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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Photo: IMO

Japan Places Focus on Maritime Education

Maritime education and training in focus at Japan’s World Maritime Day Parallel Event   Present and future maritime education and training needs were the focus of an international symposium held during the 2015 World Maritime Day Parallel Event hosted in Japan’s port city of Yokohama and its capital Tokyo, July 20-21. The event was held in conjunction with Japan’s Marine Day, a national holiday.    The opening session, held in Tokyo, was attended by Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, and addressed by Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport

Kenichi Okamoto (Photo: GAC)

GAC Japan Appoints Operations Manager

Kenichi Okamoto joins the GAC team to meet rising demand for ship agency services in the energy sector   GAC Japan is expanding its team, five months after opening an operations office in Tokyo, to meet the rising demand for Oil and Gas and LNG-related ship agency services. Kenichi Okamoto has joined GAC Japan as National Operations Manager to take care of this growing business segment.   Acting as GAC Japan’s primary local interface, Okamoto will manage relationships with the company’s internal and external stakeholders on all ship agency matters. He brings to this role

MOL Names Nakamura as SVP Transpacific, Caribbean and Latin Trade

Trade. For the Transpacific Trade, he will report to Richard Hiller, executive vice president, MOL Line and for the Caribbean and Latin Trade, he will report to Yutaka Hinooka, chief operating officer, MOL Liner, Ltd. Nakamura joined MOL in 1985, most recently serving as general manager of the MOL (Japan), Ltd. administrative group. He earned his undergraduate bachelor of law degree from Waseda University and has also held positions in container operations; import and export sales; sales, planning, and corporate operations; ports and terminals; liner planning; and marketing. Nakamura has served

Jeff Kelton

EBDG Names Kelton Field Liaison Engineer

and Ketchikan, Alaska, today announced the hire of Jeff Kelton as its Field Liaison Engineer in Ketchikan. Kelton is a naval architect with more than 38 years of industry experience. His background encompasses hands-on expertise in shipyards and ship design offices on the West Coast, Gulf Coast and in Japan. His vast experience includes project management, shipyard liaison engineering, structural engineering, high speed aluminum vessel design, structural designing to ABS-USCG-Det Norske Veritas-Japan JG Regulatory Standards, environmental engineering and waterborne transportation planning. Throughout

Ned Hunter (Photo: Harrington Hoists)

Leadership Change at Harrington Hoists

, Inc.   As second-in-command at KITO Corporation, Hunter will lead eleven of KITO’s fourteen operating subsidiaries. China, Korea and Taiwan will remain a separate division. Hunter will also remain chairman of the Kito Americas, Inc. subsidiary. Hunter is the first individual from outside of Japan to serve in this position for the Tokyo based hoist and chain manufacturer.        Hunter joined Harrington Hoists, Inc. as President and CEO in 2004. He was later named President and CEO of Kito Americas, Inc. where he added the infrastructure necessary to serve the company&rsquo

New SENER Directors for Asia and Pacific

has just been launched – and for developing engineering projects. Meanwhile, Guangwu Liu has been appointed as SENER’s Country Manager in China, reporting to Alfonso Cebollero, with the mandate to develop business in this country and enhance the contact with domestic customers. China, Japan and South Korea are currently the worldwide leaders in shipbuilding; combined, the three countries produce 90% of the world’s ships and SENER estimates that, in 2016, 40% of the Marine revenue will come from this region, which gives an idea of its strategic importance.  

Shunichi Miyanaga (Photo: MHI)

MHI Welcomrd New Employees

Industries, Ltd. (MHI) held a ceremony  at Shinagawa Intercity Hall in Tokyo to formally welcome new employees joining the company this year.   President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga addressed the new recruits, about to begin new lives as productive members of society, both as head of one of Japan's leading manufacturing companies and, on a more personal level, as an experienced participant in society. He indicated how they should prepare themselves to serve as MHI employees and expressed his high hopes and strong expectations for their future achievements.    Miyanaga began

Steve Williams  (Photo: Terma North America)

TNA Appoints Williams as President & CEO

this, Steve was Regional President for Lockheed Martin Continental Europe, and before that, Senior Director, Europe-Eurasia at Lockheed Martin Corporate.   Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was president of a security and telecommunications company, leading business partnerships in the U.S. and Japan.   As part of his 20 year military career,  Williams served four years as Foreign Area Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds a double MA in International Economics/Foreign Policy from John Hopkins University and a BSc in General

