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Hong Kong-based ship operator Wallem Group has announced that Chief Executive Frank Coles has resigned and will be leaving the Wallem Group shortly.

Wallem has issued a statement saying “As many will be aware Frank has been very active in highlighting the plight of seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic and now wishes to become more involved in promoting their welfare, as well as pursuing other opportunities. During his two and half years at Wallem Frank has initiated many changes aimed at enhancing customer service, obtaining operational efficiencies and improving safety. We wish Frank success for the future”.

On an interim basis and until further notice, we are also pleased to announce that John Kaare Aune, Managing Director of Wallem Shipmangement Limited, will take over Coles’ role as CEO of Wallem Group Limited.

Wallem Chairman Nigel Hill said, “We would like to thank Frank for his drive and commitment over the past two and a half years. The events of the past twelve months have brought the daily lives and work of seafarers into sharp focus and we wish him well in his new endeavours on their behalf. The Wallem team will continue the focus on enhancing our products by the use of technology and providing our partners and clients first class service.”

Frank Coles said, “I am proud of the changes I have brought to Wallem and for the advances we have made. After all these years in the maritime industry I would now like to focus on putting something back and on the welfare and rights of seafarers.”

Before Joining Wallem in 2018 Coles’ had been with Transas from 2015 and was president of the company for a short period following its acquisition by Wärtsilä, and prior to that was head of Inmarsat from 2011 to 2014 after leading positions with Globe Wireless and others since leaving the sea as a master mariner in 1995.