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People on the move – Latin American port changes

Nicola Lelli to head MSC Austria, while Frederik Wexel moves to MSC Germany; new technical chief at UIC

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People on the move – Latin American port changes

Nicola Lelli (left) has returned to Austria as Managing Director of MSC Austria, based in Vienna, replacing Frederik Wexel, who is returning to Germany after seven years in post to become Managing Director, MSC Germany, in Hamburg. Lelli has a deep knowledge of the Adriatic market, and joins MSC from his post as Head of Intermodal at UN Ro-Ro. Before that he was with Rail Cargo Austria.


In Chile, Arica Port Company (EPA) has parted company with Iván Silva, who was replaced as managing director by Rodrigo Pinto in December last year on a provisional basis. Silva has now returned to work as administration and finance manager at the port of Ariqueña. The departure of Silva comes hot on the heels of an earlier dismissal of another former managing director, Mario Moya, in July, after 34 years of service. His job was shed, according to the Board, because of "business needs." At the time of writing, the Board has made 12 employees redundant as part of a shake-up of the port’s management team.


Altamira, Mexico: Managing Director Ricardo Correa Chairez and five other senior managers have been removed from the administration of Altamira Integrated Port Company (API). Correa, who was in post for just over six months, has been replaced by Roberto de la Garza Licón, who formerly fulfilled a similar role at the ports of Dos Bocas and Tabasco. To date, this is the second major change in port administration in Mexico under the current government. In June, Roberto Mendoza Sánchez was replaced by Fernando Bustamante as Managing Director of the Port of Chiapas.


Still in Mexico, Luis Iván Gallardo Álvarez has resigned from his post as Director General of Port Development and Administration at the General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine (CGPMM). He assumed the post in April following the resignation of Antonio Moreno. The surprise move by Gallardo came after he chaired a meeting of the Board of Directors of API Altamira on Friday, August 23, which resulted in the dismissal of Ricardo Correa Chairez and five other senior managers (above). With Gallardo no longer with the CGPMM, several officials from that body subsequently visited Altamira to verify the legality of the decisions taken at the meeting on 23rd August.



Claudio Ormeño has stepped down as acting managing director of Coquimbo Port Company (EPCO) in Chile. He was replaced for one day by Julio César Vallejos Yáñez, who is the company’s Coordinator of Planning and Management, who was then in turn replaced by Mariella Eugenia Barra Marchant, as acting MD, allowing Vallejos Yáñez to revert to his former position. Mariella Barra is currently the Chief of Administration and Finance at EPCO.

In Spain, Luis Ibarra has been appointed president of Las Palmas Port Authority. He thus resigns from the vice presidency of the island’s governing body, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, in order to assume the presidency of the port authority. This is the second time that Ibarra has held the post, as he formerly occupied it from 2011 to 2018, when he was replaced by Juan José Cardona.

Ingo Paas
Ingo Paas

Ingo Paas is the new CIO of Swedish rail operator Green Cargo AB, based in Solna. Paas, who becomes a member of the group management, has worked with several companies in the IT sector, including Ericsson. He joined Green Cargo from Swedish IT company Lozodonta.


Hamburg, Germany: VTG has appointed two new members to its Executive Board. Sven Wellbrock, previously Head of the Rail Europe Business Line, is the new COOO Europe and Chief Safety Officer, responsible for all of VTG’s railcar leasing and logistical activities in Europe, as well as for safety matters. Oksana Janssen, previously Head of the Rail Russia Business Line, has been appointed COO Eurasia and Far East. Her responsibility as a member of the Executive Board will include railcar leasing business in the named regions, and she will also oversee tank container and project logistics activities. Her mandate further covers the services provided by VTG along the New Silk Road. Günter-Friedrich Maas, Chief Logistics and Safety Officer since 2014, is leaving the company.

Christian Chavanel
Christian Chavanel

Paris, France: UIC, the global railway organisation, has appointed Christian Chavanel as its new Director, Rail System Department. In this key technical post, Chavanel replaces Dr Marc Antoni, who led the Department for five years.

The UK P&I Club has appointed Capt Hiroshi Sekine as Loss Prevention Executive in its Tokyo office. This is the Club’s first loss prevention post in Japan, strengthening its presence across the region. Sekine has been Managing Director and President at marine consultancy firm, Japan Marine Science. He is also a Lecturer at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and the Japan Coast Guard Academy, as well a Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Japan.


New York, NY, USA: In a circular to Members of the American P&I Club, the Club’s Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc (SCB) announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive in London, UK. In addition, in the Managers’ Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives, Asia to assist in the Club’s and Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM)’s initiatives in this key region.


Global satcom and IT solutions provider NSSLGlobal has appointed Staffan Iveberg as Group CTO. Iveberg previously held various senior R&D and business positions within the wireless and high-tech industries and joined NSSLGlobal from Cobham SATCOM, where he also served as CTO.

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