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Monday, March 30, 2020

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Remote Training with Vessel-specific Software

Kongsberg Maritime announced an integrated strategy to deliver remote, targeted training for its customers. Providing this service through digital platforms reduces travel, cost, time away from home and climate footprint. Three products – Remote Training, e-Learning and K-CAT (Kongsberg Competence Assessment Tool) – combine to ensure that vessel crews can fully benefit from Kongsberg’s expertise from the convenience and safety of their homes or offices.Remote Training is delivered through established virtual classrooms and online training tools.

 

Image caption: Svitzer operating in Point Tupper, Canada
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NuStar, Svitzer Extends Contract in Point Tupper

Svitzer has announced a five-year extension of their marine service contract with NuStar.Svitzer has been delivering towage services to NuStar in Point Tupper since 2010. The extension that comes into effect on August 1, 2020 supports NuStar’s Point Tupper Oil Storage facility with three tugs on time charter, performing berthing and unberthing for calling tankers and safety standby services at the terminal.

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ABS Helps Endsure Readiness of US Hospital Ships

ABS made a key contribution to the nation’s COVID-19 response effort, helping ensure the readiness of two ABS-classed U.S. Navy hospital ships.ABS surveyors on the U.S. East and West coast helped the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort sail to provide urgently needed hospital beds in New York and Los Angeles.USNS Mercy was in her home port in San Diego making preparations for a large shipyard repair package scheduled to begin in April. Her activation was advanced to support California’s request for the vessel to berth in Los Angeles.

New CEO Takes Over at Pan Ocean

South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean announced that Joong Ho Ahn is newly appointed as a Chief Executive Officer with effect from the date of the Board of Directors Meeting on March 30, 2020.The new CEO takes over for Sung Yob Choo who has retired before his term expired due to personal reasons.

Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group

Opinion: Getting Ahead of the Reality

In a few short months, the mayhem wrought by coronavirus has changed the world. Our response to the epidemic [more than the virus itself] has the potential to permanently alter the balance of the global economy. But it might be the kind of Black Swan event that we need to trigger real change in the shipping industry – and in particular its approach to digitalization of vessel operation.Like the worldview bubbles created by social media algorithms and fake news, the maritime industry is living in its own digitalization fantasyland - one fueled by vendor delusion and media misinformation.

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APM Terminals Pipavav Operational During COVID-19

APM Terminals Pipavav said operations continue at the Indian port in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.The port operator said it has adopted stringent measures in line with the guidelines of the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) and local governing bodies to ensure that the supply chain remains uninterrupted and availability of essential supplies is maintained.The port has adopted standard crisis protocol at both the international and local levels as per the various relevant guidelines of Govt.

Pernille Lind Olsen becomes new Group Vice President for Hempel Europe & Africa starting on 1 July 2020. Photo: Hempel

Hempel Makes Executive Changes

Current Group Vice President for Hempel South & East Asia, Pernille Lind Olsen, becomes new Group Vice President for Hempel Europe & Africa starting on 1 July 2020. At the same time, current Finance Director for Hempel Middle East Jonathan Mercer will take over Pernille Lind Olsen’s position as Group Vice Presi-dent for Hempel South & East Asia.Olsen has been with Hempel since November 2013. Since then, she has held positions as Group Product Director, Group Product & Portfolio Director and…

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Meatpacker JBS Flags Export Logistics Issues Amid Coronavirus

Brazil's JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, has identified potential logistics issues amid the coronavirus crisis including container shortages and port disruptions, according to executives discussing earnings results on Thursday.JBS executives said in a call on fourth-quarter earnings results that its export operations had not been hit by any disruptions, such as those that have affected frozen container cargos arriving in China in recent weeks. They said the company is banking on its long-term relationships with shipping providers to keep exports flowing.

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New Combined Separator for EGR and Bilge

Marinfloc has introduced its combined Exhaust Gas Recirculation Bleed Off water treatment system and Bilge water separator. The solution is approved by both DNV GL and MAN Energy Solutions and fulfills the requirements of MEPC 107(49) and MEPC 307(73). The approval means that only one separator is required instead of two. Reducing the amount of equipment needed on a vessel will provide shipyards, engine makers and ship owners with a significant cost saving solution. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) is used to reduce NOx as per the Tier III requirements when use with compliant fuel.

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Leases and Fees Defered at the Port of Hamburg

All tenants of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) in the port of Hamburg can apply for the interest-free moratorium of the building- and land lease for the months April, May and June. Payments can be deferred until December 31, 2020. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg furthermore supports the port industry in the current difficult situation by deferring charges. Ocean carriers, inland shipping companies and port skippers for example are able to request a moratorium for port dues payments for the months of April, May and June.

