Who’s Who: Maritime Movements for September/October 2023


Silver Ships has recently promoted Jason Powers to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Previously, he held the role of Director of Business Development and has been a member of the Silver Ships team for more than 25 years. As COO, he will direct daily production operations alongside the executive team and report directly to CEO, Steven Clarke.

Powers’ responsibilities will include organisational leadership, process optimisation, cost management, performance management, and continuous improvement. This includes leading, directing, and managing all project management and production activities in coordination with the company’s engineering, purchasing, and accounting departments.

Svitzer has appointed Mattias Hellstrom as its new Global Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective from October 1, 2023.

Hellstrom held the post of CCO of Svitzer Europe for three years. He 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 – Maersk. In all, he has more than 25 years of shipping industry experience.

Zipwake has designated Björn Ingemanson as the new chairman of the Zipwake board of directors.

Ingmanson is the former President and CEO of Volvo Penta and had served with the company in various roles from 2012 to 2020.

Since leaving Volvo Penta, je has served as a Senior Advisor and certified board member for several other Swedish companies in the marine industry and other sectors.

David Hay

Australian transport operator SeaLink Marine and Tourism has promoted David Hay to the newly created role of Executive General Manager – Business Operations.

In this new role, Hay will oversee and provide strategic leadership to SeaLink’s nine diverse business units within the marine and tourism portfolio.

Hay joined the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group in 2004 as General Manager, Tours and Marine. He was promoted to Group General Manager in 2011, managing and operating the Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari Beach Resort, vehicle barges, and K’gari Explorer Tours before SeaLink acquired the group in 2018.

Kane Bassett

Kane Bassett has meanwhile been appointed as the new General Manager of SeaLink K’gari (formerly Fraser Island). He commenced is his new role on September 1, 2023, and is now overseeing the strategic direction and operations of SeaLink’s group of businesses on K’gari, including the Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari Beach Resort, K’gari Explorer Tours, and SeaLink K’gari ferries.

Bassett succeeds David Hay, who was recently promoted to Executive General Manager, Business Operations within SeaLink Marine and Tourism.

Brunswick Corporation has named Dean Harris as the new president of New Zealand-based manufacturer Rayglass Boats.

Harris joined Brunswick in 2002 and most recently served as the Regional Manager for Mercury Marine in New Zealand for the last 16 years. He has more than two decades of marine sales experience and previously served as a national sales manager for MAC boats prior to joining Brunswick.

Babcock Australasia has appointed Jamie Hollamby as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer and Simon Spratt as Managing Director of the Australasian Marine business.

Jamie Hollamby

Hollamby joins Babcock from Sydney Water, where he was previously General Manager, Finance and Business Performance, tasked with overall commercial performance of the organisation. Prior to that, he worked at SA Water as General Manager, Business Services, where he led numerous teams including Finance, IT, Procurement and Logistics, Engineering and Performance.

Previously, Hollamby worked at BAE Systems in a variety of roles, including Interim General Manager, Henderson Shipyard, Head of Finance, Corporate and Head of Audit, Businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of South Australia, is a Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon Spratt

In another senior appointment, Simon Spratt has been appointed Managing Director of Babcock’s Marine business in Australasia.

Prior to taking up this position, he held the Acting Managing Director – Marine position, as well as various management positions at UGL and Transfield Services.

Spratt holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney.

Daniel Garden has been appointed as the new CEO of interior design specialists the Maritime Montering Group.

Educated as an economist at BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Bergen, Garden spent a couple of years in banking before venturing into the furniture and maritime sectors, first at DLH Group in Copenhagen then at French materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, latterly as head of their maritime division.

He departed his current position as CEO of the GCE Blue Maritime cluster in Ålesund in August.

Garden takes over the position of CEO from Terje Nerås, who served in that capacity for six years.


James C Fowler

Crowley has appointed James C. Fowler as senior vice president and general manager of its Crowley Shipping business unit that serves diverse US and international maritime and logistics sectors.

Fowler most recently served as managing director of marine and stevedoring operations for Cooper Marine and executive vice president for Blakeley BoatWorks, both headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. While serving in various industry and community leadership roles, he also serves on the board of the American Waterways Operators.

Fowler earned his Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama.

Kollin Fencil

Crowley has appointed Kollin Fencil as senior vice president and general manager to lead its Crowley Fuels business unit, which serves energy logistics needs throughout Alaska with a network land transportation and marine services and facilities.

Fencil will join Crowley after serving as senior vice president, operations, of global energy company Santos in Alaska, where he led all operations functions. He previously served in management roles at BP and other energy companies after beginning his career as an engineer.

Fencil earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University. He also served as a US Peace Corps volunteer, assisting health care education and teaching high school science in Tanzania.

The Port of Corpus Christi Commission has promoted Chief Financial Officer Kent Britton to the position of full-time Chief Executive Officer.

Britton has served as Interim CEO at the Port of Corpus Christi since June 1, 2023. Prior to joining the port in 2017, he worked as Chief Financial Officer for the Sherwin Alumina Company.

Britton has more than 30 years in accounting and finance. He was named Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi in 2019.


Effective November 2023, Derek Kohn will take over the role of Managing Director for salmon feed manufacturer BioMar Chile.

Kohn has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions within the salmon farming industry for companies such as Australis Seafood, MultiX, and Mowi, with his latest role being the Commercial and Processing Director of Australis Seafood.

UAE-based aquaculture technology company Ocean Harvest has appointed Jawad Jamil as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Jamil has served as CEO at Medical Solutions, part of the Gulf Healthcare International Group. Prior to his CEO appointment, he served as CFO of the group.

Jamil is a graduate of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has selected Ed Ley-Wilson as its new director of innovation and business development.

Ley-Wilson was most recently head of aquaculture at Aquascot, a supplier of salmon products. He has 16 years’ experience in salmon farming, food processing, and retailer engagement.

Ley-Wilson has worked with universities, non-governmental organisations, regulators, and industry leadership groups and has particular expertise in innovation around fish welfare and feed alternatives.

Scantrol, a provider of control systems for the maritime and offshore industry, has appointed Terje Ånderbakk as Project Manager.

Ånderbakk has more than 20 year experience from Rapp Marine/MacGregor, where he was responsible for engineering, installation, and support of its winch control systems. He was also Sales Manager Fishery and Research at MacGregor.

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