Broking group Affinity (Shipping) has a new presence in Vancouver, Canada, with the hire of dry-cargo broker Thor Emil Brandrud.

Brandrud joins from rival shipbroker Simpson Spence Young (SSY), where he has worked since 2008. He has been managing director of the firm’s Vancouver office for the past four and a half years.

Affinity has been aiming to build a presence in the north Pacific region, according to Hans Bredrup, head of the broker’s dry cargo business in the Americas.