Former Maersk Line and DP World high-flyer Flemming Dalgaard is moving to Gulftainer, which has set out a target of tripling container volumes through its terminals over the next five years by expanding its presence around the world.
Mr Dalgaard has been appointed chief executive of its international operations.
Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator, said in a statement that Mr Dalgaard would head up GT International, the division responsible for international operations, reporting directly to managing director Peter Richards.
The UAE-headquartered ports group already has significant presence in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Brazil, and recently marked its US entry with a 35-year concession agreement with Canaveral Port Authority to operate the port’s first container and multi-cargo terminal.
“Gulftainer has set ambitious goals to strengthen our international operations by exploring opportunities and other growth drivers,” said Mr Richards. “Mr Dalgaard brings a wealth of experience that will add significant value to our expansion plans and ongoing operations.”
Mr Dalgaard has spent the past seven years with the DP World Group, first as managing director in charge of the Europe and Russia region; and then as senior vice-president of strategy. Before that, he worked at Maersk for more than 22 years, and was managing director of Maersk Line UK before moving to DP.
Gulftainer terminals currently handle around 6.5m teu a year. The group aims to expand its global portfolio to reach 35 terminals across five continents, in order to support its target to triple cargo volume worldwide in the next five years with more than 10,000 vessel calls, and throughput of some 18m teu annually.