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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

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

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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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

Rajesh Krishnamurthy (Photo: CMA GCM)

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

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

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

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

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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

Karl Lander (Photo: Greensea)

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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SpotSee Appoints Malone as Marketing Director

SpotSee, a leader in shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, and parent to established brands such as ShockWatch, ShockLog and OpsWatch, announced that it has appointed Jill Malone as the company’s marketing director. In her role, Malone is the brand leader for SpotSee and is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the global marketing strategy, public relations and branding.    Malone brings more than 10 years of expertise in strategy and implementation of multi-channel digital marketing campaigns. These incorporated eCommerce

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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

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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.  

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Navico Hires Southwest US Sales Manager

Navico, a manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has appointed Scott Nagel as its new territory sales manager for the southwest U.S.   Based in Mission Viejo, Calif., Nagel’s territory will cover California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii.   Nagel has been in the industry for many years working as an independent sales representative for leading brands like Daiwa, Rapala, Flambeau, Penn, Beretta and Sig Sauer. Nagel got his start in the industry while attending San Diego State University and working

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Bourque Joins Sea Machines

the sales and marketing structure of the company, as well as spearheading a global initiative to spark partnerships with commercial marine companies.   “Phil’s marine relationships span the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and he will be a key part of bringing the Sea Machines technology to the global market,” said Sea Machines CEO, Michael Johnson.   Bourque comes to Sea Machines with a background in international sales management, having built much of the global sales and support network for Seakeeper Inc, the manufacturer of marine gyrostabilizers.   &ldquo

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Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

its new robotics engineer, responsible for advancing Greensea’s user interface and vehicle control systems for original equipment manufacturer products.   As a robotics engineer at Greensea, Abbott will help further the company’s ability to easily integrate, configure and deploy its technology across vehicles and sensors in the marine industry.   Abbott was previously a software development manager at MyWebGrocer, where he led a team in the Rapid Application Development Group. His experience also includes partnership in a local software development company and a teaching position

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Stephen Joins Ashtead Technology

Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has appointed Scott Stephen as its new Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sales manager.   Based at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Stephen will be responsible for business development and general sales and rental of NDT equipment and accessories, including phased array, ultrasonic flaw detection, corrosion mapping, eddy current flaw detection, hardness testing, composite inspection and thickness management.   Stephen joins Ashtead from RSL NDT where he held the role of UK manager and was previously with Euro NDT as general manager

Statoil Moves Key IT Tasks from India Back to Norway

Statoil said on Friday it would move its critical information technology (IT) tasks from Indian provider HCL Technologies back to Norway to improve security. A number of IT-related security incidents in recent years, including one that disrupted oil loading at the Mongstad refinery in 2014, had led the Norwegian energy company to create a task force to assess risks. As a result of this assessment Statoil decided to strip its most "critical" tasks from provider HCL, to which the company outsources most of its infrastructure IT management, after internal reports identified potential

Eying Growth, FairfieldNodal Makes Personnel Changes

With an aim to continually improve, build and diversify, FairfieldNodal said it has promoted a new chief sales officer and has added personnel focused on growing its technology portfolio and solidifying its position as a leader in QHSE readiness.   Joe Dryer has been promoted to SVP, Chief Sales Officer to lead FairfieldNodal’s domestic and international sales and business development efforts across the organization. Dryer has been with FairfieldNodal for more than 20 years, and most recently served as SVP, Fairfield Data Licensing, which he will continue to oversee.   FairfieldNodal

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Fernback to Lead C-MAP

Marine navigation technology company C-MAP announced that Sean Fernback has been engaged as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Marine Solutions Holding AS and the C-MAP Group. Fernback will focus on strengthening the product portfolio and developing and implementing the company’s strategic initiatives to further grow the Commercial and Recreational divisions of the business.} Most recently, Fernback was CEO of the open platform locations company HERE, which he led for two years including managing its divestiture from parent company Nokia. Prior to that, Fernback led engineering and product

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HII Hires Davis to Lead Cyber Security Program

Ron A. Davis has joined Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) as chief information systems officer (CISO). In this new role, he will lead the company’s cyber security program with responsibility for ensuring the early identification of threats and risks and the implementation of controls and other processes and methods to protect information systems for the entire HII enterprise.   Davis will work in HII’s Washington, D.C., office and will report to Chris Kastner, executive vice president, business management, and chief financial officer.   “Cyber security is a top

