Tim Smith, previously one of Hong Kong’s most prominent liner shipping executives when he was Maersk Line chief executive for North Asia, returns to Hong Kong full time today. He is to take up the role of Asia Pacific Head of APM Terminals.
Mr Smith spent 12 years at Maersk Line, most recently as the Beijing-based chairman of Maersk China and chief representative of the Maersk Group in North Asia.
His arrival in Hong Kong coincides with his decision to step down as chairman of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association. Mr Smith will be replaced by Tony Tong, managing director, Orient Overseas Container Line, Hong Kong branch.
During his previous stay in Hong Kong with Maersk and the HKLSA Mr Smith had a prominent role in the establishment of the Fair Winds Charter – a two-year voluntary fuel switch for vessels berthed in Hong Kong from 2011. The practice was later mandated by the Hong Kong Government in 2015.
Currently APM Terminals do not operate port facilities in Hong Kong.