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Trevor Vieweg (Photo: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines Hires Trevor Vieweg for New CTO Position

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, announced Monday that it has hired Trevor Vieweg as chief technology officer (CTO), reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson. Effective earlier this month, this new position gives Vieweg responsibility for the company’s overarching technology strategy, as well as continuing to develop a high-performing team focused on the development of advanced marine technology. Vieweg will also work closely with key regulators help shape the industry’s evolving rules and

JAXPORT’s Board of Directors Names Hamilton Chair

of our Board as we work together to maximize the jobs and business opportunities a modern deepwater seaport creates for our community.”Board Vice Chair Clarkson will serve as Chair of the Audit Committee, which provides oversight on the port’s finances as well as internal and external control systems. Talbert, Bean and Fleming also serve on the committee.JAXPORT’s unpaid, appointed seven-member Board of Directors provides policy guidance. Four board members are appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville and three members are appointed by the Governor of Florida.JAXPORT is Florida&rsquo

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Sea Machines Hires Moran David as CCO

Sea Machines Robotics, a Boston-based developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, has hired Moran David as chief commercial officer (CCO).Effective immediately, this new position gives David responsibility for the company’s global sales and marketing of Sea Machines’ advanced technology to the builders and operators of the world’s commercial and defense fleets. Reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson, he also has oversight for developing new strategic partnerships that further the company’s reach to serve the sizable global marine

Phil Bourque (Photo: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines Promotes Bourque

Sea Machines Robotics, a developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, has promoted Phil Bourque to the role of business development and sales director, U.S. Government, effective immediately.In his new position, Bourque will primarily focus on advancing the company’s government contracts and related special projects. Bourque has relocated to the Norfolk, Va. area for the role, a move that enables Sea Machines to establish a new company foothold closer to key government customers and its strategic partner Huntington Ingalls Industries.With more than 15 years’ experience

Rebecca Chhim (Photo: NAVSEA)

NUWC Division Newport Names Chhim Director of Cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare

(internal and external to Division Newport). She provided direction and oversight of all technical work, developed concept, design critiques and cybersecurity solution implementations, and tracked progress toward critical demonstration events and cybersecurity milestones for tactical and command and control systems. In this capacity, she also served as a cybersecurity advisor to NAVSEA and the Navy enterprise, playing a key role in the Task Force Cyber Awakening and leading Division Newport in its cybersecurity campaign.“Cybersecurity is a dynamic changing landscape,” Chhim said. “Our

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Ransomware: The IT Danger on the Horizon

control and monitoring of engineering and mechanical systems, leading to increased reliability and efficiency for vessel operators. For ports and other infrastructure hubs, many key industrial systems now have physical connectivity with the outside world through integration with internal IT-based control systems. Autonomous cranes and driverless flatbed vehicles are now crucial elements in the world’s largest ports.Yet the threats that get the greatest attention are not always those that pose the most imminent threat. Attacks that could cause safety-critical failures are theoretically possible&mdash

Photo: Acting EVP Johannes Tveit (Photo credit: Trude Brun Wilhelmsen)

NES Announces Management Changes

Norwegian Electric System AS (NES) has announced Odd Gunnar Kleppe has stepped down as EVP / general manager.Odd Gunnar Kleppe has worked for NES since March 2018, and has been EVP since March 2019. In his time at NES, he has played an important role in the merger between Norwegian Control Systems (NCS) and NES, and in building an organisational structure, competence, structures and tools that have given the company a strong foundation for delivering high-quality products to its customers. With Odd Gunnar at the helm, NES has also developed and delivered new products and services in energy optimization

Frank Relou  (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Sea Machines Expands European Sales Force

role as European business development manager, Relou will lead the transformation of Europe’s hard-working commercial fleets with technology that empowers operators with enhanced on-water productivity and job predictability.Sea Machines offers proven commercial-grade, wireless, remote vessel-control systems and autonomous navigation technology. In his role, Relou will work closely with workboat operators and boat-builders serving task-oriented sectors, such as aquaculture, hydrographic and UXO surveying, dredging and oil-spill response. He also will support the company’s advanced situational

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 RMKMS

RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered service standards for marine electronics professionals through master dealer programs and technician certifications.Among other niches, Gratton’s wheelhouse is navigation and communications systems, entertainment and control systems, IT and networking systems, lighting systems, and PLC and vessel monitoring systems.“We continue to expand services and marine equipment sales,” said Aaron Leatherwood, president of RMK Merrill-Stevens. “Presently the group represents the entire line-up of Quick Marine products

Dr. Jeremy Dillon (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Appoints Dillon as Chief Scientist

algorithms for the AquaPix SAS imaging and bathymetry software. He also invented Kraken’s AquaTrak Correlation Velocity Log, participated in numerous sea trials and was the principal investigator for a multi-year DRDC funded project on repeat-pass interferometry.Previously Dr. Dillon was a control systems engineer at Honeywell Aerospace, a flight test instrumentation engineer at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) Flight Research Laboratory and a research officer in guidance, navigation and control at NRC. He developed the inertial/GPS navigation system and Kalman filtering software

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

Sonardyne Hires 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 President Sales for Dynamic Positioning and Vessel Control Systems, GNSS service provider Veripos and most recently, Positioneering, where he was a founding member of the company set up to pioneer new

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

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 such as Massterly if the full economic and environmental benefits are to be realized,” said Eystø, who is

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

;“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,” says Frank Coles, CEO of Transas.  Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is a

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

levels of commercialization activity, as new applications for the company’s Revolution valve technology are rolled out. These new configurations of the already successful, field tested, subsea in-riser shear and seal valves will add similar performance and cost saving benefits to well control systems for light well intervention applications and subsea well abandonments

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platform operation, the drivers and the benefits are quite clear, and the ability to optimize the collection, analysis, and application of data is key,” she continued. “Ships, oil platforms and wind turbines are the sum of thousands of parts, delivered by hundreds of suppliers. All the control systems, monitoring technology and sensors that are vital to their operation produce data, which in many cases can be made available to act upon and improve operations, leading all the way to secure more profitability. “But, traditionally, data are only available in silos, in the proprietary

Brett Lestrange (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

has hired Brett Lestrange as its new U.K. regional director, responsible for leading the company’s U.K. sales and technical teams. He will be based in Aberdeen.   Bringing to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Lestrange joins Ashtead from HCS Control Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lestrange began his career in the oil and

Geoffrey Abbott (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has hired Geoffrey Abbott as 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

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