Q: Welcome onboard. I heard you have over 15 years of experience in the shipping industry. Tell us a little bit about your career background, where you worked before you joined EUKOR.
A: My first contact with our group was already during my time at maritime academy and after graduation I joined the former OW fleet as 3rd and later as 2nd officer in 2004. In 2008, I was promoted to Chief Officer and stayed in that position until I joined what is now WW Ocean as travelling supercargo and stowage planner in late 2011.
Q: Your past working experiences would be of great help for you taking the role as Senior manager Voyage & traveling cargo operation at EUKOR.
A: Yes, very much. During my time at WW Ocean I also held a role under what today is called Marine Operations in combination with Vessel operation, however with a global and not regional view. Focusing on scheduling and vessel efficiency but also coordination of dry docking /repairs and off hire with ship management together with delivery/ re-delivery ref. chartering and advising/ monitoring masters on target to arrive following region in coordination with tonnage allocation etc.
Q: What were the most memorable moments during your stay in Korea for the two weeks?
A: I find these weeks here at HQ to be of great value in many ways. To be able to meet face to face, discuss and hear the college’ aspects builds up a trust and relation that I would say is would be very hard to achieve otherwise. To have the time to sit down and listen and learn from so many different departments and see how it all comes together in the end has been really educational. Also it was very interesting and satisfying since I am a person who think it is important to get the understanding of a company’s culture and history as well as future goals and plans in order to make good decisions.
What struck me the most already the first days was the energy, curiosity and happy faces I met during my stay. Seeing employees as a company’s biggest asset it is really encouraging to see that the energy is so present even tougher we still have a lot to take on.