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Stephan Aumann (Photo: Oman Drydock Company)

Aumann Named CEO of Oman Drydock

Stephan Aumann has been appointed by ASYAD (formerly Oman Global Logistic Group) board of directors as the new CEO of the Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C. in Duqm/Oman. Aumann assumed the role June 15 and replaced the former CEO Jin Han Lee (DSME), who advised at the end of 2016 that he would be stepping down.  With a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and a master degree in industrial engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel/Germany, the 50-year-old German Aumann brings 20 years of senior management experience with overall P&L responsibility within the international

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

Ian Taylor, who helped build Vitol into the world's biggest oil trader, will step down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO.   Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House.   Hardy, who started his career at BP and traded fuel oil, was long seen as one of two front-runners to succeed

PSIL Recruits Global Sales Director, Expands In Middle East

Process Systems International Limited (PSIL)  is expanding its global network across Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE.   PSIL designs and commissions horizontal, vertical, molten sulphur and vortex-flo pumps for national oil companies, major operators and service providers including Qatar Petroleum, TCO, Taymel, BP, Shell, Brown & Root and Read. Its British-engineered and manufactured technologies have a minimum design-life standard of 25 years, improving efficiency while reducing costs by mitigating the need for regular and expensive refurbishment and replacement programmes. The

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Oil Producer Norway Starts Wage Talks to Avert Widespread Strikes

Norwegian employers and labour unions embarked on four weeks' of wage talks on Monday to stave off widespread strikes that risk impacting output in western Europe's biggest crude producer.   Unlike most years, in which wages are set on an industry-by-industry basis to reduce complexity, the 2018 round rolls a majority of private sector firms into a single negotiation in a bid to resolve a stand-off over pension reform.   "We've understood that there is no real will among employers to compromise from the outset," labour union negotiator Asle Reime, who will represent oil workers

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Mammoet Expands in the Middle East

Dutch heavy lift specialist Mammoet said it has opened new branch offices in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, having seen an increase in projects across the Middle East. Mammoet has been operating in the Middle East for over 40 years and has already established a head office in Dubai. The company has now branched out and taken up residence in the Mussafah Industrial area in Abu Dhabi, and in Sohar, Oman, enabling Mammoet to provide more localized support and increase its offering of specialist services in engineered heavy lifting and transport across the region.

Karl-Petter Løken (Photo: Kvaerner)

Løken Named CEO at Kvaerner

Karl-Petter Løken has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the international contracting company Kvaerner.   Løken succeeds Jan Arve Haugan, who left Kvaerner for a position at Aker Energy.   Kvaerner's EVP & CFO Idar Eikrem will continue as interim CEO until Løken steps into the role this spring after ending his current position as head of Project Development for Lundin Norway.   Since 1991, Løken has held positions in the oil and gas industry for companies like Statoil, Aker Solutions and Lundin Norway. From 2011 to 2015

Photo: Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at Oil Plus.

Oil Plus Announces Senior Management Appointments

; experience, and Shepherd, an experienced project controls and business development manager, will support Oil Plus in providing clients with advice on the design of efficient production facilities and cost-effective operations.   The company plans on increasing its operations in Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE and India as well as strengthening its relationship with an existing strategic partner in Kuwait. This will be supported by opening a new regional laboratory over the coming months.   Sanders was previously with the Danish Technological Institute where he led a team of PhD level scientists

Dr. Ahmed Al Abri (Photo: Oman Drydock Company)

Oman Drydock Appoints Deputy CEO

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) informs it has appointed one of Oman’s most experienced maritime professionals as deputy CEO to help support and grow its expanding operations.   Taking up the role of deputy CEO, Dr. Ahmed Al Abri, draws on 17 years experience working as a naval architect overseeing major projects in shipyards around the world in the U.K., Holland, Romania and Singapore.   “When I first went to study naval architecture at Southampton University in the U.K., there were no shipyards in Oman,” he said. “Now, nearly 20 years on, Oman is blessed with one of

From right to left: Khamis Juma Buamim, Group CEO, Abdulla Saeed Abdulla Brook Al Hemeiri, Chairman, and Ahmad Al Kilani, Board Member of Gulf Navigation (Photo: Gulf Navigation)

