70ᵗʰ Anniversary

Celebrating 70ᵗʰ Anniversary

2022 marked Wah Kwong’s 70th anniversary since its establishment in Hong Kong from 1952 by the founder Mr. T.Y. Chao.

The logo metaphorises the theme of the 70th anniversary, “Sailing into a New Era”.

The colours are based on our corporate blue and red, blending deeper shades of our 70-year-old heritage with a shiny metallic tone that gives a modern, glossy vibe, thereby reminding us of a hull that shimmers under the sun.

The shape of the logo is reminiscent of a ship that reflects our iconic brand angle; the logo overall represents a sailing ship of Wah Kwong carrying our legacy sparkles under the sun.


70-year track record of first-class martime transport services to customers worldwide


Built and delivered in excess of 200 newbuldings in China, Japan and Korea since the 1960s


A mix of in-house and third-party tonnage covering 4 ship types: Oil tankers (VLCC, Aframax and MR Tanker), Gas Carriers (VLGC, LPG and LNG), Bulk Carriers (Capesize, Kamsarmax, Ultramax, Handysize etc.), Containers


Over 70 vessels in managed fleet


We have a predominantly Chinese-based crewing pool of more than 3,000 seafarers

Key Figures


Owning 21 vessels,including VLCCs,Aframax Tankers,Bulk Carriers of various sizes, representing 2.72m DWT on water


3 classes of ship under construction including VLGCs,Container Vessels and Bulk Carriers


Collaborating with 5 maritime institutions and/or colleges to nurture crewing talents

Wah Kwong Timeline

  • First partnership by the Chao family
    with Taiship and Ping An Steamship

  • Wah Kwong founded in Hong Kong

  • Wah Kwong became a founding
    member of the HKSOA. Mr. T.Y. Chao led
    first delegation to Taipei and met with
    Chiang Kai-shek

  • Started building ships in Japan.
    “New Venture” delivered in 1966

  • George Chao joined the company
    working with father T.Y. Chao and
    elder brother Frank Chao

  • Wah Kwong Shipping and Investment
    Company Listed in Hong Kong

  • “Hitachi Venture“ – largest bulk
    carrier ever built at the time delivered

  • First New-building in China: 44,000
    DWT Product Tanker by Dalian Shipyard

  • George Chao became Chairman
    of HKSOA and headed flag issue

  • Wah Kwong’s first gas tanker
    “Antwerpen Venture“ delivered

  • Wah Kwong privatised

  • Sabrina Chao became
    Executive Chairman

  • George Chao passed away, aged 76.
    Sabrina became Chairman of the HKSOA

  • Sabrina received CMA Commodore Award

  • Hing Chao became Executive Chairman and re-organised business activities into shipowning and asset management divisions.

  • Wah Kwong rolled out its first
    sustainability policy, including scope
    one and scope two carbon offset

  • Ex-chairman Sabrina Chao
    elected BIMCO President

  • With a growing fleet and having opened offices in China and London between 2020 and 2022,
    Wah Kwong has cemented its position as a connector between the Chinese and International markets