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Corpower Ocean Portugal Managing Director Miguel Silva.

Silva Tapped to Lead Corpower Ocean Portuguese Ops

CorPower Ocean, designer of wave energy systems, appointed Miguel Silva as head of its Portuguese operation.The news comes shortly after CorPower revealed plans for a new $18.1m R&D, Manufacturing and Service Center in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, becoming a focus for the firm’s pioneering HiWave-5 Project with a showcase pilot wave farm planned in Aguçadoura.Silva will oversee CorPower’s activities in Portugal, including composite hull development, manufacturing and assembly of WECs (Wave Energy Converters) as well as operations to install and maintain wave arrays offshore.

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Norway: Unions, Employers Agree Wage Deal, Averting Strike

Norwegian workers reached a deal with employers on Friday over wages at shipyards and a wide range of other manufacturing industries, averting the outbreak of a major labor dispute, the largest union of the private sector said.Some 28,000 workers had been scheduled to go on strike if no agreement was found, and a conflict could also have spread to other industries.The United Federation of Trade Unions, also known as Fellesforbundet, said the deal gave a pay increase of 0.5 Norwegian crowns ($0.06) per hour of work.Employers had warned that a strike amid the COVID-19 pandemic could have resulted in

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Rolls-Royce to Boost Output for the US Navy

in the success of the project.”Support from other partner organizations includes land, roadway and other infrastructure improvements, and additional workforce development assistance.The facility expansion will bring new jobs that are considered crucial to the success of the advanced manufacturing facility. The Rolls-Royce Pascagoula project follows investment in a new 24,000-square-foot building at the company’s Walpole, Mass., facility which further demonstrates both the company’s commitment to the naval business and the resilience of its wider Defense business despite difficult

Katarina Lindström (Photo: Hempel)

Lindström Joins Hempel as COO

and Hempel has a strong desire to lead sustainability in the coatings industry,” she says. “I’m very excited to be part of that.”As part of its long-term growth strategy, Hempel says it is investing in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in Asia-Pacific. Lindström will be responsible for many of these initiatives.Lars Petersson, Group President and CEO of Hempel, comments, “Katarina is a strong addition to our team. It is important to us to take a leading position in the industry within market-driven

William Clewes (Photo: RMK Merrill-Stevens)

New CEO Takes the Helm at RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard

glory and beyond,” said Clewes in January after accepting the position. Clewes will lead the North and South yards, which straddle the Miami River, the ongoing redevelopment of both, upcoming renovations and the grand reopening of the yards.Clewes brings to the role decades of experience in manufacturing and facilities management, process improvement, ISO systems and lean manufacturing, having previously led the development of a $170 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and served as the Director of Operations for Seaspan and Plant Manager for Canfor.The first half of the year has

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Helping Virginians Get Back to Work

;s Talent Task Force with VCCS to ensure training program success and participating in the VA Ready Job Exchange and providing job interview opportunities to VA Ready Scholars.“We are proud to support the VA Ready initiative and help develop the talents of Virginians looking for work in the manufacturing sector,” said Mike Petters, HII president and CEO. “Workforce development is at the core of our business at Huntington Ingalls Industries. For more than 100 years, we have been developing a skilled and diverse workforce to meet the challenges of shipbuilding and manufacturing. I strongly

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Hunting Slashes 25% of Workforce

, which had 2,956 employees across its global operations at the end of last year, said it would cut 739 jobs by the end of the month.Hunting, which manufactures a wide range of tools and solutions used in oil and gas exploration, said it would close three distribution centres in North America and two manufacturing facilities in Oklahoma City and Texas."Our business is likely to continue to see volatile trading throughout Q3 2020, but the group's cost base has now been recalibrated to current market conditions," Chief Executive Jim Johnson said.Sales at the company's biggest unit Hunting

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

. The American Wind Energy Association predicts that the offshore wind projects could create up to 83,000 jobs and $25 billion in annual economic output by 2030. Already, the AWEA reports, companies have 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

