The new boss of Clarksons’ digital platform operation Sea/ by Maritech is looking to expand his London team.

Former Maersk Tankers chief digital officer (CDO) Peter Schroder, 49, was brought in as chief executive in April.

A filing at Companies House in the UK shows he was also appointed as a director of Maritech on 22 July.

The Dane said on LinkedIn his company has a “number of open positions” in London.

These include head of marketing, product manager and senior full stack developer.

A vacant sales enablement manager position has already attracted 20 applicants, while a development operations engineer role has 22 applicants so far.

Clarksons said Schroder has “a wealth of experience spanning more than 20 years in the technology world across a wide variety of industries, including telecoms, gaming, publishing and, most recently, shipping”.

His role as CDO at Maersk Tankers over nearly four years involved the creation of vessel optimisation platform ZeroNorth, the launch of VesselTruth and the cooperation with CargoMetrics to develop data-driven, evidence-based chartering and fleet allocation signals.

“Maritech’s journey so far developing tools-for-trade for the maritime and offshore industry has been achieved through the combined efforts of the entire pioneering team that has been building and commercialising the Sea/ suite of products,” the shipbroking group said.

Tremendous opportunity

Clarksons added that it is a “great and exciting time” to bring the new man in to further develop and deliver on the opportunity.

Schroder said: “I am excited to have been offered this role.

“Maritech has a tremendous opportunity before it as it is uniquely positioned in the market for digital pre-fixture analysis and at-fixture execution,” he added.

The new boss said the service enables better decisions for charterers, brokers and owners.

Jeff Woyda, chairman of Maritech and Clarksons chief financial officer, added that Schroder’s skills and experience will “enable us to move the Sea/ platform forward as our product roll-out and client base increases. I thoroughly look forward to working with him.”

Another filing reveals Maritech posted a loss of £1m ($1.2m) for 2021, compared with a loss of £231,000 in 2020.

Revenue was £347,000, up from £322,000 the year before.

Expenses rise

Administrative expenses were £1.6m, against £607,000 in 2021.

In June, Clarksons chief information officer (CIO) Richard White left the UK shipbroker to take a career break.

The long-serving IT expert was also chief technical officer (CTO) at Sea/.

White’s LinkedIn page revealed the executive was on a career break, travelling the US and Europe with his family.

Sea/ was unveiled in 2020 and was a major strategic step for the shipbroking giant.