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Kirsi Tikka joins Pacific Basin

One of the most high profile names in the classification business has moved to pastures new, taking a director’s position at Hong Kong’s Pacific Basin Shipping.

Dr Kirsi Tikka, who has been with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) since 2001, will become an independent non-executive director at Hong Kong’s largest dry bulk owner from September 2 with an annual salary of HK$650,000 ($83,000). The 62-year-old trained naval architect will remain with Pacific Basin until her retirement in three years time.

“Environmental regulations, sustainability and new technologies including new ship and engine designs as well as new fuels and propulsion technologies will become increasingly important challenges for Pacific Basin and our industry, and the Board believes that Dr. Tikka’s extensive experience in these areas as well as her strategic, management and operational experience in the maritime industry will be beneficial to the Company’s business and development,” Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin stated in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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