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Silicon Sensing MEMS inertial measurement units in test. (Photo: Silicon Sensing)

Silicon Sensing Establishes US Office

sensing for ever-more compact platforms, whether on land, sea, air or in space.”The U.K.-based firm supplies gyros, accelerometers and inertial measurement units into diverse markets including autonomous vehicles, surveying and mapping, space, defence, aerospace and construction and industrial machinery. Some of these markets will experience double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for inertial sensors through to 2030, alongside fast-evolving inertial requirements for a new generation of applications, the company said.“We expect our next generation of products, currently in development

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Embracing Human and Organizational Performance: A Paradigm Shift to Address Safety and Workforce Challenges

programs. OCIMF has created a crosswalk document titled, “SIRE 2.0 to VIQ7 - Comparative Analysis” (find it under the “January 2022” heading), which includes a concise example. The present version of question 5.11 for barge operators asks, “Is all loose gear on deck, machinery rooms, stores and in internal spaces properly secured?” In contrast, the HOP-oriented 2.0 version asks, “Were the Master and officers familiar with the company procedure for safety inspections of the main deck areas, and had inspections been effective in identifying hazards to health

Jonathan Daniels (Photo: Maryland Department of Transportation)

Jonathan Daniels to Lead Port of Baltimore

my experience and guidance to transformational projects like the Howard Street Tunnel initiative and the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem restoration.”The Port of Baltimore ranks first among the nation’s ports for autos and light truck volume, roll on/roll off farm and construction machinery, and imported gypsum

Todd Holtz (Photo: VideoRay)

VideoRay Hires Holtz as Director of Product and Innovation

veteran Todd Holtz as its new director of product and innovation.Holtz will play a key role in developing new underwater robotic systems, expanding payloads, enhancing testing and quality control processes and optimizing new technologies for production, VideoRay said.Holtz served in the U.S. Navy as a Machinery Repairman Second Class (E-5). During that time, he supervised lathe and computer numerical control departments and repaired mechanical systems to support the Navy’s surface and subsurface fleet.Since his service with the Navy, Holtz has gone on to hold design engineering, product development

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Attracting More People of Color to the Maritime Workforce

as ship officers, pilots and other roles related to the safe and efficient operation of vessels. Coursework typically covers topics such as navigation, marine law, cargo handling and ship management.B.S. in Marine Engineering: This degree program focuses on the design, operation and maintenance of the machinery and systems that power ships. Coursework typically covers topics such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electrical systems and shipboard machinery.In addition to degree programs, maritime academies offer hands-on training and practical experience through programs such as sea term, which involves

Scott R. Atkinson (Photo: Markey Machine)

Markey Machine Hires Atkinson as Business Development VP

Scott R. Atkinson has joined winch and deck machinery manufacturer Markey Machine as vice president of business development. Atkinson’s previous business development roles were at the former Rapp Hydema (now part of MacGregor), AdvanTec Marine and Arctic Storm, as well as through his consulting firm, Jaeger Marine. Prior new business included advances into offshore wind, offshore oil and gas, research vessels, and varied marine business in the Russian Far East.Blaine Dempke, CEO of Markey Machine, said, “Scott adds an important aspect to our customer relations and business development

Casimir Lindholm (Photo: Cargotec)

Cargotec Appoints Lindholm as President and CEO

Finnish cargo handling machinery manufacturer Cargotec on Monday announced its board of directors has appointed Casimir Lindholm to succeed Mika Vehviläinen as the company's president and CEO, effective April 1, 2023.A member of Cargotec's board since 2021, Lindholm has held CEO positions both in Eltel and Lemminkäinen and many board memberships.“I’m honored and excited to be leading Cargotec at such a pivotal moment in the company’s history, with a strong foundation and a clear vision into its next development phase of growth as we have communicated before. With a

Mika Vehviläinen (Photo: Cargotec)

Cargotec CEO Vehviläinen to Retire in 2023

Cargotec announced on Tuesday that its board of directors received notification from CEO Mika Vehviläinen that he will retire in 2023, in accordance with the terms of his contract.The board has started its a search for a successor, the Finnish cargo-handling machinery manufacturer said.“It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to lead the transformation of Cargotec together with so many committed and talented colleagues. After 10 years as CEO of the company, I believe this is the right time for a new CEO to lead the financially and operationally strong Cargotec into its next phase of

Lisa Edvardsen Haugan has today been appointed as the new President of Kongsberg Maritime. Photo courtesy Kongsberg Maritime/By Arild Brun Kjeldaas

