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Hunting Slashes 25% of Workforce

50% cut in its $22 million budgeted annual capital expenditure.Global energy companies have cut their spending to save cash after oil prices collapsed on weak fuel demand due to the coronavirus crisis.Hunting, however, said it does not anticipate drawing down on its $160 million secured revolving credit facility at this time, as its cash position remains healthy. (Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Names New Senior Management Team

administration, and solid expertise and experience with a number of the most important disciplines the position is responsible for.Torgeir Stordal (58) will be Director of geoscience, technology and co-existence.Stordal’s responsibilities will include geo and reservoir-technical and technical facility assessments, seabed minerals, co-existence at sea, emissions and discharges to the environment, fiscal metering audits and research and technology cooperation.Stordal has a Cand.scient. degree in geophysics from the University of Bergen. Today, he is the Director of exploration in the NPD in a rotating

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Austal USA Graduates 28 Apprentices Into Full-time Positions

Alabama shipbuilder Austal USA said it graduated 28 youth apprentices into full-time paid positions this spring. The apprentices are recent high school graduates from schools throughout Mobile and Baldwin County and completed seven weeks of training at the Alabama Industrial Development Training facility adjacent to Austal’s campus.“Austal USA is excited to have hired 28 Youth Apprentices into full-time Fabrication Trade Assistant positions,” Austal USA Workforce Development Manager Ryan Lee said. “The Youth Apprenticeship program is a special program. It’s an awesome

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Neptune Energy Plans to Let 400 Office Workers Go

Energy CEO said earlier this week that like all energy companies, Neptune has been impacted, with revenues this year – and probably next year – expected to be correspondingly down compared with where they were last year. "In response, we have successfully increased our lending facility, reduced our expenditure across the business by some 30% this year and our shareholders have agreed not to receive a dividend in 2020," he said.In a long letter sent to Neptune Energy employees this week explaining the situation, and the reasons behind the proposal to lay off 400 workers, House

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

end power supply contracts for the project in 2015. Indeed, just one project – the five-turbine (30 megawatt) Deepwater Wind farm off Block Island – is up and running so far. But, there are a slew of other projects in the pipeline. The two-turbine (12 megawatt) Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind facility – a “test” construction in advance of the planned 2,640-megawatt Dominion Energy Wind Farm – has already started construction and reportedly remains largely on schedule.Several other large projects are in the pipeline to start construction within the next two to three years

Captain Ted Morley, COO and Academic Principal at MPT in Fort Lauderdales.

Profiles in Training: Capt. Ted Morley, MPT

this pandemic will impact the way in which maritime training and education is delivered in the future?Long term I see a blended approach to learning. It is difficult to self-study with many of the more technical courses and the hands-on portions will always require a “bricks and mortar” facility.Which technologies do you view as most promising to deliver maritime training more effectively and efficiently?Video conferencing and virtual simulations will play a larger role. Efficient yet safe classrooms are a must. The level of technology and infrastructure to effectively deliver and measure

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Wärtsilä Upgrades USCG Academy's Training Simulator

The technology group Wärtsilä has completed replacement of the Ship Analytics simulator solution at the United States Coast Guard Academy’s Ship Control and Navigation Training System (SCANTS) facility. The original simulator system was installed at the Academy in the 1990s, and the replacement work was carried out primarily by, and in partnership with, NavSim Services, Inc., the prime contractor. The upgrade was accomplished in two stages to accommodate the operational training schedule of the Academy, and to fit within the academic breaks.The primary purpose of the USCGA SCANTS

Martyn Thomas is the Chief of Staff at Stream Marine Training Ltd (SMT Ltd.)

Profiles in Maritime Training: Martyn Thomas, Chief of Staff, Stream Marine Training Ltd. (SMT)

where SMT trains the majority of its theoretical based courses, including Alternative Fuels, HELM, Security Awareness, and Security Duties, as well as its pool-based training courses like Personal Survival Techniques and custom-developed Water Safety courses. SMT also operates a fire-fighting training facility at Glasgow Airport where it trains all the STCW Fire Fighting courses, Enclosed Space Training, Rescue at Height and other offshore fire courses. In early 2020 SMT opened its new £500k boat training facility in Greenock moving from its previous site which was opened in 2015. This has allowed

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Danish Offshore Wind Turbine Builder Lays Off 400 Workers

societies and economies, and ultimately creating jobs across the value chain”.Vestas said the layoffs were expected to affect most Vestas locations in Denmark with the majority in Aarhus and Lem, due to technology projects driven from those locations being stopped.Vestas’ temporary facility in Viborg, which was established to serve specific projects from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, will be closed. "Following today’s announcement, Vestas employs more than 25,500 people globally and around 4,000 in Denmark," Vestas said Monday

