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FORESHIP APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF US OPERATIONS

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 

Naval architecture and marine engineering company Foreship of Finland has appointed Benjamin Sward as President of Foreship LLC to take responsibility for the company’s US activities, their growth and a renewed pursuit of opportunities in the commercial shipping and offshore sectors.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Sward will have oversight of Foreship’s Seattle operation. The appointment sees a return to Foreship for Sward, who served the company as a Naval Architect and Project Manager between 2015-2018 and led a variety of upgrade projects for high-profile cruise clients such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises. Sward is a University of Michigan graduate in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and a member of SNAME.

In the intervening period, Sward worked on US Naval projects, including the first electric aircraft elevator.

Sward said: “Taking the opportunity to lead and grow an engineering department, and being part of the important work with the US Navy was very appealing to me but I am delighted to come back to Foreship to work with some of the best naval architecture and marine engineering minds in the business,” says Sward. “Obviously, Covid-19 has disrupted the business world in 2020 but I look forward to meeting the challenges we face working alongside my friends and colleagues at Foreship.”

Much of the focus will remain on Foreship’s role in the cruise sector, where it recently launched its four-step ship response service Project Hygiea covering interception, prevention, mitigation and evacuation for ships at risk from Covid-19 or other pathogens. Sward has additionally been tasked with growing Foreship’s role in the US as a centre for expertise in energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources, and driving diversification into more commercial and offshore projects.

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