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People on the move – Michael Khouri appointed to FMC

Taitsi Olsen to leave Royal Arctic Line; new appointments at Panama Canal Authority, in Valparaíso, Rio de Janeiro, Santos and at ABTP

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People on the move – Michael Khouri appointed to FMC

Washington, DC, USA: On 7th March, President Trump appointed Michael A Khouri (pictured left) as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Khouri has been an FMC commissioner since 2010 and had been serving as acting chairman since January 2017. Khouri is a 48-year veteran in the maritime industry from positions held in marine vessel operations, legal and executive positions. He also served on the boards of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators Association.


Taitsiannuguaq Olsen (Taitsi), COO of Royal Arctic Line, has tendered his resignation, effective end of this year, after 25 years with the company.


Ricaurte Vásquez has been appointed as the new administrator of the Panama Canal Authority and Ilya Espino de Marotta has been appointed as deputy administrator. The appointments are for seven years. Vásquez, who held the position of Minister of Economy and Finance in the government of Martín Torrijos, replaces Jorge Luis Quijano. Espino de Marotta was formerly vice president of the Panama Canal Authority.

Martin Bardle
Martin Bardle
Mario Díaz-Balart
Mario Díaz-Balart

Associated British Ports has announced that Martin Bardle, formerly the company’s Head of Compliance, has stepped into an operational position and taken up the helm at Immingham’s Humber International Terminal (HIT). The facility handles 10% of the UK’s energy cargoes and has the capacity to host Panamax size vessels as well as part-laden Capesize vessels, the largest dry bulk cargo ships.


The American Association of Port Authorities has selected Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) as its 2019 "Port Person of the Year." Díaz-Balart, who co-chairs the Florida Ports Caucus, is credited by AAPA with "negotiating language [in a fiscal 2019 appropriations bill] that resulted in nearly US$293M in first-ever funding being appropriated for the Port Infrastructure Development Program within the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration."


In Chile, Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso (EPV) has appointed Marcelo López Marchant as its new head of communications and press liaison. He replaces Cristian Calvetti.

Hiroaki Sakashita
Hiroaki Sakashita

Japanese classification society ClassNK has appointed Hiroaki Sakashita as Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Director. Formerly with the Japanese Ministry of Transport, the Japanese Maritime Administration and Maritime Bureau, he joined ClassNK as Executive Consultant to the expansion of ClassNK’s business portfolio and digital developments.


Vice Admiral Francisco Antonio de Magalhães Laranjeira has been appointed president of Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro (CDRJ). He replaces Tarcisio Tomazoni who was head of the CDRJ from May 2017. Latterly, Laranjeira has been president of the Marine Projects Management Company (Emgepron).


Nigel Smith, inaugural International Registrar of the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg), is retiring in May after 47 years in the shipping industry.


Jennyfer Tsai and Danilo Veras have been appointed as new directors of Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp). Tsai is the first woman ever to be named a director of Codesp, and she runs Codesp’s Engineering Board, replacing Hilário Dias Gurjão. She previously worked with Tércio Carvalho at Companhia Docas de São Sebastião (CDSS), and was recently responsible for the New Business Development area of Triunfo Participações e Investimentos. Veras now heads up the Market and Community Relations Board, where he replaces José Alfredo de Albuquerque e Silva. He was previously New Business Infrastructure Manager at Raízen, a joint venture between the Cosan Group and Shell.

Jennyfer Tsai. (Photo: A
Jennyfer Tsai. (Photo: A

Jesualdo Conceição da Silva is the newly appointed president of the Brazilian Association of Port Terminals (ABTP), where he will serve a 2-year term. He replaces José Di Bella Filho. Silva, who is responsible for institutional relations at the Libra group, has also previously been a member of the ABTP council. ABTP is seeking to broaden the dialogue with the government and regulatory agencies in order to provide more legal security for the ports sector and therefore attract more investment.


Germany-based trailer builder Kögel has appointed Mark Engelen to a newly-created position, that of Key Account Management for northwestern Europe. He is based at Kögel BeNeLux BV in Zwolle in the Netherlands.


London, UK: International maritime law practice Hill Dickinson has announced three high-level appointments - Master Mariner Kevin Austin, Korean market specialist Beth Bradley, and transactional lawyer Sung Hwan Choi.

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