Pacific Carriers managing director and chief executive Hor Weng Yew has been appointed as the new chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

Hor takes over from BW Group chairman Andreas Sohmen-Pao in January.

Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of the Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement released on Tuesday that he was confident that Hor, who has been in the maritime industry for over 30 years, would "bring insights and leadership to the board".