June 18, 2008
Calle Rotkirch takes helm at Grand Bahama Shipyard
Carl-Gustaf (Calle) Rotkirch has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Ltd., effective August 1, 2008.
Rotkirch, a 32 year marine industry veteran, will oversee all operations of the shipyard, which is one of the largest cruise ship repair facilities in the world; Grand Bahama Shipyard services more than 100 cruise ships, cargo vessels, tankers, and naval vessels annually.
Managing Director David Dalgleish, who has successfully led the shipyard's operations and growth during the last three years, will continue his day to day operation of the yard while reporting directly to Rotkirch.
"I am excited about joining the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Ltd., the leading cruise ship repair facility in the world, and look forward to working with David and the other members of this talented, successful team," Rotkirch said.
Rotkirch spent the past three years at Finland's Aker Yards Cruise and Ferries where he served in a number of executive positions, including vice president of sales. He previously was with Kvaerner Masa Yards in Helsinki for 16 years in various shipbuilding capacities, including Project Manager for the Atlantica/Spirit cruise ship series.
His maritime industry experience also includes 13 years at Wartsila Helsinki Shipyard and Managing Director of Porsgrunn VVS A/S in Norway.
A native of Finland, Rotkirch holds a master's in naval architecture from the Helsinki University of Technology.