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Simon Schlegel Pedersen
Chartering Manager, Lauritzen Bulkers  

Joined J. Lauritzen in February 2015

Lauritzen Bulkers Singapore, Chartering

In the commercial chartering department, we take care of Lauritzen Bulkers’ shipping business and our core task is to manage our cargo and tonnage book. In short, this means that we find employment for our vessels and find vessels to cover our cargo programme. At the same time, we monitor and assess the forward market and adjust our trading book towards it, taking either cargoes or more tonnage to achieve the optimal balance. Another key part of our job is about marketing our business: building and maintaining relationships with clients and establishing new relationships with potential customers, so this involves a fair share of travelling. This is especially important in the Pacific market where there are many new players joining the market every year - and so new opportunities.

Working in Singapore
I first had the chance to work in Singapore during the exchange programme as part of my degree and I gained a sense of how it was to work in Asia and in that specific market – and, ever since then, I wanted to go back. The Pacific market is more interesting to me because it contains a lot of countries that are developing very quickly, so you can really make an impact by assisting them, using our shared experience gained as a long-established shipowner. In the Atlantic there are a lot of big companies already established so it’s harder to make the same impact. I enjoy both the personal and professional growth you get from living and working in a different culture. Singapore, in particular, is an ideal place for someone early in their career because you can build a very strong network among your peers. If you are ambitious, you can push the boundaries here and accelerate your development. 

Recent work activities
My work is very varied and often our latest activities are somewhat commercially sensitive. But one area I have been working on is our business in Vietnam. It may not ever be as a big a market as China, but there are many similarities between Vietnam and China when it was in its early bloom period. The Vietnamese economy has been accelerating extremely fast, creating vast opportunities. This speed of development also makes it very challenging to build a business, but it’s also extremely interesting.

I studied a BSc in International Shipping and Trade from Copenhagen Business School. During my bachelor’s degree, I took up a position as a student assistant at J. Lauritzen, which was followed by an internship in chartering for one year as a part of the education. Not long after my graduation, I was offered a permanent position in the Singapore office and soon after I moved from Denmark to Singapore.

I know it’s been a good day when…

There are many different reasons for this! Signing a deal is an especially good day – especially if it is the culmination of a project you have worked on for a long time – for example assisting with pricing guidance, working on contract negotiation and terms and so on – it’s great when that pays off. 

It’s also a good day when our teamwork and decision-making process pays off. We often have good discussion among our team in Singapore – also crossing over with Copenhagen and Stamford – we take into account all the different inputs and then make a decision. When it turns out to be the right one, it makes you proud and happy to work in a team – and feel like you are pretty good at what you do.


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Mathias Bowie
Bunker Manager, J. Lauritzen 

Joined J. Lauritzen in September 2011

J. Lauritzen, Bunkers Purchase
The bunkers department is at the heart of J. Lauritzen’s core shipping operations as all vessels need fuel to transport clients’ cargo from point A to B. The department handles worldwide fuel purchases for our two business units Lauritzen Bulkers and Lauritzen Kosan and four major external companies within the shipping industry. All together we cover a fleet consisting of some 300 vessels. On a yearly basis, we purchase about 1,200,000 tons of bunker oil amounting to approximately USD 0.7 billion. Naturally, it puts a bit of pressure on anyone dealing with commodities of such a value.

We send daily reports to our internal and external customers with the latest information on prices, news, worldwide conflicts, etc. After sending the report, the team usually distributes the different bunker requests between the colleagues in the department. We are a very young and dynamic department with three employees located at the head office in Copenhagen, and one in Singapore. Being a small team means that each one of us covers a large number of ships. We tend to get quite competitive internally when it comes to closing a deal since we all want to beat each other’s prices and always strive to reach the best overall result.

My recent work activities
I have made a paper hedge in the US Gulf for Lauritzen Bulkers’ Chartering Department. The hedge was for 5,080 barrels high sulphur fuel oil equivalent to 800 Metric Tonnes. Additionally, I have fixed 530 Metric Tonnes of oil for one of DFDS’ vessels in Copenhagen. This fuel had a sulphur content of 3.5 %, but because the vessel has a scrubber installed, it can easily use a bunker fuel with such high sulphur content.

Education and experience
- AP Graduate in Commerce Management with specialisation in purchasing
- Internship with J. Lauritzen, concluded with a final project on J. Lauritzen and purchasing, which was followed by permanent employment

I know it’s been a good day when...?
When I receive recognition from my colleagues or clients for my efforts, it’s been a good day.
It’s when I feel I have made a difference for some of my colleagues or clients. My job is not all about “cheap prices”. So a good day for me is when I am recognised for my efforts to be creative and for presenting colleagues and clients with alternative savings.


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Anel Medina
Purchase Manager, J. Lauritzen

Joined J. Lauritzen in March 2000

Procurement department
In the purchase department, we assist our business units Lauritzen Kosan, Lauritzen Bulkers as well as the corporate functions in obtaining goods and services. The processes that I’m handling include the preparation and processing of identified demands, managing the requisitions, purchasing orders, as well as the end receipt approval of payments. I also participate on framework agreements, audits of our main suppliers on an operational level and coordinate our Responsible Supply chain Management program in coordination with IMPA ACT. We do this to have a close dialogue with our suppliers: not only to ensure compliance and performance but also because we expect them to establish systems to manage adverse impacts on human rights including labour rights, protection of the environment and anti-corruption principles.

