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Kyle Hogan (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

Port of Corpus Christi Names Hogan COO

The Port of Corpus Christi has named Kyle Hogan the incoming Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Clark Robertson, who will retire on September 3, 2024. Hogan will oversee Engineering Services, Port Operations, Police and Security, Emergency Management, and Channel & DMPA Development.Most recently, Hogan served as commander of the Corpus Christi Army Depot. His career spans three decades of Distinguished Military Service, including 15 years with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) Airborne.Hogan officially will begin work at the Port on August 12, overlapping with Robertson until

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Ports America Names Fernandez VP & GM in Tampa

Marine terminal operator Ports America announced it has appointed Manny Fernandez as Vice President and General Manager of its operations in Tampa, Fla.An accomplished logistics and transportation senior executive in domestic and international multimodal transportation, supply chain management, warehousing, and ocean/air forwarding, with over 30 years of global experience, Fernandez comes to Ports America from Cargomatic, where he most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Ocean, Rail, and Port Solutions since February 2023. His prior experience also includes leading teams at CMA CGM, APL

Monique Liard (Port of Everett)

Port of Everett Hires Monique Liard as CAFO

The Port of Everett announced it has hired Monique Liard as its new Chief Administrative and Financial Officer.This role manages the Port’s $83 million operating and capital budget, while also overseeing all financial, risk management, purchasing, and information technology functions of the Port. The CAFO position works to advance Port priorities across all business lines and direct staff implementation of services, policies, procedures and programs. In her position, Monique will also now serve as the Port Commission-appointed Auditor and Treasurer.“I feel very excited to be part of an

Flavio Batista and Rob Dooley (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Georgia Ports Authority Appoints New Execs

Georgia Ports Authority announced it has appointed Flavio Batista as Chief Commercial Officer and Rob Dooley as Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2024.  The appointments reflect a succession plan put in place in 2023 for the June 30, 2024 retirement of Chief Financial Officer Michaela Thompson and for the current Chief Commercial Officer Cliff Pyron to step into a GPA advisor role.“Cliff and Michaela have been tremendous assets to the Georgia Ports Authority, setting a high standard in  professionalism and world-class customer care for our organization,” said GPA President

Stefano Borzone was named president of SSA Marine. Image courtesy SSA Marine

Borzone to Lead SSA Marine Cruise Division

SSA Marine, an independent marine terminal operators, launched a cruise division and appointed Stefano Borzone as president. Borzone spent several years in senior vice president roles with Carnival Corporation, as well as 13 years with Metro Cruise Services, where he served as president.

Brandy D. Christian (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans CEO Brandy Christian to Step Down

she begins this new and exciting challenge."Brandy Christian joined Port NOLA as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and was appointed its President and CEO just two years later. Within six months of taking the reins, Christian led the acquisition of the NOPB by Port NOLA, connecting the rail and maritime supply chains across and beyond the region and positioning Port NOLA as an alternative gateway of choice. In 2018, she led the development of a master plan to align all four lines of business – cargo, cruise, real estate and rail – that provided a strategic roadmap for sustainable and

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Crowley Reaches Labor Deal for Isla Grande Terminal in Puerto Rico

. “Providing quality, reliable service is made possible by quality, safe and efficient working conditions for our union team members in partnership with Crowley. The new agreement with Crowley ensures continuity that benefits Puerto Rico and its people.”Crowley is the longest serving U.S. maritime and logistics company in Puerto Rico, providing ocean transport of consumer and industrial supplies, vehicles, perishable groceries as well as medical and pharmaceutical supplies. The company operates vessels between the U.S. mainland and the commonwealth as well as warehouses, land transportation

Amanda Coates (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Names Coates Chief Commercial Officer

new avenues for revenue generation. Additionally, she will oversee the management of Port NOLA’s real estate portfolio, ensuring optimal utilization of assets and alignment with driving economic prosperity in our three-parish jurisdiction.“Since 2018, Amanda Coates has brought invaluable maritime knowledge and experience to our global gateway,” said Port NOLA President & CEO and New Orleans Public Belt (NOPB) CEO, Brandy D. Christian. “She is a strategic and visionary leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and proven track record for success. Her expertise will be vital

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Port of Aberdeen Announces Leadership Appointments

