‘Gentleman Jim’ loved a profession in transport that spanned seven a long time, his quite a few senior positions listed by AllAboutShipping included director of P&O Strains; director of Delivery with Kleinwort Benson Service provider Bankers; chairmanships of DFDS Ltd, Halfway Delivery and Wigham Richardson shipbrokers; and directorships that included Pearl Cruises of Scandinavia, Rodskog Shipbrokers of Hong Kong, International Ocean Carriers, and Foresight Group. He additionally served as president of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and of the Institute of Export (IOE).
Maybe Jim’s biggest achievement was the founding of the IMIF in 1975, which he continued to chair till his retirement in 2016, the organisation subsequently being taken over by Maritime London. The physique was set as much as deliver trade gamers collectively to debate the unprecedented tonnage oversupply on the time, and in some ways was the precursor to right now’s International Maritime Discussion board, addressing primarily the decarbonisation problem.
In later years the IMIF annual dinner grew to become one of many highlights of the London transport scene, Jim at all times excelling as its genial hosts and resident humorist with none concession to political correctness. On the IMIF’s 40th anniversary dinner, Maritime London vice chairman Harry Theochari described him as a “legend” whose recommendation was readily sought and implicitly trusted by most of the nice figures in transport.
He was additionally a winner of assorted Persona of the 12 months and Lifetime Achievement Awards, together with from each Lloyd’s Record and Seatrade, whose chairman Chris Hayman this week paid tribute to Jim as “a great man and nice supporter of the Seatrade over time.”
Jim Davis is survived by his spouse Hanny and daughters Mariske, Katrina and Charlie. He will likely be sadly missed by all those that knew him.
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