I REGRET to advise that former Australian shipping executive Tony O’Hare recently passed away in Albury, New South Wales, where he and wife June O’Hare had been living in recent years, since moving from Hunters Hill.
Tony was the founder and managing director of Bridge Line Pty Ltd (then a non-conference operator) and with the backing of three major shareholders slowly built the Line into a successful operator in the Australia to Japan and Korea trade and later to China also.
Subsequently major shareholder, Blue Star Line Pty Ltd, acquired the company and it became Blue Star Asia Pty Ltd, with Tony and his dedicated staff continuing to increase the lines’ market share in all sectors of the trade.
Few in Australia have had the entrepreneurial courage and entrepreneurial vision to start a new shipping line. Tony was known by many by his initials ATOH.
Following Tony’s retirement from Blue star Asia he was appointed by the Philippines Domestic Shippers Association to do a series of project works. Tony and June much enjoyed their time based in Manila.
In the 1950s and early 60s Tony was based in the UK, and his career began in the RAF, followed by British Merchant Navy before joining the British East India Steamship Co (BI).
Moving to Australia in the 70s Tony worked for P&O, followed by Overseas Container Lines.
In the 1980s he was ‘headhunted’ by then Swiss-owned Contship Container Lines (CS) as managing director.
Tony was also a past president of the Australian Chamber of Shipping, now Shipping Australia Limited.
Tony’s family have confirmed a memorial service honouring Tony’s life.
The service is to be held on Wednesday 22 August at 2.30pm at St Peters Chanel Catholic Church in Hunters Hill, New South Wales.
June O’Hare can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Field is the former chief executive office of Blue Star Line (Aust) Pty Ltd and former chairman of Blue Star Line Asia Pty Ltd.