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Nicolas Sartini takes leadership role at Yilport

Two months since quitting CMA CGM, Nicolas Sartini has reemerged as the co-CEO of a company with close ties to the French liner.

Sartini, whose long career with CMA CGM saw him head up APL as well as the company’s terminals division, has been appointed to lead Yilport Holding, along with the Turkish group’s founder, Robert Yuksel Yildirim.

It was Yildrim who bailed CMA CGM out after the global financial crisis, taking a 20% stake in the line for $500m.

Yilport is a fast growing ports company with 22 terminals in its portfolio at the moment and plans to add one or two terminals a year between now and 2025.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Congratulations, best what could happen to YILPORT. And for sure, there will be some changes, not only in the ME…More fun to come.

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