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Hanseaticsoft Urges Companies to Help Seafarers Reduce Stress

This year as Stress Awareness month (April) coincides with a global pandemic Hanseaticsoft, a provider of maritime software is urging shipping companies to tackle stress and depression amongst seafarers by ensuring connectivity at sea.During the coronavirus crisis this is even more imperative. Global travel restrictions and changes to crew change over frequencies could start to have a negative impact on seafarer’s health and well being if they have to stay on their ship longer…

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CMA CGM Launches Priority Cargo Service

The CMA CGM Group has launched SEAPRIORITY Go, a  new solution that offers priority boarding for goods during the loading process.SEAPRIORITY Go provides customers exclusive treatment: their goods will be given priority whether it be for container allocation or loading on board. Part of the BOOST category under the CMA CGM+ umbrella, this new solution helps to expand our customers’ business, even when demand is strong, giving them more agility, flexibility and protection.SEAPRIORITY Go will be offered for all shipments on major trades operated by CMA CGM effective March 27, 2020.

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DP World Berbera Orders 8 RTG Cranes

Liebherr Container Cranes and DP World Berbera have signed a contract for the supply of eight RTGs for DP World’s terminal in Berbera, Somaliland. The cranes are due to be ready for operation before the end of 2020.The high performance, variable speed diesel RTGs are six containers plus a truck lane wide and will stack one over five containers high. The machines are supplied with DGPS autosteering and stack profiling. Like all Liebherr RTGs, the machines incorporate Liebherr’s eight rope reeving no-sway-system.

Swire Shipping’s first 2,400 TEU newbuild, MV Changsha. (Photo: Swire Shipping)

Swire Adds Newbuild MV Changsha

As COVID-19 coverage dominates the world’s news cycle, it’s a pleasure to report on a new ship delivery, Swire Shipping’s first 2400TEU newbuild vessel, MV Changsha. The vessel was built at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., in China, and will be deployed on Swire Shipping’s South East Asia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands service.MV Changsha is part of a wider order book of eight feeder container vessels (four 2,400 TEU vessels and four 2,750 TEU vessels) scheduled for delivery in 2020…

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Diana Shipping CEO Tests Positive for COVID-19

Simeon Palios, chairman and CEO of Greek shipowner Diana Shipping, has tested postitive for COVID-19, and the company's board has appointed his daughter, deputy CEO Semiramis Paliou, as acting CEO on a temporary basis.As of March 24, Diana's fleet consists of 41 dry bulk vessels (four Newcastlemax, 13 Capesize, five Post-Panamax, five Kamsarmax and 14 Panamax), with a combined carrying capacity of 5.1 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.52 years.

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Reduced Appetite Expected for DP World’s $9bn Loan

Appetite for UAE global port operator DP World's $9bn loan financing is expected to weaken due to market turmoil caused by the coronavirus, bankers said.The loan was fully underwritten by Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, and went out to a wider group of DP World’s relationship banks in senior syndication, which closed at the end of last week, one of the bankers said.These banks included Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, MUFG, Emirates NBD, First Abu Dhabi Bank and HSBC, a second banker said.“Senior…

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Shipping Industry Urges G20 to Keep Freight Flowing

Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don't freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.After draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus, China's economy is slowly coming back online but logistics chains are backing up in other parts of the world.This has been compounded by ships being quarantined for up to two weeks and seafarers held up as countries impose lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) association…

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VIKING Offering E-learning Amid Coronavirus

VIKING Safety Academy has addressed a fast-emerging seafarer training issue brought by coronavirus by delivering a unique e-learning tool that can keep seafarers STCW-compliant until restrictions on movement and social interactions come to an end.With many countries in lockdown, face to face seafarer training is also being suspended and some flag administrations have responded by granting automatic three-month extensions to the STCW Certificates seafarers must update every five years.

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d’Amico to Trial Remote Ship Inspections

Shipowner d’Amico will trial remote inspection ship technology as the marine industry adjusts to the constraints placed on people’s movements imposed by national governments to limit the spread of COVID-19.Italian classification society RINA said its remote technology has been approved the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) for the inspections of Liberian flagged vessels, and it anticipates that the decision of LISCR could shortly be followed by other Flag Administrations.Alfonso Castillero…

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Kuosa Named CEO of NAPA

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA announced the appointment of Mikko Kuosa as Chief Executive Officer. Kuosa assumes the position from Ilmo Kuutti, who served as CEO of NAPA Group for three years. Kuutti continues as an Advisor and a member of the NAPA Board of Directors.Mikko Kuosa, who joined NAPA in 1999, holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Since joining, Kuosa has taken on various leadership positions at NAPA.

Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. Photo: HII

HII Promotes Jones, Fuller at its Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced changes to its leadership team at its Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective March 13.Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. She has served as the acting vice president since January. Jones has more than 22 years of shipbuilding experience, including positions of increasing responsibility in operations, planning, manufacturing, nuclear support and corporate strategic planning.

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Port of Hamburg Says Containers Are In Good Supply

The Port of Hamburg, responding to reports of bottlenecks in the supply of empty containers, conducted a flash poll this week asking shipping lines about the current situation and found that shipping lines see no appreciable scarcity of equipment in Hamburg and other German seaports, with no shortages expected to arise.According to Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), the shipping lines mentioned several factors that provide for a stable supply of empty equipment. Most shipping companies plan their disposition of empty boxes about three to four weeks in advance.

