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SENER  appointed Jorge Sendagorta Cudós to be head of the Engineering and Construction area. Photo: Sener

Cudós Tapped to Lead Engineering and Construction for SENER

SENER  appointed Jorge Sendagorta Cudós to be head of the Engineering and Construction area. He was, until now, the country manager of SENER in Mexico. SENER's Engineering and Construction area, which will be managed by Cudós, comprises three Business Units: Infrastructure and Transport; Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas; and Marine. It has branches in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Chile, China, United Arab Emirates, Spain, USA, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, UK, and South Africa.Cudós joined SENER in October 2012 in the energy sector. He

Reed Peré (Photo: Danos)

Leadership Changes at Danos

, Guidry has been with Danos for 25 years and was named Danos’ Staff Employee of the Year in 2009.Additionally, Manager of Project Management Kevin Biringer will become the general manager of projects for the Permian. Biringer interned with Danos in 2013 and joined full time in 2014. A native of New Mexico, Biringer currently lives in Houston

Vanta E. Coda II (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana Names Coda CEO

Vanta E. Coda II has been named as the Ports of Indiana's next chief executive officer to replace outgoing CEO Rich Cooper who is set to retire July 1, 2018.Coda returns to the Ohio River Valley with 25 years of experience in maritime and multimodal operations on the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Ohio River. He most recently served as the executive director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, operating in the busiest port district on the Great Lakes. During his time at Duluth, Coda led the completion of $24 million in infrastructure renewal projects, opened the CN Duluth Intermodal Terminal

Jan Flores (Photo: NETSCo)

Flores Named VP at NETSCo

the FSO Group at OSG and was responsible for business development in the offshore market. While with OSG, Flores was the technical project manager overseeing the development of the MT Overseas Cascade and the MT Overseas Chinook. Both vessels were the first two dedicated shuttle tankers in the Gulf of Mexico and now support the FPSO Pioneer, serving the Petrobras deep water fields known as Cascade and Chinook. In addition, FLores also held various positions at Crowley Maritime Corporation from technical superintendent to manager of new construction projects.   Flores holds a Bachelor of Science

Grant Johnson (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Johnson Joins Foss in HSQE Role

he served in various capacities including Director of Worldwide Fleet Management, Asset Technical Director, and most recently as manager of TechnipFMC's contract with Marine Well Containment Company. Before joining TechnipFMC, Johnson held various positions with BP's Alaskan, Shipping and U.S. Gulf of Mexico businesses, and began his career working as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed engineering officer aboard commercial, military sealift and government vessels in domestic and international trade.   Johnson is an active participant in industry committees and working groups, including currently serving

Eric Roan (Photo: IMCA)

Roan Joins IMCA in North America

;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. He has over 20 years of marine and offshore oil and gas industry experience, including four years as a U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control Officer. Prior to joining IMCA Eric was a Program Manager at the Center for Offshore Safety where he facilitated industry groups tasked with implementing U.S

Jens Bering (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bering VP, Marine Sales

president, marine sales, the company announced.    Bering, who has 20 years of experience with Volvo Penta, will provide strategic direction for the company’s North America marine sales segment, with responsibility for commercial and leisure marine sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.   “Jens brings the breadth of experience to the role, having worked in engineering, sales and product management throughout his successful career with Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “He is respected

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

hub also has been visited by trade officials from Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in conjunction with presentations made to the Manatee County Port Authority.             Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

under Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). During his tenure, the Committee focused on upstream oil and natural gas legislation, and Charters worked closely with Committee Leadership, House Leadership and the Senate to craft multiple bipartisan successes including authoring the legislation enacting the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Agreement, leading House passage of legislation enacting revenue sharing for outer continental shelf (OCS) revenues, and directing the Secretary of the Interior to lease the OCS areas with the greatest known resources.  In addition, Charters served as Director of Policy Coordination

Chris Oliver (Photo: NOAA)

Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

finally as executive director for 16 years. Through his longtime participation in the Council Coordination Committee and various international fishery management organizations, Oliver gained extensive knowledge of national and international fisheries issues. A Texas native, Oliver also worked on Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery management issues prior to moving to Alaska in 1990.   “Oliver’s background and expertise will be an asset at NOAA Fisheries as they work to reduce our nation’s $11 billion dollar seafood trade deficit,” said Ross.   NOAA Fisheries has offices

Scott Nagel (Photo: Navico)

Navico Hires Southwest US Sales Manager

of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has appointed Scott Nagel as its new territory sales manager for the southwest U.S.   Based in Mission Viejo, Calif., Nagel’s territory will cover California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii.   Nagel has been in the industry for many years working as an independent sales representative for leading brands like Daiwa, Rapala, Flambeau, Penn, Beretta and Sig Sauer. Nagel got his start in the industry while attending San Diego State University and working as a deck hand

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is doubling its service across the Gulf of Mexico between the state of Veracruz and Central Florida’s Port Manatee.             World Direct Shipping has announced plans to add a weekly sailing to Port Manatee from the Port of Tuxpan, in the north-central portion of Veracruz, to augment the successful service it has operated each week since November 2014 to Port Manatee from Coatzacoalcos, in southern Veracruz. The first sailing from Tuxpan is scheduled for Jan. 12.   Tuxpan is the closest commercia

Steven Thrasher (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Bolsters US Team

team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1998, when he joined Sonsub as a ROV technician where he eventually

Maersk Viking. Photo: Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling Axes Dozens of Staff

 Maersk Drilling USA is laying off 84 employees who work aboard the Maersk Viking (UDW drillship), located in the Gulf of Mexico, and report directly to the company’s office in Houston, Houston Chronicle reported quoting data sent to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).   The employees, who received notification of the layoffs on Jan. 12, report to the company's office at 2500 CityWest Boulevard. They will continue to work for the next two months until their employment is terminated, according to the WARN notice.   The termination will likely be permanent unless the company

Alejandro Pla. Photo: Intermarine, LLC

Intermarine Appoints Alejandro Pla as Mexico Manager

 Intermarine, LLC, a global leader in the transport of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, has named Alejandro Pla as Country Manager – Mexico. He will be based in Mexico, City. Pla has more than 24 years of experience in a variety of roles in shipping and logistics.    Most recently, he served as Chartering Manager for Representaciones Maritimas S.A. agency in Mexico City where he oversaw commercial and chartering activity for the group and their clients.   In his role with Intermarine, Pla will match worldwide cargo opportunities with the Company’s regional

Tony Kelleher (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Kelleher VP Customer Support, Training

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training.   Kelleher will be responsible to support both marine and industrial segments within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He will serve as a member of the Volvo Penta of the Americas executive team and the extended aftermarket management team   Kelleher was previously director of the marine leisure segment with responsibility for OEM and dealer sales and partnership development for North America. He has also served as head of the service

Helge Lund  Photo courtesy of BP

BP Names Former Statoil Boss Lund as Next Chairman

coming from Statoil and BG shows his upstream expertise which is still the main driver of earnings at BP so it is key to understand this well."Lund will join BP at a time when the British oil and gas company is growing quickly, having recovered from the deadly Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 that brought the company to the brink of collapse.The Norwegian earned his reputation as a leader when he oversaw Statoil's shift from a domestic-focused state oil firm into an international major over the 10 years to 2014.He was also CEO of BG Group from 2015 to 2016. Just two months

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