The MARSEC-XL Foundation Council welcomed Mr. Rune Loew, a senior shipping industry executive, as a new member in a public deed held on 10 December 2009 in the MARSEC-XL Headquarters in Senglea, Malta. In the same ceremony Ms. Krystyna Wojnarowicz was appointed President of the MARSEC-XL Foundation Council, marking the second anniversary of the Foundation.
Mr. Rune Loew has 35 years of experience in the shipping industry, working for the Norway-based Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group and related companies, where he has held numerous management positions both abroad in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as at the group headquarters in Oslo. Mr Loew is currently residing in Malta, where he is responsible for the establishment and development of the two companies Wilhelmsen Lines Malta Ltd. and Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Malta Ltd., which will own a number of large car carriers for operation within Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, one of the major leading global ocean carriers for the automotive industry.
“Malta has an unparalleled location for the marine industry from a logistical point of view. I was also positively surprised to find that Malta is home to such an innovative initiative as Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence, MARSEC-XL. By joining the MARSEC-XL Foundation Council I hope to contribute to the mission of MARSEC-XL supporting new technologies and in particular software, which is playing an increasingly important role in the marine industry and will further enable cleaner, safer and more economical ship operations.” - commented Mr. Loew.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Rune Loew as a Council Member in the MARSEC-XL Foundation. We strongly believe that with his help we will be able to bridge the gap between the commercial and leisure sectors in the marine industry. Based on the results delivered by the baseline research we have conducted for the past two years in [email protected] MALTA, we can now clearly see that the goals, which both sectors are aiming to achieve are very similar; more environmental-friendly and economic operation of vessels, more comfortable and operator-friendly ships and leisure craft. What we at MARSEC-XL find most fascinating is that the enabling underlying technology is the same in all these cases: software.” – stated Ms. Wojnarowicz during the ceremony.
In his statement, Mr. Geir Fagerhus, CEO MARSEC-XL said: “Today’s expansion of the Foundation Council is the first visible step on the way to broaden the scope and membership base of MARSEC-XL, which we will focus on in 2010. MARSEC-XL, with its work model based on the principles of Open Innovation, serves as a perfect platform for generation of new ideas with our focus on creating new eco-tech software solutions, which will enable us to achieve common goals that the entire marine industry is facing today.”