Sveinung Stohle's appointment as deputy chief executive of Greek shipowner Maria Angelicoussis' vast mixed-fleet group has prompted a wealth of discussion about the incoming executive and the company's future direction.

Confirmation on Tuesday — in a market rife with speculation after the Hoegh LNG Holdings chief executive announced his resignation — that Stohle would be taking on the number two role at Greece’s largest shipowner sparked a stream of conversations.