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Thursday, January 26, 2023

General Oceans appointed Omer Poroy as CEO of Strategic Robotic Systems, Inc. Image courtesy General Oceans

Poroy named CEO of Strategic Robotic Systems

General Oceans appointed Omer Poroy as CEO of Strategic Robotic Systems, Inc.; one of its four operating companies. Poroy brings more than 25 years of experience in the ocean technology space, including sensors, robotics, autonomy, and the interplay of multi-domain maritime systems. Jesse Rodocker, founder of Strategic Robotic Systems said “Omer’s addition to our leadership team enhances our ability to scale this business and diversify into new application areas; we’re happy to welcome him on board as we enter our next stage of growth.”   During his tenure at General Dynamics Mission Systems…

Bill Dutra, left, and Harry Stewart, who was just named CEO of The Dutra Group. Image courtesy The Dutra Group

The Dutra Group Names Stewart CEO

The Dutra Group has named Harry K. Stewart as its Chief Executive Officer. Stewart, who previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Dutra, assumes his new role as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Bill T. Dutra, who led the company since its founding, will move into the role of Executive Chairman.Bill Dutra, who founded the company at age 26, is immediately recognizable by the trademark Borsalino and Stetson hats he wears in tribute to his grandfather, Antone Dutra.

Austal USA Vice President of Engineering, Tom Perrine, has retired after eight years of service with the company and over 40 years in the shipbuilding industry. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Tom Perrine, Austal VP of Engineering, Retires

Austal USA Vice President of Engineering, Tom Perrine, has retired after eight years of service with the company and over 40 years in the shipbuilding industry. During his tenure, Perrine led Austal USA’s engineering department overseeing the work of over 250 engineers, naval architects, designers, and other engineering support staff and overseeing the department’s shift to include steel design and construction.During Perrine’s tenure with the company, Austal USA delivered 23 surface combatants and auxiliaries to the U.S.

DNV and Ørbeck-Nilssen at Nor-Shipping: taking a lead role in the future of maritime. Image courtesy NorShipping

Interview: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNV

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNV, says that while progress towards industry decarbonization should be applauded, it must be accelerated. Shipping needs to work together, in tandem with other sectors and stakeholders, if we’re to stand a hope of reaching our most ambitious, and necessary, goals. Nor-Shipping, he believes, with its 2023 theme of #PartnerShip, is an ideal platform for progress.It’s difficult to know what’s going to happen in the next ten days, let alone the next 10 years.So…

NYK President Hitoshi Nagasawa. Photo courtesy NYK

NYK President Nagasawa Outlines Challenges, Priorities in 2023

In his annual New Years' address to employees, NYK President Hitoshi Nagasawa warned that while markets, particularly the containershipping market, will be more challenging in 2023 compared to the past two years, overall the group has "long anticipated that the strong tailwind would not last long," and in turn has "implemented structural reforms in the dry bulk business as well as cost reductions in various areas," to help ensure profitable operations.He cited the prolonged impact of COVID-19…

Quay Crew partners with CrewPass for Crew Criminal Background Checks

As part of its standard superyacht industry recruitment service, Quay Crew has partnered with CrewPass to include criminal background checks for crew and yachting professionals. Owners, yachts, management companies and the wider yachting sector will be given the option to have successful candidates go through the extensive process at no additional cost.A number of recruitment agencies have already integrated with CrewPass, allowing candidates to set themselves apart from the competition with an Approved status…

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), based in Avon, Ohio, announced the passing of its founder Donald Keehan on December 28, 2022, aged 87. Photo courtesy APC

Obituary: Donald Keehan, founder, Advanced Polymer Coatings

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), based in Avon, Ohio, announced the passing of its founder Donald Keehan on December 28, 2022, aged 87.In a statement the Keehan family said:“Don was key driving force behind the business, but much more than that, he was a brilliant mind, a great friend, and an extraordinary human being. Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Don was involved in starting and running several polymer-based technology companies since the 1960’s, holding more than 14…

The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) appointed Jennifer States, a renewable energy and clean technology leader, to serve as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Photo courtesy Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

States Joins Blue Sky Maritime Coalition as VP/CSO

The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) appointed Jennifer States, a renewable energy and clean technology leader, to serve as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. States brings 20 years of industry experience in renewable energy and clean technology, non-profit, government and research environments. She most recently served as Vice President for Projects and Strategy for Washington Maritime Blue. She has also been an active member of BSMC since its inception, serving on its Board of Directors as Government Relations Director and as the Policy Workstream Lead.

Ulrik Hegelund. Image courtesy SunStone Ships

Management Shuffle at SunStone Ships

Sunstone Ships reports that its president Ulrik Hegelund, 52, has, for family reasons, decided to move back to Denmark. As of January 1, 2023, Hegelund will take the position as CFO of SunStone Maritime with overall responsibility for the group’s accounting, budgeting, cash flow, reporting, legal, and IT matters.As of January 1, Christian Lund, 40, will take over the position as President of SunStone Ships Inc., Miami. Lund has been working within the Sunstone group companies in Miami for the past 14 years.

Helena Lennerstedt was appointed CEO of Humphree.  Image courtesy Volvo Penta

Lennerstedt Named CEO at Humphree

Helena Lennerstedt was appointed CEO of Humphree. She has a background in several leading positions in different companies in the Swedish industry, and for the last seven years whe has been Vice President Purchasing at Volvo Penta. She has a Master’s in engineering from Linköping University and has studied International Business.Lennerstedt succeeds Hannes Norrgren who has taken up the role of Senior Vice President for Business Unit Industrial at Volvo Penta. Lennerstedt will take up the new position in January 2023.

