Editorial Team

Our team
Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes

Marine Trader Editor

Tom Holmes is the Editor of Marine Trader and readmt.com, the official publications of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to Marine Trader please get in touch.

Laura Stackhouse

Laura Stackhouse

readmt.com Editor

Laura Stackhouse is the Web Editor of readmt.com, an official publication of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to readmt.com please get in touch.

Our contributors


ABB Turbocharging

ABB Turbocharging

ABB Turbocharging is at the helm of the global industry in the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for 500 kW to 80+ MW diesel and gas engines. About 200,000 ABB turbochargers are in operation across the globe on ships, power stations, gen-sets, diesel locomotives and large, off-highway vehicles.


Basil Karatzas

Basil Karatzas

Founder and CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.

Basil Karatzas is the founder and CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co. a shipping finance advisory and ship brokerage firm based in Manhattan, New York. 


Camilla Hauberg

Camilla Hauberg

Procurement and Supply Chain Professional


Claes Eek Thorstensen

Claes Eek Thorstensen

President of the Thome Group

Claes Eek Thorstensen is the President of the Thome Group of Companies. He joined the group in 2000 and has held various senior positions such as Senior Manager, Projects, at Thome Ship Management and Managing Director of Thome Offshore Management.

Claes is a Master of Science (MSc) Graduate in Marine Engineering, a qualified Chief Engineer and Chartered Engineer. He also holds an Executive MBA in Shipping, Offshore and Finance which is a double degree programme from BI Norwegian Business School, Norway and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Claes is responsible for building the group's existing business divisions and developing opportunities in Europe and South East Asia.  


David Greenwood

Sales Manager, First Choice Marine Supply

David is a global sales and marketing executive in the maritime industry who has wide ranging and broad based experience targeting, developing and growing diverse market segments.


David Rider

David Rider

Intelligence & Communications Consultant

David works on consultancy basis as the Intelligence & Communications officer for Neptune Maritime Security, where his duties include in-house and client intel gathering and analysis, as well as the day-to-day running of the company's social media platforms and all corporate communications. David has also recently undertaken consultancy work with CSO Alliance Ltd. as part of its ongoing launch process. 


DFDS Group

DFDS Group

DFDS is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company. 


Dr Sam De Silva

Dr Sam De Silva

Partner - Head of IT Law and Outsourcing Law, Penningtons Manches LLP

Dr Sam De Silva is a partner and the head of the IT and Outsourcing practice at leading UK law firm Penningtons Manches LLP. His main areas of practice are technology projects and the outsourcing of technology and business processes.  He has been published widely and speaks regularly on these topics and is Chair of the Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group. Sam is also one of very few UK solicitors who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).  He is also an IT Law Accredited Member of the Society for Computers and Law.  


Dr Sue Hornibrook

Dr Sue Hornibrook

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility, University of Kent

Following a varied career spanning over 20 years in both the private and public sector, Dr Sue Hornibrook graduated with a BSc in Business Studies, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics, both from Imperial College, Wye. Sue is currently Head of Student Placements in Canterbury, having previously been the Director of the MSc Management programme. Sue has a strong interest in responsible business and collaborations with the third sector. She is a trustee and Vice Chair of Porchlight, one of the foremost charities supporting vulnerable and homeless people in Kent, Medway and Croydon.


Dr. Ashok K. Roy

Dr. Ashok K. Roy

Vice President for Finance & Administration/ Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ashok K. Roy is the Vice President for Finance & Administration/ Chief Financial Officer of the University of Alaska System, and Associate Professor of Business Administration at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Roy holds six university degrees and five professional certifications. He has authored over 82 publications. 


Gaetano Massara

Gaetano Massara

CEO - South Eastern Europe - GE Corporate

Market and political analysis expert, working with GE Corporate for over five years. 


GMS

GMS

Established in 1992 in Cumberland, MD. (USA), GMS is the world's largest and only ISO 9001 (BV) certified cash buyer of ships for recycling. With representatives in all of the major ship recycling markets in the world, GMS has negotiated about 3,000 ships for recycling since inception www.gms.net


Inatech

Inatech

Inatech is a global niche provider of intelligent, cloud-enabled and on-premise integration, ERP, treasury and bunkering software to the marine, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain and retail industries www.inatech.com


Intermodal Shipbrokers

Intermodal Shipbrokers

With more than 30 years of history, Intermodal Shipbrokers has established its position as one of the leading brooking houses both within Greece and internationally. Among its many services, the company produces market reports for the shipping industry.


