Maritime & Ports Power List: 11 - 15
Welcome to the first edition of Maritime & Ports Middle East’s Power 20 List – a ranking of the region’s most influential executives from the shipping, ports, shipbuilding and logistics sectors.
The region has witnessed incredible growth across all sectors in recent years, with many port operators, ship owners and ship builders from the GCC becoming global players.
They owe a lot of that success to the vision, determination and influence of their leaders.
The top 20 of these executives have been selected by a panel of industry experts across all sectors and have been included in this list.
They have been chosen because they are the most influential and successful in their field, playing a vital role in shaping their respective industries in this region and beyond.
Ranking the chairman of a port operating company against the managing director of a ship building yard or the owner of a shipping company is always going to be a very difficult task and will no doubt leave some disappointed.
However, we have tried our best to bring you a balanced account of who we think are the major movers and shakers in maritime and ports in the GCC and hope the list sparks debate amongst those in the industry.
We also hope it encourages more people to get involved when we next look at this issue.
Red Sea Gateway Terminal/ Saudi Trade & Export Development Company
Under the leadership of its CEO Aamer Alireza, the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, the latest terminal at Jeddah’s Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia, has rapidly established itself as one of the most productive in the region.
Alireza is the CEO of RSGT and its affiliate, the Saudi Trade & Export Development Company. He is also on the board of its parent company, the Saudi Industrial Services Company.
His depth and breadth of expertise has served to identify and evaluate new opportunities, and to create world-class businesses by attracting specialised industry talent and partnering it with high calibre players.
His vision is not just to build a world-class container terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, but also to create a broad-based business cluster to serve as a logistics hub for the Western Region of Saudi Arabia.
Rashed Al Hebsi
As the CEO of the GCC’s first classification society, Rashed Al Hebsi faces the challenging task of making TASNEEF competitive against the more established global players.
Having just registered their first ever vessel late last year, TASNEEF will initially operate in regional markets although Hebsi’s vision includes future world-wide expansion.
The UAE and wider GCC has experienced a bulge in shipbuilding and purchases recently, giving TASNEEF a great platform from which it can grow into what Hebsi hopes will be the most effective and efficient provider of marine and offshore classification services in the region.
He says the primary mission of TASNEEF is to serve the UAE’s interest, as well as the needs of its clients by promoting the security and safety of life and property, and protecting and preserving the environment.
Martijn Van de Linde
Abu Dhabi Terminals
Martijn Van de Linde was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Terminals in 2010.
He has been instrumental in leading ADT’s key operations in Abu Dhabi, including Mina Zayed, Freeport and Musaffah.
Van de Linde also played a vital role in the establishment of the recently opened state-of-the art flagship Khalifa Port which was opened in 2012 when all container traffic was transferred from the city centre port Zayed Port.
Van de Linde has over 15 years of international port management experience.
Before joining ADT, Van de Linde was Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Salalah in Oman.
He has also held the post of Vice President of Global Operations with APM Terminals and was Terminal Manager for the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.
Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri
Saudi Ports Authority
Since taking over as head of the Saudi Ports Authority four years ago, Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al Tuwaijri has played a big role in trying to solve many of the problems Saudi Arabia faces in the maritime sector, including its ability to handle increased traffic.
He is currently overseeing a number of new projects estimated at approximately $350m to be added to currently executed projects estimated at $1.6billion, including the execution of twenty new berths, raising the electric power and improving the ports working environment in general.
Al-Tuwaijri has been a member of the Shoura Council since 2005 and chairman of the council’s transport, communications and information technology committee.
He has also led many delegations from the council to various international conferences and had worked as undersecretary for planning at the Ministry of Transport before joining the council.
Tarik Al Junaidi
Oman Shipping Company
With the development of port infrastructure in Oman, the country’s shipping sector is set for good growth in the coming years. The Oman Shipping Company, led by its CEO Tarik Al Junaidi, is well positioned to take advantage of this forecasted growth.
Al Junaidi oversees OSC’s 30-strong fleet, which is valued at close to $600m and includes tankers, bulkers and LNG carriers. The company is currently expanding its fleet to help support Oman’s growth in exports and Al Junaidi is keen to pick up more tonnage.
Having recently branched out into petrochemicals, tanker vessels and bulk carriers, OSC’s growth is set to reach new heights in the coming years. It also anticipates strong growth in handling bulk cargo and Al Junaidi believes OSC will continue to play a key role in helping Oman make the most of its strategic advantages as one of the region’s major transshipment hubs.