IBIA CEO Quits to Join Saudi Seaport
International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) chief Cliff Brand resigns to become Marine Director, King Abdullah Economic City Seaport. International Bunker Industry Association has announced that it is searching for a new chief executive following the resignation of its Chief Executive Cliff Brand. Cliff Brand will be leaving the organisation on 28 March, 2013. IBIA board member Trevor Harrison will act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found, having previously acted as IBIA chief executive for 15 months during 2011/12.
Coast Guard Searches for Man Overboard
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans and a boat crew from Station Gulfport are searching for a Northport, Ala., man that fell overboard from the Carnival cruise ship Conquest between 12 and 1 a.m. this morning. The accident occurred in a stretch of the Gulfport ship canal between Cat Island and Ship Island. The crews of motor vessel Pattiesmack, a Gulfport pilot boat and boats from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and the National Park Service are assisting with the search. The Conquest safely moored in Gulfport at about 1:30 a.m. this morning. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Mobile is working with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office to investigate this incident.
In Their Third Century of Shiprepair
The year was 1895. Grover Cleveland was in the second of his two nonconsecutive terms as President of the United States. In Mobile, Ala. a new shipyard opened at the ft. of Palmetto Street, named Harrison Brothers Dry Dock& Repair Yard, Inc. About 1915, it moved across the Mobile River to Blakely Island and they have been located there ever since. In 1958, the company opened a second shipyard about a mile south of the original location. Today the original facility is known as the Upper Yard and handles brown water repair and the Lower Yard is for blue water projects, although crossover projects do occur. Recently a 100-ft. barge came in for repair and the dry dock at the upper or brown water yard was not available to handle it, so the Lower Yard did the repair.
IBIA appoints interim Chief Executive
Trevor Harrison has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). The move follows the recent resignation of Ian Adams, the former Chief Executive. Trevor Harrison is a member of the IBIA Board, a barrister of more than 30 years' standing and author of the just published book, Legal Issues in Bunkering. He is undertaking the new role on a part-time basis in addition to his principal activities as a maritime arbitrator and commercial mediator. IBIA Chairman Bob Lintott said: “In his capacity as an IBIA Board Member and before that as an Association member, Trevor has worked closely with the Secretariat on many different matters over the past few years.
New Book on Legal Aspects of Bunkering
Petrospot Limited has recently published Legal Issues in Bunkering: An Introduction to the Law Relating to the Sale and Use of Marine Fuels: a new book by barrister and legal consultant Trevor Harrison. The book offers an accessible overview of the legal aspects of bunkering, distilling salient points and summarizing the more arcane elements of the subject. The book is not intended as a substitute for professional help or casebooks on shipping law, but it will certainly educate the reader about the key legal topics and, importantly, guide him in the right direction should a contract go wrong.
IBIA to Engage in LNG Issues
The International Bunker Industry Association's (IBIA) board has taken a formal decision to “become more closely engaged in LNG matters”. The move was announced at last week's IBIA's Annual Convention, held in Barcelona, by its acting chief executive Trevor Harrison. He told delegates that the association would become more involved in the ongoing discussions on LNG as a fuel at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The potential of LNG as a fuel for merchant ships received considerable attention. Several speakers referred to the issue while addressing industry concerns about the 2015 implementation of the 0.1% sulphur content cap in bunkers used within Emission Control Areas (ECAs). In addition one session was entirely devoted to the prospects for widespread use of LNG.
John Harrison Appointed General Counsel of Technip
Technip appoints John Harrison to its Executive Committee as General Counsel. In this newly created function, John Harrison will as General Counsel be responsible in the Executive Committee for all group legal, corporate and compliance matters and will report to the Chairman and CEO of Technip, Thierry Pilenko. Prior to his appointment and since 2003, John Harrison was General Counsel of the Defence and Security Division of EADS. Harrison brings international experience to Technip having started his career in 1991 at the international law firm Clifford Chance, working consecutively in their London, New York and Paris offices. From 1998 onwards he held senior legal positions in Airbus and in the EADS Group.
