Maxine Krajniak joins Crane Logistics
Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo exhibitor Crane Worldwide Logistics announced 13th April 2020 that Maxine Krajniak had joined the senior management team as Vice President Cruise, Marine & Hospitality, to support the cruise industry, marine industry, and hospitality industry in their recovery post-Coronavirus.
Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo Advisory Board member Krajniak is a veteran in the logistics industry and well known for her credentials and experience managing global logistics support to the cruise line, hospitality, and marine industry. She has over 30 years of experience in comprehensive account management, international sales, and global operations, and has focused her efforts on managing the complex logistics requirements of the major players in the industry.
As cruise vacations grind to a halt during periods of lockdown and quarantine, many cruise lines have offered support to local governments to create floating hospitals and temporary housing to alleviate pressure on medical facilities. Crane Worldwide Logistics can support clients with the conversion process supplying technical expertise in supply chain management in addition to remodeling through DAVACO, a Crane Company.
Today we’re talking to Maxine to find out about her move, solutions for converting vessels into floating hospitals, and the light on the horizon…
Congratulations on the move to Crane Worldwide Logistics. Could you tell us a bit about how that came about, and what your role at Crane will entail?
I had the pleasure of meeting Keith Winters, CEO of Crane Worldwide Logistics, two years ago at an industry supplier conference; I was impressed with his passion and interest in the cruise, marine and hospitality industry. The company is industry focused and have experienced vertical leaders to drive solutions for a broad range of industries including automotive, aerospace and life sciences, to name a few. In this way, not only do clients receive supply chain knowledge and expertise within their specific industry, internally we can also focus on successful logistics solutions that can be replicated across industries to provide value in the supply chain and drive service excellence. Crane Worldwide is a fast-paced, agile company that believes in true partnerships with clients, for growth in the long term. With a global network of offices, the expansion has been phenomenal in the past 11 years, since its inception, and they have opened offices aligning with their client’s strategies for globalization. My new role at Crane Worldwide is Vice President of Cruise, Marine & Hospitality (CMH), in this capacity I will be responsible for the growth, execution and strategy across these sectors. Crane Worldwide has been serving the cruise industry for the past 11 years and has a proven track record of service excellence. Their portfolio will give me the opportunity to offer additional services to the industry such as husbandry and bundled turn-key end to end solutions..
During this period of uncertainty in the cruise industry, what can you provide to offer some stability to the cruise lines?
Crane Worldwide is here to support the industry in these times of unrest, we can offer customized solutions tailor made to our clients requirements for example warehousing for excess inventory; we can also assist with transportation by truck, air or ocean anywhere in the world. What we really want to focus on is the challenges that are being presented now and in the future within the industry; to ensure we develop partnerships that will support our clients through the industry’s recovery by enabling them to have an agile supply chain now and in the future. I am excited by the multitude of services available, for example, we are also offering to buy medical supplies and equipment for certain clients in partnership with Crane Safety, a Crane Company, in order to ease the financial inventory burden.
We’ve seen successful conversion of a ferry into a floating hospital with the GNV-run MSC Splendid in Italy, and Carnival and Saga have offered up their vessels for conversion – could you tell us about your solution for converting ships to hospitals?
In partnership with our sister companies, DAVACO Inc. and Crane Safety, we have put together a comprehensive solution for conversion scenarios from ships to hospitals in support of COVID-19. DAVACO is an industry leader in retail, hospitality and medical refurbishments and remodels as a turn-key supplier. Crane Safety is a fully fledged medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier. By leveraging synergies across the Crane Capital group of companies we have superior solutions for the health and safety of guest and crew aboard future voyages.
Thank you for speaking with us today! Finally, as we look forward to happier times in the future at Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo – what are you most excited for about the show, and what are you looking to get out of it?
I have been involved in the Cruise Community for the past 23 years, during which I have met amazing people around the world that I now have the pleasure of calling friends. I am looking forward to reconnecting with my network and offering my support to address the challenging times ahead with practical and customized solutions that will contribute to the recovery of the industry. I am hoping to come away from the expo this year with a better understanding of the future landscape of the industry and how COVID-19 will reshape it. It will be a great time to connect with key stakeholders within the cruise industry and demonstrate the capabilities of Crane Worldwide and the dynamic approach the company takes in relation to their clients.