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New Chief Operations Officer for Genco Shipping

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Dry Bulk,

Yesterday,Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) appointed Captain Robert Hughes as Chief Operations Officer, effective 22 January 2019. Reporting to the CEO, John C. Wobensmith, Captain Hughes will be based at the company’s headquarters in New York and will oversee Genco’s operational and technical divisions.

Captain Hughes has over 20 years of operations and leadership experience in the dry bulk and broader shipping industry. Most recently, Captain Hughes has been employed by Cargill Ocean Transportation, serving as Americas Operations and Global Technical Manager. Prior to joining Cargill in 2013, he served as Deputy Commercial Operations Manager for OSG Ship Management, and held senior positions at Stolt-Nielsen and the US Merchant Marines. Since 1997, Captain Hughes has also held a variety of active and reservist US naval positions in Asia, East Africa, Europe and the Middle East, currently serving as a Commanding Officer at Military Sealift Command in the US Navy Reserve.

Commenting on the appointment, Wobensmith said: “Robert has deep knowledge of the dry bulk industry and brings significant operational and leadership experience to Genco. Over the past year and a half, we have transformed our commercial platform, providing a full-scale, 24 hour logistics solution to leading charterers and cargo providers. With the addition of Robert to our global team of dry bulk professionals in New York, Singapore and Copenhagen, we have further strengthened our platform and ability to meet the exacting needs of our customers.”

“Genco has built a strong reputation in the industry, and I am delighted to join the company during such an exciting time,” said Captain Hughes. “Genco has taken important steps to enhance its industry leadership and I look forward to working with the team to continue to meet the highest operational standards for our customers.”

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