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“The iDiver, a Remotely Operated Robotic Diver , performs underwater inspections on vessels and underwater structures, hence eliminating the need for divers to perform hazardous tasks under water.” (Photo: Keppel)

Keppel Wins 18 Awards at WSH 2019

systems located in trenches. Using the Smart Robot has reduced the manpower required for each inspection from eight workers to two and has achieved a 95% reduction in man hours required.The "Smart Chemical Handling" project team at Keppel Merlimau Cogen designed a device to tackle the risk of chemicals being transferred to wrong tanks, preventing adverse chemical reactions that would cause major disruptions to operations.At Keppel Logistics, technicians no longer need to work in narrow spaces over extended periods of time to manually lubricate the wire ropes of the cranes in their warehouses

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Group CEO Samskip (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip Appoints Laaksonen as Group CEO

Samskip, a European multimodal service provider group, appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive.Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1st, 2019, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships, where he led the Finnish group’s aggressive growth from 2012. He also brings significant experience from the shipper perspective, having occupied progressively senior logistics roles in the chemicals, forest products and automotive sectors.

From left: Navin Mahajan and Dale Walsh (Photos: Chevron)

Chevron Announces Leadership Changes

Oil major Chevron announced Monday it has named Navin Mahajan vice president and treasurer, effective February 1, 2019, and Dale Walsh vice president of Corporate Affairs, effective March 1.Mahajan, who is currently vice president, Finance Downstream & Chemicals, succeeds Randy Richards, who is retiring from Chevron after 40 years of service. Mahajan will oversee banking, financing, cash management, insurance, pension investments, and credits and receivables activities across the corporation. He will report to Patricia Yarrington, Chevron’s vice president and chief financial officer.Walsh

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

on a training cruise in Maine aboard the Texas Clipper II.Michael Flannery was a Maritime Administration major at Texas A&M Galveston. He is now a ship operator for BP Shipping using his commercial experience and marine awareness to manage risks associated with the transportation of hydrocarbons, chemicals and dry bulk. Applying as an out-of-state student, Flannery admits his main goal at Texas A&M Galveston was to move to the main campus in College Station. “Texas A&M Galveston opened my eyes to the world of shipping and the maritime industry,” said Flannery. “Instead of

David J. Keehan (Photo: APC)

Keehan Promoted to President of Advanced Polymer Coatings

from 1993 to 2017, engaged in introducing, promoting and selling the company’s leading coating brands, ChemLine for a wide range of industrial coating and tank transport equipment applications, and MarineLine for coating cargo tanks of chemical and product tankers carrying hazardous and other chemicals. In his new role, David Keehan will provide strategic leadership for the company, working with the management board, employees, strategic partners and key managers to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. He will focus efforts to make APC the leader of innovation, product

(Image: Wilhelmsen Ships Service)

WSS: Digital Solution Focus @ Norshipping

two new innovative digital solutions.   The first, the automated boiler water maintenace system, is currently in final testing on both Color Line and WWL vessels. The company’s first connected solution, the system constantly measures boiler water condition and automatically doses chemicals when required, greatly reducing the risk of a boiler failure. Paired with a tailor made desktop dashboard, streaming live critical boiler water information, accessible by customers 24/7, the system continues to be refined with input from the test vessels. The second, the Smart Ropes system, is

Damian Seipe (Photo: RSC Bio Solutions)

RSC Bio Solutions Expands

;Paul DeVivo, independent strategic advisor   Damian Seipel joins RSC Bio Solutions in the role of account executive. He will be focusing on helping the company identify, prospect and capture new opportunities on the West coast. Seipel has over 16 years of experience working in the chemicals, lubricants and automotive industry and has a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Arizona State University.   Chris Griffin and Mark Fretz join RSC Bio Solutions as business development managers. In their roles, Griffin and Fretz will work to identify and capture business

Mukesh Chakraborty Photo GAC

Chakraborty Appointed Branch Manager, GAC Bangalore

to become a gateway for the entire region, as well as an international hub, strategically located to manage cargoes from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. “Besides providing freight, project logistics and relocation services, GAC India seeks to carve a niche for ourselves in the pharmaceutical and wet chemicals, engineering and automotive sectors in and around Bangalore,” he adds. “I firmly believe that with the support of GAC Group’s global resources and the dedicated team at the Bangalore office, we can serve these sectors well.&rdquo

