True North Chartering
Team

CPP Chartering


Edward Urquhart

  • (203) 644-6458
  • eau@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Ed started his career at McQuilling Brokerage Partners Inc. in the Clean Department. After 3 years at Mcquilling, he joined MJLF and Associates where he managed the Clean Department. He graduated from Fordham University in 2000 with a degree in Finance.


Frank Rendon

  • (203) 644-6269
  • fjr@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

After several years in the Finance industry, Frank spent four years working tanker markets for clean petroleum products, primarily in South America. Frank is bilingual (Spanish) and holds a BS in Marketing from Susquehanna University.


William Hirschfeld

  • (203) 807-2126
  • wjh@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Bill joined True North Chartering in 2010 after graduating from Fairfield University with a BA in Economics. He has spent most of this time with the company working as part of the Clean desk where he currently sits with a focus in the LR West market.


Bill Arias

  • (203) 945-6900
  • baa@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Bill joins us from Eastport Chartering USA where he worked for three years. He spent time in operations there and eventually sat on the chartering desk specializing in Ethanol / CPP / Chemicals. Bill is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and a minor in International Business.


Brian Boorse

  • (203) 393-2872
  • brb@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Brian joined True North Chartering in 2015 as a tanker broker concentrating on the clean petroleum markets. Prior to True North, he worked in sales for a wealth management firm and graduated from Ursinus College with a BA in Business and Economics.


DPP Chartering


Sean Peterkin

  • (203) 945-6901
  • spn@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Sean graduated from SUNY Maritime with a degree in Business Administration and Marine Transportation. Soon after graduating in 2003, he began work at MJLF & Associates and over the course of the next 6 years worked in both their CT and Geneva offices. In 2009, Sean joined ICAP Shipping in London, where he spent 3 years focusing on both the Suezmax and VLCC markets.


Brian Vogdes

  • (203) 219-9751
  • bjv@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Brian Vogdes is presently working Crude/DPP markets. His primary focus are Crude markets in the Americas and West Africa. Brian has been with True North Chartering since it opened in 2009. Prior to chartering, he worked for World Fuel Services brokering and trading bunkers in the Caribbean, and sailed coastwise aboard a US Flagged tanker. Brian serves as a Director of ASBA and graduated from SUNY Maritime with a B.S. in Marine Transportation in 2004.


Andrew Balshi

  • (203) 400-5200
  • acb@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Drew Balshi graduated Lehigh University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. His shipping career began as a trainee over the summer’s of 2007/2008 at MJLF. He has worked in a variety of dirty sectors with True North since it’s opening year in 2009. Drew is the head of the DPP Desk at True North, covering all sectors MRs through VLCCs.


Dwight Tompkins

  • (914) 262-1628
  • djt@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Dwight graduated from SUNY Maritime in 2007. After graduation he sailed on US Flag ATBs as Second Mate. In 2009, he transitioned to an Operations role at General Maritime. He later moved to Chartering Manager, covering Panamax, Aframax and Suezmax until joining True North in June 2018.


Matthew Petroccio

  • (203) 767-0551
  • mjp@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Matt joined the True North brokering team after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Energy Business and Finance. Prior to graduation, Matt was an analyst for True North, and also worked directly in risk trading for a national electric utility. As a part of the Dirty Desk, Matt focuses on multiple vessel sectors, ranging from MR’s to VLCC’s.


Special Projects


Keith Durocher

  • (203) 461-2042
  • kmd@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Keith has over 40 years of experience with a proven reputation as a prior managing director of two major chartering firms and a spot market broker with expertise in VLCC and SuezMax markets. He also enjoys teaching a brokering class for up and coming brokers. He is a Bucknell University graduate with a BA in Economics and Political Science


Jerry Lichtblau

  • (203) 807-0699
  • jnl@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Jerry heads our Industry Research and Analysis efforts; has over 25 years of Maritime Industry experience. Prior to joining True North he was in charge of all research and financial analysis at MJLF & Associates for 13 years. He also spent 7 plus years with OSG where he was an officer in the finance department. He has also worked for Sea-Land Corporation as well in the financial industry. He has a BS from SUNY Maritime College in Meteorology and Oceanography and an MBA from Columbia University in Finance.


Kaird Durocher

  • (203) 417-6690
  • kdr@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Kaird graduated from Hartwick University in 2012 with a BS in Business Administration and joined the True North brokering team concentrating on the clean sector. After a hand full of years he now joins Keith, Noel and Jerry on the Projects Department. Prior to working full time at True North, Kaird spent summers interning at True North, as well as at the legal department of Victaulic, the world leader in mechanical pipe joining systems.


Noel Capellini

  • (646) 479-0674
  • npc@truenorthchartering.com
  • chartering@truenorthchartering.com

Noel has over 25 years of experience in delivering commercial results coupled with flawless operational execution. Prior to joining True North in 2016, Noel worked for OSG since 1990. There his responsibilities were as Manager of Marine Personnel, Manager of International Operations and Manager of International Products, culminating as the Deputy Head of Products at OSG, whereby he implemented and oversaw their internal strategic growth initiatives, P&L, and portfolio management. He successfully led one of largest product tanker fleets in the industry consisting of upwards to 50 tankers comprised of LR2, LR1 and MRs. Noel is a 1988 graduate of SUNY Maritime College with a degree in Marine Transportation.


Bruce Maronpot

  • (203) 349-1884
  • bdm@truenorthchartering.com
  • projects@truenorthchartering.com

Bruce started his career in shipping at Naess Hallman Inc in 1980 and after founded Triangle Maritime in the early 90’s. Since then he has spent time at various companies including Mcquilling Brokerage Partners and Mcquilling Asia. He has spent the last 13 years in Singapore and Thailand in this sector.


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Christian Uecker

  • (203) 434-6162
  • cdu@truenorthchartering.com
  • operations@truenorthchartering.com

Christian, head of our operations staff, brings experience as a Tanker Agent and Operations Manager at former OMI Corp and Torm USA. Christian brings extensive operations experience with both large tankers and product carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College with a BS degree in Maritime Transportation.


Edward Micola

  • (203) 921-5116
  • evm@truenorthchartering.com
  • operations@truenorthchartering.com

Prior to brokering, Ed spent five years as an Officer of an ocean going tanker. During the course of the last four years, he has developed expertise in Suezmax and Aframax tanker markets. He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime with a degree in Maritime Transportation.


Edwin Arias

  • (914) 879-6886
  • exa@truenorthchartering.com
  • operations@truenorthchartering.com

Edwin is a part of the operations team, previously a clean broker, and has been with the company since 2009. He is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland with a BS in Marketing.


Claims


George Verdzadze

  • (203) 561-3910
  • gnv@truenorthchartering.com
  • operations@truenorthchartering.com

Prior to joining True North Chartering , George worked for Louis Dreyfus Company as a vessel operator for four years. He also spent about three years as an officer of an ocean going ships. George graduated Batumi State Maritime Academy in Georgia (Rep. Of.) with a degree in Navigator and SUNY Maritime with a degree in Marine Transportation.