Bainbridge Shipping LLC

 
STEPHEN A. KERSTEN
206.780.3257 
cell: 206.380.5038
Email: bainbridgeshipping@gmail.com
SUMMARY
Over twenty-five years of experience with commercial ship brokerage, operations, management, and marketing for ship owners and commodity trading companies throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

EXPERIENCE

BAINBRIDGE SHIPPING, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2009 to Present
President, Ship Brokerage
•    Founded this worldwide chartering brokerage company specializing in drybulk shipping for ocean-going vessels with emphasis on Pacific and West Coast trade, provide clients with shipping estimations, calculations, and logistical consulting.
•    Clients include established agricultural trading houses, scrap metal recyclers, and other commodity resellers, including Schnitzer Steel Industries, ConAgra, Louis Dreyfus, etc.
•    Represent owners of U.S. controlled vessels assisting them with securing cargo and time charter engagements.
•    Recent transactions have included brokering 30,000 ton scrap shipment from Portland to Malaysia; 25,000 tons of pulses from Vancouver, B.C. to Calcutta, India; chartered vessel to load 50,000t iron ore for a Norwegian operator from Goa, India to China.

SAN JUAN NAVIGATION Pacific Rim Shipbrokers, Bainbridge Island, 1997 to 2008
Fleet Chartering Manager, San Juan Navigation, 2006 to 2008
•    All-inclusive responsibility for marketing, negotiating, and closing chartering engagements for fleet of 25 ocean-going vessels ranging in size from 25,000 to 55,000 tons.  Clients included commercial ship owners and brokers worldwide.
•    Developed relationships with new clients; managed relationships with existing clients; reviewed all charter agreements; and helped to set all policies and procedures.
•    Moved to San Juan Navigation during corporate reorganization from Pacific Rim Shipbrokers, a closely affiliated entity.
Chartering Manager, Pacific Rim Shipbrokers, 1997 to 2006
•    Instrumental in developing ship brokering business for a new U.S. based ship operating company.
•    Established network of commercial relationships; represented Pacific Rim at trade conferences; and successfully built wide recognition of Pacific Rim’s and San Juan Navigation’s worldwide shipping services.
•    Worked closely with domestic and international clients to identify and find solutions for their shipping needs.
•    Developed extensive expertise with drafting, analyzing, negotiating, and executing a wide range of shipping agreements.

KERSTEN SHIPPING AGENCY, INC., Ship Broker, Chartering Department, New York, NY, 1975 to 1990
Shipbroker for family-owned firm engaged in U.S., Caribbean, and Latin American market; started as a boarding agent for ships in the Port of New York; assisted with ship operations, repairs, crewing, and drydocking of owned vessels; learned all aspects of shipping business including competitive chartering..