Ismael Santos

Ismael Santos

International Trade Manager, Boa Praca Importadora e Exportadora LTDA

Ismael Santos is the International Trade manager for Boa Praca, one of the largest ship supply companies in Brazil. Ismael has extensive knowledge of the Brazilian import and export market as well as customs procedures. In 2013 he delivered a talk at the IMPA London conference.


Jan Ketil Arnulf

Jan Ketil Arnulf

Associate Professor, BI Norwegian Business School

Jan Ketil Arnulf is the Associate Dean to the BI-Fudan MBA program in Shanghai and is an Associate Professor at BI Norwegian Business School.


Jim Costalos

General Manager at Southern Cross Marine Supplies Pty Ltd

Jim Costalos is the Executive Director of Southern Cross Marine Supplies Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading ship supply organisation with branches covering the Australian coast. Jim is a career ship supplier with 36 years of experience, commencing in the family business in 1975 before joining the Adelaide Steamship group division Metro-Nautilus in 1986. Here he held various senior management positions until 2003 when senior management of Nautilus and other family groups joined together to form Southern Cross Marine Supplies. In addition, Jim Chaired the Australian Ship Suppliers Association for 5 years and also served as Vice Chairman for 4 years. He is also the IMPA Ambassador for Australia.


Jonas Östlund

Jonas Östlund

Product Marketing Manager - Fuel

 Product Marketing Manager from the Marine Chemicals division of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries. 


Juan Salomon

CEO, Ins Argentina Srl

Mr. Juan Salomón is CEO of Ins Argentina Srl, one of the leading companies in Maritime Services within South America. Ins Argentina Srl has its head office in Argentina and further branch offices in Brazil and Venezuela.Ins Argentina Srl has been in the maritime business for many years, satisfying the needs of owners, agents and port terminals. Over this time, the company has developed two distinct business units. The first business unit deals with general repairs on vessels, under the supervision of the most recognized classifiers. The second unit supplies provisions, spare parts and consumables to ships and port terminals. Juan is the IMPA Ambassador for Argentina.


Kartik Sinha

Kartik Sinha

Business Development Manager, Martek Marine

Kartik Sinha graduated from Edinburgh University with a MBA and holds a B.Sc. in Marine Operations from Northumbria University. He started his seagoing career at T.S.Jawahar and in a maritime career spanning over thirteen years, he has held several nautical positions and attained numerous professional qualifications. Serving on board a wide spectrum of merchant vessels, ranging from feeder container ships to ULCC tankers, he specialised in oil tankers.


MacGregor

MacGregor

MacGregor offers integrated cargo flow solutions for maritime transportation and offshore industries.


Marine Trader

Marine Trader

Marine Trader is the industry-leading publication for marine purchasing and supply. 


Mike James

Mike James

Writer for ML UK

Mike James is a boating enthusiast with a background in civil engineering. He writes about his working projects for ML (UK), a south coast based company offering dredging services, steel fabrication and structural engineering services.


Mike Sim

Mike Sim

Former executive chairman, SINWA


NORDEN A/S

NORDEN A/S

Content Partner

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is an independent shipping company founded in 1871. As one of Denmark’s oldest internationally operating shipping companies. NORDEN operates in dry cargo and product tankers worldwide.

www.ds-norden.com


Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Head of Global Consulting, DPSS Consultants

Paul Jackson is the lead author of a new book entitled “The Sustainable Business” and co-author of “Practical Procurement”. He is also a Partner in DPSS Consultants a dedicated training business operating with clients around the world for over 25 years delivering inspirational consultancy and training throughout the Supply Chain and is the owner of Profit Through Change Ltd, a wholly owned Procurement and Supply Chain consultancy organisation.


Peter Sand

Peter Sand

Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO

Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of Chief Shipping Analyst. In this position he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists management and members with insight into many different aspects of the shipping industry. Peter’s regular reports and interim focus articles on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in mainstream media.


Phil Parry

Phil Parry

Marine Recruitment & Shipping Benchmarking Expert, Chairman Spinnaker Consulting Ltd

Phil Parry co-founded the leading maritime recruitment consultancy Spinnaker Consulting Ltd (www.shippingjobs.com) following a career as a shipping lawyer with maritime law firm Ince & Co. Spinnaker has grown to become the leading marine recruitment consultancy filling shipping jobs worldwide.

