V.Group names LNG head

UK-based ship management firm V.Group said it has appointed industry veteran David Taylor as managing director of LNG.

Taylor joins V.Group from the leadership team of LNG giant Shell, where he has held roles in various locations including general manager ship management but also global discipline head and process owner logistics, the firm said in a statement.

According to the statement, Taylor was one of the first in the world to become a chartered master mariner in 2017.

With more than 38 years’ experience in the industry, he has sailed all ranks to master on LNG, crude and product tankers. In addition, he also managed the commissioning and start-up of an LNG terminal, the statement said.

More recently, Taylor has managed the global operation of all types of LNG vessels including a LNG bunker vessel.

Moreover, he oversaw the operations readiness activities for the management of the world’s first bulk liquid hydrogen vessel, the statement said.

“Rapidly evolving LNG sector”

“David’s appointment is testament to our commitment to the rapidly evolving LNG sector. He has a proven strategic and operational track record and his technical expertise in LNG is second to none,” Bjoern Sprotte, CEO Ship Management at V.Group, said.

“With LNG trading volumes set to double in the next 20 years, David’s appointment comes at an exciting period of change as we work closely with our customers to meet this growth and support the future emission strategies,” he said.

“LNG shipping demand is poised to increase, being one of the transition fuels as the global shipping industry looks to find solutions to meet decarbonisation goals, there are huge opportunities for V.Group,” Taylor said.

V.Group provides ship management and crewing services to LNG vessel owners. The firm says it has vast experience at sea and ashore with propulsion type vessels including MOSS, steam, ME-GI, DFDE but also TFDE.

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