IBIA Appoints New Directors
Following an election, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Robin Meech (Marine and Energy Consulting) and Ciric Cheung (Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers HK) to its board from 1 April 2012. They replace previous IBIA chairman Mike Ball (Gearbulk UK) and Mustafa Muhtaroglu (Energy Petrol) who have served seven and nine year terms of office respectively. Trevor Harrison was re-elected to serve another term. The announcement was made at the IBIA Annual Dinner in London by Vice Chairman Nigel Draffin who, as previously announced, becomes Chairman on 1 April.
HCDC, Edison Chouest Agree on Deal
The Harrison County Development Commission approved a land deal with Edison Chouest Offshore, in which HCDC is to sell 23 acres in Bernard Bayou Industrial Park to the company for $994,500 and to lease 7.8 acres along the industrial seaway for $10,850 per month. The company has declined to discuss its plans. The transaction now has to go to the Board of Supervisors. (Source: Biloxi Sun Herald)
Potential Bidders Eye Waterway Contracts
State and federal officials held a meeting at the Harrison County Courthouse on March 7 for potential contractors who will bid to clean up inland channels and waterways in the three coastal counties. An overflow crowd of 150 demolition and salvage professionals packed a courtroom to learn from the U.S. Coast Guard and Mississippi's Department of Marine Resources the work they will have to do to get the contracts. The federal government has issued a solicitation at www.fedbizopps.gov for the first group of several contracts to clean marine debris in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties. The Coast Guard said that at least 15 percent of work for each contract would have to be done by locals as a stipulation of using a possible $33 million in FEMA disaster funds for the cleanup.
Harrison to Retire from International Shipholding
nternational Shipholding Corporation has announced the retirement of William H. Harrison, a veteran of 44 years with Waterman Steamship Corporation and its affiliates, effective June 30, 2008. Nicolas Walker will assume the duties of in his new capacity as director of compliance for LMS Shipmangement, Inc. During his tenure with the company, Harrison held positions as port engineer, construction representative, district superintendent in , marine superintendent, fleet manager, vice president and senior vice president.
Northeastern Small Vessel Security Summit
The Coast Guard will host the Northeastern Small Vessel Security Summit June 7, from 9 a.m., until 4 p.m., at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass. The conference is free and open to all small vessel stakeholders. The goal of the forum is to allow attendees to discuss how to reduce risks and threats to smaller vessels on the water and to communicate security concerns in ports and along waterways of the northeast. Representatives from the Coast Guard and the Homeland Security Institute are scheduled to give presentations. "This forum is a great opportunity for mariners to speak directly with the Coast Guard and Homeland Security to share ideas and concerns," said Lt. Trevor Cowan with waterways management at the First Coast Guard District in Boston.
Harrison Gets Conversion Job
Harrison Brothers Dry Dock & Repair Yard, Inc. has begun the preparations to begin the transformation of a 260 ft. Offshore Deck Barge into a 120 berth accommodations Flotel. The projects final destination is off the coast of for an undisclosed Oil & Gas Exploration Company. Harrison Brothers is planning to work around the clock to expedite the project ahead of schedule. The Heavy Fabrication will be performed by their recently completed New Build Facility complimented by the repair department’s century of outfitting experience.
IBIA to deliver Enhanced Bunkering Course
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has appointed the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) as one of two bodies to be the training service provider of its Enhanced Bunkering Course for Cargo Officers in Singapore. From 1 July 2012 all new cargo officers will be required to not only be familiar with the requirements of the Singapore Standard on Bunkering (SS 600), but also to have successfully completed the Enhanced Bunkering Course, prior to working independently on board bunker tankers. Existing cargo officers will be required to attend and successfully complete the course by 30 June 2013. The move is part of MPA’s on-going efforts to enhance cargo officers’ professionalism and competency.
