Maersk Group Announces Two Appointments

first_imgzoom Morten Engelstoft has been appointed CEO of Services & Other Shipping in Maersk. The appointment will have effect from January 1, 2014. In addition Morten Engelstoft will take over the position as CEO for Maersk Tankers, as Hanne B. Sørensen has been appointed CEO of Damco. The changes in Maersk Tankers and Damco will also be effective from January 1, 2014.Services & Other Shipping consists of Damco, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Supply Service and Svitzer. The target for Services & Other Shipping is to reach USD 500 million in operational profit by 2016.“The Group is fortunate to have highly experienced leaders to choose from internally. This makes it possible for us to maintain momentum and keep focus on the business. Both Morten Engelstoft and Hanne B. Sørensen leave behind strong and dynamic organisations with talented teams well prepared for the future,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen adding:“As COO of Maersk Line Morten Engelstoft has been a key driver in the turnaround and in the reduction in the global network cost, which has been an important part in creating the past five quarters of positive results in Maersk Line. His task will now be to realise the full potential of the four businesses in Services & Other Shipping and together with the businesses CEO’s define a plan for future growth. Hanne B. Sørensen has successfully repositioned Maersk Tankers, which now has a clear path for the future and she will bring organizational and market experience to Damco, which is in the midst of rolling out a global operational model – One Damco.”The four businesses in Services & Other Shipping will remain individual businesses with own CEO’s reporting to Morten Engelstoft, who will report directly to Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.“It has been very satisfactory to be part of the journey with Maersk Line and participating in delivering positive results. We are competitive, have great teamwork – and a compelling plan for the future. I am certain that Maersk Line will continue to be best in class in the industry. Now, I look forward to heading the businesses in Services & Other Shipping and ensuring further development and growth. They all have significant potential and I will ensure that they get the necessary focus to realise exciting long-term developments,” says Morten Engelstoft.Morten Engelstoft also takes over the position as CEO of Maersk Tankers, as Hanne B. Sørensen leaves this position to become CEO of Damco replacing Rolf Habben-Jansen, who announced his departure in September 2013.“I have enjoyed being in Maersk Tankers. It’s an organization of fantastic people who have given their fullest and worked on trimming and focusing the company despite difficult conditions, an effort recognized by the Group. Maersk Tankers is now ready to look ahead, so this is a good time for me to pass on the baton. I look very much forward to assisting Damco in becoming an even bigger success. Damco is a great company and not least part of an exciting industry,” says Hanne B. Sørensen.Søren Toft will replace Morten Engelstoft as COO of Maersk Line. Søren Toft joined Maersk in 1994 and has held several positions in the Group. He comes from a job as Head of Network Planning in Maersk Line. Prior to this he has held various positions in Operations both in Headquarters, Germany and Indonesia.Maersk, October 30, 2013last_img read more

