“This ceremony tells us that we all work for a company whose history exceeds our worklife. As our devoted and esteemed seafarers, you have carried on your skills and our culture to the next generation of seafarers for many years”, VP Maritime Personnel Svend Foyn-Bruun said in his speech to the awardees.
“Your loyalty to the company has been an intangible value that is so much appreciated. You are the ambassadors of the quality culture we have at Odfjell”.
Captain Arne Johansen
Arne Johansen started his career in Odfjell in February 1996 as 2nd Officer. He was promoted to Chief Officer in February 1998 and to Captain in 2006. Today he sails on Bow Chain and was awarded for over 25 years with the company.
Captain Stig Helge Larsen
Stig Helge Larsen started his maritime career as 3rd officer on the Bergesen DY shipping company in 1991, before he came to Odfjell in 1992 as 2nd Officer. He was promoted to Chief Officer in May 1996 and to Captain in 2005. Today he sails on Bow Firda. Stig Helge was awarded the Norwegian Shipowners’ Associations gold medal for at least 30 years of service, of those more than 15 years at Odfjell.
Chief Engineer Terje Lie
Terje Lie started as a traveling repairman for Kontinental Machin service in 1981, and worked for various companies before he started his Odfjell career as 3rd Engineer on board NCC Jouf in 1995. He was promoted to 2nd Engineer in 1996 and to Chief Engineer in 2003. He was awarded by Odfjell for more than 25 years at the company, and by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association for at least 30 years of service to the maritime industry.
Chief Engineer Jose Marie Buagas
In 1996, Jose Marie Buagas boarded Bow Mariner for the first time as Engine Cadet. He was promoted to 2nd Engineer in November 2011 and was assigned the position of Fleet Machinery Surveyor in 2013. He contributed as a course creator and instructor at the Odfjell Academy, before he returned to the crew pool in 2018 where he was promoted to Chief Engineer in 2020. He was awarded by Odfjell for his 25 years of service at the company.
Captain Kjell Arne Hevrøy
Kjell Arne Hevrøy started his maritime career as a ship mechanic assistant in 1985 with Westfal Larsen. He sailed with various shipping companies before he boarded Odfjell’s Bow Cedar in 1990 as 2nd Officer. He was promoted to Chief Officer in 1994, and to Captain in 1998. During his career, he has also participated in new building teams and served as inspector in China. He took delivery of Bow Excellence in 2020, where he still serves. Kjell Arne received the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s gold medal for at least 30 years of service, and more than 15 years in Odfjell.
Pumpman Vidar Grønås
Vidar Grønås started his maritime career at Westfal Larsen as Jungman (deck rating) and OS in 1982. He continued sailing with Seatrans as a ship mechanic before he came to Odfjell as a pumpman in 1994. He has since sailed in the same position on board a range of Odfjell’s ships. He was awarded by Odfjell for more than 25 years at the company, and by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association for at least 30 years of service to the maritime industry.
“Loyalty is not something we can acquire, it must be deserved. For Odfjell, this is your reward to us, a reward that contains responsible care of Odjell’s values, a continuation of our culture, and not at least a competitive advantage”, Svend Foyn-Bruun said.
Foyn-Bruun’s celebratory words were echoed by Global Head of Ship Management Torger Trige and by Marine Manager Jan Ove Ødegård, who also highlighted the vital importance of the family at home and the extra contributions they make when the seafarers are away on board.