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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Maersk Viking. Photo: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling Axes Dozens of Staff

 Maersk Drilling USA is laying off 84 employees who work aboard the Maersk Viking (UDW drillship), located in the Gulf of Mexico, and report directly to the company’s office in Houston, Houston Chronicle reported quoting data sent to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).   The employees, who received notification of the layoffs on Jan. 12, report to the company's office at 2500 CityWest Boulevard. They will continue to work for the next two months until their employment is terminated, according to the WARN notice.   The termination will likely be permanent unless the company

Vallourec Drilling Products Cuts Roughly 150 Jobs in Texas

crude futures were trading around $58.74 a barrel. In December, Vallourec said it was considering divesting its drilling products business. A representative from the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Vallourec's North American Drilling Products group has offices in Houston, Texas and Edmond, Oklahoma. Last week, rival drill pipe maker IPSCO Tubulars postponed an initial public offering due to adverse market conditions.   Reporting by Liz Hampto

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Economic Impact of Houston Port

  Nearly 148,000 new jobs have been generated by cargo and vessel activity at Port of Houston terminals since 2011, Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria announced today during the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual State of the Port event. An economic impact study by Martin Associates determined that public and private marine terminals at the Port of Houston had a statewide economic impact of $265 billion in 2014, which is 16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product, Chairman Longoria said. The Martin Associates study shows the port’s economic value to

Stolt-Nielsen Norwalk Tanker Staff will move to Houston

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced its intention to relocate its tankers' staff in Norwalk, Connecticut to Houston, Texas. The move will consolidate the Company's U.S.-based staff in Houston, which is the port most frequently called by the global Stolt Tankers fleet. Stolt Tank Containers' U.S.-based personnel and the Company's largest wholly owned bulk liquid terminal are already located in Houston.   Approximately 60 employees will be affected by the move, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, at which time the Norwalk office will be closed. Costs of the

Janiece Longoria, Charmain Port of Houston Authority

Maritime, Transportation & Petrochemical Leaders see Bright Future

   Leaders from the petrochemical, maritime, logistics and transportation industries delivered robust economic forecasts for the Houston Ship Channel region during the 5th annual Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Petrochemical & Maritime Outlook Conference held at the Pasadena Convention Center Thursday, September 4. More than 650 people listened to encouraging news about expansion plans amid a resurgent energy renaissance in Texas and the U.S. The Port of Houston Authority and the Panama Canal Authority gave presentations recognizing their growth as 100-year anniversaries are

Houston May Outgrow its Skilled Labor Supply

Bustling Houston, one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy, is growing so fast that business leaders fear running out of skilled labor as billions are spent building new energy infrastructure on the Gulf Coast. The Greater Houston Partnership, the business chamber for the 10-county region, on Monday launched a training plan with companies, junior colleges, high schools and social service agencies to prepare people for thousands of new jobs being created for welders, pipefitters and plumbers. "Houston has had this incredible growth rate but the lack of skilled workers could slow us down

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Bibby Subsea Expanding in Houston

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has announced the investment in a new office and staff appointment as a result of continued growth in the region. The new premises, due for completion in November 2014, consist of a 6,300 sq. ft. office space and 2,000 sq. ft. warehouse and workshop area, which will allow for further team expansion. A recruitment drive is planned to increase the number of Bibby Subsea staff in the region by more than 70, both onshore and offshore, throughout 2015. Since its inception in August 2013, Bibby Subsea has experienced significant client

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

 Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility.   The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management. Currently

From left: Rafael Ramirec, Gregory Smith and Brendan Anzelone

Faststream Adds Eight Recruiting Staff

Recruiting hires reflect demand for talent in the oil and gas and maritime sectors, across the U.S. and globe Faststream, an oil and gas and maritime recruiting and staffing services company, hired eight recruiters in its Houston and Fort Lauderdale offices to focus solely on placing talent within the oil and gas and maritime sectors, reflecting the market needs and industry demands for qualified, experienced and well-trained talent. “The demand for talent in the oil and gas and maritime industries is nearing all-time highs,” said Eric Peters, U.S. managing director for Faststream.

