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Deep Down Taps Simmons as COO

Offshore equipment and services company Deep Down said it has appointed Micah Simmons as Chief Operating Officer, a new role at the company. Simmons' appointment is part of a broader management realignment effort initiated last month, which included the appointment of Deep Down CFO Charles Njuguna to serve as CEO.Simmons was most recently Vice President of Project Management for Global Operations in Siemens Oil and Gas, based in Houston. Prior to Siemens, he spent 20 years with TechnipFMC most recently as a Vice President, Global Supply..Simmons earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of

Frank Relou  (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Sea Machines Expands European Sales Force

, as well as the ability to build lasting relationships with clients. His diverse career has spanned the ship-building sector to retail and distribution. He began in 1991 as shipbuilder at Shipyard Grave BV, of The Netherlands. From there, he held roles of increasing responsibility at George Kniest Boat Equipment; Simrad (of Kongsberg); Navionics (in Italy); New Madera RIBs B.V.; and Survitec Group, where he held his most recent position as a key account manager. Relou also volunteers his time as a board member for the Foundation Royal Yacht Piet Hein, which aims to maintain a historical vessel. He is fluent

Christian Rheault (Photo: Samson)

Samson Appoints Rheault as President & CEO

, petrochemical, and power. Prior to that, he was CEO of C&D Technologies, a company that manufactures systems for energy storage in standby backup power systems. Along with his business leadership experience, Rheault has held roles in engineering, manufacturing, and marketing management, at equipment manufacturer Kulicke & Soffa and also where he started his career, at IBM Canada.Originally from Quebec, Canada, Rheault has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, both useful in gaining 25+ years of experience within multiple industries and international organizations

Jonathan Zier (Photo: Crowley)

Zier Joins Crowley Offshore Services

well as offshore and coastal towing and installation of rigs, spars and other structures. He will also be responsible for providing solutions for alternative energy projects such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, offshore wind power generation, and other projects requiring offshore or coastal equipment and expertise.Zier will report to Johan Sperling, vice president of marine services in the Crowley Shipping group. That business unit provides domestic petroleum transportation, commercial ship management, ship assist and tanker escort services, and marine logistics (tug, barge and project) services

Paul Allan (Photo: MTL)

MTL: Allan Named Senior Naval Architect

expand its services in Brazil, has worked throughout the globe in Canada, Africa, United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS), Europe and Asia Pacific.MTL is a specialist FPSO integrity and repair management company, providing structural integrity management, on-station FPSO repair, naval architectural and equipment solutions. MTL’s unique approach to delivering safety, value and quality is founded upon a deep understanding of the specific needs of FPSO operators and the motivation to find the best solution for their clients

Arja Talakar (Photo: Siemens)

Talakar Named CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas

has been appointed CEO of Siemens Oil & Gas, effective April 1, 2019. He will be based in Houston.Talakar brings to this position extensive leadership experience. Prior to taking this new role, he was responsible for Siemens Saudi Arabia. He began his career with Siemens in 1996 as a rotating equipment and automation systems engineer and has since held several roles of increasing responsibility across the globe."The energy industry is transforming amidst a digital and technological revolution, which moves us toward evermore complex, multi-modal and decentralized systems," Talakar said

(Photo: Forum Subsea Technologies)

Forum Unveils eROV Simulator Training

to be trained in the use of the new console.The VMAX software is a 3D ROV simulation system which is predominantly used for the training and evaluation of ROV pilots. It can also be utilized by subsea engineering teams for modeling and verification of procedures involving intervention tasks for subsea equipment.The system provides a variety of ROV scenarios designed to test pilots’ skills such as tether management, manipulator control and tooling operation within realistic operational conditions.Andy McAra, VMAX product director, said, “Following the launch of the XLe Spirit vehicle last year

Marshall Joins Ecochlor

business development, strategizing for long-term growth, and leadership,” said Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor.Prior to joining Ecochlor, Andrew led several other marine and technology companies. He also served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Ballast Water Manufacturers Equipment Association (BEMA) and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Calls For Empower Women in Maritime

of how IMO’s Women in Maritime programme has benefitted women in ports, on the shoreside and on ships. A series of profiles of individual women also launches today, helping to inspire the next generation.The trailer and profiles were unveiled to delegates to the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment meeting and IMO staff, who gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day

Erik Søndergaard (Photo: ISSETA)

“Liferaft Man” Takes the ISSETA Helm

The Inflatable Safety & Survival Equipment Technical Association (ISSETA) has elected the Danish self-proclaimed “liferaft man”, Erik Søndergaard, Secretary.Søndergaard has held various leading management positions for both Survitec and VIKING Life-Saving Equipment and comes with extensive knowledge about the maritime industry. He retired a few years ago and looks forward to again being a part of the industry he loves so much.Since 2000, Ian Brindle has served as Secretary of ISSETA. During his 19 years, Brindle has led the organization in times of change - both on the

JJ Ha (Photo: Høglund Marine Solutions)

Høglund Appoints Ha as MD

;glund’s relationships with ship owners and shipyards in Korea and driving the adoption of LNG and electric hybrid propulsion through Høglund's crucial system integration and automation solutions.Ha joins Høglund from MTS Cooperation, a Korea-based sales agency representing equipment companies in the marine and offshore market, where he worked as Managing Director for 12 years. Prior to this, he spent 10 years working as a sales manager for Rolls-Royce Marine Korea

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 RMKMS

RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).  Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. 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&rsquo

David Miller with fellow owners, Bob and Bill Wetta (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge’s Miller Retires

his retirement. Miller embarked on his career in the early 1980’s when he began working for Kenner Marine & Machinery (KMM). Following several consecutive KMM positions, David completed his final 10 years there as a field service specialist.Miller was one of the original founders of Best Equipment Technologies, Inc. (BEST), established in 1998, located in Poplarville, MS. BEST operated as a steel fabrication shop and dredge manufacturer. Partnered with the Wetta family, Miller helped found companies that provided essential services to the dredging industry. In 2010, these companies were

Chris Johnstone (Photo: DeltaTek)

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

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Synergy Group Launches iCALL Help Line

, India, in August committing the parties to establishing the new service.iCALL was subsequently inaugurated by Dr Malini V. Shankar, India’s Director General of Shipping, when she made the first call to the service last month.Addressing industry leaders, principals and maritime technology and equipment providers last month at a two-day Synergy seminar in New Delhi, Capt Unni argued that the maritime industry should do far more to address mental health issues.“5.9% of all deaths at sea are proven suicides,” he said. “If the suspicious cases of probable suicides – seafarers

Brent Sappington (Photo: Consolidated Ship Repair)

Consolidated Ship Repair Hires Sappington

, to subsea and offshore construction at one of the largest waterfront shipyards in Texas.Sappington’s experience in the industry began at a young age, working on a boat off the Oregon coast with his fisherman father. A 28-year marine industry professional, he has worked at industry leading marine equipment OEM's and offshore drilling operators, holding a variety of positions including Field Service Engineer, Service Manager and Mechanical Superintendent. He is a subject matter expert for marine propulsion, diesel engines and anchor winches, and has a track record completing complex underwater

Dean Lembke (Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority)

Duluth Seaway Port Authority Names Lembke Facilities Manager

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has hired Dean Lembke as its new facilities manager. He will serve as the agency’s liaison with tenants, service and government agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive safe and efficient use of all Port Authority-owned land, structures, equipment and other assets.Lembke will be responsible for establishing cost-effective, environmentally sound asset-management programs for all Port Authority properties. He also will work closely with the executive director and CFO on long-range planning with regard to capital improvement programs and new

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