Mr. LaForgia replaces Gary Lesnevich who is retiring. LaForgia will oversee Ceres’ operations and administrative functions in the Port of New York/New Jersey with primary responsibility for the coordination, administration and management of cruise operations at Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in New Jersey and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York. He will be based in Bayonne, New Jersey at Ceres’ new office location.
Anthony LaForgia is a seasoned veteran of the maritime, marine cargo handling and cruise industries with 27 years of experience. Mr. LaForgia was a former General Manager with Maersk Sealand/Universal Maritime in Port Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. His responsibilities included the U.S. East Coast and Gulf region.
Mr. LaForgia joined the newly formed Ceres Atlantic Terminals, Inc. in 2004 with the start-up of the Ceres Bayonne Cruise Facility. LaForgia was also part of the Ceres Atlantic Terminals, Inc.’s start-up team for its Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in 2006, which is Cunard and Princess Cruise Line’s number one cruise port. Ceres’ Bayonne Facility has been consistently ranked among Royal Caribbean’s top terminals in the world.
“We are pleased to have Tony running Ceres’ NY-NJ Port operations. He has been a strong presence in the Bayonne and Brooklyn cruise terminals while gaining trust and confidence from our customers and users. His solid connections in the Port of NY/NJ help to keep Ceres’ day-to-day business activities flowing smoothly.” commented Thomas Simmers, President, Ceres Terminals Incorporated.
Operating since 1958, Ceres is one of the largest marine and cruise stevedoring and terminal operating companies in North America with operations on the U.S. East, West and Gulf Coasts, the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canada. The company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary in the Harbour Division of the NYK Group.