Bimco has elected Nikolaus Schues president with a brief to focus on optimisation and digitalisation.

The world’s largest shipping association elected the owner and chief executive of German shipping company F Laeisz at its general meeting in Hong Kong on Thursday.

Schues becomes the 46th president, taking over from Sabrina Chao of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, whose two-year term has ended.

He is the first German to hold the position at the Denmark-based organisation since 2011.