Frank Coles, CEO, Transas  (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Coles Speaks on the Future for Seafarers

today planes more or less fly themselves and pilots are essentially system engineers who carry out their role in close collaboration with their air traffic control counterparts on land. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the direction in which the maritime industry too is heading.   As technology advances, our role at Transas is to empower the seafarers. It is irrational to think that automation and technology alone will be enough solve all our problems. So, I firmly believe that our industry will continue to be built upon and depend upon people having the right skills and the right training

Guillaume Delcourt (Photo: ACR Electronics)

ACR Electronics Names Delcourt Sales Manager

 ACR Electronics, Inc. manufacturer of maritime safety and survival products, has appointed a new sales manager within its Land and Marine Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa.   Guillaume Delcourt will focus on expanding ACR’s international sales footprint in these geographic regions as demand increases for its popular range of 406 MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, distress lights and other safety products for the recreational and commercial markets.   Delcourt brings several years of experience in the marine sector to his new role at ACR, including European

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Martek Appoints Appel as UAS Technical Manager

Martek Marine (Martek) has appointed drone specialist Martin Appel as UAS Technical Manager, joining the rapidly expanding number of drone and aviation experts that make up the company’s UAS Division.   The appointment of Appel follows the assignment of highly-acclaimed aviation expert Paul Forster as Head of UAS Operations. Both Appel and Forster joining the team is pivotal to Martek’s strategy, which will help to cement them as leaders in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and achieve the company’s mission to, ‘Change the world using drones.’  

Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, Nor-Shipping Young Entrepreneur Award 2017 winner  (Photo: Norsepower)

Norsepower CEO Scoops Young Entrepreneur Award

that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind energy and propel ships. The solution, which is suitable for both newbuilds and retrofitting, has the ability to deliver fuel and emissions savings of up to 20% when wind conditions are favorable. The company recently announced that it will install the technology on a 109,647-deadweight tonne (DWT) tanker owned by leading shipowner and operator Maersk and in collaboration with Shell.    

Norautron Names Johannessen CEO

The board of Norautron Group AS has appointed Trond K. Johannessen as president and CEO, effective as of June 1, 2017.   Johannessen comes from the position as CEO of Hatteland Display AS. He has also been part of the executive management team in Tomra Systems ASA for several years and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.    In addition to his new role, Trond K. Johannessen will maintain his duties as CEO of Hatteland Display AS until further notice. 

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Cannon Tapped to Lead FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. has appointed James J. “Jim” Cannon as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017, succeeding Andy Teich, who will retire after 33 years of service. Cannon previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., most recently as president of Stanley Security North America & Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s Industrial & Automotive Repair (IAR) business unit, first in North America and subsequently in Europe and Latin America

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WSS: Digital Solution Focus @ Norshipping

the future to life at Nor-Shipping. Unveiling their augmented reality (AR) project at the world’s biggest maritime show, this immersive, interactive tool enables visitors to view the company’s very latest products and systems, inside and out.   Developed in conjunction with Austrian technology company Imagination Computer Serv. GesmbH, using their AR software ‘MagicLens’, visitors will download a reader app to their phones and scan a printed image to unlock the AR system. Kjell Andre Engen, Executive VP, Marine Products, WSS believes AR has the capacity to be much more than

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Vesper Marine Plots Americas Expansion

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine said it has appointed of a vice president of sales for Americas, and opened of its new U.S. office. As vice president of sales for Americas, Jason Young will focus on customer service and new account development.    Additionally, Vesper Marine has engaged sales and marketing group Richards Marine Marketing to represent the business throughout the West Coast and Canadian markets. Richards Marine Marketing principal, Mark Richards, will build sales for Vesper Marine’s innovative smartAIS transponders through his network of boat builders

Signing the technical partnership renewal are University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go. (left) and Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka (Photo: Shell)

Shell to Continue Philippine Mariner Training

University of Cebu - Maritime Education and Training Center (UC METC).  At the signing of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka, University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go.    Shell Marine will provide expertise in lubrication technology to the students and lecturers of the UC METC. A technical team from Shell Marine will provide training and knowledge modules through workshops and seminars at the UC METC.   Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka said, “We continuously seek to support the development of seafarers

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New Seafarer Social Network App Launched

The eMaritime Group have launched a free social network app eMaritime Exchange for Apple and Android.   Developed by seafarers for seafarers, the focus of the app is solely on improving the lives of mariners around the world. From breaking news to latest jobs posted daily and an interactive forum allowing  the community to ask questions relevant to them and gain free advice from their global colleagues.   The app was conceived through extensive research from both users and others within the industry and has highly interactive content by the use of push notifications for breaking

