AVON, OH – Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), Avon, Ohio, has appointed Captain Onur Yildirim to the newly created position of Marine Manager. In his new role, Yildirim will manage the company's marine coatings operation globally, including sales, technical and after-sales service, and will work closely with APC senior management.
Prior to this role, he held a number of positions at APC, most recently from 2012 to 2018 as Global Technical Manager, overseeing the global technical team, including after-sales service. From 2009 to 2012, Yildirim was Technical Manager of Korea and Southeast Asia, responsible for organizing, training and heading the regional technical team, communicating with customers, and managing the regional office. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Technical Inspector, supervising the application of the MarineLine® 784 cargo tank coating system according to specifications and also managing new tank coating, recoating, and heat curing projects.
According to David J. Keehan, APC President, "We are very pleased to promote Captain Onur Yildirim in this important role. He is highly regarded in the maritime industry and among our customers for his marine coatings knowledge and strong previous background sailing chemical tankers on the high seas."
Prior to joining APC in 2006, he worked for five years in various roles for Aksay Shipping, based in Turkey, first as a Third Officer, then Second Officer, and eventually Chief Officer on various chemical tankers.
Yildirim is involved in various organizations, including as a fellow member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of International Federation of Shipmaster's Associations, a member of the Turkish Oceangoing Masters Association, a member of NACE International, and a member of the Turkish Corrosion Association.