Edvardsen Haugan takes the Helm at Kongsberg Maritime

starting in November 2022.Edvardsen Haugan has long and extensive experience from both the defense and civil business area in Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG), including having been EVP Finance at Kongsberg Maritime and Finance Director at Kongsberg Protech Systems. She currently heads the Deck Machinery & Motion Control division of Kongsberg Maritime.“Following a thorough process to recruit a new leader for Kongsberg Maritime, I am proud to be able to announce that Lisa has accepted the job. She has held several key roles in KONGSBERG and has made a true difference to the company for

Stuart, Florida-based Ocean5 appointed Roger Kovalski as Vice President of Engineering. Photo courtesy Ocean5

Kovalski Named VP, Engineering at Ocean5

performance while maintaining form, function and manufacturability. Refits include a broad portfolio stretching across most brands and models. As Vice President of Engineering Roger provides guidance and oversight to the design team in all areas of yacht design including design, calculations, custom machinery, tanks, drivelines, fiberglass and aluminum construction methods

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Fincantieri Offers New Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin Shipyards

which leads to industry-recognized credentials and college-level credits,” said Peggy Boudreau, head of Human Relations at Fincantieri Marine Group. “The beauty of our paid apprenticeship program is that it encompasses nearly every facet of manufacturing, including safe operation of machinery, reading blueprints, understanding processes, conducting measurement and inspections, as well as a deeper understanding of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.”  Fincantieri operates three busy shipyards in northeast Wisconsin, where they custom-build an array

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WinGD Expands Global Training Network

itself and all engine room systems.WinGD Director of Operations, Dr. Rudolf Holtbecker, said, “The complexity of the marine engine and its sub systems are increasing with the introduction of multi-fuel systems. For optimal operation and engine maintenance, crews need to be familiar with the machinery and the modalities associated with the fuels of the future. The emphasis on improving vessel efficiency with reduced fuel consumption will ensure that priority is given for reducing the emissions footprint.”WinGD Director of Sales, Volkmar Galke, was in Singapore for the opening. “More

Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL, Professor, World Maritime University

Profiles in Training: Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL, Professor, World Maritime University

. “It was relatively later on in my teen years that I was exposed to shipping, and I became interested in the technical side of it, the fact that these are the largest moving things that man has made,” said Dr. Manuel. “Once I got into it I was exposed to other aspects beyond the machinery: the education, the cargo and safety-at-sea. Finally, I ‘dropped anchor,’ so to speak, in this industry.” Dropping Anchor in MaritimeToday Dr. Manuel works at WMU as a Professor (Nippon Foundation Chair for Maritime Education and Training) and is also the Head of the Maritime

New Book: Steaming to Djibouti…My First Hitch on an Underway Replenishment Ship

proper and another in the boiler room at the boiler’s front to direct the Fireman. Engineers have very complicated names for shipboard equipment, which sound extremely impressive and intricate, requiring oodles of skill and knowledge to operate, or God forbid, repair. Of course, any complicated machinery, either actual or just by nature of the name, requires a great amount of overtime to repair…just ask an Engineer. Sometimes I think the Engineers love confusing the Deck Officers with the use of three-syllable gobbledygook machinery terms. Case in point, the Engineers thoroughly enjoy speaking

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Miami Shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens to Hire 75 Staff

one of the most updated and capable shipyards in the region.RMK Merrill-Stevens provides yacht service, maintenance and refits to yachts and superyachts from around the world, from 30’ – 230’. The more than $30 million invested in the shipyard has brought new facilities, capabilities, machinery and more, including the largest shiplift in South Florida – a 2,700T Pearlson shiplift.There are currently 75 open positions and 22 available job types. RMK Merrill-Stevens CEO William Clewes says there is a hiring shortage in the industry. “Finding trained, experienced marine

Benjamin Sward, CEO of Foreship LLC (Photo: Foreship)

Foreship Appoints Sward to Head US Operations

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises. Sward is a University of Michigan graduate in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and a member of SNAME.In the intervening period, he worked as Engineering Manager of PaR Marine, a Georgia-based company specialized in mission critical machinery engineering for U.S. Navy ships. There, he led the team of engineers that designed and installed the first electric aircraft elevator in U.S. naval history and took responsibility for growing the PaR Marine engineering headcount by over 30%.“Taking the opportunity to lead and grow an engineering

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Crew Training for a Future that Includes Autonomous Vessels

. The approaching landscape of automated vessel operations will only make foundational and continuing training of crews more critical. Vessel operators need to do a better job and new technology and training methods need to be utilized.The development of more advanced and specialized ships utilizing machinery that incorporates technological advances will help make ships more efficient, but they will also demand a higher level of training and education of the crew who operate them. This is coming at a time when the industry is already facing a number of challenges in attracting and retaining qualified

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