Singapore Shipping Association elects new Council

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Singapore 1The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) held its 17th Annual General Meeting yesterday (Tuesday) at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore, with 113 Ordinary and 22 Associate Members out of its total membership of 459 attending.

During the meeting, the AGM elected Members to form the new Council for the next two years. They are – member company, followed by representative: AVRA International (Esben Poulsson, Chairman), Evergreen Shipping Agency, Singapore (Patrick Phoon, Deputy Managing Director), Maersk Singapore (René Piil Pedersen, Director), Ocean Tankers (Aloysius Seow, Chief Operating Officer), Pacific Carriers (Tan Chin Hee, Director), Pacific International Lines (Ms Lisa Teo, Executive Director, Corporate Development), Thome Ship Management (Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, Chief Executive Officer).

The seven newly elected councillors, at their first council meeting held after the AGM, decided to elect Mr Phoon as President, Mr Poulsson as Honorary Secretary and Ms Teo as Honarary Treasurer.

This elected council is empowered to co-opt an additional six members into the SSA Council (2013-2015), details of which will be released at a later date.

Following his re-election as SSA President, Mr Phoon, said: “I am very honoured that the new council has decided to elect me to serve as the SSA President once again. In the past two years, I have received tremendous support from all my fellow council members and I am looking forward to another two exciting years. Without their drive and energy, the objectives and interests of the SSA would not have been accomplished.”

He added: “In my second term as SSA President, I hope to gain all the support and assistance of my new council to consolidate some of the works we have initiated in the last council and crystallise them to achieve the desired results. I must say that the SSA remains very strongly committed towards developing Singapore’s pool of maritime talent, both at sea and on shore.”

On succession planning, Mr Phoon commented: “We hope that young shipping executives will continue to make enthusiastic and positive contributions to Singapore’s vibrant shipping industry. In the new council line-up, I am heartened to welcome onboard young and new faces who will bring forth fresh perspectives and experience to the team.”

“It is also my honour to continue working alongside my fellow council members from the previous team, who had been re-appointed for this new term. It is indeed my pleasure to be heading this excellent team of committed individuals who take pride in serving SSA members’ interests and contributing to the growth of Maritime Singapore,” Mr Phoon concluded.