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Havila Voyages Announces Leadership Appointments

Norway's Havila Voyages announced it has appointed Mette Øyen as its new chief marketing officer and Aleksander Røynesdal has started in the role of new chief financial officer.Røynesdal was hired in December but officially entered his new role March 1. He comes from the position of COO at Norgas Carriers and has extensive experience in the finance and capital markets within the shipping and maritime transport industry.Øyen is scheduled to start in her new role on September 1, 2024. She comes from the role of director marketing and branding at Widerøe and has

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Orsted Appoints CFO, Head of Operations

developer looks to bounce back from a string of losses and project cancellations.Rising inflation, interest rate hikes and supply chain snags have squeezed offshore wind developers facing growing demand.Orsted appointed Trond Westlie as CFO, a post he held at Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and Norway's Telenor.Patrick Harnett, who joined Orsted in 2016, will become head of operations (COO), with effect from April 1.Harnett has led development and construction of Hornsea 3, which will become the world's single largest offshore wind farm when completed.In November, Orsted said its finance

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Golden Ocean Names Svensen CEO

Lars-Christian Svensen as CEO, effective January 1, 2024.Svensen had been serving as interim CEO following the resignation of the company's previous CEO, Ulrik Andersen, in June 2023.Svensen joined Golden Ocean as chief commercial officer in December 2020 and was previously senior vice president in Norway and president of U.S. trading activities in Seattle for Western Bulk. Before that, he was a downstream analyst for Petredec and a tanker broker for Cmarine Services PTE Ltd. in Singapore. Svensen holds a shipping degree from Merkantilt Institutt of Norway.Ola Lorentzon, chairman of the board, said

 Fredrik Witte will be CEO of Corvus Energy from January 1st 2024 Photo Silje Katrine Robinson

Corvus Energy Names Fredrik Witte as New CEO

Corvus Energy, a Norway-based provider of battery energy storage solutions and fuel cell systems for maritime, offshore and port applications, has appointed Fredrik Witte as the new CEO, starting January 1, 2024.  Until Witte starts, CFO Mette Rokne Hanestad will serve as the Interim CEO.Witte joins from his position as the Managing Director of Cargill Aqua Nutrition. Commenting on the new appointment, Chairman of the Board, Mikael  Mäkinen, said: "Corvus Energy is entering an important phase where the company will continue to build on a strong foundation and maintain its

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ACE Winches Urges Industry to Invest in Young Talent

experienced individuals, who take on client challenges and transform them into creative, innovative, world-leading solutions.”Earlier this year ACE announced the opening of a new hub in the Middle East as part of its global growth strategy, adding to existing physical locations in the U.S. and Norway

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Kongsberg Maritime Appoints New Leader of Finance

.Bekkevold Nilsen will join Kongsberg Maritime on October 9, 2023, following Per Håvard Siljan Hjukse who has taken over the role as EVP propulsion and handling for the company.Christian Bekkevold Nilsen has spent several years working both in Asia and in other European countries in addition to Norway. He has held leading finance positions in companies like Norconsult, Nord Pool and Alstom, and most recently as CFO in Quantafuel ASA. He holds a Master of Science degree in business from Nord University Business School in Norway.Lisa Edvardsen Haugan, president of Kongsberg Maritime, said, &ldquo

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Labor Shortages, Climate Change & Technology: They’re All Related

and built the boat, and then tracked it by satellite. The project allowed them to learn about ocean currents, weather, hull integrity and GPS technology. The first drifter launched off the U.S. East Coast completed an autonomous voyage and was eventually safely collected by a second group of students in Norway. The Norwegian students continued the voyage into the Norwegian Fiords and farther North.What was our initial take on the project? This group of students not only completed a successful autonomous voyage but also met the IMO MEPC zero emissions goals during that voyage. They get it, and they are

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Odfjell Promotes First Female Captain

10 different Odfjell vessels, including the Bow Mekka, Bow Sky, Bow Summer, Bow Hercules, Bow Explorer, and others, as she has risen through the ranks—from Third Officer to Second Officer, and then Chief Officer in 2019.Born with sea legsHenriksen's journey began in the most northern part of Norway in the tiny village Nuvsvåg. Here, she grew up as the only girl among four siblings.“I have three brothers, and we all find it a bit funny that I, the only female, was the one who ended up choosing a seafaring profession. But I’ve always been motivated; I was the one who accompanied

