Growth leads to senior appointments at Peterson

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Energy logistics provider Peterson has created two senior positions in response to growth within the business and changes in the sector.

The firm has has appointed Loek Sakkers as director of projects and Stephen McCrindle as supply chain manager, within its offshore business.

Peterson offers a comprehensive range of logistics solutions to the energy industry in the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea from strategic locations. Established 40 years ago, the organisation has expanded throughout the UK with facilities at a number of prominent ports including a major integrated asset base in Aberdeen, and now employs 3,100 people globally.

Loek Sakkers, who joined Peterson in 1996 as manager of the logistics team, was instrumental in building a unique vessel pooling arrangement in the Netherlands. He then progressed to pool fleet manager and deputy director in 1998 where he was involved in the implementation of vessel and offshore base sharing. In this role, Loek managed a fleet of 19 vessels and led a team of 20 staff to provide support in the management of the group’s other logistics interests in the Netherlands, Aberdeen and Qatar.

In his director of projects role, he will lead and support a wide range of marine related projects including the further development of Peterson’s highly successful vessel sharing concept.

Stephen McCrindle joins Peterson after three years as Supply Chain Manager with Stauff UK. This role saw him manage over 400 UK and international supplies across a wide range of product categories. He also spent six years with BAE systems in a variety of purchasing and commodity management roles and has an Advanced Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. In his new role at Peterson he will focus on the UK and Netherlands, as well as other operational business areas within the Offshore Group.

Peterson Offshore Group CEO, Erwin Kooy said: “Loek and Stephen are both talented and experienced individuals. They each bring with them a wealth of knowledge and their focus is completely in line with Peterson’s ambitious vision and focus on delivery for our clients.

“These continue to be challenging times for the industry. Nevertheless as a business we have performed well against this backdrop, adapting to the economic conditions as they evolve, as well as recognising the industry’s determination to collaborate further for the greater good. These appointments are testament to this and will help us further provide our customers with innovative, efficient and effective logistics solutions.”

Loek Sakkers commented on his appointment: “This new position is both a challenge and a great opportunity. I firmly believe that the oil and gas industry will emerge from this downturn with a focus on new models for project delivery and at Peterson we believe we have the resources, technology and people to confront this head-on and help to embed what will be a new operating norm.”

This latest appointments come on the back of a period of success for the company with the recent announced of a first permanent base in Malta, a move that extends Peterson’s geographic reach and its ability to provide its international capability.

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