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DeltaTek Appoints Johnstone

Well construction specialist, DeltaTek Global, has announced the  appointment of Chris Johnstone as Operations Supervisor.Johnstone will focus on managing well site operations offshore and helping to design and develop new technologies, and he will also be responsible for implementing an equipment maintenance system and subsequent procedures.Prior to his appointment, Johnstone was a wellsite drilling engineer / performance coach at EnQuest. This followed an extensive engineering career which he began as an operations engineer at Stork and progressed to become a drilling engineer with LR Senergy

The MarTID 2019 survey of maritime training is now open. Image: © putilov_denis/Adobe Stock

MarTID 2019: The Global Survey of Maritime Training Practices is Open

foundational training data, this year’s survey will be shorter and consist of two foci.The first section of the survey will focus on collecting benchmark data tracked annually, revealing trends in core training issues. These include training budgets, training models, training staffing, the use of technology, major training initiatives, and seafarer demographics.The second section will focus on this year’s special topic: the impact of autonomous vessel operations on maritime training. This trend has already begun to impact operations and the need for training. The 2019 MarTID survey will explore

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New Tech Improves Offshore Safety Training

Offshore workers are set to be better prepared for helicopter safety training thanks to new innovative technology being launched at a U.K. safety training provider.Falck Safety Services UK revealed new 360° immersive technology at the OPITO Safety & Competence Conference being held in Kuala Lumpur. The virtual reality immersive experience, which can be best viewed with VR goggles and handheld devices, gives delegates a realistic understanding of what to expect during the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) exercise.The training, training management and competency service company

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MacArtney Hires Behrens as CCO

Michael Behrens has been named chief commercial officer of subsea technology provider MacArtney Underwater Technology from November 1, based at the company's headquarters in Esbjerg, Denmark.Behrens joins MacArtney from the largest steel and technical sales company in Denmark. He has a HD(O) in Organizational Leadership from the University of Southern Denmark, and is currently finishing an MBA in Business Administration. Behrens' career began in international sales, and over the years he has taken sales director and business management roles with leading technology companies from Saab to ABB.

Rolls-Royce Marine has been on the leading edge of technology development for autonomous shipping.Image: Copyright Rolls-Royce Marine

MarTID 2019: Autonomy & the Seafarer

While the technology to facilitate autonomous shipping matures, many questions remain, led by the size, shape and role of the Future Mariner. The MarTID 2019 Survey aims to shed some light.The Maritime Training Insights Database steering group has announced the upcoming launch of the 2019 MarTID survey, which this year focuses on the trend toward autonomous vessel operations and its impact on training current and future mariners. MarTID is a non-commercial, joint initiative of the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media. Its core principles include ethical integrity

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MarTID 2019: Autonomous Operations and the Future Mariner

foundational training data, this year’s survey will be shorter and consist of two foci.The first section of the survey will focus on collecting benchmark data tracked annually, revealing trends in core training issues. These include training budgets, training models, training staffing, the use of technology, major training initiatives, and seafarer demographics.The second section will focus on this year’s special topic: the impact of autonomous vessel operations on maritime training. It would be hard to identify a maritime industry topic which is receiving more attention than the move toward

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Warsash Superyacht Academy Partners with Porto Montenegro

;s full portfolio of internationally recognized qualifications for superyacht crew - this new partnership will make training crew even more efficient and convenient.This announcement comes at a time where Solent University is investing over £40 million ($52 million) from 2017 to 2020 in the latest technology for simulators, safety training and campus facilities. Current and planned investment includes:High tech campuses for deck and engineering trainingA state-of-the art simulation center with six full-mission bridges and an engine room  Safety training center including a purpose-built fire school

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Britannia Maritime appoints Hammond, Dimke

