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Kent Lee  (Photo: GNS)

Lee Named GNS Chief Executive

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has appointed Kent Lee as Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 15,  2020. Kent’s appointment follows the acquisition of GNS by the Cornes Group in November 2019. He succeeds Paul Stanley, who led GNS from 2014 until its acquisition by Cornes.During the last 25 years, Kent has held a number of senior executive positions in the information technology industry with wide international exposure. In 2012, he co-founded CloudRadigm, a company focused on the R&D of an AI-driven intuitive analytics engine and the development

Henrik Hyldahn (Photo: Shipserv)

ShipServ Appoints Hyldahn as CEO

more closely with customers and the wider market to develop products and solutions that service specific market segments. Hyldahn joined ShipServ in 2017 and was promoted to Chief Solutions Officer the following year. Prior to working with ShipServ, he was Chief Information Officer at global maritime services group Seven Seas and Managing Director at technical and strategic consultancy CUBISOL

“Through this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture,” said Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. Photo: Vigor

Vigor, MHI Acquired and Merged

In one a dramatic U.S. shipbuilding and repair move it was announced today that The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and private equity firm Stellex Capital Management signed a definitive agreement to acquire and merge Vigor Industrial LLC, an infrastructure, defense, and maritime services company based in Portland, Oregon, and MHI Holdings LLC, a ship repair, maintenance, and other ship husbandry services company based in Norfolk, Virginia.The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2019.Financial terms were not disclosed.“Through

Photo: HKCYIA

HKCYIA's “Diploma in Cruise Operations”

The Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) and the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) have joined hands in organizing a new course - Diploma in Cruise Operations (DCO) - to meet with the increasing demand for professionals in the booming global cruise industry.  The six-month course is designed to equip students with knowledge and competences in cruise operations which fulfil the training requirements of the Hong Kong Marine Department and the STCW[1][1] Code to serve on board luxurious cruise ships.  According to Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director, Hong Kong is

Photo: Edda Accommodation

Edda Accommodation CEO Retires

demerged to its own management company, and Rokstad has since been the CEO of the company."This is a planned departure from the company. I am grateful for the journey I have been a part of, and the work we have all done together to make the Østensjø group a leading supplier of maritime services. Owner, Johannes Østensjø, has made it possible for us to focus on innovation and build new concepts. I am particularly proud of the adventure with Edda Fides and the concept Edda Accommodation," says Rokstad."Johan Rokstad has had great significance for the solid development

Kara Yeung, Executive Director of HKCYIA (Third Left) & management of Euroasia Dockyards, Jason Wong, Senior Manager, Business Department of China Merchants Container Services  (Fourth Right) at Ceremony. Photo: HKCYIA

New Hong Kong Superyacht Center

providing world-class supporting services, including repair and maintenance, audit and survey, bunkering services, crew administration, logistics support, etc. Exclusive onshore tours with tailor-made itinerary can also be provided for ship owners and their crew.HKCYIA will also join hands with the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) and RINA Services S.p.A. to develop a superyacht management course, providing hands-on training to young people who have an interest in pursuing their careers in the yacht industry

Photo: Austal Australia

IMS, Austal Ink Manning Agreement

Australian based ship delivery and crew management company International Maritime Services (IMS) has announced it has entered into a 3-year Frame Agreement with Austal Australia as the exclusive service provider of specialist Captains, Engineers and Crew for launching, commissioning, sea trials and training.The contract ensures employment for at least eight Australian crew to operate some of the most advanced ships in the world during their test and trials programs. Thanks to Austal’s healthy order book, the agreement encompasses another 20 Guardian Class patrol vessels of the Pacific Patrol

Photo: HKCYIA

New Agreement Training Cruise and Yachting Professionals

the industry.Dr. Liu, VTC Deputy Executive Director, said that VTC is keen to provide flexible study pathways and promote lifelong learning so as to equip people in pursuing further career development and advancement. In line with the government’s direction to develop Hong Kong as a premier maritime services hub in the region and to meet the industry’s needs, VTC would partner with Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association to groom a new generation of professionals.Kara Yeung, HKCYIA Executive Director, said “The Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express

BP Shipping’s Aggies left to right: Daniel Justus, Stewart Andrews, Jenny Long, Sara Broadrick, Garrett Jones and Michael Flannery.

