Shipbroker Clarksons is reorganising its chemical tanker operations with a new promotion.

Director Anthony Rowan has been appointed head of the projects desk within the specialised products division.

This marks the beginning of a “revised focus and objective for the desk, which will perform a more integrated role across newbuilding, sale and purchase and time charter”, the London-listed company said.

Rowan has been with Clarksons for 12 years and brings a unique dynamic to the leadership of the desk, Clarksons added.

He has a background in specialised S&P broking.

The new appointment will embed Rowan within the specialised chartering division to ensure a more comprehensive offering to clients, with experience and value being applied across the asset life cycle, the company said.

Rowan said: “I look forward to building on the success of the projects desk and evolving our offering to ensure a more unified service that can leverage the unrivalled experience, insight and ideas available within the team, for the benefit of our clients.”

He added that the chemical carrier market is in a “very exciting place right now with a growing imperative to move towards cleaner shipping — whether that is through fleet renewal or operations”.

Jon Webber, global head of specialised products, said: “We have a unique opportunity to establish a project desk that is completely entrenched within the chartering team. It’s rare to have this in shipping markets.

“Couple that with Anthony’s leadership, the energy and ambition that exists within the personalities of the team, and the insight that can be applied from our dedicated analysts, it paves the way for very positive outcomes in terms of how we work with clients and can deliver greater value to them,” he added.

Rowan will work with brokers Sinan Berden and Alex Anderson in London and will be focusing on deepening existing client relationships and exploring new opportunities across Singapore, Dubai, Houston, Oslo and London.

The desk head was made a director in April and has been a division director since 2020.

Last year, Clarksons opened a new specialised products desk in Tokyo, bringing the total number to 13.

This is headed by Makoto Komatsu, a 20-year veteran of the sector.