Arthur Bowring MH is a Maritime and Commercial Consultant and Advisor, and a Maritime Arbitrator and Mediator. He was previously the long-time Managing Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.
Arthur has a broad shipping and commercial background, which includes several years at sea as a deck officer, working as a ship surveyor for Lloyds Register, acting as an oil and dry cargo chartering and owning broker and freight trader for a major international trading house, handling marine insurance placing and claims and working as a consultant, handling investigative work, and claims and project management.
He is Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Convenor of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group, and Fellow of several professional institutions.
Arthur has been honoured by several industry awards. In addition, he has been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government and conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
Born and brought up on the South coast of England, attended school in Fareham, Hampshire. Read for a degree in Biology and Genetics in London, after post-graduate studies he worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company as a project manager then returned to university in 1988 to read Theology at Nottingham.
Ordained in the Diocese of Worcester he served as curate in Dudley, West Midlands (1991-94), and vicar of St. Mary’s, Hurst Hill near Wolverhampton, (1994-99).
In 1999 Stephen joined The Mission to Seafarers as Port Chaplain in Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and during which time he studied Maritime Law at Erasmus University.
In January 2002 Stephen was posted to Dubai, where he took charge of maritime ministry in the United Arab Emirates and was regional director for the Mission in the Middle East.
In 2005 Stephen was awarded the Thomas Gray Silver Medal by The Marine Society for services to seafarers during the 2nd Gulf War.
In 2006 Stephen began a project to build the World’s first Seafarers Support Boat, M/V Flying Angel, which was launched in February 2007 and named by HRH Prince Charles in Dubai.
(At 27 metres long, 148 GRT, the Flying Angel offers a floating telecommunications platform for the crews aboard the 12,500 tankers that use the anchorages of Fujairah (east coast of UAE) each year and are unable to come ashore.)
In January 2011 Stephen accepted the position of Senior Chaplain Hong Kong, moving here with his wife Catherine in May 2011.
In January 2014 Stephen was appointed Regional Director, East Asia for the Mission as well as continuing his work in Hong Kong.
Catherine is also ordained and is serving as Chaplain at St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong.
Stephen’s interests outside work are golf, walking, keeping fit, and sailing. He has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and is an RYA qualified Oceanmaster.
Stephen was made Canon of The National Cathedral, Manila, Philippines May 2015 and in 2018 Stephen was appointed as a director of Shipowners P&I Club.
Captain Gautam Ramaswamy is a Master Mariner with rich experience in the Maritime Industry spanning both the shipboard side (as a Ship Captain) and the shore-based side, in various functions, ranging from container operations, HSEQ, Maritime accident/ incident investigation, training and auditing.
Gautam is a millennial and is a self-confessed “worshiper of technology” and a “digital thinker”.
In February 2018, he joined the Hong Kong Shipowners Association as the Director Regulatory Affairs.
He is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and The Nautical Institute. He is a Committee Member of the Nautical Institute’s Hong Kong Branch.
He is a member of the Seafarers’ Advisory Board of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR.
He is also the Secretary of the Ship Insurance and Liability Committee (SILC) of the Asian Shipowners’ Association.
He is a Maritime Arbitrator and is an Associate of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators.
He is also a graduate of the prestigious EMBA Global Asia, an Executive MBA by Columbia University, London Business School & Hong Kong University.
In December 2018, he was awarded the Indywood Excellence Award (Marine/Offshore/Oil & Gas) for Professional – Regulatory Affairs.
Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs is Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and oversees the development of the academic agenda and profile of World Maritime University (WMU). At the same time, Professor Schröder-Hinrichs is a leading expert on maritime safety and risk related topics with special emphasis on the implementation and enforcement of the legal instruments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the parent body of WMU.
Throughout his professional and academic career, he focussed on capacity building in maritime administrations across the globe and has advised IMO Member State administrations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Northern America as well as in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea areas on issues related to their international obligations under various instruments of the IMO.
In recent years, Professor Schröder-Hinrichs developed a strong interest in the implications of increased levels of automation and new technologies in maritime transport. He was the principle investigator for the “Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, Employment – The Future of Work” study, commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and launched in 2019.
Professor Schröder-Hinrichs grew up in the beautiful town of Stralsund in Eastern Germany and initially pursued a seafaring career. He studied maritime transport engineering and earned a PhD in safety science. His professional carrier in the maritime industry of Germany included positions in companies like Germanischer Lloyd before he joint WMU in October 2000.
A Sailor turned Ship Management & Business Strategy professional. Working with Pacific Basin Shipping, world leading owner and operator of modern Handysize and Supramax dry bulk ships. In charge of Ship management systems, business process optimization, analytical designs, digital strategies to improve efficiency. Passionate about technology developments in maritime Industry, innovative startups and investments.
A Master Mariner with 25 years in the shipping industry with last 9 years in different shore roles, from being a risk assessor for Oil Majors, heading the quality and safety department of a leading ship owner in Hong Kong and now managing a fleet of VLCC shipowners to set up their ship management business in Hong Kong. Sanjeev had completed his Batchelor from Mumbai University and later Master in Biz. Admin from HKUST. An active member with NI, ICS and various committees at Intertanko.