Texas A&M Galveston Degrees Lead Six Aggies to BP Shipping

continue to choose to advertise our open positions at Texas A&M Galveston because of the quality of candidates and hires we have received from the university.” In fact, there are six Texas A&M Galveston graduates working at BP Shipping, including Long.With a staff of 390 and 1,270 BP Maritime Services Officers, BP Shipping has main offices in Sunbury and Canary Wharf in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Houston and Chicago serving Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific. The company brings more than 100 years of expertise in providing a variety of skills such as seafaring, engineering, chartering

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Pankaj Khanna Appointed As CEO of Ocean Rig

Chief Marketing Officer at Ocean Rig UDW Inc. from January 1, 2012 to October 2, 2012. Mr. Khanna served as the Chief Operating Officer of DryShips, Inc. from March 2009 to October 2, 2012.    Prior to joining DryShips, he served in C-Suite roles at Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd and Alba Maritime Services S.A. He has also served as Vice President of Strategic Development at Teekay Corporation, from 2001 to 2007. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Analyst at SSY Shipbrokers and worked on cargo ships as a deck officer.    Khanna graduated from Blackpool and the Fylde College, Fleetwood

Laura Escobar (right) and Joe Li (left), Purser Trainers of HKCYIA, gave talks on cruise careers (Photo: HKCYIA)

HKCYIA Takes Part in Maritime Career Expo

, Dalian Maritime University Alumni, Shanghai Maritime University Alumni, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Hongkong International Terminals Limited, Hongkong United Dockyards Limited, Maritime Professional Promotion Federation, Hong Kong Seamen’s Union, Maritime Services Training Institute, The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council, The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE), TurboJET, and Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited.   The 8-day “Hong Kong Maritime Week 2017” offered nearly 50 activities

Henrik Hyldahn (Photo: ShipServ)

ShipServ Names Hyldahn as SVP, Business Development

focus on developing the business’ new ventures.   Hyldahn joins ShipServ with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the marine business, gleaned through previous roles from both the supplier and buyer sides. Before joining ShipServ, Hyldahn was chief information officer at global maritime services group Seven Seas, before which he held the role of managing director at technical and strategic consultancy CUBISOL. Prior to working at Seven Seas, Hyldahn also held senior roles at Coca-Cola, the Carlsberg Group, and the Eitzen Group.    According to ShipServ, this new appointment

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Fight Fatigue

vessel, while the crews are forced in to retirement. Until that time comes however fatigue will be an increasing concern for operators and ship Master’s.     The Author Matthew Bonvento is the Senior Manager for Safety, Security, Regulatory, and Quality Compliance for Vanuatu Maritime Services Ltd. Additionally Mr. Bonvento is a licensing instructor in Long Island. Holding a Masters in International Transportation Management, and an Unlimited Chief Officers License as well as a 1600 ton Master license, Matthew has dedicated himself to the advancement of safety and environmental awareness

Bjoern Sprotte (Photo: OSM)

New Global Managing Director in OSM

focus on expanding and innovating the company’s range of services and thereby supporting the core business of OSM’s customers as a competent, reliable and transparent partner at all times. Sprotte has extensive international experience within the shipping industry and served as CEO Maritime Services at Rickmers Group after holding various positions in commercial and technical management. Holding a degree in navigation and maritime transport, he originally pursued a nautical career at sea and later attended postgraduate studies for his Master of Business Consulting. Prior to joining OSM

Kevin Hawes  (Photo: TMG)

Hawes Joins TMG

Kevin Hawes has started at  Seattle-based maritime services company and consultancy The Maritime Group (TMG) International Ltd., as Business Development Manager and Senior Consultant. Based at TMG’s London office at Victoria Embankment, he brings a wealth of commercial experience gained since leaving the British Royal Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993. His appointment comes as TMG continues to grow, including a new website and recent ISO 9001 quality accreditation. Hawes' maritime experience was developed from 17 years in the Royal Naval Submarine Service to

Trident to Acquire Callenberg

Trident Maritime Systems (Trident), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company (JFLCO), signed a definitive agreement to acquire Callenberg Technology Group (Callenberg) from Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS. Callenberg designs, assembles, integrates, and supports HVAC, electrical energy management, and insulation systems for commercial and government vessels around the world.  It is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and employs approximately 900 employees in 14 countries. Trident is an independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed, electro-mechanical, and power, propulsion

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UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Platten, CEO of U.K. Chamber of Shipping, delivered an upbeat opening message to delegates, urging the maritime industry to be ambitious and optimistic. He emphasized the need for the U.K. to seize the opportunities for growth in a global marketplace by continuing to champion our world-class maritime services, training and businesses.     Anita Bradshaw, COO of Green Sea Guard Ltd, outlined how her firm has developed a unique remote emissions monitoring product for ships. She discussed her work to help cut emissions from shipping to help clean up UK waters and the creation of an

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