NEWS Aker Kvaerner Opens New Facility Aker Kvaerner will officially open its new North Sam Houston Parkway facility in on April 25. The new purpose built facility will include operational support of three main activities; drilling equipment, well intervention technology and subsea systems. It will be the primary center for assembly, testing and aftermarket activity for Aker Kvaerner's oil field operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The facility includes advanced laboratories for assembly of electronic and hydraulic technology, pressure testing for ultra-deepwater applications and a pit for underwater testing of deepwater trees and pumps. While the main activity at the facility will be aftermarket support of drilling and subsea equipment new technology, such as the wireline tractor; PowerTrac and the subsea pump; Multibooster, is an important feature at this location. OSI's warship navigation technology and market leadership position provides the company with a clear advantage in pursuing this market. Constellation Maritime Gets New Tug Halloran Promoted to VP at A&B Kevin L. Halloran has been promoted by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., to vice president, corporate development and investor relations. He had joined the company last October as director, corporate finance and investor relations, and has added corporate planning to his responsibilities; he continues to report to A&B's Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher J. Benjamin. Kuzniecky Inaugurated Former Comptroller General Dani Ariel Kuzniecky Barsky officially assumed his new position as chairman of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors at an inaugural ceremony conducted at the presidential palace. At the inauguration, Kuzniecky, who will concurrently hold the rank of Minister for Canal Affairs, said that "one of my commitments will be to preserve the pride and international prestige that Panama has gained as a result of the ACP's management of the waterway." Among the first duties in his new role, Kuzniecky headed an ACP commission to present the second quarterly expansion report to the National Assembly of Panama. He also presided over the ACP Board of Directors meeting, where the proposal Constellation's docking pilot, Chris Deeley with Chloe Deeley and wife Barbara. (Photo Credit: Byron Birdsall) OSI Geospatial Signs Contract OSI Geospatial Inc. (OSI) said its U.S. Systems Operations has signed a $500,000 contract to provide the U.S. Navy with military navigation systems. The systems will be installed on 12 new vessels that are being built to support homeland defense initiatives. The U.S. government and many other governments around the world are committing substantial resources towards coastal and harbor defense initiatives. There is an increasing demand for small vessels that can be deployed quickly to identify and respond to security threats. Boston's newest harbor tug has been christened, crewed and has started serving customers of Constellation Maritime Co. The tug Leo is a 78-ft., 5,000 hp Dolphin-Class vessel built at Foss Rainier Shipyard in Oregon. The new ASD-powered tug arrived in Boston on March 7 along with the Orion, a 3,000 hp, 95 ft. Voith-powered tractor formerly in service for Foss Maritime on the Columbia River. Together, the two high-powered tugs give Constellation, a Foss subsidiary, an edge in handling ship assists, harbor work, and future tanker escorts. Constellation deck and engine room personnel have been working with Foss trainers in Boston and Long Beach, Calif., to become familiar with operation and maintenance of the two vessels. Massachusetts State Commissioned Harbor Pilots also have joined training sessions to learn how to best use the tugs. The Leo was christened during a reception attended by about 150 people at the Boston Harbor Hotel on April 19. Among the guests were customers, local dignitaries, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy officials, pilots, and representatives of Foss and its parent company, Marine Resources Group. 10 · MarineNews · May, 2007
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