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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Megan Bel Miller (Photo: NOIA)

NOIA Names New VP, Government and Political Affairs

Director, Government & Political Affairs. Before joining NOIA, she was Legislative Director and top policy aide to Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) from 2008 to 2013, and also served as Deputy Director of the Republican Study Committee during Scalise's Chairmanship of the RSC. She began her work on Capitol Hill in 2006 with then Rep. Richard Baker (R-La.).    Megan earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.  

Megan Bel Miller

Miller is VP - Government and Political Affairs, NOIA

; said NOIA President Randall Luthi.   Before joining NOIA, Megan was Legislative Director and top policy aide to Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) from 2008 to 2013, and also served as Deputy Director of the Republican Study Committee during Scalise's Chairmanship of the RSC.She began her work on Capitol Hill in 2006 with then Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA).   Megan earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.  

Bob Bishop (Photo: Selandia Ship Management)

Bishop Appointed Chairman of Selandia Ship Management

V.Group announced Bob Bishop has been appointed chairman of Selandia Ship Management in addition to his current role in business development of the Group. The acquisition of Selandia Ship Management in 2016 provided V.Group a unique opportunity to promote and develop a well-established specialist brand working in vibrant and developing markets. This appointment will allow Bishop to focus and use his expertise to build on the quality reputation of Selandia to enhance and expand their current fleet of more than 140 vessels.  

Phil Taylor

Taylor Named GM at MPE Interiors

A construction  industry specialist with more than 40 years’ experience has joined Birkenhead-based fit-out contractor MPE Interiors. Phil Taylor, aged 59, will help drive MPE's wide-ranging work in three main sectors: maritime, commercial property and residential property. The business can fit-out ferries, ships, superyachts, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, homes, schools and leisure centers. Its services include bespoke CAD-aided interior design, the manufacture and fitting of furniture, fittings and upholstery; craft joinery, decorating, property maintenance and repairs.

(Photo: Joaquin Andres Bosqued)

Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

, would be further depressed and result in more severe layoffs. Accordingly, we recommend GOM stakeholders consult with counsel to ensure they are fully informed of the potential negative impacts that this proposal would have on the GOM and the U.S. economy in general, should there be interest on Capitol Hill to move such legislation.     The Author Jonathan Waldron is a partner and chair of the maritime and international trade practice at Blank Rome LLP. Waldron concentrates his practice in maritime, international, and environmental law, including maritime security. He served in the

L-R: Jeff Hubert, Ken Sahibs, John Ratto, Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler, Mike Hertweck, David Adams. (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Expanding Its Boat Building Facility

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has officially broken ground on a facility expansion at the company's Edgewater, Fla. headquarters. The addition includes a new large-boat building with added manufacturing space and other facility improvements. The new 10,500-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the commercial boats manufacturing campus and will increase the company's manufacturing capacity by 50 percent.     "Today, by breaking ground on the BCGP facility expansion, we are greatly increasing our capabilities," said Boston Whaler

Nils Smedegaard Andersen (File photo: Danish Maritime Days)

Former Maersk Boss Named Unifeeder Chairman

Nils Smedegaard Andersen has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denmark based feeder and shortsea operator Unifeeder, taking up his first directorship within the logistics and shipping industry after stepping down from his position as Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S in 2016. Andersen, who is a board member and strategic adviser to Unifeeder’s largest investor, e.g. Nordic Capital Funds, also serves as Non-Executive Director at BP plc, Non-Executive Director at Unilever as well as Chairman of the Board of international retail group, Dansk Supermarked

Mariner Sentinel (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Sentinel Takes Delivery of New Rescue Vessel

Aberdeen-headquartered Sentinel Marine said it has taken delivery of a new emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) which will see 24 new jobs being created within its North Sea operation.   Sentinel Marine, which owns and operates offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract for the Mariner Sentinel with a major producer for its North Sea oil field. Following construction in China, the vessel is en route to Aberdeen and is expected to commence operating in July 2017.   Mariner Sentinel is the latest of six new build for Sentinel Marine since 2015.

