March 6 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has appointed a new regional operations manager for Asia Pacific.

Brendon Hawley (pictured below) will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia and will be responsible for all operations throughout Indonesia reporting to GM, Cato Nordskog

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Hawley said: "I am very much looking forward to becoming part of theWilhelmsen Ships Service team within Asia Pacific and am excited about the challenges ahead. The region is one of growth and expansion and I am starting my role at a key time as we roll out new and improved work practices and expand our presence with the opening of additional branch offices in Indonesia."

Born in Durban, South Africa and educated in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa, Hawley began his seafaring career in 1971 with UK-based shipowner T & J Harrison Lines, before joining Safmarine Corp & Unicorn Linesduring which period he obtained his Masters Licence, serving on a range of vessel types, before becoming a master on general cargo ships. 

After coming ashore in 1986, he took up a position as P&I Surveyor in the Port of Richards Bay and went on to become a director of P&I Associates (South Africa). In 1993, Hawley joined Gearbulk Shipping South Africa where he stayed for 18 years in various positions including a secondment to Quebec City, Jakarta & Port Sudan. Most recently, Hawley was head of operations Asia.