About Us

Who We Are

For seven decades, Wah Kwong has played a pivotal role in global shipping. As one of Hong Kong’s leading privately owned shipowners, we own and operate a diversified fleet of ships in addition to offering a full range of technical and commercial management services to our customers and partners.

Our History

Established in Hong Kong in 1952 by T.Y. Chao, Wah Kwong grew from small beginnings carrying bulk cargoes within Asia to becoming a respected global shipping company now managed by the third generation of the founding family.

The Wah Kwong Journey

1949
1952
1957
1960s
1966
1973
1982
1994
1995-1997
1998
1999
2008
2013
2016
2018
2019
2020
2021
1949
First partnership by the Chao family with Taiship and Ping An Steamship
1952
Wah Kwong founded in Hong Kong
1957
Wah Kwong became a founding member of the HKSOA. Mr. T.Y. Chao met Chiang Kai-Shek
1960s
One of the first Hong Kong ship owners to build ships in Japan
1966
George and Frank Chao joined the company working with T.Y. Chao
1973
Wah Kwong Shipping and Investment Company Listed in Hong Kong
1982
Hitachi Venture – largest bulk carrier ever built at the time delivered
1994
First New-building in China delivered
1995-1997
George Chao became Chairman of HKSOA and headed flag issue negotiations between Hong Kong and Taiwan
1998
T.Y. Chao passed away. Frank Chao became Chairman, with George as his deputy
1999
Wah Kwong privatised
2008
George Chao appointed Executive Chairman; Sabrina Chao appointed Vice Chairman
2013
Sabrina Chao became Executive Chairman
2016
George Chao passed away, aged 76. Sabrina became Chairman of the HKSOA
2018
Sabrina received CMA Commodore Award
2019
Hing Chao became Executive Chairman
2020
Established Carbon Credits Partnership with CLP
2021
Ex-chairman Sabrina Chao elected BIMCO President