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Sales Channel Director Joins WFS Technologies
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

WFS Technologies, a global specialist in disruptive wireless subsea technology, has further reinforced its senior management team following the appointment of Richard Adams as Sales Channel Director.

Adams will oversee the company’s defense activities, as well as growth in the agency network and develop relationships with other innovative manufacturers for this technology which can be applied across oil & gas, defense, offshore wind, aquaculture and smart cities. The technologies, which are contributing to improving cost effectiveness and significant operational efficiencies, incorporate subsea wireless automation, the Subsea Internet of Things® (SloT) and subsea cloud computing networks (SCCNs).

Adams was previously Sales Director for Coda Octopus Products, and his appointment comes just weeks after Moray Melhuish took up the post of Commercial Director at WFS Technologies.

Brendan Hyland, founder and chairman of WFS Technologies, said: “Attracting someone with Richard’s breadth of knowledge and experience, which has great synergies with our technologies and applications, further strengthens the tactical direction that will continue to drive our business forward.

“Richard has worked across various sectors including oil & gas, defense, nuclear and offshore renewables, and we look forward to him adding another layer of expertise to the team.”

A former submarine Engineer Officer of 20 years for the Royal Navy, where he was head of a Vanguard Class marine engineering department and an operational safety training team leader, Richard went on to achieve a Master of Business Administration with Distinction at Strathclyde University in 2009.

He then joined project and engineering management firm, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, first as a Senior Consultant and then as a Business Manager with responsibility for all aspects of support to submarine facilities from front end business and opportunity development to managing the delivery of the company’s technical services to customers.

In 2014, Adams joined Coda Octopus Products where he was responsible for the worldwide sales performance of the firm’s unique real-time 3D sonar technologies. This included developing the sales and marketing activities for key offshore markets including oil & gas, offshore wind and subsea construction.

Among particular career highlights, Adams has played a key role in increasing direct and indirect sales to subsea construction markets in China and Japan for Coda Octopus, winning a key infrastructure delivery framework agreement and managing a large safety assessment team for a major nuclear new build project for Frazer-Nash.

Speaking of his new appointment, Adams said: “WFS is in a great position and I was really taken by its disruptive wireless technologies. By harnessing the very latest in innovation and know-how, we can work with operators to significantly improve production and operational efficiencies.

“Through sharing the company’s vision, I’m looking forward to demonstrating the added value their technologies can bring, growing our sales through our indirect channels to market and helping to build on the track record that the team has achieved.”    

With over 350 patents applied for, WFS’s innovations are performing a crucial role towards helping clients to improve cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies by producing highly-sophisticated data which generate high-level intelligence and, in turn, allows more informed decisions.

Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, WFS Technologies works with major oil & gas operators and offshore wind developers around the world and is actively planning to establish a research center in Edinburgh. The research and development hub will be home to its leadership and technology team spanning a range of disciplines including mechanical, software and hardware engineers.

Liverpool Seafarers Centre Celebrates Landmark Tenth Anniversary
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Ecumenical maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary.

The charity offers practical and emotional support to more than 50,000 seafarers passing through North West of England ports each year with bases in Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Crosby and Eastham.

Formed as a joint initiative between the Catholic and Anglican Mission’s in Liverpool, it now garners the support of many other cross denominational faiths and organizations.

LSC CEO John Wilson said it was a proud moment for the charity which is driven by one central mission - to deliver 'world-class care' to the 'silent army' of seafarers living very challenging lives. He said a big touchstone for the 10th anniversary celebrations will be Sea Sunday which falls on July 14. He said LSC will be working with parishes across the North West to raise awareness of seafarers tireless work transporting 95 percent of everything the UK imports and exports. He said there will be a specific call on Sea Sunday for more volunteers to help at ports in Liverpool, Garston, Eastham, Silloth, Barrow and Workington.

“We are thrilled to have reached this landmark anniversary,” he said. “A pivotal moment involved the setting up of one central headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to direct our seafarer welfare support program. Since then our work has been centered around on-board visits focusing on direct interaction with seafarers.