Britannia Maritime Consultants has announced two senior appointments as part of its expansion into the marine casualty response market.Mike Hammond will head up a new claims and insurance department while Stephan Dimke will provide technical support for digital navigation issues.Hammond brings a formidable track record and experience to Britannia, having worked in marine claims both for shipping companies, and more recently as the claims manager for an International Group P&I club with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.Hammond’s skills are already in demand, particularly from companies with

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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

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UKHO Names Armour Director of Customer Division

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Cathrine Armour as the new Director of its Customer Division.Armour brings experience in leading data, science and technology-centric organizations, and will be instrumental in developing the UKHO as a leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office.Armour joins the UKHO from Catapult’s South West Center of Excellence in Satellite Applications, a partnership led by the University of Exeter to stimulate the data economy; helping UK businesses develop new products and solutions using satellite technology.

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Ocean Signal Appoints Moore as Product Manager

Raymarine.Assisting in the management of new product launches as well as the continued development of Ocean Signal’s established range of safety devices, Moore will focus on the growth of the company’s 406 MHz beacon range, now offering enhanced life-saving capabilities due to new satellite technology available from Cospas-Sarsat’s next-generation MEOSAR system and the EU’s Galileo navigation system. He will also aim to increase the market presence of Ocean Signal’s ATA100 Class A and ATB1 Class B AIS transponders and to grow sales of the renowned rescueME devices and SafeSea

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Half a Million Seafarers Benefited from 'Ship Visitor' App

Half a million seafarers have benefited from an app that helps them as they move from port to port around the world, according to the charity that invented it.Developed by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) Ship Visitor app is used internationally by 10 maritime welfare organizations, who provide chaplaincy to seafarers who are far from home.Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “Real-time reporting enables port chaplains and ship visitors to deliver more joined-up care to the seafarers they meet.“It

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KVH Videotel Launches Task-based Competency Assessments

KVH Videotel has announced a new feature of its Videotel Performance Manager service that provides the ability to structure task-based competency assessments for seafarers on any given subject and monitor progress as they develop their skills. Evaluating and documenting the competency of seafarers and enabling them to perform at the peak of their abilities are of critical importance to ship operators.Based around the established maritime concept of taskbooks, this new feature allows seafarers to prepare for, and be evaluated against, any competency that should be demonstrated during their time

Navis Taps Krishnamoorthy to Drive Tech Development

Terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, announced that former Sabre and PayPal leader Lakshmanan “Laks” Krishnamoorthy has joined the company as Vice President and General Manager of Engineering.In his new post, Krishnamoorthy is tasked with driving technology innovation and leading product and service development for the N4 TOS, XVELA, Navis Carrier and Vessel Solutions (NCVS) and future business lines. He is the latest technology leader to join Navis’ leadership team as the company continues to execute its broader software strategy and fulfill

North Carolina Ports Hires Chief Information Officer

North Carolina Ports announced it has hired Bill Corcoran as Chief Information Officer to grow the Authority’s Information Technology department and Business Process area.Corcoran enters his new role as CIO with nearly 30 years of experience in both the IT and maritime industries. Before joining the North Carolina Ports team, Corcoran served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Service Management and Vice President of Business Process and Information Technology with Mitsui OSK Lines. During that time, Corcoran established a plan to modernize and rationalize the service delivery organizatio

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New Project Seeks to Boost UK O&G Workforce

A project to develop a new UK oil and gas skills strategy has been launched following wide spread industry and government support for the findings in OPITO’s UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review.OPITO has appointed Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute to support the development of the strategy over the next six months.This will involve an industry survey and workshops to help develop a blueprint to support skills diversification and digital transformation. The Workforce Dynamics Review, launched in May, found that if the sector achieves ambitions around the energy transition

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Bryden Named CTO at PEIR

PEIR, a new app that helps the transportation logistics and shipping industries better assign costs based on responsibility for damaged shipping containers and trailers, has announced the hiring of Dr. Aaron Bryden as Chief Technology Officer and the acquisition of Tamper-Secure technology and patents from PRAXIK.Tom Burke, CEO of TCompanies, parent company of PEIR, said,  “Acquiring the Tamper-Secure technology and patents from PRAXIK made a great deal of sense for PEIR as we continue to develop the technology that utilizes photos to document and prove that something was in a particular

