The Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the leading representative organization of Hong Kong’s maritime community, today, 14 November 2016, announced changes to its senior management personnel following an extensive review of long term succession planning.
Arthur Bowring, who joined the HKSOA as a consultant in 1995 prior to becoming managing director in 1997, will retire as managing director on 30 November 2016 to take on a senior consultancy and advisory role with the Association. On 1 December 2016, following Mr Bowring’s retirement, Sandy Chan will be appointed managing director. Ms Chan has many years of senior management experience in various sectors, as a business consultant, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Estate Agents Authority and former principal assistant secretary for Economic Development in the HKSAR Government, specializing in strategic planning, policy analysis, trade negotiations and manpower development.
In an open letter to Mr Bowring, 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 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.
In welcoming Ms Chan, Ms Chao said “With her professional insights and wide exposure, Sandy brings to the table a broad level of experience in public and economic affairs in particular, which will help enhance the Association’s position in the community, and strengthen our representation in the national, regional, and international arena.”
Ms Chao also welcomed Martin Cresswell to the HKSOA management team, where he will be taking on the role of technical director, which whilst not a full time position, will add to the Association’s acknowledged skills in addressing the technical impact of the increased regulatory environment for shipowners. Ms Chao commented “Martin served as Chairman of the HKSOA Technical Committee from 1998 to 2009 and we are delighted to welcome him back into the fold. More than four decades of experience with Swire Shipping, where he rose from Junior Engineer to Fleet Director, make him ideally qualified to guide the Association on the wide range of technical issues the industry is facing.”
Ms Chao added: “With Arthur’s continued involvement in the HKSOA, and Sandy and Martin joining us, we can look forward to a very bright future.”