At Spinnaker Phil founded the Maritime HR Forum, a membership benchmarking association which numbers the world's leading shipowners, shipmanagers, oil companies and trading groups among its members. The Maritime HR Forum benchmarks compensation and benefits for its members, providing regular and detailed shipping salary surveys for jobs across the marine sector as well as benefits surveys, member meetings and discussion groups.

Phil also previously ran the UK office of Cyprus-based legal and claims consultants, Elias Marine Consultants. 

A graduate in Maritime Business and Law and past-Chairman of the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association, he writes and speaks frequently on legal, maritime and personnel issues. He is also a BIMCO representative on the BIMCO/ISF Manpower Steering Committee.


Ray Carter

Director, DPSS Consultants

Ray Carter is Director of DPSS Consultants, a company that has been offering contracting, procurement, supply chain training and consulting in the early 1990s. Ray is highly regarded within the procurement and supply chain industry and has published several books in the field throughout his career.  


Rob Scharff

Rob Scharff

GM Purchasing & Logistics Stolt Tankers; Doctoral Candidate at Bradford University; VP at IMPA; Lecturer; Hydraulic Engineer

Rob Scharff is GM for Purchasing & Logistics at Stolt Tankers where he heads a team of 20 purchasing and logistics professionals. His responsibilities include procurement strategy, global responsibility for procurement and logistics as well as various corporate portfolios. Elsewhere Rob is the Vice President for for Education & Training for IMPA, a position he was elected to September 2012. His responsibility is to develop an education program for IMPA.


Rolv Petter Amdam

Rolv Petter Amdam

Professor and Dean Executive, BI Norwegian Business School


Sandy Kumaran

Sandy Kumaran

Senior Manager, Fleet Services, Thome Group


Saurish Nandi

Saurish Nandi

Procurement Manager, Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Saurish is global procurement & supply chain expert, with 11 years of rich experience in purchase planning, supply chain implementation across international markets ,strategic branding expert & an accomplished international speaker on procurement & supply chain issues.


Scott Bower

Scott Bower

Media and Advocacy Director for The Sailors' Society


Senada Lulic

Senada Lulic

President, Equilibrium Ship Parts & Equipment

Senada Lulic is the founder and president of Equilibrium Ship Parts & Equipment supply in Montreal, Canada.


ShipServ

ShipServ

ShipServ helps marine and offshore buyers to find the best suppliers easily, trade efficiently and build trusted relationships.

The company's products and services bring buyers and suppliers together online, in print, on ship and in person. We offer the largest online trading platform, the most used supplier search engine, the leading ordering guide and the first online ad network.


Sourabh Gupta

Sourabh Gupta

Senior Research Associate at Samuels International Associates, Inc. Washington D.C.

Sourabh Gupta is Senior Research Associate at Samuels International Associates, Inc. Washington D.C. He holds 2 graduate degrees from Syracuse University and Georgetown University, and was a East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow. Mr. Gupta has widely published on international relations, foreign policy, and policy analysis.


Spinnaker Global

Spinnaker Global

Spinnaker started out in 1997, launching the first ever shipping recruitment agency specialising in shore-based vacancies. They bridged a gap between clients and candidates; finding the best talent for their clients, in turn furthering the careers of candidates. Since then, the business has grown to see success in 40 countries.

Spinnaker now employs around 50 people trained extensively in both shipping and recruitment.


Tatiana Stotz

Tatiana Stotz

Programme Manager IMPA ACT

Tatiana Stotz is a CSR expert and programme manager for the IMPA ACT. With significant experience in the fields of human rights, CSR and law, and having held a number of roles in Australia, Asia and Europe, she joined IMPA from GLOBAL CSR, the Danish consultancy that helped to develop the IMPA ACT Initiative.


The Load Star

The Load Star

The Loadstar is fast becoming known at the highest levels of logistics and supply chain management as one of the best sources of influential analysis and commentary.


Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is a leading provider of recognised products and services to the maritime industry. This includes safety products and services, Unitor marine products, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency. These standardised product brands and service solutions are backed up by an unparalleled global service organisation to meet your requirements for quality, availability and performance. They are part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company.