Ole-Peter Brandal transitions to new role at AquaShip and Intership

Editorial Staff

Following the merger, Sverre Taknes has assumed the role of CEO.

Founder and CEO of wellboat company Intership, Ole-Peter Brandal, (aged 64), is to transition from his operational role to become a board member and adviser

The move, announced in a press release on Friday, comes following the merger of the company with AquaShip in December 2023, shortly after investment fund American Industrial Partners (AIP) became a majority investor in the company.

The newly merged entity now operates a combined fleet of 39 vessels with nearly 700 employees across Chile, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and Norway.

Brandal has been instrumental in the merger process and the strategic growth of Intership, which he led from its inception to develop one of the world’s most modern wellboat fleets.

“Intership has grown, evolved, and invested for ten very busy years. Bringing in American Industrial Partners (AIP) as a new majority investor, and merging with AquaShip, was absolutely the right next step. AIP is an active and inspiring owner; with ambitions and visions I fully share. I look forward to the path ahead for both me and our companies,” said Brandal.

Following the merger, Sverre Taknes has assumed the role of CEO. Taknes praised Brandal’s contributions and expressed appreciation for his ongoing involvement as both a board member and adviser.

“It has been a great pleasure to work closely with Ole-Peter, build a common culture and set the strategic direction forward. It’s important for both me and the companies to have Ole-Peter continue as both a board member and adviser.” said Taknes.

Alex Schukin, AIP Partner and board chair of the merged companies hailed Brandal as a unique resource in the industry, and central in making Intership and AquaShip the companies they are today.

“We look forward to our continuing partnership to tackle the next phase of growth and build on a truly differentiated global platform in a rapidly evolving industry,” he said.


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