Stena appoints Tetzlaff as COO Fleet

2024-05-28T19:08:05+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Appointments|

Dennis Tetzlaff has become Stena Line’s new COO Fleet and part of the group management team as of 1st May.

Tetzlaff entered his new role with a wealth of experience, having worked in various areas within the shipping and cruise industry over the past two decades.

Most recently, he was employed by TUI Cruises, where he served as the Vice President Fleet Operations & Newbuild.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dennis to Stena Line. He brings extensive expertise from our industry and possesses the kind of curiosity and leadership we need to be a resilient company for many years to come,” said Niclas Mårtensson, Stena Line CEO.

He has a degree in nautical science and maritime transport from the University of Applied Sciences in Emden/Leer, Germany, but his career at sea had already started at age 20, when he began working as a deck cadet on a containership in the Caribbean.

After finishing his studies, he went back to working on containerships, before joining German cruise line AIDA Cruises, where he worked his way up from Second Officer to First Captain. From AIDA, he joined TUI Cruises.

“I like the fact that Stena Line doesn’t offer just one service or product. The purpose of being a trusted link between people, places and societies sits well with me and I can’t wait to get started and learn more,” Tetzlaff said.

He succeeds Ian Hampton, who remains with Stena Line to concentrate on new business ventures.

Stena has also announced other senior personnel changes.

Effective June 1, 2024, Stena Line will revert to a two-region structure on its Irish Sea services to reflect its growing business needs.

Paul Grant, who has played a pivotal role in the success of the Irish Sea operations, will assume responsibility for the newly established Irish Sea North region, overseeing operations from Belfast.

In addition, he will join the main board of Stena Line (UK) Ltd and serve as Stena Line’s representative on the UK Chamber of Shipping Ferry & Cruise.

“The Irish Sea has long been a key market for Stena Line, and I am pleased to continue leading our efforts and growth in our Belfast hub,” Paul Grant, incoming Trade Director for Irish Sea North, said.

“I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and confident that, with our reinforced management team, we will strengthen Stena Line’s position as the foremost ferry operator in the Irish Sea.”

Johan Edelman will take up the role of Trade Director for the Irish Sea South region, overseeing operations from Dublin and Rosslare.

With a focus on development and growth, he will work to further enhance Stena Line’s presence in the region, building upon the strong foundation laid by his predecessors.

He is currently the Trade Director for Baltic Sea North, covering the routes between Nynäshamn and Ventspils as well as between Liepāja and Travemünde.

Edelman added, “I am thrilled to join the team in the Irish Sea and look forward to driving growth and innovation in the Irish Sea South region. Together with Paul and the entire Stena Line team, I am committed to delivering exceptional service and value to our customers while further expanding our market presence.”

The Irish Sea North and Irish Sea South regions are closely connected, and they will both be dedicated to ensuring seamless collaboration and a unified brand experience across the entire network.

During recent years, Stena Line’s Irish Sea operation has experienced significant expansion solidifying its status as a cornerstone of the company’s network.

With 13 ships operating across seven routes and providing 240 sailings each week, the Irish Sea has become an increasingly vital component of Stena Line’s business, the company said.