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VPS appoints John MacKenzie as Group Strategic Business Development Manager

MacKenzie will lead the global initiatives aimed at advancing VPS’s partnerships with new and existing strategic clients in his role.

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VPS appoints John MacKenzie as Group Strategic Business Development Manager

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Wednesday (14 February) announced the appointment of John MacKenzie, as the company’s new Group Strategic Business Development Manager. 

In this role, MacKenzie will lead the global initiatives aimed at advancing VPS's partnerships with new and existing strategic clients. His efforts will play an integral role in the continued leadership of VPS within the testing and advisory space, acting as a focal point for clients.

At the start of his career MacKenzie led business development efforts for a leading on-shore testing and certification business, quickly transitioning into the International Marine space. His specialism transcends client management, Oil Condition Monitoring (OCM) and fuel testing. 

He continued to strengthen his knowledge of the maritime sector, serving time with ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants and latterly as Sales Director within a global ship management and services company. With over a decade of experience managing key maritime accounts and leading business development teams, MacKenzie has developed a deep understanding of how to deliver tangible value to clients and operate as a true partner, in tackling the everchanging demands of the marine industry.

Dr. Malcolm Cooper, VPS CEO, said: “The maritime industry is changing fast with ambitious emissions targets and decarbonisation requirements driving the introduction of new technologies and fuels into the market.”

“In this dynamic landscape, we are very pleased to have John on board to help VPS customers optimise their operations by understanding which new fuels to use and how to adapt to these sustainable business drivers and meet new regulations.”

John MacKenzie, said: “Whilst the industry is rightfully focussed on the path towards Net Zero, we must ensure we do not take our eye off the ball on the operational risks posed by traditional fuels.”

“That said, it’s an evolving landscape, with a variety of legislations and an even wider array of future fuels. VPS leads the way in testing fuels like methanol and marine biofuel, making them a strategic partner for clients in their efforts to Net Zero.  

“I’m incredibly excited to be involved at the sharp end of the industry’s fuel transition. Knowledge and experience are at a premium and VPS holds both, nicely packaged into our advanced Digital Decarbonization platforms: PortStats and Maress. The team is filled with experience and determination and I look forward to adding mine into the mix.”

 

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Published: 15 February, 2024

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The Bunker Firm expands into Americas and APAC regions with New Jersey office

Firm has hired Michael Bergendorff to lead the new office as Managing Director and Partner for the Americas.

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The Bunker Firm expands into Americas and APAC regions with New Jersey office

Marine fuels firm The Bunker Firm on Tuesday (12 March) announced the opening of its new office in Red Bank, New Jersey, signalling its expansion into the Americas and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions.

Leading this strategic expansion is Michael Bergendorff, who assumes the role of Managing Director and Partner for the Americas. 

“With a proven track record in the industry, Bergendorff's leadership will drive The Bunker Firm's commitment to delivering top-tier bunkering solutions tailored to the unique demands of the Americas and APAC markets,” the firm said.

“After a year-long hiatus, I am thrilled to rejoin the industry and be part of The Bunker Firm's expansion into new territories,” said Bergendorff. 

“Our established supply capabilities in Africa and the Middle East position us to seamlessly extend our services to the Americas and APAC, meeting the evolving needs of our global clientele.”

With its well-recognised expertise in bunkering solutions, The Bunker Firm's expansion into the Americas and APAC reaffirms its dedication to providing reliable and sustainable fuel options worldwide. Leveraging its extensive network and industry knowledge, the company is poised to address the increasing demand for innovative and environmentally-conscious fuel solutions in these regions.

“In addition to our longstanding presence in Africa, the Middle East, and last year's expansion with an office in Denmark, we are excited to announce our supply capabilities in the Americas and APAC,” explained Bergendorff. 

“This expansion underscores our commitment to serving our clients wherever they operate while contributing to a more sustainable and cleaner maritime future.”

As part of its expansion efforts, The Bunker Firm is actively seeking Junior and Senior Traders to join its team in Red Bank, New Jersey.

 

Photo credit: The Bunker Firm
Published: 13 March 2024

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Monjasa strengthens board with Maersk profile

Lars-Erik Brenøe has previously held various positions across A.P. Moller – Maersk, including the role as Personal Assistant to former CEO and Chairman, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller for a total of 19 years.

