GLOBAL Energy Ventures has appointed experienced maritime professional Per Roed as chief technical officer.

GEV said Mr Roed will drive innovation, design, construction and delivery of the company’s hydrogen shipping and port solutions.

Mr Roed has more than 20 years of experience in ship design, newbuilds, ship management and marine and commercial operations of chemical tankers, standard and small-scale gas carriers, terminals, gas supply and import solutions.

GEV managing director and CEO Martin Carolan said, “The appointment of Per is a major accomplishment for GEV given his track record and global experience .

“It is also recognition of the ambitious program we have underway to deliver compressed hydrogen solutions globally.”

Mr Carolan said the new CTO’s technical experience would be invaluable as the company develops its shipping program over the next 12 to 24 months.

“Per also has extensive experience in developing business cases that include storage and port solutions that will assist our development and delivery of compressed hydrogen products.

“GEV’s growth means we not only need transformational engineering leadership, but also a highly capable and respected leader who can attract and develop world-class talent to our team.”

Mr Roed’s recent experience includes a senior management role with Stolt-Nielsen and as CTO of Avenir LNG.

In this role he led the management of investments in new chemical tanker and small-scale LNG tonnage and the start-up of Avenir’s first LNG terminal.

Having known each other since working at Stolt-Nielsen and Avenir LNG, GEV non-executive chairman Andrew Pickering said the company is delighted to have secured Mr Roed.

“I have seen firsthand his talent to identify innovative ways to optimise and manage newbuild design and construction, and his dedication and global network from previous roles will be invaluable to GEV at this exciting stage,” he said.

Mr Roed will be based in Rotterdam prior to transitioning to Norway in July 2022, where GEV plans to establish a new European office.

He said his new role at GEV is an ideal opportunity to develop and deliver innovative compressed hydrogen products.

“Hydrogen has the potential to be the clean energy of the future,” Mr Roed said.

“I look forward to introducing my network of industry stakeholders to GEV’s efficient hydrogen production and shipping solutions, which have the potential to facilitate a measurable switch to hydrogen in the global energy mix.

“GEV can offer this through efficient hydrogen production and shipping solutions.”

Mr Roed will commence as CTO on 7 February this year.