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Videlina Georgieva (left) with Lise Dumant (right) (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Announces Leadership Changes

Svitzer A/S.  Georgieva, who is currently global head of strategy, portfolio and performance management, joined Svitzer from Maersk Line in 2010 as regional commercial and business development manager in Svitzer Australia and has since held the positions as regional head of business development in Singapore and global head of business development

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Newport Shipping Names Loges Managing Director for Germany

.Loges comes with more than 30 years of industry experience in domestic and international marketplaces. His previous roles included Global Head of Ship and Offshore Finance for the last 15 years in financial institutions DVB BANK SE Amsterdam, HSH Nordbank AG Hamburg, UniCredit Bank AG Hamburg and Singapore.“With the opening of the Hamburg office Newport will have presence in all the major shipping centers. This is key to our business strategy of delivering services through a global network. Ingmar’s strong reputation as a maritime veteran with in-depth experience of the industry will

Dennis de Bruin (Photo: BMT)

BMT Names de Bruin Managing Director for Europe

,” de Bruin said.“While continuing to be focused on our core, existing survey capabilities, we will grow BMT’s global consultancy and technology portfolios to reach and diversify into adjacent markets. In addition we are exploring larger simulation and renewable energy projects in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and how to harness virtual reality training benefits with innovative products such as BMT’s REMBRANDT ship simulator.“This new path will undoubtedly inspire staff and customers alike, and I am relishing the prospect of building an even stronger and resilient business

Mike Holliday - LR's Marine & Offshore president for South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa (SAMEA) - Credit: LR

LR Names Marine & Offshore President for SAMEA

LR has appointed Mike Holliday as Marine & Offshore president for South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa (SAMEA).In his new role, Holliday will lead LR’s Marine and Offshore operations across SAMEA, primarily based in Singapore, and be responsible for developing the business in current and emerging markets as well as identifying growth opportunities in the region including key gas, naval and offshore projects.Holliday’s remit will also include LR’s traditional portfolio such as classification, compliance, and advisory services to as well as collaborating with clients on industry

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Life on Hold for Many Philippine Seafarers

domestic product.But hundreds of thousands were likely to lose their jobs this year, cutting an important lifeline for many poor families.RemittancesAbout 10 million Filipinos work or live overseas, official figures show, spread across North America, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia such as Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.Remittances by overseas Filipino workers reached a record high of $33.5 billion last year, according to the central bank.But as global coronavirus cases keep climbing, up to 400,000 Filipino overseas workers were projected to lose their jobs or take a pay cut this year, according

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Partners Launch LNG Training in Singapore

GTT Training said Monday it has reached a training partnership agreement with Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI) to facilitate the delivery of GTT Training’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry related courses at WMI’s training facility in Jurong, Singapore.The partnership includes the installation of GTT Training’s Liquid Gas Handling Simulator ‘G-SIM’ at the Wavelink Maritime Simulation Center and the co-sharing of expertise.The LNG handling and operations courses will be geared toward personnel involved with LNG carriers, terminals and LNG-fueled vessels.

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AqualisBraemar Names South East Asia Head

;s continued growth across the South East Asia region,” says David Wells, CEO of AqualisBraemar.Phil Lenox will continue in his role as regional managing director for the Asia Pacific region, overseeing operations in China including Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and the regional hub, Singapore

Anders Gronborg (Photo: Trafigura)

New TFG Marine CEO to Leave in September

leadership."Reuters was unable to reach Gronborg for immediate comment.Trafigura holds a majority stake in TFG. The other owners are tanker company Frontline and dry bulk carrier Golden Ocean.In April TFG Marine was awarded bunker fuel supplier licences by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).(Reporting by Roslan Khasawneh Editing by David Goodman

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Genco Makes First Full Crew Change Under Singapore's New Rules

U.S.-based drybulk shipowner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced the successful full crew change of the Genco Liberty, a 180,032 DWT Capesize vessel, marking the first full crew change under new COVID-19 protocols in Singapore.  A total of 37 seafarers were involved in this crew change, which was completed on June 6, 2020 and executed in accordance with protocols established by Genco, Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Synergy Group.John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, many individuals have been onboard

