The Evergreen Group has appointed Maurice Storey to the position of honorary chairman of Hatsu Marine Ltd., having been chairman of the company since December 1, 2003.
Meanwhile, Slin Yeh has stepped up from vice chairman to become chairman.
Both appointments became effective on January 1, 2006. Jason Lin continues as president of Hatsu Marine.
After some 48 years in the maritime industries, Storey is not expecting 2006 to be more restful. In March, as honorary chairman of Hatsu Marine Ltd., he reveals that he is set to take on the presidency of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
He said "The Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for British shipowners and ship managers. It has 125 members and associate members who own or manage 730 merchant ships totalling about 18 million gross tons.
"Since the chamber acts as the main focal point for communication between its members and the U.K. government, the European Union, IMO and other national and international bodies, the 12-month term as president is extremely demanding," he noted.
Storey explained that when he retired from his position as chief executive of the U.K.'s Maritime & Coastguard Agency on August 31, 2003, it was not his intention to take up a new full-time appointment. However, he was persuaded by Dr. Chang Yung-fa, Evergreen Group chairman, to take on the Hatsu chairmanship, a challenge he relished.
He said "The opportunity to be part of setting up a new shipping company with large vessels under construction for U.K. flag operation was too hard to resist. However, I also had other things I wanted to do, including spending more time with my family, and I told Dr. Chang at the time that I would want to reduce my time spent with Hatsu after 12 months or so.
"I am extremely grateful to Dr. Chang that he is happy for me to take on this prestigious role with the Chamber of Shipping and to commit to it the time it really justifies. I intend to be a very active president," he continued.