14 May 2015

GT USA hires commercial manager and senior executive administrator

GT USA announced that it is all set to open its Port Canaveral office in the coming months and has made two key recruitments to drive the operations.

Joe Cruise is the commercial manager at the company’s new container and multipurpose cargo terminal, and senior-level administrator Heidi Shafer is the executive personal assistant to Gulftainer Group’s managing director Peter Richards, who oversees the company’s US expansion.

Richards said: “We are committed to building long-term relations with shipping lines and cargo enterprises, as well as with the business partners of Port Canaveral Port Authority to establishing Port Canaveral as the terminal of choice. This is highlighted by the opening of our office and the new qualified and experienced personnel who will play key roles in driving our business.”

Gulftainer is a privately owned, independent terminal operating and logistics company. Capitalising on its strong international reputation, the Gulftainer Group announced the creation of GT USA in 2014, signing a historic 35-year agreement to develop and operate a multipurpose cargo and container terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida.

With more than three decades of experience in the international and domestic shipping and ports industry, Joe Cruise will be responsible for leading and managing all sales activities for GT USA. Shafer is responsible for overseeing implementation of office and personnel policies and procedures as well as other chief administration functions.

GT USA is investing US$100 million in Gulftainer Canaveral Cargo Terminal’s new state-of-the-art container terminal, infrastructure, equipment and workforce. The expansion into the US is part of parent company Gulftainer’s strategic vision to increase its global portfolio and triple its throughput to 18m TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) within ten years.


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