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Senior personnel at Vroon make for the door

The exodus of senior personnel at restructuring Dutch shipping giant Vroon is accelerating.

Company secretary Jo Goossens resigned two weeks ago, and now Splash understands Rob Schipper from Vroon’s tanker subsidiary, Iver Ships, has resigned to join Fred Cheng in Hong Kong. The run for the door started when veteran shipmanager Rob Grool left at the end of November last year. At that time Vroon’s onerous financial restructuring agreement with its close to 20 lenders took effect.

The restructuring has see the firehouse sale of Vroon’s wind turbine installlation vessel business MPI to competitors Jan de Nul and Van Oord. Meanwhile, Vroon’s livestock express business has suffered from the recent breakdown of its elderly Holstein Express in the Mediterranean.

Vroon has yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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