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Martijn Schouten takes helm of restructured Vroon

Posted on June 14, 2023

Dutch shipowner Vroon has completed its financial restructuring and will move forward with new management in place.

Starting June 15, Martijn Schouten will join Vroon as the new chief executive officer. Schouten has held various international board, commercial and mergers and acquisitions roles at IHC. After leaving IHC in 2016, he became the CEO of a subsea contractor Tompkins in the UK. His most recent position was commercial director of a Netherlands-based family-owned international maritime service provider with shipbuilding activities and renting and operating floating assets.

Rob Schuyt will continue as chief of finance until a new CFO is appointed later this year and Vroon said it would be making further announcements on management changes in the coming weeks. The current supervisory board is also stepping down, with former CEO of Royal IHC Govert Marras-Hamers taking over as chairman, joined by Falk Holtmann and Toine van Laack.

The majority ownership of the so-called “new” Vroon, has transferred to the company’s lenders, while the Vroon family, which established the company in 1890, will retain a small interest.

Going forward, the company will focus on our livestock carriers, product tankers and high-heat tankers and emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV). A fleet of 40 offshore support vessels will be sold and Vroon said that several options to wind down this segment are being pursued.


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