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Published: 6 July 2015      

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Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, port and allied industries

Ki-tack Lim (Republic of Korea) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2016, for an initial term of four years. The vote took place during the 114th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 29th session from 23 November-2 December 2015, for approval. Lim is currently president of Busan Port Authority. He served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.

Frank G Jensen has resumed the position of Group CEO of Clipper, as Gary Vogel steps down. Vogel, who resides in Stamford, USA, was joint Group CEO of Clipper since January 2013 together with Kristian Morch, who announced his resignation from Clipper in May 2015. Jensen, who has been Chairman of the Board of Clipper Group since 2010, stated: "Having Kristian and Gary as dual CEOs of Clipper worked well and they had a very strong partnership. However, it was never the intention that Clipper, which is commercially headquartered in Copenhagen, should have a sole CEO residing in the US, and with Kristian leaving, the situation changed.” Jensen was CEO of Clipper from 2010-13. Going forward, Jensen will constitute the Executive Management of Clipper together with Flemming Steen (Group CFO).

Esben Poulsson has been appointed as the new President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) after the newly elected SSA Council (2015-2017) was voted into place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on 30 June 2015. The new Council elected him as successor to the outgoing SSA President Patrick Phoon.

The UK P&I Club has appointed Stuart Edmonston as Director of Loss Prevention, following the retirement of Karl Lumbers.

Alexander van den Bosch has been appointed as the new director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), as of 1st April 2016, when the current Director, Kathrin Obst, joins DG Move (Transport Directorate) in the European Commission. Van den Bosch has been involved in EU policy-making in Brussels for over 13 years, the last six as MEP for the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland, a strong transport region.

The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority has re-elected James A Walters of Gainesville to serve as Chairman. Appointed to the GPA board by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, Walters just completed his first one-year term as chairman, having previously served as vice chairman.

Oliver Bergk has joined the Eurogate Group as Sales Manager, Intermodal Solutions.

Wolfgang Birlin has been appointed Managing Director of Rhein Cargo, taking over from Horst Leonhardt, who resigned at the end of June. Birlin will run the company together with Rainer Schäfer. The change in management follows the reorganisation of RheinCargo, which is co-owned on a 50:50 basis by HGK-Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG and Neuss Düsseldorfer Häfen.

Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber has appointed Craig Barbour its Dry Bulks Manager for Hull and Goole. He joins ABP from the Port of Tyne.

Aumund Group member Samson Materials Handling, formerly B&W Mechanical Handling Ltd, has appointed Malcolm Youll as new Managing Director, based in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK.

David Henckens has been appointed Director of "Kögel Used." In his newly created position, Henckens is expected to continue expanding the internationalisation of used Kögel trailer sales step by step.

On a somewhat different tack, WorldCargo News can report that former port of Rotterdam CEO Willem Scholten and his business partner Joep van den Nieuwenhuyzen have had their sentences mitigated by the Appeal Court in Den Haag The Appeal Court judgement was somewhat more lenient than the original court judgement, by sentencing Scholten to a conditional one year imprisonment plus a €75,000 fine. The court ruled that Scholten (70) had been bribed, but judged that it had been within his authority to issue the Rotterdam city-backed bank guarantees in the early 2000s. Initially, Scholten was sentenced to eight months custodial sentence, four months conditional imprisonment plus two years of probation. The Appeal Court sentenced Joep van den Nieuwenhuyzen to one year imprisonment, but he is a free man, too, given his 285 days served in detention on remand. He was also fined €150,000 for bribery, but was acquitted of bankruptcy fraud. His initial 2010 sentence would have put him in prison for five years.

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