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Western Supply Chains Buckle as Coronavirus Lockdowns Spread

Freight carriers are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air as the coronavirus pandemic forces Western governments to impose lockdowns, threatening supplies of vital products including medicines into the most affected areas, such as Italy.While China's draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus are now allowing its economy slowly to come back online, supply chains are backing up in other parts of the world.Problems ranging from finding enough truck drivers to restrictions on seafarers and a lack of air freight are hitting the smooth flow of goods…

The Wärtsilä navigation simulator is an essential enabler in the ISTLAB project aimed at creating a testing environment for smart autonomous vessels. Photo: SAMK / Pekka Lehmuskallio

Wärtsilä Simulation Technology for SAMK

The technology group Wärtsilä has delivered a navigation simulator and specific mathematical models to the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in the city of Rauma, Finland. These will be used as an essential enabler in the Intelligent Shipping Technology Test Laboratory (ISTLAB) project, which aims at creating a technically precise testing environment for remotely controlled, autonomous vessels. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the 4th quarter of 2019.The test laboratory project is the first of its kind in the world…

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Dock Workers at Brazil's Santos Port Call off Strike Vote

A union representing the on-demand dock workers has called off a vote that had been scheduled for Monday on whether to hold a strike at Latin America's largest port over concerns about risks from the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement on Sunday, the union - which said it represents about 5,000 people - said the cancellation of the vote was due to a request from government officials.

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Damen Names Van Heyningen COO

As of April 1, Marc van Heyningen will become the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Damen Shipyards Group. This completes the Executive Board of the leading Dutch maritime solutions provider.Marc is a MSc in Civil Structural Engineering at Delft University and has spent the vast majority of his career working for Fluor Corporation in various general and operations management positions in, for example, The Netherlands, The UK, India and the USA. His last role was Vice President of Operations based in Fluor Company Headquarters in Dallas…

Svitzer operating in Sakhalin, Russia. Image Courtesy Svitzer.

Svitzer Gets 10-Year Contract Extension with Sakhalin Energy Investment

Svitzer, the towage operator that is part of Maersk, announced a 10-year extension of its marine service contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., a consortium set up to develop and manage the Sakhalin-II project, aimed at producing and exporting oil and liquefied gas.Svitzer has been providing towage services to the Sakhalin-II project since 2007, and the extension comes into effect in November 2022 to support the mooring of more than 1,800 gas carriers with a vessel fleet of four Robert Allen ice-breaking tugs and two mooring boats.

From Left: Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises Inc.; James R. Mara, President Emeritus, Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors' Association; James I. Newsome III, President and CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority; Dr. Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO, Tsakos Energy Navigation Corp.; and Lois K. Zabrocky, President and CEO, International Seaways Inc. (Photo courtesy of the Maritime Association of New York and New Jersey)

International Maritime Hall of Fame Dinner Rescheduled

Taking into consideration concern about quarantine requirements surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic, the Maritime Association of New York and New Jersey has rescheduled its 27th Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame Dinner. The new date is Thursday, September 10, 2020, moved from its initially planned Wednesday, May 13, 2020.The event will be held at its originally slated venue, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Tickets, sponsorship and souvenir journal advertising sales will be automatically applied to the new date.

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Business Continues at Port of Cork

Freight operations at the Port of Cork continue to operate smoothly and its arrivals schedule remains unaffected amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland’s second largest port confirmed on Friday.In addition to the Port of Cork’s existing robust hygiene standards, it is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of all employees and visitors. The port said its preparedness plan has also been implemented, triggering the proactive execution of all necessary measures to ensure operational continuity.

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Baltic Index Posts First Loss in 6 Weeks

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell on Friday, posting its first weekly fall in six weeks, weighed by lower panamax and supramax vessel rates.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, fell 5 points, or 0.8%, to 625.For the week, the index dipped 1%, its first weekly decline in six.The panamax index declined 43 points, or 5.1%, to 807, recording its 10th straight fall. The index slipped almost 20% during the week.Average daily earnings for panamaxes…

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UAE Bans Ship Over Fuel Breach

The world's number two container line MSC is in talks with the United Arab Emirates after the Gulf country banned one of their vessels from entering its waters over what authorities said was a breach of tough new sulphur emissions rules for ships.This is one of the first punitive actions taken by a jurisdiction since regulations came into effect in January which make it mandatory for ships to use fuel with a sulphur content of 0.5%, down from 3.5% previously, or install devices that strip out the toxic pollutant - known as scrubbers.Ships were no longer able to even carry high sulphur fuel fro

Markus Wenker (Photo: FSL Trust)

FSL Trust Names Wenker CFO

Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) has appointed Markus Wenker as chief financial officer, to replace Alan Mitchell, who is retiring.Wenker will take over the role and responsibilities May 4, following a handover process.Wenker was most recently head of ship finance at Hellenic Bank from 2016. Previously, he held a number of roles at HSH Nordbank from 2002 to 2016.FSL Trust's current fleet of 16 vessels comprises containerships and a variety of tankers. Of these, 10 vessels are leased to international shipping companies on long-term bareboat charters.

Eye on Maritime Design: Better Ferries by (EBDG) Design

Elliott Bay Design Group is a well-known, long tenured Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.We checked in with John Waterhouse, Chief Concept Engineer at EBDG, for insights on some of the design elements on the new Staten Island Ferries.Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) served as the design lead on the new “Ollis” class of Staten Island Ferries. “We started with them at the end 2014 to make a preliminary design investigation,” said John Waterhouse, Chief Concept Engineer at EBDG.

