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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Bob Barone (Photo: PDS)

Barone Named VP of Precision Drive Systems

 Precisions Drive Systems (PDS), a global provider of high-speed precision spindle motors, support and repair based in Bessemer City, N.C., announced that Bob Barone has been named vice president of the company.   Barone brings a wealth of experience to PDS, including owning and operating an architectural millwork company, as well as holding product management and sales positions with Michael Weinig, Biesse America and Benz. His experience in wood, plastic and engineered composite manufacturing applications will be brought to bear assisting PDS customers with all of their spindle needs

Norwegian Navy Embraces Electrification

used for this project—combine both electrical and mechanical equipment to turn the ship’s propellers throughout the speed operating range. The Norwegian LSV will have two independent propeller shafts each driven via a gearbox by either a large propulsion diesel or a relatively small electric motor. When the ship is operating at moderate or low speeds, the propeller shafts are turned using GE’s electric motors with speed control for each motor being provided by the use of a low-voltage variable speed drive. The electrical power for the motors is supplied from the generators used to supply

CGF To Honor Coast Guard Heroics

Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at the upcoming 34th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City on October 9th, an aircrew from Air Station San Francisco, California and a motor lifeboat crew from Humboldt Bay, California will receive special awards.    Lieutenant Commander James Kenshalo, Lieutenant Beau Belanger, Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Swain and Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Fix will be given the Coast Guard Foundation Award for their actions on the

Max Sheppard (Photo: Kineteco)

Kineteco Appoints Sheppard as Senior Technical Manager

expand its product range after appointing a new senior technical manager.   Mechanical engineer Max Sheppard has joined the Ashford, Kent, headquartered firm following leading technical roles in the automotive and wind power sectors. He will oversee an expansion of Kineteco’s spring starter motor range currently mainly aimed at the maritime market for engines ranging from one to 14 liters.   Kineteco’s hand-wound mechanical devices can replace electric starter motors and allow engines to be started easily and safely by hand without a battery or alternator. Kineteco managing director

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

New Qualifications for Commercial Yacht Crews

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016.   After consultation between AMSA the commercial yachting Industry, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council, these new qualifications will see Australian motor yacht worker’s skills recognized with an official AMSA certificate of competency.   The four new qualifications include Watchkeeper Deck <3000GT Yachts with deck

Another Mammoth Gas Ship Ordered for MHI

The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution continues to drive orders for some of the world’s largest, most sophisticated tonnage. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) received an order from Astomos Energy Corporation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The LPG carrier on order is identical to a vessel ordered to MHI by Astomos Energy late last year. Completion and delivery of the ship are scheduled for the first half of 2016. The newly ordered LPG carrier will measure 230.0 meters (m) in length overall (LOA), 36.6m in width and 11.1m in draft, with gross tonnage of 48,300 tons (t)

From left to right: Eric Rikken, Managing Director, Vroon; Lennart Ripke, Area Sales Manager, Seagull Germany; and Diederic van Keulen, Head of Crewing, Vroon (Photo: Vroon)

Vroon, Seagull Maritime Ink Training Agreement

The international shipping company Vroon has recently signed a fleetwide agreement with training provider Seagull Maritime.   “Vroon has always been committed to safe practices and ensuring a duty of care for the safety and health of all employees and customers,” said Head Crewing, Diederic van Keulen, Vroon “We believe our continued success depends on the abilities and dedication of our staff and how we nurture each individual. We have always shared information and promoted teamwork throughout our organization. So by focusing on training and personal development, we increase

Kelly Todd Grindle (Photo: Hatteras Yachts)

Hatteras Yachts Appoints Grindle as CEO

Hatteras/Cabo Yachts LLC, builder of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts from 45 to 100 feet, has appointed Kelly Todd Grindle as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of today, January 23, 2017. Grindle served most recently as President – Outdoor Products at Vista Outdoor Inc., in Overland Park, Kansas, a $2.3 billion designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the outdoor sports and recreation markets. He brings to Hatteras Yachts his extensive experience in the recreational marine manufacturing sector. Prior to Vista Outdoor Inc., he spent 15

Stefan Gerhard (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Appoints Communications Director

