Frederik Klinke

APM Terminals has appointed Frederik Klinke (above) as its new country MD of Nigeria.

Mr Klinke will take over in Lagos on 1 January, replacing Klaus Holm Laursen, who is moving to become head of joint-ventures, Africa and Europe.

Mr Klinke has been with AP Møller-Maersk since 2006, and previous roles have included CFO of APM Terminals Tangier and Suez Canal Container Terminal in Port Said, as well as MD of Douala International Terminal. Most recently, he was regional head of finance for Africa & Middle East, prior to becoming head of joint ventures, Africa & Europe.

“Frederik has strong links with Africa and in his previous roles he saw several major projects materialise on the continent,” said Igor van den Essen, regional MD, Africa and Europe at APMT.

“I am confident his past experience will be a great asset in his new role in Nigeria,” he added.

Mr Holm Laursen (below) has been MD of APM Terminals Nigeria since 2020, when the country structure was introduced, combining the organisations of the two terminals in Apapa.

He joined Maersk in 1998 and has served as MD of Aqaba Container Terminal in Jordan, Suez Canal Container Terminal in Egypt, Poti Sea Port Corp in Georgia and, most recently, country MD in Nigeria.

He has also had roles in business development and finance with APMT and Maersk, working in Copenhagen, The Hague, Seoul and Tanjung Pelepas. In his new role, he will be based in Dubai.

“During Klaus’ tenure in Nigeria, the performance of our terminals has improved, with both facilities receiving substantial investments,” Mr van den Essen said.

“WACT was upgraded to become a modern container terminal, and APM Terminals Apapa refurbished its facilities, ensuring that both terminals have a stronger platform for improving our service to our customers,” he added.

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