The Council of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) - the industry voice of the Lion City's maritime community - has made history by nominating the its first-ever female president since its founding in 1985, according to Shipping Gazette.
At its 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on June 26, 2019, the 2019/2021 Council elected Caroline Yang as the association's president.
Ms Yang, who's chief executive of Hong lam Marine, started her career with the company as their in-house counsel in 1991 and has more than 25 years' experience in the shipping industry.
She'll be supported by two vice presidents and the SSA secretariat headed by Michael Phoon. The two vice presidents nominated are Katie Men, managing director of Iseaco Investment and Rene Piil Pedersen, managing director of AP Moller Singapore.
Commenting on her nomination, Ms Yang said: "The shipping community in Singapore has much to be proud of. This year, Singapore bagged the 'Best Seaport in Asia' for 31st time and also the 'Best Green Seaport' at the 2019 Asia Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. We were also recognised as the 'Top Leading Maritime Capital of the World' for the fourth consecutive time in a report issued by Menon Economics and DNV GL.
"Notwithstanding, the industry continues to face challenging conditions and digital disruptions. As we navigate into the future together, the task of the Council is to work with all stakeholders to champion Maritime Singapore, to keep SSA relevant and responsive to our members, and to encourage participation by our members in our shared goal."
Ms Yang also thanked the outgoing president for his contribution to the industry: "I would also like to place on record the Council's deep appreciation to immediate-past president Esben Poulsson, who has been a tireless champion of the Singapore shipping industry. His term is marked by the move of SSA Secretariat into digitalisation, and expansion of membership, and by preparing the industry for sweeping changes such as the sulphur oxides cap that goes into effect in January 2020."