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New appointments at Zeamarine and Lauritzen Bulker

Hamburg has a new port senator; Blyth’s Lawlor is the new chairman of the BPA; Bovermann joins HPC

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Houston, TX, USA: Zeamarine has announced that Kai von Taube will assume the role of Director, Round the World (RTW) Liner Service effective Q1 2019. He will take over the operation business of Ulrich Ulrichs’ areas of responsibility that include the management of Zeamarine’s RTW service. It adds that Ulrichs will leave Zeamarine amicably of his own accord at the end of Q4 2018 to take a break before pursuing other opportunities. Ulrichs explained: "After steering Rickmers Line through turbulent times for seven years, I have decided that it is time for a change and a beak before I seek new challenges." He will hand over his responsibilities to his successor and act until this time as Managing Director of Rickmers Line GmgH &Co KG Hamburg. Von Taube previously served as Director Line-Management, Zeamarine. In addition, Zeamarine has appointed Dominik Stehle as CCO, effective February 1, 2019. He will be based in Hamburg, Germany.

Kai Von Taube
Kai Von Taube

Two months after Frank Horch announced his resignation as Hamburg’s senator for economic affairs, traffic and innovation for personal reasons, a successor has been found in Michael Westhagemann. He was touted as a likely candidate soon after Horch’s resignation, but first rejected the position. Westhagemann, who has lived and worked in Hamburg since 15 years, is not a member of a political party, but has close connections to the governing Social Democrats (SPD). He has been head of the Hamburg Siemens branch from where he managed the group’s wind energy activities and is very well known in Hamburg business circles. The Hamburg port and shipping community responded very positively to Westhagemann’s appointment.

Michael Westhagemann (L) and Frank Horch
Michael Westhagemann (L) and Frank Horch

Port of Blyth’s Chief Executive Martin Lawlor has been named as the British Ports Association’s new Chairman, following the news that Alec Don of Milford Haven has stepped down from the post. Don recently stepped down as CEO of the Port of Milford Haven. Lawlor was elected as Deputy Chairmain of BPA in April takes up the role of interim Chair at a crucial time time for the industry as it negotiates the challenges presented by Brexit, particularly the issues surrounding frictionless trade.


Jan Bovermann, who has been working as head of HHLA’s digital development department, has been promoted to the post of Joint Managing Director of HHLA’s affiliate Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH, to work alongside Dr Felix Kasiske. Dr Kasiske will be in charge of HPC’s core business and transport consulting activities, while Bovermann will expand HPC’s digital competencies, while retaining his position within HHLA. Bovermann originally joined HHLA as head of digital development an international consultancy firm, for which he managed the transport and logistics portfolio.

Martin Lawlor
Martin Lawlor

Directors of the UK P&I Club have, subject to regulatory approval elected Nicholas Inglessis as new Chairman, succeeding Alan Olivier. Inglessis who has been a Director of Greek line Samos Steamship since 1991, brings considerable experience to the role. He has been a Director of the UK Club since 2005 and was elected Deputy Chairman in 2012. Olivier, who was at South African company Grindrod for over 30 years, was elected Chairman of the Club in 2013.


Mott MacDonald has appointed Gregg Barton as a divisional director in Leeds, UK. Gregg will be responsible for further developing the consultancy’s transport advisory business across the north of England, with a focus on rail and local authority clients.

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