Former VesselsValue executive Charlies Hockless is back in London at what he sees as an exciting time for sale and purchase (S&P) broking.

The former Singapore office chief for the valuation platform has taken up a new role at Norwegian-headquartered broker Fearnleys.

He announced the move on LinkedIn. “Having relocated from Singapore back to London, I am delighted to share that I’m starting a new position as S&P shipbroker at Fearnleys,” he said.

He told TradeWinds that the return to the UK capital was “a mixture of Covid weariness and a desire to return to shipping in London, really”.

“I had some initial discussions with the company in Singapore and they asked me whether I would consider joining the S&P desk in London.”

Further talks followed with Aris Sotiriou, director of S&P and newbuilding at Fearnleys, and then overall shipbroking boss Soren Greve.

“I met with Aris in London, then went out to Oslo to meet Soren, and quickly recognised Fearnleys was the perfect fit for my ambitions and experience so far in my career,” Hockless said.

He covered all ship types in his role in Singapore for VesselsValue, but will now focus on more conventional bulker and tanker work at Fearnleys.

“It is an exciting time for S&P, so I am happy to get going,” he told TradeWinds.

Hockless most recently spent a year in Singapore as a crude swaps broker at Marex after moving there from London in 2018 to take up the new role at VesselsValue as office head.

At VesselsValue, he oversaw the company’s Asia strategy, identifying new business growth areas and opportunities, managing existing relationships, implementing sales strategy and growing the team.

Before that, he was head of offshore at the valuation platform from 2015.

Hockless got his start in shipping at French offshore shipbroker Socomet as an intern in Paris, following some insurance broker work.