New CEO at GulfNav Leads Expansion Plans

new projects and activities to contribute to turnover and profit growth over the next five years. These projects include offshore support services, increasing shipping services and marine product sales and distribution through expansion of shipping services network within the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman; engaging in trip time charters by working and trading vessels on spot hire; acquiring vessels on bare boat with purchase option; purchasing work boats for offshore projects; and building global network with business stakeholders and third-party owned vessel management under the Gulf Stolt Ship Management

Raymond Pirie, Vice President of Intertek’s global Exploration and Production business line, at one of Intertek’s laboratories

Intertek Invests in O&G Lab in Abu Dhabi

of existing offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and works with national oil companies to deliver third-party inspection, expediting, quality assurance, and asset integrity management services on major projects. The UAE regional offices also extend service support into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, India, Iraq, Algeria and other countries.  

Andrew Imrie (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea Taps Imrie to Lead Sales and Marketing

M² Subsea has appointed Andrew Imrie as global sales and marketing director.   With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global oil and gas industry, Imrie joins M² Subsea from Ampelmann where he was commercial director, based in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Proserv, Amec, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco. His broad industry experience, coupled with his strong commercial track record has seen him develop new and profitable business opportunities throughout his career.   As global sales and marketing director, Imrie

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OSC Holds Mumbai Seafarers’ Conference

Oman Ship Management Company (OSC) said it hosted a high-level conference in Mumbai for senior officers following a rapid rise in crew numbers.   The ‘Seafarers’ Safety Conference’ was a platform for Oman Shipping Company’s subsidiary Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC) to share the best safety practices and current and future trends in the maritime industry with its sea team.   It comes as the company released latest employment figures showing 1775 crew members working across 41 vessels – rising 500pc since 2010 when crew numbers remained under 400.  &n

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) appointed Said bin Homoud Al Mawali as Chief Executive Officer. (Photo: ODC)

New Shipyards CEO at Oman Drydock Company

, business development, mergers and acquisition, Said is leading the corporate strategies and overall policies and procedures to ensure that all key people play constructive role in the development. Said occupied significant positions at Petroleum Development Oman, Occidental Oman, Sohar Aluminum and Oman Oil Company. Said held board and sub-committee roles in Oman Rail, Majan Ferrochrome, Oman Gas Company, Vale Oman, Oman India Fertilizer Company and Oman Shipping. Said holds Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College London

Christian Berven joings Aquaterra Energy as director of business development. Photo: Aquaterra Energy

Aquaterra Appoints Berven

have already been contracted for work in 2018.    Berven joins the company following 10 years as Managing Director of Norwegian oil service company, Toolserv. He has more than 22 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry and has worked across Europe, in Saudi Arabia and Oman. He has also held senior positions with global players, Cameron and Interwell. George Morrison, Managing Director of Aquaterra Energy, said: “2018 is going to be an extremely exciting year and I’m delighted to welcome Christian into our business as we expand and strengthen our operations

essDOCS Names Toet Board Chairman

of which PortInfolink (subsequently Portbase), directly supported his previous role as Non-Executive Board Member for essDOCS. He has served as Managing Director of P&O Nedlloyd Europe, CEO of Maersk Central Europe, COO of the Port of Rotterdam and, since 2011, CEO for Sohar Industrial Port Company in Oman. In his new role as Executive Chairman, Toet  will focus on expanding the company’s relationships with prospective partners and customers, in addition to advising and overseeing ongoing efforts to ensure that essDOCS’ growth continues to accelerate

Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

#BTC100 History

In 1951, under the leadership of Capt. Fred’s son, Morton S. Bouchard Sr., (A.K.A. “Buster” Bouchard), the company builds three 20,000 barrel oil barges and three accompanying tugboats, which ran the New York State Barge Canal. The construction of these vessels would then, in the years that followed, lead to Buster’s position as a prominent figure within the oil transportation industry. #BTC100    The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine. For more

Robert E. O’Connor (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Montgomery McCracken Names Two Maritime Attorneys to Firm Partnership

Montgomery McCracken announced it has named attorneys Robert E. O’Connor and Davis Lee Wright to the firm’s partnership. O’Connor, located in the firm’s New York office, was previously an associate. Wright, who is located in the firm’s Wilmington office, was of counsel.   O’Connor is a general litigator and a member of the firm’s Maritime and Transportation practice group. He represents insurers, owners and operators of vessels, and marine fuel suppliers among others. O’Connor also specializes in environmental matters relating to oil pollution and

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