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Crew Training for a Future that Includes Autonomous Vessels

. The approaching landscape of automated vessel operations will only make foundational and continuing training of crews more critical. Vessel operators need to do a better job and new technology and training methods need to be utilized.The development of more advanced and specialized ships utilizing machinery that incorporates technological advances will help make ships more efficient, but they will also demand a higher level of training and education of the crew who operate them. This is coming at a time when the industry is already facing a number of challenges in attracting and retaining qualified

(Photo: STEHMO)

STEHMO Investing $10 Mln, Adding 100 Jobs

of recent market opportunities. The expansion will enable the company to perform new commercial repair work for larger ships and oil platforms that require greater size and lifting capacity. STEHMO is adding dock space and water depth adjacent to its Bayou Casotte site. The company also is investing in machinery, equipment and building upgrades.STEHMO plans to fill the new jobs by the end of 2021, increasing employment at the facility to 186.The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance to offset the cost of dredging adjacent to the STEHMO site. MDA also has approved the company for the

Trevor Whitworth (Photo: Pentonet)

Whitworth Joins Maritime IoT Firm Pentonet

dataMaritime IoT start-up Pentonet has appointed Trevor Whitworth as Commercial Director, tasked with expanding the company’s presence globally.The shipping industry is adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technologies at an increasingly fast pace, enabling remote monitoring of systems and machinery. The potential benefits range from increased asset utilization, condition-based maintenance and reduced cargo damage, to improved emissions monitoring, helping the shipping sector to understand its environmental impact.Pentonet provides shipowners and operators with a simple but effective platform

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

officer was up for sale. The crew was instructed to take the ship to the Miami boat show. This event happens to be one of the largest boat shows in the world. The superyacht was almost guaranteed to sell.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 courtesy photo.)Harnay and the rest of the crew flew to Miami, and a few days later, the yacht arrived. It didn’t take long for it to go off the market. The ship sold

Jim White (Photo: Port of Baltimore)

Port of Baltimore's White to Resign

procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum. Generating some 15,330 direct jobs and 139,180 jobs linked to its overall activities, the Port drives nearly $3.3 billion in wages and salaries, $2.6 billion in business revenues and $395 million in state and local tax revenues.  White joined MDOT MPA

Olli Somerkallio has been appointed Managing Director of Foreship GmbH (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship Expands to Hamburg

January 1, 2020 as the launch date for Foreship GmbH.The move is designed to forge closer ties with German owners, shipyards and marine engineering companies to better service existing customers and attract new ones. Foreship GmbH will be led by Managing Director Olli Somerkallio, current Head of Machinery at Helsinki-based Foreship.Foreship CEO Lauri Haavisto says that the new German operation offers firm evidence of Foreship’s plans to grow its existing cruise business, attract new customers and target additional ship types, in line with ambitions set out by new majority shareholder Vaaka

Gavin Lipsith (Photo: Wake Media)

Lipsith Joins Wake Media

its new Head of Content.Effective Tuesday October 1, 2019, Lipsith joins the team at Wake Media to focus on developing the agency’s content offer to its clients.As a veteran journalist and former editor of marine technology titles The Motorship and more recently Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery, Lipsith brings market knowledge that will assist Wake Media and its clients in aligning their communications with the evolution of the shipping industry.As well as helping shape the content agenda for Wake Media’s clients, Gavin will also provide account management support, reporting to

David Miller with fellow owners, Bob and Bill Wetta (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge’s Miller Retires

On October 16, 2018, after 38  years in the dredging industry, David Miller, SVP/COO and part owner of DSC Dredge, LLC  announced his retirement. Miller embarked on his career in the early 1980’s when he began working for Kenner Marine & Machinery (KMM). Following several consecutive KMM positions, David completed his final 10 years there as a field service specialist.Miller was one of the original founders of Best Equipment Technologies, Inc. (BEST), established in 1998, located in Poplarville, MS. BEST operated as a steel fabrication shop and dredge manufacturer. Partnered

Mark Bowden  (Photo: Intermarine UK)

Intermarine UK Appoints Bowden

be in charge of day-to-day operations at the company’s newly opened 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility at Portland Port in Dorset.Intermarine UK, part of Polish-owned Inter Marine Group, signed a 20-year lease on the site at the start of this year and has since invested $832,900 in new machinery. The move has enabled the business to evolve from a labor-only operation to one that can offer an extensive range of engineering and fabrication services.Bowden’s career within the maritime sector includes more than 27 years at ship repair and conversion company A&P Falmouth, nine of

