Bates To Retire As ACL Chairman At End Of '83, —Koch Named Successor

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) announced recently that Philip Bates will retire as chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Container Line Services, Limited, Southampton, U.K., on December 31, 1983. Bengt Koch will succeed Mr. Bates.

"The orders for ACL's five new third generation ships have been placed for delivery during the first half of 1984, and they will hold the start of a new phase for ACL," said Mr. Bates. "The end of 1983, therefore, seems a very appropriate time for me to hand over my responsibilities after 15 years with ACL." He will continue as a director of ACL Ltd. and will act as a consultant to the ACL board.

Mr. Bates joined Thos. and JNO Brocklebank Ltd., a subsidiary of the Cunard Steam-Ship Co.

Ltd. in 1946 and became deputy chairman in 1962. In 1956 he was appointed managing director of Cunard Line Ltd., and three years late, a director of ACL Ltd. to represent Cunard's interest in ACL. In 1968 he became deputy chairman of the Cunard Steam-Ship Co. Ltd., and was appointed to ACL Services as parttime chairman. A year later he resigned from Cunard and accepted the full-time appointment of chairman and chief executive of ACL Services.

Mr. Koch joined ACL Services in 1972 as commercial director.

In 1976 he was appointed commercial and operations director and became managing director in 1980. He entered the transportation industry in 1967 as managing director of the British and Northern Shipping Agency Ltd.

in London—then a subsidiary of Swedish Lloyd Shipping Co.

ACL is owned by six major European lines: Compagnie Generale Maritime (France) ; The Cunard Steam-Ship Co. PLC (U.K.) ; Intercontinental Transport (ICT) BV (Netherlands) ; Swedish American Line (Sweden) ; The Transatlantic Steamship Co. (Sweden), and Wallenius Lines (Sweden).

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 35,  Jan 15, 1983

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