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Karoon Energy CEO Steps Down after 16 Years at Helm

Australian oil and gas company Karoon Energy has said that its founder and CEO Robert Hosking will step down after 16 years at the helm.The company, with oil and gas projects in Australia, Peru, and Brazil, said Wednesday that Hosking had informed it of its decision to retire at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.Commenting on his retirement plans, Hosking said: “After 16 years at the helm, and having transformed Karoon from a A$8 million pure-play exploration company in the onshore Gippsland Basin, to making offshore gas discoveries in the Browse Basin, reaching the ASX 200 index, developing a

Jillian Carson-Jackson (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Nautical Institute's New President Outlines Top Goals

, as a global body for maritime professionals, is to show its commitment to encourage, support and celebrate a diverse and inclusive maritime industry.”Championing the Institute’s worldwide network of branches Carson-Jackson described her own branch, The Nautical Institute South East Australia branch, as her professional family, sounding board and reality check. She commented “Nautical Institute branches provide a focus to engage with other maritime professionals and to think global while acting local. They offer a forum to gather ideas, share experiences, develop best practice

Australia's Oil Search Slashes Workforce by 34%

Australia's Oil Search on Wednesday said it has reduced its total workforce by around 34% under its cost restructuring review to cushion the blow from subdued oil prices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The Papua New Guinea-focused oil and gas producer said full-time employees have currently been reduced to 1,222 from 1,649 in mid-March, with another 137 moving out by year-end.The firm expects production costs to be about $10.50/boe in 2020, compared to a previous cost guidance of US$11-12/boe, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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AqualisBraemar Names South East Asia Head

turn will help drive AqualisBraemar’s continued growth across the South East Asia region,” says David Wells, CEO of AqualisBraemar.Phil Lenox will continue in his role as regional managing director for the Asia Pacific region, overseeing operations in China including Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and the regional hub, Singapore

Otto Energy's Gulf of Mexico assets

Otto Energy Looking to Appoint Gulf of Mexico Veteran as New CEO

for over 8 years in leadership roles in a number of Woodside business units, including within Woodside’s overseas businesses in Africa.Allen has agreed to remain with Otto Energy as a senior advisor for a period of six months to assist with the leadership transition to a new successor. Australia-headquartered Otto Energy, with exploration and production assets in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Texas, said it has started the process of finding a suitable replacement to be located in the company’s office in Houston USA. "It is intended that Mr. Allen’s successor will be

Patrick Gregg (Left) and David Singleton standing in front of a Guardian-class patrol Boat at Austal's Australian shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. (Photo: Austal)

Austal COO Gregg Promoted to CEO

Australian shipbuilding group Austal announced its Chief Operating Officer Patrick Gregg will take over as Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021, following a six-month transition from current Managing Director and CEO David Singleton.Gregg was appointed as COO 3.5 years ago with a view to him being a natural successor for the CEO role in the future, said John Rothwell, Chairman of Austal Limited. Since Gregg's appointment Austal has set up operations in Vietnam, expanded its operations in the Philippines and won a new Cape class contract with the Australian Government.“Our

David C. Lawler,- Credit: BP

BP Names Next BP America Chief

outbreak in 2020. "Dio rose through the ranks during a remarkable career, serving previously as head of global shipping and holding senior commercial and operating roles in BPand its heritage companies in refining, petrochemicals and various other oil and gas businesses in the U.S., U.K., and Australia," BP said.Looney said: "Susan has been an extraordinary leader and mentor throughout her impressive career – and especially in America. She strengthened our culture of safety and respect and shattered barriers everywhere she went. To her, we say thank you for making bp a stronger

Map showing KrisEnergy's assets - Credit: KrisEnergy

KrisEnergy's Ang Becomes Permanent CFO

Officer of thethe company,” KrisEnergy's Board of Directors said.Ang, who was appointed interim CFO in April 2019, joined KrisEnergy in 2013 as Corporate Finance Manager and was appointed Group Treasury Manager in the following year. She began her career with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney in 1999 in financial market operations and progressed to research analyst before departing in 2007. Ang moved to Singapore in 2008 and joined CLSA as a research analyst. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as VP, Corporate Finance at Brighton Capital Advisors, a corporate finance firm

Nine Hunter Class Frigates will be built in Adelaide by a workforce of more than 2,400. (Image: BAE Systems)

