The Council

Susan Koefoed

CEO & Chair
Susan Koefoed

Susan Koefoed

CEO & Chair
Susan Koefoed

​I was originally educated and worked as a chartering broker both in Denmark, but also in London for various ship-owning companies.

Today, I am employed by Dannebrog Rederi, north of Copenhagen, where I have been for a number of years. For over a decade and a half I have worked as Head of Procurement.

I have been a member of the IMPA Council since 2008. In the beginning I joined as I recognised the transition the Association was going through at the time and I wanted to be a part of it. I felt I had something of value to contribute.

When Knut Person retired I was offered the post of CFO, and as accounting is one of my favourite topics I happily accepted the challenge. In September 2015 I became CEO and Chair of IMPA.

My aim is to continue to bring the Association forward and make it an industry leader within our chosen fields of training, setting standards, and providing value to all our members, all while harvesting and gathering the huge knowledge and expertise that we as a community possess.

Rob Scharff

Vice President Education & Training
Rob Scharff

Rob Scharff

Vice President Education & Training
Rob Scharff

Ryan Dalgado

Vice President of CSR and Ambassador Programme
Ryan Dalgado

Ryan Dalgado

Vice President of CSR and Ambassador Programme
Ryan Dalgado

Bård Bjørløw

Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Bård Bjørløw

Bård Bjørløw

Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Bård Bjørløw

Cindy Fan

Suppliers
Cindy Fan

Cindy Fan

Suppliers
Cindy Fan

​As the co-founder of the RMS Group, I have 21 years of experience in marketing and management as well as a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University (EMBA).

RMS’s core competency is our dedicated and experienced staff. We are a customer-oriented company with well-trained and highly motivated employees. We are constantly trying to create more value.

My focus in my day job is on customer service, branding, marketing, management and team building. I am full of energy, experienced in marine supply and services, and am a persistent, dedicated, and innovative person.

I became a member of the IMPA Council in September 2014 and am looking forward to bringing my expertise to the Association as part of a joint effort with the very dedicated and talented members who want to contribute to IMPA's prosperity.

Jennifer Schlemeier

Purchasers
Jennifer Schlemeier

Jennifer Schlemeier

Purchasers
Jennifer Schlemeier

​With over 15 years technical procurement experience, I have been the Head of Procurement for DS Schiffahrt, United Seven, and now John T. Essberger Hamburg and Dordrecht.

John T. Essberger (JTE) is renowned for its quality and flexibility. Founded in 1924 as Atlantic Tank Reederei by the tank ship pioneer John T. Essberger, the company has a long tradition in the transportation of liquids; combining technical innovation and safety based on Lloyd's quality assurance guidelines. JTE has a number of divisions including, chemical tanker, dry cargo and ship management.

I have been an IMPA Council Member since September 2014. So far, my goal has been to inform purchasers and suppliers about the Association. My main focus for 2016 and 2017 is to try and find more members from my country (Germany).

In my opinion, it is very important for purchasers to be a part of IMPA to receive the latest information from around the world, as well as allow for the exchange of information and furthering

Abhijit Deshmukh

Purchasers
Abhijit Deshmukh

Abhijit Deshmukh

Purchasers
Abhijit Deshmukh

Jesper Larsen

Purchasers
Jesper Larsen

Jesper Larsen

Purchasers
Jesper Larsen

20 years experience from procurement and management.

I have been Head of Procurement for Maersk Drilling, Maersk FPSO, Maersk Supply Vessels and for Svitzer (tugboats). Today, I am Head of Procurement with UltraShip/Ultranav in Denmark. UltraShip is a ship management company within the Ultra-group which was established in 2013 to technically manage all our vessels in International trade. Also, I am responsible for establishing synergies/savings in the Ultra-Group by reducing number of suppliers globally giving more volumes to fewer suppliers.

I became a member of the IMPA Council in September 2015 and hoping to being able to contributing to IMPA's continued growth and profitability to which I have some ideas. I am looking forward to being part of IMPA and working closely together with the very dedicated and talented IMPA employees.