Singapore's Tan tapped as Vice-Chair of IMO MEPC

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) officer, Tan Hanqiang, currently First Secretary (Maritime), High Commission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom (UK), has been appointed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as Vice-Chair of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) with effective December 16, 2022. Tan succeeds Harry Conway (Liberia).This marks the first time a Singaporean has assumed the Vice-Chair appointment for the IMO MEPC in more than 20 years.

The Liberian Registry announced that Commander Jason Boyle, United States Coast Guard-retired, has been hired as the Vice President of Fleet Performance of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR)  Photo courtesy LISCR

Liberian Registry Hires Boyle as VP, Fleet Performance

The Liberian Registry announced that Commander Jason Boyle, United States Coast Guard-retired, has been hired as the Vice President of Fleet Performance of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) at Headquarters in Dulles, VA.Boyle recently retired after 20 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he last served as the Chief, Port State Control division at USCG Headquarters. In this role at USCG headquarters, CDR Boyle was in charge of directing and implementing safety…

BMT appointed Ronald Radder to head up its Groningen office. Image courtesy BMT

Radder to head up BMT’s Groningen Office

BMT appointed Ronald Radder to head up its Groningen office, a new relocation move for Radder that will see his Marine Surveying services and leadership going beyond Groningen to cover the Northern region of the Netherlands and Germany’s ports as well, with effect from January 1, 2023.

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Chris Hughey Named FMC General Counsel

U.S. federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei announced Phillip C. “Chris” Hughey has been hired as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service.In his capacity as General Counsel to the Commission, Hughey will provide legal advice and recommendations to the Chairman and Commissioners on regulatory and policy matters. He will serve as a member of the agency’s senior management team and will also…

Adam Tindall-Schlicht (File photo: Port Milwaukee)

Tindall-Schlicht Named Seaway Administrator

The White House announced President Biden's appointment of former Milwaukee port director, Adam Tindall-Schlicht, as the next Administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS). Tindall-Schlicht resigned his position at Port Milwaukee on October 19.An agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the GLS is responsible for operation of U.S. portions of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It works in partnership with it's Canadian counterpart to maintain a safe…

During the Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Kommer Damen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.. Image FERRY VERHEIJ/Damen

Kommer Damen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

During the Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Kommer Damen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his achievements, methods and contribution to the Dutch maritime industry. Damen (78) is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Damen Shipyards Group and is still internationally active in the company that he took over from his father and uncle in 1969.Kommer Damen is a member of the (Dutch) Maritime Council and Honorary Consul of Mexico. From 1988 to 2020 he was a board member of maritime industry association NMT (formerly VNSI).

Makoto Iida, General Manager, MSI Marine and Aviation Underwriting Division (left) and SAYFR Chief Executive Officer Johan Rostoft, here signing the MOU agreement. Image courtesy SAYFR

SAYFR, MSI ink MOU to collaborate on Safety Culture, Loss Prevention

SAYFR entered into an MoU with Japanese underwriter Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI) aimed at reducing risks of major incidents through building safety culture maturity in the maritime and offshore energy sectors. SAYFR has worked with MSI on several joint initiatives in the last two years. MSI is one of the world’s largest insurers and holds the biggest market position in the Japanese marine hull insurance sector.Focus areas have been identified and will be covered under the MoU…

GEA marked the official start of construction of its new repair, logistics, assembly, production and training facility in Janesville, Wisconsin. Image courtesy GEA

GEA Breaks Ground on New U.S. Facility

GEA marked the official start of construction of its new repair, logistics, assembly, production and training facility in Janesville, Wis. The groundbreaking ceremony of GEA’s first greenfield site in North America in 50 years was attended by company representatives and officials from the State of Wisconsin and City of Janesville.GEA will invest more than $20 million in the new site in response to growing demand for separators, decanters, valves, pumps and homogenizers which are at the heart of many industrial production processes.The 85…

Joonatan Haukilehto - Foreship Lead Consultant, Newbuilds & Decarbonization.
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Foreship Makes a Pair of Senior Appointments

Foreship made two senior appointments to grow its design and technology capabilities to support shipping’s sustainable future. From November 1, Joonatan Haukilehto joins Foreship as Lead Consultant, Newbuilds & Decarbonization, while Pekka Pohjanen is appointed Senior Technology Specialist, Sustainability.Based at Foreship’s Helsinki head office, Haukilehto and Pohjanen add extensive expertise in advanced marine technologies and ship decarbonization to the leading naval architecture and marine engineering firm’s consultancy knowhow to serve the cruise and commercial shipping industries.

Sean Strawbridge (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

AAPA Elects Strawbridge as Next Board Chairman

Trade group the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected a new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sean Strawbridge of the Port of Corpus Christi, last week during its 111th Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla. Outgoing Chairman Mario Cordero of the Port of Long Beach made the formal announcement during his address to members and attendees.AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor remarked on the transition, "Our work at AAPA is bolstered by the leadership and input of our chairperson and board of directors.