Scotland's Port of Aberdeen on Monday announced appointments to its leadership team as it targets growth in the energy, trade, and tourism sectors.John Wilson has been appointed as Head of Engineering after serving in the role on an interim basis. His engineering experience and expertise spans 35 years, having worked at Arch Henderson prior to joining the port in 2015. John will lead the engineering and maintenance strategy, aligning it with Port of Aberdeen’s strategic priorities.Benji Morrison joins the port with over 20 years’ experience in port management and marine operations

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Port Houston Promotes Mariacher, Soares

Earlier this year, 30-year Port Houston veteran Jeff Davis announced his retirement as Chief Port Operations Officer. The port's Executive Director Roger Guenther has subsequently announced the promotion of two long-term, well-regarded members of Port Houston’s executive leadership team to vital roles to ensure sustained operations and exceptional service.Ryan Mariacher, a 20-year employee and formerly Director of Container Terminal Operations, was promoted to Chief Port Operations Officer. Mariacher will lead and manage all aspects of terminal operation activities at Bayport and Barbours

Boudewijn Siemons (Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

Siemons Takes Over as Port of Rotterdam CEO

will continue to be led by a familiar face for employees and customers. The Supervisory Board is pleased. Boudewijn Siemons has demonstrated his excellent abilities as CEO during the past six months. He is a genuine bridge-builder. In addition to his passion for the port, he brings experience from the maritime sector and companies in the fields of infrastructure and the energy transition.”Boudewijn Siemons: “The port of Rotterdam connects Europe with the rest of the world through logistics chains. With our employees and customers, the Port Authority is shaping a future-resilient port that

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Port of Corpus Christi Names Bertolami CFO

The Port of Corpus Christi has appointed Cindy Bertolami as its new CFO. Bertolami succeeds Kent Britton, who was appointed CEO in September.Previously, Bertolami served four years as director of finance for the Port of Corpus Christi. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles and has served as Interim CFO since September.As CFO, Bertolami will oversee the port’s real estate, information technology, finance, accounting, procurement and risk management departments.In her prior role as director of finance, Bertolami was responsible for a number of duties, including

Glenn Wiltshire (Photo: Port Everglades)

Wiltshire Named Acting Director of Port Everglades

. Wiltshire, the current Deputy Port Director, will take the helm when CEO and Port Director Jonathan Daniels departs on February 3 for his new role as Executive Director of Maryland Port Administration and the Port of Baltimore.Wiltshire's responsibilities include managing the seaport's diverse maritime initiatives that generate more than $33 billion in economic activity statewide annually, support 9,584 local direct jobs and result in more than $1.18 billion in state and local taxes."Glenn has demonstrated his ability and steadiness in leading the port in two previous periods of transitions

Jonathan Daniels (Photo: Maryland Department of Transportation)

Jonathan Daniels to Lead Port of Baltimore

State Port Authority and oversaw a $570 million expansion and reconstruction project. He also worked for the Port of Oswego in New York and the Eastern Maine Development Corporation. He is a graduate of The Citadel, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science; and the Maine Maritime Academy, where he was a Master of Science Candidate in Maritime Management.“I’d like to thank Governor Wes Moore and Secretary Wiedefeld for this wonderful opportunity,” Daniels said. “The Port of Baltimore is one of the top performing ports in the nation, with a great labor

Colleen Liang (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Names Colleen Liang Environmental Director

The Port of Oakland has appointed Colleen Liang as its new Director of the Environmental Programs and Planning (EP&P) division. Liang joined the port in 2000 and has served in every environmental position, most recently as Acting Director of EP&P."I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to lead a great team in the Environmental Programs and Planning division and oversee the port's stewardship of the Oakland waterfront," Liang said.In her new role, Liang will continue to oversee the port’s zero emissions program, environmental compliance, hazardous waste and materials

Jeff Bellerud (Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Northwest Seaport Alliance Nmes Bellerud COO

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has named Jeff Bellerud as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing marine operations including rail, road, terminals, breakbulk operations, and management of the waterway.With extensive strategic level experience in terminal operations and Class 1 railroads, Bellerud’s career spans the West Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia. Most recently, Jeff served as Director of Intermodal & Port Operations at CN Rail where he led port operations, including 14 marine terminals across seven port authorities in North America and led all aspects

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Ports America Names Kusiciel Chief Commercial Officer

in the industry.”Kusiciel received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois Chicago, has sat on a range of boards and committees within the supply chain and transportation logistics industry, and holds several honors and accolades including being inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame from the Port of New York & New Jersey in 2016

