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Boudewijn Siemons (Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Siemons Takes Over as Port of Rotterdam CEO

Boudewijn Siemons has been elevated from interim to full time CEO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, effective February 1, 2024.Siemons, who was previously the port's COO, has been leading the Europe's top seaport on an interim basis after Allard Castelein stepped down as CEO last summer.The shareholders of the Port Authority, the municipality of Rotterdam and the Dutch national government appointed Siemons for the next four years at the recommendation of the Supervisory Board.Koos Timmermans, the chair of the Supervisory Board, said, “This appointment means that the Port Authority will

Ruins of Dunluce Castle, a location familiar to fans of Game of Thrones. (© U-JINN Photography / Adobe Stock)

Replacing Shipbuilding with Creative Industries Presents Risk for Northern Ireland’s Economy

; VanderWolf Images / Adobe Stock)Then there is the risk of an expensive new studio just not being used enough. Studio Ulster needs to avoid meeting the same fate as the City of Lights, a state-of-the-art film studio in Alicante, Spain, that was subsequently abandoned.Once the most modern film studio in Europe, it was praised by the Hollywood director Ridley Scott, and hosted Game of Thrones and Black Mirror productions before it was forced to shut by the EU on grounds of unfair competition. A decade later, the owners now hope to reopen it, but after all this time, it will not be the brand new modern studio

Ayten Yavuz (Photo: Chevron)

Chevron Names Yavuz GM for its Global Marine Lubricants

Chevron announced it has appointed Ayten Yavuz as the new General Manager, Global Marine Lubricants.Yavuz joined Chevron in 1991 and has held notable positions over three decades at the company. Most recently, Yavuz was the Regional Manager of Chevron Marine Products for North West Europe and the Americas.In her new role, Yavuz will be responsible for charting the course toward profitable growth, innovation and development within the marine business sector, Chevron said. She will also lead efforts aimed at bolstering Chevron's commitment to participate in the marine industry's lower carbon

Pat Stoik courtesy of Ascot

Ascot Appoints New Head of Marine

played a key role in elevating and consulting on Overhauls' presence in the insurance market.Stoik has also spent time at major P&C insurance companies including Great American Insurance Group, where he oversaw four underwriting divisions – including Ocean and Inland Marine, in the U.S. and Europe. He began his insurance career at Chubb, where he spent more than 25 years in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marine, overseeing their ocean marine, inland marine, asset affinity, and entertainment portfolios.Stoik holds a Bachelor of Arts

Mattias Hellstrom (Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Promotes Hellstrom to Chief Commercial Officer

A.P. Moller-Maersk's towage arm Svitzer announced it has appointed Mattias Hellstrom as its new global chief commercial officer (CCO), effective from October 1.Hellstrom makes the move to Svitzer’s global business after three years as CCO of Svitzer Europe, and replaces outgoing Global CCO Videlina Georgieva, who was recently appointed managing director of Svitzer Australia.Prior to his role as CCO of Svitzer Europe, Hellstrom was managing director of Svitzer Scandinavia for nearly seven years. He has also held management roles at Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and A.P. Moller –

Amanda Lefton (Photo: BOEM)

Former BOEM Head Amanda Lefton Joins RWE

Management (BOEM) during a period of sigificant growth for the U.S. offshore wind industry under direction from the Biden Administration. Lefton resigned from here position at BOEM effective January 19, 2023.RWE is one of the world's largest producers of offshore wind energy, with projects in Asia, Europe and the United States. In the U.S., it has leases off New York and California and is working to advance the offshore wind supply chain in the Gulf of Mexico.“Amanda has successfully created significant momentum for the offshore wind industry in the U.S. Her knowhow navigating all levels of

Philippe Kavafyan (Photo: Venterra Group)

Venterra Appoints Kavafyan as CEO

. He has held leadership positions in major equipment manufacturers that have pioneered onshore and offshore wind in the energy transition. These include General Electric, Areva and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. In addition, he has represented the industry in leading trade bodies, notably as Chairman of WindEurope. Kavafyan is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris, France.Asfari said, "The board is delighted to appoint one of the industry’s most senior and respected executives to lead us in delivering our vision for wind power’s vital

Boudewijn Siemons (Photo: Port of Roterdam Authority)

Port of Rotterdam Names Siemons Interim CEO

;s term of office, we are safeguarding management continuity."A mechanical engineer, Siemons has been COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority since October 2020. Before then, he served as President of Royal Vopak’s Americas division. He also worked in management positions at that company in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. From 1998 to 2006, Siemons had a range of management positions at Royal VolkerWessels. Siemons started his career in 1987 at the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he worked until 1998. He studied at the Royal Naval Institute and at Delft University of Technology

Joerg Sonne (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd Names Sonne Senior Managing Director for North Europe

