Shipping Australia Limited (SAL) has appointed a new Director.

Captain Sunil Dhowan, currently the Head of Port & Cargo Operations, Oceania – Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean, has been awarded the position.

Cpt Dhowan is experienced in crewing general cargo, bulk, container, and ro-ro ships. Cpt Dhowan has visited almost all ports in Australia during his sailing days and has earned his Master Class 1 and Class 4 from Sydney, before coming ashore in 1992.

In his current role, Cpt Dhowan has been heavily involved with biosecurity issues and has contributed to Wallenius Wilhelmsen, being awarded the Australian Biosecurity Award by the Department of Agriculture for brown marmorated stink bug management.

Cpt Dhowan has also served as the chair of SAL’s Victorian State Committee for three years.

Shipping Australia Chairman, Scott Henderson, said, “All the directors of Shipping Australia will join me in welcoming Sunil to the board. 

“He is very knowledgeable about shipping and he was very proactive as a SAL state chair in Victoria. 

“Having known Sunil for many years, I am confident that he will be a great addition to the team.”

Cpt Dhowan said, “It’s a privilege to be appointed to the board of Shipping Australia. 

“SAL is a well-respected peak shipping organization that I have been actively involved with throughout my 25 year career at Wallenius Wilhelmsen. 

“Shipping Australia is a great platform and think tank for all shipowners and agents to raise, discuss, address, and resolve industry issues with regulators and government departments.

“In my role, I would like to continue SAL’s strong support of shipping lines, owners, and the government. 

“I would also like to help support viable shipping-related reforms for the ongoing promotion of coastal and international trade for the Australian maritime industry, with an added focus on safety, the environment, sustainability, compliance and welfare of seafarers, as I see these as key values and pillars for our industry.”

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