SENER  appointed Jorge Sendagorta Cudós to be head of the Engineering and Construction area. Photo: Sener

Cudós Tapped to Lead Engineering and Construction for SENER

SENER  appointed Jorge Sendagorta Cudós to be head of the Engineering and Construction area. He was, until now, the country manager of SENER in Mexico. SENER's Engineering and Construction area, which will be managed by Cudós, comprises three Business Units: Infrastructure and Transport; Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas; and Marine. It has branches in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Chile, China, United Arab Emirates, Spain, USA, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, UK, and South Africa.Cudós joined SENER in October 2012 in the energy sector. He

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DFDS Is Recruiting IT Developers

Danish shipping and logistics firm DFDS says it is working on a campaign to attract more IT developers.“We employ 250 people in our IT department and have many digital experts, but the world may still anticipate that shipping companies are only for shipping experts and seafarers,” said Henrik Holck, the company’s EVP, People and Ships.“We need all categories of competencies and our future success very much depends on our ability to create digital and IT solutions. Creative solutions make life easier for our customers and enable us to move people and goods ever more efficiently

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Vard's Houston VP Lind to to Retire

Bill Lind, current vice president of Vard Marine’s Houston operations, has announced his plans to retire from the company at the end of June.Lind has led the Houston team since 2013 and has transformed the office into a key contender in the marine engineering industry in the Gulf Coast and in U.S. government programs. He was also instrumental in expanding Vard Marine’s clientele base and helping to mold the Houston office into what it is today.Moving forward, Vard Marine has announced that Darren Truelock, current Technical Operations Manager, will be the new vice president in the Houston

Ashutosh Dixit  (Photo: DAMCO)

DAMCO Names Dixit CEO for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

solutions to customers shipping from and to the IBS markets.Ashutosh comes to Damco from DHL Global Forwarding where he held different leadership positions across functions. Prior to that, he also spent close to a decade with the TATA Group in Strategic Planning team.  He holds a Bachelors in Technology from IIT-Dhanbad and a Diploma in Information Technology from IIT-Kharagpur, along with a Management Degree from XLRI Jamshedpur

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Connectivity is Fundamental to Seafarer Happiness

There’s a growing link between onboard connectivity and seafarer happiness levels, according to the latest Seafarer Happiness Index report from charity group the Mission to Seafarers.The report is based on the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Mission between January and March this year, in which seafarers were asked to rate their happiness out of ten on a variety of measures.A key finding of the report was the issue of contact with family and loved ones, with seafarers showing an overwhelming need for better internet access that allows them to keep in touch with those back home.

Teruyuki Yamaoka (Photo: YANMAR)

YANMAR Announces Key Appointments

YANMAR Marine International (YMI), supplier of engines and technology-driven marine propulsion systems to the leisure and light duty commercial markets, has announced key appointments.Following his work in various senior managerial positions in the company, Teruyuki Yamaoka is named the new Vice President YMI, while Floris Lettinga is promoted to Director Sales and Marketing to extend his 15 years within the marine department at YANMAR.Yamaoka brings extensive experience in production management and quality assurance, corporate brand building, strategic operations and planning to YMI. His previous

Jorge Unda (Photo: SENER Group)

Unda Named CEO of SENER Group

Manager in the aerospace field. In 1997, aged 38, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and, in 1998, Managing Director of SENER. Unda has also been a member of the CEIT (Center for Technical Research Studies) of Guipuzcoa (Biscay, Spain) since 1999, and a member of the Basque Council of Science, Technology and Innovation

