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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

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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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IMS, Austal Ink Manning Agreement

Australian based ship delivery and crew management company International Maritime Services (IMS) has announced it has entered into a 3-year Frame Agreement with Austal Australia as the exclusive service provider of specialist Captains, Engineers and Crew for launching, commissioning, sea trials and training.The contract ensures employment for at least eight Australian crew to operate some of the most advanced ships in the world during their test and trials programs. Thanks to Austal’s healthy order book, the agreement encompasses another 20 Guardian Class patrol vessels of the Pacific Patrol

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Total Taps Warn as Investor Relations SVP

of Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets in London. HE has more than 13 years of experience in equity research across three investment banks including Macquarie Capital and Jefferies International in London. Previously, Warn was an Associate Director at Evans & Peck and a mining engineer at BHP in Australia.Warn qualified as a Mining Engineering at the University of South Australia and holds a Master of Commerce from The University of New South Wales, and an MBA from University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. He is an Australian citizen

Daniel Mackay, Andrew Mackay and Erica McPherson (Photo: NRG Group)

New Leadership at NRG Group

have taken up the newly-created roles of managing director at NRG Well Management and NRG Group Commercial Director respectively to shape the future direction of the company.Andrew Mackay remains involved with the business as chairman and majority shareholder.Daniel recently returned to the U.K. from Australia, having worked as a senior drilling engineer for various oil and gas operators where he gauged a better understanding on the climate for the NRG business in future. He previously held roles with NRG Group as Drilling Engineer and Night Drilling Supervisor. Erica has been with NRG Group for more

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MacDonald to Lead Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

also steward the necessary change and innovation to advance the OSC’s common agenda and lead the management and commercialization of new related R&D, science and technology activities in Canada’s Atlantic region.Over the past 20 years, MacDonald has held progressive leadership roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. Most recently, MacDonald was the first Chief Audit Executive for Deloitte Global and was responsible for building internal audit function for Global. During this time, she also maintained a role as Atlantic Risk Advisory Partner for Deloitte LLP in St. John’s, a position

BAE $26B Frigate Deal: Local University Sees Opportunity

The University of Tasmania welcomed the announcement of BAE Systems as the successful tender for $25.8 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood said enormous benefits would flow to Australian industry as a result of the deal to build a new fleet of nine navy frigates, particularly with a 65 to 70 per cent Australian industry content target in the contract. “The University of Tasmania, primarily through our specialist institute the Australian Maritime College, enjoys a longstanding collaborative relationship with BAE Systems

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Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center

expected growth as our new IMO, MNTB and ISPS facilities came on line, but what has surprised us is the distance that so many of our students and captains are travelling to attend MCA courses here in Phuket.  Over the last twelve months we have welcomed professional seafarers from USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, France and the UK, in addition to our local  student groups from Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia.”Now with more than 20 MCA approved courses being delivered each month, Galileo Maritime Academy is expecting similar growth in international

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Xodus Strengthens APAC Team

Xodus Group’s Perth office has won more than A$3.5 million (£2million) in new contracts over the last six months.   Xodus’ Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has had significant success in the growth of its decommissioning business, both in Australia and South-East Asia, where the company has established relationships with several key players. The company has also enhanced its digital production optimization and monitoring tools.   With the success, Xodus has increased its workforce locally and appointed Simon Allison as operations director for the APAC region.   Allison

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HII, KBR to Manage Aussie's Naval Shipbuilding College

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Australia’s Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI), a joint venture between HII’s Technical Solutions division and Kellogg Brown and Root’s (KBR) Government Services division, to establish and manage Australia’s new Naval Shipbuilding College. This effort is in support of Australia’s mission to recapitalize its shipbuilding and maritime sustainment industry over the next several decades.   In announcing the request for proposals in 2017, Minster of Defence Industry Christopher

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Australia Bans Containership over Unpaid Wages

Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.   The ban was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), who inspected the ship in the Port of Brisbane on March 14, 2018 after receiving a complaint which alleged that crew had been underpaid.   During the inspection AMSA found evidence that crew had been underpaid from November 2017 to February 2018 and were owed more than AU$53,000 (US$40,800).

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Dio Named President, Chairman of BP America

of the organization’s strategy and operations and oversaw the ongoing renewal of the fleet – the largest such program in BP’s history. Previously during her 33-year career with BP and heritage companies, she held a series of senior commercial and operating roles in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO.   Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House.   Hardy, who started his career at BP and traded fuel oil, was long seen as one of two front-runners to succeed Taylor alongside another Vitol veteran Chris Bake.   Vitol said in a statement that

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