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People on the move – Nicolás Burr to leave Hapag-Lloyd next year

Michael Behrendt has been re-elected Chairman of Hapag-Lloyd’s Supervisory Board; Oleg Bukin is the new Chairman of the Board of Russia’s North West Shipping Company; and there has been an important change in ports management in Mexico

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People on the move – Nicolás Burr to leave Hapag-Lloyd next year

Hapag-Lloyd Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Nicolás Burr (left) will leave the company on 29 February 2020 with the end of his contract to take over new projects in Chile. Burr was appointed CFO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, and therefore a member of its Executive Board, in March 2015. His successor will be announced in due course. Earlier this year, Hapag-Lloyd issued a statement denying a report that Mr Burr would be leaving.


“The Supervisory Board sincerely would like to thank Nicolás Burr for his commitment over the past years. His contribution was very valuable for the development of Hapag-Lloyd, particularly with regards to the last two mergers and the initial public offering in 2015. We wish Nicolás Burr all the best for his future,” said Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd.

Michael Behrendt
Michael Behrendt

Mr Behrendt, meanwhile, has been confirmed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for another term. However, at the AGM, minor shareholders represented by the SdK (Schutzgemeinschaft der Kleinanleger), representing around5000 smaller shareholders, although praising his active involvement in the group, claimed that he is too busy with other Supervisory Board positions at MAN, the Barmenia Group and Exxon Mobil Group and did not endorse his reelection. Still he was reelected with 98% support.


Oleg Bukin has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Russia’s North West Shipping Company (SZP), with effect from June 6th 2019. He has held several senior management positions, including at Sea Port Saint Petersburg and Tuapse Comflot. Other Board members are Andrey Gorlenko , Yuri Gilts, Alexander Sinyavsky and Igor Fedorov. SZP is Russia’s inland navigation shipping company, accounting for 5 Mt of general and project cargoes in 2018. It is part of VBTH Group, the shipping division of UCL Holding, which is active in railway transport, stevedoring, shipping and logistics.


Herman Deutsch Espino, a senior figure in many Mexican port administrations over many years, has stepped down as Director of Mexico’s Maritime and Port Strategic Planning unit, just before the Ministry of Communications and Transport made public the new National Infrastructure Plan (PNI). He has replaced by Juan Manuel Latapí Díaz. The latter has worked in the maritime, port and energy sectors for both the private and public sectors for the past 25 years, and was Senior Manager of Promotion and Management at Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo (GMD), where he was in charge of infrastructure development, administration, supervision and control of port terminals.

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Scott Bergeron

Scott Bergeron, who headed up the Liberian registry (LISR) until March this year, has joined Lübeck, Germany-based Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co KG as Director, Business Development and Strategy. The post is based in Washington, DC.


F Humera Ahmed has been appointed Vice-President of Legal and Business Development of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry.


New York, NY, USA: Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc, which operates Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), the American Club’s fixed premium P&I facility, has announced that Richard Linacre is joining Shipowners Claims Bureau (UK) Ltd, based in London, UK.

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