ASRY appointed Layla Mukhtar as the new Internal Audit Manager. Image courtesy ASRY

ASRY Appoints New Internal Audit and Legal Affairs Managers

ASRY, a ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, appointed Layla Mukhtar as the new Internal Audit Manager and Fatima AlRayes as the Legal Affairs Manager.Mukhtar is a certified Public Accountant from the New Hampshire Board of Accountancy and holds bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from University of Bahrain with an overall work experience of 15 years in the audit and risk assessment fields with reputable firms such as Bahrin Airport Services Company (BAS)…

Elpi Petraki (Photo: WISTA International)

Petraki Appointed President of WISTA International

WISTA International (Women's International Shipping and Trading Association) elected their new President, Elpi Petraki, from WISTA Hellas, at its Annual General Meeting on October 26, in Geneva, Switzerland. WISTA International consists of 56 National WISTA Association (NWA) and each one is represented by the President or a delegate at AGM and casts their vote for their country's choice for the President.Petraki, Operations, Chartering & Business Development Manager at ENEA Management, said "I am truly honoured to have been elected as President of WISTA International.

Kasper Karlsen and Deniz Kirdar True (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Promotes Two Senior Leaders

Svitzer, the towage arm of Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, announced two senior leadership appointments: Kasper Karlsen as Global Chief Operating Officer and Deniz Kirdar True as Managing Director in the AMEA region.Karlsen has held different leadership positions in the A.P. Moller-Maersk group over the last 15 years and has been with Svitzer since 2020, holding the role of regional COO in Europe and standing in as UK Managing Director following the merger of the UK North and South clusters in June 2022.

The L.S. Starrett Company appointed Matthew Wells as Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement. Photo courtesy L.S. Starrett Company

Starrett Appoints Wells Director of Ops

The L.S. Starrett Company, a manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems and more, appointed Matthew Wells as Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement, responsible for Production, Planning, Production Control and Purchasing, Inventory Management, Warehouse and Shipping, Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Facility, EHS, Maintenance and Continuous Improvement. Wells reports directly to Mr. Emerson Leme, Vice President, Starrett Industrial Products, North America.

Airmar Technology said that its Vice President, Peter Braffitt, died suddenly on October 25, 2022 at his home in South Carolina. Image courtesy Airmar

Airmar Technology Announces the Passing of Peter Braffitt, VP

Airmar Technology said that its Vice President, Peter Braffitt, died suddenly on October 25, 2022 at his home in South Carolina. Stephen Boucher, founder and CEO of Airmar Technology Corporation, stated, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my colleague and friend. Peter has made an indelible mark on the reputation and success of Airmar and our subsidiary, Gemeco Marine Electronics. His leadership, knowledge and dedication to our customers was unmatched, and…

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SAAM Quibian Reaches Port of Manzanillo

SAAM Towage's new tug, which will bolster the company's services in the Colon area, including support for ships transiting the Panama Canal, has already reached the Port of Manzanillo.The SAAM Quibian, purchased from Türkiye-based Sanmar Shipyards, features high maneuverability, which makes for more energy efficient operations. And, thanks to its compact design, it allows for safe maneuvering.The third new tug to join the Panamanian fleet, the Quibian owes its name to the legend…

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Marlink Helps Drive Odfjell’s Digital Strategy

Marlink signed an agreement with Odfjell Management AS to provide seamless access to global enterprise and crew applications across 52 vessels. The contract includes 43 vessels managed by Odfjell Management Norway and another nine operated by Thome Management Singapore. Marlink will deploy its hybrid connectivity solution to the fleet, including high throughput VSAT, L-band and 4G services using software-defined routing (SD-WAN) for seamless, intelligent data flow via Marlink’s…

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Simrad Debuts HALO 2000, HALO 3000 Radars at FLIBS

Simrad Yachting unveiled two of its new radar products this week: the Simrad HALO 2000 and HALO 3000. HALO 2000, starting at $6,399, and HALO 3000, starting at $8,499, both feature higher power pulse compression and improved detection ranges to offer the most powerful Simrad HALO radars on the market. Other key integrations like Bird+ Mode, ZoneTrack and support for Dangerous Target Alerts provide users even more technical and safety benefits. The new HALO radars are on display…

Oslo Norway - October 19, 2019: Viking drakkar in the Viking Museum in Oslo Norway. Copyright warasit/AdobeStock

Insights from the 50th International Congress of Maritime Museums

For many, the ocean is life. It provides transportation, work, commerce, food, recreation—tales as old as time and shared by people across the globe. These stories are lived day to day, passed down between generations, and shared with the public through various media. Maritime museums assume responsibility to share these histories while honoring the communities shaped ocean exploration and commerce. In a decade where ocean health and climatic events have become a primary focus…

Clay Crain (Photo: APM Terminals)

Crain Named Managing Director at APM Terminals Liberia

Clay Crain will take over as Managing Director of APM Terminals Liberia effective November 1 and pending necessary approvals, replacing Jonathan Graham, who will take on a new role within Global Operations at APM Terminals and relocate back to the U.S.A U.S. national, Crain comes with over 30 years of experience largely in oil and gas sector, including with leading players such as Weatherford International and EXPRO International and has been involved in various aspects of running businesses in West Africa and Latin America.

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Attracting the 'Next Generation': NYK goes to School

Before COVID-19, the occupation of seafarer was already experiencing a need to new workers premised on the an aging workforce. With the advent of COVID-19 and the inability to effectively, efficiently transfer crews, with the exception of a very few nations seafarers were treated as a pariah, potentially turning off a new generaton there was a growing neeed for seafarers globallyOn October 21, NYK, the Chubu Maritime Public Relations Association, and the Chubu Transportation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land…

Aerial view of locks and dam on Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois, USA. Copyright Kent/AdobeStock

Inland Waterways in Focus: Balancing Maintenance and Operational Requirements

The integrity of the marine transportation system as a key plank in a country's economic prosperity is in heightened focus today, with logistics snarls contributing to fast rising inflation. Maintaining the integrity of the vast U.S. inland waterway system - with more than 12,000 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways including 218 lock chambers at 176 sites - is the focus of the Maritime Risk Symposium 2022, a 2.5-day conference scheduled for November 15-17, hostd by Argonne National Laboraty's TCS Conference Center.On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, James P.

