Haakon J W Steckmest comes from a shipping family in Norway and has been involved in shipping all his life. He started his shipping career in Oslo, Norway in 1970 with a well established shipbroker as a trainee and from there on went abroad to work as a shipbroker in first class shipbroking companies in Hamburg, New York, Brazil ,Tokyo and London prior moving back to Norway in 1987. He has experience from Dry Cargo, LPG and Tanker Chartering as a shipbroker. He joined Fearnleys AS and became one of two managing directors in that company. He retired from Fearnleys in July 2016. Since then he has continued his role as an adviser to companies within the shipping environment.