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Published: 5 January 2018      

People on the move

Katherine McCabe
Latest round-up of people news known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

Susanne Kaarnimo-Knight has been appointed as the new CCO of HH Ferries Group as of 15th January 2018. Presently she is the head of digital development at TUI Nordic. “I am looking forward to joining the team at HH Ferries Group and contributing to the ongoing strengthening and development of the Helsingborg-Helsingör route’s commercial profile and the offering to customers looking for the fastest, greenest and best journey across Øresund,” she said.

Washington, DC, USA: The Institute of International Container Lessors’ (IICL) President, Steven Blust has announced that Katherine McCabe, President, Beacon Intermodal Leasing, LLC, has been elected to the position of Chairperson of the IICL for 2018, succeeding Keith Lovetro, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAC Intermodal. After serving on the Board of Managers, Ms McCabe was appointed President of Beacon Intermodal in April 2016. From 2014-2016, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (USA).

Sixte Cambra is to step down as President of Barcelona Port Authority (APB). He stressed this had been his own decision and was for personal reasons. The announcement was made a week after elections to the regional parliament in Catalunya, the organisation that makes such appointments. Cambra has been the head of APB for the past seven years, with 2017 being a year of record traffic for the port, which has recovered well following Spain’s recent economic crisis. In 2011, his first year in charge, Barcelona handled 44.2 Mt including around 2M TEU. As of November 2017, the port had handled 56.2 Mt and 2.7M TEU during the year. Cambra was a particular critic of the National Ports Authority (Puertos del Estado) during his period in charge, during which he also professed his dislike for the way the Development Ministry had structured ports, wanting more decision-making devolved to port authorities.

Oliver Weinreich, Managing Director of Terminal Pacífico Sur (TPS) in Valparaíso, has informed the Chilean Superintendency of Securities and Insurance that Jan Vermeij Chamy has stood down as director of the company, being replaced by Alejandra Mehech Castellón. Currently, Vermeij is a Board member of Terminal Puerto Coquimbo (TPC). Two other directors also step down, these being Andrea Fuchslocher and Melvin Wenger, replaced by Francisco Ortúzar and Gabriel García-Huidobro.

Eduardo Rafael Luque Altamirano has replaced Jesús Orozco Alfaro as Managing Director of the Port of Tampico’s Integrated Port Administration (API) in Mexico. Orozco thereafter assumes the position as Head of API Lázaro Cárdenas, where he replaces Jorge Luis Cruz Ballado, who reverts to a previous position as Maritime Secretary (Semar). In Mexico’s other ports, Fernando Ramírez Elizalde becomes Managing Director of API Mazatlán; Javier Sánchez de la Barquera Ariza Head of API Manzanillo, replacing Vice Admiral Alejandro Miranda Oceguera. At the time of writing, API Madero (Chipas Port) is still awaiting a new appointment as Managing Director.

Guido Heremans was recently appointed as Managing Director of ICTSI’s Madagascar unit, MICTSL, replacing Rachid Baho.

A new Harbour Master is at the helm at the Port of Southampton. Captain Phil Buckley assumed responsibility from 3rd January, when Captain Martin Phipps retired after 28 years at the port and seven years as Harbour Master.

The advisory board of Häfen and Güterverkehr Köln AG (HGK) has appointed Uwe Wedig as its new CEO. Mr Wedig was a Board member from 2011 to 2014 at HGK and prior to that he was in charge of sales and marketing of HGK subsidiary firm HTAG Häfen und Transport AG. From 2015-2017 he was responsible for the shipping activities of Imperial Shipping Group, Duisburg as CEO. Mr Wedig will start his new job on February 1st 2018 taking over from Horst Leonhardt, who retires at the end of January.

After 38 years of service to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Dr Rexford Sherman has retired as Director of Research and Information Services. Dr. Sherman joined AAPA in 1979 and has been responsible for research, writing and editing of technical reports, surveys and publications-- most notably AAPA’s weekly newsletter, the Advisory. In addition, he has served as one of AAPA’s facilitators for Latin American ports and managed the AAPA Professional Port Manager Program. As Dr Sherman retires, AAPA is realigning its internal structure as part of its succession plan and to advance its strategic plan priorities. To that end, AAPA has created two new positions - Chief Engagement Officer and Chief External Affairs Officer – to be effective in January and staffed by promoting existing personnel.

Death: James D Martin, President of Evanston (IL), US-based JDM & Associates Marketing, died peacefully on 27th November 2017 at the age of 74. JDM's client portfolio includes a large number of transportation and logistics companies and as such James Martin was widely known and respected in trade media, particularly during the old GFB Atlanta shows. He is described by one WorldCargo News source as "a real gentleman." We offer our condolences to his family and friends.


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