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O&G Industry Urged to Support Digital Skills

to achieve ambitions around production and energy diversification, tens of thousands more roles can be safeguarded and our industry will continue to be one of the key industrial sectors in the UK for years to come.”Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of the RGU Oil and Gas Institute, said: “Technology, innovation and the transition to a lower carbon future will re-shape the sector. With over 40,000 people potentially entering the industry over the next 20 years and with a substantial proportion of the workforce to be up-skilled, there is a critical role for training providers, vocational institutes

Sylvia Boer (Photo: Damen)

Damen's Boer Secures WISTA Post

speeches and company visits. Last month, one such visit took place in Sharjah, when WISTA UAE visited Albwardy Damen. Present at the event was HRH Princess Sarah Al Saud, Director of Maritime Business Development and the International Forum for Maritime Transport at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.  

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

future of the center. This genuinely positive collaboration will help to increase the value we can offer our customers and the entire industry in the future.“As a not-for-profit company, any surplus will be reinvested in improving quality and maintaining high standards and in new equipment and technology to support testing and trials, keeping us at the forefront globally.”Phil Simons, Senior Vice President Projects & Operations, Subsea 7, added, “This is a win:win for the Centre and the industry. Subsea companies like ourselves rely on the Centre to provide the highest standards

Sea IT Grows Nordic Team

Sea IT has added Felix Magnusson and Daniel Wejnermark to its international team. They will be stationed at the Sea IT headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden and travel on assignment to serve increased client demands around the world.Daniel Wejnermark holds beside multiple Cisco certificates, also a degree in computer networks along with a field of interest in IT Security.Felix Magnusson has a background from computer networks at Cisco Academy and has served in both 1st and 2nd line IT support."Our expansion is a result of the continued growth of our customer base and we have a busy 2018 year ahead

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DNV GL Hires Bendrik as Chief Digital Transformation Officer

; Services. Before that, he held several executive positions at Volvo Car Group, including Senior Vice President IT & Chief Information Officer. Bendrik holds a degree in business administration from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.“Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It is also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo,” Bendrik said. “I look forward to taking on this new role supporting DNV GL in its digital

ChartCo Names McNaney CTO

Maritime digital data and compliance services supplier ChartCo has hired Peter McNaney in the newly created executive role of Chief Technical Officer (CTO).McNaney will be responsible for expanding ChartCo’s research and development team, integrating future product acquisitions and continuing to develop the ChartCo product suite. Technical support and easy access to ChartCo’s maritime platforms will also be part of McNaney’s remit.“We are committed to driving forward our acquisition strategy and the development of our market leading range of products and services, so it is

Derek Lynch joins Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Hires Lynch

Navigation and positioning technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has appointed Derek Lynch as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Vessel Systems, with immediate effect.Lynch brings with him more than 25 years of experience working within the offshore energy, maritime and naval sectors. A former serviceman in the RAF and licensed avionics engineer, Lynch has held senior management positions with several technology companies involved in positioning, navigation and vessel control systems, including maritime software developer Sea Information Systems, Nautronix where he was Vice

Autonomous shipping company Massterly has appointed Tom Eystø (left) as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the company's board (Photo: Massterly)

Autonomous Shipping Firm Massterly Appoints Top Brass

The world’s first autonomous shipping company, Massterly, has appointed Tom Eystø as managing director and Per Brinchmann as chair of the Massterly board.Announced on April 3, 2018 as a new joint venture company between Norwegian ship owner Wilhelmsen and systems and solutions provider KONGSBERG, Massterly sets out to offer a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.“Autonomy will revolutionize shipping and the industry will need technical and operational support from expert organizations

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Flynn Signs on to Represent EOM Offshore

EOM Offshore LLC advanced its strategic position in the U.S. market with the appointment of John Flynn and Flynn Technical Solutions LLC to serve as its representative in the “Hurricane” states. Flynn’s professional background serving as Technical Sales and VP Global Marketing Communications with various marine-related and technological companies will create synergy and momentum for EOM Offshore, the company said. “EOM Offshore’s innovative technologies bring an exciting new capability for increased reliability for data transmission and health management of moored

