Dan Jespersen

Dan founded 7C Shipping in 2012 and has over 20 years experience in the maritime industry. The last 15 years have been focused on the commercial side including financial structuring and the management of asset investments in the maritime industry. During this time Dan has participated and led the creation of financial structures of over 50 vessels with a total value of close to USD 2 billion. One notable deal was a leasing transaction for KGAL which won the Marine Money leasing deal of the year.

Prior to setting up 7C Shipping Dan was employed within V.Group, with his most recent positions were CEO of V.Ships Financial and Managing Director of AL Ships GmbH. Before this Dan was employed by A.P. Moller/Maersk where he held a number of commercial and management positions, including Head of Daily Operations with the bulk sector and was part of the senior management team in Maersk Brazil.

Dan trained in the Royal Danish Navy’s Academy, where he graduated top in his class as a Master Mariner and Tactical Officer, and also holds a graduate degree in Business Administration in International Management and Economics.

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Michael Saabye Katkjaer

Michael joined the 7C Shipping team in 2017 and has more than 20 years of experience within the international shipping industry, including management and commercial positions within stock exchange listed and privately owned companies. Over the last 12 years Michael has predominantly focussed on the chemicals, crude oil and products segment of the shipping market. Prior to this Michael also covered the bulk, dry cargo segment.

Before joining 7C Shipping Michael has been employed by various ship owners, charter operators, a world leading chemicals company, ship brokers, and an oil trading and transport company.

Michael was shipping educated in Denmark and completed a management program at INSEAD. He also has experience of working out of various countries including France, Germany, Belgium, and Norway.

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Gopi Ram Panthiyil

Gopi joined the 7C Shipping team in 2016 and has over 40 years experience in shipping. This includes 20 years sailing on board merchant navy vessels as a marine engineer, including 8 year as chief engineer, as well as over 20 years marine experience in on-shore positions. Gopi has sailed on or managed many different types of vessels, including bulk carriers, crude tankers, product tankers, chemical tankers, and gas carriers. Over the last years Gopi has focussed on looking after financial investors interests by managing the relationship between the funds and third party ship managers.

Prior to joining 7C Shipping Gopi held high level management positions at Accord Ship Management, Eurasia, Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement, and W-O Group.

Gopi holds a graduate degree in electrical engineering form the University of Kerala, India.

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Declan Brown

Declan joined the 7C Shipping team in 2020 and has over 15 years experience of being a CFO of private equity and stock exchange listed companies, in maritime and other sectors. Declan has raised debt and equity, in both public and private markets, and has considerable experience of balance sheet and capital restructuring. This has included setting up a variety of ship ownership structures across various jurisdictions and sourcing debt for ship owners.

Prior to joining 7C Shipping Declan was CFO for a AIM listed technology group and before that spent 6 years within V.Group as CFO for V.Ships Capital and V.Ships Financial. His early career was spent with KPMG followed by various finance positions within blue chip companies.

Declan is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales and also holds an honours degree in Economics.

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