Bureau Veritas makes senior appointments

Mathieu Philippe has been appointed to the new position of Commercial Director – Marine, while Gijsbert de Jong succeeds Bengt Sangberg as Regional Marine Chief Executive, Nordics.

Philippe reports to Bureau Veritas’ (BV) Marine & Offshore President Matthieu de Tugny, and leads the marine markets team, providing expertise and technology leadership across all major ship types, ship fuel and propulsion technology.

Commenting on his appointment, Phillippe said: ‘Classification Societies are already playing a vital role in the energy transition. Our contribution can only grow. As technical experts, we are a key link between the industry and regulators as well as the broader maritime supply chain to contribute to developing the “better” energy that shipping needs.

Phillippe continued: ‘We also need to help make sure that the direction, both technological and regulatory, taken by the industry is validated. Society will require quantifiable, demonstrable progress. Classification can provide that verified data.

‘BV’s combination of marine classification with a multi-sector organisation, active in testing, inspection and certification across many industries, provides the breadth and capability that shipping will need to decarbonise and evolve sustainably. Partnerships beyond shipping will be necessary and as a Group, we are in a position to help create and develop those connections.’

As Regional Marine Chief Executive, Nordics, de Jong will report directly to Herman Spilker, VP North Europe Zone with responsibility for operations and business development in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Commenting, de Jong said: ‘I am very fortunate to be joining such a professional, capable and passionate team of maritime experts. The activities of Bureau Veritas in the Nordics span a broad range of ship types and clients.

‘We class tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, and gas carriers, of course. But the Nordic market is also well known for specialised, high technology ships – and this is an area where we are strong. We class cruise vessels built in Norway, sophisticated ferries, offshore vessels, fishing vessels and more. Our expertise in small and specialised ships, as well as standard ship types, is a BV hallmark.’

Highlighting the Nordic countries’ ‘strong leadership in sustainability and digital innovation’, De Jong said BV’s expertise with alternative fuels and smart technology is a good match for the ambitions of Nordic clients.

‘Bureau Veritas has built up extensive experience with gas-fuelled and (hybrid) battery-powered ships and is working together with industry partners on new fuels including ammonia, hydrogen and power systems including fuel cells.

‘Additionally, we are involved in forward looking smart ship projects, covering autonomous navigation, and remote operations. And we have developed a pragmatic risk based cyber security approach meeting both regulatory and industry needs.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry