June 5 - Effective july 1, 2014, Robert Sappio, who has been heading Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc since September 2012, will step down from the position of president and ceo but remain connected to the company as a member of the Board of Rickmers-Linie (A

Sappio's replacement will be Waldemar (Val) Poulsen. Before joining Rickmers-Linie, Poulsen was director/country manager with Safmarine in Houston, responsible for the activities of the multi-purpose division of Safmarine in the Americas.

Ulrich Ulrichs, ceo of Rickmers-Linie said: "Bob's leadership over the last two years has helped to better position our company for the future in the Americas.

"Val Poulsen brings a wealth of experience from Maersk Line and Safmarine to his new role."