MARITIME risk and environmental assessment organisation, RightShip, has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Steen Brodsgaard Lund. He succeeds Martin Crawford-Brunt, who will be departing RightShip on 18 December.

Throughout his three years as chief Mr Crawford-Brunt pushed several key initiatives for the benefit of a safer and more sustainable maritime industry.

These include leading RightShip, together with the world’s largest bulk ship operators, in drafting the new Dry Bulk Management Standard which supports the continuous improvement of bulk carrier safety.

Mr Crawford-Brunt also pushed the development of RightShip’s revised technology platform and a new rating system to deliver higher levels of safety.

“It has been a real privilege to work alongside such passionate and dedicated colleagues, and in collaboration with the industry, to increase our positive impact on safety, environmental and social outcomes,” he said.

RightShip chairman Rashpal Bhatti thanked Mr Crawford-Brunt for “his dedication to RightShip through a backdrop of difficult global economic conditions, IMO 2020 and the pandemic”.

“He has steered the company well through this challenging time. We wish him and his family all the very best,” Mr Bhatti said.

Steen Brodsgaard Lund will be based in Singapore and expand RightShip’s global reach from the maritime hub that counts many of its customers.

Mr Bhatti said they were “excited to welcome Steen Brodsgaard Lund to the RightShip family”.

“His experience which has been built over more than 30 years in the industry coupled with his strategic relationships with owners, regulators and technology companies, match perfectly with RightShip’s ambitions,” he said.

Mr Lund said joining RightShip felt “like coming home”.

“The time I have spent in ship owning, ship management, classification and nav/com services has had the safety of vessels and crew as a common theme,” he said.

“In recent years, emphasis has increasingly grown on measuring and mitigating emissions and deploying digital solutions to support and drive the core business.

“I look forward to working together with all RightShip colleagues in Melbourne, London, Houston and Singapore as we build close partnerships with our customers and set the strategic direction to deliver true relevance and integrated value to the entire maritime ecosystem.”

Mr Lund has more than 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry. He spent 21 years with A.P Moller Maersk, where he was responsible for the Maersk Line network in the Americas, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.