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Ben Vree succeeds Martin Poulsen as chairman APM Terminals, Europe
APM Terminals, a member of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, has named Ben Vree as its new executive chairman of European operations. He succeeds Martin Poulsen, who takes over the new post of global "safety activist," responsible for improving safety standards worldwide.

Mr Vree had been appointed chief executive of APM Terminals Rotterdam earlier this year, to oversee the company's facilities and maintain its competitive position in Europe's biggest container port.

The terminal operator's European operations account for 36 per cent of the company's global container volume and 25 per cent of its revenues.

Before joining APM Terminals, Mr Vree was the CEO of North Sea Group, a Netherlands-based trader and distributor of oil products and biofuels, from 2011 to 2012.

"I am excited about this new opportunity to contribute in this challenging market toward the further development and growth of the APM Terminals global port, terminal and inland services network in the Europe region," Mr Vree said.

"Our goal is to not only grow and optimise the existing network, but further improve standards on safety and environmental care and expand our customer base."


Nils Smedegaard Andersen back as CEO at AP Moller Maersk after heart surgery
AP MOLLER MAERSK chief executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen, 53, was clearly back at work with the announcement of Danish shipping giant's quarterly results after he spent more than four months on medical leave following heart surgery.

Mr Andersen was hospitalised during a skiing holiday in Switzerland in December, reported Dow Jones. After surgery to replace a cardiac valve in Switzerland for two weeks, he returned to Denmark in mid-January.

He was initially expected to resume work at the beginning of February, but suffered a setback and further surgery in late March, said the report.

"Having participated in a number of meetings and having been updated on our activities during the last couple of weeks, I am now ready to return to work," Mr Andersen said.

During his absence, the company has been led by members of the executive board, reporting to supervisory board chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen.


Northport's new CEO seeks customer retention to keep plans on track
MALAYSIA's Northport has appointed a new chief executive officer, Abi Sofian Abdul Hamid, 50, who says his first task will be to improve customer retention and ensure container capacity development schemes stay on track as well as making sure new quay cranes and rubber tyred gantries (RTG) arrive and are put to work.

"The main priority now is to ensure no disruption to business operations. Necessary enhancements and improvements which can add value will be implemented as the need arises," he told the Malaysia Star.

Mr Hamid replaced Hassan Abdul Kader, 59, who retired after 19 years at Northport, after his contract expired on March 31.

"I would like to thank Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, the chairman of NCB Holdings or the opportunity to take Northport to the next level of excellence," he said.

"I will also ensure Northport is the port of choice in nation building. Human capital development to complement capital infrastructure development will be the way forward to enhance the values and spirits of our team at Northport," said the new chief executive.

Northport and Kontena Nasional are wholly owned by NCB Holdings, which in turn is 55.9 per cent owned by Permodalan Nasional and 15.7 per cent by the regional container line MISC.

Northport hopes to lift 3.2 million TEU this year and is expected to increase its capacity to 5.5 million TEU from the current five million a year once it completes the development of wharf 8A that would eventually be operated as CT4.


OOCL names chief operating officer Andy Tung as new CEO from July 1
HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced its chief operating officer Andy Tung will succeed Philip Chow after his retirement as the new chief executive with effect from July 1.

Mr Tung will continue to be an executive director and a member of the executive committee of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd (OOIL), the parent company of OOCL, and managing director and a member of the executive committee of OOCL, said the company statement.

Mr Tung, nephew of Tung Chee-Chen, the chairman, president and CEO of OOIL Group, took the position of COO in January 2009. He has also served the group in various positions, including as director of reefer trade of OOCL between 1993 and 1998.

Mr Tung holds a bachelors from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

After stepping down as OOCL's chief executive, Mr Chow will stay at the carrier's parent company OOIL Group, in which he has served for more than 36 years, as a non-executive director.


AP Moller-Maersk CEO faces heart surgery again and 2 months of sick leave
DENMARK's AP Moller-Maersk CEO chief executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen, 53, faces more heart surgery and six to eight more weeks of sick leave after been laid up for three months, reports Reuters.

Mr Andersen's first cardiac operation sought to repair a leaking heart valve in December, shortly after the CEO of his major unit, Maersk Line, Evinid Kolding, resigned to run Danske Bank while the man who ran the group's tanker division, Soren Skou, took over from Mr Kolding to run the container operation

In Mr Andersen's absence AP Moller-Maersk is being run by its executive board, the members of which report directly to the chairman of the board, Michael Pram Rasmussen, the company said.

"The management team has passed the test and has shown itself to be robust and will also be able to handle the extension of Nils Andersen's sick leave without any loss of momentum," said Mr Rasmussen.

At first, Mr Andersen was supposed to be away a month, but that was extended to two months at the end of January. He was then expected to be back at work this week, but doctors said he needed more surgery, and an operation was scheduled for today (March 28), after which medical leave will be extended up to two months.


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