About G2 Ocean

G2 Ocean is a joint venture of two of the world’s largest open hatch shipowning companies Gearbulk and Grieg Star. Since the company launched in 2017, G2 Ocean has become one of the world’s largest ship operators within the open hatch and dry bulk segment.

G2 Ocean operates a fleet of 125 open hatch and conventional bulk vessels and completes over 4000 port calls to more than 70 countries each year. G2 Ocean has a local presence in 15 locations around the world and operates 32 trade routes on six continents.

G2 Ocean’s global presence enables the company to respond effectively to customer’s needs. The main commodities carried on G2 Ocean’s vessels include wood pulp and other forest products, aluminium, steels, granite, and industrial minerals. Project cargo is one of the company’s expanding business areas. With high passion and expertise, G2 Ocean’s 360 employees work diligently to make sure that the cargo is transported to its destination in a safe, efficient, flexible and sustainable manner.

Our Owners

Gearbulk

Gearbulk was founded in 1968 by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and three partners. The company has specialised in cargo that requires special handling and stowage such as pulp, aluminium, orange juice or granite. The expertise extends to conventional bulk.

Grieg Star

Grieg Star is part of the privately-owned Grieg Group, established in 1884. Since the beginning in 1961, Grieg Star has taken part in the fast-growing worldwide trade in wood pulp and paper. The company specialises in Open Hatch and conventional bulk carriers.

Annual Report

G2 Ocean’s gross revenue ended at USD 1 193.5 million in 2019, consisting mainly of freight income from the Open Hatch segment (USD 1 085.1 million) and the Conventional Bulk segment (USD 108.4 million).

Pioneering sustainable shipping solutions is our mission statement.

Board of Directors

Kristian Jebsen

Kristian Jebsen is the Executive Chair of the Board. Jebsen is President and one of the owners of Gearbulk.

Hans Petter Aas

Hans Petter Aas is a board member of G2 Ocean. He is also a board member of Gearbulk.

Elisabeth Grieg

Elisabeth Grieg is Vice Chair of the board. She is one of five owners of the Grieg Group and Chair of Grieg Maturitas and Grieg Star.

Hans Olav Lindal

Hans Olav Lindal is a board member of G2 Ocean. He is also a board member of Gearbulk.

Camilla Marianne Grieg

Camilla Marianne Grieg is a board member of G2 Ocean. She is one of five owners of the Grieg Group and CEO of Grieg Star.

Executive Management

Arthur English

Arthur English

Chief Executive Officer

Arthur was appointed Chief Executive Officer of G2 Ocean on 1 January 2020. He joined the organisation as Chief Commercial Officer in 2017 and came from the position as Managing Director at Gearbulk Shipping Singapore Pte Ltd. He has an MBA from University of Nottingham, and has worked in different positions within Gearbulk since 1994.

Agnethe Brekke

Agnethe Brekke

Chief Financial Officer

Agnethe worked as Regional Finance Manager in DOF Subsea before she joined G2 Ocean in January 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Auditing from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and is State Authorised Public Accountant (CPA). She has previously worked as Vice President Financial Control and Group Accounting Manager in Odfjell Drilling and as auditor in PwC.
Martha Lehmann-Røed

Martha Lehmann-Røed

Global HR & Organisational Development Director

Martha joined G2 Ocean May 2018 from a position within leadership and organisational development at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). She is a Cand.Polit. in Organisational Psychology from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Martha has also worked as an independent consultant within organisational development, management training and performance management

Cecilie Koch Hatlebrekke

Cecilie Koch Hatlebrekke

Director Legal and Compliance

Cecilie joined G2 Ocean from the position as Senior Lawyer at law firm Wikborg Rein. She has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Bergen, and has added courses in international commercial law and EU law from Université Paris Nanterre. Cecilie is a Member of the Board of Directors at WISTA Norway.

Leif Arne Strømmen

Leif Arne Strømmen

Vice President Project Cargo

Leif Arne joined G2 Ocean in August 2018. He came from the position as Global Head Project-, Oil & Gas and Marine Logistics for the Kuehne-Nagel Group. Leif Arne has a Master of Management, Logistics, from the Norwegian Business School (BI). Previous positions include Director Oil & Gas in Kuehne-Nagel Norway, and Director in the Nor-Cargo Group.

Kristin Helen Andersen

Kristin Helen Andersen

Vice President IT

Kristin joined G2 Ocean in January 2019 and is the Vice President IT in UnITy, a joint IT department established by G2 Ocean, Gear-bulk and Grieg Star.  She has 15 years of working experience in technology driven management and has functioned both as Head of IT and Head of Business Development. Kristin has worked with digital strategy and IT transformation projects in business sectors ranging from Consulting to Transportation. She has a Cand.Polit. in Information Science from the University of Bergen and holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Queensland University of Technology.

Carla Pontes

Carla Pontes

Vice President South America

Carla worked as Commercial Director, Atlantic at Gearbulk before joining G2 Ocean. She has an MBA from Universidade Federal de São Paulo, and worked mainly within the pulp and paper business before joining Gearbulk in 2011.
Petter Mowinckel

Petter Mowinckel

Vice President Bulk

Petter joined G2 Ocean from the position as Executive Vice President at Grieg Star Bulk. He has a degree in marketing and economy from OMS Business School, and joined the Grieg Group as a Shipbroker at Joachim Grieg & co in 1997 and later as a Director.
Sim Keat Lim

Sim Keat Lim

Vice President Pacific

Sim Keat (SK) Lim worked as Global Shipping Head of Asia Pulp and Paper Company prior to joining G2 Ocean in March 2020. He has a double master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Shipping, Offshore and Finance.

Phil Curran

Phil Curran

Vice President Operations

Phil has spent over twenty years in operations management with Gearbulk and G2 Ocean.  Most of that time has been spent in the North and South America branch offices.  Prior to working ashore he sailed as a deck officer and master on a wide variety of vessel types.

Annette Thuen Hansen

Annette Thuen Hansen

Vice President Europe and North America

Annette came from the position as Vice President Atlantic incl South America at Grieg Star. She is a Master of Business from Nord University, and started in Grieg Star in 1998.