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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Chris Sotzing (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

Daly from the Boston office.   Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston, Sotzing held positions of increasing responsibility for nearly nine years at SeeByte in Edinburgh, Scotland, most recently serving as project manager for the Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV) project, which had commercial application in deep-water inspections.   He earned his Ph.D. in autonomous underwater vehicles from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his undergraduate degree

Jim McColl (Photo: Clyde Blowers Capital)

Plans to Restore UK Shipbuilding Welcomed by Union Groups

Reports that businessman Jim McColl, who purchased the Ferguson Marine Yard last year, plans to resurrect commercial shipbuilding on the lower reaches of the Clyde have been welcomed by organizations such as GMB Scotland and the Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions (CSEU).   It has been reported that McColl is looking into Greenock's Inchgreen dry dock to build oceangoing commercial ships. This could potentially create many hundreds of jobs, and depending on the success of tenders, the potential number of jobs could be exceptional, says GMB Scotland.   Jim Moohan

Ferdinand von Prondzynski (Photo: RGU)

Engineering Apprenticeship Pathways at RGU

Advanced apprenticeships for engineers will soon be available through Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen thanks to a five-figure funding boost from Skills Development Scotland. The university has secured $62,670 to develop a new Advanced Apprenticeship Pathway for Engineers at all stages of their career. The announcement comes during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 18-22) which is organized by Skills Development Scotland and supported by the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI). The team behind the RGU-led scheme, which will be developed over the coming months

VT Halter Wins VDOT Ferry Contract

the few maritime bright spots, as The Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Transportation (VDOT) has awarded a contract to VT Halter Marine to design and build a 499-passenger/70-vehicle Jamestown Ferry to replace the current ferry, The Virginian.   The ferry will be operated by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Operations Service which provides a critical transportation link between Virginia and North Carolina operating at the James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf. Construction of the ferry is expected to be completed in April 2018.   The Jamestown-Scotland

Donald Macfarlane (Photo: Bibby Ship Management)

Bibby Ship Management Appoints SHEQ Director

; experience in the oil and gas industry, Macfarlane has previously worked at Archer as a QHSE Manager where he completed a NVQ 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. In 2005 he became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and is involved with IOSH Scotland, as well as being Chairman of the NE of Scotland Branch. He is also a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Kevin Strachan (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Names Strachan Head of Finance

as head of finance. The new role will require Strachan to lead the finance function in each of Seatronics’ global bases and divisions. Strachan holds a masters degree in accounting from Aberdeen University, and a chartered accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. With more than 20 years of experience, he has held a number of managerial roles, including chief financial officer at Chantry Networks in Toronto, Canada, and group financial controller for the Ferguson Group in the U.K

L-R: Craig Fraser, Draughtsman; Jonathan Stalker, Design Engineer; Emma Gibson, Sales Coordinator; and Sherri Cocker, Accounts Coordinator

Hydro Group: Invest in the Future

Hydro Group shows a clear commitment to the next generation of employees Figures published earlier this year show that Scotland’s current levels of youth unemployment (16-24-year-olds) is at 853,000 – 18.8 percent – more than double that of the average age working population. According to Sir Ian Woods’s new report, Scotland's vocational education system must be improved if youth unemployment is to fall. He launched the report aimed at getting more young Scots into work recommending that employers play a far bigger role in schools and colleges. One company that prides

Scottish Firm the 200th OPITO-approved Training Provider

passed by the skills organization for the oil and gas industry to roll out an essential induction program to enhance the safety of offshore workers.   Recently opened Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) is the only dedicated maritime and offshore training centre based in central and lowland Scotland. The business has achieved the OPITO standard for delivering the body’s Minimum Industry Training Standard (MIST). Holding the MIST certificate gives workers the confidence that all their peers share the same level of safety training offshore.   OPITO, a not-for-profit organization

Ed Sheridan (Photo: AccessESP)

AccessESP Names Sheridan Asia Pacific Region Manager

Baker Hughes Artificial Lift in the United Kingdom in a variety of sales, technical and operational positions. Most recently, Sheridan worked as AccessESP’s product line manager for Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Australia. Sheridan has a mechanical engineering degree from Aberdeen College in Scotland and is an active member of SPE

Peter Matthews (Photo: Atlas Copco)

Atlas Copco Appoints Matthews as Regional Sales Manager

Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has announced the appointment of Peter Matthews as Regional Sales Manager for Scotland. Matthews will be responsible for the complete Tentec product range of bolt tightening solutions including hydraulic tensioners and torque wrenches. Matthews has had a wide and varied engineering career starting in the military and taking him through the railway and emergency service industries. For the last 10 years he has been involved in the oil and gas industry and, with a Master’s Degree in Advanced Engineering including Tribology, is a recognized technical

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role Mildon will be focused on shaping and delivering Hydro Group Systems to carry the same vision of Hydro Group Plc, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with developing this vision in the U.S. naval, oil and gas and renewable sectors, he is also to set up a manufacturing facility to produce Hydro Group products to the U.S. market

Chevron to Cut 225 North Sea Jobs

Chevron will cut about 225 jobs in its North Sea oil operations in Aberdeen, Scotland following a review of its business, the company said on Wednesday. The jobs reduction will include contractors, employees and expatriates, it said in a statement to Reuters. Chevron said it will continue to focus on its flagship projects in the North Sea, including the Rosebank and Enochdu oil fields and the Alder oil and gas field. "Chevron Upstream Europe (CUE) is reorganizing its business unit in Aberdeen... As a result of the review, CUE expects reductions of approximately 225 positions," it

Douglas Brown (left) and Tom Barclay (right)

UTEC's Brown Awarded RICS Accolade

regarded as a mark of distinction which denotes the highest standards of success, achievement and expertise.  Holders of the accolade are deemed to be leaders in their field who have undertaken notable projects or made a special contribution to their profession. Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland, commented, “RICS eminent membership is only awarded to a select few individuals each year, following a robust nomination and review process. Once achieved, individuals are entitled to refer to themselves as a chartered surveyor and to use the globally recognized designator letters FRICS.&rdquo

Photo: Golden Ocean

Golden Ocean Names New CEO and CFO

as Chief Financial Officer since June 2010, will replace Herman Billung, who has been the company's CEO since 2005. Vartdal holds a MSc (Siv.Ing.) in Physics and Mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a MSc in Financial Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.   Heiberg has been with the company since July 2005, most recently as Vice President of Finance, and holds a Bachelors degree in administration and economics.   The company said it has also decided to establish a Chief Commercial Officer role and is actively searching for the right

Turriff Academy pupils (Photo: ACE Winches)

ACE Winches Backs Pilot Engineering Course

Global deck machinery specialist ACE Winches, in partnership with Turriff Academy, ITCA Training and Aberdeenshire Council, has launched a pilot engineering course for Turriff Academy pupils.   The senior phase course aims to meet the development needs of Scotland’s Young Workforce, a framework led by Sir Ian Wood supporting organizations looking to recruit, retain and develop young people and backs ACE Winches’ wider youth development CSR strategy.    The seven-month pilot session will support 16 pupils and deliver three theory units based at school using ITCA resources

Anadarko Names Executive VP, Global LNG

Managing Director of QGC. Prior to BG, Ingram was with Occidental Oil & Gas for 20 years, where he held several U.K. and international positions in project management, developments and operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Robert Gordon University and is a native of Scotland

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.   Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) received the grant from Scottish Enterprise which will boost the number of full time staff from 150 to 250 at Port Glasgow.   The  Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding will contribute to Ferguson Marine's redevelopment of its premises and investment in new state of the art equipment.   

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