My recent work activities
I just placed a purchase order for one of the Lauritzen Kosan vessels sailing in Asia. I worked closely and constructively with the vessel manager and the supplier to build a dialogue with the supplier’s various factories who make the parts for the component we urgently needed for our vessel. As a result, the lead time was reduced from 5 weeks to 1 week. Quality, price and delivery time is great reason to work together, so my next step will be to ensure the shipment of the spares to the vessel and that the crew is ready to receive them.

Education and experience
- Lube oil purchaser and administrator in the Bunkers department
- Controller in Lauritzen Reefers and Lauritzen Bulkers
- Shipping agent in Mexico
- Degree as a technical analyst programmer from the UDC Universidad de Colima

I know it has been a good day when...
I really appreciate that no days are alike in my job and a combination of good decisions, daily discipline, the smiles from my friendly colleagues and spending time with my loved ones will certainly add value to every day.


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Renato Holjevac
Vessel Manager, Lauritzen Kosan

Joined Lauritzen Kosan in January 2019

Vessel Management
I work in the vessel management department within Lauritzen Kosan. We are the first point of contact for our vessels and support them in various matters. We support issues with vessel machinery, for instance if there is any malfunction, the crew will call us for assistance. If we are unable to assist, then we then direct them to someone who can. We also handle technical issues, vessel budget and spare parts. When spare parts are needed, we request them and make sure that the purchasing department order the right parts for the right vessels in time. The final responsibility for vessels receiving the parts they need in time rests with us. Apart from that, we also make regular ship visits to make sure everything is working onboard. I am personally in charge of four vessels, and so I visit each ship twice a year.

As the first point of contact, we have something we call ‘vessel duty’. When I am on vessel duty, I am responsible for our vessels 24 hours a day, as issues can arise at any moment. We have to be ready for that. Each member of the vessel management team is responsible for this duty once every 5 weeks.

My recent work activities
Every day is different because you never know what kind of malfunction or issue you need to handle, but recently I was on vessel duty. In short, I was in charge of the whole fleet for the weekend, meaning I was responsible for twenty-five ships and therefore was the one to contact around the clock with any issue that might arise with the vessels. On my recent duty, one vessel was getting an inspection and needed the relevant documentation. So, I had to dig around in our archives to find the documents and send them to the crew. Also, one of our vessels had a malfunction, so I had to repair the issues at the vessel’s next port of call. However, in a situation like this, if I don’t manage to fix the issue by the vessel’s first port of call, it’s my job to inform the authorities that the vessel is sailing with a malfunction and therefore needs some safety equipment and attendance at its second port of call.

Education and experience
I’ve been working with vessels my whole life! I have a bachelor’s degree in Science and Marine Engineering, and I worked onboard ship as an engineer for 15 years. After that I moved ashore to work as a superintendent, which essentially translates to vessel manager. Before joining J. Lauritzen, I was working in Dubai as a chemical tank operator where I worked with gas carriers. 

I know it has been a good day when...
My job is a problem-solving job, so the best thing for me is when I manage to solve a problem. Sometimes there are several issues that you are not able to solve, so when I succeed with fixing a problem, I know it’s been a good day. I also have good colleagues and we make a great team, so the feeling of good teamwork is a great feeling to end the day with, too.


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Monica Isaksen
Senior Operations Manager, Lauritzen Kosan

Joined J. Lauritzen in 2004 as a trainee

Lauritzen Kosan, Operations
In the operations department in Lauritzen Kosan, we make sure that the agreements made in the chartering department are executed in the most efficient way and to the satisfactory of the client/charterer and the owner. Once terms and conditions have been agreed, the operations department and the operations manager is the link between the charterer and the ship. During the voyage the operations manager keeps the charterer updated on the progress. In case of revised instructions, delays or incidents the operating manager is the "troubleshooter", who finds alternatives, seeks guidance in the technical department and informs relevant parties etc.
The operations manager is, in other words, the one who makes the magic happen!

My recent work activities
My everyday work activities vary and two days are never alike. In overall it is my job to coordinate a voyage from A to B. I instruct the captain on where to go and what to load, make sure the ship has sufficient fuel for the voyage and appoint agents and other relevant parties if they need to assist. It is important for me as operations manager to have a broad network and good relations with agents and knowledge about the ships and their crew, hence visiting agents, ports, ships are also a part of the job.
My job includes a good mix of planning, communicating, decision making, problem-solving, and routine tasks.

Education and experience
- Graduate diploma in Business Administration (Organization and Management) from Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
- Posted to Hong Kong for 1.5 years
- Shipping trainee

I know it's been a good day when...
I actually rarely have bad days - it might start out bad but usually always ends up good. It motivates me when I feel that we all contribute to the team and when efforts pay off and we meet our clients' needs. If this can be combined with a good laugh with my colleagues - then I am happy.


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