(HAMBURG, Germany) — Hansa Heavy Lift has appointed Mark Preece as its new senior adviser to help the company grow its presence in the global offshore industry.
Preece comes to the role with more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime and global offshore industry, and is currently non-executive director (NED) at the Port of Tyne, U.K.
As part of his new role, Preece will be focused on growing Hansa Heavy Lift’s expertise in the offshore industry, with a particular focus on transportation and installation (T&I) in the subsea oil and gas market as well as the offshore wind farm sector.
“Mark is an exceptional business leader with strong experience of developing cross-industry global relationships at the highest level, and we are excited to welcome him to his new advisory role,” said Roger Iliffe, chief executive officer, Hansa Heavy Lift. “The strengthening of our presence in the global offshore business will enable us to continue to meet increased demand from our customers from around the globe, and we are pleased to be working with Mark at the helm of this operation.”
Before joining the Port of Tyne, Preece was CEO at Ceona Offshore and prior to that CEO at Reef Subsea; corporate vice president of business development and marketing at Acergy; managing eirector and board member with Bibby Line Ltd.; and has worked with TECHNIP SA, Coflexip Stena and Stena Offshore.
“I am looking forward to working with Hansa Heavy Lift to support the organization as it increases its presence in the offshore and T&I markets, offering customers high quality and tailored solutions, no matter the challenge,” said Preece. “Hansa Heavy Lift is in a position to take full advantage of the growing opportunities in this sector and I am excited to be working with such a specialized carrier with strong engineering capabilities and flexible vessels to push the company up to the next level.”
Hansa Heavy Lift operates a young fleet of 19 multi-purpose vessels, equipped with cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 1,400 metric tons that can operate independently of local infrastructure.
All vessels are E3 ice-class equivalent to Russian L1, which means they can comfortably cut through sea ice up to 1 meter thick. Given the magnitude of projects arising in northern Russia, the company is expecting to pass the Northern Sea Route more often in the future.
In addition to the offshore industry, the company is also increasing its focus on the super heavy lift market, and operates a regional structure that allows its teams to respond to customers’ demands in real time, anywhere in the globe.