Peter I. Keller is the Principal of Peter I. Keller and Associates, LLC, a consulting and advisory practice serving the International Maritime Industry. Mr. Keller is also Chairman of SEA/LNG, a London based organization that is committed to furthering the use of LNG as an important, environmentally superior maritime fuel. Mr. Keller was first elected as Founding Chairman in 2016. SEA/LNG has members across the entire LNG value chain to include providers of the product, users, engine and asset suppliers, and class societies. SEA/LNG is already recognized as an International leader in LNG matters.
Most recently, Mr. Keller served as Executive Vice President of TOTE Inc. He was the Executive leader of all of TOTE’s groundbreaking LNG initiatives. He oversaw the development of the world’s first LNG powered, dual fuel container vessels, the Marlin Class. He is recognized as a leader and innovator in developing logistics processes for the Maritime use of LNG.
From 2012 until 2014 Mr. Keller was President of Sea Star Line (later TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico) and led the organization through a major restructuring and revitalization process. From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc. During his tenure at NYK he was also a member of the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo for a number of years.
Mr. Keller is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and started his transportation career as an Officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps serving as a Captain in Germany. In 1968 he joined Sea-Land Service at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. During his 14 years at Sea-Land he held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, administration and sales in both Europe and North America. He was also a senior member of the team that formed the Navieras de Puerto Rico. In 1983 Mr. Keller was named President of CAST North America in Montreal, Canada. In the early 1990’s he became Chief Executive Officer of The CAST Group and successfully led the Group through a major re-engineering of that business which ultimately led to a successful sale of the organization.
Mr. Keller also acted as a Consultant to many leading Container Carriers as well as Ports, Terminal Operators and Intermodal service providers prior to joining NYK in late 1999.
Mr. Keller was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association and the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX). He is also a founding father of the Intermodal Transportation Institute of the University of Denver. He served for many years as Chairman of OCEMA, the Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association. He was the founding Chairman of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), the Industry utility that is the operating arm of OCEMA and manages the Chassis Pools across the U.S. He was a founder of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), now an Industry wide organization committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.
Mr. Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006 at the United Nations in New York. He was also named a “Good Scout” by the Boy Scouts and “Person of the Year” by the NY Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association.
He is a Past Member of “The Box Club” and has served on the Boards of the New York Shipping Association, The Shipping Federation of Canada, the Maritime Employers Association of Canada and the Transportation Data Coordinating Committee as well as EDI organizations in both the U.S. and Canada.
He was recently featured in Dynasties of the Sea written by Lori Ann LaRocco and published in 2018 by Marine Money.
Mr. Keller is married to the former Trina Olivieri and has three children and two grandchildren. He and Trina reside in Estero, Florida.