Gulf Copper Hires Irelan

Ship repair and marine services firm Gulf Copper & Manufacturing has hired Robert “Bob” Irelan as Director, Federal Business Development.In his new role, Irelan will leverage his experience doing business with the federal government to head up Gulf Copper's government services business development, focusing primarily on the federal market. Ireland previously served as a Naval Officer for over 25 years, including the command of three different U.S. Navy vessels. He brings a broad experience of federal government contracting together with the Navy’s maintenance planning

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MHI Vestas Eyes Further Asia Pacific Growth. Appoints Regional Manager

supporting the growth of our Japanese presence.”Across Asia Pacific, MHI Vestas has been growing portfolio of projects in which it has been selected to supply offshore wind turbines, notably in Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. MHI Vestas recently signed a conditional contract with TLC for blade manufacturing in Taiwan. This is the first localization agreement made by a wind turbine manufacturer to enable blades to be produced locally. As part of the agreement, a new manufacturing facility will be constructed in Taichung Harbour.The company will deliver wind turbines for the Changfang and Xidao projects

Andrew Mund (Photo: Ship Architects)

Ship Architects Hires Mund

SAi projects, but his primary focus will be on those vessel design services corresponding to the pre-construction contract stage, the company said.An educated naval architect, Mund is licensed as a professional engineer with more than 25 years of direct and supervisory experience in marine design and manufacturing.Altug Basaran, P.E., President and Owner of Ship Architects, Inc., said, “We have been slowly developing our functional design capabilities since the ownership change in 2018. Now, we have the ability to expand our current capacity at the new office location. Andrew’s knowledge and

Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. Photo: HII

HII Promotes Jones, Fuller at its Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced changes to its leadership team at its Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective March 13.Julia Jones was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and facilities, where she is responsible for all manufacturing and facilities operations. She has served as the acting vice president since January. Jones has more than 22 years of shipbuilding experience, including positions of increasing responsibility in operations, planning, manufacturing, nuclear support and corporate strategic planning. She has served as trades director for surface preparation and

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Dredging: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and servicesAutomotive repair and maintenance facilitiesManufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operationsPostal and shipping workers, to include private companiesEmployees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengersAir

Survitec appointed Ron Krisanda as Executive Chairman.

Survitec Names Krisanda Executive Chairman

Krisanda as Executive Chairman for its worldwide life-saving equipment business. In this newly created role, he will lead both the Survitec Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team.Krisanda's business experience includes roles as Chairman, President, CEO and COO across various global manufacturing and service businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of Quality Metalcraft - Experi-Metal, Inc. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2015 and will continue in this role. Krisanda also currently serves as Chairman of Cooper Turner Beck.He will be based out of Survitec’s London

Katarina Lindström (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel Taps Lindström as COO

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), Katarina Lindström will be a member of Hempel’s Executive Management Board.As part of its long-term growth strategy, Hempel is making significant investments in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in Asia-Pacific. Lindström will be responsible for driving many of these initiatives.Lars Petersson, Group President and CEO of Hempel. “We’re an ambitious company on a strong growth curve. Our target is to double Hempel in five years, and we remain on

Former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson delivers the commencement address that commemorated the centennial graduating class of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding, Feb. 22, 2020. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

HII Celebrates the Centennial Graduating Class

academic and craft grades that determine overall performance.25 completed Advanced Shipyard Operations Program, allowing them to continue their postsecondary education, expand their experience in waterfront operations and develop leadership skills to improve the quality and efficiency of production, manufacturing and maintenance processes.31 completed Frontline FAST, an accelerated skills training program for potential foremen.7 inducted into The National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS).19 graduates are women.32 completed the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum and advance optional program with a

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

be around Mull or it could go to Ireland, it just needs enough batteries.”  The ability to create systems like this – in a gap between toy drones and military grade vehicles – is being driven by accessibility to miniaturised components made cheap enough by the mass mobile phone manufacturing industry, he says. This ability means scientists can design systems around a question they want answering, instead of trying to make a system fit. It’s only going to get easier, he says, as systems learn to talk to each other, even if on different protocols.There's plenty more going

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