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd announced Joerg Sonne will become Senior Managing Director Region North Europe, succeeding Martin Rolf, who will take over the position of Managing Director Human Resources.Sonne joined Hapag-Lloyd as a result of the merger with UASC and successfully led Area Arabian Gulf from 2017 to 2022. For the last eight months, he has served as Managing Director Area Germany & Central Europe. He will be based in Hapag-Lloyd’s headquarters in Hamburg.“In recent years, Joerg has continuously demonstrated his leadership and commercial expertise within

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Norway Oil Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avert Strike

came to an agreement with companies, industry group Offshore Norway said.A third union, Safe, will also be encompassed by the settlement, Offshore Norway said.Norway produces around 4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, almost equally divided between oil and natural gas.The Nordic country became Europe's largest gas supplier after Russia cut its deliveries amid the war in Ukraine.The wage agreements cover in total about 7300 union members, employed by such companies as Equinor, ConocoPhillips and Aker BP.(Reuters - Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik

Marius Bujor (Photo: Lomar Shipping)

Lomar Shipping Names Bujor Technical Director

Bujor will now lead the ship-owning and ship-managing company’s global technical teams based in London, Bremen (Germany), Singapore and China.Before joining Lomar, Bujor spent seven years with HS Beerederungs GmbH in Germany, with five of those overseeing the company’s newbuilding projects in Europe & Asia, and two years as Technical Superintendent at the company headquarters in Haren/EMS. He spent his earlier career in various roles on shore and at sea, latterly as a Second Engineer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Techniques of Marine Engineering and a BSc in Marine Engineering

Joel Gard (Photo: ACBL)

ACBL Names Gard SVP of Its New Interchange & Logistics Business

Coyote Logistics, a UPS Company. At U.S. Xpress, he served in a number of executive leadership positions, including Chief Technology Officer and President of the company's technology-enabled freight brokerage platform, Xpress Technologies. At Coyote, Gard served as Senior Vice President and Head of Europe, leading the company's entry and rapid scale-up in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, following various senior leadership positions within Coyote's North American business. He holds a B.A. in Economics (Honors) and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College and completed

Huib ten Cate, Territory Manager Benelux and Germany, with Simon Edsall, Vice President Northern Europe and Americas (Photo: Wilhelmsen)

Wilhelmsen Completes Vopak Agencies Acquisition

Wilhelmsen Port Services has completed its acquisition of Vopak Agencies first announced in October 2022.Vopak Agencies, which has now become a Wilhelmsen group company, is a specialist within both hub services and port agency in the tanker segments in Europe and has extensive experience within their field. As part of the transaction, Wilhelmsen has also acquired 50% of diize, a Vopak developed digital software company aimed at the future of port orchestration.“This opportunity came at a perfect time for us with our ambitious growth strategy both targeting new segments as well as expansion of

(L-R) Craig Walker, Global Asset Manager and Chris Blake, Vice President - Survey at Unique Group’s Aberdeen office. (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Announces Key Appointments

UAE-based subsea equipment and engineering firm Unique Group announced it has appointed Chris Blake and Craig Walker to leadership roles in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Blake joins Unique Group as Vice President – Survey, utilizing his 30 years of experience in the offshore industry throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas with organizations such as Fugro and N-Sea. He brings to the role a track record in global survey products and services as well as business leadership.Walker’s appointment as Global Asset Manager will further enhance client project experience through data-driven

Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk (Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk)

Maersk Announces New Executive Leadership Team

as well as clear ownership and accountability for key aspects of the next phase of Maersk’s strategy, the company said.The new organizational structure is shaped around 15 roles and areas of responsibility:Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - MaerskAymeric Chandavoine, President, Europe RegionCaroline Pontoppidan, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer & General CounselDitlev Blicher, President, Asia Pacific RegionHenriette H. Thygesen, Chief Delivery OfficerJohan Sigsgaard, Chief Product Officer – OceanKarsten Kildahl, Chief Commercial Officer & Latin America, Africa, and

Eleni Polychronopoulou (Photo: METIS)

METIS Names Polychronopoulou CEO

as the firm’s new CEO.Polychronopoulou has been METIS president during the company’s development phase over the past three years. METIS is majority-owned by maritime-focused environmental engineering group ERMA FIRST.Polychronopoulou is currently president of HEMEXPO, vice chair at Sea Europe, and a senior executive at EPE and ERMA FIRST.METIS aims to be a player in the maritime industry’s ongoing digital transformation, specializing in data acquisition, real-time performance monitoring and intelligent analytics based on advanced machine learning and AI techniques

(Photo: DESMI)

DESMI Names Humphrey Lau CEO

, he established Novo Nordisk in China from green field in 1994, at Novozymes he was in charge of several global business units and responsible for the biofuel’s development in 2005, and in various roles with Grundfos, including CEO of Grundfos China and Regional Managing Director of Western Europe Grundfos.Sørensen, 65, has been CEO at DESMI since October 1, 1996, and a shareholder since 2003. “It has been an amazing journey leading this company for more than 26 years, and I am proud to hand over the keys to Humphrey as the company is in good shape and has considerable potential

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