Kim Ullman will wake up on 1 January without a job in shipping for the first time in 45 years.

The chief executive is retiring at the end of the year, after steering Stena-owned tanker company Concordia Maritime through a restructuring that secured its future.

"I hate the word retirement," he told TradeWinds. "I prefer to call it 'some time off'."

So is this the last we will see of the veteran in shipping?

"Who knows? When you're a shipping man, you never know what's around the corner," he replied.