Who’s Who: Maritime Movements for May/June 2023


Marine wastewater management technology company the Evac Group has appointed Bjorn Ullbro as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will take over the position alongside his current role as the President of Evac Business Line effective July 1, 2023.

Ullbro joined the Evac Group in late 2021, taking up the post of President, Marine and Offshore. He holds a master’s degree in accounting and finance from Hanken School of Economics and has, before joining Evac, held several key leadership positions at Wärtsilä Corporation.

The Dredging Contactors of America’s (DCA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected William P. Doyle as its new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

Doyle recently served nearly three years as the Executive Director of the Port of Baltimore beginning in July 2020. He previously served as CEO for the DCA, and two terms as a US Federal Maritime Commissioner. He also sailed as Officer in the US Merchant Marine for ten years.

Doyle is a marine engineer, attorney, and a retired officer in the US Navy Reserve.

Sri Lankan shipbuilder Colombo Dockyard (CDPLC) has appointed Thimira S. Godakumbura as its new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, taking over from D. V. Abeysinghe following a seven-year tenure.

Godakumbura was serving as CDPLC’s Chief Operating Officer when he was appointed to the new role. His prior work experience includes stints with local as well as overseas shipyards including Drydocks World in the UAE and Onomichi Dockyard in Japan.

Godakumbura is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. He also holds an MBA from the Post-Graduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Carnival Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Paul Ludlow as Carnival UK president in addition to his leadership role for P&O Cruises.

In his new consolidated position, Ludlow will assume all commercial and operational responsibility for Carnival UK, which includes P&O Cruises and Cunard globally.

Ludlow took on his new role effective June 1, 2023.

Mikhail Borovsky has been appointed the new General Director of Russia’s Amur Shipyard effective May 29, 2023.

Borovsky graduated from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur State Technical University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He spent his entire professional career with Amur Shipyard, working his way up from an apprentice ship’s pipefitter to production director and first deputy general director.

Sahil Gandhi

Subsea technology and engineering specialist the Unique Group has named Sahil Gandhi to the position of Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Himanshu “Harry” Gandhi, who will now assume the position of Chairman of the Group.

Acting as Unique Group’s COO since 2017, Sahil Gandhi has previously held Executive Director and Group Sales Manager roles.

Himanshu Gandhi

Himanshu Gandhi, Chairman of the Unique Group, founded the company in 1993. He expanded the company from initial specialisation in offshore equipment sales and rentals for clients in the Middle East, India, and Singapore into a provider of integrated turnkey solutions for the offshore and subsea markets further out to Europe, South Africa, the United States.

The Shipowners’ Club, a P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, has promoted Mark Harrington to its management board.

Harrington has been with the Shipowners’ Club since 2004, most recently as the Head of Underwriting – London. He has 36 years of P&I insurance experience.

ScanReach, a specialist in wireless connectivity at sea, has designated Sven Brooks as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Brooks has spent the last 20 years working for multinational corporations in various senior leadership positions in the maritime sector.

A.P. Moller Holding has elected a new CEO for Maersk Supply Service.

Christian M. Ingerslev will take over the CEO position from Steen S. Karstensen, who has headed up Maersk Supply Service since 2016. Ingerslev has more than two decades of leadership and industry experience from energy shipping and has for the past seven years led Maersk Tankers as Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Business Development.

He holds an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School/London Business School.

Andrew Cridland

Andrew Cridland has been appointed as Babcock Australasia CEO, effective July 1, 2023. He succeeds David Ruff, who is retiring at the end of July after 15 years with the group.

Cridland is currently Babcock Australasia’s Chief Financial Officer. Having joined Babcock in 2015, his career spans more than 20 years in Australia and the UK.

Prior to joining the company, Cridland worked for a number of large organisations including Royal Dutch Shell, the Australian Submarine Corporation, and Greencap, previously owned by Wesfarmers. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.

Richard Udall

Richard Udall has meanwhile been appointed Babcock Australasia Managing Director for Mission and Support Systems. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading Babcock’s Mission and Support Systems (M&SS) portfolio, which comprises programs such as Australia’s Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS), Australian Defence Force Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Collins Class submarine weapons system sustainment, New Zealand Fixed High Frequency Radio Refresh, and Counter – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) equipment.

