End April movers and shakers

Apr 26 2019

John-Kaare Aune has been appointed Wallem Group managing director, shipmanagement.

He is expected to take up his position on 1st July, 2019.

He joins Wallem from the Cayman Registry, where he was most recently Regional Director, Safety and Compliance overseeing the global commercial services and business development in addition to the registration section in the Asia/Pacific region.

Aune was previously the registry’s Principal Surveyor.


UK-based Coldharbour Marine, the manufacturer of an in-tank ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) based on inert gas technology, has appointed Don Stephen as CEO.

With over 30 years blue industry experience, his career spans technical and leadership roles at De Nora Water Technology, Severn Trent Services, GE and Alstom both in the UK and internationally. He will be based at the head office in Linby, UK.

Stephen commented on his appointment. “I am looking forward to working with the Coldharbour team to lead the business in increasing our market presence, serving our global customers and obtaining USCG and new IMO G8 certification.”

Coldharbour chairman Graham Cole CBE, said; "Don is a highly motivated, dedicated, results oriented professional with a unique set of competencies. His vision, strategic thinking and communication abilities at all levels will drive the company's growth in the short, medium and long term."

The company recently lost former CEO Andrew Marshall to rival Ecochlor.


Law firm HFW has elected partner Paul Dean as the new head of its global shipping practice and a member of the firm's global management Board.

HFW has also promoted four new shipping partners and three new shipping legal directors across its international network.

The company’s shipping practice now comprises 59 partners and more than 190 lawyers across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia/Pacific. 

Dean, said: "I am very proud to have been elected to head the world's leading shipping and maritime law practice. We have been serving clients in the industry for more than 135 years and remain deeply committed to the sector, as illustrated by our record number of promotions this year.

“We have ambitious plans to further strengthen and broaden our global offering – particularly in relation to transactional work – to make sure that clients continue to receive the first-rate service they expect from HFW," he said.

The new shipping partners are Christopher Garley, Alessio Sbraga, Gudmund Bernitz and William MacLachlan: Ship Finance, London who are all based in London.

The new legal directors include - Philip Carney, Piraeus; Erica Chan, Hong Kong; and Alex Sayegh, London.


At the International Maritime Employers’ Council’s (IMEC) Annual General Meeting held in Southampton, UK on the 10th April, the Chairmanship was handed over from Capt Rajesh Tandon, to Capt Belal Ahmed.

Capt Ahmed’s Chairmanship represents a new chapter in IMEC, as he represents the shipowning group within IMEC.

Despite the economic downturn, IMEC’s membership has grown by 20% in the past five years and has recently announced the largest intake of it’ cadetship programme in the Philippines, with 260 cadets being recruited in 2019.


Satcom Global has announced that James Tucker has joined the company as Asia/Pacific region president.

Tucker, who previously worked for Inmarsat in a variety of senior roles, will be responsible for developing sales strategy and driving growth of key Satcom Global services in Asia, working closely with established teams in Singapore and Japan.


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