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Ahilan Named Joint CEO at LOC Group

 LOC Group has today announced the appointment of Dr RV Ahilan to the position of joint CEO, alongside Jerome Rutler.   Ahilan brings a strong strategic and technical understanding of LOC's key offshore markets to the leadership team. Over a 30-year career in maritime, oil and gas and renewable energy consulting, Ahilan served as Executive Vice President of the Renewables Advisory Division at DNV GL, President of GL Garrad Hassan and MD of GL Noble Denton in Americas and Europe before he joined LOC Group in February 2016.   Commenting on his appointment, Ahilan said: "We must

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Schaller Takes Over as Head of the Voith Group

As of April 1, 2018, Stephan Schaller has begun in his role as head of the Corporate Board of Management at Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA and will lead the international technology company. He succeeds the long-serving head of the Board, Dr. Hubert Lienhard, who, at the age of 67, is retiring as planned. Schaller has supported Voith since 2015 as a member of Voith’s Shareholders’ Committee. Schaller has many years of international experience in various sectors and industries outside Voith. In the course of his career he has been employed in multiple management and leadership positions at

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Kongsberg to Deliver Fisheries Training Simulator

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with Lofoten Vocational School for development and delivery of a complete new K-Sim Fishery Simulator with fish finding and fish catching applications. The simulator will be based on sophisticated Kongsberg K-Sim simulation technology and market-leading Kongsberg Maritime (SIMRAD) professional fishery equipment, including echo sounders, sonars and trawl monitoring systems. Demand for a fishing vessel specific simulator, integrating all key operations on board has grown in recent years, based on implementation of new STCW requirements (STCW-F), advancement in

Transas Collaborative Decision Making Platform uniting Ship, Fleet Operations, Training and Ship Traffic Control Image Transas

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

with Wärtsilä’s team, will accelerate the development of smart digital products.   “It is incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to join the Wärtsilä brand in delivering the future of maritime transport. The Transas team has significant competences in technology, along with a globally recognized leadership position in navigation, simulation and traffic control systems.  Adding these to the extensive, world leading Wärtsilä portfolio of services and products, provides an unparalleled opportunity for a new ecosystem for maritime operations

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Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director

Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics has hired Chris Sotzing as director of engineering.   Sotzing will be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim 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

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Tham is President, New Enterprises and Ventures of ST Engineering

Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced the appointment of Russell Tham as President, New Enterprises and Ventures, effective March 19, 2018.  In this newly created position, Russell will drive the expansion of the Group’s business by building new adjacencies for growth through technology and innovation in verticals outside of the Group’s core businesses in the Aerospace, Electronics, Land Systems and Marine sectors.  He will report to the President & CEO.   “The creation of this new position represents a further strengthening of our management team,

LR Appoints Butcher as Managing Director

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced the appointment of Paul Butcher as Managing Director, LR Management Systems & Inspection Services.    Based in Birmingham, U.K., Butcher brings with him over 30 years of leadership experience in global professional services businesses.  After graduating from Southampton University, Butcher held a number of leadership roles in the assurance, IT services and telecommunications sectors, including positions with SAI Global, Marconi, Ericsson and Damovo.    With full responsibility for the leadership and development of Lloyd’s

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Rotterdam Port Fund Supports Tagpoint Training

Investor Rotterdam Port Fund has taken an interest in Tagpoint Training bv, a Rotterdam technology company that has developed a unique digital platform for offering online modules for safety training. Tagpoint Training is the first to offer training that focuses on behavioral change. This makes Tagpoint innovative in the area of safety awareness training. Tagpoint Training provides high quality attractive and insightful online modules for safety training. The modules contain game elements, questions, photos, drawings, videos and exercises. These training modules were developed in collaboration with

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Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

MEMS-based inertial motion sensing solutions supplier SBG Systems has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated

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Simplex-Turbulo to Host Technical Condition Monitoring Seminar

