Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of Kaptanoglu Shipping, has been elected president of BIMCO – the world’s largest shipping association.
Kaptanoğlu takes over after two years as president designate and will be the organisation's first female president.
“It is a great privilege to chair the BIMCO board of directors at this crucial time of change for shipping,” she says.
“The environment and climate change are key public concerns and getting the shipping industry to embrace this reality – and delivering solutions to meet the world’s environmental expectations – will be my priority.”
As president, Kaptanoğlu, will have to steer BIMCO through the industry’s transition to low sulphur fuel and set a direction for BIMCO’s approach to short and longer term measures to bring down the world fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our goal is to make sure that new regulation is practical and enforceable, while ensuring that BIMCO contracts are the best option to deal with new rules,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Sabrina Chao of Wah Kwong Shipping, based in Hong Kong, was also elected as BIMCO’s new president designate.
”BIMCO has always been ahead of its time, and able to embrace change,” insists Kaptanoğlu.
“One woman president could have been seen as a show or project, but two – one after the other – is undisputable evidence of that change.”