Bimco has hired a former European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and Belgian owners’ association environmental head as manager of a new office in Brussels.

Gudrun Janssens, who was head of environmental & technical affairs at the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association from 2019, will become manager of intergovernmental engagement at the Brussels office.

She was also previously director of maritime safety & environment at ECSA in Brussels.

Janssens will join Bimco on 1 November when the Brussels office opens, bringing it closer to the centre of European Union decision making as Bimco expands its global reach.