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Saturday, November 25, 2017

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New Water Taxi to Connect for Old Town Alexandria

National Harbor, the mile-and-a-quarter-long waterfront development under construction just south of the Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County. Riverboat Company and Milt Peterson, founder and chairman of Washington, D.C.-area developer, The Peterson Companies, which is developing the mixed-use project, announced today that the Potomac Riverboat Company will begin seven-day-a-week water taxi service between the two riverside destinations in April 2008. Two newly-commissioned 99-passenger boats, which are yet-to-be named, will run initially on the half-hour between 10 A.M. and 10 P.M., providing 50 one- way trips daily between the Alexandria City Marina and the Commercial North Pier at National Harbor. The crossing is expected to take 20 minutes.

USCG to Establish Security Zone for State of the Union Address

The Coast Guard will establish a temporary security zone Tuesday in designated waters in the National Capital Region for the State of the Union address. The security zone will be in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, which may limit or prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users. The security zone will include the Potomac River from the Francis Scott Key Bridge, south to approximately two miles north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The security zone will also include the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin as well as the Anacostia River from the 11th Street Bridge to its confluence with the Potomac River. Entering or operating in the security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the captain of the port of Baltimore.

Swift on Display in Washington

HSV 2 Swift the US Navy’s high speed vessel built by Incat in Tasmania,Australia, and leased to the Navy by Bollinger Incat USA, went on display in Washington DC area recently. Traversing the Potomac River on her way to the berth at Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, the high speed vessel passed under the open Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The future of naval combat was on display in the Washington D.C. area, when the U.S. Navy's contracted high-speed vessel (HSV) Swift, pulled pierside in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, March 30-April 3.

New COO for Geodis Wilson

Eric Martin-Neuville

Geodis Wilson is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Martin-Neuville as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Freight Board Member of Geodis Wilson with immediate effect. Eric will be taking over responsibility from Fernando Gea who is retiring from his position as COO of Geodis Wilson. Eric Martin-Neuville joined the Geodis Group in 1985, and as well as holding the position of Managing Director, Geodis Wilson France, for many years, Eric has spent a considerable time working for the Group in Asia-Pacific.

Wilson Sons to Build Tugs for Saam Smit

Image: Damen

Wilson Sons Limited announces to its shareholders that the shipyard subsidiary Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has signed a contract to construct two azimuth tugboats for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil S.A. (Saam Smit), to be delivered within twenty months of payment of the first installment of each vessel. The vessels have a length of 24 meters and a beam of 11 meters with bollard pull of 70 metric tons. Damen Gorinchem Shipyards, who designed the projects, have been working with Wilson Sons in Brazil for more than 20 years.

Wilson Sons Place OSRV Brazil Shipyard Contract

Ocean Wilson OSV: Photo credit the owner

Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has contracted with  Braizilian subsidiary shipyard Oceanpact  for the construction of four Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs), with recovered oil storage capacity of 1,050 m³, a length of 67 meters, and a beam of 14 meters. Wilson inform that for the construction of the four vessels, Oceanpact will pay approximately BRL 333 million (three hundred and thirty three million brazilian reais). The vessels, which are scheduled to be delivered by 2016, will be built in Wilson Sons' Shipyard complex, in Guarujá (SP).

Wilson Elected To TransCoastal Board

TransCoastal Marine Services elected Richard O. Wilson to its board of directors on September 8. Wilson, who currently is a director of Callon Petroleum, has more than 40 years of management and executive experience in the marine construction industry.

Wilson Ship Management, WSS Signs Service Fleet Agreement

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) finalized a five-year Safety Service Fleet Agreement with Wilson Ship Management (WSM), sealing the deal last week in Oslo at Norshipping. Wilson Ship Management has been testing WSS’s new Safety Service Concept over the last 12 months. “In today’s market, we are continually looking for ways in which we can keep costs under control," said Heine Olsen, Fleet Manager at Wilson Ship Management . The contract with Norwegian-based WSM is the first of its kind for WSS. “This agreement is a result of successful team work between ourselves and Wilson Ship Management.

