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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Photo: Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises to Grow Capacity by 43 Percent by 2021

world market powered by LNG, built by Meyer Turku shipyard (Finland), is due to arrive in 2019, with the sister ship of the Costa Venezia due in 2020, followed by that of the Costa Smeralda in 2021.    Starting in March 2019, the fleet innovation programme also includes the return to the Mediterranean of the Costa Fortuna, a ship currently operating in Asia, which will offer one-week cruises departing from Genoa. At the end of 2019, the Costa neoRiviera will be transferred to the fleet of AIDA Cruises, the Costa Group's German brand. After being remodelled and refurbished, the ship will be

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock Secures New ISO Certification

Gibdock has underlined its commitment to Occupational Health & Safety by becoming the first shipyard in the Mediterranean region, and one of the first companies worldwide, to achieve ISO 45001:2018 certification.An audit by LRQA completed on July 6 confirmed that the Gibraltar shipyard is fully compliant with the requirements of the new ISO standard, which was only published in March this year. ISO 45001:2018 replaces the previous standard, OHSAS 18001. Organizations certified to OHSAS 18001 have three years to migrate to the new standard before the old one is withdrawn in March 2021, but Gibdock

Glander International Bunkering Announces Promotions

Indian subcontinent market, Abdur Rahman, who joined the Dubai office in 2013, has been promoted to Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader.   Laura Toplar joined the Glander International Bunkering group in 2014 as Bunker and Lubricant Trader in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the Black and Mediterranean Sea, and has now been promoted to Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader.     Elza Adamyan has also been promoted to Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader and will continue to handle the regional areas of Middle East and Africa. Adamyan began her career with Glander International Bunkering

Guyson Kang (Photo: Glander International Bunkering)

Glander International Bunkering Relocate Kand to Dubai

advantageous for the Glander International Bunkering group in terms of shared knowledge; with the Dubai team especially benefitting from Guyson’s expertise within Asian ports. Moreover, Guyson’s Asia Pacific clients will be better assisted with regional supply requirements in the UAE, Mediterranean and Black Sea.   The transition is also a primary example of the group’s mobility program, which allows employees to gain international experience and bring an integrated approach to practices as a result

Mo Tafazzoly (Photo: Vryhof)

Vryhof Expands Its Global Footprint

engineering, marine and inspection services and personnel, and the rental and sales of high quality, state of the art mooring equipment and anchors. The launch of the Aberdeen office will also facilitate the management and servicing of our offshore operations across North Africa, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caspian and the Eastern Canada regions. We look forward to exciting times ahead and are confident that the Aberdeen office launch will be the start and basis for achieving even greater milestones.”   Franklin Offshore Group is an integrated provider of rigging and mooring equipment

Sven Thy Christensen (Photo: PBES)

PBES Hires Christensen to Develop Mediterranean Markets

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced Sven Thy Christensen has joined the firm to develop marine and power markets in the Mediterranean region. Christensen brings decades of experience of green solutions for ship efficiency, emissions reduction, and power generation including diesel and gas generation, wind, and solar energy.   Christensen comes from Odense Maritime Technology, where he held the position as Sales & Business Development Director. Prior to this he worked for MAN Diesel & Turbo in Spain. Here he spent four years as Managing Director Deputy, representing the company at

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

HMM May Hire Foreign CEO for Revival

for appointment, saying it will not exclude "people who have no relation with HMM" including foreign experts.   The KDB chairman emphasized performance above anything else in recruitment of the new CEO.    The remark sparked speculation that executives from Maersk or the Mediterranean Shipping Company may be chosen to head the company. The world's two largest container shippers are members of the 2M vessel-sharing alliance, which HMM managed to sign a preliminary deal to join last week.   The KDB is already suffering criticism for "unsuccessful" appointments

Jean-Gabriel Tridon (Photo: Blohm+Voss)

Blohm+Voss Strengthens Team

of Finance and Accounting and General Manager and an authorised officer for several subsidiaries.   Jean-Gabriel Tridon and Dieter Pladeck are looking forward to their new challenge in La Ciotat. Jean Gabriel Tridon: “I am very excited about rejoining Blohm+Voss in the heart of the Mediterranean. The goal is clear: we want to get the facility ready for our customers as soon as possible. Our main focus within the first months will therefore be to set up the facility and the local organisation, and to build a strong network of local suppliers to get the job done.” The operational

Reporting w.r.t. GOG

Crew Kidnapping Rising in Gulf of Guinea - Dryad

risk/reward ratio for Somali pirates could result in further hijacks of those that fail to prepare well or are reckless in straying too close to Somali shores.   Other areas continue to give mariners cause for concern; from the conflict in Libya, Syria and Yemen to the humanitarian crisis of Mediterranean migration, there is plenty to occupy the minds of those with a duty of care to seafarers and passengers alike. Our advice is to encourage all to build the best possible awareness, thereby reducing uncertainty and enhancing preparation.”    

