Norwegian shipping research house ViaMar has poached a senior member of shipbroker Fearnleys’ team to become its managing director.

Martin Kjendlie joins the company, owned by UK valuation and data provider VesselsValue, from a position as senior advisor for LPG shipping markets.

His appointment reflects synergies between both companies, as well as illustrating VesselsValue’s continued investment in and expansion of its maritime data services, VesselsValue said.