Eastern Pacific Shipping adds Chief Innovation Officer, Technical Director and Gas Fleet Manager to its team

07 October 2019

The appointment of the senior trio signals EPS’ commitment towards technological growth and its expanding eco-friendly tonnage.

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) welcomes to their Singapore headquarters Claus Nehmzow as Chief Innovation Officer, Manoj Suri as Technical Director, and Chetan Sood as Gas Fleet Manager. The three senior executives were hired to join EPS’ expanding team, manage a growing fleet of LNG Dual Fuel vessels, and take the next step towards digitalisation. The announcement comes on the heels of EPS launching The EPS Accelerator powered by Techstars as well as contracting and chartering several LNG Dual Fuel vessels.

“On many levels, the shipping industry is now at a crossroad with external forces disrupting our traditional model. Beyond managing the increasing size of our fleet, we want EPS to be at the forefront in the areas of technology and decarbonisation,” said Cyril Ducau, CEO of EPS. “Filling these positions with seasoned executives is a product of the entire EPS organisation, at sea and onshore, working together towards this vision. We are very excited to have Claus, Manoj, and Chetan join our growing team. EPS is better poised now than ever before to drive growth, improve the lives of our people, and to significantly lower our environmental impact.”

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Claus Nehmzow will be responsible for all technology-related strategies and initiatives, including overseeing EPS’ IT department and the EPS Accelerator. His objective is to ensure that information technology adds maximum value to EPS and its partners, facilitates innovations, improves productivity, and generates growth. Most recently, Claus led BP’s Digital Innovation Organization for APAC, where he implemented impactful business solutions utilising technologies such as AI, blockchain, and robotics.

Manoj Suri will join as Technical Director and will be responsible for the technical management of EPS’ growing fleet of 14 million deadweight-tonnes across the chemical, container, dry bulk, gas carrier, pure car and truck carrier, and oil tanker sectors. This includes the execution of EPS’ newbuild programme of over 30 vessels. He brings with him years of sea experience as a Chief Engineer and a proven track record of managing large and growing fleets for ship owners and managers. He spent the last 14 years at Seaspan, where he was responsible for a fleet of 107 vessels and most recently held the position of Vice President, Fleet Management, in their Vancouver office.

It will be a homecoming for Chetan Sood, who began his seagoing career with EPS as a cadet and climbed the ranks to become a Chief Officer. After departing from EPS, he went on to become a Master Mariner holding various fleet management positions ashore. He spent the last seven years at Teekay LNG, where his last position was Fleet Director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of half of their LNG fleet form their Glasgow office. At EPS, Chetan will be accountable for the delivery, performance, and compliance of EPS’ growing Gas and Dual Fuel LNG fleet.

Mr. Nehmzow joined EPS in October of this year while Mr. Suri and Mr. Sood are expected to begin by December 2019.