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AAPA Elects Cordero as Board Chairman

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has elected Mario Cordero, executive director of California’s Port of Long Beach, to serve as the association’s next Chairman of the Board.Cordero will be installed as Chairman on the final day of AAPA’s 2020 Annual Convention, set for September 13-16, in Québec City, QC, Canada. He will assume the AAPA chairmanship from Gary G. Nelson, executive director of Washington State’s Port of Grays Harbor, who began his term on October 15…

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GPA Adds Container Storage Space

The Port of Savannah is bringing online 400,000 TEUs of annual container capacity at just the time when many port customers are seeking new storage options."With slowing demand related to the coronavirus, port users need space to stage their cargo until that demand returns," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "With these new container stack areas, Savannah is delivering the flexibility our customers need."GPA recently added container slots totaling nearly 5,000 TEUs of space to its operation.

Charles Sinunu making Speech at the Indo-Pacific Economic Vision Seminar (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge’s Sinunu Represents US at Indo-Pacific

DSC Dredge’s Director of International Dredge Sales, Charles Sinunu, was invited to US Ambassador Miller’s residence to attend the opening reception celebrating the official launch of the US-Bangladesh Trade Show 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Chargé d'affaires Wagner inaugurated the 27th U.S. Trade Show, and in her opening highlighted the great American products available in Bangladesh and the strong partnership between U.S. and Bangladeshi businesses. Amongst these was the new partnership…

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Take the MarTID 2020 Survey

The deadline to take the 2020 MarTID survey of mariner training practices has been extended to March 31, 2020, and your participation is vital to its success.Take the survey today:Vessel operators: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020MarTIDOperatorTraining institutions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020MarTIDMETISeafarers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020MarTIDSeafarerFor a full background on the initiative, visit http://scholar.wmu.se/martid.

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. appointed Hans Lind Dollerup as Managing Director.

Dollerup Tapped to Lead Dan-Bunkering (Monaco)

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. appointed Hans Lind Dollerup as Managing Director.Dollerup entered Dan-Bunkering and the industry in 2002, and his employment has taken him from Denmark, where he was born and raised, to Monaco, Houston, Florida and now back to Monaco. During the years, he has been involved in trading, management and strategic business development giving him a broad interface and a great deal of valuable and diverse knowledge.The Monaco office currently consists of four people; however, the company is on the lookout for more traders.

Antwerp XL Rescheduled for September

A new autumn edition of Antwerp XL will now run at Antwerp Expo, September 15th-17th. “Following the news on March 10 that the World Health Organization revised its classification of COVID-19 to global pandemic status and that the Belgian Government consequently recommended all indoor events (over 1,000 people) should be prohibited, we have been forced to cancel the April 2020 edition of Antwerp XL. We are however pleased to announce that a new edition of Antwerp XL will run on September…

Waterfront Conference Postponed

The annual Waterfront Conference previously scheduled for May 12 has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the year in accordance with COVID-19 governmental guidance. The theme of this year’s Waterfront Conference is “Rising to the Challenge,” where we will launch a powerful coalition and campaign to move forward faster and better climate resilience solutions for our region. The medical, social, and economic crisis we currently face with the pandemic is surely acute with outcomes and uncertain solutions.

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Sailors’ Society Suspends Port Activity, Rolls Out Virtual Support

Sailors’ Society is offering virtual chaplaincy to seafarers as it suspends its port activities in response to the coronavirus.The charity, which operates in 90 ports around the world, is pausing port activities for an initial period of two weeks, in the light of the increased spread of the virus and the World Health Organization (WHO) activating an international state of emergency.Chaplains will instead be available online using social media and digital technology to provide advice, support and arrange practical help for crews.

Survitec appointed Ron Krisanda as Executive Chairman.

Survitec Names Krisanda Executive Chairman

Survitec appointed Ron Krisanda as Executive Chairman for its worldwide life-saving equipment business. In this newly created role, he will lead both the Survitec Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team.Krisanda's business experience includes roles as Chairman, President, CEO and COO across various global manufacturing and service businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of Quality Metalcraft - Experi-Metal, Inc. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2015 and will continue in this role.

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Darley Named LR Marine and Offshore COO

Lloyd’s Register (LR) said it has named Mark Darley as Marine & Offshore (M&O) Chief Operating Officer.Darley, who joined LR on graduation as a marine surveyor 20 years ago, is currently M&O President for North Asia and has held leadership positions in the UK, South Asia and the Americas. He will continue to be based out of Shanghai, close to the heart of LR’s core new construction business in North Asia.LR said it will recruit for a new North Asia President with Darley fulfilling this role until a replacement is appointed.

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Seaspan Marine Transportation Names Wortman CFO

Seaspan Marine Transportation said it has appointed Linda Wortman as Chief Financial Officer.Wortman brings to this position more than 25 years of accounting and finance experience. She joined Seaspan in 2008 as Controller, Marine and was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Finance, Accounting in 2016. Her responsibilities were expanded to include Seaspan’s Corporate Supply Chain Management and Risk and Insurance functions in 2017.

