Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Metro Ports President Named

By Mark Edward Nero

Michael “Mike” Ferguson has been named president of Metro Ports, replacing former interim Metro Ports President Norman Hauser effective Jan. 5, 2015.

Wilmington, California-based Metro Ports is a brand composed of three companies: Metropolitan Stevedore Co., Southeast Crescent Shipping Co. and Southeast Maritime Services. In his new role, Ferguson will have national authority and responsibility for operations and business development of each Metro Ports branded company, which includes port operations in the west, gulf and east coasts as well as Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Ferguson previously held management positions with several companies, including vice president cargo solutions at Inchcape Shipping Services, where he developed dry bulk and breakbulk terminals in North America, Africa and southwest Asia, and VP marketing and business development for Forge Group NA, formerly Taggart Global.

Prior to Inchcape Shipping Services, Ferguson was director of ports and terminals in Colombia for Drummond Coal Sales Co., Inc., and directed the company’s startup of new operation in Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, he held various positions at Kinder Morgan, ranging from terminal manager, vice president of marketing and regional vice president of operations, with responsibility for up to 15 terminals. He also served in various managerial and engineering-related positions at Shell Mining Co./Zeigler Coal Co.

Ferguson will report to Nautilus International Holding Corp. Chief Operating Officer Michael Giove and will be based in Fair Play, South Carolina.

“It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Mike Ferguson to the Nautilus family,” Nautilus Chairman, President and CEO James Callahan said. “Mike has proven himself to be a respected, successful and dynamic professional with more than 35 years of experience in the bulk material-handling industry, including leadership roles in ports and terminals, mining, coal preparation, and bulk transportation.”