New York-listed Eagle Bulk Shipping has bolstered its board of directors with the appointment of industry veteran Kate Blankenship.

The appointment announced on Thursday expands the board of the Stamford, Connecticut-based company to seven members.

Blankenship also becomes the second woman on the Eagle board, joining finance specialist Randee Day.

Blankenship has served as a director of several companies affiliated with Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen, including tanker owner Frontline, bulker owner Golden Ocean, deep sea driller Seadrill and Golar LNG.