The Institute were saddened at the recent passing of our former and much respected Chairman Mr Brian Kerr FICS on 19th February 2020.

Brian W. Kerr was a prominent and well respected Chartered Shipbroker who founded the Dublin-based shipping and transport company ‘Brian Kerr Shipping’ in 1987 which became part of the Hamilton Shipping Group in 1999. Brian was a huge supporter of the Institute and remained a member of the Irish Branch Committee up until last year.

Brian had a very esteemed career in the business. He was a former Managing Director of a George Bell Shipping Group subsidiary from 1976 until 1987 having previously worked for Clyde Shipping. A former President and Board member of the European Community Shipowners’ Association he has been involved in the development of European shipping policy since Ireland joined the European Community in 1973. He also served as Director for the Irish Chamber of Shipping which represents Irish ship owners and operators as well as being an active committee member of the Irish Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. He served one term on the Irish Maritime Development Office Advisory Board for 4 years.

Brian was also a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and served as President of both organisations. He was first appointed as a Director of the Dublin Port and Docks Board in 1991 and served as Chairman on the Board from 1995 to 1997. Upon corporatisation in 1997 he was appointed to the newly constituted Dublin Port Company and was reappointed for further five year terms in 2002 and 2007.

Brian leaves a huge legacy behind him, in particular his devotion to raising the profile and standards of professional shipping services in Ireland.

We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.