Baltic Exchange in London.   The seminar aims to educate technical managers in both the marine and power industries about the growing importance of condition monitoring. Industry experts will be on hand to demonstrate the latest equipment, giving participants the opportunity to learn how the technology can help prevent expensive, preventable engine damage.   Taking place on Friday,  March 9th, 2018, the seminar will cover key topics such as lubrication oil condition monitoring, bunker sampling and acoustic emissions monitoring. Representatives from Parker Kittiwake, the company

The K-Sim Navigation class A ship’s bridge simulator installed at Simwave is now fully operational 24/7 (Photo: Kongsberg)

Simwave Maritime Center of Excellence Opens

have completed the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) of one of the largest, most advanced maritime simulation suites ever delivered. The SAT, which took place January 19, means that the new Simwave Maritime Center of Excellence in Barendrecht, Rotterdam is now fully operational. As the sole simulation technology partner in the development of the unique Simwave facility, Kongsberg Digital delivered the full scope of work in accordance with the contract awarded in April 2017, which represented one of its most extensive deliveries to date. Following the SAT, all technical aspects of the delivery, a unique

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CMA CGM Recruits Digital Expert Krishnamurthy

The CMA CGM Group has hired Rajesh Krishnamurthy as group senior vice president IT & transformation, as the French container carrier seeks to further accelerate its digital push.   Digitalization is considered an integral piece of CMA CGM’s growth plan, having been labeled a key strategic priority by CEO Rodolphe Saadé.   “To accelerate this transformation, CMA CGM is recruiting the best specialists in the field and that is why CMA CGM is recruiting Rajesh Krishnamurthy to drive this strategy,” CMA CGM said.   Krishnamurthy, who joins CMA CGM on

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Assessing Skills in the Maritime Industry

we hope to improve? How can we know we are operating safely and efficiently?   A Solution It was this nagging question, above, that inspired the training experts at one of the world’s largest cruise lines to find a solution. Working together with Marine Learning Systems as their training technology partner, they developed and are realizing their vision of making comprehensive, objective and highly detailed skills assessments a reality. The vision and the technology to support it have evolved over time and involve input and significant expertise from a broad range of experts in safety training

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ZIM Hires Geffen as Chief Digital Officer

hired Liav Geffen to serve in the newly created position of chief digital officer (CDO).   “The new Digital Unit in ZIM will drive the digital transformation the company has already embarked upon,” said ZIM president & CEO, Eli Glickman. “We intend to foster innovation and technology across the board, impacting every aspect of our operations. Our vision is to combine top-notch technological solutions with a personal and dedicated service to our customers.”   Over the last eight years, Geffen was VP Marketing of Harel Group. He holds a law degree and a business MBA

The Kognifai digital platform is a set of tools built on modern Cloud technology providing access to KONGSBERG and third-party simulation solutions. (Image: Kongsberg)

Maritime's Digital Transformation & Simulation-based Training

Nearly 200 delegates from across the world gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands in September 2017 to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. The three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference brought attendees up to date on developments in digitalization, maritime training, navigation technology, maritime operations simulation and the use of virtual reality in training. Tom Mulligan reports.   New digital technology and advanced simulation are set to improve modern education and training methods

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Ferry Sunflower is Test Bed for "Intelligent Awareness"

The maritime industry increasingly moves towards autonomy, and Rolls-Royce has been a major driver of the initiative globally. Today Rolls-Royce announced a deal with Japanese multi-modal transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), to collaborate in the development of its intelligent awareness system. Specifically the intitiative will be trialled onboard the 165-m passenger ferry Sunflower, owned and operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ subsidiary company, which makes the 222-nautical mile run between Kobe and Oita via the Akashi Kaikyo, Bisan Seto and Kurushima Straits.   An intelligent

David Batista (Photo: Aquabotix)

