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Sach Sharma

Sach joined OCIMF on a three-year secondment from Equinor USA, starting on 1 June 2019.

With over 30 years’ experience in the marine industry, Sach began his career at sea in 1988 as a cadet, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Physics. While at sea, he sailed on oil and chemical tankers, Oil Bulk Ore carriers (OBO), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and ethylene carriers, while working his way up to the rank of Master Mariner.

In 2005, Sach moved ashore and completed an Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, then joined the Norwegian Hydrographic office, where he was involved in managing the PRIMAR Regional Electronic Navigation Chart Coordinating Centre. Here, Sach was responsible for developing agreements with new nations, market analysis and performance monitoring, strategic development, as well as public and media relations.

Sach joined Statoil in 2010 in the role of Principal Consultant, Vetting. At Statoil/Equinor, he was responsible for Equinor’s marine risk management activities, including vessel clearance, marine terminal assurance, Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) inspections, shuttle tanker offshore loading inspections, Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) verification audits and performance reviews of the time charter fleet. In 2014, Sach moved to Equinor’s Stamford, USA office, where he represented Equinor Vetting in the USA in a standalone role. In 2016, Sach moved back to Stavanger, Norway, where his role was expanded to include managing Equinor’s inspection contractors as well as streamlining Equinor’s shipping policy and marine assurance procedures.

He has also actively participated in several OCIMF committees and working groups, such as the SIRE Focus Group, Navigation and Routeing Sub-committee, TMSA3 working group and the Vessel Inspection Programme (VIP) project working groups.

His most recent role at Equinor involved the concept development for a new marine terminal in Norway, upstream projects to build interfaces between new oilfields and offshore loading shuttle tankers, and Equinor’s newbuilding vessel projects, including new generation LNG and Liquefied Petroleum Gas-fuelled vessels.