End January movers and shakers

Jan 26 2018

Capt Dwain Hutchinson is now the acting managing director/CEO of the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).

He replaced Commodore Davy Rolle who retired on 15th January, 2018.

Capt Hutchinson is a Master Mariner bringing over 30 years of shipping experience and knowledge to this role having been employed in various management capacities within the BMA, served as Chairman of IMO Flag State Implementation – FSI (re-named Implementation of IMO Instruments -III) sub-committee and is the current vice chairman of Caribbean Port State Control Committee.

The BMA board of directors said they were confident that under Capt Hutchinson’s leadership, along with the support of the BMA management team and staff, the Bahamas Registry will continue to grow and provide a quality service to its shipowners and all stakeholders.

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has appointed Anders Holme as CTO. 


Holme has worked for IBM, NOV, Aker Solutions and Lyse, among others. He will bring a wealth of business and software expertise to NAVTOR, to allow consolidation and expansion of its navigation solutions.

NAVTOR launched its ENC service in 2012 and since then has built a global client base, and network of offices.

“There is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,” Holme said. “NAVTOR’s product range has shown that, by digitising and automating previously manual tasks, huge economic savings can be made in terms of man hours, while safety standards, fuel consumption and fleet management can be optimised.

“But we see this as the start of the journey rather than the destination. By staying on top of broader technology trends and marrying them to market needs, NAVTOR can continue to develop products that give our customers competitive advantage in an ever tighter marketplace. For example, by encompassing more data, from more sources (including the ever-growing number of marine systems), we can continually refine our offering to deliver even better decision-making tools.

“With increasing digitalisation, building a platform for the possibility of eventual vessel autonomy, its vital to have the best digital solutions in place. E-navigation will play a key part in that development… and we’re committed to leading the way forward for our customers,” he said.

Holme will manage teams that are based in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the US and the UK. NAVTOR’s main software development takes place at the company’s head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg.

“Anders doesn’t just bring technology understanding to the team,” said NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes, “he also has a proven track record of growing businesses and helping them connect digital ideas to real world market demand.

“We’ve grown since our start-up in 2011 by developing technology that delivers tangible benefits to customers around the world. Anders’ vision and ability will help us ensure we stay abreast of the very latest developments and continue to deliver a portfolio that demonstrates the enormous potential of fully integrated e-navigation. We’re very pleased to welcome him on board,” he said.

Law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed partner Siiri Duddington to join its expanding shipping team.


Formerly a partner at Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC), Duddington spent six years at advising on a wide range of dry shipping, trade and insurance litigation, acting principally for owners, charterers, P&I clubs, traders and insurers.


She has extensive experience in commercial contracts disputes, involving charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, COA, pooling agreements, marine insurance and sale contracts, as well as shipbuilding and rig disputes and is regularly involved in running large-scale litigation and arbitration, often with multi-jurisdictional issues. She has particular expertise in insurance coverage disputes, largely acting for P&I clubs and insurers.


Duddington will be based in the firm’s London office, joining former colleague Julian Clark, who was appointed Hill Dickinson’s global head of shipping last year.

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