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HR Lines Launches New Feeder Service

HR Lines Limited announced it will launch a fixed day of the week user feeder service between Bangladesh, Singapore and Malaysia.The new Bangladesh Express Service (BES) will provide fixed day weekly port calls between Chattogram, Singapore and Port Klang.HR Lines will deploy its two Bangladesh flagged 1,550 TEUs containerships Sahare and Sarera to service this route. Advance Container Lines (ACL) is the commercial manager for the service.Maiden sailing from Chattogram of BES is scheduled on April 5…

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Rotterdam Cargo Lags Due to Coronavirus

The Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest, expects the flow of goods over the whole of 2020 to be "clearly below 470 million tonnes last year" as the coronavirus epidemic spreads across the continent, spokesman Leon Willems said on Wednesday.The outbreak of the virus in China had been seen cutting 2 million tonnes off monthly goods traffic. The impact will be far greater as Europe's economy is hit, Willems said."We had said that every month the outbreak continued in China that would trim 2 million tonness off cargo throughput.

Michael Hennigan (Photo: Marathon Petroleum)

Hennigan Tapped as New Marathon CEO

Marathon Petroleum Corp.named  Michael Hennigan, the head of its midstream business, as its new chief executive officer effective immediately.Hennigan replaces Gary Heminger, whose departure was announced last year when the largest U.S.

Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as President & CEO as well as a Representative Director of classification society ClassNK,

Sakashita Takes the Helm at ClassNK

Hiroaki Sakashita has been appointed as President & CEO as well as a Representative Director of classification society ClassNK, effective March 18, 2020. Current Senior Executive Vice Presidents Tetsuya Kinoshita, Junichiro Iida, and Dr. Toshiyuki Shigemi will continue in their present roles on the team, joined by Hirofumi Takano and Taira Narisawa as Executive Vice President.Koichi Fujiwara has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors, leaving the post of Representative Director, President & CEO.

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​Water Drone Christened in the Port of Hamburg

A 1.65-meter-long water drone, also known as unmanned surface vehicle (USV), was christened on Wednesday morning. The USV named Echo.1 is dedicated to measure water depth and can work continuously for up to six hours without emissions.Senator for Economic Affairs Michael Westhagemann and Jens Meier, Managing Director of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Rike Verheye from the HPA Hydrography christened the yellow drone.According to HAP, Echo.1 will be able to travel up to six hours…

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Team Tankers Forms JV with V.Group

Tanker shipping company Team Tankers International Ltd. said it has formed a joint venture (JV) with ship management specialist V.Group, whereby Team will transfer its in-house managed fleet, consisting of ten MRs and two 25k coated vessels, to the JV, along with its on shore technical organization and seafaring expertise. Team already has 21 ships with V.Group for technical management.Team will own 30% and V.Group 70% of the JV, Dania Ship Management AS Denmark, which will continue to be based in Copenhagen…

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Viking Line Suspends Helsinki-Stockholm Service

Finnish cruise ferry operator Viking Line announced Tuesday that it will suspend service between Helsinki and Stockholm due to the developing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Finnish authorities have closed the country’s borders during the state of emergency in effect in Finland.“To safeguard the security of supply between Finland and Sweden, we are maintaining service on the Turku–Åland–Stockholm route. We are also still making one sailing to Tallinn from Helsinki six days a week.

Chembulk Tankers to Join Womar

Chembulk Tankers signed commercial management agreements for its entire fleet of owned and chartered stainless-steel chemical tankers to enter commercial pools managed by Womar Logistics. “Chembulk’s commercial shift to the Womar chemical pools places our quality vessels in an established and growing revenue sharing platform, providing commercial efficiencies, logistics flexibility and a seamless continuation of the performance our customers expect from Chembulk vessels," said Bart Kelleher, CEO, Chembulk.

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Neptune Pacific Acquires Pacific Direct

Neptune Pacific Line, the provider of ocean freight services between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, said that it has acquired Pacific Direct Line(PDL) from its Singapore based parent holding company, Pacific International Lines (PIL).The acquisition makes Neptune the new owners of all of PDL’s regional and Fiji based companies. The combined business will seamlessly link transport, warehousing, depots and customs clearance services and fully integrate customers’ supply chains across 18 South Pacific markets…

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Baltic Exchange Authorized as Benchmark Administrator in the EU

The Baltic Exchange’s subsidiary, Baltic Exchange Information Services Ltd (BEISL), has been authorized by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a benchmark administrator under EU Benchmark Regulation. This means that the Baltic Exchange’s daily dry bulk, tanker and gas freight indices are regulated by an EU National Competent Authority.“We are very pleased to have received authorization from the FCA,” commented Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson. “This status ensures that financial institutions…

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Gujarat Pipavav Port Organizes Training at the Port

Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd (GPPL), and Pipavav Customs Brokers association (PCBA), in partnership with the Logistics Sector Skills Council; organized a daylong seminar cum training titled ‘Recognition of Prior Learning of Logistics (RPL)’, at the port on March 7th, 2020. The training program was inaugurated by Mr. P.M. Tripathi, Dy. Commissioner of customs and Capt. P. Ravindranath, Head of Port Infrastructure GPPL.The training program was attended by around 160 candidates representing Customs House Agents, port, shipping lines, Container Freight Station etc.

