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The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA2020) has confirmed the appointment of ferry operator DFDS executive Poul Woodall as its Executive Director which took place at the start of this year.

CSA 2020 (website) represents ship owners and other key maritime industry stakeholders as an advocate and science research body for the environmental benefits of marine Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) along with other marine environmental issues.

“We are delighted and honoured that Poul has agreed to lead our Secretariat as Executive Director said Mike Kaczmarek , CSA 2020 Chairman , Poul is a highly respected figure in the international maritime industry, and his substantial industry experience along with his knowledge of CSA2020 and today’s key issues will make him a valuable asset to the ongoing work of the Alliance.”

Poul has over 40 years of maritime industry leadership in international operational roles in Ro-Ro, container and passenger segments with Maersk and DFDS (see: photo related EU Sulphur Directive). His most recent position was as Director of Environment and Sustainability with DFDS Group in Copenhagen and he will remain with DFDS Group in a part-time role as Senior Advisor, Climate & Environment. Poul is widely recognised as an influential speaker and guest panellist and has actively participated in many international maritime forums in recent years.

Poul said: “I am looking forward to a more “hands on” role to help advance the important work of the Alliance. Already we have started to rebuild the Secretariat staff with experienced professionals in key areas such as regulatory affairs, port relations, and communications, in addition to our ongoing commitment to environmental sciences. This is a key time frame for the international maritime industry and its important that CSA2020’s voice is heard at the forefront of important environmental and sustainability commitments and decisions which need to be made.”

Poul is also a founding Director of CSA2020 and will retain his seat on the Executive Committee.

Published in Ports & Shipping

The UK and Europe's busiest ferryport the Port of Dover has recently appointed a chief operations officer. 

On an annual basis the English Channel port according to the Port of Dover handles 18,000 vessels in a 24/7 operation enabling to provide a critical link in Britain’s economy. The port in Kent offers essential gateway services for 2.5 million HGVs and around 12 million passengers with up to 120 ferry arrivals and departures each day.

In addition the Port also has a thriving cruise business (see Afloat story) and expanding cargo business, which highlights its diverse range of activity.

The first stage of the £250 million Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) project is nearing completion – a project which will deliver an additional 20% of operational capacity and platform for growth and regeneration. This, combined with the challenges of the UK's departure from the European Union, make it an interesting and vital time to take on the role of COO at the Port of Dover.

The incoming COO, Sarah West stated: “I am delighted to be joining the team at the Port of Dover at such an exciting time, when the Port has great opportunities for growth and further successes. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build long term, sustainable relationships with our customers based on operational excellence.”

Commenting on the port's appointment, Doug Bannister, CEO said: “Operating Europe’s busiest port, and continuing to deliver our services to a high standard whilst going through a period of uncertainty requires a high calibre Chief Operations Officer. Equally, looking towards the future and setting the strategy for operational improvements given advancing technology and sustainability, presents a compelling proposition for the right candidate. I am delighted that we have secured Sarah into this important role for the Port."

Sarah is expected take up the appointment in the Autumn. 

Published in Ferry

About Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, is a a major ferry operator in Ireland, providing daily and weekly links to and from Ireland for tourism and freight travelling between Ireland and the UK and Ireland and the continent. Irish Ferries has a fleet of six ships, three of which service the busy Dublin to Holyhead route.

The ICG Chairman is John B McGuckian and the CEO is Eamon Rothwell.

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