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Vanguard Logistics opens office in Peru to cater to growing demand
MAJOR global sea-freight consolidator, Vanguard Logistics Services, has opened a office in Lima, Peru, to capitalise on the nation's stable economy with trade and industry development outpacing growth rates in other parts of the region.

"Establishing a Vanguard office in Lima was the next logical step in expanding service coverage in Latin America. The market has become too important to us and to our customers to not have our own presence there," said Vanguard Latin American managing director Hal Donahue.

The new office in Peru is the most recent addition to Vanguard's already extensive presence in Latin America, which includes Vanguard's owned and operated offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Said Vanguard Lima manager Maria Eugenia Morales: "We can now offer our customers in Peru the same level of local service and global connectivity that we offer at our other Vanguard offices throughout the region."


Inchcape Shipping opens new office in Thailand's Port of Map Ta Phut
INCHCAPE Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime services provider, has opened a new office in Thailand's Port of Map Ta Phut taking its global network to more than 300 offices.

The new office, ISS Thailand's second, is based in the country's largest industrial port in the Gulf of Thailand, 150 miles from Bangkok which is part of the region's Eastern Seaboard Development plan, an ongoing economic and infrastructure programme which is now the centre for the country's export industries.

Map Ta Phut port has the facilities to handle liquid, bulk, container, heavy lift and multipurpose cargoes and ISS Thailand has already signed contracts with a number of clients to service port calls out of its new office.

ISS executive vice president Romi Kaushal said the opening, follows recent offices on the Adriatic and on the west coast of Africa: "With new clients already on board, our team lead by Captain Sunchai Sanguanpao, has done a great job and we opened for business in record time."

ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated marine services. The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics and port hub agency management.


Valles Steamship's Koo takes chair at Hong Kong Shipowners Association
KINGLEY KOO, of Valles Steamship Co Ltd, has been elected chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, succeeding OOCL's Alan Tung, who steps down after completing a two-year term.

Sabrina Chao, of Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings Ltd, was elected deputy chairman, succeeding Kingsley Koo. Sham Chellaram, of KC Maritime Ltd and Zhang Liang of Cosco (Hong Kong) Group Ltd, were re-elected as ordinary member vice chairmen and Alastair MacAulay, of Clifford Chance, was elected as associate member vice chairman.

After approval of the association accounts for the financial year 2012/13, which showed a small surplus, it was agreed that no increase in annual subscriptions for the coming year was necessary.

Mr Tung, outgoing chairman, thanked members for their friendship and loyalty to the association during his term. Incoming chairman Mr Koo congratulated him on a successful and energetic chairmanship.

"Despite the hectic work schedule of what we call your day job, Mr Tung had tirelessly promoted the association and Hong Kong's maritime sector in the mainland and internationally," said Mr Koo.

Mr Koo also pledged his commitment to the association to promote Hong Kong's maritime industries and to act as "a voice of our combined interest to the industry at large and other relevant local, national and international bodies".

Also elected were committee members Peter Cremers, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd; Tim Eyre, Noble Group Ltd; Michael Goh, MOL Liner Limited; Bjorn Hojgaard, Univan Ship Management Ltd; Jack Hsu, Oak Maritime (HK) Inc Ltd; Becky Hung, Credit Suisse AG, Hong Kong Branch; Vishal Khurana, Chellaram Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd; Kenneth Koo, Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co (HK) Ltd; Kwai Sze Hoi, Ocean Line Holdings Limited; Edward Lee, Steamship Mutual Management (Hong Kong) Ltd; Li Hua, Sinotrans Shipping Ltd; Alan Ng, PricewaterhouseCoopers; William Peng Chinese Maritime Transport (Hong Kong) Ltd; JB Rae-Smith, The China Navigation Company Ltd; Martin Rowe, Clarkson Asia Ltd; John Rowley, Lloyd's Register Asia; Su Xin Gang, China Merchants Energy Shipping (Hong Kong) Company Limited; Andy Tung, Orient Overseas Container Line and Mats Berglund, Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Ltd.


Maersk veteran Bruner named CEO of US-flagged Maersk Line Limited
RUSSELL Bruner has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of Maersk Line Limited (MLL), replacing John Reinhart who will step down to become the CEO of the Port of Virginia.

Maersk Line Limited is the US-based Maersk unit that runs the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels, manages a fleet of US-flagged vessels and provides US government agencies and their contractors with transportation and logistics services.

Mr Bruner has been president and CEO of Maersk Inc since 2004, having already served as vice president at AP Moller-Maersk Group since 2006, after joining Maersk in 1989.

"Russ has the experience, values and vision to lead MLL into the future," said the retired US Navy Admiral Hal Gehman, now chairman of MLL. "As a member of MLL's board since 2010, Russ has a strong understanding of the company, its strategy and customers. He is an intuitive leader and intelligent businessman, possessing the knowledge and qualities to be MLL's next leader."

Mr Bruner is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Programme and Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Programme. He serves on the Bridgewater College board of trustees and the University of Denver Intermodal Transportation Institute's board of directors.


CEVA names new CEO as old one resumes role as non-executive chairman
CEVA Logistics, a major Dutch global supply chain company, has announced that Marvin Schlanger will retire as CEO on January 2 to be succeeded by Xavier Urbain.

Mr Urbain, who also takes a seat on the board in January, has previously served on the management board and board of directors as well as in senior executive positions at Kuehne + Nagel and as CEO of ACR Logistics.

Said departing CEO Mr Schlanger: "I am excited that we have been able to recruit an executive with the background and stature of Xavier Urbain. I look forward to working with Xavier and the board as we execute CEVA's business plan."

Said Mr Urbain: "I am delighted to be joining the management team at CEVA and look forward to working with our customers and employees as we capitalise on CEVA's strengths to realise our full potential."

Mr Schlanger will resume his position as non-executive chairman, a role he first undertook in 2009.

Of his own term as CEO, Mr Schlanger said: "When I assumed the leadership position at CEVA, I had a number of immediate priorities to position the company for success in the future. I am pleased with our progress and the accomplishments of the management and employees of CEVA."


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