Robert (Bob) Maxwell, managing director of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Singapore (BSM), has died after a three-year battle with cancer, the maritime services company said.
"It is with the greatest sadness that BSM delivers the heart-breaking news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Bob Maxwell, Managing Director of the Singapore office. Bob left us on Monday, 26th March after a long struggle with cancer," said a statement from the company.
He had a remarkable career in shipping and his contributions to the industry were formidable. Bob trained as a Mechanical Engineer at Southampton College of Higher Education. He started his career at sea in 1988 as a 2nd Engineer and in 1993 became a Chief Engineer officer sailing on bulk carriers ranging from 149,000 to 186,000 tonnes.
A few years later, in 1996, he joined Hanseatic Shipping as a Chief Engineer sailing on large containerships and gas carriers
. Bob was passionate about shipping, so he continued his journey within the industry devoting his time to his professional development.
After a succession of roles of increasing seniority, Bob was appointed Managing Director of BSM Singapore in 2014. Since that time, Bob managed to grow the business of the office and expanded it significantly.
Known by his many friends and industry colleagues as a forward thinker and a great mentor, he continuously encouraged his people to take opportunities for self-development.
Bob was not only supportive with his shore personnel, but also with cadets. Until recently he was involved in a global programme aiming at enhancing the professional development and career of the cadets.
Bob joined IMarEST Singapore Joint Branch in 2004 and because of his substantial contribution was awarded the highest distinction of an ‘Honorary Fellowship’ from the Institute of Marine Engineering
, Science & Technology (IMarEST).
Those who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Bob have lost an outstanding colleague and a dear friend. No words can express our sadness at Bob’s passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him.