Emilia Sánchez (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland appoints its first woman Director of Engineering

c Sánchez joined the port in February as an engineering project manager. She is the first woman and first Latina to serve in this leadership position at the port.  Sánchez spent over a decade at BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), where she served in various positions. She managed the development of the Hayward Maintenance Complex, managed the BART Headquarters Tenant Improvement in Oakland, worked on the Earthquake Safety Program and the Oakland Airport Connector.Sánchez brings to the port’s director of engineering position a depth of experience combining technical engineerin

Ashley Blocker and Michael Graves (Photos: Ports of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana Names Operations Managers at Ohio River Ports

Ports of Indiana has filled two key leadership roles at its Ohio River ports, naming Ashley Blocker and Michael Graves as Operations Managers in Mount Vernon and Jeffersonville, respectively.Blocker, a southwest Indiana native, was promoted to the new role after serving as Operations Analyst for Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon since 2022. She previously worked in multiple roles with Squaw Creek Southern Railroad and has more than 15 years’ experience in port and rail operations, customer relations and data analysis. She is also the first woman to serve as Operations Manager at Indiana’s ports.

Kent Britton (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

Port of Corpus Christi Promotes CFO Kent Britton to CEO

The Port of Corpus Christi on Wednesday named Chief Financial Officer Kent Britton as its new chief executive officer to head the largest U.S. oil-export port by volume.The appointment comes nearly four months after Sean Strawbridge, the previous chief executive, abruptly resigned after he was questioned about his business expenses.Strawbridge has said all his expenses were in compliance with port policies and state statutes, and have all cleared the internal review process and approval process.Britton had served as interim CEO after Strawbridge resigned.The south Texas port of Corpus Christi has seen

Cara Craig (Photo: Port of Everett)

Port of Everett Hires New Trade Development Director

The Port of Everett has welcomed Cara Craig as its new trade development director to support continued growth of the Port of Everett’s international seaport division, which represents nearly $30 billion in U.S. import and export value annually.Craig officially joined the port on August 28 to provide a critical interface with the port's international customers, explore new ways to serve existing customers, attract new business opportunities, and ensure the economic vitality of the port and the region it serves.“I am passionate about the supply chain industry and how it makes the world

Harun Duzgoren, Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Americas at Inchcape Shipping Services

Inchcape Shipping Services Appoints Regional CEO for the Americas

in the global marine services industry. Prior to joining ISS, he served as the chief commercial officer of Subsea Global Solutions. Before that, he spent 16 years at V.Group, where he held various senior international positions. Duzgoren earned a nautical degree from the Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty, a MSc in Marine Management from Southampton Solent University in the UK, and an Executive MBA degree from Koc University in Istanbul. He is a member of the International Propeller Club."We are thrilled to welcome Harun Duzgoren as the regional CEO for the Americas at Inchcape Shipping

Brendan Webb (Photo: North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation)

Webb Named CEO of North Queensland Bulk Ports

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) announced the appointment of Brendan Webb as its new chief executive officer.Starting in October, Webb—who is currently CEO of Ports Victoria—will take over from acting CEO Belinda Kenny, who has led the government-owned port authority during the recruitment process following the resignation of previous CEO Nicolas Fertin in December last year.“We believe that Brendan is the right person to lead NQBP to deliver on our long-term vision to be global leaders in the sustainable facilitation of port trade and further the economy of Queensland

Jenna Richardt (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Richardt to Lead Business Development for Ports of Indiana

future development of which about 70% is located in Mount Vernon.Indiana has the country’s No.1-ranked inland river port district and No.2-ranked Great Lakes port district. The state’s three ports generate $8 billion in annual economic impact and support 50,000 jobs. In addition to managing maritime facilities, Ports of Indiana is the statewide grantee of foreign-trade zones, offers specialized bond financing and is pursuing development of large-scale multimodal facilities around the state

Michael Day (Photo: PhilaPort)

PhilaPort Names New Director of Engineering

PhilaPort announced it has promoted Michael Day, P.E as its new director of engineering.Since joining PhilaPort in 2013, Day has been instrumental in guiding PhilaPort through its expansion, planning, implementing and overseeing construction projects that have contributed to the Port of Philadelphia becoming one of the fastest growing ports in the country.As the new director of engineering, Day’s leadership and understanding of the PhilaPort mission will be integral in guiding the next phase of port expansion.Day is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil

Source: Svitzer Australia

Svitzer Australia Appoints New Managing Director

Videlina Georgieva has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Svitzer Australia.She will help drive regional growth and progress Svitzer’s decarbonization agenda and replaces outgoing Nicolaj Noes who will be leaving Svitzer to take on a new opportunity.Georgieva brings a deep understanding of Svitzer’s business and operations, including within Australia, where she has been part of delivering significant commercial results throughout her 13 years with Svitzer, and most recently as the organization's Global Chief Commercial Officer. She will commence her new role effective early

Troy Layton is SeaPort Manatee’s newly appointed director of business development. (Photo: SeaPort Manatee)

SeaPort Manatee Promotes Two Senior Staffers

SeaPort Manatee announced it has a newly promoted team of senior staff members leading business development initiatives for the Southwest and Central Florida trade hub.Effective Monday, August 7, Troy Layton is SeaPort Manatee’s director of business development, while Malcolm Edwards assumes the role of deputy director of business development.Layton joined SeaPort Manatee in July 2022 as senior manager of operations, following 28 years with Federal Marine Terminals Inc., the last 24 of those years as the stevedoring firm’s terminal manager for Manatee County’s seaport.Edwards, who

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Western Canada Dock Workers Vote to Accept Contract Offer

had directed the Canada Industrial Relations Board to resolve the dispute after workers rejected a previous contract. Ottawa was seeking to keep two of Canada's three busiest ports - Vancouver and Prince Rupert - open.Canada's Minister Of Labour Seamus O'Regan and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) confirmed that the ILWU had ratified the deal."The renewed collective agreement includes increases in wages, benefits and training that recognizes the skills and efforts of B.C.'s waterfront workforce, while providing certainty and stability for the future

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It’s Time for an Industrial Inquiry Commission into Ports and Automation

of the Industrial Relations Board.At the beginning of July, about 7,400 port workers went on strike for 13 days over issues including automation, outside contracting and the increasing cost of living.This new deal — between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) and the B.C. Maritime Employers Association — comes after union members rejected a previous deal on July 28.By initially rejecting the first contract, ILWU members implied that a generous wage and benefit package — which employers had agreed to pay — was not enough to address their concerns about potential

Colleen Liang (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Appoints Two as Acting Directors

The Port of Oakland appointed two acting directors, replacing retired Port leaders. Colleen Liang was appointed Acting Director of the Environmental Programs and Planning (EP&P) division and Dorin Tiutin was appointed Acting Director of the Commercial Real Estate division. Both are long-time employees of the Port.Colleen Liang assumes the role of Acting Director of EP&P on the heels of the retirement of long-time EP&P Director Richard Sinkoff. Prior to her appointment, Liang served as Environmental Supervisor since 2017.During her 23 years at the Port, Colleen Liang has held a variety of

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Canada's Dock Workers, Employers Reach Labor Deal

on Canada's West Coast and their employers said they reached a new labor agreement, averting an immediate strike, as they sought to end a dispute that has disrupted operations at the country's busiest ports.The International Longshore and Warehouse Canada Union (ILWU) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) are recommending the ratification of the deal, they said in a joint statement late on Sunday. Terms were not disclosed.The dispute has upended operations at two of Canada's three busiest ports, the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert, gateways for exporting

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Canada's Pacific Dock Workers Ordered by Labor Watchdog to End Strike

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), a federal watchdog, ruled on Wednesday that the Pacific coast dock workers' strike must end because their union did not provide the required 72-hour notice before the walkout."This strike is illegal," Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan said on Twitter after the ruling. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had no immediate comment.On Tuesday the ILWU leadership rejected a tentative four-year contract deal agreed with employers last week that ended a 13-day strike, and said the 7,500 dock workers would return to the picket line.

