Executive Board News

23 Mar 2020

Damen Names Van Heyningen COO

Marc van Heyningen (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

As of April 1, Marc van Heyningen will become the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Damen Shipyards Group. This completes the Executive Board of the leading Dutch maritime solutions provider.Marc is a MSc in Civil Structural Engineering at Delft University and has spent the vast majority of his career working for Fluor Corporation in various general and operations management positions in, for example, The Netherlands, The UK, India and the USA. His last role was Vice President of Operations based in Fluor Company Headquarters in Dallas…

19 Mar 2020

AAPA Elects Cordero as Board Chairman

Mario Cordero (Photo: AAPA)

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has elected Mario Cordero, executive director of California’s Port of Long Beach, to serve as the association’s next Chairman of the Board.Cordero will be installed as Chairman on the final day of AAPA’s 2020 Annual Convention, set for September 13-16, in Québec City, QC, Canada. He will assume the AAPA chairmanship from Gary G. Nelson, executive director of Washington State’s Port of Grays Harbor, who began his term on October 15…

10 Mar 2020

DMA Adds 2 New Deputy Director Generals

Photos: Danish Maritime Authority

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced that two new deputy director generals joined its the Executive Board.The new deputy director generals are Rikke Wetter Olufsen and Niels Wammen-Jensen. They both come from director positions within DMA.For the past four years, Rikke has been director of Blue Growth and Maritime Policy at the Danish Maritime Authority. Rikke joined the DMA from the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, where she covered a broad portfolio of business policy areas.Niels has been director and served as the DMA's "ambassador" in the Ministry of Industry…

12 Feb 2020

Maersk Names Jany CFO

Patrick Jany (File photo: Clariant)

A.P. Moller - Maersk has appointed Patrick Jany as its new chief financial officer, effective May 1, 2020.Jany, a German citizen, joins the world's largest shipping company as CFO and a member of the executive board after more than two decades with Swiss chemicals company Clariant, where he's been CFO since 2006. Prior to his role as CFO, he held several leadership positions within finance, general management and corporate development in Clariant in Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia and Spain.“I am pleased to welcome Patrick Jany to A.

10 Feb 2020

Damen Delivers Patol Boat to Mexican Navy

Photo: Damen

The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (SEMAR) has held a ceremony marking delivery of the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA) Class vessel ARM Reformador. The delivery ceremony was attended by Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán, Secretary of the Navy and High Command of the Mexican Navy, in the company of Mr. Juan Carlos Atecas Altamirano, Municipal President of Salina Cruz Oaxaca. Damen Shipyards Group was represented by Executive Board member René Berkvens, President of Damen Shipyards Mexico Horacio Delgado, and POLA Project Director Frank Verhelst.

28 Jan 2020

New COO Joins USTC’s Executive Board

Nina Østergaard Borris (Photo: USTC)

Torben Østergaard-Nielsen’s global shipping group United Shipping & Trading Company (USTC) has welcomed Nina Østergaard Borris as new COO to its Executive Board.For the past six years, Nina Østergaard Borris has been Executive Assistant and Head of M&A in Bunker Holding, the USTC group’s largest business unit, focusing on business optimization, strategy and M&A.In parallel with her employment at Bunker Holding, Borris has served as a board member in the sister companies SDK (shipping and logistics company) and Uni-Tankers (shipowning company) as well as the parent company USTC.

19 Jan 2020

Dee4 Adds Vessel, Appoints New Partner

Jens Christensen. Photo: Dee4 Capital

The Danish private equity firm investing in shipping, Dee4 Capital, announced the takeover of its fourth vessel, to be renamed “Dee4 Dogwood”, which is a medium-range product tanker.She will be placed in the Hafnia pool, thereby introducing spot market exposure to the Dee4 Capital portfolio during an expected period of positive earnings in the product tanker market in 2020.The other three vessels in the Dee4 Capital portfolio are also medium-range product tankers, which are currently on charter to Clearlake…

