Following the shock announcement Monday that Hong Kong Shipowners Association managing director, Arthur Bowring is to retire after 20 years at the helm, he has spoken of his gratitude for being given the opportunity to work for the world’s most dynamic shipping community.
“I have truly been honoured to serve the members of the Association for the last 20 years,” he said.
“Together we have made some important changes to the global maritime industry, many perhaps unseen or unrecognised, but important all the same. And together we have promoted the experience and expertise of Hong Kong and our maritime sector on the world stage and at home in Hong Kong. This is by far the longest I have worked in one position and the longest that I have lived anywhere, and time has gone by in a flash. I cannot imagine anywhere as dynamic, entrepreneurial or as commercial as Hong Kong, and I am proud to have been a part of Hong Kong’s maritime sector over such an interesting period,” he added.
“After almost 50 years in shipping, it is difficult to think of anything else for the future but continuing with the maritime industry. The next 18 months will be spent in working on the transition at the Association, assisting those coming in to ensure the continued success of the Association and Hong Kong’s maritime industry, and after that I hope that I will be able to find opportunities that will allow me to continue to make a useful contribution to this essential industry,” Mr Bowring concluded.
Tributes continued to pour in yesterday. Managing director of the iconic Valles Group, David Koo said: “Arthur became Managing Director of HKSOA on the day that Hong Kong was returned to China and has been an outstanding voice for the Association and its members for almost twenty years.
“Always cheerful, charming, hard working and dedicated. Arthur is very well known throughout the industry for his in-depth knowledge on shipping and related issues and his valuable contributions to high-level meetings, conferences and the community in general. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him during my tenures as Chairman of HKSOA”.
Chief executive of Anglo-Eastern-Univan Group, Bjorn Hojgaard added: “Arthur has been an absolute capacity and key contributor to Hong Kong’s standing in international shipping today. With passion, knowledge, diligence and stewardship he has led Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association through a period of unprecedented change for Hong Kong, Asia and the global Shipping Industry.
“Never shy in sharing his opinion but always backed in granular knowledge of the crunch topics in shipping over the past 20 years, Arthur has been a loyal and very dependable support to Hong Kong shipowners and ship managers. I know I speak on behalf of many, many members of the HKSOA in expressing a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the invaluable service and support that the secretariat has provided under Arthur’s two-decade leadership.”