“In addition we recently launched a second facility in Eastham to increase our presence in the Manchester Ship Canal with further plans in the pipeline to expand our service across Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. While service delivery has evolved over the years, our mission has never changed. It remains firmly focused on providing ‘a lifeline’ to seafarers, both active and retired. The center’s in Crosby and Eastham offer a safe and secure place to relax whilst also receiving wide-ranging support. 

“Our work includes support for ‘major life events’ such as a family bereavement, trauma, marriage, divorce or birth of a child. We also act as a go-between and can talk to the ship management company if there are problems to ensure seafarers are being properly cared for. On a practical level we provide a variety of support including access to WIFI, money exchange and a physical base on land where crew can take a break from the vessel. Another key role involves ensuring the Port of Liverpool and the maritime industry on Merseyside maintains its reputation as a friendly caring port. It is one of the few port cities to have a seafarer welfare centre in a cruise terminal.”

Wilson said the formation of LSC was sparked by the work of Liverpool Bishops’ John Worlock and David Sheppard who campaigned tirelessly to overcome divisions between the Catholic and Anglican communities during the 1970s and 1980s.

“Due to growing demand Liverpool’s first seafarer outreach work began in the mid 19th century with the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers founded in 1856. This was followed by the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool), founded in 1937. Liverpool Seafarers Centre as we know it today is the result of a successful partnership between the two organizations. The Mersey Mission to Seafarers and Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) had previously worked in isolation of one another, running small satellite centers including operations in Runcorn, Birkenhead and Salford. The merger ultimately enabled the two organizations to dovetail and pool resources.

John Wilson with MS Black Watch crew.

Global Warming Effects Presenting a ‘Major Challenge’ to Carrier Schedules in Asia
by The Loadstar
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
By Sam Whelan in Singapore (The Loadstar) – Typhoons and other adverse weather events are playing havoc with carrier schedules, presenting a “major challenge” to the industry as it aims to recover from the record low levels of schedule reliability. According to Jeremy Nixon, chief executive of Ocean Network Express (ONE), global warming has triggered […]

BIMCO: U.S. Crude Exports are Driving Tanker Demand
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

American crude oil exports hit their fifth monthly record in a row in January, reports BIMCO. U.S. crude exports nearly doubled in 2018, and the numbers have been rising steadily since last July. 

According to BIMCO chief shipping analyst Peter Sand, the 40 million tonnes of additional crude departing American ports last year meant an extra 290 Suezmax loads, which provided an extra boost for the struggling dirty tanker sector. However, tonne-mile demand is down, because a larger share of the shipments are making the (relatively) short voyage across the Atlantic to Europe rather than the long haul to China.

"In 2018, 71.5% of tonne mile demand generated by US crude oil exports originated from exports to Asia. The sudden drop in exports to Asia in January was therefore particularly harmful to the crude oil tanker shipping industry," said Sand.

Europe is now leading the demand for American petroleum, and the Netherlands took first place in January. Since the start of the trade war with China, American exporters have sold little to Chinese refiners, who used to account for the largest share of U.S. seaborne crude oil exports. Chinese entities bought no American oil at all in January. 

"A positive outcome from the ongoing trade negotiations is needed if this trade is to return to [previous] levels,” said Sand. "Although small volumes of US crude oil were sent to China in November and December . . . BIMCO did not take this as a sign that tensions between the two countries had eased, and were therefore not surprised by the lack of exports to China in January."

In the years to come, American investment in export facilities and oil E&P will play an important role in determining tanker demand, according to BIMCO. American exports are still growing rapidly, in marked contrast to many other parts of the world. “Much of the growth in total seaborne crude oil exports comes from the US, where a massive increase in exports overshadows the more modest growth and even declines experienced by the established crude oil exporting countries," said Sand. 

Claritecs Getting Traction in Singapore with Digital Bunkering Offering
by Ship Bunker
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Courtesy of its BunkerMaestro app.