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Survitec Names New CEO

UK-based survival technology solutions provider Survitec has appointed Robert Steen Kledal as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)."As CEO, Robert will be responsible for setting Survitec’s strategic direction. He will lead the Survitec Executive team and sit on the Survitec Board," Survitec said."At the start of the year, Survitec launched a new organizational structure designed to make Survitec an even better partner – increased levels of customer centricity and agility were the main focus.

From left: Sabrina Weymiens and Charlotte Guillaumie (Photos: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

Maersk's Svitzer, APM Terminals Hire 'Transformation' Executives

Danish shipping and logistics giant A.P. Moller-Maersk has appointed a pair of executives to lead transformation at its towage and terminals subsidiaries.Sabrina Weymiens has been named Head of Transformation at towage provider Svitzer, and Charlotte Guillaumie has been named Head of Strategy and Transformation at port operating company APM Terminals.Kasper Nilaus, CEO at Svitzer said, “We are delighted that Sabrina has accepted this new role and will help secure steady progress on our transformation roadmap.

Tim Morris (Photo: ABP)

Trade Group ABP Names Morris Head of Corporate Affairs

Trade group the Associated British Ports (ABP) announced on Monday that it has appointed Tim Morris as Group Head of Corporate Affairs. He will join ABP on November 28.Morris is currently CEO at UK Major Ports Group where he has led the industry trade association for the last five years. Prior to that, he held a number of senior communications, sustainability and strategy roles in the industrial group Tata Steel. Before ports and steel, Morris spent six years with McKinsey in their strategy and corporate finance team.At ABP…

Damien Oliver (Photo: MCA)

Oliver Named Interim Head of UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Damien Oliver has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Damien will begin his new role on Monday 17 October, which follows the current MCA Chief Executive Brian Johnson’s retirement.Chairman and board member Christopher Rodrigues said, “Damien has had a number of high-profile roles within the MCA since joining in 2001 and he will bring a wealth of maritime experience and knowledge. Damien has been responsible for major projects and programs…

J. Palmer Clarkson (Photo: JAXPORT)

Clarkson Elected as Chair of JAXPORT Board

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Board of Directors unanimously elected business leader J. Palmer Clarkson as Chair and selected additional officer positions effective Oct. 1, 2022.Clarkson is the founder of Bridgestone HosePower, LLC, the largest U.S.-based service provider of hydraulic and industrial hoses used in construction machinery, mining, oil field equipment and manufacturing facilities. He currently serves on the company’s Board of Directors and retired as President and CEO in June.

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CMA CGM Inks Deal for Fleetwide Adoption of HydroPen Firefighting Tool

Viking Life-Saving Equipment secured a major order for its container fire-fighting tool HydroPen, following a decision by the CMA CGM Group to adopt the solution across its entire fleet.In 2020, CMA CGM ordered HydroPen sets to equip its larger containerships. The latest order means that CMA CGM will use the system on over 270 ships.HydroPen is attached to the deck hose as a combined drill and spray unit which penetrates the door of the box before extinguishing the fire at source.

ABS Approves Autonomous Tech for HHI Group

ABS’ support for the development of autonomous technology at sea took another step forward with the granting of approval in principle (AIP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI Group) for four areas of autonomous functions: navigation, machinery health management, fire fighting management and network infrastructure.“ABS is leading the industry in supporting autonomous projects and assisting pioneers like HHI Group. ABS understands that autonomous technologies are not stand-alone…

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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Extends Crew Payment with ShipMoney

ShipMoney has expanded its agreement with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to include the ship manager’s global fleet.Extending the existing agreement to the worldwide fleet reinforces BSM’s commitment to digitizing its payment processes to enable greater financial management efficiencies for all crew wages and CTM payments while offering seafarers freedom and flexibility to manage their wages.ShipMoney is a purpose-built proprietary digital account management system which enables bespoke scalable payment solutions.

Lisa Edvardsen Haugan has today been appointed as the new President of Kongsberg Maritime. Photo courtesy Kongsberg Maritime/By Arild Brun Kjeldaas

Edvardsen Haugan takes the Helm at Kongsberg Maritime

Lisa Edvardsen Haugan was appointed as the new President of Kongsberg Maritime, the largest business area of Kongsberg, replacing  Egil Haugsdal starting in November 2022.Edvardsen Haugan has long and extensive experience from both the defense and civil business area in Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG), including having been EVP Finance at Kongsberg Maritime and Finance Director at Kongsberg Protech Systems. She currently heads the Deck Machinery & Motion Control division of Kongsberg Maritime.“Following a thorough process to recruit a new leader for Kongsberg Maritime…

Jack C. Jensen, Jr. (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Board Elects Jensen as Chairman

Rhe Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) on Thursday elected Jack C. Jensen, Jr. to serve as Board Chairman, succeeding Charles H. Ponstein, whose term as Chairman ended this month. Also elected were Joseph F. Toomy, who will serve as Vice Chairman, and Walter J. Leger, Jr., who will serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the nine-month term.“Jack Jensen has brought decades of transportation and logistics experience to this board, and we look forward to his…

Mitchell (Mitch) Johnson was tapped as Rovco's new Director – Americas. Image courtesy Rovco

