My Therese Blank has been appointed as a director of Shipping Australia. She is currently Maersk Group’s head of Oceania and has responsibility for ocean business in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

My Therese Blank AP Moller Maersk

My Therese Blank (credit: AP Moller Maersk)

Commenting on her appointment, Blank said: “Productivity and automation are key to our industry. When the supply chain operates without issues, it’s an invisible industry that both enables our economy and the ability of Australian families to access a wide variety of consumer products. We have a great opportunity to improve processes across the supply chain and modernise the legal framework which underpins the industry.”

Blank is the first female director in Shipping Australia’s 110-year history. “Shipping Australia is an important vehicle to accelerate the transformation of our industry as it is the voice of ship operators and owners to Australian governments. In my role as a director, I’m also committed to driving innovation in, and digitisation of, the shipping industry. Accelerating digital platforms and data sharing within the industry is key. Meanwhile, the next five years will be ground-breaking for our industry as the world fleet moves to carbon neutral fuels for a more sustainable future. This will require collaboration across industry to enable, and make accessible, carbon neutral fuels across the region,” she added.