Netherlands-based Okeanos, a leading technical advisor to financial institutions and specialised in sophisticated offshore vessels, has appointed Leon Harland as a senior consultant.
With effect from September 1st, Leon will specifically focus on identifying and monitoring of the contractual, financial, performance and delivery risks on behalf of the financiers and financial investors for leased FPSO’s during the project execution and operational phases.
In his new role, Leon will enhance the development of Okeanos and pursue new projects from financial institutions, oil companies and vessel owners.
Established in 1998 by Otto van Voorst, Okeanos’ principle business service has been to provide independent technical due diligence services to offshore energy projects, in particular Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSO’s), Drilling Units (Semi-Submersible and Drill Ships) and Offshore Service Vessels. As one of only very few in the industry, Otto had been exposed to all the key facets of these complex projects (technology, design, project execution, operation, contracting, financing, decommissioning, investing) and that has been the key success factor in Okeanos’ ability to advise non-technical parties on their financial commitments for capital intensive offshore energy projects.
Leon Harland brings more than 25 years of diverse risk management and leadership experience in the oil and gas industry, especially in FPSO, FLNG, Pipelay / SURF and T&I segment. His rich and varied expertise includes working for SBM Offshore, for many years, where he held various positions in engineering, project management and business development of turret mooring systems and FPSOs. He was also tasked to start-up and build SBM’s FLNG and renewable business. Following SBM, Leon joined Heerema Marine Contractors as Board member and Executive Vice-President, Commercial & Technology with direct responsibility for all commercial, contracting, engineering and innovation initiatives. Until recently, Leon was the Executive Director and CEO of Bumi Armada Berhad, a publicly listed company from Malaysia that owns and operates a fleet of 50+ offshore vessels. Under his leadership, the company delivered and started-up three complex FPSOs, one LNG FSU and three ice-class offshore support vessels, all on a lease-and-operate basis.
Okeanos’ CEO Otto van Voorst has an extensive experience in the offshore industry, spanning some 40 years of knowledge (including contracting, financing, project design and execution, operations, decommissioning), said: “I am delighted to welcome Leon. He is passionate and brings a great amount of experience to further expand the present portfolio of our consultancy on a global scale.”
Leon Harland commented: “I am excited to join Okeanos and so to provide advice, guidance and mitigation to Okeanos’ clients on the key risks of offshore energy projects. I have actually been on the other side of the table and it was refreshing to see financial institutions being advised by Okeanos on a proactive, pragmatic yet very determined and knowledgeable basis. The offshore energy market is set to grow substantially over the next decade, both in deep water as well as in renewables, and I am therefore very much looking forward to contribute to a successful future of the company.”