Malta’s Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence (MARSEC-XL) has revealed that senior shipping industry executive Rune Loew has been made a member of the MARSEC-XL Foundation Council.

Loew, a Maltese resident, has 35 years of experience in the shipping industry, working for the Norway-based Wilh Wilhelmsen Group and related companies. He has held numerous management positions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and has also worked at the group’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

Loew is currently responsible for the establishment and development of Wilhelmsen Lines Malta Ltd and Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Malta Ltd, which will own a number of large car carriers for operation within Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a global ocean carrier for the automotive industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr Rune Loew as a Council Member in the MARSEC-XL Foundation,” says Krystyna Wojnarowicz, who was recently appointed president of the MARSEC-XL Foundation Council. “We strongly believe that with his help we will be able to bridge the gap between the commercial and leisure sectors in the marine industry.

“Based on the results delivered by the baseline research we have conducted for the past two years in MISE@ MALTA, we can now clearly see that the goals, which both sectors are aiming to achieve are very similar; more environmental-friendly and economic operation of vessels, more comfortable and operator-friendly ships and leisure craft.”

A joint venture between Sweden’s Steps Ahead and the Euro-Mediterranean Initiative for Technology and Innovation (EuroMedITI), MARSEC-XL aims to attract substantial foreign investment through public/private partnerships for technology transfer, applied research, education and training.