Germany’s Hansa Heavy Lift has appointed Mark Preece as its new senior advisor 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, UK.
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 windfarm sector.
Before joining the Port of Tyne, Preece was CEO at Ceona Offshore and, prior to that CEO at Reef Subsea, Corp. VP business development and marketing at Acergy, managing director and boardmember with Bibby Line, and has worked with Technip, Coflexip Stena and Stena Offshore, where he was managing director Canada and Caspian, and senior vice president UK, international business development.
“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,” said Roger Iliffe, CEO, Hansa Heavy Lift.
Hansa Heavy Lift operates a young fleet of 19 multi-purpose vessels, equipped with cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 1400 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 1m 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.
Image of Preece, courtesy of Hansa Heavy Lift.