Dan-Bunkering Hires US Senior Trader

Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. announced that Evgeni T. Nordberg joined the company as a Senior Bunker Trader, appointed May 1, 2014. “Evgeni has vast knowledge of international bunkering business. He is Bachelor in Economy and Administration and has a degree in Finance. He comes to Houston from a similar position in Norway. With his Russian/Norwegian background he adds further international spice to the office in Houston”, states Hans Lind Dollerup, Managing Director. He continued, “Houston is one of the busiest ports in the U.S. and with Evgeni on board we feel certain that we

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third Coast General Contractors.  The project includes plans to double the size of the product testing area, add an onsite paint and blast facility, develop a new fabrication shop, expand machine shop operations, expand the assembly area and add a multitude of

Adam Diaz (Photo: Faststream)

Faststream Appoints Diaz in Houston

Specialist maritime recruiter Faststream announced the arrival of U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime recruitment expert Adam Diaz to their expanding Houston office. Diaz has spent over 10 years working within the maritime sector, starting out in U.S. Coast Guard training in 2006 before moving into operations at the U.S. Coast Guard sector in Houston. Notable achievements across his career in the U.S. Coast Guard include two Unit Commendation Ribbons, two Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbons, the Humanitarian Service Medal for his efforts during hurricane Ike, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the

Stacie Speckman (Photo: ISS)

ISS Names Speckman VP for North America Operations

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has promoted Stacie Speckman to Vice President, Operations for North America.   Based in Houston, Speckman will focus on managing and developing ISS’ regional operational services and lead a continuous improvement culture across regional and group-wide projects. She will report to Tim Cahill, Executive Vice President, North America.   With more than 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Speckman joined ISS in 2015 as Area General Manager for Greater Houston from tanker specialist, Laurin Maritime

From left: Chris Kuykendall, Paul Chittenden and Linda Villa (Photo: Seanamic Group)

Seanamic Group Hires Three in Houston

The Seanamic Group said it has expanded the teams in Houston-based companies Umbilicals International (UI) and Flexlife.    Chris Kuykendall and Linda Villa have joined Umbilicals International as sales manager and procurement manager, bringing more than 30 years’ combined subsea experience to the firm.     Additionally, Paul Chittenden has joined Flexlife as business development manager, having held similar roles in Proceanic, Pulse Structural Monitoring and GE Oil and Gas.  He joins the firm three months after it became part of the Seanamic Group.   

Greater Houston Port Bureau, IAMPE to Offer Management Training

The Greater Houston Port Bureau and the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE) have concluded an agreement for the IAMPE to provide industry management and executive educational programs to Port Bureau members.   The Memorandum of Understanding provides Port Bureau members with the ability to take accredited management training through the IAMPE for professional certification.  In addition, the IAMPE will recognize and provide credited certification for specific programs offered by the Port Bureau to its members.   “We are glad that the Port Bureau

Hundreds of Veterans Attend Military2Maritime Event

National Program Helps Veterans Transition to New Jobs in the American Maritime Industry More than 400 veterans attended a Military2Maritime career fair this week sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry. The event was hosted by the Port of Houston and is part of a national program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and women with jobs in the American maritime industry that support families and build communities. The domestic maritime industry’s goal is to provide the more than 720,000 servicemen and women out of work with

Stacey Avalos Reactive Downhole Tools

Avalos Joins Reactive Downhole Tools

Tools, supplier of lower completion systems to the global oil and gas industry, has marked its fourth year of trading with the appointment of a business development manager for the North America region.   Stacey Avalos joins the management team and will be based at Reactive’s 30,000 sq ft Houston office and facility, which was launched in 2013 and represented an investment of $5 million.   Her experience includes a seven-year period with Baker Hughes which comprised a number of field engineer roles, and latterly a post as operations manager for which she led engineering teams and

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