Book: A Life in Shipping – Esben Poulsson

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If ever an industry is global, it is shipping and Esben Poulsson’s career is a perfect example of that fact. He was born in Denmark, came of age and entered the maritime world in Vancouver, moved to Hong Kong as a shipbroker, spent two years in the Philippines, relocated to London and Copenhagen, and then moved back to the East, this time to Singapore where he has worked and resided since 2004. He is variously Chairman and a director on company boards in Singapore, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Genoa. He heads international organisations based in Singapore and the UK. He is, in a few words, a citizen of the world.

Knowledge and contacts are everything in the maritime industry: starting as a Sale & Purchase shipbroker, Poulsson not only learned a great deal about ships and the products they transport, but also about shipowners, ports, government tax regimes and regulations on shipping’s responsibility for the environment. In his senior roles, he has witnessed and learnt from different types of management and understands the need for group decisions and diplomacy. He has met a lot of people, some of whom have become firm friends, most of whom are well recognised in the industry and some heads of state. He has chaired or been a key note speaker at high-level conferences in pretty well every maritime centre in the world and travels an enormous amount.

The maritime industry is a community in which people are asked to contribute to the common good by giving of their time freely to international and local institutions. Poulsson has taken his place in several such organisations, the most recent including President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping. For light relief in such a busy life, Poulsson turned to yachting, a sport in which he was initiated at an early age in Vancouver and in which he has participated in various international competitions – some of which his team won – all his life.

Readers of this book will find that a maritime career is varied and exciting, full of challenge. It offers – with hard work, an entrepreneurial mind and excellent networking skills – great possibilities for friendship and for travel.

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About the author

Esben Poulsson is Chairman of ENESEL PTE LTD, a Singapore- based shipowning entity of a fleet of large modern container vessels, all registered under the Singapore Flag.

Esben has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore. Aside from his work at Enesel Pte Ltd, he serves as a non-executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd, Hafnia Tankers Pte Ltd, Nordic Shipholding A/S and Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd. He is also non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte Ltd and of Tamar Ship Management Ltd. In addition, he serves as a Board member of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and as Member of the Advisory Panel of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

Esben also contributes greatly to maritime associations and, amongst others, he is President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, which is London-based and represents approximately 80 per cent of the world fleet. The organisation, founded in 1921, consists of 37 national shipping associations, and 11 associate members.

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