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Copenhagen Offshore Partners Names Co-CEOs to Lead Philippines Operations

Offshore wind developer Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) announced Rune Damgaard and Jesper Krarup Holst will serve as Co-CEOs of the group’s operations in the Philippines, including development of three offshore wind sites totalling 2 GW of capacity which are owned by a Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) managed fund.Damgaard transitions into the role after serving as Deputy CEO and Procurement Director at COP for the group’s 500 MW Feng Miao 1 project in Taiwan. Holst, a Partner at COP, brings unrivalled global offshore wind experience including leadership of projects through the

Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr. (Photo: WMU)

Mejia Takes the Helm at WMU

Maritime Policy, Governance, and Administration.Professor Mejia served as Administrator/Director General at the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) from 2013 to 2016, heading the government agency responsible for integrating the development, promotion, and regulation of the maritime industry in the Philippines. From 1988 to 1998, he progressively held various positions in the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard including Assistant Chief of Staff for Navigational Safety and Deputy Executive Director of the Multisectoral Task Force on Maritime Development.In 2013, Professor Mejia was included in

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Tidewater Appoints Dick H. Fagerstal Chairman of the Board

renewables, and oil and gas sectors, from February 2020 to March 2023.From 2014 to 2020, Fagerstal served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Global Marine Holdings LLC, which was the prior owner of the business. He served as an Independent Director of Frontier Oil Corporation, Manila, Philippines, from 2014 to 2017.Before he started his business career, Fagerstal served as an officer in the Special Air Service unit of the Swedish Special Forces from 1979 to 1983. He received a B.S. in Economics and Law from the University of Gothenburg and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University

Maritime Transport in 2040: How FutureTechnologies Will Impact Seafarers

Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the World Maritime University (WMU) launched a flagship report entitled, Transport 2040 - Impact of Technology on Seafarers - The Future of Work, during the International Chamber of Shipping’s Shaping the Future of Shipping event in Manila, Philippines. The research results provide an in-depth exploration of a number of maritime issues related to future ship technologies, including automation, and seeks to qualify the probable impact on seafarers.Key findings include a Technology Road Map that offers comprehensive insights into future shipping

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NSB Invests in New Simulator

connected to the main bridge, video and audio recording and playback system and a new sound system.The new simulator has a DNV Standard 0029 for Maritime Training Centers. It can be connected online for training with other training facilities around the world, for example with training partner in the Philippines

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Mejia to Lead World Maritime University

a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration in 1994. Mejia has a Licentiate of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Lund University in Sweden.Before joining WMU in 1998, Professor Mejia saw duty on board various naval and coast guard vessels, as well as in shore-based facilities in the Philippines. During a sabbatical from WMU between 2013 and 2016, he served as the administrator (director-general) of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in the Philippines.Dr. Doumbia-Henry (LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D, LLD h.c, International Law) joined WMU as president in 2015. Prior to joining WMU, she served

Advisory Committee to Address Issues Impacting Filipino Seafarers

Global leaders from organizations representing seafarers, shipowners and other maritime employers signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines’s Department of Migrant Workers on Wednesday 11 January, to form the International Advisory Committee on Global Maritime Affairs (IACGMA).The IACGMA is composed of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“The Philippine government through its

NTMA Holds Graduation Ceremony for Year 2021 Graduates

On November 18, a graduation ceremony was held for 108 2021-year graduates was held at the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), a merchant marine university jointly operated by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) near Manila, Philippines. The ceremony had originally been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Due to the pandemic, NTMA switched to online classes when dormitory life and on-campus classes were not feasible, and the students completed the classroom curriculum without delay. However, there was a delay in graduation due to difficulties in accepting trainees for onboard training

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NTMA Seafarer Graduation Ceremony Held for First Time since 2019

On June 7, 2022, a graduation ceremony at the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), a merchant marine university jointly operated by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) near Manila, Philippines, was held for the first time since 2019 before the outbreak of COVID-19.NYK President Hitoshi Nagasawa, Senior Managing Executive Officer Tomoyuki Koyama, and TDG Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests of honor that included Kazuhiko Koshikawa, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Philippines, and Vice-Admiral Robert A. Empedrad, administrato

