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Kasper Karlsen (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Europe Names Karlsen COO

Kasper Karlsen, Senior Director at Maersk Drilling, will join Svitzer Europe as Chief Operating Officer from 1 July 2020, the company has announced today.Karlsen joins Svitzer Europe as COO after nearly 13 years with Maersk Drilling, where he has held a variety of leadership roles spanning the organization’s operational, technical and support functions. He was recently Head of Transformation Office and Customer Solutions at Maersk Drilling. Karlsen holds a Master's Degree from the Technical University of Denmark in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, along with several other business

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Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Names New Senior Management Team

is a director responsible for consultancy services within gas and LNG for the British consultancy firm Timera Energy.In 2012, Mannes helped start up the analysis company Eclipse Energy Group, when she was responsible for their gas market analyses. Eclipse became the leading gas market analysis company in Europe and was purchased by S&P in 2014.She has previously held a number of executive positions within gas and LNG sales in what was then Statoil, including as director of business development and director of gas sales.Kalmar Ildstad (56) will be Director of Exploration, production and area development

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

announced well over a billion dollars in port-related infrastructure, transmission infrastructure, manufacturing facilities and supply chain development.Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, offshore wind development and infrastructure is already well developed, particularly in places like northern Europe where the first offshore wind farm was erected in 1991. Unsurprisingly, many companies from those markets are looking closely at the United States as a major new opportunity, and not just for the installations, but also for design, fabrication, consulting, service and maintenance, and every other

Miika Reinikka (Photo: Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch)

Reinikka Named CEO of The Switch

has taken him through various director and VP-level positions in telecommunications businesses, one of which was the Finnish stock listed company Tecnomen. He then went on to explore new opportunities and found The Switch, where he began his new professional path as a Key Account Manager for several European customers. He was promoted a few years later to head up sales in Europe and later on as the Wind Business Unit Director.Planning for the next wave of management has already started. His target is to finalize the top-level organizational structure and announce the new management team before summer


Kasper Friis Nilaus, CEO, Svitzer A/S (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Names Kasper Friis Nilaus CEO

Towage operator Svitzer announced its Board of Directors has appointed Kasper Friis Nilaus, VP and current Managing Director (MD) of Svitzer Europe, to succeed Henriette Thygesen as global CEO of Svitzer A/S, effective June 15.Going forward, Nilaus will continue to report to Thygesen in her capacity as CEO of Maersk Fleet and Strategic Brands. Svitzer A/S remains a fully-owned AP Moller-Maersk company.Nilaus joined Svitzer as Business Development Manager in 2007 and has since held various global and regional positions within commercial and general management, latest as MD of Svitzer Europe -- a role

Formerly the head of WinGD's slow speed diesel and gas engines business, Rolf Stiefel joins BV as Regional Chief Executive.

Rolf Stiefel Joins Bureau Veritas as Regional Chief Executive

Bureau Veritas (BV) appointed Rolf Stiefel as its new Regional Chief Executive based in Hamburg, responsible for Central Europe - Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia. He will be based in the BV regional office in Hamburg and his appointment is effective May 1, 2020. He succeeds Dr. Hans Gaetjens who is retiring in July following a two month hand-over period.For the past 17 years Stiefel has been leading engine sales for WinGD’s slow speed diesel and gas engines including developing the market for WinGD’s X-DF gas fueled engine, at the forefront of the technical and environmental

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Danish Offshore Wind Turbine Builder Lays Off 400 Workers

Danish offshore wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will lay off 400 workers in Denmark and elsewhere in Europe and stop work on certain projects, citing the goal to „to ensure a strong focus on execution and long-term competitiveness,” and the impact of COVID-19."In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to shape societies and economies, and the industrial challenges and economic turmoil it brings will likely take years for societies to recover from. Together with the renewables industry’s changing competitive landscape, Vestas is taking steps to ensure we exit 2020 in

David Cox (Photo: MatthewsDaniel)

MatthewsDaniel Names Cox as CEO

Advisor.Cox started his career as a Subsea Engineer in 2001 with BBP Technical Services and began his career as a Loss Adjuster when he joined MatthewsDaniel in 2006.  Based in Singapore for seven years as the Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, he returned to London in 2016 as Managing Director for Europe in 2018. Since 2019 he has held this role alongside that of Group Chief Operating Officer.Cox is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, graduating from University College London (UCL)

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Polarcus to Cut Jobs, Salaries

reduction in offshore operating cost. This will mitigate the anticipated elevated idle time of the Polarcus fleet in the coming months," Polarcus said.New contractIn a separate statement on Wednesday morning, the Oslo-listed company said it had won an offshore survey contract in North-West Europe.Polarcus said the project would begin in the second quarter of 2020, with a duration of three months. The company did not provide any details on the financial terms of the deal, nor on the identity of the client.Worth noting, Polarcus used the photo of its Polarcus Adira vessel to illustrate a social

