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The World Shipping Council (WSC) has appointed former Maersk executive Tim Wickmann as its new managing director in Asia.
Mr Wickmann spent nine highly successful years as chief executive of Maersk’s intra-Asia carrier, MCC Transport, before stepping down in June last year.
John Butler, World Shipping Council president and chief executive, said: “The liner shipping industry is a global network and therefore needs consistent regulatory treatment across the globe. That requires the industry to have a coordinated voice on regulatory matters. Tim Wickmann has extensive experience operating throughout Asia and we are glad to welcome him to the WSC staff as he takes the lead role for us in Asia.
“He will develop the partnerships that we hope to build with local and regional shipping associations and establish relationships with governments and other interested stakeholders.”
WSC chairman Ron Widdows added: “Tim has 27 years of experience in container shipping where he served in various roles in four countries (Denmark, Argentina, South Korea and Singapore). From 2008 to 2017 he was chief executive of MCC Transport, the intra-Asian arm of Maersk Line and therefore brings operational expertise and in-depth knowledge of shipping-related issues in the various countries in the Asian region.”
The WSC’s Asia office will be located in Singapore. Andrew Tan, chief executive of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said: “We are honoured that the WSC has chosen to locate its Asian office here. Maritime Singapore is a diverse cluster where all the key players are represented.”