Ambassadors

IMPA has appointed local representatives to help bring regional interest and awareness to the Association and to showcase some of the news and developments in your area. We hope that you will support your local IMPA Ambassador by providing them with relevant content for IMPA’s website and members’ magazine Marine Trader. To find out how to become an ambassador please contact the office.

Juan Salomón

IMPA representative in Argentina
Juan Salomón

Juan Salomón

IMPA representative in Argentina
Juan Salomón

​Mr. Juan Salomón is CEO of Ins Argentina Srl, one of the leading companies in Maritime Services within South America. Ins Argentina Srl has its head office in Argentina and further branch offices in Brazil and Venezuela.

Ins Argentina Srl has been in the maritime business for many years, satisfying the needs of owners, agents and port terminals. Over this time, the company has developed two distinct business units. The first business unit deals with general repairs on vessels, under the supervision of the most recognized classifiers. The second unit supplies provisions, spare parts and consumables to ships and port terminals.

Mr. Juan Salomón, as a CEO, undertakes the institutional administration. It is a great honour he has accepted to direct the IMPA Ambassador Programme, with the intention of bringing new members into the IMPA family and assisting current members to create new business opportunities and services for South American companies and organizations.

Get in touch with Juan

Juan Salomón
Ins Argentina Srl
Alvarez Condarco 1255 Bis
Rosario
CP 2000
Argentina

T: +54 341 436 1420
F: +54 341 437 1533

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Jim Costalos

IMPA representative in Australia
Jim Costalos

Jim Costalos

IMPA representative in Australia
Jim Costalos

Jim Costalos is the Executive Director of Southern Cross Marine Supplies Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading ship supply organisation with branches covering the Australian coast, and now serves all Chinese ports and Singapore.

Jim is a career ship supplier with 41 years of experience, commencing in the family business in 1975 before joining the Adelaide Steamship group division Metro-Nautilus in 1986. Here he held various senior management positions until 2003 when senior management of Nautilus and other family groups joined together to form Southern Cross Marine Supplies. In addition, Jim is currently chairing the Australian Ship Suppliers Association for 7 years and also served as Assistant Chairman for 6 years.

Jim recalls one of his fondest memories; as a young man in the ship supply business it was his responsibly for storing and logistics for the Royal Yacht Britannia in Adelaide in 1986, marking the 150th birthday for South Australia. When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip were on board all persons going through the barriers had to have special passes issued by the Royal Australian Navy. Every item supplied had to be x-rayed by the Australian Commonwealth police before being taken aboard, measures that are now an every day occurrence.

Get in touch with Jim

Jim Costalos
Southern Cross Marine Supplies Pty Ltd
Marine House, Suite B
989 Port Road, Cheltenham
5014
Australia

T: + 61 8 8241 0143
F: + 61 8 8241 0402

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Henry Ng

IMPA representative in Singapore
Henry Ng

Henry Ng

IMPA representative in Singapore
Henry Ng

Henry Ng is the Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Fuji Trading (S) Pte Ltd (FTS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Trading Japan, which is one of the world’s largest ship supply company with offices in all major ports worldwide.

A well known figure in the Singapore shipping community, Henry has more than 28 years of experience and knowledge of the shipping industry in Asia. In this connection, he was instrumental in building FTS into a leading ship supply company in Asia, developing the operations of FTS into a one-stop marine logistics company offering services to customers ranging from ship supply, marine engineering and maintenance, to marine transportation and logistics support.

Henry has been the Honorary President of the Singapore Ship- Chandlers Association since 2001. He is also an active community leader serving as a Patron of the Citizen Consultative Committee of both Yew Tee and Yuhua constituencies. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) – (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat in Malay) by the President of Singapore during the August 2003 National Day Awards ceremony.

Get in touch with Henry

Henry Ng
Fuji Trading (S) Pte Ltd
24 Chia Ping Road
Singapore
619976

T: (65) 6264-1755 ext 802
F: (65) 6265 0443

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Bruno Leite

IMPA representative in Brazil
Bruno Leite

Bruno Leite

IMPA representative in Brazil
Bruno Leite

Bruno Leite of Boa Praca Ship Supply is the IMPA ambassador in Brazil.

