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Harald Fotland (Photo: Odfjell)

Fotland Named COO at Odfjell

Odfjell SE has appointed Harald Fotland as chief operations officer (COO), effective January 5, 2018.    The Norwegian tanker shipping firm said it is introducing a COO function to ensure full integration between ship management and commercial operations. “With the new structure, Odfjell Tankers will have common and aligned goals across all functions relating to chemical tankers,” the company said.   Fotland joined Odfjell as chief of staff in 2010, and in 2015 was appointed senior vice president of Odfjell Tankers. He has also held the position as intermediate senior vice

Harald Fotland (Photo: Odfjell)

New Head for Odfjell Tankers

Odfjell announced it has appointed Senior Vice President Harald Fotland to new Head of Odfjell Tankers. Fotland comes from the position as SVP/Chief of Staff and has for the past 18 months also been responsible for the cost-cutting and efficiency program in Odfjell. He succeeeds the shipper's previous head of tankers, Morten Nystad, who stepped down from his position in July.  The company also appointed Vice President Arild Viste to Global Head of Tanker Trading in Odfjell Tankers. Viste comes from the position as Vice President for Commercial Development.  

Helge Olsen (Photo: Odfjell SE)

Odfjell SVP Olsen Steps Down

Norway based shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE said its Senior Vice President Helge Olsen will step down from his role as Head of Ship Management, effective January 9, 2017.   Olsen, who has been with the company since 2000, holds no Odfjell shares or options.   Harald Fotland, SVP Odfjell Tankers, has been appointed to temporarily cover the position as SVP Ship Management until Olsen’s successor is in place.

Kristian Mørch (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell Board Announces New CEO’s Start Date

Odfjell's new president and CEO Kristian Verner Mørch to start August 1, 2015    Kristian Verner Mørch will take up his new position as president and CEO of Odfjell SE from August 1, 2015, the company’s board of directors announced. His appointment was announced in May 2015.   Mørch, a member of the board of Odfjell SE since May 2014, will step down as board director of the company from the same date.   Mørch is Danish citizen with more than 27 years' experience in the shipping industry, of which more than 10 years have been in senior managemen

Photo courtesy of Odfjell

Odfjell Announces Personnel Reductions

In an announced effort to improve its financial results through a more competitive cost structure, Odfjell SE began a review of all aspects of its business model in May 2014 targeting organizational changes to increase competitiveness in the chemical tanker market.   The company’s board has today approved a restructuring plan which, fully implemented, is estimated to improve the net result by in excess of $100 million on a yearly basis within 2016. The cost-saving initiatives are related to operating expenses, general and administrative expenses, trade optimization and bunker consumption

Kristian Mørch (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell Names Mørch President, CEO

The board of directors of Odfjell SE has appointed Kristian Mørch as the company's new president and CEO. He will succeed current president and CEO Tore Jakobsen by November 1, 2015.   Mørch is a Danish citizen and presently holds the position as co-CEO of Clipper Group. He has previously been COO of Maersk Tankers, and has also held other management positions in A.P. Moller-Maersk. Mørch holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland), and is an AMP graduate from Harvard Business School. He has been a member of the Board of Odfjell SE since May 2014.   Mørch has more

Øistein Jensen (Photo: Odfjell)

New Chief of Staff at Odfjell

Øistein Jensen has been appointed as new Chief of Staff at Odfjell, commencing in his new position from February 29, 2016.   Jensen is a Norwegian citizen and presently holds the position as Director at PwC. He is a graduate of the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and has among other positions served as submarine commander. He also holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Jensen brings to the position experience within organizational development, corporate compliance and project management.

APT 1 Start of Construction Ceremony

Ceremony Marks the Construction of 5 American Tankers

  General Dynamics NASSCO and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today signaled the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony for the first tanker, the APT-1, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Joined by General Dynamics NASSCO executive leadership and Mayor Faulconer were representatives from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., and Rob Kurz, vice president of Kinder Morgan Terminals and president of KMP subsidiary American Petroleum Tankers. “Today’s start of construction ceremony signifies our ongoing relationship with

Jack Noonan, CEO, Chembulk Tankers

Noonan Named CMA's 2017 'Commodore'

This morning CMA announced that Mr. John D. “Jack” Noonan, CEO of Chembulk Tankers, has been named as the CMA Commodore for the year 2017. Noonan joins a presigious list of previous award winners, including Ole Skaarup, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, George Livanos, Phil Loree, Thomas Moran, Gregory Hadjieleftheriadis, Helmut Sohmen, Gerhard Kurz, William O’Neil, Richard du Moulin, Per Heidenreich, Marc Saverys, Frank Tsao, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Peter Georgiopoulos, C. Sean Day, Torben Jensen, Morten Arntzen, John Fredriksen, Capt. Wei Jiafu, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Angeliki Frangou, Øivi