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More than a Million of Oilfield Services Jobs at Stake

(bpd) from April, when OPEC+ countries start increasing their production, Rystad said.Offshore workforce to be cut by 19%"E&P operators and contractors want to minimize the potential spread of Covid-19 by reducing the workforce to an absolute minimal level. This is happening across the world but Europe, currently, is the most impacted market,“ says Martinsen.Offshore workforce is likely to be reduced by a total of 19% in 2020 as the low oil prices will halt most of the exploration work and MMO projects in the second half of the year and the fear of a Covid-19 outbreak on offshore platforms

Elina Papageorgiou (Photo: LR)

LR Appoints Papageorgiou as M&O President

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has appointed Elina Papageorgiou as its new Marine and Offshore President for UK and Ireland, commencing on April 1, 2020.Papageorgiou has held a variety of roles across North and South Europe in sales, marketing and finance functions since joining LR in 2004. Most recently, she led LR’s Marine and Offshore sales teams in 11 different countries across South Europe.Papageorgiou graduated with a BSc in Economics from Brunel University and has an MBA from Imperial College London.  

Martin Helweg (Photo: P&O Maritime Logistics)

P&O Maritime Logistics Names Helweg CEO

for Logistics and Technology.For the past three years, Helweg has been responsible for P&O Maritime Logistics’ global operations. Earlier, Martin spent over 15 years in marine service solutions working for Svitzer, an A.P. Moller-Maersk Company in regional CFO and CEO roles across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.P&O Maritime Logistics was created last year following DP World’s acquisition of Topaz Energy and Marine and its integration with P&O Maritime. POML focuses on three strategic segments – offshore, port services and logistics

Taro Kitamura (Photo: Yanmar)

Kitamura Named President of YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL

Shiori Nagata, who has been promoted within YANMAR Holdings Co. Ltd. in Japan after overseeing a strong five-year period of growth for the Netherlands-based recreational marine division.Taro joined YANMAR head office in 1990 as Procurement Buyer, moving to the International Procurement Office at YANMAR Europe and then YANMAR Italy from 2000 to 2005 before completing 10 years with YANMAR Co. Ltd. as Procurement Manager. After spending the last three years as Group Divisional Manager Procurement based in Osaka, he is now relocating to the Netherlands following the appointment.In further company developments

Group photo from left: Shiwei, Farid, Jinu, Elise. (Photo: Dan-Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Appoints Four Bunker Traders

, Liao found himself quite fund of the international environment Dubai had to offer, thus he recently relocated as part of the Group’s internal mobility program.Elise Huang is a Danish national, born and raised by Chinese parents. Huang initially entered the industry via a bunker trading company in Europe and joined Dan-Bunkering in Dubai by the end of 2019.Farid Babayev comes with an MSc in Oil & Gas Logistics from Molde University in Norway, but was in fact born and raised in Azerbaijan and has worked in different parts of the offshore industry since joining the business in 2011.Jinu Jagan commenced

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NYK, NOS Pact for CTV for Japanese Offshore

offshore wind power plants. CTV is built for highspeed operation and comes equipped with stability equipment that allows crews to safely transfer to and from the offshore wind farms.Utilizing the technical information and expertise of NOS, which operates over 35 CTVs in the offshore wind power market in Europe, along with the NYK Group’s knowledge of operating vessels in Japan, NOS and NYK will discuss the optimized design, ownership, and operation of a CTV that so that crews can have safe access to wind power generation facilities off Japan even when sea conditions are harsh.In the future, the two

Jochen Engelmann (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Hires Engelmann as Sales VP

Torqeedo announced it has appointed Jochen Engelmann as vice-president sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective January 1.In this position, Engelmann will have responsibility for expanding sales and driving the company’s growth across the EMEA region for Torqeedo’s marine electromobility systems.Engelmann comes to Torqeedo from Volvo Penta, where he was head of sales, central Europe for the industrial engine division. Prior to joining Volvo Penta, he worked in the engine development department at Stihl as a technical project manager.Engelmann holds a degree in mechanica

Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan Harnay has gone from being a deck officer on super yachts to being a machinery technician in the Coast Guard. Harnay now spends his free time on liberty as a captain of a dinner cruise yacht. (Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Honolulu)

From Superyachts to Fast Response Cutters

for allowing him to take the part-time position, which he does a few evenings a week when he’s off duty.With a short time left on this enlistment, he has to decide what comes next.“For me, because I’m from France, being in the Coast Guard is a proud feeling. I have a lot of friends in Europe that never experienced what I get to do every day,” said Harnay. “I get to look at it through the eyes of the American military, which in Europe is looked upon with big eyes. It’s a very special feeling.”While France is where Harnay is from, Miami has become home to him. If

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