The Ocean Thought Leaders is a series of articles with the very best minds, from the very best companies, who know our ocean better than almost anyone else.
Our ocean thought leaders are CEO’s, chair people and business heads that, for the most part, have built their expertise in maritime and are now looking to how they can use their firm’s unique competency, experience, infrastructure and networks to drive future success in both shipping and the ocean space.
The Ocean Thought Leaders
Pia Meling of Massterly, the world’s first company set up to operate autonomous vessels, is more focused on getting trucks off the road than unmanned vessels on the water. With major players now preparing to set sail, is this the start of a transportation revolution?
ECOsubsea set to clean up in shipping
Norwegian brothers Tor and Klaus Østervold finally have proof of concept for their revolutionary ECOsubsea hull cleaning technology. Here Tor explains how this young business will help maritime rid itself of an age-old problem.
It sounds almost too good to be true. Two 30-somethings hatch an idea to establish a tourism business focused on sustainability, and less than two years after starting their company, they officially become shipowners. Meet Brim Explorer, a new generation of maritime business.
The Ocean Thought Leaders Magazine
A series of articles with the very best minds, from the very best companies, who know our ocean better than almost anyone else.
Even better times ahead
Even Matre Ellingsen, Group CEO of Astrup Fearnley, may be new in the ‘hot seat’, but he already has calm, clear and ambitious visions for a company that is just about to celebrate a major milestone.
Leading from the front
The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is working to position itself as a leader for not just Norwegian flagged vessels, but for the entire global shipping industry. Here Acting Director General Lars Alvestad outlines how innovative technology, bold ambition and a committed environmental focus are converging with truly ground-breaking results.
What are the most interesting business opportunities in the ocean Space, and what is key for the maritime industry going forward? We asked a dozen leaders from the ocean industries for their opinion, and here is the opinion of twelve ocean leaders.
The future, covered
How can marine insurance play an active role in helping industry and society meet future challenges and opportunities? Skuld CEO Ståle Hansen knows he doesn’t have all the answers, but he’s committed to contributing towards both commercial and environmental sustainability in any way he, and his company, can.
Kongsberg Group’s acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine sent shockwaves through the industry. From seemingly out of nowhere they acquired one of the biggest names in ship design, deck and rotating machinery. Geir Håøy, President & CEO KONGSBERG, explains both the rationale behind the purchase and what lies ahead.
Trust in transparency
Inchcape Shipping Services is determined to shine a light on the traditionally shadowy world of ships agencies, combining its global presence with the power of digital technology to position itself as a trusted partner for maritime leaders. CEO Frank Olsen believes change is on its way.
One vision, countless opportunities
Kristin Holth is focused on the big picture. The Head of DNB’s Ocean Industries division believes long-term value, for the bank and its customers, can be unlocked by viewing the ocean as a single arena, rather than standalone segments. Here she explains why DNB has dived into a new way of working.
The art of leadership
Jotun has maintained its number one position in marine coatings despite the “horrific” market conditions of the past few years: adapting, evolving and building to stay ahead. Now, says CEO Morten Fon, the company is well positioned to consolidate that leadership.
A touch of class
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL CEO Maritime, maps out how class can help maritime navigate the new digital reality.
Why do we need the maritime press?
“All of humanity is in shipping. The tragedies, the triumphs, the highs, the lows, the love, the loss, and, of course, the wrecks - financial or otherwise.” TradeWinds Editor-in-Chief Julian Bray tells the story of his industry.
Shaping the future
Thomas Wilhelmsen isn’t shy about stepping forward. The Wilhelmsen CEO wants his group to lead maritime from the front, utilizing a blend of the traditional and the transformational to steer the business, and the entire industry, on a value added voyage into the future.
Wärtsilä has a vision unlike any other maritime company. We sat down with Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, to talk about ‘An Oceanic Awakening’
A new age for Norwegian shipping
It’s about more than maritime. Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipping Association, sees a world of opportunity from his office overlooking Oslo.
Open to change: how Open Data will save our oceans
We can choose. Share our maritime data, prosper, create value and safeguard our oceans. Keep it to ourselves and slowly stagnate, both commercially and environmentally. It’s decision time.
Investing in the future
For sustainable commercial success, a sustainable environmental focus is increasingly imperative.
Never stand still
Torvald Klaveness approaches business, ocean development and the environment in the same manner – with open horizons and a drive to improve
Deeper understanding: exploring ocean potential with Nekton
Oliver Steeds wants to dive to the depths, of both the oceans and maritime data, to …