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Canada Port Strike Resumes

wage deal agreed with their employers last week and returned to the picket line, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said on Tuesday.The ILWU represents some 7,500 dock workers, who walked off the job on July 1 after failing to reach a new work contract with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), which represents the companies involved.In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the ILWU said its members had voted down the recommended terms of settlement because they did not believe the terms would protect their jobs."With the record profits that the BCMEA'

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Canadian Port Strike Talks Resume, Supported by Federal Mediators

Talks in Pacific Canada between striking dock workers and their employers have resumed after four days away from the negotiation table, a statement on Saturday by the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) showed.The BCMEA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) met on Saturday, supported by federal mediators, the statement said. The talks had stalled on Tuesday and the two sides broke off negotiations.Some 7,500 port workers went on strike on July 1 for higher wages, upending operations at the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert - key gateways

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Next Wave of North American LNG Export Projects to Face Labor Challenges

A coming wave of North American liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects faces staffing challenges that are prompting some of the biggest developers to expand training and coordinate projects to keep construction workers.There are eight export projects now under way that when completed would add 86 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) capacity of the chilled natural gas. The projects have already created thousands of construction jobs and are soon to employ hundreds of operators.Paul Marsden, head of Bechtel Corp's Energy global business unit, which has built 30% of the world's LNG plants in the

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Thousands of Port Workers in Canada's British Columbia Go on Strike

Several thousand unionized port workers in Canada's western province of British Columbia went on strike after failing to reach a deal to renew an industry-wide contract that expired in March, a waterfront employers group said on Saturday.The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) said it and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) had met Thursday and Friday in talks supported by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service."Unfortunately, a tentative agreement could not be reached," the BCMEA said in a statement.ILWU Canada members were on

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White House Says West Coast Port Negotiations Show Some Progress

Union (ILWU) dockworkers at ports from California to Washington state have been working without a contract since July 2022. Unions are pressing for a bigger share of record profits reaped when cargo shipments surged during the pandemic.Contract talks hit a bump on June 1. Since then, the Pacific Maritime Association employers group has criticized the union for worker absences, which PMA said were deliberately slowing West Coast ports.The PMA specifically called out worker shortages in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle this month. A handful of ships had delays at berth at the busiest U

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Cargo Operations Halt at the Port of Seattle Amid Labor Dispute

PMA says US West Coast port workers shut down Port of Seattle; workers' union denies claimThe Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents terminal operators, said in a tweet on Saturday that coordinated and disruptive work actions led by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have shut down cargo operations at the Port of Seattle."On the first shift today, the ILWU refused to dispatch any longshore workers to container terminals, the PMA said, resulting in the shutdown of the port.The ILWU, however, said that the West Coast ports are open and accused the PMA of

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Business Group Urges Biden to Intervene in West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

have been working without a contract since July. U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark in a letter to Biden cited "continued and potentially expanded service disruptions at these ports heading into peak shipping season."Tensions remain high as negotiators for the employers' Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and workers' International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) tussle over wages and retroactive pay in the last leg of talks that have stretched into their 13th month.Unions are asking for a pay increase that reflects workers' contribution to the ocean shipping industry'

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Jobs at Stake as California Port Terminal Upgrades to Green Technology

equipment costs.A report underwritten by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) representing West Coast dock workers found that in 2020 and 2021, the Long Beach terminal had 392 fewer jobs than it would have had if it were not automated.A competing report commissioned by the Pacific Maritime Association employer group found that from 2015, the last year before automated operations, through 2021 paid hours at the automated Long Beach terminal and another in Los Angeles grew 31.5%. The authors, who said that gain was twice that of unautomated terminals, declined to provide figures for

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Biden Encourages Continued Collective Bargaining in US Ports Dispute

; the White House spokesperson added.Groups representing major retailers and manufacturers urged the White House on Monday to intervene in contentious labor negotiations, citing worries about shipping disruptions during critical holiday shopping seasons.Contract talks between the employers' Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and workers' International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are in the final stretch, but frustrations are running high after more than a year at the negotiating table.(Reuters - Reporting by Jeff Mason, writing by Kanishka Singh

Matthew Wypyski (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port of New Orleans Names Wypyski COO

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) welcomed maritime industry veteran Matthew Wypyski to the executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Wypyski’s leadership experience includes 32 years as a senior operating and general management executive leading port authority staff, marine terminal and stevedore operating companies, as well as liner operations.“Matthew Wypyski brings invaluable maritime knowledge and experience to the Port of New Orleans global gateway,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. “His

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Retailers, Manufacturers Urge White House to Mediate in West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

as dock workers rally for better pay. Monday's closure followed similar disruptions on Friday in Oakland, California.More than 22,000 dockworkers at ports stretching from California to Washington state have been working without a contract since July.Contract talks between the employers' Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and workers' International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are in the final stretch, but frustrations are running high after more than a year at the negotiating table."We urge the administration to mediate to ensure the parties quickly finalize a new contract without