Sweden digs in on proposal to ban lobsters from Europe

by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2016 1:03 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sweden digs in on proposal to ban lobsters from Europe In this May 21, 2012, file photo, Scott Beede returns an undersized lobster while fishing in Mount Desert, Maine. Sweden is digging in on a proposal to ban imports of live lobsters into the European Union after a rebuke from American scientists, and the issue could go all the way to the World Trade Organization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Robert F. Bukaty, File PORTLAND, Maine – Sweden is digging in on a proposal to ban imports of live lobsters into the European Union after a rebuke from American scientists, and the issue could go all the way to the World Trade Organization.Sweden asked the European Union to bar imports of live American lobsters into the bloc earlier this year after 32 American lobsters were found in Swedish waters. The U.S. government then told the European Commission that the proposal isn’t supported by science, and American and Canadian scientists issued reports calling the Swedish claim into question.Now, Sweden’s Agency for Marine and Water Management is issuing a response to criticism, and says the country is right to be cautious about the appearance of a foreign species in its waters. The response came out at the end of July and defends the prevention of the spread of American lobsters as “environmentally desirable and cost-effective.”The Congressional delegation of Maine, the country’s largest lobster producing state, issued a statement that said it will appeal to the WTO if the European Union ultimately sides with the Swedes.Lobstermen in America and Canada, which together export $200 million worth of lobster to European markets each year, are hopeful that Sweden’s call for a ban eventually amounts to nothing.“I haven’t taken my Swedish engine out of my boat yet,” said Gerry Cushman, a Port Clyde lobsterman. “I’d like to see lobsters stay open throughout the world everywhere.”European Union’s Scientific Forum on Invasive Alien Species is expected to express an opinion about Sweden’s call for a ban on Aug. 31. The country has said American lobsters, which are fished off the coasts of the U.S. and Canada, could spread disease and overtake the smaller European variety of lobster.Robert S. Steneck, a University of Maine scientist, wrote a paper that said the American lobsters that turned up in Europe were most likely released illegally, as opposed to migrating across the ocean. He also wrote that American lobsters don’t pose a threat to European lobsters, in part because winter ocean temperatures along the coasts of European countries are too warm for the American lobsters to reproduce.But Sweden’s marine agency said it is “vital” to take a precautionary approach to the issue, because American lobsters’ failure to gain a foothold in Europe thus far is “no guarantee that the same species will not be successfully invasive in another place or time.” The agency also says more research is needed into the impact of cross-breeding of American and European lobsters.Maine’s congressional delegation said the European import market is critical to the lobster industry, and the state’s leaders remain committed to supporting it. Maine’s lobster industry was worth about a half billion dollars last year and catches have soared to record highs in recent years.State leaders hope the EU “will strongly consider the evidence offered by North American experts and decide not to pursue a ban on imports of live American lobster to Europe,” the delegation said in a statement. read more

Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD a leader in transdisciplinary learning

In 2011, as the Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program was launched at Brock, Carol Merriam described it as “a grand and glorious playground of ideas.”At the time, Merriam was Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Humanities.Five years later, and now as Dean of the Faculty, Merriam has the satisfaction of seeing this idea mature and come of age.The program recently celebrated its first graduate at Spring Convocation when Malisa Kurtz, who was part of the small, first cohort of students, walked across the stage to receive her doctorate degree on June 8.“The first student to graduate is a milestone for a program that has lived up to an expectation of providing students with the opportunity to follow challenging avenues of research and to create new and broader paths of inquiry,” says Merriam.The PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities came on the scene at Brock as the institution was just beginning to chart a new course for itself as a leader in transdisciplinary research. The timing couldn’t have been better.The program is anchored by interdisciplinary field options, such as, Ways of Knowing (Epistemologies), Critique and Social Transformation, Culture and Aesthetics, and Technology and Digital Humanities.The program’s core courses, says Philosophy Professor Christine Daigle, are effective in making students stretch themselves in ways and areas they aren’t familiar with.“No student is the same and no student project is the same,” says Daigle, Graduate Program Director.“That’s what I love the most about the program — it accommodates a tremendous range of interests. When I was a student I couldn’t choose a discipline since I was interested in many. Our program exposes students to so many choices.“We want our students to drop the blinders, to look around and say OK, I can draw from here and I can draw from there. It’s exactly what we need in society today — thinkers who can drop the blinders because the problems in the world are not disciplinary specific.”The program continues to be strengthened by its students who embrace a growing culture of interdisciplinary inquiry that provides opportunities to collaborate within Brock and reach out to broader communities of scholars and experts.Terrance McDonald has been in and out of airports throughout the year to make his way to conferences in the United States and Canada.McDonald’s doctoral research is focused on how cinema expresses masculinities through form, and how film genres and technologies affect gendered subjectivities. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.“It’s up to us to go out and make an impact beyond Brock to show what the program can do,” he says.“The program gives you the opportunity to take such a variety of courses – such as gender studies, film studies, philosophy, and the list goes on.” read more