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Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

in a variety of projects including a redesign and replacement of the plant’s auxiliary cooling water systems, replacement of the main condensers, addition of a cooling water chemical addition system, identification and elimination of potential water-hammer sources, installation of flow control systems, upgrade of emergency diesel generators and replacement of the steam generators. He has also developed computer simulations and models of plant systems to validate complex test procedures, evaluate operating procedure changes and determine system response in accident scenarios. In 2010, he was

Photo: Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Opens Subsea Plant in Brazil

formally opened its new subsea manufacturing and technology plant in Curitiba, Brazil.   The facility will employ about 850 people and is dedicated to machining, welding, surface treatment, assembly and testing of Christmas trees and other subsea equipment. It will provide the first subsea control systems manufacturing capability in Brazil, enabling delivery of complete well systems that are placed on the seafloor.   “The facility will build on and strengthen our nearly four-decade presence in Brazil, which is a key global offshore market with significant deepwater and subsea potential

Peter White (Photo: Freeman Marine)

Freeman Marine Hires Operations Manager

perspective that will be key to evaluating and improvising product features, manufacturing processes and new product development.”   DiDia added, “Peter has built everything from crew boats to luxury yachts and has a proven track record in managing engineering designs and quality control systems to complex contracts and class approvals quintessential to success in the business. His experience and manufacturing insight will significantly impact our ability to manufacture, deliver and innovate our offering.”    A graduate in mechanical engineering, White has worked in

Russell Hodge (Photo: Pirie & Smith)

Hodge to Lead Pirie & Smith’s DP Division

.   Hodge, who has more than 30 years’ experience on a global level, joins the company as Dynamic Positioning Technical Authority. He is an expert in the fields of DP, failure mode and effect analysis, DP trials and audits, accident investigation and the design of shipboard power and control systems.   The new division represents a growth area for Aberdeen based Pirie & Smith, one of Scotland’s oldest firms of marine surveyors. Two additional team members have already been brought on board with that number expected to double by the end of the year.   Hodge began

Federico Decio (Photo: ZF)

ZF Appoints Pleasure Craft Product Manager

the opportunity to move forward in a positive way,” Decio said. “Looking forward, the market will see not only new products from ZF Marine, but exciting next generations of our existing products as well.”   With its wide product portfolio, including a range of transmissions, control systems, surface drives, propellers and sail boat propulsion and maneuvering systems, Federico Decio will focus on securing the product line’s leadership position in the market, as well as continuing to support the company’s long term growth strategy.   In assuming this new position

Geoffrey Abbott (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has hired Geoffrey Abbott as its new robotics engineer, responsible for advancing Greensea’s user interface and vehicle control systems for original equipment manufacturer products.   As a robotics engineer at Greensea, Abbott will help further the company’s ability to easily integrate, configure and deploy its technology across vehicles and sensors in the marine industry.   Abbott was previously a software development manager at MyWebGrocer, where he led a team in the Rapid Application Development

Brett Lestrange (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

has hired Brett Lestrange as its new U.K. regional director, responsible for leading the company’s U.K. sales and technical teams. He will be based in Aberdeen.   Bringing to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lestrange began his career in the oil and

Trident to Acquire Callenberg

insulation systems for commercial and government vessels around the world.  It is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and employs approximately 900 employees in 14 countries. Trident is an independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed, electro-mechanical, and power, propulsion and control systems and solutions for government and commercial customers both in the U.S. and internationally.  Completion of the sale is expected to take place later in 2016

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platform operation, the drivers and the benefits are quite clear, and the ability to optimize the collection, analysis, and application of data is key,” she continued. “Ships, oil platforms and wind turbines are the sum of thousands of parts, delivered by hundreds of suppliers. All the control systems, monitoring technology and sensors that are vital to their operation produce data, which in many cases can be made available to act upon and improve operations, leading all the way to secure more profitability. “But, traditionally, data are only available in silos, in the proprietary

Jennifer Lorenc (Photo: Bristol Harbor Group)