Photo: Sovcomflot

Greenpeace Targets Russian Tanker at Rotterdam Port

Mikhail Ulyanov, an ice-breaking shuttle tanker (ice class – ARC6) belonging to OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has been the subject of a Greenpeace protest, while at the Port of Rotterdam carrying a cargo of 67,000 tons of crude oil, loaded on the continental shelf of the Pechora Sea, Russia.   “We are extremely disappointed that our vessel has been the subject of an irresponsible publicity stunt by Greenpeace, which occurred despite the measures taken by our ship and the port authorities, including the Coast Guard and the Marine Police. Mikhail Ulyanov is an ultra-modern high ice

Dr Sanjay Bhavnani  (Photo: MMSI)

Meiji Shipping Expands with Four New Tankers

Mumbai-based ship management company MMS Maritime India has announced  it is to begin a major recruitment drive for Indian seafarers, after its parent company, the Japanese ship owner Meiji Shipping Group unveiled an expansion of its tanker fleet. MMSI  provides crew to Meiji’s oil and gas tanker division which numbers 19 ships. MMSI CEO Dr Sanjay Bhavnani  said he expected four new tankers to be delivered to Meiji by the beginning of 2016. The 28,000 DWT medium range (MR) vessels are presently under construction at a Japanese shipyard. “MMSI currently employs around

Photo: Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University Hosts Chemfleet for Career Day

Chemfleet was the eighth guest of the 19th annual Career Days organized by the Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty Career Club. Operation Manager Baris Samur, Personal Manager Ozgur Sarioglu, Vice Personal Manager Mahir Adali, Safety Manager Gokhan Ergin and Technical Manager Ersen Ucakhan participated in the organization as representatives of Chemfleet. Samur and Sarioglu introduced the company to the students, and Sarioglu explained the company’s cadet policy. Moreover, the company representatives spoke about Chemfleet’s safety procedure for chemical tankers. Ergin

Long-Range Clean Tanker Rates Hit 8-Month High

Long-range clean tanker rates stayed firm on Monday extending a recent rally with firmer cargo demand bolstering sentiment further.   Long Range 1 tankers, carrying 55,000 tonne loads from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan, reached W117.50 in the Worldscale measure, or $11,453 a day when translated into average earnings, the highest since mid September last year. That compared with W116.14 or $11,156 a day on Friday and W107.45 or $8,112 a day last Monday.   "With plenty of cargoes in the market and tonnage looking fairly thin far out, rates look likely to remain firm for

Trans Atlantic Tanker Rates Higher

Clean tanker rates on the transatlantic route edged higher on Monday helped by light bookings although the market continued to struggle with a glut of vessels. Rates for medium-range (MR) tankers for 37,000 tonne cargoes on the TC2 route from Rotterdam to New York were at W124.38 in the Worldscale measure, or $8,306 a day when translated into average earnings. That compared with W122.50 or $8,048 a day on Friday and W129.17 or $9,368 last Monday. "Rates on the Europe - U.S. East Coast route declined 11.1 percent week-on-week as available capacity continued to put downside pressure on

Dr. Sanjay Bhavnani (Photo: MMSI)

High Crew Retention Helps Grow MMSI Workforce 25%

Mumbai-based ship management company MMS Maritime India (MMSI) announced that its crew workforce has grown by a quarter in the last year. MMSI said its total crew staff is now 300 with at least 50 new officers and 26 ratings, joining the team which primarily supplies seafarers for the global tanker market.   MMSI CEO Dr. Sanjay Bhavnani said the company is growing thanks to having a 90 percent crew retention rate, one of the highest in the industry.   “We are expanding because our seafarers are motivated and tanker owners have confidence that MMSI will supply a highly committed

Kenneth Hvid (Photo: Teekay Corporation)

Hvid to Take Over as Teekay President and CEO

Teekay Corporation’s board of directors has elected Kenneth Hvid to succeed current president and CEO, Peter Evensen, who will retire January 31, 2017 after more than 13 years with the company. Hvid is presently serving as president and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd.   “Kenneth Hvid is the natural successor to Peter Evensen as CEO of Teekay at this time,” said Teekay's Chairman, Sean Day. “He has had multiple roles in his 16 years at Teekay, including leadership positions in offshore, LNG, tankers, strategy and operations, as well as having worked extensively in

Courtesy Nordic American Tankers Limited

NAO Names Executive Vice Chair

On June 1st 2016, Ms Marianne Lie assumed the position of Executive Vice Chair of Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAO).  Prior to this Ms Lie had served as the non-executive Vice Chair of NAO since the end of 2013, shortly after NAO was established. Tor-Oivind Bjorkli, Managing Director of NAO, now reports to Ms Lie, who has a wealth of offshore energy experience in the main markets of NAO, above all in the British and Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Having studied law and sociology at the University of Oslo, she has served on the boards of large energy companies in Finland and Sweden