Kent Lee  (Photo: GNS)

Lee Named GNS Chief Executive

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has appointed Kent Lee as Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 15,  2020. Kent’s appointment follows the acquisition of GNS by the Cornes Group in November 2019. He succeeds Paul Stanley, who led GNS from 2014 until its acquisition by Cornes.During the last 25 years, Kent has held a number of senior executive positions in the information technology industry with wide international exposure. In 2012, he co-founded CloudRadigm…

Graham Brown is Sonardyne's new Managing Director.

Brown Named Managing Director at Sonardyne

Sonardyne International Ltd. announced that Graham Brown is its new Managing Director.Brown, who takes over the role from John Ramsden on April 1, has served on Sonardyne International’s board from 2008, most recently as Sales and Marketing Director and Deputy Managing Director.Ramsden , who has been Sonardyne International’s Managing Director since 2009, is staying within the Sonardyne family, taking the role of CEO of Sonardyne Group, the newly formed parent company of Sonardyne International and its sister companies…

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GoodBulk President Andrew Garcia Resigns

Monaco-based international owner and operator of dry bulk vessels GoodBulk has announced that Andrew Garcia has resigned from his position of president and director.The provider of marine transportation services said in a press release that its board has approved Brentwood Shipping and Trading’s appointment of Carlos Pena, Chief Commercial Officer of C Transport Maritime S.A.M. (CTM), as incoming Director.Pena has over 16 years’ experience in shipping across various areas and within CTM…

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Port of Belize Signs Agreement with Octopi

Octopi, part of Navis and Cargotec Corporation, has announced a new Octopi subscription agreement with the Port of Belize Ltd. The Port of Belize chose to partner with Octopi as part of a larger effort to modernize its operations, bring the terminal up to international standards of operational excellence and offer best-in-class services to its customers.Located in Belize City, the country’s commercial gateway, the Port of Belize currently operates at 45,000 TEU annually. The Port…

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Reygar's BareFleet Remote Monitoring Hit Milestone; New Hires Announced

Reygar announced that its BareFLEET remote monitoring system is now in use on 100 vessels worldwide. The growth is in step with a general migration to digital solutions across the maritime sector, and the milestone is punctuated as Reygar expands its control system capabilities across dynamic positioning, autonomous vessels and consultancy, with two new engineering hires and a larger premises in Bristol: James Cook and Richard Crowder. Cook joins the business from Rolls Royce…

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DP World Expresses Concern on Future

Dubai state controlled port operator DP World's revenue grew 36.1% in 2019, but it says the near-term outlook remains “a cause for concern” due to global trade disputes and the coronavirus outbreak.DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, made $1.34 billion last year compared to $1.33 billion in 2018, it said in a bourse filing. Revenue rose 36.1% to 7.7 billion."However, the global trade outlook remains uncertain due to supply chain disruption caused by Covid-19 outbreak…

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Gibdock Momentum Builds On Variety

High levels of occupancy during the first two months of 2020 and strong forward bookings are sustaining momentum for Gibdock, following a surge in demand for the Gibraltar repair yard in the last quarter of 2019.One standout project involving significant complexity saw Gibdock undertake extensive repairs to Juvel at the end of 2019, after the Aker Biomarine fishing vessel suffered extensive fire damage off South America. Over several months, the 99.5-meter-long Juvel required retrofitting across four decks…

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DMA Adds 2 New Deputy Director Generals

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced that two new deputy director generals joined its the Executive Board.The new deputy director generals are Rikke Wetter Olufsen and Niels Wammen-Jensen. They both come from director positions within DMA.For the past four years, Rikke has been director of Blue Growth and Maritime Policy at the Danish Maritime Authority. Rikke joined the DMA from the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, where she covered a broad portfolio of business policy areas.Niels has been director and served as the DMA's "ambassador" in the Ministry of Industry…

From left: MSHS Vice President and General Manager Rodrigo Quilula; President of TurboUSA Willem Franken and MSHS Group President Are Friesecke, met at the MSHS corporate office in Fort Lauderdale, FL to complete the TurboUSA acquisition..

Motor-Services Hugo Stamp acquires TurboUSA

Motor-Services Hugo Stamp, Inc. (MSHS) a provider of diesel engine products and services, has entered into a definitive acquisition agreement with TurboUSA, Inc., a provider of maintenance and repair services for turbochargers. The acquisition became effective on February 20, 2020.Under the acquisition, leadership and staff of TurboUSA, Inc. will join the MSHS team and the TurboUSA brand will be retired.Are Friesecke, President of Motor-Services Hugo Stamp said: “This is an exciting event for MSHS and TurboUSA…

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Golar LNG Appoints New CFO

Golar LNG said on Tuesday it has appointed Callum Mitchell-Thomson as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective April 20.In October 2019, Golar LNG announced its current CFO, Graham Robjohns, would step down. Robjohns will remain in his current position until April 20, 2020 and will leave Golar on April 30, 2020.Robjohns' successor, Mitchell-Thomson, has 21 years of experience advising energy, utility and infrastructure companies on M&A and capital markets transactions while working for JP Morgan.

