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Hapag-Lloyd USA executive is appointed to lead Port Canaveral

Capt. John Murray
Canaveral Port Authority commissioners on Friday unanimously selected shipping line executive Capt. John Murray as the next ceo of Port Canaveral.

Murray currently is president and ceo of Hapag-Lloyd USA, a global liner shipping company in Tampa that operates about 150 modern container ships and transports more than five million containers per year.

'We believe our port and our community will be well served having Capt. Murray at the helm,' commission chairman Jerry Allender said. 'He brings strong business experience and leadership skills that will help the port navigate to our next level.'

Allender said he hopes to put a negotiated contract with Murray on this month’s commission meeting agenda scheduled for Jan. 20.

Outgoing ceo John Walsh’s last day is Jan. 21. If necessary, Port Canaveral cfo Rodger Rees will step into the chief executive role in the interim.