LOC Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Walton as the Technical Director of Shipping for the London office. Paul is returning to LOC London, after serving as a Director of the Group’s Hong Kong office. Paul has been with LOC for eight years, joining the Group in 2010 as a Master Mariner. His return to the London office brings greater depth and experience to LOC’s industry leading shipping mariner team.

Paul is a Class 1 Master Mariner with 18 years’ seagoing service on container ships, bulk carriers, general cargo vessels, and heavy lift vessels. Paul spent five years coordinating on shore container stowage and the following 13 years in ship management for tankers, bulk carriers and offshore vessel fleets. In his prior role at LOC, Paul led the Group’s Hong Kong office, undertaking investigations into various types of marine casualties, specializing in collisions, groundings and bulk cargoes. He has also prepared expert reports and given oral evidence in arbitration and has also acted as Nautical Assessor for the Admiralty Court, Hong Kong.

Joint Chief Executive Officer of LOC Group, Jerome Rutler, commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Paul back to our London office as the Technical Director of Shipping. His addition to the team will enable us to focus on growing all aspects of LOC’s shipping business, including adopting new technologies and adapting to changes in digital freight brokerage. Paul’s commercial acumen and understanding of the Chinese shipping market will add a new dimension to our London offering and provide our existing and future clients with a trusted partner to support their maritime endeavours.”

Technical Director of Shipping, Paul Walton, commented:

I am delighted to be re-joining LOC London at such an exciting time in the Group’s history. LOC is an industry leading business, with a stellar reputation in the shipping industry and I look forward to bringing insights from the fast-growing Asia market and further developing the London offices offering.”