SAMSUN has three SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A systems on board (Photo: Cobham SATCOM)

Turkish Cadets Learn GMDSS Operation

;, which was recently chartered and converted for training by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, are the foundation of a diverse curriculum delivered during extended training in Turkish waters. The most recent voyage took place over 60 days, with 219 cadets navigating the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey before moving to Istanbul and the Black Sea coast. Key learning criteria during the cruise was effective communication with the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centers at Istanbul Strait, the Marmara Sea and Canakkale Strait using SAILOR 6000 GMDSS radios. The course also covered

Ben Oudman (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Taps Oudman as Regional Manager

is rapidly embracing the energy transition across the value chain, the focus in Eastern Europe and in Russia is on gas as the fuel of choice, with security of supply a key concern.  There we see significant investments in transnational pipeline projects such as TANAP and TAP.  In the East Mediterranean, recent developments off the coast of Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon are some of the main drivers of oil and gas activities in the area, along with the rise of LNG. On the other hand, the markets in India and Africa are focused on fueling the growing energy needs through challenging deepwater

YachtProjects International owner Pippa Nicholas, left, and Allan Foot, MD of Solent Refit, right, at Hythe (Photo: YachtProjects)

YachtProjects Relocates UK Operation at Solent

provides 10,000 sqm of undercover working halls and waterside working areas combined with a highly skilled workforce of marine specialists. With a strong emphasis on British craftsmanship, the company’s aim is to attract a larger proportion of the refit work which is currently carried out in Mediterranean yards and elsewhere. YachtProjects International’s US operation is based in Florida with the UK operation now based at Solent Refit and satellite offices in Durban and New Zealand. Its International clients include Cruise Management International of Miami, Clipper Ship Management of

Alejandro Pla. Photo: Intermarine, LLC

Intermarine Appoints Alejandro Pla as Mexico Manager

the group and their clients.   In his role with Intermarine, Pla will match worldwide cargo opportunities with the Company’s regional chartering desks and work closely with line management on established routes. Intermarine’s three Americas liner services and the newly established Mediterranean Service will offer the opportunity to match Mexican ports with regularly scheduled sailings.   In addition to serving in various roles with shipping operators and agencies, Pla also brings deep multi-modal knowledge and experience having managed terminal, rail, and trucking logistics for

Klaus Rud Sejling (Photo: Maersk)

Management Changes in Damco

CFO positions for Maersk Line in India, Italy and Singapore. From 2002 to 2006 she was Global Program Director for the implementation of the SAP-based financial system in Maersk Line. In 2006, Hanne Sørensen was promoted to Group Vice President and Maersk Line Area Manager for the Eastern Mediterranean region with base in Genoa. She became Chief Commercial Officer for Maersk Line in 2008

Manos Gryllakis (Photo: Glander Interational Bundering)

Glander Training Academy Promotes Former Interns

experience. The mentors are experienced traders who are still trading at the time of teaching, therefore their knowledge and tips are as current and as relevant as could be.”   Manos Gryllakis, Bunker & Lubricant Trader, Dubai, primarily focusses his services in and around the Mediterranean ports, as well as smaller UAE/AG ports. When representing his clients, he is highly competitive, ensuring their bespoke needs are at the forefront of all operations. Manos respectively gives thanks to the Training Academy for this, noting: “In order to qualify for the Training Academy you

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS  (Photo: ICS)

ICS Chairman: Use Training to Direct the Future of Shipping

of seafarers; establishing a level playing field for countries and shipowners committed to providing decent working and living conditions for seafarers; and protecting them from unfair competition from substandard ships.   He also spoke about the humanitarian tragedy being played out in the Mediterranean and the unprecedented numbers of migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe in completely unsuitable craft. “Our lobbying efforts with European governments have seen a welcome increase in Search and Rescue resources such that the call on merchant ships to undertake harrowing

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

second class majoring in maritime logistics and security. He served as a cadet onboard various commercial and U.S. military vessels that were providing the U.S. Air Force with prepositioned ammunition stocks, conducting underway replenishments and providing support for the 6th Fleet Command in the Mediterranean Sea. After graduating, Rabbitt wants to earn a commission as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.   - Chiappe, a midshipman second class from Granbury, Texas, is studying marine transportation. He is a snare drummer in the Band Company and wrote and organized the program, drill, visual effects, and

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