Batista Named CEO at Aquabotix

UUV Aquabotix Ltd has named David Batista as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding the company’s current CEO and founder, Durval Tavares, who will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer.   In his new role as CTO, Tavares will lead development of the company’s underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle) technology, with a particular focus on application in high-demand verticals such as military, security and law enforcement, aquaculture and marine construction and maintenance.   “When I

Steven Thrasher (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

Speedcast Announces Executive Management Changes

the CEO on a limited-time basis.   Johnson joined Speedcast in 2014 after spending over 20 years at Harris CapRock Communications, where he held numerous senior operational roles, including heading global operations and business unit leadership roles. As part of the transition, the information technology, digitalization, supply chain, QHSE and facilities functions formerly under the COO will move under a newly created CIO role, which is under recruitment. The changes are effective December 1.   Emilian has joined Speedcast to lead the Enterprise & Emerging Markets division. Emilian comes

Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering

. Prior to founding DRIVE Solutions, Dr. Rogers was the president of QinetiQ North America. During his 19 years at QinetiQ (or with companies acquired by QinetiQ), he held a variety of corporate positions including executive vice president and general manager; senior vice president and group director, technology solutions; vice president and group director, survivability; and director, integrated defense solutions.   Dr. Rogers holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in applied marine physics from the University of Miami and a B.S. in physics from Siena College. He received an executive education from the

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Lander Joins Greensea as Account Executive

, having most recently served as Executive Officer aboard the USCGC Healy, where he was responsible for the internal operations of an 85-member crew and managed a 137-member cross-functional team during a 64-day scientific expedition to the North Pole.   Lander earned a M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a Certified Surface Supplied and SCUBA Diver with experience in military and scientific expeditions

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How HR Can Make Maritime Organizations Future Proof

organization. As the beating heart in any business, the HR department now takes a leading role in recruitment and hiring, training and professional development, performance reviews and assessments, workplace wellness, and even in the defining and disseminating of corporate culture.   As new technology comes into the industry, traditional roles will become more knowledge intensive and staff will require different skills sets to their predecessors. There is a growing consensus that as ships are becoming more complex, with the drive to increase operational efficiency, modern day seafarers and workers

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Grob Rejoins OceanWorks as Technical Director

OceanWorks International has welcomed back Harald Grob as Technical Director.   Having spent almost half of his 30-plus years of experience with OceanWorks, Grob rejoins the company to lead the technical staff and providing innovative solutions to OceanWorks customers in all markets.   During his previous time with OceanWorks Grob played a key role in the development of the U.S. Navy Pressurized Rescue Module System (PRMS) as well as numerous other subsea projects for OceanWorks’ scientific, and oil and gas clients.

Daly Joins Sea Machines as COO

Boston-based smart ship technology company Sea Machines Robotics has hired Jim Daly as Chief Operating Officer.   Daly was previously Chief Operating Officer and an early member of the leadership team at Rethink Robotics, where he scaled operations from technology concept through first and second-generation products. He most recently led the Sawyer robot product development project from conception through design, launch and global customer deployment. He held earlier senior leadership roles at startups Zeemote, Tea Forte and Handspring, and as a Division Manager at Solectron Corporation. Daly

Tomi Gardemeister, CEO and President, Evac Group

EVAC to be Acquired by Bridgepoint

Evac is to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint. Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Evac was established in 1979 and to date has successfully completed over 20,000 marine, 2,000 offshore, and 2,000 building projects for customers around the world. The company has offices in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, South Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the USA, as well as representatives in more than 40 countries. Since 2014 Evac has been owned by the IK VII Fund. In the course of the fund’s ownership, Evac has achieved strong growth, with turnover increasing by 55% and, in 2016, exceeding

Elisabeth Heggelund Tørstad (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Creates Digital Solutions Organization

DNV GL announced it is creating a specialized Digital Solutions organization that will set out to capture the opportunities that lie in data sharing, advanced analytics, automation, and machine learning as well as addressing challenges related to data quality and security.   Elisabeth Heggelund Tørstad will leave her post as CEO for DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business to head the new Digital Solutions business, which will consist of 1,000 digital experts. She will be based at DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway as a member of the Executive Committee for the DNV GL Group.  

