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1. Peter Hinchliffe

International Chamber of Shipping

Being the voice of national shipowners’ associations and representing all sectors and trades in the global shipping industry is quite a job spec – but one which the new ICS secretary general is more than capable of. As he pointed out in Lloyd’s List recently: “Persuading governments to listen to our industry is vital to our continuing health and success.” 

2. Robert Lorenz-Meyer


When the 40th president took the helm at BIMCO in 2009, he told members that the industry needed to be more proactive and less defensive and that they needed to counter ignorance with education and solid and practical long-term solutions. It is a measure of Lorenz-Meyer’s effectiveness as a leader that he can lay claim to progress in all these areas. The industry’s independent international shipping association continues to wield substantial influence both publicly in forums and behind the scenes.  

3. Derek Hodgson

The International Association

of Classification Societies

IACS may not be making great waves in terms of headlines now that the Brussels anti-trust probe has been closed but that is good news for legal eagle Hodgson, who has been concentrating on getting back to the business of class after a turbulent few years for the industry body. Greenhouse gases and goal-based standards are both at the top of the agenda, along with what Hodgson refers to as the ordinary business of IACS: ensuring safer shipping. Long may it continue. 

4. Joe Angelo


Angelo may be the new face of Intertanko, having just taken over from retiring Peter Swift, but he is no new boy. He has been with the tanker owners’ body for six years in various guises and prior to that he worked inside the United States Coast Guard, meaning that he is already a well-known figure in the corridors of the IMO and the international shipping community. With the combination of Angelo and his impressive new deputy, Kathi Stanzel, Intertanko has put together a convincing-looking lobby force. 

5. Rob Lomas


Despite the dry bulk sector’s high profile, Intercargo has tended towards being a lower key affair on the regulatory scene than many of its contemporaries. But don’t mistake that for a lack of influence. Lomas’ membership numbers are steadily increasing, precisely because owners “want to be associated with people who do have that commitment to safety and the environment”. It’s a simple but effective pitch and the trusted team works quietly but effectively on important matters of safety and environment.

6. Willem de Ruiter

The European Maritime Safety Agency

De Ruiter is that rare thing in the shipping industry – a well-respected regulator from Brussels. EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas recently praised the agency, which he said had grown since its inception to become a “well respected player, providing high value professional services to maritime transport and beyond”. Oddly, it is an assessment that is largely shared by the industry, which has grudgingly come to accept EMSA’s growing power as efficient, if not always entirely welcome. 

7. David Cockroft

International Transport

Workers’ Federation

Like most union leaders in the modern era, Cockroft does not wield as much power as his predecessors. Industrial muscle has wasted away and threats when they emerge are widely regarded as bluffing. And yet the ITF still holds the ability to influence the industry via its wage rate bargaining. It also still draws in a significant wedge of cash annually, which it has learnt to use in a far more PR-savvy manner than in the past. 

8. Yuichi Sonoda

Asian Shipowners’ Forum

Some insiders have suggested that there is a danger of the ASF losing its voice on certain issues to much larger groups such as the International Chamber of Shipping. But given that it represents owners that control 50% of the global fleet and outfits such as China Ocean Shipping (Group), China Shipping, Sinotrans, Mitsui OSK Lines, Hanjin Shipping and Nippon Yusen Kaisha, there is a growing inertia behind this body – and Sonoda seems to have grasped the fact that he must be more outspoken if ASF is to be part of the global decision-making process that influences the international shipping industry. 

9. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

US Coast Guard

Barack Obama’s nomination of Admiral Papp was no mere formality – this is a man who leads 42,000 active duty men and women and 7,000 civilian workers, and his appointment was watched closely by the shipping sector. The US Coast Guard plays a unique role in the industry – not just in terms of safety but also in security, the environment and enforcement. As commandant, Papp succeeded an unusually high-profile incumbent in the form of Admiral Allen, who was already a US household name when he took charge in 2006, having been the USCG’s public face during the 2005 hurricane rescue efforts. 

10. Richard Udell

US Dept of Justice

Udell is renowned among shipping companies implicated in magic pipe convictions as a man not to be trifled with. The attorney in the US Department of Justice’s environmental crimes section has made a career out of such cases and, despite the extraordinary publicity and the huge fines and custodial sentences that have been dished out by US courts, he continues to find work. The records, says Udell, show a disturbing lack of discrimination in that all types of ship and shipping company, individuals and corporations have been prosecuted for these environmental crimes. perhaps suggests. LL 10

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