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Published: 23 August 2012      

People on the move

Latest round up of comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the port and allied industries

Ki-tack Lim was recently installed as President of the Busan Port Authority, succeeding Ki-Tae Roh. Lim has held a number of high-ranking ministerial and ambassadorial appointments and was most recently the Republic of Korea's maritime safety tribunal commissioner.

Larry Lam, a key figure in the international port industry, has stepped down from his post as chairman of Portek International Pty Ltd, after 24 years with the company. Portek has established itself as a provider of equipment procurement, operation and maintenance services, and as a container and multi-purpose terminal operator in a number of locations in South East Asia, North and sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean.

The company has been responsible for a number of innovations in the second-hand crane transportation field, in crane modification, enlargement and refurbishment work, drive reconfigurations, etc, and in systems and operating practice aimed at avoiding ship/crane and crane/crane collisions.

Mitsui & Co of Japan bought all the shares of Portek in August 2011 (having outbid ICTSI, the early front-runner), and Portek was subsequently delisted from the Stock Exchange of Singapore. "The transition has progressed very well, says Lam, and a new team comprising led by the new Managing Director Takao Omori is now fully in charge of the company."

Lam's new company, Azul World Pte Ltd, is a family-owned investment holding company that will be involved in infrastructure development, the education sector and some socially oriented enterprises - azul and lam both mean blue, in Spanish and Chinese. He will be assisted by his daughter Shumei Lam, who earlier worked in Australia and Europe after completing her studies in Melbourne and Madrid respectively.

Tampa Port Authority has appointed Charles Klug, its deputy port director of administration and port counsel, as interim port director/chief executive officer. Klug will replace Richard Wainio, who resigned recently. The process of selecting a new port director and chief executive is under way and Boyden Global Executive Search is recruiting candidates for the position.

South Africa’s transport utility Transnet has finally announced the appointment of Anoj Singh as its permanent chief financial officer. Singh has held the position on a temporary basis for three years.

Alfonso González, the former terminal director of Marítima Valenciana, has been appointed director of the DP World Tarragona container terminal. Previously, he has spent more than 35 years in the business, and had worked for the Sealand container terminal in Algeciras prior to its merger with Maersk.

Mark Krümpel will leave his post as press spokesman and vice head of corporate communications of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) of his own accord on 30 September.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has appointed William S (Bill) Steckel as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to CEO Jonathan Berger. Bruce Biemeck, who has served as President and CFO since September 2010, will remain as President and COO of the company.

Cargotec's Executive Board member, Executive Vice President Unto Ahtola has resigned from Cargotec with immediate effect. Cargotec's President and CEO, Mikael Mäkinen, said: "Unto Ahtola has developed the Terminals business to fit the changing environment of our customers and I would like to thank Unto for his contribution." In May his job as head of terminals (Kalmar products) went to Olli Isotalo, while Ahtola was appointed EVP of development projects.

Thomas Hansen has joined the Röhlig Global Executive Board and has been appointed CEO, Americas and Africa.

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