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Saturday, February 24, 2018

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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

Oerlikon Opens Third Drive Systems Plant in India

Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment inaugurated its third plant at Sanand in Gujarat, India. This is the 10th production facility for the Segment globally.   Dr. Bernd Matthes, CEO of Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment , said, “This inauguration marks an important milestone for the further development of Drive Systems Segment in India. With the additional production capacity, we continue our growth in India and further upgrade our capabilities in high-tech driven products.”   Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment has been present in India since 1999, with production

Norwegian Navy Embraces Electrification

GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has announced that it is working with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) in South Korea to provide an electrical power and propulsion system for a Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) logistics and support vessel (LSV). GE’s equipment will be installed as a key part of the ship’s hybrid propulsion system, improving fuel efficiency and operating flexibility. In October 2012, GE’s Power Conversion business announced a similar project for the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new fleet of four

Photo: Saab Seaeye

Saab Seaeye Invests in Engineers

Manufacturer of electric underwater robotic systems Saab Seaeye has launched a recruitment drive to find software and electrical engineers at all levels, including senior engineering management, for its Fareham, Portsmouth, Head Office and manufacturing base. According to the company, the increased investment comes as rapid advances in miniaturization and control architecture are creating smaller, smarter robotic systems that are more agile, more powerful and are bringing advanced technology and efficiencies to an ever widening range of complex tasks across many different market sectors.

Espen Martinsen (Photo: Nautisk)

Nautisk Names Martinsen Commercial Director

Global maritime navigation expert Nautisk said it has appointed a new Commercial Director, strengthening its team as it prepares to expand its digital navigation services.    Espen Martinsen brings over 10 years’ experience in sales, and has spent the last seven years at the Danish toy group, LEGO, most recently as Nordic Field Sales Director. Prior to this he was Partner Manager at Norwegian CRM software vendor SuperOffice.    Specializing in the development and implementation of reporting and management systems, Espen will be responsible for streamlining Nautisk’s

Phil Gabriel (Photo courtesy of True Heading)

True Heading Fills Key North American Positions

True Heading, a Swedish manufacturer of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), GPS compasses and app navigation products, announced the hiring of several key North American staff today.   Assuming the position of director, Americas, Phil Gabriel comes to True Heading with over 28 years of marine electronics experience. Prior to True Heading, Gabriel was president and an executive board member of Hemisphere GNSS. Gabriel also held senior management and business development positions with Allied Signal Aerospace, Furuno and Digidyne. Gabriel will help set strategy and infrastructure in the

Iain Wallace (Photo: Rovco)

Wallace Joins Rovco as CTO

U.K.-based subsea company Rovco has appointed Dr. Iain Wallace o its senior management team as chief technology officer (CTO).   A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.   As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modeling capabilities utilizing the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

McAllister Towing Celebrates 150 in Style

McAllister Towing hosted a dual celebration in New York City on Friday, September 19, a gala in honor of the company’s 150th anniversary and a traditional christening of the Buckley McAllister, the latest high tech tractor tug added to the company’s fleet. Pier 60 at Chelsea piers was packed with a veritable “Who’s Who” in the maritime industry as Captain Brian A. McAllister, Chairman (4th generation); Buckley McAllister, President (5th generation) and Eric McAllister, CFO (5th generation) presided over the signature New York event. While the evening was a celebration

New GM for of Thrustmaster Asia Pacific

Thrustmaster of Texas has appointed Joshua Song as General Manager of Singapore-based Thrustmaster Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.   "Thrustmaster manufactures L-Drive azimuthing thrusters for drillships, FPSOs and semi-submersibles best suited for Asia Pacific's growing offshore industry," said Joshua Soong. "[Thrustmaster] also provides a unique portable dynamic positioning system for quick dockside conversion of any work barge or ship to a dynamically positioned vessel."   Soong has been in the marine and offshore industry all his working life, holding several senior positions

Simon Batchelor  (Photo: VersaDock)

VersaDock Appoints Head of Engineering

VersaDock has appointed a new Head of Engineering. Simon Batchelor will manage the upgrades and developments of the company’s product range as it continues to introduce advances in design and technology to make dry docking increasingly easy for a wider range of vessels.    At the same time he is leading a project to upgrade the patented DrySail V1 System to the innovative V2 system for Keel Boats to include the following benefits of improved docking, weight savings, self-assembly, manufacturing costs and ultimately an improved cost effective product to the customer.   Batchelor

Jacques-André Mayeur  (Photo: CMR)

Mayeur to Lead CMR Group’s EIM Unit

Control instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist CMR Group said it has appointed a senior director to oversee strategy and drive global sector operations.    Jacques-André Mayeur joins as Energy Industry Marine (EIM)business unit director based at CMR Group’s Marseille head office, where he will lead and support the commercial team, the project team and the delivery of the EIM business strategy.   Reporting to CEO Yves Barraquand and bringing over 15 years’ engineering and sales expertise to this key position, his task will be to grow the group’s

Ville Parpala (Photo: The Switch)

Parpala Joins The Switch

 The Switch has recruited Ville Parpala as Director, Product Marketing, Marine Solutions, as it targets its ambition of achieving growth of 200 percent in the marine segment across the next five years. The firm, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, said it will leverage Parpala’s vast experience and contact book, to push its ability to deliver enhanced efficiency, cost savings and environmental performance to the shipping industry worldwide.    Parpala joins the Finnish headquartered business, part of the €3.3 billion ($3.9 billion)

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third Coast General Contractors.  The project includes plans to double the size of the product testing area, add an onsite paint and blast facility, develop a new fabrication shop, expand machine shop operations, expand the assembly area and add a multitude of

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has added  Andy Readyhough to the management team, charged with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance

Paul Hickinbotham is the new Product Manager EMEA Marine at Dometic (Photo: Dometic)

Dometic Names Hickinbotham Product Manager EMEA Marine

Dometic has appointed 18-year company veteran Paul Hickinbotham as its Product Manager EMEA Marine.   In this newly created role, Hickinbotham is tasked with helping to drive product innovation and customer responsiveness by channeling the latest consumer feedback and market intelligence for each specific region in both the OEM and after-market sectors through to Dometic’s product development and sales teams.   Previously EMEA Director - Sales and Administrations & Commercial Division at Dometic, Hickinbotham will lead a dedicated team from his U.K. base, reporting to Head of

Colin McHardy

McHardy Joins UTEC StarNet

UTEC StarNet a division of global offshore survey company UTEC has strengthened its UK team with a key appointment. Colin McHardy has joined the management team in the role of Business Unit Director and will assume day-to-day management and growth of the company.  With extensive experience gained from various executive director and operation manager roles, Colin’s track record makes him well placed to help drive UTEC StarNet’s ambitious growth plans. Part of the UTEC group of companies, UTEC StarNet is a UK-based international company which provides a wide range of surveying,

Graeme Slater (Photo: WFS Technology Ltd.)

Slater joins WFS Technologies as Sales Manager

WFS Technology Ltd. has appointed Graeme Slater as Sales Manager for the U.K., Australia and Southeast Asia. He is based in Aberdeen.   Since joining WFS in March, Slater has been supporting the company’s U.K. and international customers in its use of Seatooth-enabled products to increase production and reduce costs.   Prior to joining WFS Slater spent 13 years at Schlumberger in domestic and international managerial positions as the main point of contact. Before Schlumberger, he worked in engineering roles for National Oilwell Varco and Wood Group Engineering.   Slater was

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