Haico Halbesma steps down at Oceanteam

Dutch offshore outfit Oceanteam has announced the resignation of CEO Haico Halbesma.

Halbesma, who also co-founded the company and is a major shareholder, will step down on March 30 although Oceanteam has requested he stays on as an advisor.

“Now the company is ready to accelerate its performances, Oceanteam needs to enter into quieter waters. It will be much easier for a new leadership to make this happen and secure the future of the company in the interest of all our stakeholders”, Halbesma said.

Oceanteam has recently completed a restructuring and is currently involved in a spat with KPMG over auditing issues.

Diederik Legger, a board member at Oceanteam, commented: “We respect Haico’s decision and view to create room for change. We are well aware of the challenges and opportunities that the company faces in today’s dynamic and challenging environment. Oceanteam is a fantastic platform and has a very capable team and the right partners to offer both existing and new clients innovative services and solutions. The company is now brought into position to turn the corner and build, in the coming period, a sustainable financial structure to weather the pro-longed downturn in the oil and gas market. We truly thank Haico for his hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and energy to challenge tough market conditions and we are grateful that he has agreed to remain on as an advisor.

The company has initiated the search for a replacement.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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