Sabrina Chao has been elected as president of BIMCO. She succeeds Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of Kaptanoglu Shipping, who has completed her two-year term.

Chao has been in the shipping industry since 2001 and joined Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings in 2002. Chao held the position as chairman of the group from 2013 until August 2019. From 2016, she served a two-year term as chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

Chao previously served as president designate at BIMCO, a role that will now be held by Nikolaus H. Schües, ceo of Germany-based Reederei F. Laeisz.

“Over the next two years, one of my key priorities is to use this opportunity to help increase awareness of our industry and our seafarers,” said Chao.

“The pandemic has exposed the lack of knowledge by policymakers about the important role we play in society, causing inaction when it comes to solving urgent issues including the crew change crisis and piracy. We need to keep raising our voice outside of our industry.”