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Shipbuilding: Oman Drydock CEO Aims to Triple Revenue by 2021

"I’m looking for go-getters. I’m looking (for the types of people) from the ‘wild west’ bars, the kind that kick the doors open with their boots and get to work."
Said bin Homoud Al Maawali, CEO, Oman Drydock Company (ODC). Photo: ODC

Said bin Homoud Al Maawali, CEO, Oman Drydock Company (ODC) means business when he aims to triple revenue by 2021, but it’s anything but business-as-usual at ODC. A neophyte to the shipyard world, he is a veteran business man with a long resume in multiple industries, a turnaround specialist. He sees potential at ODC,

Maritime Thought Leadership: Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK

Koichi Fujiwara, Chairman, ClassNK

Tokyo-based Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, or ClassNK as it is more commonly known, is one of the world's leading classification societies with 9,104 ships representing 250 million gt under register, as of June 2018. We spoke with Koichi Fujiwara, Chairman, ClassNK, earlier this year in Tokyo for his overview of the market today,

Caribbean States Kick Off Green Defense Against Disasters

Richard Branson with Usain Bolt (Photo: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator)

British billionaire Richard Branson and two dozen Caribbean nations and territories announced in Jamaica on Thursday the creation of a multi-million dollar program to turn the hurricane-prone region into a green tech hub resilient to disasters.The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator marks the culmination of talks that began with Branson's push,

Maritime Thought Leadership: Remi Eriksen, DNV GL

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO at DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL, has been on the job for nearly three years, taking over at arguably one of the more challenging and pivotal times in maritime history. We met with Eriksen recently in Athens, Greece, for his insights on the markets and DNV GL’s position going forward.

Maritime Thought Leadership: Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS

Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO, ABS. (Photo: ABS)

The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?It’s clear our business environment continues to change and we have a new definition of what normal means: nothing is normal. We are in era of rapid, disruptive and impactful change.

Shipping Executive Focus: Art Regan, Executive Chairman, Genco Shipping & Trading

Art Regan, Executive Chairman, Genco Shipping & Trading. (Photo: Genco)

Art Regan, who has been the Executive Chairman at Genco Shipping and Trading (NYSE: GNK) since October 2016, personifies the new type of shipping executive, savvy on all things maritime (he is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler) coupled with a keen understanding of market dynamics.

Diana Shipping Appoints Directors and Executive Officers

Board of Directors. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping announced that, effective August 1, 2018, the Company increased the size of its Board of Directors from nine to eleven members.The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels appointed Christos Glavanis to serve as a Class I Director and appointed Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos,

Trump Bets on New European LNG Terminals

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U.S. President Donald Trump expects the European Union to fund 9 to 11 liquefied natural gas (LNG) ports to absorb "vastly" more shipments from the United States but current EU investment in new projects will only help open small markets.In a White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Monday,

Kalleklev Takes Over as CEO of FLEX LNG

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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier owner and operator FLEX LNG has appointed Øystein M. Kalleklev as Chief Executive Officer to replace Jonathon Cook, who resigned in May.Kalleklevm, who has served as Chief Financial Officer of Flex LNG since October 2017, will continue to serve as CFO until a replacement is found.

Hapag-Lloyd Runs Germany’s Largest Maritime Training Program

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Sixty-one young men and women will be starting their three-year apprenticeship at Hapag-Lloyd tomorrow. While some of them will spend the lion’s share of this time on container ships, the on-shore apprentices will cycle through various national and international departments, which will allow them to

VT Halter Marine Taps Baczkowski as CEO

Pascagoula, Miss. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced it has appointed Ronald Baczkowski as president and CEO with immediate effect.Baczkowski joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980 and retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 2012. He had held various command and staff appointments directing

Women in Shipping: 21st Century Workforce

Photo: Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

In an industry facing significant skill shortages many organizations are ready to take a fresh approach to recruiting and retaining women in the shipping workplace. According to Lee Clarke, Regional Director – Northern Hemisphere at Dynama, the first place to start is establishing an accurate gender

WinGD Names Heim CEO

Klaus Heim (Photo: WinGD)

Klaus Heim has been named chief executive officer of WinGD, a Switzerland headquartered developer of two-stroke gas and diesel engines for marine propulsion.Heim is slated to take up the role August 6, 2018, joining the company from OMT in Turin, Italy, where he currently serves as chief technical officer.

CN Board Appoints Jean-Jacques Ruest President and CEO

Jean-Jacques Ruest. Photo: CN

The Board of Directors of Canadian National Railway Company (CN) announced the appointment of Jean-Jacques Ruest as President and Chief Executive Officer of CN effective immediately. Ruest has also been appointed to CN’s Board of Directors.“In JJ, we have the best. He brings vision, energy, and speed to the role.

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