Chao takes over from Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of Kaptanoglu Shipping, who has completed her two-year term, and was elected President at Bimco’s online annual general meeting held online on Thursday.

“I am honoured to be offered this opportunity by an organisation that is trusted world-wide with a membership representing over half of the world cargo fleet,” said Chao.

 “Over the next two years, one of my key priorities is to use this opportunity to help increase awareness of our industry and our seafarers. The pandemic has exposed the lack of knowledge by policymakers about the important role we play in society, causing inaction when it comes to solving urgent issues including the crew change crisis and piracy. We need to keep raising our voice outside of our industry,” she added.

Chao is the fifth President of Bimco to be based in Asia, and the third in Hong Kong, and sees an opportunity to raise the organisation’s profile in the region.

“I also see my appointment as a great opportunity to help strengthen BIMCO’s position throughout Asia, growing our voice and visibility through engagement with members and with regulatory bodies,” Chao said.

Nikolaus H. Schües, CEO of German-based Reederei F. Laeisz, has been elected as President Designate for a two-year term.

Source: Seatrade Maritime-News