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DP Conference: Call for Papers

As the offshore oil and gas industry continues to rebound, so will the demand for dynamic positioning technology and services. The annual Dynamic Positioning Conference provides an annual forum for discussion and for exchange of knowledge, experience, new technology and technical know-how associated with the use, evolving technology and application of dynamic positioning. Each year, the conference continues to attract DP professionals from around the world as well as DP manufacturers and service companies who will be exhibiting their products and services.   This year’s workshop and

Adams, Lewis Join FairfieldNodal Data Processing Team

Brian Adams and Andrew Lewis have joined FairfieldNodal as the company continues to focus on growing its data processing technology portfolio and service offerings.   Adams assumes the role of Technical Sales Manager, Fairfield Seismic Technologies, tasked with growing FairfieldNodal’s data processing business with an expanded technical portfolio in the Permian Basin and Gulf of Mexico.    Lewis joins FairfieldNodal as Manager of Reservoir Services, Fairfield Seismic Technologies. Reservoir characterization will be a new service offered to FairfieldNodal customers.   Form

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand  (Photo: Hydrex)

Hydrex to Expand Antwerp Facility

Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies’ plan to expand its existing 5000m² site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices.  As part of its expansion, the result of organic growth over the past two years, Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25 percent to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said, “The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and

Robert Glassman (Photo: VMAG)

Glassman Joins VMAG

Marine electronics, navigation and communication systems supplier Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) said it has recruited Robert Glassman as a Senior Technical Sales Engineer as it expands its portfolio to provide turnkey marine technology for refits and new builds.   Glassman graduated from Palm Beach Community College, joined the Coast Guard and retired after 20+ years as a Mustang Lieutenant. During his military service, he was instrumental in many drug and migrant interdictions, conducted numerous aids to navigation projects, was the resident fisheries expert for the Gulf of Mexico

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Simulation: CSMART

more real-time feedback to officers. In 2017 CSMART will welcome 7,000 participants to one of 20 courses offered, Nautical as well as Engineering.    Investment in the Future With the new facility that opened in July 2016 new simulators were developed, built and implemented with the latest technology from Transas. The simulators underwent more than 15 months of intensive development to ensure the visuals and operational characteristics closely model today’s technologically advanced cruise ships, providing an authentic shipboard experience for participants to build skills in navigating

Andrew Semprevivo (Photo: Seakeeper)

Seakeeper Names Semprevivo COO

Marine stabilization company Seakeeper Inc. has promoted Andrew Semprevivo to Chief Operating Officer, effective April 10. A Seakeeper employee since the commercialization of the company in 2008, Semprevivo assumed various sales roles, culminating in his appointment as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2014. In his new role, Semprevivo will continue to lead the company’s sales and marketing efforts in addition to playing a leadership role in other departments of the organization.

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Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

; Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities. Already fully stocked, MPT added significant weight to its offering in 2016 with investment in 25,000 sq. ft. of new training space and technology.   Overview MPT handles more than 12,000 students a year from all segments of the maritime industry and from more than a dozen countries. With that range MPT has students from ship operators, tug companies, passenger vessels, offshore and energy exploration companies, inland operators,

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Simulation: The Centre for Marine Simulation

research, CMS has been leading a large multi year project to develop proof of concept Dynamic Positioning capacity for hydrocarbon exploration/production operations in ice covered waters. This Joint Industry project involves tanks testing of hull models with DP systems to study the ability of the technology to identify and counteract managed ice conditions. For its part CMS is developing a specialized visualization system that will make use of ice data coming from the ice modelling tanks to simulate realistic ice-hull interaction. Much of this work will serve to improve the level of ice modelling

Jim Hagemann Snabe (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Moller-Maersk Elects New Chairman to Steer Digital Transformation

for the customer." The container shipping industry has lagged some other sectors in bringing more of its processes online, and there is still a huge amount of paperwork slowing down the handling and tracking of containers. Added to that, hardly any two ships have the same IT systems. U.S. technology company IBM and Maersk are cooperating to create a digital way of managing and tracking shipping transactions using blockchain technology. But the most crucial task for the incoming chairman, who was recently also proposed as head of the supervisory board of German engineering group Siemens

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Simulation: Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center

Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center 13200 Old Gentilly Road,  New Orleans, LA 70129 Tel: (504) 671-6620 Email: fireschool@dcc.edu Web: www.dcc.edu/academics/workforce/maritime-fire   Overview   Delgado’s Simulator Suite is comprised of three interactive Full Mission Bridge simulators. Simulators are used for Wheelhouse Proficiency Management classes to provide scenarios on navigating waterways on different types of vessels. Simulators can be programmed to run three vessels at the same time, so that students in all three wheel houses can communicate and

Bill Eastwood (Photo: Shakespeare Marine)

Eastwood to Lead Shakespeare Marine

Materials, a business unit of Newell Brands.   In his new role, Eastwood is responsible for the global sales and marketing of Shakespeare antennas and accessories, as well building upon its well-known brand to increase market share. He also oversees the continued development of connectivity technology advancements such as Wi-Fi extenders and cellular amplifiers, aimed at keeping recreational and commercial mariners connected.   Eastwood comes to Shakespeare with over three decades of experience in marine electronics. He was the marine products sales manager at McMurdo Group, and held

Mark Gillespie (Photo: ESS)

ESS Appoints Gillespie as Managing Director

Wilson said the appointment strengthens the management team and introduces new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. As Chairman, Wilson will continue to have strategic oversight of ESS and will concentrate on business-to-business relationships, special projects and technology market penetration and adoption.   He said, “We are bucking the trend and the business is on an upward curve, however, we recognized that for ESS to fulfill its potential we needed to broaden our core management team and Mark Gillespie has impeccable credentials which will enhance

Jonathan Fether (Photo: OceanWorks)

OceanWorks Names Fether ADS Product Line Manager

OceanWorks International has appointed Jonathan Fether as Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) Product Line Manager.   A trained submersible pilot and experienced OceanWorks HARDSUIT pilot, Fether will work closely with OceanWorks customers carrying out the training and support for the ADS. Finding new manufacturers and sourcing component suppliers is also a significant part of his new role.   Fether has been in the subsea industry for over 13 years in a variety of roles that include operations and support technician for deep diving submarine rescue vehicles, lead mechanic, machinist, electroni

Jan-Erik Räsänen (Photo: Foreship)

Räsänen Joins Foreship

Foreship has appointed Jan-Erik Räsänen as its Head of New Technology effective from March 1, 2017. The new role expands Foreship’s energy-saving consulting services at a time when the cruise industry is considering the best way of harnessing fast-emerging hybrid, battery and fuel cell technologies.   Based in Helsinki, Mr Räsänen will focus on helping owners implement energy-saving measures already developed by Foreship. He will also offer expertise on the application of digitalization, hybrid, battery and fuel cell technologies in shipping, for which he is widely

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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.

left to right: Ecosse Subsea Systems commercial manager Iain Middleton (center) with operations director Mo Petrie, left, and managing director Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

Middleton Joins Ecosse Subsea Systems

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Iain Middleton to the newly created role of commercial manager.   The subsea and engineering technology company said the move would allow commercial director Keith McDermott to continue to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse in the Asian and US renewables and oil and gas sectors, and to focus on strategic developments.   In a 30-year career within the oil and gas sector, mainly with major operator Shell, Middleton was responsible for the commercial strategy, planning and execution of a number of important onshore and offshore brownfield

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

include state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators.   “I opened the Atwell Arcade last year, so it is fitting that I’m back to open these new facilities,” Pettitt said. “It is really good to see this restored heritage building, now housing today’s state-of-the-art technology. I am delighted that Fremantle is able to continue to host such a high level of expertise in marine operations, and support the maritime industry across Western Australia and further afield.”   For more than 25 years, HR Wallingford has been developing bespoke simulator-based systems

Donald F. Hastings (Photo: Lincoln Electric)

Obituary: Donald F. Hastings, former Lincoln Electric CEO

outstanding service to the welding industry.   AWS has honored Hastings’ career in the welding industry with two scholarships. The Donald F. Hastings Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. The second, the Donald and Shirley Hastings Scholarship, is funded through direct contributions made to the AWS by Hastings and his wife, Shirley, to promote higher education in welding.  

