Chris Rodricks has been appointed in a business development role for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in their Middle East and India Region. Rodricks joined the India Steamship Company in 1971 as an 18-year-old cadet and has since worked for Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore and Seamec.
Jim Mosquera joined General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems as vice president and chief technology officer. Mosquera will be responsible for achieving strategic technical, business and financial objectives in support of technology, platform and next-generation product development. Mosquera will lead the development and management of technology roadmaps that execute growth opportunities.
Teledyne Oceanscience hired Vitad Pradith as technical sales manager. Pradith was previously the project lead for unmanned systems at HYPACK, where he successfully led the development of the NEXUS unmanned aerial LiDAR system.
Dr. Amy Wright of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has been named one of two National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows, the highest professional accolade for inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Wright’s research focuses marine natural products with potential uses against neurodegeneration, infectious diseases and cancer.
Greensea hired Matthew Parrilla as robotics engineer in its emerging technologies group to work on next-generation supervised autonomy and navigation and hired Karl Lander, previously with the U.S. Coast Guard, as account executive. Greensea also created two new positions: Marybeth Gilliam will be chief operating officer and Galal Hamdy will be vice president of business development and partnerships.
Kraken appointed retired VAdm. Michael J. Connor, U.S. Navy, to its board of directors. His assignments included command of the USS Seawolf, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Submarine Squadron Eight, Undersea Forces in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.
3D at Depth announced the appointment of Cory Moore as global offshore operations manager and Ian Roberts as senior mechanical design engineer. Moore has more than 20 years’ experience overseeing subsea survey and mapping projects in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Roberts came from Tidewater Subsea, where he was responsible for ROV operations, engineering and tooling design.
ShipServ’s recently appointed executive management team includes CEO Kim Skaarup, COO Mikael Weis, SVP Henrik Hyldahn and Executive Vice President Don Staffin.
OceanWorks International appointed Harald Grob as technical director. With more than 30 years’ experience at OceanWorks, Grob played a key role in the development of the U.S. Navy Pressurized Rescue Module System (PRMS) and other subsea projects.
Economist Rashid Sumaila of the University of British Columbia received the Volvo Environment Prize for 2017. Sumaila’s research is in future ocean health, including overfishing, oil spills, plastics pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and solutions for managing the marine biosphere.
Jim Ledwell, emeritus research scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was named a 2017 fellow of The Oceanography Society. Ledwell pioneered the use of perfluorinated tracers to study ocean mixing and circulation, driven largely by the need to understand the role of the ocean in Earth’s climate system.
Tim Helsdon joined the International Marine Contractors Association team as a technical adviser in diving. Helsdon worked at Bibby Offshore from 2006 to 2014 and has also worked with Vard Fincantierri, Red7Marine Offshore, DSV Advisory and Calypso Subsea Services Ltd.