By Gavin van Marle 01/11/2016 With the considerable supply chain disruptions that have taken place in the container industry over the past couple of years, it has become increasingly apparent that shippers and forwarders need to understand the “black hole” that is container terminals.In this week’s Loadstar Podcast, we talk to Paul Avery, managing editor of WorldCargo News, a leading commentator on the causes of and solutions to port congestion. Mr Avery explains how terminals arrange their stacks and why it can be so difficult to find particular boxes; and argues that a new commercial arrangement directly between terminals and forwarders and shippers might be to the benefit of everyone.
Patti Engineering has hired experienced New Business Development Manager Tim Hebert, who will be working out of the company’s Austin, Texas, office. In his new role, Hebert will use his extensive experience with business development in the automation and electrical industries to assist Patti Engineering with achieving its business goals. Patti Engineering has also promoted Nick Hitchcock to director of Texas operations. Hired in 2008, Hitchcock has served in several engineering and management roles in the company’s Austin office, which has recently seen a sharp uptick in automotive industry projects. Patti Engineering, Inc., a leading control system integration company based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with offices in Texas and Indiana, recently announced changes in the company’s Austin, Texas, management team to meet the rising demand for the company’s services.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “During his tenure with Patti Engineering, Nick Hitchcock has worked hard to develop and hone his leadership and project management skills, and we are pleased to announce he has been promoted to director of Texas operations,” said Sam Hoff, CEO of Patti Engineering. “We are also excited to welcome Tim into our Texas-based team to help us accommodate the growing demand for our control system integration services in that market.” Hebert brings extensive experience to his new role, having previously served in a variety of sales and account management positions. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Hebert holds a bachelor of science in industrial distribution. In addition, Hebert holds several industry certifications, including those from Procore Technologies, Amazon Web Services and Rockwell Automation.
Egyptian government has signed exploration agreements with three oil companies this week, which is expected to attract a $265 million investment to the country.The three companies involved are Petroceltic from Ireland, UAE’s Dana Gas and Edison from Italy. According to a statement made by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the companies will drill a minimum of 8 exploration wells.Under the agreement, the companies will explore for oil and gas in the Mediterranean sea, the Gulf of Suez and the Nile Delta.Energy minister Sharif Ismail said that in order to increase its oil production and develop more reserves, Egypt would continue inviting bids from international oil companies for new leases.He added that these contracts will make the investment climate in Egypt more attractive for international oil companies, which will lead to increased level of exploration activities. [mappress]Offshore Energy Today Staff, February 14, 2014