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Published: 19 November 2016      

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Zeno D'Agostino
Rome has finally named the first Presidents of Italy's new port authorities – this and other appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectores

Graziano Delrio, Italy's Minister of Infrastructure & Transport, has named the Presidents of the country's reformed port authorities under the new port authority system (AdSP) that reduces the number of port authorities from 24 to 15, as follows, with the headquarter port for port clusters in bold and the solus port system in bold italics:

  • Zeno D'Agostino – AdSP Mare Adriatico Orientale di Trieste
  • Sergio Prete AdSP Mar Jonio di Taranto.
  • Carla Roncallo AdSP della Spezia (replacing former AP di La Spezia Lorenzo Forcieri)
  • Paolo Emilio Signorini - Genoa (AdSP del Mar Ligure Occidentale)
  • Francesco Maria Di Majo - Civitavecchia (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale)
  • Pietro Spirito - Naples (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centrale)
  • Ugo Patroni Griffi - Bari (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale)
  • Rodolfo Giampieri - Ancona (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Centrale)
  • Daniele Rossi - Ravenna (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Centro-Settentrionale)
  • Stefano Corsini - Venice (Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale)

Appointees have not yet been named for the following AdSPs (again, lead port in bold):

  • Livorno (l’Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale)
  • Gioia Tauro (l’Autorità di Sistema Portuale dello Stretto)
  • Palermo (l’Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale)
  • Augusta (l’Autorità di Augusta Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Orientale)
  • Cagliari (l’Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar di Sardegna).

Marco Neelsen has joined PTP Tanjung Pelepas, the 70:30 joint venture of Malaysia Mining Corporation and APM Terminals, as CEO. He formerly worked for APMT in Africa and the Middle East, but was most recently with Buss Group in Hamburg, having replaced Heinrich Ahlers as its CEO just 12 months ago. His main task at Tanjung Pelepas is to carry through the expansion plans, whereby annual capacity should increase 10.5M TEU to 13.2M TEU in 2018 and to 22.2M TEU in 2030.

David A J Brown, OBE has been appointed CEO of privately-owned Bristol Port Company, UK. Up to now he has served as the port's COO. The former CEO Simon Bird took over as Director of ABP Humber Ports over a year ago.

The Port of Blyth in North East England has appointed Oran Robson as its new Finance Director to help oversee the next phase in the organisation’s growth. He joins the Port following 16 years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary at Canford Group PLC. Earlier this year the Port of Blyth announced record financial results, posting an 11% year-on-year increase in turnover to £19.8M. Group pre-tax profits at the Northumberland based trust port - now the seventh largest of its kind in the UK - doubled to £1.2M in 2015, whilst the volume of cargo handled in the year increased to 1.9 Mt.

Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been reappointed as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, an association of the state’s 15 public seaports, headquartered in Tallahassee.

Associated British Ports has appointed Dafydd Williams to the role of Head of Communications – ABP Humber. Currently Head of Corporate Affairs at Yorkshire Water, he will join ABP in January.

Miami (FL), USA: Vladimir Zubkov will be TIACA’s new Secretary General, replacing Doug Brittin, who retires at the end of the year. Vladimir Zubkov has more than 40 years’ experience in the air transport industry, including senior roles with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and, most recently, as Vice President of the Volga-Dnepr Group of Companies. He has been a member of the TIACA Board since 2011 and is the Chairman of the Industry Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Industry Affairs Committee.

Karlsruhe, Germany-based PTV Group has announced a new business management structure n the UK (Birmingham) and Scandinavia (Gothenburg), following its 100% acquisition of Distribution Planning Software International Ltd (DPS). Both companies offer route planning software designed to meet the needs of the transport logistics sector and thereby expand the international market for their products. The previous sole owner and company founder of DPS Paul Palmer will continue in a new advising role, while Constantin Lutz and James De Roo have been named as DPS's new Managing Directors.


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