New asset to the team:

From Equinor to Breeze Ship Design

Reinert Nordtveit will join the naval architecture company Breeze Ship Design as their new Chief Operating Officer (COO) starting from 1st of January 2022.

Breeze Ship Design is located at Stord in Sunnhordland and was founded by Ove Wilhelmsen and Tommy Hivand in October 2020, who both came from former Wärtsilä Ship Design. The company has already passed 20 employees and have experienced a promising growth due to increased design awards for newbuilds and several engineering jobs for ships in operation, where they today have access to the world’s most extensive design portfolio of former brands such as Wärtsila Ship Design, Vik-Sandvik, Skipskonsulent, Schiffko and Conan Wu & Associates.

Reinert Nordtveit has worked with Equinor since 2011, where he has held several leading and management positions within Equinor Shipping. Currently, Reinert holds a position as Portfolio Manager Newbuild, where he manages and follows up all technical aspects for Equinor’s tanker newbuild projects from market enquiry, construction and in to operation. He has also been the manager for Equinor’s Ship Technology department for several years, providing marine competence and technical support to shipping and marine operations.

“I’ve been lucky to work more than 20 years in several positions along the entire maritime value chain. I started my career as certified electrician before I graduated as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer (MSc) at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow – and joined the ship designer Vik-Sandvik at Fitjar in 2000. After that I worked some years in Teekay Shipping as project manager in the department of new build & technology before joining Equinor in 2011. I’ve always had a sincere passion for R&D, innovation, and technology, and how this may find the best commercial fit to define the optimum vessel for its purpose. I have been very lucky in my career to work along these techno-commercial borderlines. Breeze Ship Design is an independent ship design company focused on accelerating sustainable solutions in naval architecture, and due to the increased demand for finding new sustainable solutions, I feel returning back to ship design is a perfect timing and the centre of what tomorrow’s vessels will become”. – Reinert Nordtveit

“With more than 20+ years in various management and engineering positions in the marine industry Reinert will not only offer us a technology oriented and commercial mindset but also a great network and competence from market segments such as shuttle tankers, product and LNG/LPG tankers. This will be of particular value for projects driving the green shift in merchant shipping. His primary role will of course handle more about execution of our projects, but we are confident that his knowledge will be fruitful for us in our development of merchant segment as well”, says Ove Wilhelmsen – CEO of Breeze Ship Design.

Media contacts:

Ove Wilhelmsen
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +47 911 61 345

Tommy Hivand
Chief Commercial Officer
Tel: +40 44 47 68