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Beyond Europe The head of Dutch owner, Management Facilities Group, discusses fleet growth plans as well as her tenure as president of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association

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arin Orsel was recently elected for another two-year term as president of the fast growing Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). WISTA is an international organisation for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. It is a major player in attracting more women to the industry

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Management Facilities Group

Partly owns and manages a fleet of 57 vessels made up of product/ chemical tankers, dry cargo and self-unloaders. The Dutch firm aims to grow fleet to 75 ships by 2020.

and in supporting women in management positions. In Delfzijl in the Netherlands Orsel runs Management Facilities Group (MFG), a significant Dutch shipowner. Orsel is clear about the importance of WISTA to world shipping. “We need role models, ambassadors and ladies at board and top management level,” she says, “to pave the way for future generations for both women and men. As an industry we have a reputational issue and problems to attract the next generation. Only with a joint effort will we be able to make a change.” MFG partly owns and manages a fleet of 57 vessels made up of product/chemical tankers, dry cargo and self-unloaders. The company is about to take over another three to five second hand vessels in the next few months and has two newbuildings on order. Other projects are too premature to share at this moment, Orsel says. 


The aim is to grow the managed fleet by a quarter to 75 ships by 2020, getting more clients from outside of Europe. ●

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