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US West Coast Port Labor Unrest Continues Amid Pay Quarrel

dockworkers, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.TTI decided to close on Monday "based on its own operational needs," said port spokesperson Lee Peterson, who added that the port's other terminals were operating and that cargo was moving.Contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the ILWU have stretched into their 13th month.ILWU workers were vital to keeping goods moving during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and want to be compensated for putting their lives at risk during that time, when ocean carriers like MSC were reaping record profits

Boudewijn Siemons (Photo: Port of Roterdam Authority)

Port of Rotterdam Names Siemons Interim CEO

Boudewijn Siemons will become interim CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority effective July 15, 2023, taking the reins from Allard Castelein, who is stepping down as CEO this summer after nearly a decade in the position.Siemons, who currently serves as the port's COO, will combine both positions until a new CEO has been appointed.In addition, Vivienne de Leeuw will stay on as CFO. Her term of office has been extended by four years.Miriam Maes, chair of the Supervisory Board, said, "The process of finding a new CEO is still in progress. It will not be completed before 15 July 15, which is when

Sean Strawbridge (File photo: Cory J. Mendenhall / U/S/ Coast Guard)

Head of Top US Oil-export Port Resigns Suddenly

Sean Strawbridge, chief executive of the Port of Corpus Christi, the largest U.S. oil-export port by volume, resigned on Tuesday, the port operator said without providing any explanation.Strawbridge, who was the port’s chief operating officer before taking over the top role in 2018, did not immediately reply to requests for comment.During his tenure, he helped the port obtain federal funds to support a dredging of its ship channel to bring larger oil tankers to its docks.Strawbridge had spoken a day earlier at the port at an event celebrating the future of energy and the port’s emergence

Colin McLoughlin (Photo: ABP)

Associated British Ports Names McLoughlin Head of Operations for the Humber

Associated British Ports (ABP) has named Colin McLoughlin as Head of Operations for the Humber.With an established career in operations management from his time with Stanton Grove and Peel Ports, McLoughlin joined ABP Humber in 2015, and has played a valuable role in delivering many of ABP’s key operation and warehousing projects.As Head of Operations, McLoughlin will now be responsible for ABP’s portfolio of terminal operations across its four Humber Ports of Immingham, Grimsby, Hull, and Goole; handling in excess of 58 million tonnes of cargo between them each year, worth approximately

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Top US Shipping Gateway Mostly Closes Due to Port Worker Shortage

, after months of strained labor negotiations between the union dock workers and their employers.A substantial number of ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach workers, including operators needed to load and unload cargo, failed to show up on the job starting Thursday evening, according to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents employers.The PMA said the missing workers were a result of a coordinated action by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to withhold labor as contract talks drag on"The action by the union has effectively shut down the ports of Los Angeles

Milwaukee’s new Port Director Jackie Carter takes her oath of office. (Photo: Port Milwaukee)

Carter Sworn In as Milwaukee Port Director

The City of Milwaukee’s new Municipal Port Director officially took office on Thursday during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Cavalier Johnson appointed Jackie Q. Carter in January, and the Milwaukee Common Council confirmed her appointment earlier in February.In this position, Carter will direct commercial and recreational operations at Port Milwaukee, oversee a staff of twenty people, and administer Foreign Trade Zone No. 41. Carter is the first woman, and the first person of color, to serve as Director of Port Milwaukee.A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Carter has worked in the

Jody Peacock (Photo: Ports Of Indiana)

Ports of Indiana Names Peacock as New CEO

Ports of Indiana has named Jody Peacock as the new chief executive officer for the statewide port authority which operates three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. The action was approved during today’s meeting of the Ports of Indiana Commission. Peacock has served in various leadership positions for the Ports of Indiana since 2001 and he most recently was senior vice president for business development. Peacock succeeds Vanta E. Coda II, who served as CEO from 2018 to 2022.“We are extremely pleased to name Jody as Ports of Indiana’s new CEO,” said Commission Chairman

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Makassar Port Workers Lack Digital Skills. Vocational Schools Can Be the Solution

The city of Makassar in South Sulawesi, Indonesia has seen fast economic growth in the past few years. In 2019, the province’s growth reached 6.9% – higher than the 5% national rate – with rapid infrastructure development, particularly in the maritime industry.As the region’s industry grows, it is experiencing rapid digitalisation. Our study with the bilateral research initiative Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) this year found significant gaps in digital literacy and skills between the education system and industrial needs in South Sulawesi.Our team built an instrument that

Flavio Batista (Photo: GPA)

Georgia Ports Names Batista Sales & Marketing VP

The Georgia Ports Authority has named Flavio Batista as its new vice president of sales and marketing.Batista comes to GPA from the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, an ocean carrier focused on developing sustainable shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo.