Johnson Tapped to Lead Rovco's US Expansion

Rovco, a provider of subsea robotics and hydrographic survey solutions to the marine renewable and wider energy sectors, has its sights set on supporting the energy transition in the US market with the strategic appointment of Mitchell (Mitch) Johnson as the company’s new Director – Americas.Johnson began his career as a marine surveyor before moving to San Diego where, as lead surveyor, he worked on new construction ship building for the US Navy. Having lived and worked in Dubai…

California State University Maritime Academy has appointed Samaro Bannister-Schneider to serve as interim captain of Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB). Image courtesy Cal Maritime

Cal Maritime Names Golden Bear's First Female Captain

California State University Maritime Academy appointed Samaro Bannister-Schneider as interim captain of Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB). Captain Bannister will serve as Cal Maritime’s first female TSGB captain. She is a 2000 graduate of Cal Maritime’s Marine Transportation (MT) program, and began her career on a fleet of Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) research vessels conducting survey operations. Soon after, she moved up to a larger fleet of vessels, the Watson Class LMSR RO-RO’s where she found her home.

Jon Rodriguez (Photo: Manson Construction)

Manson Construction Names Rodriguez CFO

Seattle-based marine contractor Manson Construction Co. announced Jon Rodriguez assumed the role of chief financial officer (CFO) effective August 15, 2022. Rodriguez will serve as Manson's third CFO in the last 30 years.“Jon is highly qualified for this important position and joins Manson with a proven record of performance and years of industry experience,” said Manson president John Holmes. “We look forward to Jon’s leadership as he positions his departments to most effectively support our organization and its operations…

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Interview: Dan Keane, Commanding Officer, USCG RDC

United States Coast Guard service is a family legacy for Dan Keane, who today serves as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, CT."My dad was in the Coast Guard (for nearly 37 years), so this is a way of life for me,” said Keane in explaining that a Coast Guard career “was just something I always knew I wanted to do … it’s a family tradition for me.”The Coast Guard R&D center in New London is “relatively small with just over 80 people here at the RDC” said Keane…

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ZeroNorth Opens Singapore Office

Technology company ZeroNorth announced it is opening an office in Singapore’s Central Business District, headed by ZeroNorth’s VP Sales and General Manager for Asia.The move to establish a presence in one of the world's top shipping hubs follos several months of rapid expansion for ZeroNorth. The company now has more than 170 employees in six countries, serves more than 50 customers from across the maritime sector, and has expanded its offering to six fully-fledged services on its data platform.Soren Meyer…

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CEO in Focus: Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam has blazed a path for ports globally in terms of automation, digitalization and decarbonization. As he enters the final year of his tenure, Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam, says there is still much work to do.While many global organizations are adept at ‘talking the talk’, the Port of Rotterdam stands out as ‘walking the walk’ in regards to real investment and innovation in robotics, digitalization and infrastructure improvements to facilitate the efficient, effective transfer of ship’s cargo for distribution globally.

The potential benefits – both commercial and environmental – are “enormous” according to Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR. Photo courtesy NAVTOR

Digitalization: NAVTOR, Veracity by DNV Partner

NAVTOR signed an Integrated Partner agreement with Veracity by DNV, a deal intended to help shipowners and operators simplify reporting, enable sustainable shipping and unlock green finance.“Our ecosystem collects, aggregates and utilizes enormous amounts of business-critical data,” said Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer, NAVTOR. “That is used to make shipping safer, simpler and more efficient – automating tasks, reducing fuel consumption, saving costs, and, in short, delivering complete asset awareness and control for our customers.

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Vogel Promoted to Shareholder at Cozen O’Connor

Law firm Cozen O’Connor announced it has promoted 11 members to shareholder including Marine News contributor Jeff Vogel.Vogel focuses his practice on strategic and operational matters affecting the U.S. maritime industry and on government contracts across all industries. In the maritime space, he represents ocean carriers and maritime stakeholders in regulatory and financial matters before government regulatory bodies. In his government contracts practice, he represents clients in the aviation…

EST-Floattech has appointed Mark Witjens (right) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Joep Gorgels as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Business Development Officer (CFO/CBDO). Image courtesy EST-Floattech

Witjens, Gorgels Tapped to Lead EST-Floattech

Maritime battery supplier EST-Floattech appointed Mark Witjens as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Joep Gorgels as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Business Development Officer (CFO/CBDO). Since its foundation in 2009, EST-Floattech has a track record of more than 200 projects and a growing number of recurring customers. Recently, the first successes have also been achieved by its Hamburg office, which opened in August 2021. With the arrival of Witjens and Gorgels, who will be working from the headquarters in Badhoevedorp…

PASSER SIDC-manufactured cable reels being loaded onto a project vessel at Klaipeda port (Photo: PASSER SIDC)

PASSER SIDC Aims to Double Production at New Plant

Norway’s PASSER Group AS acquired SIDC Group UAB in 2020 with the goal to transform the Klaipeda-based company into a full-service EPCI provider with complete control of the value chain. “The deciding factor for PASSER was that SIDC was a perfect match for their targeted development strategy,” said PASSER SIDC Group Marketing Director Arnoldas Laurisonis."We came on PASSER’s radar primarily because of our convenient location in the Baltic and attractive cost base. They were impressed by SIDC’s good track record since the company was established 10 years ago…

Paul Anderson (Photo: Port of Tampa Bay)

Anderson to Chair Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council

The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) announced it has elected a new slate of officers for the 2022-2024 cycle. Paul Anderson, President and CEO of Port Tampa Bay, was elected Chair, Alex King, Executive Director of Port Panama City, was elected Vice Chair, and Clark Merritt, Port of Pensacola Port Director, was elected Secretary."It is an honor to serve as chair of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council. I look…

Left to right: Frederick Paup, newly elected DCA president; Thomas Smith, chief of operations and regulatory division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Stephen Tobin, newly elected DCA senior vice president. (Photo: DCA)

DCA Elects Paup as President, Tobin as Senior VP

U.S. dredging and marine construction industry trade group the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) said Frederick Paup has been elected as the organization's next president.Paup, who currently serves as chairman of the board at Manson Construction, join DCA's leadership team with Stephen Tobin, newly elected senior vice president. Tobin is chief operating officer at Cashman Dredging.

