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Obituary: John A. Gurrad

John A. Gurrad, MOL (America) Inc.’s former Vice President for Business Plan- ning and e-Commerce, passed away on

June 2, 2010. Gurrad’s 37-year career in the shipping industry included 10 years at MOL as vice president in Concord,

Calif. He joined MOL in August of 1998 and retired in October 2008. Gurrad was 68. Prior to joining MOL, Gurrad spent 19 years with APL (1979-1998) in Oak- land, Calif., eventually serving as Assis- tant to the Chairman of the Board (1995-1998).

W R Systems Appoints Brown

WR Systems, Ltd., a supplier of high- tech, engineering based maritime sys- tems, appointed

Simon Brown as Di- rector of Interna- tional Marine

Business. Brown will expand and develop an international dis- tributor base for current WRSystems nav- igation and marine IT-based products, as well as direct business development to in- crease the profile of the company in the global marine industry. Brown is a resi- dent of Manchester, United Kingdom.

This newly created position forms part of WRSystems’ strategy to capitalize on their unique capabilities within the com- mercial maritime sector.

EBDG Adds Staff

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) added to its staff in both Seattle and New

Orleans. Marine designer Jason Haik is joining EBDG's Seattle office, bringing 12 years of marine experience and exten- sive skills in AutoCAD, ShipConstructor and Rhino. Joining the team in EBDG's

New Orleans office is Joel Wiik, a struc- tural designer with four years of shipyard design experience.

Van Kuyk Joins OMM

John Van Kuyk, a business develop- ment manager with more than 25 years experience in the off- shore oil and gas in- dustry, has been brought in as the new

Business Develop- ment Manager with subsea cable special- ists, Offshore Marine Management.

GNMTC Orders Cruise Ship

GNMTC signed a contract with STX

France to build a new cruise ship. The 139,400 ton vessel will be 333 x 38 m and include 1,739 passenger cabins and 732 crew cabins. Delivery of this ship is scheduled for December 2012. Founded in 1975, GNMTC is a Libyan State owned company which operates a fleet of 24 vessels specialized in the transport of crude oil, oil products and LPG, all over the world.

L-3 M&PS Promotes Pope

L-3 Marine &

Power Systems an- nounced today that it has promoted Brian

Pope to the position of senior vice presi- dent of business de- velopment. Pope will continue to report di- rectly to Robert Leskow, corporate vice president and president of the Marine &

Power Systems group.

Colonna’s Expands

Colonna’s Shipyard announced a major expansion, the new West Yard Marine

Travelift Facility. Situated on approxi- mately 10 acres, this facility will accom- modate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 vessels including tugs, barges, ferries, workboats, and yachts. Featuring the world’s largest mobile hoist, a 1000 met- ric ton Marine Travelift, the West Yard is designed as a rapid response facility. 34 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

Seither Tapped to


The Society of Naval Archi- tects and Ma- rine Engineers named Erik

Seither as its next Executive

Director of the

Society. Seither will become the 12th person to serve in the capacity since the organiza- tion’s founding in 1893. He will as- sume the helm of SNAME HQ on

July 6, succeeding Phil Kimball, who has held the position since 1998.

He comes to the Society from Det

Norske Veritas, for whom he worked for the past eight years in senior maritime marketing management positions in North and South Amer- ica.

Stark to Head GICA

James Stark was named Ex- ecutive Director of the Gulf Intra- coastal Canal

Association (GICA), effec- tive July 6, 2010. GICA’s mission is to ensure the Gulf Intra- coastal Waterway is maintained, op- erated and improved to provide the safest, most efficient, economical and environmentally-sound water transportation route in our nation.

Stark most recently has been con- sulting on the response and recovery operations associated with the Deep- water Horizon Spill in the Gulf of


Bourbon: $2b Through 2015

French company announces plan to operate 600-vessel fleet by 2015

For Maritime Reporter readers who still wax nos- talgic regarding the Rea- gan-era plan to build a “600-ship” U.S. Navy fleet, another is on the horizon. A $2b vessels newbuild program to renew the old and obsolete conti- nental offshore fleet and meet demand in deepwater was recently announced by

Bourbon. “With this plan covering 2011 to 2015, Bourbon wants to achieve lead- ership under the flag of excellence” said Jacques de Chateauvieux, Chairman &

CEO of Bourbon. “It relies on innovative and cost efficient vessels and above all, on the women and men who deliver Bourbon services every day, striving to achieve the highest safety and operations standards, personally committed and united to attain excellence”. By adding 80 supply vessels and 64 crewboats through a $2b investment plan in newbuildings, Bourbon will be operating a fleet of 600 vessels for deepwater and shallow water logistics services by 2015.

Fleet as of Horizon 2012 Bourbon 2015 2015: Total

Dec. 2009 Strategic Plan Strategy # Vessels

Under construction Newbuildings

Deep water 82 22 30 134

Shallow water 52 44 50 146

Total supply vessels 134 66 80 280

Crewboats 223 33 64 320

Total fleet 357 99 144 600


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