IMC Group founder Frank Tsao dies

Frank Tsao Wen-king, founder of IMC Group, has passed away on Monday in Singapore.

Tsao, a highly respected veteran in the shipping industry, was born in Shanghai in 1925 and ventured into the shipping business in Hong Kong in 1949, co-founding Great Southern Steamship Co.

In 1966, he established International Maritime Carriers (IMC) in Hong Kong and eventually grew the company into transporting a wide range of commodities worldwide.

Throughout his long shipping career, Tsao played a pivotal role in shaping the growth of the maritime industry and in promoting maritime education and research in Asia.

In 1968 in Malaysia, he partnered the Malaysian government to establish the country’s first national shipping line – the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation.

Tsao is also known for his donations to universities for the advancement of maritime education, training and research, helping to nurture maritime talent through university scholarships in Dalian, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Shanghai and Zhoushan.

In 2005, Tsao helped to establish the Centre for Maritime Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). In 2007, he played a key role in establishing the permanent secretariat of the Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) in Singapore.

He is the first Asian recipient of the CMA Commodore Award from the Connecticut Maritime Association of the US in 2002.

His contributions to the maritime industry also won him other awards including the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2006, Honorary Citizen Award by the Singapore government, and Lifetime Achievement Award by Seatrade Asia – both in 2008.

Posted 13 August 2019

© Copyright 2019 Seatrade Informa Markets. Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Seatrade Informa Markets.

Related Topics

Lee Hong Liang

Author Bio ▼

Asia Correspondent Lee Hong Liang has joined Seatrade as its Asia Correspondent. Based in Singapore, he will provide a significant boost to daily coverage of the Asian shipping markets, as well as bring with him an indepth, specialist knowledge of the bunkering markets. Throughout Hong Liang’s 14-year career as a maritime journalist, he has reported ‘live’ news from conferences, conducted one-on-one interviews with top officials, and the ability to write hard news and feature stories.

Sign up to get the latest Maritime News headlines emailed directly to your inbox