Bunkering Safety Training in Singapore Introduced
From 1 July this year all new cargo officers will be required to not only be familiar with the requirements of the Singapore Standard on Bunkering (SS 600), but also to have successfully completed the Enhanced Bunkering Course, prior to working independently on board bunker tankers. Existing cargo officers will be required to attend and successfully complete the course by 30 June 2013. The move is part of MPA’s on-going efforts to enhance cargo officers’ professionalism and competency. IBIA, along with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), has run a cargo officers’ course since 2009, to enhance cargo officers’ technical knowledge on bunkering related shipboard operations as well as to raise general awareness of maritime security and personal safety.
IBIA Seeks New Chief Executive
The International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) has announced that it is seeking a new Chief Executive to run the organisation from its Southampton headquarters. The 600 member trade association has been run by IBIA board member and maritime arbitrator Trevor Harrison on an interim basis since the resignation of its previous Chief Executive last year. “Representing interests from across the entire marine fuels industry at the highest level represents an exciting opportunity for someone with extensive shipping or oil industry knowledge.
Adams, Chief Executive of IBIA
Ian Adams has been appointed the first ever Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) following the decision to change from a 25-member Council of Management to an executive structure headed by a Board of Directors. Adams was formerly Secretary-General of IBIA which, since its formation in 1993, has been governed by a Council of Management. The decision to restructure was unanimously agreed by members at the IBIA convention in Cape Town in November last year.
USACE Seeks Comment on Gulfport Harbor Navigation Project
The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) relating to the Federal Gulfport Harbor Navigation Project in Harrison County, Mississippi. Comments should be submitted by April 2. Source: HK Law
New Addition to The Shearer Group Team
The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) has announced a new addition to its naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying practice. Harrison Brann joined TSGI in October of 2015 as a naval architect. In 2011, Harrison graduated with a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has a wide range of knowledge of marine engineering specialties including ship stability, damage analysis, systems integration, ship survivability, and firefighting systems.
Cummins Names Harrison Dir. Marine EMEA
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has named Neil Harrison Director Marine for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Harrison will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) within EMEA, including business development and support. He will be located in Daventry, U.K. and will report directly to Geoff Conrad, Marine Business General Manager. Harrison joined Cummins in 1986 as an Engineering Graduate after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow University. Over the next two decades, Harrison worked in a variety of service and marketing roles in the automotive…
VT Group names Harrison Finance Director
VT Group has appointed Philip Harrison as its new finance director with effect from November 19. Harrison joins VT Group from Hewlett-Packard where he has been vice president finance for Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2002. The shipbuilding and support services company said that group commercial director Chris Cundy, who was the acting finance director, will now focus fully on PFI, business development and the group's shipbuilding joint venture. Source: Thomson
Harrison Brothers Contributes to a Mission of Mercy
Ever once in a while a truly unique marine story comes along: one where a shipyard is giving back not to the community in which it is located, but to the world. Such is the case right now at Harrison Brothers Shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The company has donated dock space and shipyard services to the Caribbean Mercy, one of three vessels of the Mercy Ships fleet that bring desperately needed medical care to the poorest of the poor in Central America and Africa. The Caribbean Mercy is at Harrison Brothers for engine repair, restocking and other repairs. The 272-ft. vessel specializes in bringing the precious gift of sight to those who badly need it.
Marine Fuel Quality Improving -IBIA
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) noted an improvement in bunker quality from across the marine fuels supply chain thanks in part to a campaign launched by the association. Addressing an audience of more than 1,000 marine fuel buyers, suppliers and traders at the association’s annual dinner in London last night, IBIA Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen said that the early results for 2015 show that there has been a marked improvement in bunker fuel quality with 8% of samples found to be off-spec compared with 10% in 2014. These results are based on samples taken by testing company Intertek ShipCare. “Test figures for standard…