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Birdon Names Albertson Maritime Executive GM

Australia-based Birdon Group announced it has appointed Mark Albertson as its new Executive General Manager of Maritime, effective from July 1, 2024.Albertson brings to the role experience and expertise from the defense and heavy industries sectors, having most recently served as Executive Manager Operations, at the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) in Henderson, Perth. With a career that began in the Royal Australian Navy in Aviation Maintenance Engineering, Albertson has since made significant contributions to the mining and utilities sector. His roles have included Director Asset Management at

Mark Santamaria (Photo: Austal USA)

Austal USA Names Santamaria CFO

Austal USA, a U.S. shipbuilding subsidiary of Australia's Austal Group, announced it has named Mark Santamaria as its new chief financial officer (CFO).“Mark’s extensive background in government and commercial contracting environments is a valuable asset to Austal USA,” stated Austal USA president Michelle Kruger. “We are excited to have him on our senior leadership team and look forward to benefiting from his financial management experience.”Santamaria has served as CFO for several major defense contractors throughout his lengthy career. Before coming to Austal USA

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Australian Submarine Maintenance Facing Possible Disruption Due to Workers Strikes

Workers at Australian state-owned submarine builder ASC Ltd began on Monday a campaign of strikes for higher wages that could disrupt maintenance for Australia's submarines even as it prepares to build the nuclear-powered AUKUS fleet.Roughly 300 workers at ASC's Osborne shipyard in South Australia walked off the job for an hour on Monday, and a separate meeting of union members voted to continue some form of strikes indefinitely, a union official told Reuters.Osborne is where ASC and British firm BAE Systems will jointly build Australia's fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, the core

Kongsberg Digital has integrated NORBIT’s oil spill detection system with its K-Pos DP system for simu-lation-based training of offshore professionals at Equinor.
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Simulators Track our Changing Relationship with Technology

increasingly accurate functionality. FORCE Technology’s upcoming DEN-Mark2 mathematical model release for its augmented reality SimFlex4 tug and ship simulator will offer unprecedented model accuracy as well as enhanced line forces calculations for pilot training undertaken at Smartship Australia.NYK has secured certification from ClassNK for Japan’s first training program for crew members of offshore wind industry crew transfer vessels (CTVs). The training uses the latest ship-handling simulators to reproduce the movement of a vessel pushing against an offshore wind turbine

Veronica Jensen (Photo: Svitzer Australia)

Svitzer Australia Names Jensen CCO

Marine towage provider Svitzer Australia announced it has appointed Veronica Jensen as its new chief commercial officer (CCO) for the Australia/PNG region.Jensen started in the role in March and is based out of Svitzer Australia’s Sydney head office. She brings commercial leadership experience across a range of industry sectors including industrial consumables, engineering solutions, the pharmaceutical industry and in shipping with more than 11 years’ previous experience with Maersk.Svitzer Australia managing director Videlina Georgieva said, “Veronica brings a strong external lens

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Svitzer Building New Training Center in Australia

Marine towage provider Svitzer Australia is building a new facility to deliver enhanced maritime training capabilities to the East Coast of New South Wales (NSW).The company reports construction is underway at its Port of Newcastle tug base, where Svitzer’s innovative, new TRAnsverse tug vessels are forecast to enter service in 2025 (the second and third to be deployed in the world). The facility will feature state-of-the-art Kongsberg Digital maritime simulators in support of crew training and other marine applications.Svitzer Australia chief operating officer, David Phillips, said, ”We

Nippon Paint Marine appointed Gladys Goh as its President, effective immediately, making her the first female and foreign national to lead a principal operating company in Japan. Image courtesy Nippon Paint Marine

Gladys Goh takes the Helm at Nippon Paint Marine

offering methanol-resistant coatings in line with the industry’s increased use of methanol as a viable new fuel to meet decarbonization targets. In 2024, the company will further expand its supply points, to include North America and South Africa, following the acquisition of new locations in Australia, Egypt, and Gibraltar last year

From left, L David Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Australia and to the right Paul Gilkison, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Digital (Photo: Kongsberg Digital)

Svitzer Orders Kongsberg Digital Simulators in Australia

Towage provider Svitzer has selected Kongsberg Digital to deliver new simulators in support of crew training at its Port of Newcastle base in Australia. The contract with Kongsberg will help create a training center of excellence for the deployment of Svitzer’s new TRAnsverse tug vessels entering service in Newcastle in early 2025.The contract comprises the delivery of a training suite in Q2 2024. The delivery encompasses a full-mission 360° K-Sim Navigation simulator configured as a tug bridge, and a part-task 180° K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulator. It also includes an

Mattias Hellstrom (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Promotes Hellstrom to Chief Commercial Officer

