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Tyrone Walker (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Walker Named to Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board

, Walker relocated to Duluth in 2015 after earning his welding certification. Since then, he has worked on multiple welding and steel-fitting projects throughout the Twin Ports. He recently completed his Local 512 apprenticeship and became a journeyman. His latest focus with Lakehead includes Husky Energy’s Superior Refinery rebuild project.“We are excited that Commissioner Walker is joining our board of commissioners,” said Deb DeLuca, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “We have a great board – the commissioners are very engaged and represent a broad

Mathieu Philippe, Commercial Director of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Philippe Named Commercial Director of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

President Matthieu de Tugny, and leads the marine markets team, providing expertise and technology leadership across all major ship types, ship fuel and propulsion technology.With growing compliance requirements and demands for transparency, maritime stakeholders are acknowledging that the “energy transition” and governance issues are not only the responsibility of shipowners. Banks, and now charterers, have launched ambitious initiatives and others will become involved. Class has a role to play in supporting these stakeholders, as well as traditional clients, Philippe says.“Classificat

Ricardo Charlton (Photo: Port Everglades)

Port Everglades Appoints Charlton as Operations Director

ports and a world leader in the cruise industry.As Director of Operations, Charlton will oversee a workforce of 95 encompassing the Division’s Harbormaster Office, Linehandlers, Operations Support and Container Crane sections, which are involved in the Port’s diverse cruise, cargo and energy operations. He is responsible for budget preparation and adherence, personnel, the Port Everglades tariff and participation in contract negotiations with cruise lines, cargo carriers and terminal operators. The Port’s Operations Division coordinates more than 8,000 vessel and 3.9 million cruise

René Kofod-Olsen (Photo: V.Group)

V.Group Names Kofod-Olsen as CEO

; Kofod-Olsen as the company’s chief executive officer, taking over from Graham Westgarth who will become chairman. Kofod-Olsen will join V. Group on November 1.Kofod-Olsen brings to the role almost three decades of global shipping industry experience. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of Topaz Energy & Marine, a position he held until the company’s successful divestment in 2019. Earlier in his career he worked for the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group where he held a variety of executive positions in numerous countries including CEO of SVITZER, Asia, Middle East and Africa.Kofod-Olsen said,

Håkan Agnevall (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Names Håkan Agnevall as President and CEO

and autonomous vehicles will strengthen our activities in corresponding areas," said Tom Johnstone, Chairman of the Board of Wärtsilä Corporation. "Håkan has the skills needed to accelerate Wärtsilä’s activities in supporting and enabling our marine and energy customers on their journey towards more sustainable operations and business models."Agnevall said, "I am eagerly looking forward to joining Wärtsilä and its team of highly skilled and committed professionals. I believe that Wärtsilä can make a real difference for its

Mads Nipper - Credit: Grundfos

Offshore Wind Giant Ørsted Names New CEO

in leading global companies, the Board is confident that Mads Nipper is the right person to lead Ørsted in the next phase of our exciting journey," Andersen said.Mads Nipper, Ørsted’s next CEO and Group President said: "The challenge we face in transforming the world’s energy systems from fossil fuels to renewable energy to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change is more pressing than ever and requires action in all parts of society. As one of the five largest renewable energy companies in the world and with a clear ambition to be a leader in the global

Eric Mullins - Credit: ConocoPhillips

Lime Rock CEO Joins ConocoPhillips' Board

from 1990 to 1994. Mullins will serve on the Public Policy Committee of the ConocoPhillips board.Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips' chairman and chief executive officer said: "We are very pleased Mr. Mullins will be joining the board of ConocoPhillips. His perspective and expertise in finance and energy markets will align strongly with our company’s value proposition and our commitments to shareholders.”Mullins currently serves on the board of Valero Energy Company. He is also on the board of trustees of the Baylor College of Medicine

Benjamin Sward, CEO of Foreship LLC (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship Appoints Sward to Head US Operations

launched its four-step ship response service Project Hygiea covering interception, prevention, mitigation and evacuation for ships at risk from COVID-19 or other pathogens, the company says. However, Sward has also been tasked with growing Foreship’s role in the U.S. as a center for expertise in energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources, and driving diversification into more commercial and offshore projects.Haavisto says the significance of the appointment is also demonstrated by Sward’s inclusion in Foreship’s steering group, the team of six top level managers responsible for

Corpower Ocean Portugal Managing Director Miguel Silva.

Silva Tapped to Lead Corpower Ocean Portuguese Ops

CorPower Ocean, designer of wave energy systems, appointed Miguel Silva as head of its Portuguese operation.The news comes shortly after CorPower revealed plans for a new $18.1m R&D, Manufacturing and Service Center in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, becoming a focus for the firm’s pioneering HiWave-5 Project with a showcase pilot wave farm planned in Aguçadoura.Silva will oversee CorPower’s activities in Portugal, including composite hull development, manufacturing and assembly of WECs (Wave Energy Converters) as well as operations to install and maintain wave arrays offshore.