Bristol Harbor Group Hires Lorenc

;s of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. During her time at Webb, Lorenc completed five internships. A few of the companies she interned at include, General Dynamics, Electric Boat, where she worked in the shipyard as part of an electrical crew on Submarine Command and Control Systems Module (CCSM) and Matson, Inc., where she sailed aboard the M/V Manoa, a Matson containership as an engine cadet. Other companies included ECS Federal, Inc., JMS Naval Architects, and Vigor Fab.   Lorenc and two other Webb students completed a thesis called, A Forensic Analysis of the

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

levels of commercialization activity, as new applications for the company’s Revolution valve technology are rolled out. These new configurations of the already successful, field tested, subsea in-riser shear and seal valves will add similar performance and cost saving benefits to well control systems for light well intervention applications and subsea well abandonments

ABB on the Indan subcontinent Courtesy ABB

ABB Strengthens Commitment to India’s economic development

world-class automation solutions of ABB are helping to increase the impact of ‘Make in India’. They pave the way for the adoption of technologies related to the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP).   ABB has spent more than a decade working on developing and enhancing control systems, communications solutions, sensors and software in closed installations – the so-called Industrial Intranet.  Today more than 50% of ABB products are software-based. By enabling installations to communicate via the Internet, the IoTSP provides connections across company locations

Transas Collaborative Decision Making Platform uniting Ship, Fleet Operations, Training and Ship Traffic Control Image Transas

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

;“It is incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to join the Wärtsilä brand in delivering the future of maritime transport. The Transas team has significant competences in technology, along with a globally recognized leadership position in navigation, simulation and traffic control systems.  Adding these to the extensive, world leading Wärtsilä portfolio of services and products, provides an unparalleled opportunity for a new ecosystem for maritime operations,” says Frank Coles, CEO of Transas.  Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is a

Max Sheppard (Photo: Kineteco)

Kineteco Appoints Sheppard as Senior Technical Manager

continue driving innovation and industry standards.   “Flexibility is now the operative word in the market we operate within,” said Ms Rhodes. “Components need to be highly flexible to meet customers varying needs, as well as different engine characteristics and changing control systems. Most of the starter motor technology was developed in the 1950s for engines which were typically very similar. But the market has changed greatly. We are now looking at developing sustainable products which have flexible qualities to deal with the changing needs of the marketplace.   &ldquo

Autonomous shipping company Massterly has appointed Tom Eystø (left) as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the company's board (Photo: Massterly)

Autonomous Shipping Firm Massterly Appoints Top Brass

Per Brinchmann as chair of the Massterly board.Announced on April 3, 2018 as a new joint venture company between Norwegian ship owner Wilhelmsen and systems and solutions provider KONGSBERG, Massterly sets out to offer a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.“Autonomy will revolutionize shipping and the industry will need technical and operational support from expert organizations such as Massterly if the full economic and environmental benefits are to be realized,” said Eystø, who is

Derek Lynch joins Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Hires Lynch

brings with him more than 25 years of experience working within the offshore energy, maritime and naval sectors. A former serviceman in the RAF and licensed avionics engineer, Lynch has held senior management positions with several technology companies involved in positioning, navigation and vessel control systems, including maritime software developer Sea Information Systems, Nautronix where he was Vice President Sales for Dynamic Positioning and Vessel Control Systems, GNSS service provider Veripos and most recently, Positioneering, where he was a founding member of the company set up to pioneer new

Dr. Jeremy Dillon (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

algorithms for the AquaPix SAS imaging and bathymetry software. He also invented Kraken’s AquaTrak Correlation Velocity Log, participated in numerous sea trials and was the principal investigator for a multi-year DRDC funded project on repeat-pass interferometry.Previously Dr. Dillon was a control systems engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, a flight test instrumentation engineer at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) Flight Research Laboratory and a research officer in guidance, navigation and control at NRC. He developed the inertial/GPS navigation system and Kalman filtering software

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