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Tampa Port Authority installs Klug as interim chief executive

The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) recently named Charles Klug interim port director and chief executive to succeed Richard Wainio. Klug will serve in the post until the authority hires a permanent director.

Most recently deputy port director of administration and port counsel, Klug has led the port’s legal team since 2004. He has served as a temporary agency leader on many occasions over the past few years, TPA officials said in a prepared statement.

Boyden Global Executive Search, which was contracted by TPA’s board in July, currently is recruiting port director/chief executive candidates. The authority expects to hire a new leader by year’s end.

The Port of Tampa is served by CSX Transportation, which last year partnered with the TPA and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. to build a multi-product unit train offloading yard at the port.

To be operational soon, the facility will enable the railroad to transport ethanol from Midwest producers to central Florida in unit trains, which then would be unloaded at Kinder Morgan’s Tampa terminal for distribution to numerous blend terminals and new markets via pipeline. The project also will enable the TPA to move containers and other general cargoes directly from dock to rail at a new on-dock unit train facility.

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