Predictable and reliable operation of vessels

Company management

We strive for the highest standards in relation to customers, providing predictable and reliable operation of vessels throughout the seasons and areas of trade.

Jarle Ellefsen

Managing Director

Jarle Ellefsen has been with Spar from the very beginning in 1995; help building the company from scratch. First as CFO and from autumn 2007 also as CEO for the company. Mr. Ellefsen holds a Msc in Management Science and Operational Research from University of Warwick, England.

Chartering department

Morten Konow

Chartering Director

Morten Konow has been working as a shipbroker within the handymax/supramax segment since 1994, first in Singapore and for more than 20 years in Bergen. He holds a degree in international shipping and trading from The London School of Maritime Studies.

Stein A. Langbraaten

Chartering Manager

Stein A. Langbraaten has been working within operation and chartering in the dry bulk segment since 2003. He holds a degree in Logistic / economy studies from HIB Bergen.

Operations departement

Magnar Bratholmen

Operations Manager

Magnar Bratholmen has long experience from sea, sailing as mate and engineer for almost 17 years. When he went ashore he held various position with a Norwegian shipping company for an equal amount of years. He is educated in business from Norwegian School of Business and Administration, Bergen.

Arild Gaarden Hansen


Handles and follow up operational activities for the vessels as well as matters related to marine accounting. Mr. Hansen holds a BA from the Norwegian school of Management, Bergen. Mr. Hansen has experience from a variety of positions ranging from Ship Agency, Offshore Marine Operations and Crew Management and dry bulk operation.

Thomas Strand Knudsen

S&P and Projects

Thomas Strand Knudsen has background as business controller before he joined a major commodity trader in Hong Kong. From 2012 to 2017 he worked as a S&P broker in Bergen. He is educated at Norwegian School of Management and Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. Thomas handles S&P and projects.

Accounting departement

Marianne Heldal

Head Accountant

Marianne Heldal held various positions related to accounting within the overall corporate structure of Spar before advancing to the position of Head accountant for Spar Shipping AS at the autumn of 2007.Ms. Nummedal hold a Cand Mag. degree from University of Bergen.

Emelie Braastad

Marine accountant

Handles and follow-up financial activities for the vessels, which includes follow up of hire statements, general accounting as well as some of the operational activities. Ms. Braastad hold a BA from Norwegian school of Management, Oslo and has experience since 1996 from several major shipping companies and brokerage houses in Norway.