Fednav shores up maritime operations

Canada’s largest privately owned bulk carrier has placed all of its marine-related activities under the leadership of a new single Marine Department.

Montreal-based Fednav Ltd. also placed Tina Revsbech, executive vice president, in charge of the Marine Department, which will combine the shipping company’s chartering and operations but also their counterparts in the shipowning, technical and Arctic units.

Tina Revsbech, executive vice president of Fednav Ltd. (Photo: Courtesy)

Revsbech has more than 25 years of maritime experience. She has held senior positions with companies such as A.P. Moller-Maersk, Shell and Torm. Prior to joining Fednav in February, she was CEO of BW Tankers in Singapore.

The company also named Isabelle Brassard senior vice president of logistics and sustainable development, effective in September. She will be responsible for Fednav’s marine terminal operations and other land-based activities, such as Fednav Direct.

Brassard will also be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the company’s sustainability initiatives, external relations and marketing, as well as work closely with the new Marine division, the company said.

Brassard joins Fednav from mining giant Rio Tinto, where she most recently served as vice president of marine and logistics in Singapore. She also served on the board of Rightship, a maritime risk management and environmental assessment company.

“These are tough times for everyone – but by making significant structural changes now, we hope to be among the first out of the gate when the current health and economic crisis is behind us,” said Paul Pathy, Fednav’s president and CEO, in a statement.

Fednav’s fleet currently consists of more than 120 bulk ships, of which 64 are company-owned. In addition to its Montreal headquarters, the company has offices in Antwerp, Belgium; Charlotte, North Carolina; Hamburg, Germany; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Singapore; St. John’s, Canada; and Tokyo, Japan.

The 75-year-old company also operates 11 marine terminals across North America.