Port Canaveral CEO John Murray Elected Vice-Chair of Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council
By Space Coast Daily // September 6, 2018
FSTED created TO carry out the state’s economic development mission
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray was elected vice-chair of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council during the council’s meeting Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council is a public entity created by statute and charged with carrying out the state’s economic development mission through implementation of seaport capital improvement projects at the local level.
The Council was created within the Department of Transportation and consists of the port directors of the 15 publicly owned seaports and a representative from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Economic Opportunity.
Murray joined the Canaveral Port Authority in February 2016. A highly respected maritime executive, he brings a wealth of maritime experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Port Director for one of the world’s most dynamic ports.
Prior to joining CPA, Murray was president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, the U.S.-flag shipping subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG, a leading global liner shipping company. A 40-year maritime industry veteran, he has held numerous positions of responsibility, rising through the management ranks following various mergers and acquisitions at Lykes Lines, CP Ships and finally, Hapag-Lloyd.
A U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, Murray earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy. Upon graduation, he joined Lykes Lines as a Third Mate, quickly rose to Master, and his last at-sea assignment was commanding the S.S. Brinton Lykes.
Murray’s shoreside assignments included Mid-Atlantic Division Regional Operations Manager in Norfolk, Va., overseeing vessel fleet operations for Lykes’ Marine Division, and Vice President, Operations with responsibility for all Lykes Lines container logistics, marine and insurance activities. He was named President and CEO of Lykes Lines in 2000.
Murray is at the helm of Port Canaveral, one of Florida’s fastest growing seaports. With a staff of more than 200 Port employees, he manages a world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space.
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