Photos: Saudi Forces Rescue Crew of Burning Ro/Ro
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

On Monday morning, the ro/ro Al Fayrouz caught fire in the Red Sea, and Saudi forces quickly evacuated all 31 members of her crew.  

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (JMRCC) received a request from France's Gris Nez MRCC to provide the Al Fayrouz with assistance. French authorities had received a GMDSS distress signal from the Al Fayrouz at a position about 60 nm off the Farasan Island Marine Sanctuary in the Red Sea, and Saudi forces were best positioned to respond.

Images courtesy JMRCC

The Saudi Royal Naval Forces frigate Riyadh, the patrol vessel Al-Ashiq and a boat from the Saudi Border Guard responded to the scene. The ships' SAR teams rescued all 31 members of the Al Fayrouz's crew and brought them safely to shore at Jazan by Monday afternoon. 

The 1980-built Al Fayrouz is a 3,000 dwt ro/ro flagged in Panama. She is owned and operated by an Egyptian firm, and the JMRCC is working with the owner and operator on a salvage response plan. 

Keppel to Develop Autonomous Tug for Operation in Port of Singapore
by gCaptain
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Singaporean shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has kicked off development of its first autonomous vessel: a harbor tug to be operated by Keppel Smit Towage at the Port of Singapore. The tug is expected to be one of Singapore’s first autonomous vessels when the project is completed in 4Q 2020. The vessel is being developed […]

Wärtsilä Introduces First Commercially Available K-Band Maritime Radar
by gCaptain
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has launched the first commercially available K-band maritime radar to help increase safety in busy ports. By detecting far smaller objects and at a much higher radar resolution than conventional S or X-band radars, Wärtsilä’s RS24 enables small vessels and other potential hazards close to large ships to be visible, promoting […]

Opinion: China’s Targeting Underwater Internet Cables
by Bloomberg
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) — As the West considers the threat posed by China’s naval ambitions, there is a natural tendency to place overarching attention on the South China Sea. This is understandable: Consolidating it would provide Beijing with a huge windfall of oil and natural gas, and a potential chokehold over up to […]

Sunken Ride the Ducks Boat Had Reduced Bilge Pump Capacity
by The Maritime Executive
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

According to documents obtained by the Kansas City Star, the Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle that sank in Branson, Missouri last year had been refitted with less capable bilge pumps prior to the accident, with the U.S. Coast Guard's approval.

When it was manufactured in 1944, the military DUKW that became Stretch Duck 07 was fitted with an engine-driven Higgins bilge pump, which was capable of removing up to 250 gallons per minute. Several years before the accident voyage, the Higgins pump was changed out for three electric pumps capable of removing only 20-33 gallons per minute each. 

This change - along with use of "flapper valves" instead of manually-operated shutoff valves for the bilge discharge lines - was approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, but only on condition that the vessel should not operate in waves over two feet in height. The waves on Table Rock Lake at the time of the casualty were over four feet. 

“The Higgins pumps were removed and replaced with independent electric bilge pumps with Coast Guard input and oversight, and were ultimately approved as meeting all safety requirements before any boat was allowed on the water," said a spokeswoman for vessel owner Ripley Entertainment in a statement.

Ripley also maintains that its employees complied with the Coast Guard's two-foot wave height limit - at the time that the vessel departed the dock. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning about 20 minutes before Stretch Duck 07's departure, but the predicted high winds did not arrive until after the vessel was on the water.

The Coast Guard approval for the change occurred before Ripley Entertainment took ownership of Ride the Ducks Branson, and it covered multiple duck boats with similar retrofits. 

On July 19, 2018, Stretch Duck 07 flooded and sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. 16 passengers and one crewmember died; the victims included nine members of one family. The vessel's master, Kenneth Scott McKee, has been charged with multiple counts of negligence and misconduct resulting in death. Prosecutors contend that McKee failed to properly assess the weather before departure. 

The vessel's operator, Ride the Ducks Branson, has closed for the 2019 season. Owner Ripley Entertainment is repurposing its location as a laser tag venue. 

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