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Oct. 20, 2022: Updates on the Canaveral Port Authority from Captain John W. Murray


Canaveral Port Authority Updates from Captain John W. Murray

Hybrid Meeting – Oct. 20, 2022




Captain John W. Murray joined the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) in February 2016.  Prior to joining CPA, Capt. 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, Capt. Murray 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, he 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. Capt. 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 responsible for all Lykes Lines container logistics, marine, and insurance activities.  He was named President and CEO of Lykes Lines in 2000.

He has been a member of the National Cargo Bureau since 1997, was elected to the American Bureau of Shipping in 2016, and is appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Transportation Research Board.  He served on the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Executive Working Group (EWG) and participated in the biannual Department of Defense forum established to regularly interact with commercial ocean carriers supporting U.S. military sealift requirements. Additional professional affiliations include a long-standing member of the National Defense Transportation Association, the Navy League of the United States, the Council of American Master Mariners, and the International Propeller Club chapters in Washington, D.C., Tampa, and Port Canaveral, Florida.


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