New chairman of HKSOA is Anglo-Eastern's CEO Captain Bjorn Hojgaard
THE Chief Executive Officer of Anglo-Eastern Captain Bjorn Hojgaard has been confirmed as chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) after serving a two-year term as the association's deputy chairman
THE Chief Executive Officer of Anglo-Eastern Captain Bjorn Hojgaard has been confirmed as chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) after serving a two-year term as the association's deputy chairman.
This is the second time in HKSOA history for a non-shipowner to take the helm. The first time was in 2007 with the appointment of Peter Cremers, also of Anglo-Eastern, which underscores the close working relationship that the Hong Kong-based ship manager has with the association.
Captain Hojgaard succeeds Oak Maritime's Jack Hsu as chairman of the HKSOA, while Wellington Koo of Valles Steamship was named deputy chairman. The transition in leadership was formally announced at the HKSOA annual cocktail reception recently during Hong Kong Maritime Week.
'It is an honour and a privilege to be able to lead the Hong Kong Shipowners Association as chairman into the next decade,' said Captain Hojgaard. 'As a major trade association representing the local shipping industry, the HKSOA always strives to promote its members' interests and augment Hong Kong's role as a leading maritime centre, which I am committed to furthering in tandem with shaping a better maritime future.'
Also celebrated at the event was the launch of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) China liaison office, which will be hosted by the HKSOA. This is the chamber's first overseas office outside of London, and represents a milestone for both the ICS and HKSOA.
'With the establishment of our new liaison office, I greatly look forward to continuing the good co-operation that exists between the members of ICS and the Chinese maritime community,' said ICS chairman Esben Poulsson. 'I very much hope this will further enhance the ability of China to contribute towards positive outcomes during future regulatory discussions about global shipping.'