Geodis Wilson Appoints Middle East Managing Director

Sascha Geiken

Global freight management company, Geodis Wilson, said it plans to continue growing its Middle East network and has announced the appointment of Sascha Geiken as new Cluster Managing Director for the Middle East region. Sascha Geiken joined Geodis Wilson in 2009 as Managing Director of Geodis Wilson United Arab Emirates. In his new position as Cluster Managing Director, he will be responsible UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Sascha Geiken, who started his freight forwarding career in 1995, has many years of experience in the Middle East working for major logistics companies.

Wilson Sons InksTwo PSV Contracts with Damen

From left to right: Erik Hertel (Sales Manager Damen), Bram Verwijs (Project Manager Damen), Michael Schröder (CEO Ultratug), Federico Irrgang (President Wilson, Sons Ultratug), Arnaldo Calbucci (Vice-President Wilson, Sons), Martín Brau (CEO Antares Naviera), |René Berkvens (CEO Damen), Adalberto Souza  (Director Wilson Sons Shipyard), Frits van Drenth (Product Director Damen), Arnout Damen (COO Damen), Rutger Dolk (Sales Manager Damen) [Photo: Damen]

At the International Tug, Salvage and OSV Convention on June 19, Wilson Sons (Brazil) and Damen Shipyards Group (Netherlands) signed a contract for two Damen PSV 5000s. This contract further strengthens cooperation between the two companies, where Wilson Sons builds vessels locally using a Damen design, engineering and material package. The PSV 5000s, measuring 85 meters in length and 19 meters in width, will feature a diesel-electric propulsion line with DP2 station keeping capabilities.

Cellular Signal Boosters: Relief for Inland & Coastal Mariners

Wilson Electronics, a U.S.-based manufacturer of cellular signal boosters, is targeting inland and coastal waterway users with a new marine initiative. The development of a signal booster kit that improves cellular coverage for boaters on inland waterways and for near-shore mariners means that dropped connections and no-service zones may be a thing of the past. Cellular booster systems take a weak signal – sometimes too faint for a cellular device to detect – and boost it so that strong…

Damen PSV for Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore

PSV 5000 Larus Courtesy Damen

Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and the Chilean maritime services provider Ultramar, has taken delivery of a Damen PSV 5000. The vessel was built at Wilson Sons shipyard in Guaruja,Brazil. The delivery is the first of a two-vessel contract, with the second vessel due for completion later in 2016. “For this vessel, and the one still under construction, we provided the full engineering package in addition to certain key materials,” says Damen Sales Manager Americas Rutger Dolk.

St. Lawrence Seaway Welcomes New Board Member

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James (Jim) Wilson to its Board for a three year term beginning January 27, 2012, as the representative for the steel and iron ore industries. Mr. Wilson currently serves as General Manager, Raw Materials, for ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. and has over 40 years’ experience within the iron ore and steel industries, spanning roles in research, production, and purchasing. A graduate of McMaster University, his career encompasses a diverse range of progressively more senior assignments. He has served as a Director and President of Wabush Resources Inc. and as a Director for both the Arnaud Railway and the Wabush Lake Railway. Mr.

Navy Lab Expert Honored

David T. Wilson, a structural engineer at Carderock Division headquarters, is the Naval Sea Systems Command Engineer of the Year. This honor provides visible recognition of his many accomplishments over the years in understanding and control of weapons effects for the Navy, thereby improving ship designs to withstand damage. Wilson is the Navy's leading expert in this area. His international reputation in survivability stems from his years of success developing solutions for the U.S. and foreign naval vessels. His expertise enables development of ship design methods, validation of advanced modeling and simulation, plus improvements in survivability of ship and ship systems under combat threat conditions.

Stewart, Wilson Promoted by Northrop Grumman NNS

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Newport News sector announced two promotions. and Submarine Fleet Maintenance and Veasey Wilson is promoted to vice president, Supply Chain Management. Stewart, who previously served as director for Surface Ship and Submarine Fleet Maintenance, is responsible for all aspects of naval and commercial surface ship and submarine fleet maintenance from pre-contract through delivery. Tom Schievelbein, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of its Newport News sector. Life Cycle Engineering and program director, Ship Repair. administration from the College of William and Mary. Management. business planning, analysis and efficiency. and implement cross-sector opportunities for material cost savings. Schievelbein.

