“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.
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,” Chao said on taking the BIMCO presidency yesterday. Nikolaus Schües, CEO of German-based Reederei F. Laeisz, has been elected as president designate, set to take over from Chao in 2023.
“We need strong industry bodies more than ever, as we face a tremendous amount of regulatory pressure from governments.
We must work together to find solutions to decarbonise while assuring a level playing field. I am honoured that I will take part in this journey with BIMCO,” Chao added.