Most recently, Udall was the Strategic Surveillance Program Director at BAE Systems Australia.

Propspeed has promoted Marcus Hamilton from International Sales Director to CEO. In his new role he will be responsible for directing all operations for the company.

Hamilton comes to the position with more than 10 years of experience in the marine industry, working with global marine businesses such as Fusion Entertainment and Garmin NZ. In these 10 years, he has held positions of International Marketing Manager, VP of Sales and Operations Americas, and most recently International Sales and Business Improvement Director for Propspeed International.

Austal USA has designated Adam Overstreet as vice president of legal affairs and chief compliance officer. In this role, Overstreet will manage a broad spectrum of legal issues, including employment and labor law matters, commercial transactions, and litigation.

Overstreet joins Austal USA with over 20 years of legal experience. Serving most recently as Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding Division’s senior counsel, he supervised internal investigations for Ingalls and managed the litigation docket for HII’s Mission Technologies Division. Overstreet also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 10 years, specialising in the prosecution of white collar crimes.

Overstreet earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Auburn University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law.

BMT has appointed of Ian Tyler as Chairman of the BMT Group. He joined the board on May 1, 2023, and assumed the role of chairman in early June.

Tyler has a wealth of experience with listed public companies, in both Executive and Non-Executive Director capacities. He is the former CEO of Balfour Beatty has held board membership across companies including Cairn Energy, BAE Systems, Amey, and Anglo American.

He takes over from BMT Group’s current Chairman, Charles Packshaw, who has spent nine years on the board.

Iain Grainger is now the new CEO of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). having succeeded Allen Leatt who retired at the end of May 2023.

Grainger has over three decades of experience in offshore marine construction, with his early career at Brown and Root where he was engaged in the engineering and project management of major offshore projects. He then moved into commercial, strategy, and regional leadership roles with contractors including Acergy, Subsea 7, and McDermott International.

Grainger was previously an IMCA board member. More recently, he has represented the heavy fabrication division of COSCO in Europe. He has BSc and MBA degrees and is a chartered engineer in the UK.


Inchcape Shipping Services has appointed Anna Evangelidis as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective June 6, 2023.

Evangelidis brings with her a wealth of experience, having previously worked at BP, Saipem and Lloyd’s Register, where she held various positions as a naval architect, pipeline engineer, and other operational leadership roles.

In her new role, Evangelidis will oversee the expansion of Inchcape’s Global Managed HUB Solutions and will be responsible for overseeing IT and procurement functions.

Evangelidis secured an honours degree in Ship Science from Southampton University.

The Gothenburg Port Authority has appointed Göran Eriksson as its new CEO, succeeding current CEO Elvir Dzanic effective August 7, 2023.

Currently, Eriksson serves as the CEO of the GAC Group’s company in India. He has been employed in multiple positions within the GAC Group since 2012 and possesses extensive experience in international competition within the maritime and logistics sectors.

Burkhard Fischer has been elected chair of the Association of Average Adjusters for the term 2023-2024.

Fischer, a director of Albatross Adjusters, Limassol, succeeds Sir Nigel Teare, an Honorary Fellow of the Association, who has been chair for 2022-2023. Fischer has served as vice-chair of the association for the past seven years and chaired the General Average sub-committee.

Fischer has spent most of his adjusting career with one company, Albatross Adjusters (previously SHH) in Limassol. Before deciding to settle in Cyprus 37 years ago, he entered the shipping world as a deck cadet with the German merchant navy, then after a break of seven years, switched to marine insurance and adjusting.


The Northern Territory Seafood Council has appointed Joanne Butterworth-Gray as its new Chair, effective June 1, 2023.

Butterworth-Gray is Chair of Southern Rural Water, Seafood Industry Victoria, and the Campaspe Port Enterprise, and is also a board member of Gippsland Ports. She is also a trustee for Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust.

She has also held various executive and senior management roles most recently in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Training and Resources of the Government of Victoria.

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