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ORE Catapult taps Oceanspace Communication for PR Services

The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Selects Oceanspace Communications for Public Relations & Campaign SupportSpecialist maritime and offshore PR firm joins new team tasked with elevating the British businesses, people and technologies leading the charge against global warmingThe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has appointed Oceanspace Communications to its new Public Relations, Graphic Design and Filmography Framework Agreement to provide Public Relations & Campaign Support services. The Bournemouth-based agency joined the new framework this month, following a nationwide

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Fruergaard to Take Over as CEO of Pacific Basin

, Maersk Tankers and Maersk Drilling.Berglund was CEO of Pacific Basin for nine years, and his retirement will take effective July 30. He previously held leadership roles within the Swedish shipping company Stena Group as well as U.S.-based Overseas Shipholding Group and Singaporean bunker trader Chemoil Energy.David Turnbull, Pacific Basin's board chairman, said, “Mats led the company’s exit from all non-core business segments and guided the growth of our core dry bulk handysize and supramax business from 34 owned ships in 2012 to a current fleet of 117 (after committed sales and acquisitions)

Torger Rød - Credit: Equinor

Vår Energi Names New CEO

Statoil) both in Norway and internationally, most recently as the Head of Safety and Security and before this as the SVP Project Development. Speaking of the new appointment Philip Hemmens, Chairman of Vår Energi said: I am delighted that Torger has agreed to be our new CEO, he has the energy, leadership skills, and experience to ensure that Vår Energi reaches its objectives in the current challenging environment. "I would like to thank Kristin Kragseth for her invaluable contribution in establishing Vår Energi on the NCS and I wish her every success in her new role in

Ashtead Technology CFO  Ingrid Stewart

Subsea Tech Firm Ashtead Names CFO and Five Managers

Ashtead Technology has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) and five managers for newly created roles across its international team.The company said the appointments underline the company's "strategic growth plans to cement its leading position in the global offshore energy market and build on its recent success in new and emerging markets, including in offshore wind and decommissioning."Ingrid Stewart assumed the new CFO position this week, bringing 23 years of corporate finance experience to the Aberdeenshire headquartered business which employs 170 people around the world.Stewart

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Bay Diesel Announces Leadership Change

started with diesel engines for generators and maritime requirements; however, over the years, the world has begun to look to new power sources such as natural gas, wind power and more. Bay Diesel has embraced these changes as the territory distributor for Generac Power Systems. Generac offers different energy solutions from diesel to bi-fuel, a combination of diesel and natural gas. Change is both rapid, yet also slow. As the years come, so too will technologies continue to adapt and evolve.While Robins will be taking over more day-to-day services, Wheeler will still be very much a part of the company

The winner of UCLs NORBIT prize this year is James Gibbons. Photo courtesy Norbit/UCL

Gibbons Wins UCL's NORBIT Prize

to gain practical survey experience”.As James moves on to his post-graduate life, he hopes to “be able to find a career path whereby I can incorporate and build upon my hydrographic, geophysical and geotechnical knowledge to contribute holistically to Marine infrastructure and renewable energy projects.&rdquo

Geir Larsen will take over as the new Managing Director of Norwegian Electric Systems and will further develop the company’s position in energy design and smart control as part of the green shift. Photo: NES

Larsen Takes the Helm at Norwegian Electric Systems AS

Geir Larsen, 50, will take over as the new Managing Director of Norwegian Electric Systems and will further develop the company’s position in energy design and smart control as part of the green shift.Larsen has extensive management experience from the Norwegian maritime and marine technology industry. He has previously been at the helm of Vard Aukra, Inpower and ABAS Crane, and has also worked in aquaculture, including for the AKVA Group. Geir’s background is in electrical engineering and automation, and he is well acquainted with the market for electric and hybrid solutions, especially

Hedda Felin (Photo: Øivind Haug / Equinor)

Felin Named CEO of Hurtigruten Norway

;s coastal operation will consist of seven custom-built, smaller cruise ships. Hurtigruten Norway will operate as a separate entity within Hurtigruten Group under Felin’s leadership.Felin joins Hurtigruten from the position as Head of the CEO's office and special advisor to the CEO of the global energy giant Equinor.Through 14 years with Equinor, Felin has held several key leadership and top management positions. She was appointed Senior Vice President for UK & Ireland offshore in 2016, and sat in the International management team overseeing Equinors international activites. Previously, Felin

Dr Cheryl Burgess joins the SUT in January as Chief Executive (Photo: SUT)