SBM Offshore Nominates Wood as CFO

as management board member and CFO.    Wood has worked at Royal Dutch Shell plc since 1993 in various financial and management positions, including as Vice President Finance & Planning Exploration (at Shell Upstream International) and most recently as CFO of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. in Japan, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.    Wood obtained his degree in Classics in 1993 at Oxford University (Wadham College) and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2006.   Wood will join the company per October 1, 2016

Eiji Okazaki (Photo: LISCR)

Liberian Registry Names Tokyo Appointments

The Liberian Registry has appointed Eiji Okazaki as president of the Tokyo office operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).   Okazaki was formerly president and CEO of Japanese ship owner and ship manager IMECS Co Ltd, a subsidiary company of the Japanese major trading house, ITOCHU Corporation. He has nearly forty years’ experience of working at an executive level in the shipowning and ship sales and purchase sectors in Japan, Korea, and Europe. He replaces Takeshi Okamoto, who will return to ClassNK in June after more than five

Photo: International Maritime Organization

IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

organizations can make it harder for sub-standards ships to slip through their net. IMO actively promotes and supports strong and collaborative Port State Control.   During his visit to Canada,  Lim also had meetings with  Marc Garneau, Canada’s Transport Minister; Yasutada Ohno, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and He Jianzhong, the Chinese Vice Minister of Transport.  

Chris Donzelli (Photo: Troy Container Line)

Troy Container Line Adds Midwest Sales Rep

, Global Account Manager of Troy Container Line.    Donzelli brings five years of experience in the freight industry to Troy Container Line. His professional affiliations include being certified with IATA & IMDG. A Chicago native, Donzelli is a distinguished graduate of Temple University Japan

ST Engineering Appoints Seng as Director

Securities Holdings Pte Ltd.  He was a senior banker for 26 years with Citibank before joining DBS in 2010 as Country Head, DBS Singapore. With Citigroup/Citibank, Mr Lim served Citigroup in various senior appointments in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, New York, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He was a Japanese Government Monbusho scholar and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Yokohama National University, Japan.  

Weathernews’ Manila Operation Center in Makati

Weathernews Opens Manila Operations Center

and stability of their evolving route advisory services. The staff of the Manila Operations Center (MOC) is comprised of experienced maritime professionals, Weathernews said. After three months of training on Weathernews’ OSR system at the company’s central global operations center in Japan, six new Filipino staff began operations from the new operations facility in their home country. Weathernews CEO Chihito Kusabiraki said, “We realized that the Philippines has human resources with high-level skills and a sense of commitment.” The MOC will support Weathernews operations

Trans Atlantic Tanker Rates Higher

the backhaul journey as vessels usually travel to the U.S. East Coast first and then pick up return cargoes. Analysts expect the USG market to see gains this year helped in part by import demand from Latin America. Long Range 1 tankers, carrying 55,000 tonne loads from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan, reached W104.32 or $7,427 a day. That compared with W105.59 or $7,818 a day on Friday and W107.27 or $7,857 a day last Monday. "LR1 earnings have softened as activity remains subdued," SSY said. Larger Long Range 2 or LR2, 75,000 tonne shipments on the Middle East Gulf to Japan route

Long-Range Clean Tanker Rates Hit 8-Month High

Long-range clean tanker rates stayed firm on Monday extending a recent rally with firmer cargo demand bolstering sentiment further.   Long Range 1 tankers, carrying 55,000 tonne loads from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan, reached W117.50 in the Worldscale measure, or $11,453 a day when translated into average earnings, the highest since mid September last year. That compared with W116.14 or $11,156 a day on Friday and W107.45 or $8,112 a day last Monday.   "With plenty of cargoes in the market and tonnage looking fairly thin far out, rates look likely to remain firm for

Adam Singer, Chair, UKHO

New UK Hydrographic Office Chair Appointed

Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, Digital Radio UK, and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society. He is also on the Board of Trustees for The Sixteen, one of the U.K.’s leading choral groups. Adam has worked in broadcasting and telecoms in the U.K., U.S., France and Japan. He launched the Discovery Channel in Europe, helped create UKTV with the BBC and is a former Chairman and CEO of Flextech plc. He was also Chief Operating Officer of TCI international a company with worldwide cable and programming investments. He was CEO of the Performing Rights Society and Deputy

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