The company, which is one of the major general ship suppliers in Brazil, was founded in the 1950s and has grown from a small grocery store into a company with four subsidiaries that supply 80% of the most important ports in Brazil.

As well as IMPA, Boa Praça is a member of ISSA and the Baltic and International Marine Councils. It also has ISO9001 certification.

As a Commercial Manager for Boa Praça Bruno has developed an extensive network of contacts with other ship suppliers and ship agents, travelling around Brazil many times over in doing so and also taking part in the seminars and annual meetings of our Brazilian Ship Suppliers Association (ABFN). In addition he has met many purchasing managers from ship owners worldwide.

As an ambassador for IMPA in Brazil, Bruno says his mission is to 'use my experience to spread IMPA's message into the Brazilian market, as there are a lot of local companies that do not know about this powerful Association.

'Furthermore, I will use my network of contacts to promote IMPA training programmes in order to stimulate knowledge progression for Brazilian workers. I am very pleased and motivated to have been given the opportunity to start this new movement for IMPA in Brazil as I believe that there is a huge market to explore, with the potential to bring new members to learn about, debate and develop our global maritime business.

Get in touch with Bruno

Bruno Leite
Boa Praca Ship Supply Group

T: +55 21 3889 9002

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Julian Hillery

IMPA representative in the USA
Julian Hillery

Julian Hillery

IMPA representative in the USA
Julian Hillery

Julian “Jubi” Hillery is the CEO of Wrist (USA), the North American division of Wrist Ship Supply

Wrist (USA) is the largest supplier in North America having 10 locations and over 350 employees - providing expert care to each ship; every day.

Jubi has been entrenched in the ship supply industry for some 40 years. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the industry, being the first supplier in the USA to successfully grow his brand, World Ship Supply, through expansion to multiple ports, thus allowing ship-owners worldwide to enjoy a continent wide unified service. His was the first organization to recognize the quotation (RFQ) process required a 24 hour turnaround response in order to meet customer requirements and capture success. This process was embraced long before it became an industry standard over 7 years later. World Ship Supply grew into a top brand known globally for their speedy response to RFQ’s and the quality of their supply process.

In 2010 Jubi merged the entire Group brand into the Wrist family of suppliers, delivering a new entity that settled as the largest supplier in the world. Wrist Ship Supply remains the industry world leader today with over 1200 team members.

Get in touch with Julian

Julian Hillery
World Ship Supply


Yan Jie

IMPA representative in China
Yan Jie

Yan Jie

IMPA representative in China
Yan Jie

Get in touch with Yan

Yan Jie
Ancomarine Services Co. Ltd.


Mark Haslett

IMPA representative in Hong Kong
Mark Haslett

Mark Haslett

IMPA representative in Hong Kong
Mark Haslett

Get in touch with Mark

Mark Haslett
Wallem Ship Management


Bae Myeong Lee

IMPA representative in South Korea
Bae Myeong Lee

Bae Myeong Lee

IMPA representative in South Korea
Bae Myeong Lee

Get in touch with Bae Myeong

Bae Myeong Lee
Hanil Fuji


Saurish Nandi

IMPA representative in Singapore
Saurish Nandi

Saurish Nandi

IMPA representative in Singapore
Saurish Nandi

Saurish is a highly accomplished management executive with more than 12 years of experience in global procurement, spend management, optimizing supply chain networks and e-commerce implementation

Saurish has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from S P Jain, Singapore and University of New South Wales, Australia, and a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, India. He also has a Diploma in Marine Purchasing and Supply Chain from IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association) & North West Kent College UK with an achievement award of “Graduate of the Year”. In addition he has a certificate in International Purchasing and Supply Chain from WTO, Geneva and Diploma in Import Export from Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce.

Saurish speaks at various conferences globally on a wide gamut of topics pertaining to Procurement and Supply Chain .His recent one has been at The Asian Banker Summit where he was the speaker and panelist on multiple sessions at the Supply Chain Conference track. He also writes quite regularly for various international trade magazines. He is also one of the panelists at the Procurecon Asia 2015.

