Gulf Stevedoring (GSCCO), part of the Gulftainer group of companies, said it appointed Richard James as its new managing director.
In his new capacity, James will be responsible for improving existing operations and providing strategic direction to enhance the performance of Gulf Stevedoring’s operations, which include the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah, the Jubail Industrial Port (King Fahad Industrial Port) and the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT), the company said.
Gulftainer is a privately owned, independent port operator based in the UAE. NCT is a container handling terminal and trans-shipment hub within the Red Sea region and currently handles over 35 million tonnes of cargo annually, which is expected to grow substantially in the future, the company said, adding that the JCT is strategically located near prominent industrial areas, which makes it an ideal hub for Saudi imports and exports, especially industrial equipment.
The company said James has over 15 years of international work exposure to projects in UK, UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, India and East Africa.
Beginning his career in the Middle East with Gulftainer in 2011, James worked in various roles including the business development department and as terminal manager at the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT).
Prior to his permanent appointment with Gulf Stevedoring, James briefly served as the Interim managing director. Under his leadership, the company achieved several significant milestones including the retaking of the largest market share in Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), the introduction of new services at Jubail and third place in CMA CGM’s global productivity ratings for Northern Container Terminal.
Gulf Stevedoring anticipates the impact of James’ appointment to continue following these recent successes. Prior to joining Gulftainer, James worked with Forth Ports in Scotland and spent eight years in the British Royal Navy.