was promoted into the role of Director of Projects.

W&T Offshore Announces Appointment

W&T Offshore, Inc. appointed Todd E. Grabois as Vice President and Treasurer. Grabois, age 46, was most recently Chief Financial Officer for Texas Independent Exploration Ltd., from 2001 to 2006. Prior to joining Texas Independent, he was with Benz Energy, Inc. and Texstar Petroleum for 17 years, serving in various positions, including Treasurer and Secretary. Grabois has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Texas A&M Chooses Transas

Texas State Maritime Program (TAMUG) has selected the Buffalo Computer Graphics and Transas Marine USA team for the contract to replace their existing ship simulator. The new simulator complex will consist of a Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 3000 full mission ship simulator system with integrated GMDSS communications simulation capabilities, as well as full integration with the existing BCG PCS100 five-station ARPA/Radar simulator. Using Transas Marine's combination of simulation software, dedicated hardware (real ship controls) and commercial-off-the-shelf components, the simulator will be an ideal tool in the training and certification of United States Maritime Service Cadets.

Texas A&M Trains on Latest Technology

Texas A&M students, Holly Ball and Nicholas Mogensen, seniors in the Marine Transportation Department, train with Rose Point Navigation ECS software on the bridge of the academy ship, General Rudder.

Maritime academy cadets at Texas A&M train on Rose Point ECS following a donation by Rose Point Navigation Systems. Maritime academy cadets at Texas A&M University at Galveston are now training on state-of-the-art electronic charting system software. Equipped with Rose Point ECS +Inland software, the academy can now prepare students to use the latest technology and ultimately improve maritime safety as these cadets graduate to shipboard jobs. “Rose Point ECS combines all the elements of electronic navigation…

ABS Names Director of Technology Integration

ABS has appointed Diana Diettrich to director, technology integration. engineering. Houston, Texas, as part of the classification society's overall global technology and research efforts. Diettrich joined ABS as a field surveyor in 1981. Since then she has held various U.S. based and international survey assignments before joining the Americas Division Classification staff and later the ABS Corporate Classification staff. Her most recent assignment was Survey Manager within ABS' Corporate Technology Division. Diettrich is a graduate of Texas Maritime Academy with a BS degree in Marine Engineering. She also received an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Master's of Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

USN Announces 2015 Young Investigators

Department of the  USN

It's a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty April 30, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Collectively, awardees will receive $18.8 million in grants to fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. This is a banner year for the program, administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which increased funding by 50 percent over last year.

Cindy's Remnants Drench Gulf Coast, Wreaking Havok

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought tornadoes and flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday and its heavy rains will drench much of the eastern United States in coming days, forecasters said. Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. Cindy is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm) of rain as it heads north and east into the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Mountains through Saturday, said Brian Hurley, a weather service meteorologist. Totals could reach 9 inches (22.5 cm) in some areas. "We're looking at quite a bit of rain. That's going to be the main threat," he said.

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