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Port of Oakland launches 2023 Summer College Internship Program

recruiting full-time college students for its 2023 Summer College Internship Program. Through a competitive process, prospective applicants apply for internships in 18 professional fields – Aviation, Communications, Engineering, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Maritime, Planning & Development and Risk Management – at the port.With more than 20 years of hosting interns, the Port of Oakland will support local students throughout the eight-week paid internship program.“This program offers college students an opportunity to develop an understanding

Girish Aggarwal (Photo: APM terminals Pipavav)

Aggarwal Joins APM Terminals Pipavav as Managing Director

APM terminals Pipavav in India announced the appointment of Girish Aggarwal as the Managing Director of the company. Aggarwal has worked in leadership roles in multiple industries such as logistics, IT, consultancy services, and FMCG. He is an experienced leader with proven track record in strategic planning, business performance, supply chain management, stakeholder management during the career spanning more than 25 years. In his previous stint as COO of APM Terminals Mumbai [GTI- Gateway Terminal of India], he delivered strategic and operational progress of the terminal delivering value for the

Jackie Q. Carter (Photo: Photo Kalida N. Williams / Port Milwaukee)

Jackie Q. Carter to Serve as Director at Port Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson has selected Jackie Q. Carter to serve as Municipal Port Director. In this position, Carter will direct commercial and recreational operations at Port Milwaukee, oversee a staff of twenty people, and administer Foreign Trade Zone No. 41. The appointment is subject to Common Council approval.A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Carter has worked in the local non-profit and public sector for more than 20 years. She most recently served as the Finance & Administration Officer for Port Milwaukee, where she provided oversight of all Port business operations, including its

George Kruse (Photo: Manatee County Port Authority)

Kruse Elected Manatee County Port Authority Chairman

Manatee County Commissioner George Kruse has been elected chairman of the Manatee County Port Authority.“I’m excited to apply my business experience to leading SeaPort Manatee in realizing its fullest potential as a key force in Manatee County’s economic prosperity,” said Kruse, a commercial real estate finance executive and affordable housing advocate, whose selection was confirmed today [Dec. 15] at a meeting of the Manatee County Port Authority. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the newly reconstituted port board in setting the course for unceasing

Magdalena Bosson (Photo: Ports of Stockholm)

Magdalena Bosson Named CEO at Ports of Stockholm

On January 1, Magdalena Bosson will become the new Ports of Stockholm Chief Executive Officer.On December 1, Stockholms Hamn AB Board of Directors appointed Magdalena Bosson as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Bosson has many years extensive experience from her previous roles, which include Transport Department Director at Stockholm City Council, Chief Executive Officer at Familjebostäder, Deputy County Governor of the County Administrative Board of Stockholm, Municipality of Huddinge Deputy Director and most recently as Stockholm City Mangager.“I am very happy to announce that

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Gender Inequality Still Rampant in the Maritime Longshore Profession

Gender equality has made enormous strides over the past century. In Canada today, women participate in the labour market at much higher rates than they used to — there are almost 3.5 times more women working now than there were in the 1950s.The proportion of women in traditionally male-dominated fields has also grown significantly. The number of female medical residents taking on orthopedic surgery residencies, for example, increased by 111% from 2006 to 2016. In addition, women’s representation in STEM fields has increased over the past several decades.Despite this progress in certain

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Crain Named Managing Director at APM Terminals Liberia

Clay Crain will take over as Managing Director of APM Terminals Liberia effective November 1 and pending necessary approvals, replacing Jonathan Graham, who will take on a new role within Global Operations at APM Terminals and relocate back to the U.S.A U.S. national, Crain comes with over 30 years of experience largely in oil and gas sector, including with leading players such as Weatherford International and EXPRO International and has been involved in various aspects of running businesses in West Africa and Latin America. He joins APM Terminals from SageRider, where, as Business Development Advisor