Hellstrom as its new global chief commercial officer (CCO), effective from October 1.Hellstrom makes the move to Svitzer’s global business after three years as CCO of Svitzer Europe, and replaces outgoing Global CCO Videlina Georgieva, who was recently appointed managing director of Svitzer Australia.Prior to his role as CCO of Svitzer Europe, Hellstrom was managing director of Svitzer Scandinavia for nearly seven years. He has also held management roles at Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and A.P. Moller – Maersk. In all, Hellstrom has more than 25 years of shipping industry experience

David Hay (Photo: SeaLink Marine & Tourism)

SeaLink Marine & Tourism Names New Executive GM

Australian operator SeaLink Marine & Tourism announced the internal promotion of David Hay to the newly created role of Executive General Manager – Business Operations. Hay will commence the new role on October 4.SeaLink Marine & Tourism’s fleet of 113 vessels connect travelers to 16 islands around Australia and includes tourism and hospitality experiences in multiple capital city harbors and major rivers, as well as two island resorts on K’gari (Fraser Island). Contracted essential transport services with governments and private clients include ferry services for passenger

Brendan Webb (Photo: North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation)

Webb Named CEO of North Queensland Bulk Ports

organization. I look forward to leading a positive team culture, and fostering a unified organization which is resilient and capable of navigating challenges that may arise.”Kenny will continue to act as CEO until October 2, before returning to her role as chief financial officer.NQBP is one of Australia’s largest port authorities by tonnage throughput with around half of Queensland’s trade, by tonnage, passing through the four NQBP ports of Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point and Weipa

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Svitzer Australia Appoints New Managing Director

Videlina Georgieva has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Svitzer Australia.She will help drive regional growth and progress Svitzer’s decarbonization agenda and replaces outgoing Nicolaj Noes who will be leaving Svitzer to take on a new opportunity.Georgieva brings a deep understanding of Svitzer’s business and operations, including within Australia, where she has been part of delivering significant commercial results throughout her 13 years with Svitzer, and most recently as the organization's Global Chief Commercial Officer. She will commence her new role effective early

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Jobs at Stake as California Port Terminal Upgrades to Green Technology

automated facilities, according to a 2021 report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's International Transport Forum (ITF), an intergovernmental policy think tank. The Long Beach terminal, purchased from Hong Kong-based owners in 2019 by the asset management unit of Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd, bet on both electric power and automated equipment for its decade-long redevelopment that combined two aged terminals into one. The new facility now handles three times more volume and has reduced emissions by 90%, CEO Anthony Otto told Reuters.It was among the top

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US Maritime Industry Working to Solve the People Puzzle

our American Queen Voyages, CityCruises, CityFerry, CityExperiences & Journey Beyond businesses.”Paine added that Hornblower’s size creates a wider range of workforce opportunities “from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between”, as well as in various marine roles in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in addition to other hospitality and experience-based offerings around the world. “Our crew can stay within the company while pursuing new opportunities and licensing advancements throughout our family of companies,” he said. “Not many companies

Austal USA promoted Chris Young to Vice President of Production Operations. Young, formerly Senior Director of Production, is a 26-year veteran of Austal with 19 of those years spent at Austal USA’s new construction manufacturing facilities in Mobile. Photo courtesy Austal USA

Young Named VP Production Ops at Austal USA

President of Production Operations. Young, formerly Senior Director of Production, is a 26-year veteran of Austal with 19 of those years spent at Austal USA’s new construction manufacturing facilities in Mobile. Young’s tenure with Austal began immediately following school in Perth, Australia, when he joined the company as a structural engineering apprentice. Young was soon asked to travel to the US to join the Austal USA team as it stood up operations in Mobile, Ala. After a brief return to Australia, Young came back to Mobile in 2004 to assist in production management roles overseeing

The Yangtze Harmony's crew at Singapore Changi Airport. Source: ITF

Abandoned Seafarers Repatriated After Five Months on Livestock Carrier

said the Yangtze Harmony’s Hong Kong-based shipowner had a long history of abandoning crew, and its vessels have been detained before for violating safety and crew welfare rules.The Yangtze Fortune, sister vessel of the Yangtze Harmony, was abandoned in December 2022 after it was seized by the Australian Federal Court at Portland over the owner’s refusal to make urgent repairs.Between the Yangtze Harmony and the Yangtze Fortune, the ITF has advocated for the recovery of US$1 million in backpay and flights home for 43 seafarers.The ITF’s Flags of Convenience Campaign Network Coordinator

Ivan Spanjic (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Appoints New Global Head of Green Ports

A.P. Moller-Maersk's towage arm Svitzer announced Svitzer Australia Chief Commercial Officer Ivan Spanjic has been appointed as Global Head of Green Ports.Svitzer CEO Kasper Nilaus believes Spanjic’s role will be central to helping Svitzer’s customers better adjust their assets and operations to become more sustainable. “Ports and partners across the marine supply chain have long recognized the importance of growing sustainably and responsibly, contributing positively to the communities in which they operate,” Nilaus said. “Svitzer welcomes the opportunity to work

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