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Port of Long Beach Adds Two Overseas Reps

Executives to help market Port initiatives in Japan, Europe

October 29, 2008

The Port of Long Beach welcomed two new overseas representatives to facilitate business relations with companies and officials in Japan and Europe. 

Norihiko Iwato, with 40 years of experience in the shipping industry, will represent the Port of Long Beach in Japan, working with Japanese maritime companies on the Port's behalf, and advising the Port on international business matters. Iwato replaces longtime Port representative Jiro Takasaki, who has retired. Iwato has experience in international logistics, mostly in top management of "K" Line, a major Japanese shipping firm.

Iwato joined “K” Line in 1966, and in addition to posts in his native Japan, he has represented the firm in overseas posts in Germany and the United Kingdom.  He also served on the “K” Line Board of Directors from 1995-1999. Iwato will based in Funabashi city, near Tokyo. 

In Europe, the Port of Long Beach has named experienced shipping industry executive Lutz Ehrhardt to the newly created post of the Port’s overseas representative in Europe. Based in Hamburg, Germany, Ehrhardt will work with companies and officials throughout Europe to foster ties between Long Beach and countries there. He will also consult with the Port of Long Beach on its marketing and communications efforts in Europe.

Ehrhardt comes to the post with more than four and a half decades of experience in international shipping, including an extensive background in representing overseas port authorities in Europe. A native of Germany, he has also lived abroad in Sydney, Australia. 

“We’re very pleased to have Mr. Ehrhardt and Mr. Iwato representing the Port of Long Beach overseas.” said James C. Hankla, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “They will play a vital role in building and maintaining our relationships abroad.”

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