GAC Announces IT Appointments

and sharing data. The new appointees will form part of central team dedicated to consolidating the group’s digital development to date and lay the groundwork for future development.   Facundo Mendoza, previously Senior IT Manager, has been appointed as Group General Manager – Technology Business Management (TBM). He is tasked with leading the TBM team in growing business by identifying and providing data to guide collaboration and strategic decision-making. He is also charged with improving business processes and IT solutions by serving as a bridge between the two functions.  

John Torgersen (Photo: Phoenix International Holdings, Inc.)

Torgersen Joins Phoenix International

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that John Torgersen has joined the company as its new Quality Management Systems (QMS) Lead overseeing elements in all aspects required to achieve and maintain registration and certification in commercial and military quality standards and certification programs.   Torgersen’s initial focus in his new position will be spearheading the effort to transition Phoenix from our current ISO 9001:2008 certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.   Torgersen comes to Phoenix with over 20 years of experience in Quality, Health, Safety &

Transas CEO Frank Coles. (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Honored

Transas Chief Executive Frank Coles won ‘gold’ in the Most Influential People of the Year category of the 2017 Golden Bridge Business and Innovations Awards, an award which acknowledges his ability to communicate his vision for the maritime industry in the digital age. The Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peer recognition program based in San Francisco that honors the Best Companies, Products, Innovations, Management Teams, Executives and Influencers from around the globe. A master mariner and maritime lawyer by training, Coles was selected by the Golden Bridge judging

Adam Drechsel (Photo: SEA IT)

Drechsel Joins Sea IT Technical Team

 Adam Drechsel has joined the international team at the Sea IT headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.   Drechsel has a background in system development and networks. He has previously held positions as technical account manager and IT technician at Gotanet, an internet and telecommunications provider.

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

. According to the latest figures available from Oil & Gas UK, in 2016 over 330,000 jobs supported oil and gas production in the region, of which around 186,000 were direct posts. The new high level assessment will forecast the expected job roles required to service the industry by 2035 by using technology and industry trends to evaluate how some of the positions will change. Representatives from operating companies and supply chain firms from across UK businesses will take part in the data gathering exercise. The review will assess the current number of jobs directly supporting the sector in

Sven Thy Christensen (Photo: PBES)

PBES Hires Christensen to Develop Mediterranean Markets

firm to develop marine and power markets in the Mediterranean region. Christensen brings decades of experience of green solutions for ship efficiency, emissions reduction, and power generation including diesel and gas generation, wind, and solar energy.   Christensen comes from Odense Maritime Technology, where he held the position as Sales & Business Development Director. Prior to this he worked for MAN Diesel & Turbo in Spain. Here he spent four years as Managing Director Deputy, representing the company at Spanish shipyard group Astilleros Españoles, and then ten years as CEO

Greg Jung (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Names Jung Marketing VP

, he will oversee worldwide marketing and communication strategies for the company. Prior to joining Torqeedo, Jung was vice president of marketing for Civis Analytics of Chicago, responsible for brand, corporate messaging, events and demand generation programs for the company’s data science technology platform. Previously, Jung was vice president of Americas marketing for Teradata Marketing Applications, senior vice president of global marketing and corporate affairs for Bank of America, and a senior consultant at Aprimo, Inc. Jung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from

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

Dometic Names Hickinbotham Product Manager EMEA Marine

will lead a dedicated team from his U.K. base, reporting to Head of Product Management EMEA, Sophie Dixon. The main focus of the new department will be to collate specialist market information from across the EMEA region and work closely with the company’s factories to identify new design and technology concepts, innovations and improvements for Dometic’s range of systems and equipment for the marine industry.   In his former role at Dometic, Hickinbotham led the growth of the company’s OEM and commercial divisions throughout EMEA to a strong position in the industry, with demand

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