Ocean Independence has welcomed Lars Bjorklund, John Vitali and Debbie Gribble in Auckland, New Zealand, to our network of worldwide offices! Auckland is a city steeped in maritime history and considered one of the most advanced yachting centres in the Southern hemisphere and the addition of an Ocean Independence (OCI) office there adds both a strategic location and an experienced local team.
Lars, John and Debbie together offer three decades of experience in sales, charter, management and new construction and will continue to operate as Diverse Projects Ltd. but will also dedicate their time and resources to looking after the growing number of OCI clients in the region and exploring new avenues for business with OCI.
The new additions to the team ensure the continuation of OCI’s belief that clients deserve only professional advice borne from years of experience, with their wishes carried out in adherence with a moral and ethical code of business. Yacht broker Lars Bjorklund’s experience began with captaining charter yachts before creating his own sales and charter brokerage (BCR yachts) in the South of France. He then moved to New Zealand in 2007 where he formed a partnership with highly motivated yacht manager John Vitali to create Diverse Projects Ltd. John has raced thousands of ocean miles on maxi yachts and has built strong relationships with contractors and suppliers ensuring the success of the projects he manages. Completing the trio is charter broker Debbie Gribble, a seasoned superyacht chief stewardess who brought her expertise ashore and has been organizing high-profile event charters and top class charter vacations as well as providing full shore support service for more than a decade.
This new alliance continues the reinforcement of the OCI credo “Global Vision, Local Insight” ensuring that clients receive the absolute best experience in their yachting exploits, wherever they may be.