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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Rotterdam Port Fund Supports Tagpoint Training

lays a solid foundation under Tagpoint Training, both financially and in terms of networking," says Tagpoint Training director and co‐shareholder Egbert Vennik. "The appointment of Professor Jop Groeneweg,an internationally recognized authority in the field of risk management, to our Consultative Council, is a good example thereof."

Esben Poulsson (Photo: SSA)

SSA Names Manpower Issues a Top Priority

Playing an active role and making meaningful contributions to the workings and development of the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce initiatives for both seafaring and shore-based jobs will be one of the major priorities for the new Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council, its recently elected President has announced.   Addressing a press briefing in Singapore yesterday, Esben Poulsson said the initiative, spearheaded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), was important in assessing the current manpower situation, addressing the possible reasons of attrition and understan

From left to right: Arabella Martinez, Libby Schaaf and Andreas Cluver (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Cluver, Martinez Join Port of Oakland Commission

Local labor leader Andreas Cluver and long-time community leader Arabella Martinez have been appointed to the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. They join the Board February 11.   Nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council appointed Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, and Martinez, Vice-Chair of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees at its meeting February 2. Port Commissioners Cluver and Martinez were sworn into office by Schaaf.   Cluver's experience includes positions as Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda

INTERTANKO Reelects Tsakos as Chairman

Dr. Nikolas Tsakos of Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. was reelected for two further years by the INTERTANKO Council who met this week in London.    The Council members also engaged in dialogue with the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, as well as the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE, Minister of State (Department for Transport).   Lim, who has been Secretary General since January 2016, expressed his positive views about the contribution of INTERTANKO to the regulatory process at IMO: “The contribution made by INTERTANKO to the regulatory process at IMO has been of tremendous value over

GAO: U.S. Can Do Better on Arctic Policy

The U.S. needs a better strategy to coordinate and prioritize its policies related to the Arctic region, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study out today that was released by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), John Garamendi (CA-03) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK). The GAO study focused on U.S. participation in the Arctic Council, a voluntary body started in 1996 that includes the eight Arctic nations—Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S., as well as indigenous groups and other stakeholders. The State Department leads participation

San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved by the City of San Diego and County of San Diego to help give San Diego’s blue economy a boost by creating a blue tech incubator.    Mayor Faulconer said, “Thanks to our fast-growing blue-tech economy, San Diego has yet another opportunity to be a global leader in technology and innovatio

Ray Barker

LA Governor Jindal Appoints Bollinger's Barker

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed James "Ray" Barker to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Barker, of Raceland, is the Director of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.   The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to ensure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce. According to the statute, the council is comprised of forty-one members including the

Suzanne Dickerson (Photo: South Carolina Council on Competitiveness)

Dickerson Tapped to Boost SC Logistics Industry

Suzanne Dickerson has been named the director of logistics industry initiatives for the business-led, non-profit organization, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.   Dickerson transitions to the Council after eight years as director of international business development at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).   Dickerson previously worked in the fields of corporate sustainability, innovation management and long-term strategic and structural planning with BMW. She began her career in Munich, Germany at corporate headquarters upon completion of

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month. Both Bynum, the Harbor Board Vice President, and Drummond, a former Board President, were originally appointed by Garcia’s predecessor, Mayor Bob Foster. “These commissioners have done outstanding jobs helping to lead the Harbor Department,” Garcia said. “Their commitment to continuing

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Washington Maritime Economy Grows Stronger -Study

A new report from the Washington Maritime Federation shows strong health of industry, increased average salaries and tremendous opportunity to continue to grow maritime jobs.   The Washington State Maritime Sector Economic Impact Study 2017 Update, released at the April 2017 Propeller Club luncheon, updates the seminal 2013 study of the same name and provides a detailed analysis of the positive economic impact of the state’s maritime industry.   “This study builds upon past efforts and clearly shows the maritime industry is a cornerstone of the State’s economy, providing

Unions to Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers over Appetite for Strike

to gauge appetite for strike action over changes to shift patterns and other grievances.   The two unions represent about 3,000 offshore workers, including engineers and scaffolders, in the Offshore Contractors Association.   John Kelley, a regional organiser for the GMB, said the consultative ballots will close on March 27, and the unions would then take a view on whether to proceed, depending on the response.   "Regarding forms of action, that is entirely down to the will of the membership, but of course strike action would be on the agenda if the mandate is strong,"

Investment in Training Key to Handling Seafarer Shortage

. The Videotel programs  are available in a range of formats, including 500+ e-Learning courses, more than twice the number of computer-based training (CBT) programs offered by competitors. Videotel has been a leader in developing training material since 1973 when the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO), the forerunner to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), wanted to improve the quality of training materials available to seafarers and called on the company’s services. Videotel has recorded more than 12 million training events in recent years, and its training

Haaijer Joins Boskalis Supervisory Board

I. Haaijer was named to a four year term on the Supervisory Board of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. She was appointed during the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on November 10.   Haaijer fulfills the function of President & CEO of DSM Food Specialties and is member of the Business Council of Royal DSM N.V. Haaijer has formerly occupied the positions of Non-Executive Director and Board Member of RPC Group Ltd, President of DSM Personal Care and CEO of Philips AVENT.

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CTruk Sets Plans for Expansion

More than 120 new jobs in the cards if Advanced Composite Technology Center project receives grant funding support CTruk signed the lease on a 6,400m² site on the Colne Estuary, a few miles upriver from its current Brightlingsea base. The company plans to use the Fieldgates site in Haven Road, The Hythe, East Colchester to build the larger vessels required for offshore wind farm projects further out to sea. CTruk is pressing on with refurbishment of the existing building on Fieldgates to move some production activity over early next year. However, the company has further plans to build a

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New Appointments at Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority—Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall. Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O’Neil. At the time, he was a member of the

William H. Watson

Watson Named VP of Meridian Global Consulting

William H. Watson has been appointed as Vice President of Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, a Mobile, Alabama-based scalable risk mitigation specialist consultancy. Company CEO Jonathan McConnell announced the appointment, stating that, “We are pleased that Will Watson has agreed to join the Meridian Global team. His wealth of experience in the maritime, security and intelligence communities will serve our clients exceedingly well.” Prior to joining Meridian Global, Watson maintained his own consultancy, based in Washington, DC, and will continue to be based in the Nation’s Capital.

Chris Oliver (Photo: NOAA)

Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

 Chris Oliver has been selected by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries.   As assistant administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation's economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, sea turtles and corals.

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