PACIFIC International Lines has appointed Goh Chung Hun as general manager of its fleet division.

A statement from PIL said Mr Goh will be overseeing the management of the company’s fleet including technical, marine operations, safety and crewing.

Mr Goh succeeds Captain R.S. Minhas in the role from 15 February.

The new general manager, fleet division has nearly 30 years of fleet management, technical marine operations and seafaring experience.

Immediately prior to his appointment with PIL, Mr Goh spent nearly three years at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, as director (shipping) and deputy director (shipping). There he managed the Singapore Registry of Ships, flag state control, port state control, marine casualty investigations, maritime regulations and certification of seafarers.

He was the head of Singapore’s delegation to the IMO for the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and chaired the IMO working group that finalised the upcoming ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Goh was also responsible for setting up a specialised team to manage and facilitate safe crew change at the Port of Singapore.

Prior to the Marine and Port Authority of Singapore, he held various managerial positions at Marco Polo Marine, Emas Offshore, Lloyd’s Register Asia, Star Cruises and more. He holds a Master of Science (Maritime Studies) from Nanyang Technological University and a Class 1 Certificate of Competency in Marine Engineering.

PIL executive chairman S.S. Teo said, “We are pleased to welcome Chung Hun to PIL with his wealth of experience in the public and private maritime sector. Effective fleet management is at the core of PIL.

“This includes the health, safety and well-being of our seafarers which has always been, and will continue to be at the top of our priorities, especially during this COVID-19 period. I trust that Chung Hun will be a worthy torch-bearer for these founding principles.”

Mr S.S. Teo thanked Captain Minhas for his over 17 years of dedicated service to PIL.

“In his most recent role as general manager of fleet division, among other achievements, he was instrumental in streamlining PIL’s fleet management processes, improving the monitoring of vessels and ensuring PIL’s compliance with IMO sulphur regulations,” he said. “PIL would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”