THE chair of Maritime Industry Australia Limited, David Parmeter, has just been announced as the new chair of the Asian Shipowners’ Association, an organisation whose membership is said to control about 50% of the world merchant fleet.

The ASA consists of eight members from the shipowners’ associations of Asia Pacific nations, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA), consisting of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The announcement came on 28 May, during the 28th AGM and conference of ASA, being held in Bangkok.

“It is a great honour to be announced as chairman for the Asian Shipowners’ Association, an organisation that represents all Asia Pacific countries,” Mr Parmeter said.

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It was also announced that MIAL will be the host for the next ASA AGM and conference, to be held on 27-29 May, 2020 in Darwin.

“The announcement that Australia is to host the 29th ASA AGM and conference brings great opportunities for all Australian industries directly affected by shipping,” Mr Parmeter said.

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