Veterans appointed to head up new autonomous shipping line

Massterly, the new autonomous shipping joint venture created by Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg, has appointed Tom Eystø as managing director and Per Brinchmann from Wilhelmsen as chair of board.

Massterly debuted at the beginning of this month and claims it will offer a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.

New managing director, Eystø, was formerly the lead at Kongsberg Maritime’s autonomy programme.

“I am delighted to join Massterly at this very exciting time for the maritime industry,” he said. “Autonomy will revolutionise shipping and the industry will need technical and operational support from expert organisations such as Massterly if the full economic and environmental benefits are to be realised.”

“The combined experience and skill-set of Kongsberg and Wilhelmsen position Massterly clearly at the forefront of autonomous shipping,” said the new chairman, Brinchmann. “By providing a complete value chain, Massterly will become a vital resource for forward thinking cargo companies and shippers looking to leverage the power of autonomous vessels to deliver even higher standards of service to their customers.”

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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