Scott Thanisch (Photo: Orion Group Holdings)

Orion Group Names Thanisch Executive VP & CFO

Specialty construction company Orion Group Holdings, Inc., announced that Scott Thanisch has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and will assume his new duties on September 12, 2022.Thanisch comes to Orion after serving as the Chief Financial Officer of a Texas commercial construction services company and a transport services, maintenance, and repair company, having previously held various related positions in other industries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin…

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Port Everglades Names Marchant Chief Harbormaster

Port Everglades has promoted Christopher "Chris" Marchant to the role of Chief Harbormaster, guiding maritime services for Broward County's multi-faceted 2,190-acre seaport.Marchant has served as Assistant Harbormaster for Port Everglades since August 2021 and as Duty Harbormaster from May 2010. He was also a linehandler with Port Everglades for four years."Chris is a prime example of how we recognize talent from within the organization, which preserves valuable institutional knowledge and helps us deliver high quality services to our customers in the cruise…

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Tricoire Named VP TotalEnergies Marine Fuels

Louise Tricoire, a 20-year TotalEnergies veteran, has been named Vice President of TotalEnergies' Marine Fuels, replacing outgoing VP Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet who was tapped to take up a new role within the TotalEnergies organization in Paris.In 2021, she was appointed VP Customer Line CO2 in the newly created OneTech Branch of TotalEnergies, building on all TotalEnergies’ consolidated technical expertise to accelerate the development and implementation of the best solutions to decarbonize its sites…

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Hempel Taps Michael Hansen as Next CEO

Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President Energy & Infrastructure at Danish coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S, will succeed Lars Petersson as CEO of the company on October 15, 2022. Petersson leaves Hempel to take up the position of CEO of VELUX Group.Hansen joined Hempel in May 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer and has delivered remarkable results as a central driver of the global transformation in Hempel. Today, he is part of the Executive Group Management as Executive Vice President, Energy & Infrastructure.“Michael Hansen has extensive knowledge of Hempel, its markets and customers.

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New Bedford Port Authority Names Gordon Carr Executive Director

The New Bedford Port Authority (NBPA) has named Gordon Carr as the next Executive Director of the Massachusetts seaport.Carr, who current serves as Deputy Director of Real Estate Strategy and Policy at the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors in the areas of public policy, economic development, and enterprise strategy, including on projects related to the City. As an independent consultant in 2014-15, Carr…

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Callan Marine Promotes Two VPs

Texas-based dredging and marine construction company Callan Marine announced the promotions of Chris Dearing to Vice President of Engineering and Production and Oliver Jones to Vice President.Dearing brings extensive experience in the development and management of production and field engineering programs at some of the leading dredging companies in the nation. He will continue to lead the development and training of Callan’s engineering personnel assigned to field-based and office-based roles.

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ABS Hires Hernandez to Head its Offshore Division

Classification society ABS announced it has appointed veteran offshore industry leader Miguel Hernandez to head its offshore division. The former MODEC general manager of sales and marketing is now ABS Senior Vice President of Offshore Business Development, leading global offshore including the FPSO, FPU and floating offshore wind sectors.“As the world’s leading offshore class, we are always looking to innovate and develop our services for clients. This is why we have appointed Miguel…

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Ardmore Shipping Expands Presence in Singapore

Ardmore Shipping announced it is expanding its presence in Singapore this year as the company formulates a more geographically balanced senior management team.In Q4 2022, Ardmore’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mark Cameron, will relocate from Ireland to Singapore where, in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as COO he will also assume the role of Managing Director of Ardmore Shipping Asia. One of his key areas of focus will be further business development opportunities in Singapore and the Far East.

Greensea Systems hired  Laura Krahn as Director of Programs. Photo courtesy Greensea

Greensea Appoints Krahn as Director of Programs

Greensea Systems hired  Laura Krahn as Director of Programs, a newly created position.Prior to joining Greensea, Krahn worked in Software Development, IT Management, and as a Senior Consultant. As Director of Programs, Krahn will lead Greensea’s team of Program Managers and will ultimately be responsible for the overall success of each program and product.

A photograph by Philip Woodworth showing David Pugh doing what he enjoyed most – making temporary sea level measurements – in this case in the Falkland Islands in 2009. Photo courtesy NOC

Obituary: Dr. David Thomas Pugh (1943-2022)

National Oceanography Center Emeritus Fellow, Dr. David Pugh, OBE passed away on August 1, 2022.To celebrate his significant contributions to the global marine community, his friends and colleagues at the NOC have compiled this downloadable Synopsis of David’s life in science.David Thomas Pugh was born in wartime on July 13, 1943. Although his birthplace was Liverpool, where his father was a police officer, the family moved shortly afterwards to Trefnanney in Powys where his two parents taught at the same school.

