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Shipping Australia appoints new Chief Executive Officer

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Shipping Australia Ltd (SAL) announced Thursday, 6 November, that Melwyn Noronha will be taking over the position of deputy CEO, effective 1 January 2021. 

The national shipping line recently revealed that Melwyn Noronha will be appointed as the next Shipping Australia Chief Executive Officer, which was previously held by Ron Nairn.  

Prior joining SAL in 2015, Melwyn Noronha served at sea and gained his Master Mariner qualification at the Australian Maritime College. He sailed internationally as a master of bulk carriers before moving ashore into maritime administrative and regulatory roles in federal and state government, including NSW Maritime and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.  

Shipping Australia Chairman Scott Henderson said Melwyn was selected after an extensive review and selection process. 

“Melwyn is an outstanding choice and has a wealth of experience in shipping, both at sea and in regulatory roles,” Henderson said.  

“He has thoroughly demonstrated his extensive knowledge of the industry and his ability to liaise and influence at the highest levels,” he said.  

According to Henderson, this appointment of Shipping Australia’s third CEO, as the company celebrates its twentieth anniversary and moves into its third decade, is an important one.  

He also said that the Board is looking forward to working with Melwyn to ensure Shipping Australia continues to deliver on its objectives to promote an efficient and sustainable international shipping industry 

“It will be a challenging time as the industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and takes on the drive to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases to meet the IMO’s targets,” Henderson added.  

Commenting on the appointment, the Noronha said he was honoured and excited to be appointed to the role.  

According to him, shipping holds a special place for him and is crucial to Australia’s economic prosperity.  

The Board has put their trust in me, and I will do my utmost to deliver the best outcomes for our members and for Australia,” Noronha said.  

Since 2013, Rod Nairn has led Shipping Australia Ltd.  

Source: Shipping Australia Limited

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