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Bimco secretary general and chief executive Angus Frew has extended his contract for five years, leaving him in the top job at least until 2022.
Mr Frew has held the role since 2013, and the next 12 months will see him immersed in developing environmental legislation.
He has worked in shipping since 2002 when he joined Sea Containers as senior vice president of the containers division. He was also president and chief executive of Sea Containers’ joint-venture container lessor, GE SeaCo.
In 2008 he was appointed non-executive director of the MCA CGM-controlled non-operating shipowner Global Ship Lease, and the following year he was named chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
He stepped down from the latter role when he joined Bimco, but still maintains his GSL duties.
Bimco said Mr Frew had been “instrumental” in modernising the organisation and increasing member focus, with the executive committee calling for the extension.
President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos described him as a “strong and able” secretary general.
“He is hard working and has driven Bimco in the right direction, with more focus on value for our members,” he added. “I’m very happy that Bimco has secured his continued service.”
Mr Frew described the present period as a “very interesting” time for the shipping sector.
“I can continue to lead an organisation that has the practical expertise and the scope to make a real difference on crucial industry issues,” he said. “For example, the environmental discussions and establishing of a greenhouse gas strategy and objectives for the shipping industry.”
Zero emissions are a long-term goal for the company, as are removing practical hurdles for shipowners, so they can comply with new environmental legislation.
“The most important thing on Bimco’s agenda is the environment, and we have the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap to contend with,” said Mr Frew.
“We want a clear strategy and reduction objectives on carbon emissions, and being proactive in these environmental discussions is the only way to make sure that we, as an industry, are regulated in a way that makes practical sense.”