Former managing director of the Hong Kong Shipowner Association received the Hong Kong Medal of Honour from HKSA chief executive, Carrie Lam on 21 October. Mr Bowring received the award “for his dedicated public and community service, particularly his contribution to promoting the development of Hong Kong’s maritime industry”.
Upon receiving news of his recognition Mr Bowring said: “I am incredibly grateful to those in the Hong Kong maritime community for giving me the opportunity to be able to represent them for almost 20 years. Without their support, we would not have been able to accomplish so much. The Award is a good recognition of the vibrant maritime community that we are very fortunate to have in Hong Kong.”
Mr Bowring, who joined the HKSOA as a consultant in 1995 prior to becoming managing director in 1997, retired as managing director on 30 November 2016 to take on a senior consultancy and advisory role with the Association.
When Mr Bowring retired the current HKSOA chairman Sabrina Chao paid tribute to his tremendous contribution to Hong Kong shipping affairs both locally and abroad: “For more than two decades you have represented Hong Kong across the world in ensuring that our shipping industry’s voice is heard and recognized. Whether it is in your work with the International Labour Organisation, the International Chamber of Shipping, the Maritime Services Training Board or the many other local, regional or international bodies on which you have represented the HKSOA, you have ensured that Hong Kong is a respected and vocal presence in maritime affairs. Your efforts to promote the shipping industry to a new, younger audience through initiatives such as Maritime Week have helped ensure that we will have a continued stream of young people joining our industry, whilst your tireless promotion of Hong Kong has seen Hong Kong continue to be and grow as one of the world’s great maritime centres in a period of unprecedented change for the shipping industry. Our industry and Hong Kong as a whole owe you a debt of gratitude.”
In addition to his new role at the HKSOA, Mr Bowring is currently chairman of the Labour Affairs Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping, vice chairman of the Special Tripartite Committee of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and spokesperson for maritime employers at the International Labour Organization. He is chairman of the Maritime Services Training Board of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council, and member of a number of Boards and Committees of the Hong Kong Government. Mr Bowring is a Council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and convenor of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group.
Mr Bowring is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Nautical Institute, the Royal Institute of Navigation, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and a Member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council. He is an Arbitrator and Mediator for Shipping and Commercial disputes, and is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators maintained by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and a panel member of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.
In 2014, Mr Bowring was awarded the Lloyd’s List Asia “Lifetime Achievement Award”, in 2015 he was awarded the Seatrade Maritime Asia “Contribution to the Development of the Hong Kong Maritime Cluster” award, and in 2016, he was conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.