Wilson, Sons Delivers Damen-designed PSV's

Talha-Mar

Four more vessels under construction. Damen Shipyards is further strengthening its involvement in the Brazilian offshore market with six Platform Supply Vessels, type PSV 4500, built under license by Wilson, Sons (Santos, Brazil) for Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore (WSUT). Two vessels have been recently delivered; the other four will be delivered throughout 2013. Damen and Wilson have enjoyed a business relationship for 20 years and the new vessels will be supplied to WSUT, a joint venture between Brazilian operator Wilson, Sons and the Chilean Ultratug group for long term charter to Petrobras.

Kim Pedersen Promoted at Geodis Wilson

Kim Pedersen: Photo credit Geodis Wilson

Kim Pedersen, 47, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson, heading up the Freight Forwarding Division. “In Kim Pedersen we have a person at the top of our freight forwarding activities who brings the capabilities, the experience and most importantly the right mindset to lead this important business unit of Geodis further into areas of strong and sustainable growth on a global scale”, says Marie Christine Lombard, CEO of Geodis. Geodis Wilson today generates more than 37% of the group’s revenue and increased its turnover in 2012 to 2,64bn € (2011: 2,39bn €).

Kirby Christens ATB in New Orleans

Inland and coastal giant christens ATB duo Jason E. Duttinger and Winna Wilson in an October New Orleans ceremony. The crew of the Jason E. Duttinger took a break from hauling coal between Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and Florida on Oct. 30 as Kirby Corp. of Houston christened the articulated tug-and-barge unit in New Orleans at the dock of the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Both units were named in honor of two special individuals. Jason Duttinger was a senior transportation specialist at North Carolina-based Duke Energy when he died of cancer in 2011.

Geodis Wilson Appoints New Cluster MD

Rene Bach-Larsen

Geodis Wilson announced the appointment of Rene Bach-Larsen as Cluster Managing Director of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Looking forward to his new role of developing Geodis Wilson’s business in one of Asia’s most dynamic economical hubs, Rene said, “The Southeast Asia market—Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam—is certainly often overlooked as a growth area because of its modest size compared to the biggest players China and India. However, from a global perspective, it is actually a key area. It has weathered the global recession well and is experiencing rapid growth.

New-build Waterway Cruise Ship Godmother Chosen

An AmaWaterways Cruise Ship: Photo courtesy of AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways has chosen Valerie Wilson of Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. to be Godmother of the lines new ship 'AmaPrima'. Wilson will christen the ship at a traditional christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany on August 6, 2013. As the New York City-based Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Valerie Wilson Travel, Wilson leads one of the largest privately owned and family-managed travel agencies in the United States. She also serves on numerous advisory boards and as a mentor to up-and-coming travel professionals.

Cargotec SmartPort Solutions at Brazilian Terminals

At the Brazilian container terminals Tecon Salvador and Tecon Rio Grande both part of the Wilson Sons Group, Cargotec is integrating the SmartLanes process automation solution for gate automation. SmartLanes is part of the process automation offering of the Cargotec SmartPort concept and is delivered in partnership with APS Technology Group, part of Cargotec SmartPort Alliance. Wilson Sons is one of the largest operators in port, maritime and logistics services in Brazil. With its activities having started in 1837 in Salvador, the company has established itself as a well-known service provider. At the two terminals the company operates it was decided to introduce gate OCR technology to improve both security and productivity by improving the information quality and reducing human error.

Geodis Wilson Appoints New Managing Director

Photo: Geodis Wilson

Geodis Wilson appointmented Santiago Jimeno as the new Managing Director of Colombia with immediate effect. Santiago will have full responsibility for all Geodis Wilson operations in the country and will report directly to John Gallahan, Regional Vice-President – Americas. Santiago is replacing Leif Voelcker who has relocated to India to accept the position of Cluster Managing Director – South Asia. Commenting on the appointment Gallahan said, “Having worked at a senior level within the freight forwarding sector in South America for many years…

Geodis Wilson Appoints New Global Director

Global freight management company Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Mark Ness as new Global Industry Director – FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). Mark’s appointment reflects the importance to Geodis Wilson managing growth in the highly volatile FMCG – Retail vertical - a truly global market sector in constant flux, with ever greater product ranges, faster item turnovers, and an increasing demand for flexible, transparent and seamless supply chain management. Ness has been more than 25 years in the logistics industry with a significant amount of time focused on the FMCG business. The majority of his career has been spent with logistics service providers but he was also employed for five years by Kellogg’s…

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