Second Bay Area maritime appointment for Capt. Julio Soares

Capt. Julio Soares, Director of Marine Operations in the Americas for global container shipping line APL, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Region Marine Exchange.

It’s the second major maritime appointment in two years for the former containership captain. In 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun bays by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzennegger.

Soares, joins a 20-person board overseeing the Marine Exchange, the oldest maritime service organization in the U.S. The exchange is a nonprofit, membership organization that serves as a chamber of commerce for Bay Area maritime affairs. Collecting, analyzing and distributing shipping information is the exchange’s primary responsibility.

A 23-year veteran of APL, Soares has operational responsibility for APL’s container fleet calling at ports in North, Central and South America. He previously had operations and senior management responsibilities in Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka and West Asia. In the early 1980s Soares was captain on ocean container vessels in the Asian trades.