Captain Kimmo Lehto is ETA Chairman since June 2019. A Master Mariner with over 37 years’ experience in the shipping industry, he has been with the Finnish towage, salvage and icebreaking company Alfons Håkans for over 11 years. Nowadays Capt. Lehto is part of the firm´s management team and leads its maritime salvage operations as the company´s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager.
As a former Captain of cruise ships and with over 10 years’ experience as a Maritime Pilot in Finland, he has been at both ends of the tow line, which gives him a deep understanding of the port towage sector. Furthermore, Capt. Lehto has also chaired the ETA Nautical and Technical Committee for the last four years, a period that included involvement in projects to improve maritime safety such as the new ETA-EMPA Safe Harbour Towage Operations Guidelines.