Bulk shipping legend Ole Skaarup dies at 94

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Danish-American bulk shipping legend Ole Skaarup has died in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of  94.Born in Copenhagen in 1916, Mr Skaarup served an apprenticeship with AP Moller and undertook military service in the Danish army before joining shipbroker Blidberg Rothschild in New York in 1940.  From 1941 to 1945, Mr Skaarup served in the US military; he became a US citizen and attained the rank of major in the US Army Transportation Corps with responsibility for the load plan of 50 Liberty ships and 12 landing craft during the Normandy invasion in June 1944.  After the war he returned to New York and, in 1951,  he established Skaarup Shipping Corporation and developed the prototype of the modern dry-bulk carrier in a venture with Sweden‘s Marcus Wallenberg. Mr Skaarup stepped down as chief executive of Skaarup Shipping Corp in 1996 but remained chairman. During his career Mr Skaarup served as chairman of Lloyd’s American Committee, he was a board member of West of England P & I Club and a member of the executive committee of the Federation of American Controlled Shipping. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Science degree at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and in 1998 he was inducted into the United Nations Maritime Hall of Fame.Mr Skaarup was also the first person to be named Commodore of the Connecticut Maritime Association.