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Venterra Appoints Kavafyan as CEO

joins the group in mid-September and, following a short transition, becomes Chief Executive Officer with effect from October 16, 2023. Kavafyan takes over upon the retirement of Rob Jewkes who is a member of the team that founded the business with Ayman Asfari in 2021.Kavafyan joins from Aker Horizons in Norway and was previously Chief Executive Officer of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in Denmark. His career spans the evolution of  the energy sector over the last three decades, including 20 years in the wind industry. He has held leadership positions in major equipment manufacturers that have pioneered

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Norway Oil Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avert Strike

Wage talks between Norwegian oil firms and two labor unions ended in a deal on Wednesday, industry and union officials said, averting the risk of strike action later this year.The Lederne union as well as Industri Energi both came to an agreement with companies, industry group Offshore Norway said.A third union, Safe, will also be encompassed by the settlement, Offshore Norway said.Norway produces around 4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, almost equally divided between oil and natural gas.The Nordic country became Europe's largest gas supplier after Russia cut its deliveries amid the war

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YSA Design Forms New Sustainability Division

YSA Design, an architect and design studio for cruise ship interiors, announced it has formed a division to improve sustainability across its internal operations and cruise projects.The Norway-based firm said it has appointed Fabiana Vale Dornelas and Trond Sigurdsen as Head of Sustainability & Implementation and Head of Sustainability & Technology, respectively, to lead the division. “The creation of a sustainability department reflects our commitment to achieving the highest environmental standards in our design work as well as in our internal processes,” said Jan Krefting

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Christoffersen Appointed MD of Semco Maritime Norway

Semco Maritime has appointed Tor Erik Christoffersen Managing Director of the Group’s Norwegian business. He took up the position on 1 January 2023 and will work from the offices in Bergen and Stavanger, leading Semco Maritime’s 400 colleagues in Norway as well as the activities at the Hanøytangen facilities and offshore in the North Sea.

Al Cook, executive vice president for Exploration and Production International.
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Equinor's EVP Exploration and Production International to Resign

, president and CEO of Equinor.“I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to contribute in shaping and delivering Equinor's strategy of becoming a broad energy company. And I am particularly proud of the performance improvements we have delivered together. After years of commuting between Norway and the U.K., I now look forward to living with my family in London. But I remain a huge supporter of Equinor’s leadership in the energy transition,” says Al Cook.Cook joined Equinor in 2016. From May 2018 until January 2021, he held the position of executive vice president for Global

Helga Cotgrove - Credit: Eidesvik Offshore

Eidesvik Offshore Names Cotgrove as New CFO

;s director of corporate development in Houston, where she was in charge of global M&A deals.Cotgrove holds a degree in accounting and auditing and an MBA in Management control from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). She is also a state-authorized public accountant in Norway.Gitte Gard Talmo, President & CEO of Eidesvik said: "Helga’s extensive financial experience makes her a great addition to Eidesvik’s top management team. I am very pleased to welcome her to Eidesvik, where she will play a key role in the further development of the company.&rdquo

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Norway Oilfield Services Workers Agree Wage Deal, Averting Strike

Two Norwegian labour unions have signed new wage deals with oil service companies, the unions said on Thursday, preventing a strike among workers.Some 646 members of the Safe and Industri Energi unions had threatened to go on strike at companies such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and Subsea 7 unless a deal was reached.(Reuters - Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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Norway Oil Companies, Workers Agree Wage Deal in Principle, Avert Strike for Now

Lederne, later confirmed to Reuters it would do the same as Safe.The oil industry lobby, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG), had said a strike "could affect" output but declined to say by how much.All three labour unions had said they would, at least initially, seek to prevent a cut in Norway's natural gas export at a time of tight supply in Europe.The Industri Energi union had said it would also seek to shield crude oil production from impact, while Lederne said its members would target oil. Safe had not said whether a strike by its members would have an impact on oil output.Norway

[L to R]: Chris Green, Washington State Department of Commerce Assistant Director for the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness; Elliot Smith, Director of real estate and properties, Port of Bellingham; and Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. Photo courtesy Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy to open new Battery Factory in the U.S.

As the maritime industry increasingly moves towards propulsion solutions that help cut emissions, battery technology is increasingly taking center stage on a number of ship, boat and offshore energy installations. Leading the charge are a number of battery manufacturers globally, including Norway’s Corvus Energy, which announced that the company is expanding its US operations by opening a new factory in the Port of Bellingham, Washington.The U.S.-based manufacturing facility, starting with Corvus’ Orca battery, will have an annual capacity of 200 MWh of stored energy capacity, with the

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