Read some testimonials from our LNG Business Unit colleagues that capture the spirit of EXMAR Ship Management (ESM).

Walter Van De Werf
LNG Crewing Manager

“Getting to know your people is a must. Crewing is not merely hiring the best men, you are putting together a team. My greatest satisfaction is having a captain or a chief engineer come ashore and thank me for the team he just sailed with. So I take the opportunity to chat when crew members disembark. It is time well spent.”

Raffaele Sodano

“I sail on the Italian LNG vessels, not only as a Master, but often as a trainer as well. I regularly join the crew on board to teach officers and ratings about Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) topics and cargo handling. I started as a Maritime Trainer the year before I joined ESM and now I am dedicating more time to training on board. I organize sessions whenever the situation is right. Training onboard creates excellent possibilities for practical activities to quickly apply the theory.”

Reinald Compernolle
Chief Officer

“I joined ESM because I saw a big chance to learn. I got the opportunity to sail on different kinds of ships and gain a broad experience. The best part of my job is familiarizing myself with the machinery and balancing technical, economic and ecological conditions to prepare a vessel to receive its cargo and get that to its destination in the most efficient way. Working for the LNG department, there is no lack of variety and new challenges with EXMAR being a leader in regasification and ship-to-ship transfers. I like being part of an innovative company. Where others might draw the line, we go the extra mile to give new things a try. So you grow with every contract and that’s what keeps me ticking.”

Francisco Mateos
Technical Superintendent

“In my last year as a naval architect student I sailed for a month on an LNG carrier. I loved it and started dreaming of a job in the energy business, especially LNG, which offers exciting perspectives, also for the environment. My first job with a ship management company for chemical tankers was merely a matter of gaining experience. Then I switched to the energy and gas department of a utility company. A risky move given the difficult economic situation in Spain, but too tempting. I left a steady job to be a junior again, with the dreaded result: the company had to lay off people and I had to go. Nevertheless, I had learned about the energy business and more specifically discovered LNG regasification vessels and a company called Exmar. What they do is unique and it immediately appealed to me. As I did not find any vacancies or a contact for the HR department, I just sent my cv to an Exmar email address I found online. Six days later the company got in touch. I took a few months, but here I am at the Antwerp headquarters, living a lifetime challenge. I have to keep on learning, as this business develops at a fast pace. But I am happy. The atmosphere and the people are great and I am working with some really special vessels. ESM is exactly how I imagined a company should be.”

Jurgen Makein
Third Engineer

“I was on board during the commissioning of Explorer, after she had returned from her second dry-dock in 2015 to increase both regasification capacity and energy efficiency. It was a challenging contract with a great deal of multi-tasking. I have been constantly running to and fro during commissioning to get to see as much as possible. I wanted to make the most out of the presence of the suppliers’ technicians to get to grips with the new technology and approach. Meanwhile we had to ensure common operations carried on and we had to take the steam installation out of service. The biggest change is that we are no longer ‘hot water engineers’ but ‘diesel engineers’. The approach and philosophy differ enormously and require adaptation. However, the diesel engines are up to twice as efficient as the steam engines. So I am also glad to attend the ship’s evolution towards a new way of thinking and working. Being at the forefront of new technology is very interesting for an engineer. We now really need to figure out how everything can work together as efficiently as possible. Concluding this contract with a successful peak send-out test was a nice reward.”