SVITZER Australia has appointed a new general manager – east and a new deputy chief commercial officer.

The company appointed Dylan Sheehan the new general manager – east. Svitzer also appointed Shafaq Rahman to deputy chief commercial officer (Australia).

As general manager – east, Mr Sheehan is responsible for Svitzer’s towage and marine services operations at 14 ports along Australia’s east coast in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Mr Sheehan has worked at Svitzer in regions worldwide, commencing with Svitzer as a commercial manager in Canada in 2013 and was most recently regional manager – north west (Australia).

“From my time in Svitzer, I have witnessed first-hand the expertise and capability of our crews and shore-team to deliver a best-in-class service offering. I am eager to work collaboratively with our customers to achieve their safety, efficiency and sustainability goals,” Mr Sheehan said.

“With our growing digital and decarbonisation offering, it is a very exciting time to be stepping into the role.”

Mrs Rahman, the new deputy chief commercial officer, has been with Svitzer for nearly three years.

She has led business development and strategic projects, and steps into a wider commercial mandate as D/CCO. She brings more than 20 years of experience, including extensive background in the oil and gas industry.

“Svitzer is unique in that we offer global scale and expertise but also deep local knowledge and experience right across Australian ports, communities and industry sectors,” Mrs Rahman said.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with our customers to develop solutions that grow and enhance their business – particularly the opportunity to partner with ports and the wider shipping industry to achieve their decarbonisation ambitions.”

Svitzer Australia managing director Nicolaj Noes said it was fantastic to be able to appoint internally for the senior roles, demonstrating the depth of internal talent at the company.

“Dylan and Shafaq will play important roles in helping us drive further value for our customers and I’m delighted that we have been able to appoint two experienced, passionate people from within,” he said.

Mr Sheehan will report to Mr Noes and replaces Deniz Kirdar True, who was recently appointed managing director of Svitzer’s Africa, Middle East and Asia (AMEA) region.

Mrs Rahman continues to report to Ivan Spanjic, chief commercial officer – Australia.