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Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Steve Mitchell  (Photo: ASCO)

Mitchell to Head Up ASCO Operations Function

Steve Mitchell has been appointed to the Senior Management team at ASCO, taking up the role of Operations Director (Scotland) as the materials management company continues its drive for efficiency through digitalization.Mitchell, who will be based at ASCO HQ in Aberdeen, will focus on the operation of the company's supply bases in Peterhead and Aberdeen.Mitchell has worked in oil and gas for 34 years and has experience both in the U.K. and internationally with several major international oil companies including Chevron, Oryx Energy, Kerr-McGee and Maersk Oil, where he held the role of Global Head

Pictured left to right are Simon Brebner, chief executive  of Peterhead Port Authority; Linda Hope, center manager for the Scottish Maritime Academy; Frazer Smart; and John Forman harbor master, Peterhead Port Authority. (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Young Seaman Sets Sail on Journey to Career with Sentinel Marine

A young seaman has plotted the first point on his course toward a successful career in the maritime industry after being named deckhand trainee of the year by the Scottish Maritime Academy, North East Scotland College’s nautical center.Frazer Smart, who joined the team at Aberdeen-based company Sentinel Marine after graduating, has also just returned from his first trip to sea.Smart (24), from Turriff, was presented with the award, sponsored by Peterhead Port Authority, after lecturers on the 12-week program determined that he was best overall student from the three courses that run over the

Top (left to right): Jeremy Troughton, General Manager - Marine Leisure & Events, GAC UK and Wynne Raymond, General Manager - Shipping, GAC UK; bottom (left to right): Adrian Henry, General Manager - Oil, Gas & Renewables, GAC UK and Mark Horton, General Manager - Freight Services, GAC UK (Photos: GAC)

GAC UK Announces New Senior Management

in yachting and event management, including the London Olympic Games. His brief is to continue to grow the GAC Pindar marine leisure business and to develop the company’s growth in new associated sectors and events.Wynne Raymond, General Manager - ShippingBased in GAC UK’s Grangemouth, Scotland, headquarters, Raymond has been with GAC for five years and has gained an in-depth understanding of the shipping industry – both from his time leading the UK shipping team and from his background as a buyer of shipping services. In addition to continuing to build relationships with GAC UK&rsquo

Left to right: Colin Mottershead, Shiphand/Tug Driver; Darrin Hyde, RTITB Trainer/Gantry Operator; Nusrat Ghani MP, Maritime Minister; Patrick Walters, Chief Operating Officer, Jo Scott, Group Head of Marketing; Emma Wilson, Digital Apprentice; Mark Reynolds, Shift Manager (Photo: Peel Ports)

Maritime Minister Visits Port of Liverpool

and Savannah.The TA2 and Colombia Express routes will use a range of vessels up to 8,500 TEU. The larger vessels will call at Liverpool2 with smaller vessels using Royal Seaforth Container Terminal.Earlier this year Peel Ports introduced a rail freight service connecting the Port of Liverpool to Scotland, in partnership with DB Cargo. It is now the only major U.K. container terminal to offer tri-modal connectivity, with road, rail and water, the Manchester Ship Canal, plus short-sea shipping offering connections to Scotland and Ireland

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

Steve Roth, President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan Makes Leadership Moves

the past 49 years, he has participated in well over 150 sea trials, as part of the construction and delivery of 97 ships of all types and sizes (including combat and non-combat vessels).  He began his career at 16 years old as an Engineering Apprentice with Scotts Shipbuilding Company in Greenock, Scotland. In 1981, he moved to Lockheed Shipbuilding Company in Seattle, Washington where he served as a Steel Erection Manager, Ships Superintendent and Shipyard Manager. In 1988, John was recruited by NASSCO in San Diego as a Steel Assembly Manager. He held a variety of positions at NASSCO throughout the

Martin White (Photo: SMT)

Stream Marine Training Building New HQ

headquarters will work in tandem with SMT’s survival craft training centre at James Watt Dock on the Clyde Estuary. White said he expected full time staff numbers to rise to 30 as a result of the expansion within 12 months.   “We are investing to meet the demand for training here in Scotland with so many seafarers being based around the Central Belt,” he said. “But also to meet demand from across the UK and overseas. That is why Glasgow Airport is such a good location for us, it is easy to get to for UK and international clients and there is plenty of accommodation on the