His theory on value chain optimization in the marine procurement field is a trendsetter. His vision in bringing marine procurement and supply chain function at par with other industries like automobile and aerospace industry has led to various companies endorsing his supply chain optimizing model.

Apart from his regular role of heading a global procurement team, Saurish does lot of honorary consulting work. He is also been recently appointed as the Honorary Council Member of Singapore Ship Supplier Association (SSAS).

Get in touch with Saurish

Saurish Nandi
Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
8 Shenton Way
# 42-01 AXA Tower
Singapore
068811


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Nikos Vekris

IMPA representative in Greece
Nikos Vekris

Nikos Vekris

IMPA representative in Greece
Nikos Vekris

Get in touch with Nikos

Nikos Vekris
World Marine Services


Eric Bezemer

IMPA representative in Netherlands
Eric Bezemer

Eric Bezemer

IMPA representative in Netherlands
Eric Bezemer

Eric Bezemer is the Commercial Director of NeKo Ship Supply BV.

Eric brings 35 years of experience in the maritime industry to the table, starting with Neptunus-Vinke BV followed by Kopcke International and the last 12 years at NeKo Ship Supply BV.

NeKo Ship Supply BV is a modern, fast growing ship chandler with offices in Rotterdam, Delfzijl and Algeciras, and are taking care of the deliveries of provisions, bonded and consumable stores combined with logistical services.

Get in touch with Eric

Eric Bezemer
Neko Ship Supplies
Neko Ship Supply
Klompenmakerstraat 71
3194 DD Hoogvliet – Rotterdam

T: +31 (0)10 8005 535
F: +31 (0)10 8005 536

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Alessandro Boccardo

IMPA representative in Italy
Alessandro Boccardo

Alessandro Boccardo

IMPA representative in Italy
Alessandro Boccardo

I started working in the ship supplies business immediately after my graduation in my father’s company in 1982.

After a quick period of training I started being involved in the commercial part visiting customers and suppliers mostly abroad. The company merged with others and business grew significantly. Now I am co-owner and CEO of Global Marine Supplies and together with my partners we take care of the key accounts of our Company

Global Marine Supplies is now one of the leading Italian general ship suppliers with 5000 Sq mt. of offices and warehouses in Genova, working with a staff of approx. 40 people.

GMS can offer a wide range of supplies and services to the majority of the Italian Shipowners and to many other worldwide based Shipowners and Ship managers. We also keep a huge stock of Synthetic Mooring Ropes and Steel Wires and have in our premises a workshop with testing and splicing facilities approved by Class.

I have been invited to become an IMPA Ambassador and I accepted with pleasure. In my job I frequently visit/contact Italian and International shipowners and people involved in the Marine business so it will be a pleasure to promote IMPA.

I think that exchanging ideas and experience is a significant way for growing.

Graduated in 1982 in Economics at the University of Genova.

Started working in 1982 in Sernav, then Eurosupply now GMS.
CEO of GMS, focusing on general company administration, domestic and international customers, key suppliers and international partners, new projects and developments.

Get in touch with Alessandro

Alessandro Boccardo
Global Marine Supplies SpA
Via Rivarolo 53A
16161 Genova
Italy

T: +390107499190
F: +390107262614

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Jesús Barba

IMPA representative in Spain
Jesús Barba

Jesús Barba

IMPA representative in Spain
Jesús Barba

Get in touch with Jesús

Jesús Barba
Puerto Bahia


Idris Shahpurwalla

IMPA representative in UAE
Idris Shahpurwalla

Idris Shahpurwalla

IMPA representative in UAE
Idris Shahpurwalla

Charlie Michelson

IMPA representative in West Coast USA
Charlie Michelson

Charlie Michelson

IMPA representative in West Coast USA
Charlie Michelson

The Secretariat

Stephen Alexander

Secretary General & COO
Stephen Alexander

Stephen Alexander

Secretary General & COO
Stephen Alexander

Nicole Roberts

Operation Manager
Nicole Roberts

Nicole Roberts

Operation Manager
Nicole Roberts

Charlotte French

Database Manager
Charlotte French

Charlotte French

Database Manager
Charlotte French