08 Jan 2020

Dunkirk Port Switches on Cold Ironing

Image: CMA CGM

French container line CMA CGM announced that its ship APL Singapura has inaugurated the cold ironing facilities of the Terminal des Flandres in the Port of Dunkirk.By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as "cold ironing"), container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers (Reefers).This innovative technology has significant environmental benefits…

08 Jan 2020

Mammoet Completes ALE Acquisition

(Photo: ALE)

The Netherlands-based Mammoet confirmed it has completed its acquisition of UK-based rival ALE, creating the industry’s largest engineered heavy lifting and transport services provider.The businesses will operate as one company under the Mammoet brand with more than 140 offices and branches worldwide, Mammoet said in a press release on Wednesday.An integration plan to be rolled out over the coming months will focus on bringing the two organizations together, Mammoet said. ALE executive board member Michael Birch will join Mammoet's executive management team as chief commercial officer.

07 Jan 2020

Quality is the Buzz Word for ECGS

(L-R): Arne Hubregtse, Roger Strevens, Mike Kaczmarek and Dario Bocchetti. Photos: Clean Shipping Alliance

Those shipowners looking to install marine exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) as way of meeting global sulfur cap requirements are advised to ensure that manufacturers, shipyards and installers are using quality, high-end materials.Based on the collective experience gained from more than 1500 EGCS installations, Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 members found the quality of materials and coatings used is the most important factor in optimizing EGCS safety and averting any corrosion…

23 Dec 2019

Damen: New CEO and Structure

Arnout Damen (Photo: Damen)

Arnout Damen will take over as CEO of Damen Shipyards Group effective January 1, as the the Dutch shipbuilding conglomerate transitions to a new divisional structure, the group announce on Monday.Arnout Damen succeeds René Berkvens, who has been the CEO of Damen Shipyards Group for more than 13 years."We are extremely indebted to René for his commitment as our company's top executive," said Chairman Kommer Damen. “Under his leadership, Damen has grown into a globally operating, leading player.

17 Dec 2019

Maersk Names CEO for Shipping

Image: APM Terminals

Danish integrated logistics giant A.P. Moller - Maersk appointed Vincent Clerc as CEO of Ocean and Logistics and Henriette Hallberg Thygesen as CEO of Towage, Manufacturing & Others.“A year ago, we integrated our customer facing roles across the company. We are now ready to accelerate the execution of our strategy through increased commercial and operational integration,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk and continues:“With the new leadership structure announced today, I am confident that we will increase the pace.

17 Nov 2019

Konecranes to Supply RTG Cranes to Tangier Port

Pic: Konecranes

Finnish manufacturer of cranes and lifting equipment Konecranes Oyj has won an order to supply a terminal at Tangier Med Port II with 16 Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes.The cranes will be delivered in batches with the last ones arriving by mid-July 2020. The order was booked in May 2019.The 16 Konecranes RTGs will go into service at the new container terminal TC3, Tanger Med 2, in the Port of Tangier. They will be the first Konecranes container cranes in Morocco. Tanger Med 2 is the second phase of development of the Tanger Med port complex.Mr.

14 Nov 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Appoints New CFO

 Mark Frese. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd AG appointed Mark Frese to the Executive Board effective November 25, 2019. On March 1, 2020, he will become the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Nicolás Burr.Mark Frese (55) was most recently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ceconomy AG, the former Metro AG. Before that, he held various management positions at Metro AG and Kaufhof Holding AG.“When Mark Frese joins us, we will be gaining a very accomplished and highly skilled expert with extensive experience and knowledge of the financial sector.

13 Nov 2019

HHLA Reports 8.3% Growth in Revenue

Pic: © HHLA / Thies Rätzke

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, HHLA, the company that operates three out of four of Hamburg’s container terminals, continued its positive performance in the first nine months of 2019.The total revenue was 1.04 billion euros, an increase of 8.3 percent, said the German logistics and transportation company.The operating result (EBIT) improved strongly by € 19.3 million, or 12.4 percent, to € 175.4 million. The positive effects of the initial application of IFRS 16 in the EBIT amounted to approximately € 10.6 million.