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C-Job Naval Architect Opens Athens Office

C-Job Naval Architects is set to open an office this spring in Athens, Greece. C-Job veteran Nikos Papapanagiotou will take on the role of General Manager and will lead the new office in Athens. He said, "C-Job has seen significant growth over the past few years in both the industry as well as in the demand for our services. To enable us to continue to meet this demand now and in the future, we are opening an office in Athens."C-Jobs has a strong track-record in several industries including ferries, dredging, offshore (wind) and mega yachts.

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AecorLink Granted New Patent

AecorLink has been granted a new patent on its company's communication platform. The patented technology will further enhance the capacity for shore-ship communication via microwave links. The salient advantage with the patent allows the networks to further improve the capability providing high-speed and stable data connections.AecorLink AB a Swedish internet service provider targeting the maritime industry. A leader in providing microwave shore to ship connectivity, the company is operating techniques stretching from Wi-Fi, LTE4G to different satellite solutions.

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Yara Appoints Askeland as New CSO

Yara Marine Technologies has appointed Aleksander Askeland as Chief Sales Officer, effective March 1st. Askeland has worked for the broader Yara group since 2016, starting in the Industrial segment for the Environmental Solutions business unit, then managing the Animal Nutrition Business unit (350 MEUR revenue). He has also worked on strategic projects in Supply Chain and Strategy & Business Development.Prior to joining Yara, Askeland worked four years as Director for Sales & Business Development for the Store Norske mining company in Svalbard.

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DESS Aquaculture Shipping Signs Deal for Fleet Management Software

DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS signs contract with Logimatic for SERTICA Fleet Management. With DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS joining the family, Logimatic adds another Norwegian company to their customer database. SERTICA is a technical Fleet Management Software providing an overview of an entire fleet. It is designed to secure a stable communication and data management between the main office and the vessels. It aims to optimize internal processes in relation to maintenance, procurement, HSQE and performance.DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS has a total fleet of 12 AQUA Vessels.

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No Coronavirus Found on Marseille Cruise Ship Passengers

Tests carried out on two passengers from a cruise ship currently near the French port city of Marseille showed a negative result for the coronavirus, said a spokesman for the Marseille port authority.The passengers had been tested after falling ill with flu-like symptoms, which in turn had led to the other passengers being kept on board the German-owned AIDAsol cruise ship.(Reporting by Marc Leras Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta Editing by GV De Clercq)

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NY/NJ Port Head Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.The Port Authority, which oversees both states' seaports as well as airports and other major travel hubs, said in a statement that Cotton is currently asymptomatic and has self-quarantined at his home while maintaining a full work schedule.Staff members who have had close contact with Cotton in recent…

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Port of Rotterdam Sees Slight Recovery in China Shipments

The number of container ships travelling from China to the port of Rotterdam seems to have recovered slightly, as coronavirus measures that had significantly curbed traffic from China have been eased, the port's CEO said on Monday."A few weeks ago we estimated that the number of ships leaving ports in China had dropped by about 20%", the Chief Executive of Europe's largest port, Allard Castelein, told Dutch radio broadcaster BNR."This seems to have recovered somewhat, but we also…

(L-R) are: Mizanur Rahman - Chairman CEVA Bangladesh, Russell Pang – Managing Director CEVA Emerging Markets, Elaine Low – Executive Vice President CEVA Southeast Asia and Mahmud Hussain – Country Director, Bangladesh.(Photo: Ceva Logistics)

CEVA Logistics Opens Offices in Bangladesh

As part of its expansion in the emerging Southeast Asian markets, CEVA Logistics has officially opened its own offices in Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh.In line with its regional development strategy, CEVA has decided to open its own offices with a fully staffed team in order to meet the country’s continuing economic expansion and increasing demand for exports.A head office located in downtown Dhaka is complemented by an operational office in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second largest city and main maritime gateway.

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ClassNK Releases CBM Guidelines

Classifaction society ClassNK released new guidelines that explain the revised rules for using condition based maintenance (CBM) in class surveys to promote the use of CBM technology.Condition based maintenance, a method for monitoring the operating state of equipment, diagnosing the state of said equipment based upon the information obtained from such monitoring, and then performing necessary maintenance and inspections, has been attracting attention in recent years. ClassNK first introduced the concept of the CBM in its class rules in 1994.