David Roodenburg (Photo: Huisman)

David Roodenburg Takes Over as Huisman CEO

, David Roodenburg will continue to lead Huisman in close cooperation with Theo Bruijninckx.”Thirty-six-year-old David Roodenburg became active in Huisman from 2008, responsible for the order intake, which led to the construction start and subsequent successful delivery of the Huisman Brazil facility. In 2013, he became Manager System Architecture, focusing on the transformation of concepts design into multi-disciplinary system designs. In early 2016, he moved into developing new businesses for Huisman, resulting in two major contracts in China, and in August 2017, he became the Manager of the

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MHI Vestas Eyes Further Asia Pacific Growth. Appoints Regional Manager

, notably in Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. MHI Vestas recently signed a conditional contract with TLC for blade manufacturing in Taiwan. This is the first localization agreement made by a wind turbine manufacturer to enable blades to be produced locally. As part of the agreement, a new manufacturing facility will be constructed in Taichung Harbour.The company will deliver wind turbines for the Changfang and Xidao projects in Taiwan with a combined capacity of 589 MW.Further, the company will supply offshore wind turbines for the Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Farm Project in Japan

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Ransomware: The IT Danger on the Horizon

how heavy reliance on IT systems coupled with huge outage costs make this a serious concern for the industry. Different maritime facilities were put on high alert after news broke of a ransomware attack during the Christmas break. A virus labelled ‘Ryuk’ apparently penetrated the MTSA facility through an email phishing attack, then potentially allowed access to important network files and disrupted the port’s facility operations for over 30 hours.Ports across the country and the world are learning from this new breed of attacks, where the targets can be random rather than intentional

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STEHMO Investing $10 Mln, Adding 100 Jobs

and oil platforms that require greater size and lifting capacity. STEHMO is adding dock space and water depth adjacent to its Bayou Casotte site. The company also is investing in machinery, equipment and building upgrades.STEHMO plans to fill the new jobs by the end of 2021, increasing employment at the facility to 186.The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance to offset the cost of dredging adjacent to the STEHMO site. MDA also has approved the company for the Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which provides a rebate to eligible businesses that create new jobs that exceed the average

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Madely Joins Ecochlor as VP of Global Service

providing service support to customers both domestic and international and driving technical and commercial growth of the company.Madely will initially work out of the Ecochlor Connecticut USA office with a global remit for this role. One of his first priorities is to assist in the move to a larger facility due to Ecochlor’s rapid expansion. As Vice President – Global Services, Madely will work alongside Ecochlor’s CEO Steve Candito to implement procedures and resources to promote scaling and optimize efficiency in the organization. Madely will also lead and manage the operation and

Siobhan Fenton and Kim Gauld-Clark signing the Memorandum of Understanding with staff from Teesside University and Sofia. Photo: Teesside University

Teesside Univ, Sofia OWF Ink Skills Partnership

and capabilities to equip students for careers in the rapidly growing offshore wind sector.The 1.4 gigawatt Sofia project will be constructed on a 593km2 site 195 kilometers from shore on Dogger Bank in the North Sea. With a landfall in Teesside, between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea and an operations facility to be based at a North East port, a local skilled workforce will be vital to the construction and running of the wind farm.Through a structured partnership, Teesside University will help Sofia ensure that necessary skills will be available throughout the wind farm’s lifetime and that, where

(L-R) Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Congressman Bill Keating

Offshore Wind Jobs Act Headed to House Floor

country’s preeminent hubs of the blue economy,” said Congressman Keating.“And, there are already important programs being launched to develop the workforce needed for the offshore wind industry. In my home town of Bourne, the unveiling of the first in the nation Offshore Wind Training Facility at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy put a unique piece of training infrastructure that will allow students a place to train on the specific safety procedures required by the industry," he added

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ONE SEA Appoints Lehtovaara Chairman

accelerating pace of shipboard automation.Previously head of ABB Marine & Ports’ Design House, Eero sits on ABS and Lloyd’s Register technical committees, is Chairman of CIMAC’s working group on azimuthing propulsion standards and is ABB’s delegate at the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Program, International Maritime Organization alliance.Continuation of the collaborative approach is confirmed by the appointment of Wärtsilä Vice President, Digital Portfolio Management Mikko Tepponen as new ONE SEA vice chairman

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