Foreship appoints Head of Project Management Services to meet ship owner demand

Foreship has appointed Viktor Gingsjo as Head of Project Management Services – a newly-created post that reflects a significant rise in demand for this aspect of the leading naval architect and engineering company’s services.

The new role, effective from 1st September, has been created to recognise growing customer requirements that go above and beyond those covered by typical design services. Mr Gingsjo has already gained 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 Finnish company’s still-growing service portfolio.

Based in Mariehamn, Mr Gingsjo’s experience extends across newbuild and refit projects, especially in the cruise ship sector, and he has particular expertise in working with LNG as a fuel. He 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 Lauri Haavisto, Managing Director, Foreship. “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 says 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 from us that meet the standards we have set in the disciplines of naval architecture and design engineering where Foreship made its name. After all, it should be a given that execution matches the aspirations set by the owner at project initiation.”