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Ridgebury Tankers: 13 ships in a year

Ridgebury Tankers: 13 ships in a year

Westport: There’s a fierce thunderstorm when the line clicks through to Bob Burke. It’s been just over a year since he founded Ridgebury Tankers and he’s been working long, long hours to get this new firm up and running, a rush of financing and a rapid fleet build up. Maritime CEO is interrupting Burke’s well-deserved holiday in the Caribbean with his family, his first break since the founding of the company on April 10 last year.

Zeaborn: Taking the plunge

Zeaborn: Taking the plungeBremen: One of the world’s newest shipowners, Bremen-based Zeaborn jumped into the news last week conforming an order for ten multipurpose vessels, something our Chinese sister site SinoShip News reported a month ago. The 12,500 d...

Investment Global: The return of a Singapore logistics veteran

Investment Global: The return of a Singapore logistics veteranSingapore: Last week it was announced that logistics veteran, Peter Tan, the former ceo and founder of Sembawang Kimtrans, has returned to the marine and offshore logistics industry four years after retiring to chair Investment Glob...

Lexington Maritime: Koenig predicts demise of German shipping

Lexington Maritime: Koenig predicts demise of German shippingHamburg: One of the world’s powerhouses of shipping is set to fade, says a leading Hamburg financier. Tobias Koenig, one of the best known names in ship finance around the world, says that thanks to the demise of the KG system the...

Maritime CEO 300: Shipowners

Maritime CEO 300: ShipownersSingapore: Maritime CEO is written with the shipowner in mind. The readership of the magazine is more than 90% c-suite shipowners, and all writers for the title are trained to write with the owner in mind. On the site, every Friday ...

Maritime CEO 300: Offshore

Maritime CEO 300: OffshoreSingapore: Roughly one in ten of Maritime CEO’s archive of 300 interviews are with top management of offshore vessel owners. As shipping hit the doldrums six years back, offshore has grown and grown – witness the latest mid-term...

Maritime CEO 300: Shipmanagement

Maritime CEO 300: ShipmanagementSingapore: As Maritime CEO celebrates passing the 300 interview mark we are spending this week looking through who said what and making themes each day. Today, we turn our attention to shipmanagement. Just last week, oracle-like ...

Maritime CEO 300: Shipping’s public image

Maritime CEO 300: Shipping’s public imageSingapore: Maritime CEO has notched up 300 interviews. To celebrate this milestone all week we are tapping into the Maritime CEO archives to pick out specific themes of interest. Today, we look at shipping’s public image. Many ...

Maritime CEO 300: Innovation

Maritime CEO 300: InnovationSingapore: Maritime CEO has sailed past the 300-interview mark. The portal designed to tap leading insights from the top movers and shakers in the maritime and offshore industries has now established itself as a must-read title for ...

Thoresen Shipping: 50 percent fleet growth this year

Thoresen Shipping: 50 percent fleet growth this yearSingapore: In terms of percentage fleet growth few Asian dry bulk owners are growing faster than Thoresen Shipping this year. Thoresen Shipping is the dry bulk shipping arm of Thai-listed investment group Thoresen Thai Agencies (...

Dynamic Drilling: Beyond India

Dynamic Drilling: Beyond IndiaSingapore: Dynamic Drilling Holdco is all set to move beyond Indian waters as it expands its fleet of jack-ups. Founded three years ago, Dynamic Group has three jack-ups and a drillship on charter to India’s Oil and Natural Gas Co...

Nadiro: Lifeboat solutions

Svendborg: Shockingly the name lifeboat may well be a misnomer. According to this article from Maersk a few years back lifeboats have cost more lives during training drills than they saved during actual rescue situations. The hook release system, whi...

Univan: Shipmanagement is ‘a very positive story’

Hong Kong: Shipmanagement has a bright future as owners look to outsource more and more, says Bjorn Hojgaard, ceo of Hong Kong’s Univan Ship Management. “Shipmanagement overall is a very positive story,” says the Danish national. As an indus...

Glander International Bunkering: Consolidation on the cards

Dubai: The disparate, stretched bunkering sector will go through a period of amalgamation, argues a senior player in the industry in today’s Maritime CEO profile. Christoffer Berg Lassen is the managing director and ceo of Dubai-headquartered ...

AET: Moving into the dynamic positioning sector

Kuala Lumpur: AET, one of Southeast Asia’s premier names in tanker shipping, is making firm moves into the dynamic positioning sector. Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman, global director of shipmanagement at AET, says the line currently operates two DP shutt...

IMEC: Wage negotiations continue

London: There’s under three months until the shipping industry finds out what wages it will be paying to its seafarers going forward and those at the negotiating table are still bargaining hard. Giles Heimann, the ceo of the International Maritime ...

ShipMoney: Visa style payments to trim costs

Fort Lauderdale: It’s one of the great hassles and hidden expenses for finance folk working for shipowners and shipmanagers, getting cash onboard for daily necessities. As with the greatest inventions, Stuart Ostrow from Florida has come up with an...

Sherpa Offshore: Gas-powered OSVs ‘make sense’

Singapore: Denis Welch, a well-known face in the Asian shipyard scene, is now on a mission to develop gas powered OSVs specifically for the Asian region. Welch, who quit as ceo for Southeast Asia for Dutch yard group IHC Merwede in February, reckons ...

Armaturen-Wolff: Keeping it in the family

Hamburg: Shipping is an industry where family businesses are common. Few however are as steeped in close family ties as Armaturen-Wolff, the Hamburg valve specialists. Founded in 1945, the company today is run by the second and third generations of t...

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Fear and loathing at sea

The private maritime security racket is not for the faint hearted as our special reporter reveals in this extract from our latest magazine

Fear and loathing at sea

Herein lies a brief narrative of the UK maritime security industry, a tale of betrayal, back stabbing, lies, lost friendships, broken marriages and dislocated egos.

Let’s start at the very beginning. This is a dirty business, mostly full of grubby self promoting little nobodies usually with the IQ of a cement mixer, and with all the social graces of Idi Amin and who having the audacity to call themselves ‘businessmen’ are laughingly nothing more than a bunch of chancers who got lucky and took advantage of a situation that shipowners were pretty much backed into by various entities and the actual hijacking of vessels. 

Friendships of many years standing as soldiers have been ruined by the greedy, grubby brigade.

I personally took on the following who are now ‘directors’ of their own companies: a guy who was living on his grandmother’s sofa, a chap who was being made homeless, and a convicted thief.

 

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