SIMNAV bridge simulator. Image: ICN

Mariner Training in Brazil: Inside the Institute of Nautical Sciences

impacts in its activity, preservation of the environment, working conditions and safety in its processes, ICN obtained the certification in Quality (ISO 9001). Only the Maritime Authority of Brazil (CIAGA and CIAGA) can teach courses for waterways / seafarers (Deck / Machine Helper, Boat Deck/Machinery) with CIR emission (Registration and Registration Book), enabling the crewing and operations of ships, offshore vessels, tugboats and safety craft.SIMNAV – Bridge SimulatorThe modern bridge simulator at ICN was developed in Brazil and is considered a showcase of advanced maritime training

Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Port of Duluth-Superior Generates $1.4 bln and 8,000 Jobs

local port activity gleaned from a much broader study released last month about the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system conducted by Martin Associates.Some 35 million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone, salt, cement, grain, steel, wind turbines, and heavy machinery move through the Port each year, helping to keep businesses running in adjoining states and in communities along the U.S.-Canadian border. Farmers, miners, steel producers, construction companies, food manufacturers, utility companies and street maintenance departments depend on this System to

Left to right: Colin Mottershead, Shiphand/Tug Driver; Darrin Hyde, RTITB Trainer/Gantry Operator; Nusrat Ghani MP, Maritime Minister; Patrick Walters, Chief Operating Officer, Jo Scott, Group Head of Marketing; Emma Wilson, Digital Apprentice; Mark Reynolds, Shift Manager (Photo: Peel Ports)

Maritime Minister Visits Port of Liverpool

service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool, exporting U.K. goods to Newark.Liverpool will be the final port of call for both weekly services as they head westbound across the Atlantic. The ships will load U.K. export cargo such as Scotch whisky, food products and trade machinery.  The new services will also see the Port of Liverpool open up direct links with the U.S. ports of Charleston and Savannah.The TA2 and Colombia Express routes will use a range of vessels up to 8,500 TEU. The larger vessels will call at Liverpool2 with smaller vessels using Royal Seaforth Container

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River, serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the U.S. and Canada. Photo provided by The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

in Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean.North American farmers, steel producers, construction firms, food manufacturers and power generators depend on the system to move raw materials and finished products including iron ore, coal, stone, salt, sugar, grain, steel, wind turbine components and heavy machinery. These cargoes become the staples of everyday life – food and other household items; buildings, factories, roads and bridges; vehicles and planes; and provides the energy that powers cities and towns."The study reflects the enormous contributions the maritime industry provides to the

Mr. Arun Sharma  (Photo: CEMS)

CEMS Opening Visakhapatnam Labs

University (IMU) premises.CEMS has planned 18 labs for its Visakhapatnam campus of which six labs are ready and will be operationalized shortly. The construction of 12 labs is underway at a rapid pace and expected to be completed by end-September. The labs will be fully equipped with the latest machinery including mechatronics and robotics.A seminar held July 13 was attended by a wide spectrum of industry, officials from ministry of shipping, high ranking naval officers, academia and administration. A short tour of the facilities was also arranged at the campus for the participants.Arun Sharma

Zineddine Benhadid (Image: CMR Group)

CMR Names Benhadid MD in Tunisia

at several groups, including Valeo, Asteelflash, and Cofitel, Zineddine Benhadid will manage the 340-strong team at CMR facility in Tunis. New investment will also equip the Tunis workforce with the prototyping and manufacturing skills to meet the demands of new energy technologies and reciprocating machinery.Benhadid said, “The future’s looking bright, and we are investing in the best resources and reorganizing the business, to secure long-term efficiencies and high production volumes for the future.”Benhadid takes over from Lassaad Ketata, who steps-up to a new role as Group manufacturing

Andreas-Klauser appointed CEO Photo PALFINGER AG

Klauser appointed CEO of PALFINGER

;    "We are pleased to have gained an experienced executive with Andreas Klauser," commented the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Ing. Hubert Palfinger Jr., the decision for the new CEO. "Klauser has international market and sales experience in the field of agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles brings the best prerequisites for transforming the future challenges of digital transformation into sustainable corporate success for the PALFINGER Group. "     Prior to his current job, Klauser was a member of the Sergio Marchionne CNH Industrial board

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

– selected after an exhaustive nationwide program of interviews and examinations – studying mechanical and electrical engineering on campus at LMTI.  President Johnson-Sirleaf toured the 17.3-acre facility, which includes a newly constructed hi-tech workshop accommodating a machinery shop, a welding and gas-cutting shop, an electrical lab, an electronics lab, a machining shop and a seamanship shop. Other facilities include a computer lab, ship simulators, air-conditioned classrooms, a training swimming pool and a gymnasium LMTI managing director Avi Zaidenberg, said, &ldquo

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