SUT Appoints Cheryl Burgess as Chief Executive

The Society for Underwater Technology announced it has appointed Dr. Cheryl Burgess as Chief Executive, effective January 2021.Burgess brings to the role over three decades’ experience in the energy industry, including oil and gas (both offshore and onshore), renewables and utilities. She takes over from Steve Hall who has held the post for the past four years.The former Director General of the Pipeline Industries Guild, Burgess’ extensive international expertise from her years with UK Trade & Investment and the Society of British Gas Industries will bring benefit to the SUT’s

Peter Finstad (Photo: Gulf Marine Contractors)

Gulf Marine Contractors Names Finstad Executive VP

Gulf Marine Contractors (GMC) said it has appointed Peter Finstad as the company's new executive vice president. Finstad's focus will be expanding GMC's logistics services to the offshore energy industry and providing commercial and operations management services to independent vessel owners and charterers."Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience that we can't wait to tap into," said Clark Buffam, Chief Operating Officer at GMC. "As a business mentor of mine, Peter has been an integral part of developing this organization, and I eagerly anticipate this new chapter

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Shell UK Gender Pay Gap Narrows Slightly in 2020

narrowing from the previous year.In its annual UK diversity pay gap report, Shell also published for the first time data on ethnicity which revealed that the average pay and bonuses for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees was 8.5% lower than non-BAME staff.Women represented 34% of the energy company's 6,000-strong British workforce in 2020, mostly due to the prevalence of men on offshore oil and gas facilities. BAME employees made up 21% of the workforce.The gender pay gap stood at 18.7% in 2019, 18.6% in 2018 and 22.2% in 2017. Shell said it had achieved its ambition to have women

Mohamed Mounes Shahat - Credit: Neptune Energy

Neptune Energy Names New Managing Director for Egypt

Oil and gas company Neptune Energy has appointed Mohamed Mounes Shahat to the role of Egypt Managing Director, based in Cairo. Mounes, who will start in December, joins Neptune from Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum, having most recently held the position of Minister’s Advisor for Gas Affairs.The new MD has almost 40 years’ experience in the sector having begun his career with the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company in Egypt as a Petroleum Engineer.He has held senior leadership roles including Operations General Manager and Board member at Khalda Petroleum Company and was Chairman and

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Ørsted Pens Offshore Wind Workforce Deal with NABTU

expansive job opportunities in a brand-new American industry for years to come and raising economics for a just transition in the renewable sector.83,000 jobsThere are currently 15 active commercial leases for offshore wind development in the U.S. According to a report released by the American Wind Energy Association,  as cited by Ørsted on Wednesday, if fully built, these leases would support up to 30 GW of offshore wind capacity – representing an estimated 83,000 jobs and $25 billion in annual economic output within the next decade.“Today’s agreement expands career

Elliott Bay Design Group Hires Cardella, Laduke

needs.Cardella has over 13 years of experience as a naval architect and project engineer within the maritime field. He has design expertise in the offshore maritime industry, developing various mobile offshore drilling units and more recently floating wind turbine concepts for the emerging renewable energy market. Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of New Orleans.Jacob Laduke joins the team as the IT manager and is based out of the Seattle office. He will manage the information technology of the company, while developing strategic objectives

MacArtney Group appointed Phil Middleton as the new Managing Director for its UK operations. Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney Names Middleton as New UK Managing Director

and an excellent network, as well as considerable knowledge of marine and offshore markets and the needs of our customers. He fits our profile and has a proven track record.”MacArtney’s UK operations are one of the group’s largest outside of Denmark and service customers in offshore energy, ocean science and the naval sector. The UK operations employ a staff of just over 50 and offer the complete MacArtney range of underwater connectivity and technology products and solutions. This includes workshop facilities, where the focus is on the company’s core competencies, such as moulding

Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

INTERVIEW: RDML John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

The communications to these systems is never an assured success. UMS systems need to be able to maneuver in that ocean environment, make adjustments according to the challenges that ocean environment presents and most importantly complete the objective or task with very little or often no communications. Energy demand remains a challenge.Looking at the full scope of responsibility under your command, can you distill what you count as the top three or four advantages/enablers that come with a larger, more capable and connected unmanned maritime system fleet?Fortunately, Naval Oceanography has fought through

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BSM Gains DNV GL Approval for Remote Training Course

LICOS, BSM offers three other gas-related remote training courses aimed at the relevant crew who sail on board liquified gas carriers, in particular those who are responsible for the safe planning and execution of operations related to cargo on board. With LNG currently being the fastest growing natural energy source, favored by the shipping industry, BSM’s simulator-based online courses ensure crew are competent to operate the vessel in a safe and efficient manner.“As we are moving towards a more decarbonized world and demands for liquified gases are rising, the gas shipping sector is facing

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