Ramesh Shivakumaran Gulftainer Commented on ZPMC and Gulftainer's Expansions

Gulftainer has placed an order for four Super Post Panamax Ship to Shore Gantry Cranes and twelve Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes for container terminal operations at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal. The contract, backed up by ZPMC's export credit arrangement, was signed at the company's Shanghai Head Office by their Senior Vice President and Gulftainer's Group Director of Business Services, Ramesh Shivakumaran.

In March 2013, a high level delegation from ZPMC led by its President Dr. Liu Jianzhong visited Gulftainer's facilities in Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and were impressed with the volumes and high productivity achieved by the Terminal.

Group Director Ramesh Shivakumaran commented, "KCT is one of the world's fastest container terminals in terms of productivity and the terminal's volume increased by over 25% in 2012. ZPMC cranes are not only expected to maintain, but also increase the speed and efficiency of operations for vessels calling at the terminal. ZPMC's gantry cranes are expected to be delivered during the second half of 2014."

ZPMC said it was delighted to be part of Gulftainer's growth and expansion in Khorfakkan Port and looks forward to increasing its presence in the region and to be a preferred choice in the future for all port crane requirements for Gulftainer's facilities in the UAE and overseas locations.

Ramesh Shivakumaran is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with a Graduate degree in Commerce from India, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA, an Associate Member of the Information Systems, Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA an Associate member of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA and certified in Logistics Management from North West Kent College, UK.

Ramesh Shivakumaran joined Gulftainer Co. Ltd. in April 1993 and has held various positions in the Financial and Accounting department of the Company. Ramesh is also a Director and Board Member in various affiliate companies of the Group.

Ramesh Shivakumaran has been previously employed with Ernst & Young, Dubai, UAE from 1988 to 1993 and Price Waterhouse, New Delhi, India from 1984 to 1988.

As a member of the Senior Management, Ramesh Shivakumaran has extensive experience and active involvement in planning, directing and overseeing all key aspects of financial affairs, financial reporting, treasury management, business planning, internal control compliance, corporate governance, risk management, business strategy, organizational development associated with information systems, IT infrastructure, Human resources, Administration, Compensation Management and Integrated quality management system for the company's UAE and international operations.

The company's primary role is to manage and operate the container terminals in Port Khalid and Khorfakkan on behalf of Sharjah Port Authority. Major Shipping Lines calling at these ports include United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), CMA-CGM, CSAV, Hanjin, Sea Consortium, China Shipping, Hapag Lloyd, American President Lines (APL), MAG Container Lines, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Ethiopian Shipping Line.