MAERSK Line chief executive Soren Skou is elected seventh Box Club chairman to succeed Hapag-Lloyd's Ulrich Kranich before his retirement in June.
The election of the chairman for the exclusive association that limits its membership to top executives of containership operators took place in Dubai, and was hosted by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) chief executive Jorn Hinge.
It is the third Maersk Line chief executive to be elected by the international association, known as the International Council of Containership Operators since its founding in the 1970s, from Eivind Kolding between 2009 and 2011 and Ib Kruse from 2001 to 2003. Other chairmen include those from Hapag-Lloyd, P&O Nedlloyd and CP Ships.
Mr Kruse, founder of the Box Club and now deceased, believed that the forum is vital for discussing issues mutually relevant to containership operators such as regulation, safety or infrastructure issues. Competition matters remain off the agenda.
The association will delegate certain matters to the Washington, US-based World Shipping Council, the body it set up in 2000.
Following the European Commission's ban of the liner system in 2008, the Box Club set up the now disbanded European Liner Affairs Association to allow views to be heard during the change to competition law.
Source : HKSG.