Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sad Death of a Top Ocean Freight Industry Name Leads Weeks Logistics Staff News

Appointments and Departures From Around the Profession
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – Shipping industry stalwart Robert Maxwell, Managing Director of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Singapore, died on March 26, after a three-year battle with cancer. Mr Maxwell had a remarkable career in shipping and his contributions to the ocean freight industry were formidable. Maxwell trained as a Mechanical Engineer at Southampton College of Higher Education. He started his career at sea in 1988 as a 2nd Engineer and in 1993 became a Chief Engineer officer sailing on bulk carriers ranging from 149,000 to 186,000 tonnes.

A few years later, in 1996, he joined Hanseatic Shipping as a Chief Engineer sailing on large containerships and gas carriers. Maxwell was passionate about shipping, so he continued his journey within the industry devoting his time to his professional development.

Maxwell joined IMarEST Singapore Joint Branch in 2004 and because of his substantial contribution was awarded the highest distinction of an ‘Honorary Fellowship’ from the Institute, in January.

FIJI – Vilikesa Naulumatua, National Secretary of the Federated Airlines Staff Association, an affiliate of the ITF, passed away on March 26, at the age of 5, after a short illness. Naulumatua was the longest standing FASA National Secretary, elected in April 2006.

He was instrumental in highlighting the plight of Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers and renowned for standing by the 232 staff members who were locked out from December 16 until their reinstatement 34 days later.

NORWAY – Stolt-Nielsen has announced the appointment of Jens Grüner-Hegge as Chief Financial Officer, effective April 2. He was previously Vice President, Corporate Finance since 2007. Grüner-Hegge succeeds Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen, who, after 40 years of service to the company, will retire from his executive role and take a place on the Board of Directors of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.

GERMANY – Hapag Lloyd has announced several changes to its senior management team as part of the Supervisory Board's reallocation of the Executive Board's responsibilities, with Chief Commercial Officer Thorsten Haeser, leaving the Company on March 31, on the most ‘amicable of terms’.

Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Habben Jansen will now be responsible for Global Sales activities.

Joachim Schlotfeldt will become a new member of Hapag Lloyd's Executive Board, from April 1. In addition to other areas of responsibility, he will take charge of Human Resources (currently the responsibility of the CEO) as Labour Director, as well as Global Procurement. The latter is currently the responsibility of the Chief Operating Officer.

GERMANY – From April 1, Jérôme Bonnet will become IT Director of Union Tank Eckstein (UTA), reporting directly to Volker Huber. Olaf Schneider had been sharing the responsibility for the areas IT and toll. Bonnet joins the company from the parent company Edenred.

GERMANY – Sea Machines Robotics, Boston based developer of autonomous vessel technology, has hired Peter Hjarbaek Holm, European Director, to manage its new Hamburg, Germany office. Since 2015, Holm has provided consultancy to the company as a commercial agent for European markets. He now reports to CEO Michael Johnson from the Boston office

UK – OrderWise has announced several new employees to join the company in various roles. Joining the company’s technical support department are Brett Gleadle, William Charnock, Sam Dawson, Michael Jackman, Matthew Arloff, Maria Filby and Ben Dickinson, who will be at the frontline of customer support.

OrderWise’s team of software trainers added Lewis Strellis, Darren McCormick and Russell Essom who will be training both staff and customers on the growing range of OrderWise features and functionality.

Joining the project management department are Simon Stanham and Hayley Martin, whose roles will be to assist clients with the installation and implementation of software. The testing department has announced Liam Gittins and apprentice Jack Chalkley to join the team, and the eCommerce department has named Rafal Krawiec as a Web Developer.

Also joining the company are Daniel Howard, Adam Gatrick and Steph Oxford who are responsible for preparing a range of hot and cold food in the firm’s staff café, The Hive.

UK – The UK Government has appointed a team of maritime industry experts who will work together with the aims of making sure that the UK remains at the forefront of global shipping over the coming decades. The expert panel is made up of:

  • Chairman - Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of RenewableUK
  • Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis, Senior Lecturer in Transport Systems and Logistics, Imperial College London
  • Lucy Armstrong, Chairman, Port of Tyne
  • Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and External Affairs, Lloyd’s Register
  • David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK
  • Professor Costas Grammenos CBE, DSc, Chairman, Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance, Cass Business School, City, University of London
  • Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited
  • Sarah Kenny, Chief Executive, BMT Group
  • Professor David Lane CBE, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University
  • Dr David Loosley, Chief Executive, IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)
  • Michael Parker, Global Head for Shipping, Logistics and Offshore Industries, Citigroup
  • Neil Roberts, Lloyds Market Association (LMA)
  • Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Michael McClellan and Claude Elkins to new positions of responsibility effective April 1. McClellan has been named Vice President, Strategic Planning, and Elkins as Vice President, Industrial Products. In his new position, McClellan will report to Norfolk Southern Chairman, President and CEO James Squires. As vice president industrial products, Elkins will report to NS Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw.

US – CSafe has announced Jeff Pepperworth as its new CEO, following the resignation of Brian Kohr, in order to pursue other opportunities. Kohr will continue to serve on CSafe’s Board of Directors.

US – USA Truck has announced George Henry as its new Senior Vice President of USAT Logistics, and the retirement of Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President of USAT Logistics, James Craig, effective May 1.

UK – After 36 years' dedicated service, Chris Welsh MBE will be retiring from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as its Director of Global and European Policy at the end of May 2018. Through his work with the British Shippers' Council, Chris has provided an effective voice for the customer in these markets, and has succeeded in making it easier for FTA members to import and export goods by sea and by air. Chris was awarded the MBE in 2015 in recognition of his achievements.

Earlier in his career, Chris helped establish FTA's Brussels office in 1995 and served as the Secretary General of the European Shippers' Council from 1996 to 2002. In addition to his current FTA duties as Director of Global and European Policy, he is also the Secretary General of the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF) that provides a platform for shippers' views to be heard by the global regulatory bodies. The GSF's annual meeting in Melbourne on May 8-11 will mark Chris's final commitment to the organisation that he has run since its formation in 2011.

With the agreement of the Board of the Global Shippers' Forum, FTA's Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham will take over responsibilities for running the GSF from 1 June 2018. James will also take direct responsibility for the global and European policy team at FTA. David Wells, FTA's Chief Executive, said:

"Chris Welsh has been a tireless advocate for the needs and interests of businesses, managing sea freight and air cargo contracts for over 30 years, and I thank him for advancing FTA members' interests in these modes of transport. His award of an MBE in 2015 recognises the contribution he has made to keeping British, European and global supply chains safe, competitive and sustainable. I am grateful for the service he has given to FTA over a long and successful career, and wish him an active and happy retirement."