From left: Sabrina Weymiens and Charlotte Guillaumie (Photos: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

Maersk's Svitzer, APM Terminals Hire 'Transformation' Executives

Danish shipping and logistics giant A.P. Moller-Maersk has appointed a pair of executives to lead transformation at its towage and terminals subsidiaries.Sabrina Weymiens has been named Head of Transformation at towage provider Svitzer, and Charlotte Guillaumie has been named Head of Strategy and Transformation at port operating company APM Terminals.Kasper Nilaus, CEO at Svitzer said, “We are delighted that Sabrina has accepted this new role and will help secure steady progress on our transformation roadmap. The marine services industry is facing significant challenges and the transformation

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Trade Group ABP Names Morris Head of Corporate Affairs

Trade group the Associated British Ports (ABP) announced on Monday that it has appointed Tim Morris as Group Head of Corporate Affairs. He will join ABP on November 28.Morris is currently CEO at UK Major Ports Group where he has led the industry trade association for the last five years. Prior to that, he held a number of senior communications, sustainability and strategy roles in the industrial group Tata Steel. Before ports and steel, Morris spent six years with McKinsey in their strategy and corporate finance team.At ABP, Morris will lead all aspects of Corporate Affairs including government

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Seattle Dispute Disrupts US West Coast Port Labor Talks

A work assignment dispute in Seattle is interrupting labor talks covering 29 U.S. West Coast ports and 22,000 employees that handle almost 40% of U.S. imports, the union representing dockworkers said on Tuesday.International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) employer group have been negotiating a new contract since July 1. The ILWU's announcement on Tuesday comes after the two sides have traded jabs in the media about automation, another contentious issue at the negotiating table.The ILWU alleged that PMA member SSA Marine - operator of the largest

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Port of Oakland Collaborates with West Oakland to Create Green Jobs

The Port of Oakland has joined forces with the West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC) to train workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry.WOJRC received a $350,000 grant from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program. The Port of Oakland supported WOJRC during the application process and will provide on-going technical assistance in the program’s administration.The grant is part of the California Energy Commission’s $100 million annual investment to support California communities by promoting accelerated development and deployment of

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Port of New Orleans Board Elects Jensen as Chairman

Charlie Ponstein’s leadership and dedicated service as Chairman of our Board. He has been instrumental in our work in St. Bernard Parish and in moving forward the Louisiana International Terminal project,” Christian said.In his term as Chair, Ponstein played a pivotal role in guiding future maritime and infrastructure investments in St. Bernard Parish. That includes securing Capital Outlay funding for the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor and, most recently, accompanying Governor Edwards in negotiations abroad for future investments in Louisiana’s container business. Ponstein will continue

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CEO in Focus: Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam

is off efficiency. That will save time, it will save money, it will save emissions,” said Castelein. “But the same applies if we connect to other ports, and have AIS-enabled more information over a longer part of the value chain.”To that end, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recently signed an MoU to establish the ‘world’s longest Green and Digital Corridor’ to enable low and zero carbon shipping, bringing together various stakeholders across the supply chain with the aim to realize the first sustainable vessels

Chris Marchant (Photo: Port Everglades)

Port Everglades Names Marchant Chief Harbormaster

Port Everglades has promoted Christopher "Chris" Marchant to the role of Chief Harbormaster, guiding maritime services for Broward County's multi-faceted 2,190-acre seaport.Marchant has served as Assistant Harbormaster for Port Everglades since August 2021 and as Duty Harbormaster from May 2010. He was also a linehandler with Port Everglades for four years."Chris is a prime example of how we recognize talent from within the organization, which preserves valuable institutional knowledge and helps us deliver high quality services to our customers in the cruise, cargo and energy sectors

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New Bedford Port Authority Names Gordon Carr Executive Director

strategy of both organizations in the years since.At Massport, Carr has worked in a variety of capacities and leadership roles, each of which closely involved and supported the diverse operations of the Port of Boston. He served as the primary lead on a range of topics advocating for the working port, maritime industrial/seafood interests, and freight networks, including leading an in-depth study and analysis of the future of the seafood cluster in Boston.Carr was selected by the Port Authority Commission from among 39 applicants. He is expected to take over in late September, pending the negotiation

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