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Published: 7 December 2014      

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Laura Langh-Lagerlöf and Hans Langh
Latest round-up of "Avete" and "Valete" known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

Consequent on completion of the Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV merger, (Dr Jürgen Weber has stepped down as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, as agreed, and been replaced by former CEO Michael Behrendt. Dr Andreas Rittstieg and Ulrich Leitermann have also stepped down, as agreed, and have been replaced by CSAV's Oscar Hasbún Martínez and Francisco Pérez Mackenna.

Oy Langh Ship Ab will get a new managing director at the turn of the year, when the current managing director, Hans Langh, takes over as Chairman of the Board for the shipping company. Laura Langh-Lagerlöf has been elected as the company’s new managing director. Current Chairman of the Board, Tom Niemi stressed that the change will not affect the company’s nature as a family business: “Laura possesses the same problem-solving skills as her father, and we believe she will steer the company well through any future challenges.”

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Puerto Rico liner services group announced today that Ken Orben is being promoted to general manager of terminal operations in Jacksonville, Fla, and Karen Dempsey is being promoted to director of port operations in Pennsauken, NJ, effective Jan. 1.

Lars Rolner has left his post as Managing Director and COO of SAL Heavy Lift to become Managing Partner of a new company, HeavyLift@Sea, based in Hamburg and whose other Managing Partner is former J J Sietas Chief Engineer Hendrik Grone. Rolner is replaced at SAL by Toshio Yamazaki, seconded from SAL's parent K Line, although he was formerly Commercial Manager of SAL Japan.

The Board of Forth Ports Limited has announced the appointment of Lord Smith of Kelvin KT as chairman, succeeding Michael Seymour who will stand down from the role at the end of the year. Lord Smith is currently chairman of SSE plc and the UK Green Investment Bank and is a non-executive director of Standard Bank Group Limited. He recently chaired the Smith Commission cross-party talks on strengthening the powers of the Scottish Parliament within the UK. Michael Seymour has been chairman of Forth Ports since 2011, following the company’s acquisition by Otter Ports Ltd, a subsidiary of Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 1 LP.

Juan Ferrer has been confirmed as the new President of the Port Authority of Alicante, replacing José Joaquín Ripoll.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has named new directors for the Harbor Department’s Construction Management and Information Management divisions. Suzanne Plezia, who has been Acting Director of Construction Management since January, is now the permanent Director, overseeing construction of Port projects including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program. Nyariana Maiko, who since 2010 has been Associate Vice President of the Program Management Office for Molina Healthcare of Long Beach, will be the new Director of Information Management.The two women are filling slots vacated by directors who retired this year.

Michael (Mike) S Ferguson has accepted the position of president for Metro Ports, replacing former interim Metro Ports President Norman Hauser. When he joins Metro Ports on Jan. 5, 2015, Ferguson will have national authority and responsibility for operations and business development of each company utilising the Metro Ports dba, which includes port operations in the west, gulf, and east coasts as well as Prince Rupert, BC, Canada. He will report to Nautilus International Holding Corp. Chief Operating Officer Michael Giove and will be based in Fair Play, S.C.

The Port of Oakland has named ex-Maersk shipping line veteran Beth Frisher its Manager of Maritime Business Development.

Manfred de Vries has been appointed as the new managing director of Autoport Emden GmbH, responsible for the account of Volkswagen, which he joined in 1986. He will take over from Hans-Wilhelm Wildeboer who was the managing director from 1995-2014 and has reportedly left the group at his own request.

Anke Bestmann has been appointed as the new managing director of Imperial Liquids Barging GmbH in Duisburg. She takes over from Robert Baack who has taken up the position as CEO of the parent company Imperial Shipping Holding GmbH.

George Karras has been appointed Director of Sales, Maritime Sector with Optimodal Nederland BV, Rotterdam, a subsidiary of intermodal rail operator Kombiverkehr and DB Schenker Rail Nederland BV. His position is new, and is triggered by Optimodal’s increased focus on developing new rail container services between Rotterdam and the European hinterland. He was previously Sales Director, Benelux with intermodal container operator Contargo.

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, has promoted Pat DeSutter, Director of Fleet Management, to Vice President of Fleet, Service and Aftermarket, effective January 1, 2015.

Global provider of telematics and supply chain visibility solutions, Isotrak, has appointed Lindsay Copland to its Board of Directors. Lindsay will assume the role of Chairman.

Agility has appointed Soren Poulsen as CEO for Greater China Area (GCA). In this role, Poulsen will be responsible for leading Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The post is based in Hong Kong.

Longstanding CEO of UKWA, Roger Williams, is to hand over the majority of his duties in the New Year. He will continue to work for UKWA until 31 July 2015, taking the staff lead in hosting the IFWLA convention in Liverpool 1-4 June, and UKWA’s Annual Lunch and Awards ceremony at the Dorchester hotel on 1 July. He will also retain his responsibilities as Secretary General of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Associations (IFWLA). The name of his successor is due to be announced shortly.

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