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Adam Goldstein Leaves Royal Caribbean

Longtime cruise industry executive Adam Goldstein has left Royal Caribbean Cruises after more than 30 years with the company.Goldstein was most recenlty Vice Chairman of RCL from 2018. From 2014 to 2018, he served as President & COO and from 2007 to 2014, he was President & CEO of the Royal Caribbean International brand. Goldstein has been with RCL since 1988.Goldstein will continue to serve as Chair of the trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

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Clear Seas Names Blomerus Executive Director

Clear Seas Center for Responsible Marine Shipping announced that Paul Blomerus, PhD, will assume the position of Executive Director, in March 2020.Dr. Blomerus is an internationally-experienced researcher and leader in innovation with a background in industry as well as university research management. Most recently, as a Senior Advisor, Research and Industry Partnerships with the University of British Columbia (UBC), he developed two research clusters focused on clean energy and marine systems. Dr.

left to right, Capt. Kyaw Myint (SONGA HAWK master), Mijo Banicek (Songa Ship management electrical superintendent), Jeoung-kyu Lim and Sang-hoon Choi from KR’s Cyber Certification Team.  (Photo: KR)

KR Certifies First Cyber Security Compliant Vessel

Korean Register (KR) has completed a comprehensive cyber security survey of the chemical/oil tanker SONGA HAWK and has certified the ship to be fully compliant in all areas, the very first ship to achieve the certification.Songa Ship management manages and operates 18 chemical/oil tankers and five semi-submersible vessels. The company signed a cyber security contract (valid for five years) with KR in 2018, covering its fleet of 23 vessels.KR conducted a cyber security audit of Songa Ship management and certified the company to be fully compliant in all areas in 2019…

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WFW Advises Galloper on Sale of Assets

UK-based Galloper Wind Farm Ltd recently agreed the sale of its transmission assets relating to the 353 MW Galloper Wind Farm  to Diamond Transmission Partners pursuant to the Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regime.The international law firm based in London Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) said that it has has advised Galloper on offloading its assets to DTP.Galloper Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, 27 km from the coast of Suffolk, England. The sale of Galloper’s transmission…

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Seanergy Maritime Gets Refinancing

The Greek provider of marine dry bulk shipping services Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corporation announced that it received approval, in form of commitment letters, from one of its existing lenders to extend the maturity of two loan facilities.According to the Nasdaq listed pure-play capesize ship-owner said that the loan facilities are secured by the M/V Leadership and M/V Squireship and their respective maturities are extended from March 17, 2020 and November 10, 2021 to December 31…

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LISCR Expands Network in Untied States

The Liberian Registry is expanding its network of Regional Compliance Offices, located in the major ports of the United States. These offices, led by experienced Regional Compliance Managers, are located in Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Jacksonville, and Virginia/Mid-Atlantic. Each Compliance Manager provides 24/7 support for vessels entering their respective region.Liberia’s Fleet PSC Performance staff based at its headquarters in the US, in conjunction with the specially trained exclusive auditors and regional compliance managers…

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LR Appoints Papageorgiou as M&O President

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has appointed Elina Papageorgiou as its new Marine and Offshore President for UK and Ireland, commencing on April 1, 2020.Papageorgiou has held a variety of roles across North and South Europe in sales, marketing and finance functions since joining LR in 2004. Most recently, she led LR’s Marine and Offshore sales teams in 11 different countries across South Europe.Papageorgiou graduated with a BSc in Economics from Brunel University and has an MBA from Imperial College London.

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No Felony Charges for Protesters Who Shut Houston Ship Channel

A Texas grand jury on Wednesday declined to issue felony indictments against a group of Greenpeace USA activists who closed a key oil export waterway for 18 hours last year by tying themselves to a Houston bridge and dangling over the water.Felony charges had been brought against 31 activists involved in the September 2019 protest. The indictments, sought by the Harris County District Attorney's Office, were under Texas' new critical infrastructure law, which makes it a felony to interfere with oil and gas pipelines and ports…

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OSM to Install TM Master on Fleet

OSM Maritime Group extended its partnership with Tero Marine, as the Norwegian tech company now prepares to install its TM Master suite on the remaining OSM fleet globally.The frame agreement with Tero Marine means that all vessels with various planned maintenance systems across the OSM fleet would be standardized on TM Master. TM Master is currently installed on close to 70 vessels across OSM’s Norway and Singapore managed fleets. With OSM’s vision in the ship management segment…

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Heijder Joins OneOcean

OneOcean appointed Robert Heijder as its new Head of Sales for Benelux and France. Heijder has a wealth of knowledge and experience, most notably from his time with Transas, provider of ship operations solutions.Heijder has  driven sales teams and has a track record in selling ECDIS, simulation and shore-based systems. He brings the comprehensive expertise required to power OneOcean’s new Rotterdam office through the company’s next phase of expansion.

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BV Performs First Survey by Drone

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (BV) reports it has completed its first ever survey by drone, carried out in the holds of a bulk carrier in an Italian port.The scope was an intermediate survey on a bulk carrier and consisted of close-up inspections and ultrasonic thickness measurements (UTM) conducted by the drone in two cargo hold spaces. The required prior agreement from the flag authority was confirmed – all the more necessary as the ship is subject to the IMO Code for the Enhanced Survey Program (ESP).Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) were reflected in BV’s rules in 2019.

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P&O Maritime Logistics Names Helweg CEO

Marine solutions and logistics company P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) said it has appointed Martin Helweg as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will report to Mike Bhaskaran, DP World’s Chief Operating Officer for Logistics and Technology.For the past three years, Helweg has been responsible for P&O Maritime Logistics’ global operations. Earlier, Martin spent over 15 years in marine service solutions working for Svitzer, an A.P. Moller-Maersk Company in regional CFO and CEO roles across the Americas…