J J Ha has been appointed managing director, Korea, by Norways Høglund Marine Solutions. Based in Høglunds Busan office, Ha will play a key role in strengthening Høglunds relationships with shipowners and shipyards in Korea and in driving the adoption of LNG and electric-hybrid propulsion through Høglunds crucial system integration and automation solutions. Ha joins Høglund from MTS Corporation, a Korea-based sales agency representing equipment companies in the marine and offshore market, where he was managing director for 12 years. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a sales manager for Rolls-Royce Marine Korea. The appointment signifies a period of continuous growth for Høglund. Last year the company launched two new divisions Høglund Gas Solutions and Høglund Power Solutions to sit alongside Høglund Marine Automation under the Høglund Marine Solutions brand, giving owners, operators and crew access to a full spectrum of automation, gas and hybrid services. Ha said, I am delighted to join Høglund and become a member of its global team. The offshore sector is starting to pick up again after a relatively long recession, and we are seeing a lot more competition in the market for technical solutions. It is crucial that companies take a proactive approach, working collaboratively with owners, operators and shipyards to create the solutions that will allow us to operate more reliably and economically. At the same time, shipping is facing a seismic shift with the advent of the IMO 2020 sulfur cap. Adding power solutions and gas solutions to marine automation enables Høglund to drive the growth of environmentally friendly propulsion solutions, and support its customers in Korea to build better and more sustainable fleets for the future.
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