China Shipping legend Li Kelin passes away

China Shipping legend Li Kelin passes away

Li Kelin, former chairman of China Shipping Group, passed away in Shanghai yesterday at the age of 76.

Li was a veteran in the Chinese shipping industry and has been called the ‘father of the Chinese container shipping industry’. He started his career onboard Cosco ships from 1959 and become vice president of Cosco Group in 1993. During his years at Cosco, he successfully led the company’s fleet to expand into the international shipping market.

Li moved to China Shipping Group to become chairman in 1997 and retired in 2006, having thrust the company’s green hulls very firmly among the world’s liner scene.

Following his retirement, Li continued to serve as a consultant of China Shipping Group and in 2008 he also took over the chairmanship of Hainan PO Shipping, which went bankrupt in 2013.

Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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