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JAXPORT Promotes Infrastructure Development Leader Bennett to COO

JAXPORT has promoted infrastructure development leader James Bennett, P.E., to the role of chief operating officer (COO). Bennett is a licensed professional engineer with more than three decades of transportation industry experience.Bennett joined JAXPORT in 2017 as senior director of engineering and construction, responsible for the port’s marine and landside infrastructure development and engineering and construction operations. In this role, he managed the completion of JAXPORT’s major growth projects…

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Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Names New Chief Executive

Singapore's Ministry of Transport announced that Teo Eng Dih will take over as chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), succeeding Quah Ley Hoon, who will step down on September 5, 2022.Teo Eng Dih, currently Deputy Secretary (Policy) of the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF), is responsible for MINDEF’s defense policy and diplomacy, strategic and public communications, and Total Defense. He oversaw the expansion of defense cooperation with international partners and strengthening of collaborations at the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) platform.

Stuart, Florida-based Ocean5 appointed Roger Kovalski as Vice President of Engineering. Photo courtesy Ocean5

Kovalski Named VP, Engineering at Ocean5

Stuart, Florida-based Ocean5 appointed Roger Kovalski as Vice President of Engineering. He was previously Senior Project Engineer & Yacht Designer, and began his career with OCEAN5 in early 2012.Kovalski has been in the engineering and design profession for over 25 years, coming to the U.S/ from his native home in Brazil in 2001. He is fully conversant with the engineering needs of any project including the design of aluminum, steel or fiberglass boats and is proficient in all technical applications…

The Harbor Police Department (HPD) of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) named Cedric Turner to serve as Captain of the specialized law enforcement agency. Photo courtesy HPD

Turner Tapped as Captain, Port of New Orleans Harbor Police

The Harbor Police Department (HPD) of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) named Cedric Turner to serve as Captain of the specialized law enforcement agency. Turner has served in law enforcement for 26 years and 20 of those working up the ranks in HPD. As Captain, Turner will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of HPD’s Patrol Division, which is critical in HPD’s mission in ensuring the safety and security throughout port property and waterways within the Port’s three-parish jurisdiction of Jefferson, Orleans and St.

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Braemar Names Beckwith HR Director

Braemar, expert advisors in shipping investment, chartering, and risk management, today announced the appointment of John Beckwith as Group Director of Human Resources.The hire of Beckwith strengthens Braemar’s leadership team, enhances and enables Braemar’s ability to grow organically and via Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), and it represents a further investment in the professional development of its shipbroking and corporate finance teams.Beckwith has been the HR/people subject-matter expert on multiple mergers, demergers, and acquisitions throughout his career, including an IPO process.

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Revell Takes the Helm at SIGTTO

The Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) has appointed Ian Revell as its new Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, in succession to Capt. Andrew Clifton.SIGTTO President, Steffen Jacobson, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Ian Revell to the Society and look forward to working with him as he undertakes this key role. We have made a considerable effort to find the right permanent candidate for this position, and have no doubt that Ian is the person to take the Society forward in meeting its objectives for the future.

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Nautilus Labs Hires Sundsted as CTO

Nautilus Labs, the technology firm unlocking commercial decarbonization for the ocean supply chain, announced the designation of Todd Sundsted as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).In his new role, Todd Sundsted, who is based in New York, will lead product development, engineering, and data science, including the enhancement of Nautilus’s AI capabilities and best-in-class machine learning models. Prior to joining Nautilus Labs, Sundsted was CTO at Odeko, which builds smart mobile ordering and supply chain management software for coffee shops and cafés…

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The Swedish Club Opens Singapore Office

The Swedish Club announced it has opened a new full-service office in Singapore, responsible for members in Singapore and other markets in Asia, including India, Japan and Thailand.Brian Png, Team Manager for the Singapore office, said, "Singapore is widely recognized as one of the most important maritime hubs in the world, and the opening of this new office is an important step for The Swedish Club. It will complement Team Hong Kong and enable us jointly to fully capitalise on our all-in-one offering and secure and further enhance our position in Asia…

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Maritime Giants Launch Competition to Drive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Six giants in the global maritime industry have joined forces to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues.The Maritime Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Innovation Lab 2022, launched by Thome Group, Hafnia, Anglo American, RightShip, Rio Tinto, and Wilhelmsen, is an open competition for interested participants (individuals, institutions, companies, students etc.) to submit their ideas on addressing DEI in the maritime industry.Shortlisted teams will participate in the innovation lab to hone their pitches in preparation for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ session with industry leaders.

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NASH Maritime Opens Office in Scotland

shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy NASH Maritime Ltd. announced the opening of an Edinburgh office, it’s first in Scotland.Formalizing its existing presence in Scotland is another milestone for the company, as it continues to see increasing demand for its services, the company said.NASH Maritime Director, Jamie Holmes, said, “Our extensive portfolio of work in Scotland and growth of the team here on the ground, coupled with future pipeline of opportunities brought us to a clear conclusion regarding an investment in an office in Edinburgh.”NASH Maritime Director, Dr.

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Great Lakes Announces New Leadership Appointments

Houston-based dredging contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation said it has appointed David Johanson to the position of SVP, Project Acquisition & Operations, and of Christopher G. Gunsten, P.E. to the position of SVP, Project Services & Fleet Engineering.Johanson and Gunsten will assume their new roles effective August 1, 2022. Their positions will fill the roles currently held by the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, David E. Simonelli, who is retiring on September 16, 2022.