Daniel Fitzgerald will be Lundin's new Chief Operating Officer/Image Credit: Lundin Energy

Lundin Energy Names New Chief Operating Officer

Swedish oil and gas company Lundin Energy on Friday said it would appoint Daniel Fitzgerald as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lundin Energy, effective January 1, 2021.The appointment follows the news issued three days prior, informing that Nick Walker, the current COO of the Norway-focused oil company, would replace Alex Schneiter as President and CEO. Schneiter has decided to step down at the end of the year.The new COO, Fitzgerald, is currently COO of International Petroleum Corporation (IPC), a Lundin spinoff with assets in Malaysia, France, and Canada, having previously held senior management

Bleu Hilburn (Photo: Crowley)

Hilburn Rejoins Crowley Solutions as VP, Business Development

and other logistics services in partnership with the U.S. government, including support for 3,000 deployed troops and 17 treatment centers.“We are looking at further enhancing our growing global service offerings to government customers in the maritime, expeditionary logistics, supply chain, energy and technology domains to support our warfighters and first responders,” said Zacharia. “Bleu brings innovative ideas, customer-centric problem- solving and team-building skills to help us grow in these sectors.”Hilburn joined Crowley in 2012 after a career in the U.S. Army as a

Dr. Tom Coolbaugh (Photo: ARA)

ARA Taps Coolbaugh as Ohmsett Facility Manager

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announced Dr. Tom Coolbaugh has joined the team as the Program/Facility Manager for Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility. He will have oversight of the day-to-day operations, maintenance and testing at the facility, while ensuring facility users’ needs are met.Dr. Coolbaugh recently retired after 32 years with ExxonMobil Corporation, most recently as the Technology and Advocacy Advisor in the Emergency Preparedness and Response organization. His focus areas have included oil spill response tools such

Sam Allen (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Adds Offshore Exec Sam Allen as Advisor

Canada-based Kraken Robotics announced that it has hired longtime offshore industry executive Sam Allen as a strategic advisor to help the marine technology company refine its strategy for the international offshore energy market.Allen was President of Technip Canada from 1997 to 2012 and headed up Technip Oceania from 2012 until he retired from Technip in 2018.At Kraken, he will focus on landing additional pilot projects and converting pilot projects to longer-term recurring revenue contracts, the company said, adding this may include collaboration with additional industry partners as well as M&A

Credit: Алексей Закиров - AdobeStock

Oilfield Services Employment Diving to 10-Year Low

count in over 10 years, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, low oil prices, and cuts in spending by the oil companies."The oil market turmoil brought on by Covid-19 has led to lower-than-anticipated activity and delayed projects, forcing the industry to deploy cost-cutting measures. Rystad Energy analysis of the top 50 oilfield service (OFS) firms shows that staffing is set to reach its lowest level in more than 10 years, with the anticipated revenue per employee also declining towards the previous downturn’s level," Norwegian energy intelligence group Rystad Energy said Tuesday

Olav Hetland - Credit: Ocean Installer

Ocean Installer Names Director to Lead Offshore Wind Branch

renewable business. Our proven track record from complex subsea oil and gas projects will be key for success in the process of installing and developing offshore wind farms going forward."The newly appointed Offshore Wind Farms director, Hetland, has more than 30 years’ experience within the energy industry, of which more than 17 years within renewable energy. He is currently Senior Vice president, Wind and Solar Northwest Europe in Statkraft, where he has held senior management positions for more than a decade. He was previously responsible for building up Statkraft’s offshore wind

Francesco Gattei -  Eni CFO/Image Credit: Eni

Eni Names CFO

implementing Eni’s economic and financial strategy during this important phase of accelerating the company’s decarbonization plan.Born in Bologna in 1969, Gattei graduated in Economics and Commerce at the University of Bologna with a thesis on the oil market. He obtained the MEDEA (Master in Energy and Environmental Management) Master’s from the Scuola Mattei in 1994.Over the years he's held various roles in Eni. In 2014, he was appointed Head of Investor Relations and also acted as Secretary to Eni's Advisory Board from 2016 to 2019.Eni last week reported a net loss of &euro

Dennis de Bruin (Photo: BMT)

BMT Names de Bruin Managing Director for Europe

cargo risk assessment,” de Bruin said.“While continuing to be focused on our core, existing survey capabilities, we will grow BMT’s global consultancy and technology portfolios to reach and diversify into adjacent markets. In addition we are exploring larger simulation and renewable energy projects in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and how to harness virtual reality training benefits with innovative products such as BMT’s REMBRANDT ship simulator.“This new path will undoubtedly inspire staff and customers alike, and I am relishing the prospect of building an even stronger

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