Maritime Cook Islands strengthens presence in Europe; appoints two new Technical Managers and two New Fleet Managers

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International ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) has strengthened its team in Europe with the appointment of two new technical managers – Matteo Brugnoli (pictured) and Giovanni Fantoni and two new fleet managers – Ellen Murrell and Szabina Dinya; all of which are based in the ship registry’s European office in Italy.

Mr Brugnoli has joined MCI’s Technical Department and he deals primarily with MARPOL related issues.He holds a chief engineer qualification and has more than 20 years’ experience in the maritime industry. He has served as an engineer onboard several Costa Cruises’ vessels before becoming the environment and safety superintendent for the Costa Cruises fleet. He also has five years’ experience as a specialised technician for Yanmar Marine Italy.

Also joining MCI’s technical department as a Technical Manager, Mr Fantoni will be primarily responsible in providing statutory compliance and technical assistance for cargo vessels.

He holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and was previously with classification society ABS for three years and has an extensive experience in shipmanagement. In his shipmanagement career, he undertook various marine and technical superintendent positions within several companies as well as undertaking DPA (Designated Person Ashore) and CSO (Company Security Officer) responsibilities.

Prior to joining MCI as a Fleet Manager, Ms Murrell was managing and coordinating European Commission and Japanese government-funded projects; designed to help European businesses expand into the Japanese market and vice versa. She was also heavily involved at European Parliament plenary sessions, and served as the intermediary between the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Szabina Dinya joins MCI as a Fleet Manager with more than five years’ maritime industry experience. She was previously a seafarer and prior to that, was responsible for aeronautical administration with Carnival Cruise Line and Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport.

These four appointments supports the growth of MCI’s book of business in the European region. MCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Armstrong, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matteo, Giovanni, Ellen and Szabina to the European team.”

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