Brian Kane (Photo: GOST)

GOST Names Kane Chief Technology Officer

Marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems company GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) has promoted Brian Kane to the position of Chief Technology Officer.   A founding partner and GOST Board of Director member, Kane will, in his new capacity, will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company, including the development and implementation of strategies for new security technologies for the global maritime marketplace.   “Brian was one of the founders of GOST over 12 years ago and is the backbone of our organization,” said

 Kineteco senior technical manager Max Sheppard. (Photo: Kineteco)

Kineteco Expands Distributor Network

Kineteco International, a U.K. spring starter manufacturer, appointed a new European and Russian distributor to push export sales. Kineteco added Hatraco, a Netherlands-based supply company, which will be tasked with increasing sales and raising Kineteco’s profile across continental Europe and Russia, aside from the Benelux countries.    This deal follows the earlier appointments of Atlantic Diesel Services (ADS) as UK distributor and Kemper en Van Twist (KVT) for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.   Kineteco currently sells around 1,000 spring starters a year and has

Barry Thomas (Photo: OceanLED)

OceanLED Names Thomas National Sales Manager

OceanLED has appointed Barry Thomas to the role of National Sales Manager, USA to manage all of OceanLED's Sales related activities in America.   Thomas will be based in OceanLED's U.S. office in Deerfield Beach, Fla.   He brings to the role over 15 years of experience in the lighting industry, previously working in a variety of roles including design, key account manager and associate director at some key lighting companies including Marine Light Corp and The Light Corporation.

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

Longitude Engineering – a specialist marine engineering subsidiary of the LOC Group – working closely with Rampion and its contractors, has developed an  analysis and modeling process to fully understand why large monopiles oscillate in relatively small wave heights; and to increase the operating window for their installation. Monopiles and turbines are increasing in size as wind farms move farther offshore.    At the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which is currently under construction off the south coast of the U.K., the developer was concerned that these large structures

Graeme Temple  (Photo: BraemarSA)

Traditional Training to Counter the Over-reliance on Technology

of machinery damage, citing a lack of focus on traditional training as a major concern. Speaking at the conference, Mr Temple said: “The rising number of crew errors is a concern to me, but I believe this can be addressed with the right training and commitment. Too often, we see the use of technology increasing at a faster rate than the employment of traditional training. This puts human vigilance and interaction in jeopardy.   “We should embrace new technologies, but not at the expense of undermining, and possibly even foregoing, traditional training. These must be used together

Ioseba Tena (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Tena as Global Business Manager

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has announced the appointment of Ioseba (Joe) Tena as its new Global Business Manager for Marine Robotic Systems. Tena joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him more than 20 years of experience working with marine robotic systems, most recently at SeeByte.   Early in his career Tena worked with marine robots as a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. His PhD was completed in 2001 and focused on navigating Autonomous Underwater Vehicles using imaging sonars. The following year, Tena became part of the original

Mark Broster & Robyn Harrigan speaking at ECDIS Seminar, Dubai (Photo: ECDIS)

ECDIS Enters Second Phase of International Seminars in Dubai

ECDIS Ltd's international seminars on have proven such a success, they have now moved into a new series; starting with the one of the previous hosts, Dubai.   The seminar, held on November 3rd at the InterContinental Hotel Dubai, gave the attendees a great opportunity to interact directly with the speakers in a round table discussion style forum, gaining invaluable insight and knowledge to enhance company procedures.   The seminar titled "ECDIS Inspections: Marine Risk Reduction, Detentions & Best Practice" provides the delegates with practical, insightful knowledge of the

From left to right: Alastair Pettie, Rune Haukom, Steve Nell, Shaun Ortell, Pierre Marais, Wojtek Kowalczyk  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Opens South African Facility

.   Kongberg's expansion in South Africa comes as the Government’s National Development Plan turns toward maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’; a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse technology portfolio can support all major pillars of the Operation Phakisa maritime program, including: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine protection and ocean governance/monitoring.   The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office

Smith Joins Woods Hole Group

Rob Smith joined Woods Hole Group on October 20, 2016 as the new Business Development Manager/Senior Oceanographer.  He will reside in the Texas Office, and support the company’s domestic and worldwide activities.   Rob comes to Woods Hole Group with nearly 30 years of expertise in applied, commercial oceanography and marine environmental science in support of offshore and coastal engineering and marine environmental operational challenges.  His career development commenced from laboratory analysis of marine sediments to undertaking coastal and offshore oceanographic and meteorolo

Kaitlyn Schneider (Photo: Mercury Marine)

A Female Mechanic Makes her Mark

Mercury Marine has long partnered with the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando to produce some of its finest marine mechanics, such as Kaitlyn Schneider, who’s been thriving for the past two years at Lakeside Marina in Oshkosh, Wis.   Joe Honsa, president of Lakeside Marina says he’s been in the marine business for more than 30 years and Schneider is the first female to apply for the true technician position at his store.   “At times it’s intimidating in an all-male environment working as their equal,” said Honsa. “I would put her up against any of

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