Oldendorff Carriers has appointed Patrick Hutchins as its president and ceo. He succeeds Peter Twiss, who has decided to step down after having served the company for nearly 28 years.


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Twiss’ career started at Concept Carriers in 1995, a start-up established by owner Henning Oldendorff as an operating arm, with the aim of moving closer to the cargo clients. Twiss rose through the ranks, and after running Concept Carriers in the late 1990s and being co-ceo of Oldendorff Carriers, he became its sole ceo in January 2003. Last year, the company achieved its best result in its 102-year history.

He has chosen to leave at a time when the company is in good health. “Timing is everything in shipping,” he said. “Another main reason for leaving now is that I have trained and mentored many Oldendorff employees. They have made me very proud, and I want them to have the same opportunities that I had when I was younger. By making room at the top, it gives employees a chance to move up.”

Patrick Hutchins has overseen the commercial teams at Oldendorff Carriers for all trades and vessel sizes, most recently heading the capesize segment.