(Source: Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook)

Djibouti Breaks Ground on Massive FTZ

The president of Djibouti on Monday formally launched the construction of a project touted as Africa's largest free trade zone, to be built in the tiny Horn of African nation with Chinese backing.   The agreement to build the 48 sq km (19 sq mile) free trade zone was signed in March 2016 as part of China's bid to expand trade routes, a series of infrastructure initiatives stretching across 60 countries that the Chinese have dubbed "One Belt, One Road".   Tiny Djibouti, population 876,000, has long punched above its weight. It hosts large U.S. and French naval bases; China is

Mock up of the simulator complex. (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss, Seattle Maritime Partner on Training

[ Press Release ] Foss Maritime entered into a four-year agreement with the Seattle Maritime Academy to support its new training facility, which includes a state-of-the-art engine room simulator, a full mission bridge simulator and a computer simulation training laboratory.   Foss' experienced mariners will have access to the new simulators, along with the customized professional development training offered by Seattle Maritime Academy, to support upgrading or renew licensing, and learn new skills.    "At Foss, safety is our top concern. And when it comes to avoiding accidents

From Left Dann Lockdahl, DONG Energy Offshore Base Manager and Allan Junge, Financial Director of Blue Water Shipping.

DONG Energy Expands in the Port of Esbjerg

  The positive development within the offshore industry has made its impact on DONG Energy, which is a significant player in the market. The increased activity has made it necessary to extend the company's office and storage facilities in the Port of Esbjerg. Therefore, DONG Energy has entered into an agreement with Blue Water Shipping to expand the two companies' existing lease agreement.   Blue Water Shipping will invest around DKK 55 million in the renovation and rebuilding to meet DONG Energy's requirements for additional office facilities, storage buildings, parking lots and surroundin

Photo courtesy of The Landing School

The Landing School to Graduate 78 Students

Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design to Give Keynote Address. On June 21 The Landing School will celebrate its 35th annual commencement, graduating 78 diploma students, a record high. Graduates in the Marine Systems, Yacht Design, Composite Boat Building and Wooden Boat Building programs will hear speaker Michael Peters, Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design. Students and their families will also enjoy the christening of the boats built this year. The Wooden Boat Building program will christen three Flyfisher 22s and three Joel White Pea Pods. Graduates from this

Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, drops a capsule containing time records into the foundations at the laying of the foundation stone ceremony.

Hamburg Süd Headquarters Being Expanded

  On 21 November 2014, Hamburg Süd laid the foundation stone for the extension to the shipping company’s headquarters in Hamburg. The new building is going up at Willy-Brandt-Straße (WBS) 63 and 65 on the plots adjacent to the traditional Hamburg Süd head office (WBS 59 and 61). The laying of the foundation stone was performed by Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg. True to long-standing tradition, a capsule containing coins and banknotes, a daily newspaper and Hamburg Süd time records was set into the foundations. Invited to the ceremony were

Jim Weakley (Photo courtesy of LCA)

Lakes Defend US Build Requirement of Jones Act

An effort to remove the U.S.-build requirement from the Jones Act is being soundly rejected by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, the largest labor/management coalition ever assembled to promote shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The Task Force said it sees no benefit to allowing foreign-built vessels to carry cargo between U.S. ports, but warns that nearly 60,000 jobs in the Great Lakes states will be sacrificed for no good reason if the amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill offered by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is accepted.   “There is no reason to even consider this

Genting chairman Lim Kok Thay, third from left, at Wismar, Germany at the signing ceremony for the fleet order. Photo: Genting Hong Kong

Genting HK Orders 10 Cruise Ships Worth $4 bln

 Genting Hong Kong, a unit of Malaysia's gaming giant Genting, is building 10 cruise ships worth 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion) in anticipation of higher demand from the Chinese market.   Genting has signed an order for 10 ships with the Lloyd Werft Group, comprising two mega cruise ships for Star Cruises and eight vessels for Crystal Cruises.   "We are focused on delivering a world-class vacation experience for Chinese cruise passengers," said Genting and Genting Hong Kong Chairman Lim Kok Thay.   The signing ceremony was attended by Uwe Beckmeyer, State Secretary

Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates Keel of Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli (LHA 7)

Ingalls Authenticates Keel of Amphibious Assault Ship

  Huntington Ingalls Industries authenticated the keel today for the future multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7). The warship is under construction at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division and was officially authenticated by its sponsor, Lynne Mabus, wife of U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and Steve Senk, an HII employee who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions to save the second USS Tripoli (LPH 10) after the ship struck a mine during Operation Desert Storm. Secretary Mabus paid tribute to the Ingalls shipbuilders during his remarks. "Today, we have 100

 Vigor CEO and Owner Frank Foti

Shipbuilding Merger: Oregon Iron Works and Vigor

Oregon Iron Works (OIW) and Vigor Industrial (Vigor) today announced the companies are merging to unite their strengths in advanced manufacturing, shipbuilding and ship repair. Under the terms of the merger, OIW will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.   The combination creates the critical mass of innovation, infrastructure and financial strength needed to pursue even more complex projects, enter new markets and win more work than either could separately. “I’ve spent the last 40 years building Oregon Iron Works into a company with some of the country’s most

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