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Published: 7 November 2016      

People on the move

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

Mark McAndrews, port director of the Port of Pascagoula, MS, has been installed as the 2016-17 Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). He succeeds Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.
  • McAndrews also chairs the association’s US delegation, whose other officers include Chairman-Elect Steven Cernak (Port Everglades) and Vice-Chairman William D Friedman (Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority). Canadian delegation officers are: Chairman – Gaétan Boivin (Trois-Rivières Port Authority); Chairman-Elect – Denis Caron (Belledune Port Authority), Vice Chairman – Carl Laberge (Saguenay Port Authority); and Past-Chairman – Jim Quinn.
  • Chairing the Caribbean delegation is Glenn Roach (Barbados Port Inc). Chairman-elect is Grantley Stephenson (Kingston Wharves Limited) and the Vice Chairman is Clement Reid (Port Authority of the Cayman Islands).
  • Officers of the Latin America delegation are: Chairman – Gerardo Varelalero (Autoridad Marítima de Panamá); Chairman-Elect – Raúl Urzúa (Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso); and Vice Chairman - Alberto Diaz ( Administración Nacional de Puertos de Uruguay).

Also during the convention, AAPA presented Gary LaGrange, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, with its Distinguished Service Award. He served as AAPA Chairman of the Board in 2004-2005.

Following the death of Jean Bekaert, a giant of the French ports industry, at the age of 84, he has been succeeded as owner/director of Le Havre terminal operator Terminaux de Normandie by his grandson Paul Sax, a planned succession move. The group today comprises TN-MSC, TPO, SMR, Dockers de Normandie, Ateliers de Normandie, Portiques de Normandie Assistance and, in the Port of Paris (Gennevilliers) , Paris Terminal.

José Luís Cacho, previously the head of the Port of Aveiro and a former President of the Portuguese Ports Association (APP) has replaced João Franco as the President of the Port of Sines. The new management team also includes Duarte Lynce Faria and Fernanda Albino. Cacho joins Sines at an auspicious time, with the port on course to handle more than 48 Mt this year, making it the Iberian Peninsula’s third largest port behind Algeciras and Valencia. It is also forecasting an end of year profit of €18M.

Endrigo Amâncio da Silva, has been sworn in as the new president of Brazil's Rio Grande Port Authority. At the same time, Adail Umpierre (representing the Brazillian Health Regulatory Agency, Anvisa) and Rui Mendes and Clênio Nunes (port workers) also joined the Board. Substitute members were also sworn in for a period of two years, these being Ivan Bertuol (state government), Celso Pedreira (Ministery of Transport), Luiz Bica and Claudio Gonçalves (port workers).

Just a few months after he the name change from DB Schenker Rail AG to DB Cargo AG, Andreas Busemann, Member of the Board of DB Cargo Deutschland AG and Head of Sales and Marketing is to leave the organisation. As of April 2017 he will join Vossloh AG to become Managing Director replacing Dr Hans M Schabert. Dr Clemens Först, another senior manager and DB Cargo Board member in charge of production, has already left the organisation at his own request. His position has been filled on an interim basis by Michael Anslinger, Chairman of the Management Board of DB Cargo Deutschland AG.

Netherlands-based VDL Group's President and Owner Wim van de Leegte has stepped down and, in a planned move announced one year ago, handed over the running of the company to his children Willem, Pieter and Jennifer. Willem van de Leegte, who has worked at VDL since 2004, is the new President and CEO. In the ports industry, VDL is best-known for its container spreaders and hybrid drive AGVs, but it is a highly diversified medium and high tech industrial company, building industrial robots, BMW automobiles (VDL Nedcar), passenger buses and coaches and various automated systems, energy storage systems, etc. Group turnover was €1.587B in H1 2016, 19% up on H1 2015. The total order book (excluding VDL Nedcar) at the end of June amounted to €780M compared to €645m at the end of June 2015. The number of employees increased from 10,623 at the end of 2015 to 11,827 at mid-2016.

The Nautical Institute has announced that Captain John Lloyd will take over as CEO will take over in May 2017 when Philip Wake OBE retires in May 2017. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2015, assuming overall responsibility for the Institute's specialised training services, including the industry-standard Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.

Laurie Denham has been appointed Vice President, Education at the US Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). In a statement, TIA said that Denham will "drive TIA's distance learning programs to meet the demands of the growing logistics industry. She joins TIA from her recent role as the Senior Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Academic Relations at APICS, having overseen the merger of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics with APICS in 2015.

The partners of UK-based marine law firm Hill Dickinson appointed Peter Jackson has been elected as the firm’s first Chief Executive Officer. The changes also see long time Senior Partner David Wareing take up the role of Chairman. In addition, the firm has appointed Iain Johnston as its first Chief Operating Officer.

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has appointed Philip Mathews as chief commercial officer, a newly-created Board position.

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