11 Nov 2019

Maersk COO Søren Toft Leaves Company

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Søren Toft has decided to pursue another opportunity outside the company and will leave A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S effective today. CEO Søren Skou will take on the responsibilities of the COO in the interim.The Executive Board will hereafter consist of Søren Skou, Carolina Dybeck Happe, Vincent Clerc, and Morten Engelstoft.Søren Toft joined A.P. Møller - Mærsk in 1994 and became a member of the Executive Board in December 2017.

05 Nov 2019

HHLA Receives New Container Gantry Cranes

Image: © HMM

German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has announced that it has taken delivery of three new container gantry cranes for its Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) in Hamburg port.According to a press release, this will provide HHLA with additional capacities for handling ultra-large container vessels with a cargo volume of 23,000 standard containers (TEU) and more.The new gantry cranes manufactured by ZPMC will replace three smaller units at CTB…

26 Sep 2019

Fluxys Sign LNG Contract with Qatar

From left to right : Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, Marie-Christine Marghem, the Belgian Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Pascal De Buck, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Fluxys Belgium

Qatar Petroleum subsidiary Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL) and Fluxys Belgium subsidiary Fluxys LNG signed a long-term LNG Services Agreement for the Zeebrugge LNG terminal.Under the agreement, QTL subscribes unloading slots at the facility from the expiry of the current long-term unloading contracts and up to 2044.The agreement was signed during a ceremony held in Brussels today by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum…

15 Aug 2019

HHLA Group Revenue Up 9.6 %

Aerial view of the area for AGV transporter at HHLA Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). © HHLA / Thies Rätzke

German logistics and transportation company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said that it has closed the first half of 2019 with rising revenue and results, despite a challenging market environment.Container throughput increased moderately, due in particular to the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired last year. A significant rise in container transport was achieved, said a press release.In conjunction with a strong increase in revenue in the Logistics segment and a once again moderate increase in revenue from property management…

12 Jun 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Re-elects Behrendt as Chairman

Michael Behrendt. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

German-based cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG's shareholders approved the proposal of the Supervisory Board to re-elect Michael Behrendt to the Supervisory Board as a shareholder representative.After being re-elected to the Supervisory Board and following the AGM, Behrendt was also confirmed by his fellow Supervisory Board members as its Chairman. Michael Behrendt has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG since 2014.“The clearness of the election results is an incentive for me.

07 Jun 2019

Austria's OMV, Russia's Gazprom Sign Pact

Photo: OMV

Austrian integrated oil and gas company OMV and Russian energy giant Gazprom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).The two companies had previously agreed that Gazprom will supply 1.2 billion cubic meters of LNG to OMV in 2020.On this basis, both partners have now agreed to continue the cooperation beyond the year 2020, including the sale and purchase of conventional and small-scale LNG cargo.In addition, both companies…

09 Jun 2019

NPS Connects Dunkerque and Metz

Pic: Port of Dunkerque

The Port of Dunkerque, France's biggest harbour on the North Sea in terms of the total traffic throughput, is continuing to develop its combined transport plan with the implementation of the Flandres Express (FLEX) rail service to the East of France.Created in 2013, Nord Port Shuttle (NPS), has gradually developed a network of containerized river services between Dunkerque and the main inland ports of the Hauts-de-France Region.With the setting-up of a rail service between Dunkerque and Metz…

18 Jun 2019

Meyer Werft Lays Keel for Iona

(Photo: Meyer Werft)

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has laid the keel for the British P&O Cruises’ first-ever LNG ship, which will be named Iona and be the greenest cruise ship in the UK when she debuts in May 2020.The keel laying ceremony at the Meyer Werft  in Papenburg marked the official start for assembling the hull of the new luxury liner for the United Kingdom. The ship will be handed over to the customer in spring 2020.The traditional keel laying coins were placed by Paul Ludlow (President…

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