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Global marine fuels supplier Monjasa on Thursday (8 February) welcomed Lars-Erik Brenøe, who brings knowledge of international shipping from more than 30 years as part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, to its board.

Lars-Erik Brenøe has previously held various positions across A.P. Moller – Maersk, including the role as Personal Assistant to former CEO and Chairman, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller for a total of 19 years.

This appointment as member of the Board of Directors of Monjasa, is Lars-Erik Brenøe’s first non-executive director’s role outside A.P. Moller Holding’s umbrella of related business activities and investments.

Joining the board of Monjasa Holding, Lars-Erik Brenøe will engage in the further development of Monjasa’s position as a leading global shipping partner enabling further industry digitalisation and the logistics of the green shipping transition.

“We are fortunate to welcome Lars-Erik Brenøe to the Monjasa Board of Directors and the marine fuels industry,” said Flemming Ipsen, Chairman of the Board at Monjasa.

“Lars-Erik brings with him a comprehensive network and wealth of experience from international business and the broader shipping community, as well as solid experience navigating transformation of owner-led organisations.

“Combined with his elaborate stakeholder understanding and critical thinking, Lars-Erik will be a valuable contributor to Monjasa’s further development in the years to come.”

Lars-Erik Brenøe, Board Member, replied: “I am excited to join Monjasa at this transformative time for the company as well as the industry, which is playing an increasingly important role in supporting the green shipping transition. I look forward to use my experience and competencies to contributing to the further development and progress of Monjasa.”

Facts about Lars-Erik Brenøe

  • Master’s degree in law from the University of Copenhagen in 1986 and the Executive Leadership Programme at IMD in 1998.
  • Various leadership roles at A.P. Moller – Maersk from 1991-2022, incl. Senior Vice President Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller’s Secretariat and Executive Vice President, Head of Chairman’s office.
  • Currently active in various board functions, incl. A.P. Moller Holding A/S, A.P. Moller Foundation, Danske Bank and Odense Port.

The Monjasa Holding A/S Board of Directors hereby consists of:

  • Flemming Ipsen (chair)
  • Peder Gellert Pedersen
  • Lotte Grønborg Lundberg
  • Lars-Erik Brenøe
  • Anders Østergaard

 

Photo credit: Monjasa
Published: 9 February 2024

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Singapore: Leong Wei Hung to succeed Tan Soo Koong as CEO of SLNG

Leong has been a non-executive director of the Board of SLNG since May 2022 and in this capacity, he has been playing an important role in guiding SLNG’s strategic directions.

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Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG), builder, owner and operator of Singapore’s first open-access, multi-user liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, on Wednesday (31 January) said Leong Wei Hung will succeed Tan Soo Koong as the Chief Executive Officer of the company, with effect from 7 April 2024.

To allow for a period of transition, Leong will assume the role of CEO (Designate) of SLNG, from 1 February 2024.

Leong has been a non-executive director of the Board of SLNG since May 2022 and in this capacity, he has been playing an important role in guiding SLNG’s strategic directions. Prior to this, he had a career spanning more than 28 years with the Shell Group, where he served in various roles across several portfolios in Refining, Chemicals, Trading and Supply, based in Singapore and the United Kingdom. He was also a board member of Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd and Shell Eastern Trading Limited, and served as Advisor to several other companies.

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SLNG Chairman Tang Kin Fei, said: “We have been keeping a look-out for a possible new CEO as part of a planned succession process. We are fortunate that Wei Hung has agreed to take on the role and continue the good work that has been achieved so far. He is a well-regarded veteran of the industry, is passionate about SLNG and is eager to take the company to new heights. SLNG is in good hands.”

Incumbent CEO, Mr Tan Soo Koong, will be retiring with effect from 6 April 2024.

Tan joined SLNG in April 2019 and during his tenure, he has set the company on a forward-looking course towards Catalysing New Possibilities in the Energy Transition – meeting the infrastructure and operational requirements for future energy needs; advancing the growth of the LNG eco-system; and facilitating new energy developments and innovations. He was instrumental in driving operational safety and reliability, championing business and digital transformation, and advocating people development at SLNG.

 

Photo credit: Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd
Published: 1 February, 2024

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