Ship Jobs to Fuel South Australian Recovery

The ramping up of shipbuilding programs in Adelaide this year is providing an employment lifeline for South Australia as the state’s looks for ways to tackle boost jobs growth post coronavirus.There are already almost 700 people working on the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Those numbers are expected to reach 1000 by, the end of the year and 1,500 by mid-2025 before reaching a peak of 2,400 in 2028.Nine anti-submarine warfare frigates will be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide in what is being described as the largest surface ship project in Australia’s

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Nestlehutt tapped to lead SCI

The Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey (SCI) selected Rev. Mark S. Nestlehutt as its new President & Executive Director, succeeding the Rev. David Rider, effective February 18, 2020.With more than two decades of church experience in Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, Australia and South Africa, Mark joins SCI from Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where he serves as Rector. His previous employment and interests include service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Director of Planned Giving at Opera Philadelphia, various positions for five years in the

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

;s products and technologies within the hydrographic industry and assist in identifying and developing new opportunities.Prior to joining Mitcham in January 2020, Dr Ramsay held a number of important positions within the hydrographic industry, including Director and co-owner of Marine GeoSolutions in Australia and South Africa.  Dr Ramsay's extensive list of publications includes one book, 18 peer-reviewed publications and 36 conference abstracts. He holds a PhD (Marine Geophysics) and a BSc Honors in Engineering Geology and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1 with the

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Australia Bans Two Bulkers Over Mariner Pay Spat

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned two foreign-flagged bulk carriers from Australian ports after their crews reported being underpaid.The Chinese-owned bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai and the Panama-flagged MV Fortune Genius were banned for 18 months and 12 months respectively.AMSA surveyors boarded the Fortune Genius in Gladstone after receiving a complaint via the International Transport Workers’ Federation.AMSA’s investigation revealed the crew of the Fortune Genius had been deliberately under paid by the operator, New Fortune Genius Management, by about AUD $100

Ulrich Kadow (Photo: AGCS)

Kadow tapped to head AGCS Marine

years with the company, he has held a variety of positions within AGCS in Europe, Asia and North America and directly prior to his move to Toronto, was Global Head of Package & Multiline where he established the mid-market Property, Liability and Engineering business in Canada, Asia, South Africa, Australia and Denmark. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an M.S in Computer Science from University of Technology Munich TUM. He also holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation

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HKCYIA's “Diploma in Cruise Operations”

on cruise ships, including front desks, program hosts and tour operators (cruise travels), etc. The seasonal nature of the cruise industry provides graduates with global eye-opening opportunities to visit different parts of the world, including popular cruise destinations in the Italy, Mediterranean, Australia, Shanghai and Japan.  DCO features extensive training on both ship and shore-based cruise operations taught by a veteran cruise industry practitioner and supported by leading international trainers, experienced operators and professionals of the industry. The course covers the mandatory STCW

i-Tech 7 Hires New Business Development Manager

7’s life of field business unit, has appointed Craig Roberts as its new regional business development manager for its Asia Pacific & Middle East region.Roberts, who joins from Total Marine Technology (TMT) where he was operations manager, will be based in the company’s Perth office, in Australia. He brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, specializing in the delivery of remotely executed subsea solutions and tooling across the entire lifecycle of a subsea development.Roberts will work with Simon Hird, i-Tech 7’s Asia Pacific regional

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O&G Skills Requirements Shifting

Landscape report was published at an Oil & Gas UK Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday, which featured a panel of industry speakers including Ariel Flores, BP’s North Sea Regional President, Lesley Birse, President of People and Organisation for Europe, Africa, ME, Asia and Australia at Wood and Sophie Ewen, currently an OGTAP (Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Program) apprentice working with Chevron.To help determine the changing oil and gas skills requirements, 1,000 people from around 140 organisations responded to a detailed skills survey and supplemented the data already

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Atals Sets Sights on Asian Offshore

permanent roles," pointed out offshore specialist recruiter.The offshore wind sector in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is growing at a remarkable rate. The APAC offshore wind capacity will rise mainly in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan the coming years. New markets such as India, Thailand, Australia and Vietnam will start within five years. This growth poses a serious manpower challenge for companies involved in this region, simply because it is growing so quickly. Next to this, the Asia-Pacific needs to rely on the European-based experts because the APAC does not yet have their own home-grown

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