There are exciting times ahead for Bibby Ship Management with the recruitment of a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him a wealth of commercial and technical knowledge and experience.

Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the UK and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office.

With 23 years industry experience, Andrew Rodden joins Bibby Ship Management from Technip where he was most recently based in Paris as Vice President Strategic Resources. During his time at Technip, he was in a number of roles covering Marine Superintendent, Fleet Management, Quality Management and Project Management before moving to Paris. Prior to coming ashore, Andrew had a seagoing career starting as a dual cadet with Shell with time spent as a Deck Officer on Oil, Gas and Chemical tankers before moving into the Offshore Sector on Diving Support, Pipelay and Construction vessels

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Andrew Rodden has a proven track record for successfully managing and leading teams. He knows the industry well so I am sure he will be a big asset to us here at Bibby Ship Management.”

Andrew Rodden, Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, said: “I am delighted to be joining a company with such a long and distinguished history in our business at an exciting time for our industry. I look forward to adding another chapter as Bibby Ship Management enters a period of growth in multiple sectors in the next few years.”


Dr Anil Sharma, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Marketing Systems (GMS) Inc, is listed at number 40 in the annual Lloyd’s List top 100 of the most influential people in shipping 2014.

Lloyd’s List is a well-respected maritime publication and is one of the world’s oldest continuously running journals, having provided weekly shipping news in London as early as 1734.

GMS is the world’s largest cash buyer of ships for recycling and was founded by Dr Sharma in 1992 after it started acquiring naval vessels for scrap from the US Maritime Administration in Washington DC.  Since then the company has grown rapidly with a sizable presence in Germany, Singapore, China, Japan, Romania, India, Pakistan, USA, Bangladesh and Turkey.

Born in Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dr Sharma later moved to Ahmedabad and graduated from HL College of Commerce with an undergraduate degree in Commerce. He continued his education in the US where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degree.

GMS has succeeded in helping to modernize the ship recycling industry and, through its efforts, has done much to strengthen the credibility and transparency of the global demolition sector.

The company has also provided technical assistance to a handful yards in India and Bangladesh so they can meet their own international standards, and show compliance with international convention guidelines. Nearly half of India’s yards are already compliant.

Dr Sharma resides in Dubai with his wife and has two children.

He has previously been featured in the Top 100 in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


London, U.K. – 08 January 2015 – VideotelTM, in conjunction with Mines Rescue Marine, has launched the innovative and unique Enclosed Space Management System, designed to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board ship and combat the number of accidents and fatalities that all too often occur when problem areas are overlooked.

Beneficial to crew; contractors; surveyors; port state inspectors and office staff; this is currently the only computer-based system available that enables vessels and installations to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adopted Resolution A.1050(27) “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships”, Section 3 – Safety Management for Entry into Enclosed Spaces, as well as the latest SOLAS recommendations for enclosed spaces.

It provides an auditing process to follow, allowing safety risks to be identified and solutions to be put in place. All crew members can contribute to this ‘living’ system by adding their own comments, photographs and experiential data to each space record, ensuring that knowledge is retained and the risk of safety being affected by crew changes is lowered. It also provides ready access to all essential information needed to enter and work within an enclosed space as safely as possible. Gathered information can be viewed ashore as well as on board and a PDF report can be sent directly to any third party by email, as required. All data entered is stored and hosted, and the system itself is updated at regular intervals to reflect changes in laws and regulations.

The Enclosed Space Management System’s auditing process allows for the assessment of internal spaces, entry points and rescue requirements, e.g. the size of manholes; difficulty of entry; ability to rig a man riding winch for rescue purposes; availability and effectiveness of communications; dimensions of the space; internal design features; and the ability to operate whilst wearing breathing apparatus. It also prompts the user to record the manpower and equipment requirements for both entry into and potentially rescue from, a space. On completion of the audit, a simple traffic light warning system is provided, based on the degree of difficulty to get into, operate inside and rescue from each space.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, says: “We are very proud of the Enclosed Space Management System which, we believe, will make a meaningful contribution to industry efforts in the prevention of needless loss of life. As a further extension of its all-encompassing programs on enclosed spaces, Videotel is pleased to be able to take this unique step in helping the maritime industry take a proactive approach towards a significant reduction in issues involving enclosed spaces.”

Raal Harris, Director of e-Learning & Digital Media at Videotel, explained: “We have spent two years working with Mines Rescue Marine researching and developing the Enclosed Space Management System. The Mines Rescue Service has a vast amount of experience and knowledge, as well as specialist skills in the field of rescuing mineworkers from underground. This, combined with Videotel’s expertise in training and e-Learning, has resulted in a practical, easy-to-use system designed to become an essential part of everyday life in the shipping industry.”

Adam Allan, Managing Director of Mines Rescue Marine, states: ”This is the culmination of a two-year project initiated by our realisation that one of the major problems on ships and offshore installations was the lack of detailed audited information on enclosed spaces, and a specifically designed depository for it. We felt that if we could provide a facility which shares information with not only crew members, but others working on board, such as surveyors and contractors, it would considerably increase the safety of people entering and working in these spaces. Together with our partner Videotel, we developed the Enclosed Space Management System, the only such system in the world. We believe it will change the way in which enclosed spaces are dealt with forever.”


The Thome Group has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Olav Magnus Nortun, who will take up the position on 1st April, 2015.

Mr Nortun, a Norwegian national, brings with him vast experience in the maritime industry, especially in the areas of strategic development and governance of production, knowledge management and systems related to ship classification.

He has worked with DNV GL for many years in different locations around the world, culminating in his most recent role as Executive Vice President of its Classification Division. He has extensive in-field survey experience and has held management and project management positions in Norway, Holland, Japan, Korea and East Russia. He was Regional Manager, Maritime Korea and East Russia in addition to Board Chairman of DNV (China) Ltd.

He is a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology with a post graduate in ‘Management in a Technological Environment’ in addition to attending Senior Management courses at INSEAD, Fontanebleau and IMD in Lausanne.

As part of the new appointment, Olav Eek Thorstensen will step aside as Group CEO but will continue as Thome Group Executive Chairman while Claes Eek Thorstensen will continue as Thome Group President.

President of the Thome Group Claes Eek Thorstensen said of the appointment:” I am delighted to announce the appointment of Olav Nortun as Group CEO for the Thome Group. Olav brings with him a broad international maritime experience which combined with the new perspectives and ideas he may have will, I believe, benefit the Group significantly in the months ahead.”


A new Business Development Manager, Hazel Walker, has been appointed by Mersey Maritime to help implement the organisation’s development strategy over the next five years. Hazel Walker will be tasked with developing business relationships and growing the organisation’s commercially based activities to reinforce Mersey Maritime’s position as the membership organisation of choice for maritime and related sector businesses in Merseyside and beyond.

Mersey Maritime is the most successful cluster organisation of its kind in the UK, representing 1,700 maritime businesses.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Mersey Maritime’s acting CEO, said: “Hazel joins Mersey Maritime with an abundance of experience and enthusiasm and we are delighted that she has joined our business team.”

Hazel Walker added: “Before joining I was already a member so the move has felt very natural. I’m really looking forward to the new challenges ahead and to helping Mersey Maritime excel and grow in the next five years.”