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Kelleher to Succeed Tivnan as Ardmore Shipping CFO

Tanker owner/operator Ardmore Shipping Corporation on Wednesday announced the planned departure of its current chief financial officer Paul Tivnan and appointment of new CFO Bart Kelleher, effective September 28, 2022.Anthony Gurnee, Ardmore's chief executive officer, said, Kelleher and Tivnan will overlap and work together from September 1 to "achieve an orderly and well-planned transition".Kelleher brings to the role more than 25 years of progressive experience in the maritime…

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Port of Redwood City Commissioner Dodge to Retire

Richard Dodge, Commissioner of California's Port of Redwood City, announced he will be retiring at the end of July, after 42 years of port service. Dodge was originally appointed to the Board of Port Commissioners in 1980. His service is one of the longest port commissioner tenures in the United States.“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Port of Redwood City over the past 42 years in various Port Commissioner roles,” Dodge said. “It has been incredible to watch the Port evolve and position itself as a leader serving the Silicon Valley and beyond.

Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D., has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and he will also serve as deputy NOAA administrator. Photo courtesy NOAA

Morgan Confirmed as Deputy NOAA Administrator

Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D., has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and he will also serve as deputy NOAA administrator. Morgan will be responsible for providing agency-wide direction with regard to weather, water, climate, and ocean observations, including in situ instruments and satellites, and the process of converting observations to predictions for environmental threats.Morgan brings more than 25 years of demonstrated scientific leadership to this position.

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CTO in Focus: “Stop, Listen & Think” - One-on-One with Shepard Smith, XOcean

From his nearly three-decade career at NOAA to hiking the Appalachian Trail, Shepard “Shep” Smith brings a broad base of experience and expertise to his new post as Chief Technology Officer of XOcean. We checked in with Smith for his insights on technical drivers in the ocean exploration space, as well as what to expect from XOcean in the coming years.Shep, to start us off, please give an overview of your 28-year career at NOAA.I was with the Commissioned Officer Corp part of NOAA.

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IMLI Director Attard Wins International Maritime Prize

The outgoing Director of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), Professor David Joseph Attard, has been selected by the IMO Council to be the recipient of the International Maritime Prize for 2021. Professor Attard was nominated for the award by the Republic of Malta. In the nomination, the impact that Professor Attard has had on the maritime world, particularly via his three-decade-long role at IMLI was highlighted. The Maltese national was responsible for proposing, in 1987, together with the late Dr.

The importance of an Outward Mindset in Project Management

Knowledge, skill, and experience form the foundation of a successful project. But with the right mindset on top of that, the project team can multiply the success. In this blog post, Tommi Virta teaches us about the impact of a project team’s mindset on the end result. An “outward mindset” can perform miracles in a project and bring more meaningfulness and well-being to the project team.After working on many different projects for many years, I have had the honor of working with all kinds of people and personalities.

CakeBoxx Technologies appointed Sean Tan as Chief Technical Officer (CTO).. Image courtesy CakeBoxx

CakeBoxx taps Tan as CTO

CakeBoxx Technologies appointed Sean Tan as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Tan will join CakeBoxx' corporate headquarters team in McLean and is tasked with leading the company's worldwide R&D, systems engineering, and ongoing product development initiatives. Reporting to Daine Eisold, the Chairman and CEO, and working closely with James Campbell, the Chief Operating Officer, Tan will be focused on scaling CakeBoxx Technologies' industrial manufacturing, high-value, and high-consequence cargo and platform solutions.

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Mike Rodriguez to Complete Tenure as Interim Director of MITAGS

On August 1, Interim Director of MITAGS, Mike Rodriguez, will be returning to his position as a part-time MITAGS faculty member."Working as I have with everyone at MITAGS has been a great experience for me,” Rodriguez said. “The MITAGS West team are innovative. Our conference team is smart and determined. Our operations folks just make it happen every day. Our instructors are knowledgeable and dedicated. The hotel and food service staff are good, hard-working folks who lay the foundation for everything we do here.

VideoRay named Brad Clause as account manager for the offshore wind renewable energy, aquaculture and shipping markets. Image courtesy VideoRay

Clause joins VideoRay to Manage Offshore Wind, Aquaculture and Shipping Market

VideoRay named Brad Clause as account manager for the offshore wind renewable energy, aquaculture and shipping markets. He brings to the company more than 20 years of experience with subsea ROV missions.Prior to joining VideoRay, Clause served with Oceaneering International, Inc., and C-Innovation, LLC. He has extensive client-focused ROV operations management experience specializing in offshore renewable energy applications including construction, inspection, maintenance & repair (IMR)…

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World's Biggest Containership, Ever Alot, to fly the Panama Ship Registry Flag

The Panama Ship Registry has added Ever Alot to its fleet, touted as the world’s biggest container ship and the first to break the 24,004 TEU mark. Panama has 18 of the world’s 20 largest container ships in terms of TEUs.The vessel is mammoth at 400 x 61.5 m, launched at the end of June and surpassing the Ever Ace as the world's largest container ship.  Like the other vessels, Ever Act, Ever Aim and Ever Alp, which have a slightly smaller capacity of 23,992 TEUs, it belongs to Evergreen's "A" Class, sailing mainly between Europe and Asia.

Dr. Holger Klein (52) will take up the post of Chairman and CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG at the turn of the end of 2022. Photo courtesy ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Klein Appointed Chairman, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen

Dr. Holger Klein, Member of the Board of Management responsible for the Asia-Pacific region, Car Chassis Technology Division, Aftermarket and Production, will succeed Wolf-Henning Scheider as Chairman and CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG at the end of 2022.At the same time, Dr. Peter Laier will join the Board of Management to lead the Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) and Industrial Technology divisions succeeding Wilhelm Rehm. ZF Chief Financial Officer Dr. Konstantin Sauer will leave the company by the end of 2022 after many years of service.