Manufacturer of electric boat motors has created a new key management position. As communications director, Stefan Gerhard is responsible for Torqeedo's brand and corporate communications across all media and channels. Gerhard is an experienced communications professional with significant experience in the marine industry. Serving as editor-in-chief of Bootshandel Magazin for over 17 years, Gerhard built one of the most successful boating magazines in Germany. In 2014, he founded and currently chairs the international Best of Boats Award. Prior to his time at Bootshandel Magazin, he was in

André Bertram (Photo: Torqeedo)

Bertram Joins Torqeedo's Executive Board

André Bertram is the new chief financial officer (CFO) and member of the management board at Torqeedo, a manufacturer of electric boat motors.   Bertram assumed responsibility for the finance department of the Bavarian company on September 1, 2016.   Bertram has extensive technology company management experience and most recently served as CFO of global software developer IBS AG. He previously worked as CFO and in controls, risk management, internal audit and mergers and acquisitions for Siemens Group companies. He studied in Bamberg, Rotterdam, Gent and Aix-en-Provence, is a

Photo courtesy of The Landing School

The Landing School to Graduate 78 Students

Yacht Design, Inc. (MPYD) was established in Sarasota, Florida. Since then, 18 UIM Offshore World Championships and over 200 wins world-wide have been won in MPYD designed race boats, including a sweep of 14 consecutive world championships extending from 2000 through 2013. In 2002, the former Jolly Motor 43' Tencara catamaran became the first offshore boat in history to break 200 MPH.   Over the years emphasis shifted from high-speed boats and racing craft to include the complete design and engineering of motor yachts and pleasure boats. MPYD has received recognition for design excellence

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Navigating the Rough Waters of Misclassification

on an intricately orchestrated chain of events where owner-operator independent contractors move containers to and from ports; haul them to the warehouses or rail yards then to their final destination – stores and factories across the country.    Today, the relationship between motor carriers and the owner-operators has never been more complicated. A big part of truckload transportation since deregulation, the independent contractor model is dependent on whether these owner-operators are truly classified as independent contractors or actually misclassified employees, deserving of

Ian Lawson (Photo: BHGI)

Lawson Joins Bristol Harbor Group

Naval architect Ian Lawson has been hired to join the naval architecture and marine engineering practice of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI).   Lawson holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, where he served as Class President and Honor Council Chairman, and participated on the Education Committee, sailing team, jazz band and choir during his time at Webb.   Lawson interned at BHGI in January and February of this year. He has a keen interest in the marine LNG industry. Prior to interning at BHGI, Ian spent the previous winter working on an LNG

Jennifer Boykin (Photo: HII)

Boykin Tapped as Next Newport News President

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Board of Directors has elected Jennifer R. Boykin to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective July 1. She will succeed Matt Mulherin, who announced that he will retire on August 1 after a 36-year career at Newport News Shipbuilding.   Boykin, who will report to HII President and CEO Mike Petters effective July 1, currently serves as vice president, engineering and design for Newport News Shipbuilding. Named to this position in 2012, she is responsible for all ship design,

Image: Maersk Line

Maersk Cuts 110 Jobs at HQ

 Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line has begun the process of reducing its workforce as part of the cost cutting plan.   The world's largest ocean carrier is eliminating 110 positions this month at its headquarters in Copenhagen where 1,125 persons worked previously.   Maersk would reduce its landside staff of 23,000 by 17 percent (around 4,000 jobs) by the end of 2017. Maersk has said that it would seek to reduce layoffs through “managing natural attrition.”   The positions are being eliminated as part of a plan announced Nov. 4 that seeks to reduce sales, general

Inna Kuznetsova (Photo: INTTRA)

INTTRA Names Kuznetsova President and COO

Inna Kuznetsova has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace.   Since joining INTTRA in 2015, Kuznetsova has served as President of INTTRA Marketplace, the company's core business. INTTRA Marketplace currently handles approximately one in four ocean container shipping transactions and generated a 12 percent increase in container orders in 2015, volume growth that exceeded that of the overall market.    Kuznetsova has also lead INTTRA's eVGM Initiative and the development of an eVGM compliance software solution

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