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WinGD Expands Global Training Network

equip their crew with the skills they need to operate the vessels of the future.”WinGD operates four training centers located in Winterthur, Switzerland; Busan, Korea; Shanghai, China; and Athens, Greece. Authorized, third-party training partners are also located in Szczecin, Poland; Subic Bay, Philippines; and in Mumbai, India

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US Jobs from US Offshore Energy: A Goal 44 Years in the Making

intent has not been honored. Instead, foreign owners, from the U.K., Norway, and even Luxembourg employ foreign vessels in U.S. waters utilizing mariners not from these high-wage nations, nor are their mariners U.S. citizens. Instead, these vessel owners employ mariners from countries like Russia, the Philippines and China.When these foreign mariners are working in U.S. waters, they are not paid U.S. wages. As an example, a crewing agent from the Philippines recently sent me their official pricing sheet for foreign mariners working on energy vessels in U.S. waters. This document advertised rates for captains

Mike Corrigan, CEO, INTERFERRY

VIDEO: Profiles in Training - Mike Corrigan, CEO, INTERFERRY

second to none. They’ve done an outstanding job of a blended learning approach and really have raised the bar exponentially on safety in the Asia-Pacific region. They’ve done that in conjunction with rebuilding their fleet too. I mean, there’s still many ferries that operate in the Philippines that are wooden boats, if you can believe that. But Chet and Mary Ann have rebuilt pretty much their entire fleet to world-class standards, and they’ve put a world-class safety program in place too.Interferry also has a project in the Philippines around safety called FerrySafe One. We want

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Kongsberg Sim-based eLearning Solutions for MAAP

Kongsberg Digital reports that the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) has adopted its new K-Sim eLearning solution, as well as commissioning installation of a cutting-edge K-Sim Safety firefighting simulator at its premises in the Philippines.K-Sim Connect has provided more than 23,000 cloud-based simulations to customers worldwide this year.MAAP – a leading institution of excellence for maritime education and training in the Asia-Pacific region – has for decades been a pioneer in the use of new simulation-based training tools. Now, the Academy has started using Kongsberg

ShipMoney Continues to Grow, Announces New Hires

(d/b/a ShipMoney), a provider of payment solutions for maritime companies, announced two new hires. Vanessa Torres has joined as Strategic Client and Business Development Manager in Manila, and Theo Tsokos is the Client Account Manager in Athens.Torres will be responsible for managing clients in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including Maersk and V. Ships, among others. With more than 20 years of professional experience, she will act as liaison between ShipMoney and regional client offices.Tsokos will be responsible for managing clients in Greece and Cyprus, including Scorpio and Tsakos-Columbia

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Life on Hold for Many Philippine Seafarers

He had a visa and just the job—six months of work at sea and thousands in pay to send home. Then the virus struck.And like millions of other migrant workers who leave the Philippines to work abroad and send their earnings back to a myriad of dependents, a whole family saw its lifeline cut.“I was broke. Things were not easy for me and my family. I badly needed to go back to work at that time so I was looking forward to that trip,” said sailor Carlos Salvador Jr.Salvador was all set to go to Spain for a six-month stint aboard a containership when the Philippines imposed its strict

Patrick Gregg (Left) and David Singleton standing in front of a Guardian-class patrol Boat at Austal's Australian shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. (Photo: Austal)

Austal COO Gregg Promoted to CEO

Director and CEO David Singleton.Gregg was appointed as COO 3.5 years ago with a view to him being a natural successor for the CEO role in the future, said John Rothwell, Chairman of Austal Limited. Since Gregg's appointment Austal has set up operations in Vietnam, expanded its operations in the Philippines and won a new Cape class contract with the Australian Government.“Our shipyards in Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and China are working incredibly efficiently while producing quality defense and commercial vessels,” Rothwell said.“That is a reflection of Paddy’s drive

Stuart Ostrow, President, ShipMoney

ShipMoney, ISWAN Partner for 'ShipMoney Cares'

include medical or educational support. ShipMoney along with its strategic remittance partners will make a sizable annual donation to the program.  There is a maximum grant of $500 and seafarers can apply once a year.“This initiative will provide a welcome safety net for seafarers in the Philippines," said Caitlin Vaughan, Project Manager, ISWAN. "It differs from our other welfare funds because it is for basic individual grants of $50 - $500."

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