Carriers, shipbrokers and leadership changes
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Carriers, shipbrokers and leadership changes

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Following a hectic week Project Cargo Journal reported on in the last Appointments Weekly, the activity was a bit subdued over the past few days. Oldendorff Carriers changed leadership and Friday & Co. Shipbrokers have a new team member.

New lead at Oldendorff Carriers

Oldendorff Carriers have found a successor for Peter Twiss, who has decided to step down after serving the company for nearly 28 years. Stepping up into the position of President and CEO of the company is Patrick Hutchins.

Twiss started his career at Concept Carriers in 1995, a start-up company which was established by owner Henning Oldendorff as an operating arm, with the aim of moving closer to the cargo clients. He quickly rose through the ranks, and after running Concept Carriers in the late 90s and being co-CEO of Oldendorff Carriers, he became its sole CEO in January 2003.

Twiss chose to retire now because the job of President and CEO of Oldendorff Carriers is a challenging one. His successor, Patrick Hutchins brings with him a wealth of experience, having overseen the commercial teams at Oldendorff Carriers for all trades and all different vessel sizes, most recently heading the Capesize segment.

He joined the company in October 1999 and was a founding board member in 2007. Hutchins will relocate to Germany and seeks to expand on Peter’s success.

New broker in at Friday & Co. Shipbrokers

The Friday & Co, team based in Rotterdam has been expanded with he addition of Seren Sapmaz, as an S&P broker.

New broker in at Friday & Co. Shipbrokers
Seren Sapmaz

Growing up in a (former) shipowning family, nearby a coastal town, Sapmaz obtained a law degree at Koç University and a Master of Law in Maritime Law from Istanbul Bilgi University. After working in the maritime law team of an international top-tier law firm in Istanbul, Sapmaz had her own law firm for five years.

In 2022, she relocated to the Netherlands to expand her expertise in the use of smart contracts in the shipping industry at the University of Amsterdam.

Sapmaz brings a combination of her knowledge of maritime law and her experience in the Turkish shipping market to Friday & Co. Shipbrokers.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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