Finnish-based naval architecture and marine engineering company Foreship has appointed Benjamin Sward (pictured) as President of Foreship LLC.
He has taken over responsibility for the company’s US activities, including growth and the renewed pursuit of opportunities in the commercial shipping and offshore sectors.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sward also has oversight of the company’s Seattle operation.
This appointment sees Sward return to Foreship, as he was with the company as a Naval Architect and Project Manager between 2015-2018 and led a variety of upgrade projects for cruise clients, such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises.
“Taking the opportunity to lead and grow an engineering department, and being part of the important work with the US Navy was very appealing to me but I am delighted to come back to Foreship to work with some of the best naval architecture and marine engineering minds in the business,” Sward said. “Obviously, COVID-19 has disrupted the business world in 2020 but I look forward to meeting the challenges we face working alongside my friends and colleagues at Foreship.”
“Ben’s previous contribution to Foreship was very much appreciated within the organisation and by colleagues, clients and by shipyard partners,” Lauri Haavisto, Foreship CEO, added. “We experienced his professionalism in project management at first hand and we have been fully aware of his work to build up PaR Marine’s engineering team. We are delighted to welcome him back and offer him the opportunity to help shape Foreship’s business and the new generation of naval architects and marine engineers who will reinforce our presence in the US.”
Much of his focus will remain on Foreship’s role in the cruise sector, where it recently launched its four-step ship response service ‘Project Hygiea’ covering interception, prevention, mitigation and evacuation for ships at risk from COVID-19 or other pathogens.
However, Sward has also been tasked with growing Foreship’s role in the US as a centre for expertise in energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources, and driving diversification into more commercial and offshore projects.
Haavisto says the significance of the appointment is also demonstrated by Sward’s inclusion in Foreship’s steering group – a team of six top level managers responsible for company strategy.
He adds that his 1st September start date afforded time for a full handover of responsibilities by previous President, Marcus Höglund, who has returned to Foreship’s headquarters in Finland having established Seattle as the company’s second US location.