STOLT Tankers, the parcel tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen, has announced the appointment of a new managing director. Current MD Mark Martecchini announced he would retire in April 2022 after serving with the company for 38 years.

Maren Schroeder is to be stepping in as managing director of Stolt Tankers, with effect from 1 April 2022.

Stolt Tankers president Lucas Vos said Ms Schroeder’s appointment is good news for the company.

“Retaining Mark Martecchini’s experience until April will help to ensure her smooth transition into the leadership team,” he said.

“Maren’s background in shipping combined with her inside knowledge of our operations will ensure we maintain our leading position in the industry. Maren’s appointment brings a new dimension to our leadership team through her passion and commitment to leading the transformation of STSO as we pursue our ambition of a successful IPO.”

Prior to joining Stolt Tankers, Ms Schroeder held the position of head of technical at Vroon, where she reported to the group board of directors and was responsible for a fleet of 200 ships.

In her time with Stolt Tankers, she has been instrumental in driving collaboration across the business and providing the highest quality ships to its customers. She has also developed strong virtual connections between ship and shore personnel despite the difficulties of operating during COVID-19.

Mr Martecchini retires after a long career with Stolt Tankers in a variety of technical, commercial, and executive roles and leadership in several industry organisations.

In July 2022, Martecchini will become president of Webb Institute, a private undergraduate institution that offers full-tuition scholarships and specialises in naval architecture and marine engineering, with a waterfront campus in Glen Cove, New York.

Stolt Tankers operates a fleet of more than 150 parcel tankers.

Its fleet provides global transportation services for bulk-liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids and clean petroleum products.