, Sept. 27, 2006 Ron Widdows, CEO of global container carrier APL, received the National Transportation Award last night from the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). He was hailed for his leadership in the shipping industry and his foresight in sustaining the
Mr. Widdows, a 35-year industry veteran who took the helm at APL in 2003, was honored here before a dinner audience of Military, Defense Department officials and representatives of companies from all modes of transportation and logistics at the NDTAs 60th annual forum in
In presenting the award, the NDTA said Ron Widdows has played a key role in implementing some of the most innovative developments in the container shipping industry, including APLs implementation of revolutionary supply chain concepts such as Double Stacktrains and Linertrains. He has been a key figure in the evolution and development of the sophisticated carrier alliances which have created worldwide service networks and has driven the breakthrough concept of gateway terminal facilities on the U.S. West Coast, a key step in the advance of multimodalism.
Mr. Widdows, has been the industrys leading spokesman the past three years on the looming crisis in the
Mr. Widdows and other APL executives have carried their rallying cry to major
If the nations aging, congested transport infrastructure isnt rejuvenated, Mr. Widdows said,
Mr. Widdows asked the audience to help broaden understanding of the freight transport crisis among policy makers and the general public. Weve got a little bit of time to ward off this crisis, Mr. Widdows said, but not much. Thats why I am asking for your help.