OSM Thome merger approved, CEO discusses building a single organization

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OSM Maritime Group and Thome Ship Management have officially merged to create OSM Thome Group. The new group will be based in Arendul, Norway, and will be led by CEO Jarle Norbye. He stated that the two companies are “eager, motivated, and committed” to moving forward as one organization. The merger had been delayed while competition authorities reviewed the union, but this delay provided both parties with extra time to work on shaping the future of the organization.

The new company intends to run as one organization and will combine offices in Singapore, Mumbai, and Manila. OSM Thome’s technical ship management will continue to be managed from Singapore, with Olav Nortun as COO of the Ship Management division, and Julia Anastasiou managing the entire crew business.

The group will provide full technical management for around 450 ships and will have significant ship management offices in Croatia and Norway and Singapore’s ship management office. The merger has led to the creation of a new position, Chief Digital Officer, to be filled by Jamir Morgan Ramsamy, with a focus on system and digital.

The new organization will have a greater scope to address environmental issues in ship operations. Norbye stated, “What is very important for us is to embrace the developments in green shipping and play an active role. There are significant changes in the market, and we need to be there and address these issues for the benefit of shipowners.”

Norbye’s vision for the future of the merged company is for a cohesive team succeeding as one with the company moving in one direction.

Although there are some market participants who view the merger as an acquisition by OSM, Norbye dismissed this view, saying, “In everything we do internally, we emphasize that it is a merger between two equals.”

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