Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine, one of the region’s leading offshore support vessel operators, has made a number of high level executive appointments to strengthen its leadership team going forward.
Former managing director of Svitzer Americas, Martin Helweg takes over as Chief Operating Officer (COO) from Geoffrey Taylor, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career. In addition, Hicham Hachkal, formerly with Seadrill, has been named as Human Resources Director, while Robert Desai has been appointed as as Chief Commercial Officer.
René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine, says, “These appointments reflect our commitment to two core aspects of our business: operational efficiency and our people. With their help I look forward to continuing to build on our healthy business profile, strengthen relationships with key customers, partners and business groups while maintaining our position as a market leader in OSV.”
Topaz strengthens its leadership team on the back of important contract wins in 2016 with BP Azerbaijan and TCO in Kazakhstan adding significantly to its industry leading US$1.5 billion order backlog.This is expected to significantly improve Topaz’s earnings power and credit strength.
Topaz Energy and Marine has a primary focus on the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa. Headquartered in Dubai with 40 years of experience in the Middle East, Topaz operates a fleet of 100 offshore support vessels of an average age of 8 years. Topaz is a subsidiary of Renaissance Services SAOG, a publicly traded company on the Muscat Securities Market, Oman.