Chevron Names Morris VP of Human Resources

Chevron Corporation has named Rhonda J. Morris corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective October 1, 2016. Morris is currently vice president of Human Resources for Chevron's Downstream & Chemicals business.    In her new role, Morris will oversee Chevron's Human Resources, Diversity and Ombuds, and Medical and Health Services groups. She will report to Chevron's corporate vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Services, Joe Laymon, who will continue to oversee Chevron Business and Real Estate Services, Global Security and Aviation until his planned retirement in

Jeff White (Photo: INTTRA)

White Joins INTTRA as CFO, Head of Strategy

.   White has over 20 years of experience as a C-level executive, providing leadership to rapidly changing companies in dynamic industries, ranging from major public international corporations to private equity-backed startups.   White joined INTTRA after serving as CFO of bio-fuels and chemicals start-up Virent, Inc. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Renew Energy. White also has deep experience in the telecom industry, where he was President and later CFO of Nasdaq-listed RCN Corporation after serving as CFO of New Zealand Telecom, an NYSE-listed company.  

Photo courtesyof Sailors' Society

Sailors’ Society Funds Eye, Ear Testing Equipment

at the centre, which include a fully staffed medical centre, free internet and hairdressing.   Administrator and treasurer of Kandla Seafarers’ Welfare Association, Joseph Chacko, said: “Seafarers experience rough conditions at sea and in ports and their eyes can be damaged by the chemicals or hazardous cargoes being transported. The testing will help seafarers to protect their eyes and prevent any further deterioration, which is vital for their job and livelihood.”   In the past month, eye tests have detected six seafarers suffering from age-related macular degeneration

New Growth Record at French Port

12 months to 49.9MT.  The oil and gas sector saw a six-point rise to 46.3MT, with crude imports 8% better on 27MT and refined products gaining 7% to 12.8MT as refineries continued to benefit from advantageous margins.  LPG finished 9% better on 2.2MT but LNG was down 7% to 4.2MT.  Liquid chemicals and agro-products slipped 3% to 3.6MT following a lengthy shutdown at the Lyondell chemicals plant.    Dry bulks delivered a 3% increase to 13.9MT.  Imports of raw materials helped steel industry volumes to remain stable on 9.7MT while other bulks – including coal and

Yvonne van der Laan (Photo: Marc Nolte)

New Industrial Director at Port of Rotterdam

brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, the last 12 years in various management positions.   Van der Laan began her career in 1995 at DSM Specialty Intermediates. As of 2000, she served in various positions for SABIC at the business units Hydrocarbons, Chemicals & Intermediates and PolyPropylenes, in that order. Currently she is working as Director Olefins Europe at SABIC Olefins & Gasses

BHP Billiton Chairman, Jac Nasser,

Changes on BHP Billiton Board

Board of Directors. Anita Frew has been appointed to the BHP Billiton Board as an independent Non-executive Director, effective as of 15 September 2015. Ms Frew has over 18 years’ experience as a director and chairman on public company boards across a range of global sectors, including chemicals, engineering and finance. She is currently Chairman Designate of Croda International Plc, the speciality chemicals group and Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group Plc. Mr Nasser said Ms Frew’s appointment reflected the structured and rigorous approach taken by BHP Billiton to Board succession

Michael H. McGarry (Photo: PPG)

McGarry Elected PPG President and CEO

in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. In recent years, he helped lead several strategic actions that have transformed PPG’s business portfolio, most notably the acquisition of SigmaKalon; the separation of PPG’s former commodity chemicals business; the acquisition and integration of AkzoNobel’s North American architectural coatings business; and, most recently, the acquisition of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V

L to R: RGU postgraduate students Eugene Yeboah and Justice Ngoah

Ghanaian Students Benefitting from Scholarship Programs

funded by the Ministry of Energy and Tullow Oil plc. Both Justice and Eugene are Chemistry graduates from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, but wanted to further their studies and apply their skills to the energy industry. They are currently completing the Oilfield Chemicals route at RGU via a Masters Program in Instrumental and Analytical Science, which is highly regarded and involves close ties with the oil and gas industry. Eugene, whose scholarship is funded by the Tullow Oil plc, said: “The Tullow scheme is aimed at helping to build capacity in areas

Mark Charman (Photo courtesy of Faststream)

Faststream Wins Chevron Recruitment Contract

and gas recruitment group Faststream has been awarded a two-year supplier agreement by Chevron Products UK Limited. The agreement will see Faststream supply permanent recruitment services to Chevron in the U.K. and Europe within four of its operating companies covering gas and midstream, downstream and chemicals, technology, products and services and corporate/business services.   Faststream noted it has been a preferred supplier to Chevron Products UK Limited for the past three years within these disciplines and has supported other specialist areas of Chevron globally.   Faststream CEO Mark

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