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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Michelle Handforth (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor)

Handforth is New CEO of Aberdeen Harbor Board

attract new customers and markets to the port, including a more significant share of the available cruise vessel fleet and larger more cost-effective commercial vessels.   Since work commenced on site in April 2017, the South Harbor development has already made significant progress, with its main contractor, Dragados UK, completing approximately 200 metres of north breakwater, as well as a first round of dredging activity.   Handforth commented, “After being offered the post towards the end of last year, I’ve been very much looking forwarding to getting started at Aberdeen Harbor

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Safety Milestone for Maydon Wharf Infrastructure Upgrade

achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a lost time injury (LTI) on the reconstruction and deepening of Maydon Wharf Berth 1- 4, 13 & 14 Project.   Shane Perumal, Project Manager, said, “There has been a huge safety commitment from the project managers, the main contractor Stefanutti Stocks AXSYS Joint Venture, and subcontractors, to provide continual training, preventative programs, communication of safe work practices, sharing of lessons learned from observations and incidents and good site safety vigilance. This ensures that everyone - from laborers to senior

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors.   Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience, strategic orientation, demonstrated business development track record and in-depth understanding of the offshore oil and gas segment as

Phil Taylor

Taylor Named GM at MPE Interiors

A construction  industry specialist with more than 40 years’ experience has joined Birkenhead-based fit-out contractor MPE Interiors. Phil Taylor, aged 59, will help drive MPE's wide-ranging work in three main sectors: maritime, commercial property and residential property. The business can fit-out ferries, ships, superyachts, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, homes, schools and leisure centers. Its services include bespoke CAD-aided interior design, the manufacture and fitting of furniture, fittings and upholstery; craft joinery, decorating, property maintenance and repairs.

Warehouse facilities and workers at ASC's submarine construction and maintenance facility at Osborne, South Australia. Photo: ASC Pty Ltd.

More than 100 Shipbuilders Lose Jobs at ASC

in work was at stake.    "This news is extremely disappointing for the workers and their families," he said in a statement.   Another 120 contractors lost their jobs in May. Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon says even more submarine manufacturing jobs remain at risk.  

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Navigating the Rough Waters of Misclassification

in the coming months. In order to survive—and even thrive—today’s shipping companies must evaluate their relationships with owner-operators. Review the list of best practices above, consult a local regulatory compliance attorney and create policies and procedures to ensure you’re maintaining the right relationships from here on out.      The Author  Steve Bojan is Vice President and Transportation Practice Leader, Risk Services Division, HUB International.      (As published in the May/June edition of Maritime Logistics Professional

Aker Solution

Aker Not to lay off Staff

of work. The workload is expected to come down next year and the need for contractors will be reduced as projects are completed. This is in line with the yard's plans. "We are currently tendering for several new projects for our Egersund yard and we are confident that we will secure new work to maintain a robust activity level also during the last half of 2015," said Per Harald Kongelf, head of Aker Solutions in Norway. "We have no plans to lay off staff." The use of contractors is part of the yard's business model and has typically fluctuated from year to year. The yard typically

Unions to Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers over Appetite for Strike

then take a view on whether to proceed, depending on the response.   "Regarding forms of action, that is entirely down to the will of the membership, but of course strike action would be on the agenda if the mandate is strong," said Peter Welsh at Unite.   Kelley said one of the main grievances was around a move to a three weeks on, three weeks off shift pattern at some companies, as opposed to the more traditional two weeks on, two or three weeks off.   "People are not happy about it," he said. "We are talking about some of the remotest parts of the North

Maritime & Offshore Employment: Contractors, Coverage and Confusion

Faststream USA Managing Director Eric Peters defines the risks in hiring contract workers in today’s marine and offshore markets, and lays out the course to mitigating those headaches. Recruitment, insurance and peace of mind – all rolled into one neat package. Misclassifying Contract Workers Leads to Insurance Confusion It’s no secret that the marine and offshore worlds require comprehensive insurance coverage in the event of an accident or emergency; however, the complex laws associated with contract workers mean that some employers are unaware of exactly what is needed to ensure

Photo Talisman Sinopec Energy UK

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK to Cut 300 Jobs

North Sea oil and gas field operator Talisman Sinopec Energy UK said it would cut 300 jobs due to falling production levels and rising operating costs hurt by low oil prices.   The company said the number represented a split between 100 employees and 200 contractor positions.   The company also introduced immediate reductions in contractor rates.   Talisman Sinopec Energy UK is a joint venture between Canada's Talisman Energy Inc and Addax Petroleum UK Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group).   The company has a total workforce

Bruno Faure (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Appoints Faure as President

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip  has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of more than 1,000 offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in more than 60 countries. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, having served as Vice President of IMCA since September 2014, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC). “We welcome Bruno as our President and OMC Chairman for the next two years

Maersk Says to Cut 200 Jobs in Oil Unit

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk will cut 200 jobs in its Maersk Oil unit due to a drop in the oil price and to reduce operating costs by 20 percent over the next two years, it said on Thursday. The cuts will fall in Maersk's headquarters, Qatar and UK business locations, and will affect both permanent Maersk Oil employees and core contractors. Reporting by Alexander Tange

Erik Johansen (Photo: EBDG)

Johansen Joins EBDG Electrical Team

Erik Johansen joined Elliott Bay Design Group's (EBDG) New Orleans office in December 2016 bringing with him 20 years of marine electrical experience. Johansen’s expertise includes supporting offshore vessel operators with major modifications, conversions and oversight of electrical contractors. His portfolio of vessel types includes workboats, ferries, tugboats, platform support vessels and chemical and petroleum carriers. Johansen enhances EBDG's growing electrical and marine engineering group with skills ranging from fleet electrical support to new design and installation support.

Eric Roan (Photo: IMCA)

Roan Joins IMCA in North America

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Eric Roan as its regulatory representative in North America. “I am very pleased to welcome an experienced professional with the stature and credentials of Eric on to the IMCA bench,” said Allen Leatt. “He will play a key role in our dialogue with industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Names Petterson CEO

Effective May 1, Lasse Petterson has assumed the role of chief executive officer (CEO), a provider of dredging, environmental and remediation services.   In his over 35-year career, Petterson has gained extensive experience in the engineering, construction and maritime industries. His international experience includes time working and living in Norway, Asia and the U.K. to oversee operations and major projects in Australia, Middle East and South America.   Most recently, Petterson served as a private consultant to clients in the oil and gas sector. Petterson served as chief operating

Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training

MPT to Break Ground on 25,000-sq.-ft. Expansion

For anyone keeping score, the south Florida maritime training and education infrastructure is enjoying rapid growth, driven largely by an outreach for lucrative offshore oil and gas training and education business.   Case in point, today Maritime Professional Training (MPT)—the largest private maritime training school in the nation— said it selected Fort Lauderdale-based Gulf Building Corp. as the general contractor for the construction of its planned 25,000-square-foot facility expansion at its Fort Lauderdale campus.   “We are pleased to have such an esteemed, highly-re

Petterson Named Great Lakes CEO

The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, provider of dredging, environmental and remediation services, announced the selection of Lasse Petterson as CEO, as well as his appointment to the company’s board of directors.    Petterson will join the Board immediately and assume the role of chief executive officer once his application for U.S. citizenship, as required by the Jones Act, is finalized, which is expected in Q1 2017. During this time, Lasse and current CEO Jonathan Berger will work to ensure a seamless transition.   Petterson brings to the

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