Russell Hodge (Photo: Pirie & Smith)

Hodge to Lead Pirie & Smith’s DP Division

Positioning Technical Authority. He is an expert in the fields of DP, failure mode and effect analysis, DP trials and audits, accident investigation and the design of shipboard power and control systems.   The new division represents a growth area for Aberdeen based Pirie & Smith, one of Scotland’s oldest firms of marine surveyors. Two additional team members have already been brought on board with that number expected to double by the end of the year.   Hodge began his career as a shipboard Electrical Technical Officer working on first generation DP drillships, construction

Ashley Thomas (Photo: OPITO)

OPITO Crowns 2017 Apprentice of the Year

A former Peterhead Academy student who followed in his family’s footsteps into the oil and gas sector has been named by the global skills for energy body, OPITO, as its Apprentice of the Year 2017.   Ashley Thomas is a second-year process operations apprentice at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen. He was selected to join the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program (OGTAP) in 2016. Mr Thomas grew up near the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Aberdeenshire passing it on his way to school every day. As well as being inspired by the careers of his stepfather and cousin, he also has more

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

Ann Rooney Photo Forth Ports

Rooney Appointed Business Development Manager, Forth Port

 Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group, has appointed Ann Rooney as its new Business Development Manager to focus on oil and gas support and decommissioning activity for Scotland.  Ann is a senior executive experienced in business development and operational functions within the shipping, logistics and marine sector. She previously worked with DB Schenker for seven years in various roles and also with GAC Shipping Limited as project coordinator and ships agent.    Ann, who has started with the business, will be based in Aberdeen and work across the Scottish

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Seeks Clarity on New Skills Tax

seeking assurance that the money raised will be ring-fenced for new learning and training infrastructure and initiatives and not offset to fund existing programs or other government supported schemes which are already in place.    “Around £230 million will be raised annually in Scotland by the Apprenticeship Levy. This must be funneled into programs that are going to add legitimate value to skills development in the oil and gas workforce.    “Equally, we need a simple, straightforward system for employers to access the funds so they can invest them in the right

Simon Allison (Photo: Xodus Group)

Xodus Strengthens APAC Team

has increased its workforce locally and appointed Simon Allison as operations director for the APAC region.   Allison is responsible for the management of the group's office including business development and growing strategic new markets. Having previously been Xodus’ general manager in Scotland, he is maintaining an active technical role in projects, including project management.   Allison has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years after graduating with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne. After starting his career as a process engineer

Photo: Rigmarine

Rigmarine Opens Aberdeen Facility

Lifting and marine product specialist Rigmarine has opened its fourth global facility in the rural village of Insch, 30 miles to the northwest of Aberdeen, Scotland. The site, strategically positioned to serve the offshore oil and gas, renewables, construction, break bulk, shipping and marine industries, joins other Rigmarine locations in Baku, Azerbaijan; Aktau, Kazakhstan; and Sharjah, UAE. As part of the Gaylin Group, this is the 10th international hub alongside others in Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Mike Duncan, managing director of the Gaylin Group of companies

(Photo: SUNY Maritime)

Real-world Training in Environmental Compliance

of Ocean Guardian and SUNY Maritime alumna Anna Silva (’98) will be on hand to deliver training to officers, instructors and approximately 740 cadets before the ship departs campus on May 7. This year, the ship will be calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Glasgow, Scotland; Gaeta, Italy; and Ponta Delgada, Azores before returning to New York on August 10, 2018.“The ship’s worldwide itinerary will really give cadets the chance to understand first-hand how complex the regulatory environment is,” said Total Marine Solution’s manager of business

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

(Photo: The Underwater Centre)

The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

provide a platform to underpin business growth in the years ahead.”Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse also welcomed the news: “I am delighted that The Underwater Centre has, with industry support, repositioned itself to achieve a long term sustainable future.  Scotland is fortunate to have world class skills, and the infrastructure in place to ensure its place as a world-leader in diver training and as a trials facility. This is a good news story for the oil and gas sector as it continues to move out of the downturn, and demonstrates what can also be achieved

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