Jim Rand for Darien's Planning & Zoning


Meet Jim:

Jim Rand has over 40 years’ experience in ocean shipping. Following service as a  Deck Officer in the US Navy, and an MBA from Columbia University in finance, Mr.  Rand served as Vice President of Universal Gas and Oil Company, Inc., a public,  multinational LPG/LNG shipping company. He subsequently held a variety of positions  with Burmah Oil Tankers Limited.

From 1978-86 Mr. Rand was President and Chief Operating Officer, later Chairman and  Chief Executive Officer, of Marine Transport Lines, Inc., at that time the oldest and one  of the largest bulk shipping companies in the United States, which he took public in  1983. During his tenure at MTL the company underwent a wholesale fleet renewal and  acquisition program, culminating in the 1983 acquisition of Rowbotham Tankships  Limited, at the time the premier short sea tanker operator in the United Kingdom, now  part of James Fisher Plc.

From 1983-1986 Mr. Rand served as Chairman of the Olso-based Independent Tanker  Owners Association (Intertanko); during this period he was actively engaged in  addressing the plight of both independent and oil company tanker owners faced with  protecting their ships, crews and operations during the Iran-Iraq war. Mr. Rand was  also a member of the Committee (analogous to the Board of Directors) of the London  Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association (the “London P&I Club”), one of the  oldest and largest ship owner’s mutual liability insurance organizations, and served on  the Board of The Tanker Owners’ Voluntary Agreement concerning Liability for Oil  Pollution (TOVOLOP), a joint organization established by The Oil Companies  International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and independent tanker owners to administer the  International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) and Contract Regarding a  Supplement to Tanker Liability for Oil Pollution (Cristal Ltd) covering liability for oil  pollution and the apportionment of such liability among tanker owners and oil  companies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bureau of  Shipping from 1980-1986. He remains an honorary member of the Executive  Committee of Intertanko and member of ABS.

Since 1986, Mr. Rand has been President of Rand & Company, Inc., a diversified  holding company engaged in ocean shipping and real estate investments. Rand &  Company’s maritime activities have included the acquisition of a portion of the product  tanker fleet of Nedlloyd jointly with Thome Shipmanagement of Singapore and a variety  of feeder container and dry bulk investments jointly with Doris Maritime Services of  Geneva. Through an affiliate Rand & Company owned Naess Ship Management B.V.,  an independent ship management company based in The Netherlands, which company  was sold to Fleet Shipmanagement of Hong Kong in 2019.