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KrisEnergy's Ang Becomes Permanent CFO

in 2013 as Corporate Finance Manager and was appointed Group Treasury Manager in the following year. She began her career with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney in 1999 in financial market operations and progressed to research analyst before departing in 2007. Ang moved to Singapore in 2008 and joined CLSA as a research analyst. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as VP, Corporate Finance at Brighton Capital Advisors, a corporate finance firm established in Singapore with a primary focus on the oil and gas sector. She holds a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Banking and Finance)

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ShipMoney Digital Payment Solutions for Cash-to-Master Virtual Payments for Seafarers

industry moves away from cash-to-master and is searching for digital solutions, the Covid 19 pandemic has markedly accelerated interest in card and digital payments," said Ostrow. "The trend is underscored by GAC’s announcement last week of the suspension of cash-to-master services in Singapore. Our Virtual Card solution is easily implemented, scalable across the globe and offers significant cost savings compared to how the industry currently administers crew wages via cash-to-master and wire payments sent to home bank accounts.”A second feature is the Transfer Marketplace, a proprietary

Brookes Bell Expands Marine Casualty Capability

. They are appointed by the Lloyd’s of London’s SCOPIC Committee for their exceptional level of expertise in the field of salvage and wreck removal.Joining the Brookes Bell team are William Leschaeve and Michael Riddell.Riddell is a senior master mariner, based in Brookes Bell’s Singapore office. Following an initial career at sea with Safmarine, he later served on ocean-going salvage tugs responsible for ocean towage and emergency response. Ashore, Riddell has extensive experience in emergency response, wreck removal, ship stability, condition surveys and other related work.Leschaeve

MCTC Opens Singapore Office

MCTC announced it has opened an office in Singapore to service its growing client base in this important international maritime hub. The experienced team at MCTC Singapore will support local clients as well as the galley crews through regular vessel visits in the port.Our Catering Competency Development Program training package is designed to increase standards in the galley by training and supporting catering staff. MCTC uses distinctive training methods and offers 365 days a year support which incorporates a 360 degree development and upgrade training with a range of training programs, both

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X-Press Feeders Names Yoskovitz CEO

X-Press Feeders CFO Shmuel Yoskovitz will take over as CEO, the Singapore-based feeder containership operator announced.Yoskovitz replaces Tim Hartnoll who has served as CEO since 2017. Hartnoll will transtion back to his role as group chairman."I am turning 65 in May, and I am now most keen on ensuring that the dynamism of X-Press is maintained into the future," Hartnoll said. "I have decided to hand the role of CEO to Shmuel effective May 4, 2020, which will enable me to function at a higher level as Chairman of the Group." In addition, Ofir Vilzig will be promoted to

Alfonso Castillero (Photo: The Liberian Registry)

Liberia Calls for Flag States to Join Together for Crew Changes

service, which to date has been largely not possible.  I have been very pleased with the cooperation and communication thus far in working closely with key bodies such as ITF, ICS, and the IMO.”  Castillero continues, “It has also been good to see the efforts of nations such as Singapore and others progressing to allow the continuous operation of their ports, and the recognition of the importance that seafarers play in the global economy.  There is a lot of work being done globally to get this achieved.  I strongly feel that the major flag States must work together in

David Cox (Photo: MatthewsDaniel)

MatthewsDaniel Names Cox as CEO

years. Jarman having led the growth and expansion of the business through those three decades will now act as a Special Advisor.Cox started his career as a Subsea Engineer in 2001 with BBP Technical Services and began his career as a Loss Adjuster when he joined MatthewsDaniel in 2006.  Based in Singapore for seven years as the Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, he returned to London in 2016 as Managing Director for Europe in 2018. Since 2019 he has held this role alongside that of Group Chief Operating Officer.Cox is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, graduating from University College London (UCL)

Dr. Lars Grünitz (Photo: Norstar Ship Management)

Norstar Hires Grünitz as Managing Director

Singapore-based manager Norstar Ship Management (NSM) has appointed Lars Grünitz as its new Managing Director, replacing Christopher Kirton.Grünitz was most recently Head of Vessel Management and Process improvement for Berge Bulk and was previously Managing Director for Thome Ship Management. He holds a doctoral degree in naval architecture and started his career in building naval submarines before moving into various technical and commercial leadership roles with Germanischer Lloyd.Norstar Shipping (Asia) Managing Director Tom Bonehill said, “We feel confident that Lars possesses the

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