Rapid expansion and a focus on the end user has prompted Foreship to appoint a head of project management services
Ship design and engineering company Foreship Ltd has appointed Viktor Gingsjo as head of project management services – a newly-created post that reflects a significant rise in demand for key aspects of the naval architect and engineering company’s services.
Foreship was founded 2002 in Finland and has expanded rapidly since, opening further offices in Finland, nearby Estonia and Fort Lauderdale. Indeed, the latter location hints at where most of the firm’s work has been coming from. Until recently, that work has predominantly been from the passenger vessel sector, especially cruise ships.
“We are a ship design company, working on newbuildings and retrofits,” explained Foreship vice president business development Mattias Jorgensen. “Our way of working is different from most of our competitors. Our clients are the owners, whereas most marine engineering companies are working for the shipyards.”
A typical project will start at the concept stage with an assessment of the client’s requirement and follow through to the newbuilding stage and beyond to refit. The formula seems to work, resulting in Foreship opening an office in Seattle, one of the hubs of the US west coast passenger shipping scene.
In this respect, Foreship is acting as the technical department of the owner, but at a much higher level than newbuilding supervision. The project is treated in a holistic fashion, and the company is moving into the bulk vessel sector, including tankers.
“Our way of working is different from most of our competitors. Our clients are the owners, whereas most marine engineering companies are working for the shipyards”
This increasing workload in this area led to the appointment of Mr Gingsjo. The new role, effective 1 September 2018, has been created to recognise growing customer requirements above and beyond those covered by typical design services. Mr Gingsjo has considerable experience as a project manager with Foreship, but his new role will see him head a freshly-formed project management department, which streamlines and formalises this part of the company’s growing service portfolio.
Mr Gingsjo will be based in Mariehamn, and his experience extends across newbuild and refit projects, especially in the cruise ship sector. He has expertise in working with LNG as a fuel and will head a team of consultants dedicated to project management/technical management for owners seeking complex services, including installations based on alternatives to fuel oil, and waste heat management systems.
“Over the past two years, there has been a significant rise in demand from our customers for the project management services offered by Foreship,” said Foreship managing director Lauri Haavisto. “The move to create a new department headed by Viktor reflects the good work he has done to date, but also represents a strategic extension in the services we offer. Collecting our project management in one team will clarify the complete package of services that is available to owners from Foreship and enhance our flexibility and responsiveness.”
Mr Haavisto noted that, in addition to its core strengths in design and engineering, Foreship was also seeking to grow by attracting recruits with a slightly different set of operational skillsets, to meet industry demand. “We are responding to the consistently high level of customer requests for project management services that meet the standards we have set in the disciplines of naval architecture and design engineering, where Foreship made its name. It should be a given that execution matches the aspirations set by the owner at project initiation.”