Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) was founded in April 1992 when its first meeting was held atJapan Shipping Club in Tokyo. As one of the important shipping organizations in the world, it consists of eight members from the shipowners’ associations of Asia Pacific nations, i.e. Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA), consisting of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The ASF membership together is estimated to control about 50% of the world merchant fleet today.

Following the principle agreed at the first ASF meeting, the venues for the annual meetings have been conducted on a rotational basis by the members from the North to South in geographical order.

Five standing committees are formed in ASF and each is headed by a nominated chairman. They are the Seafarers Committee (SC), Shipping Economics Review Committee (SERC), Ship Insurance & Liability Committee (SILC), Safe Navigation & Environment Committee (SNEC) and Ship Recycling committee (SRC). The work is basically done between the annual ASF meetings, with each committee being committed to convene at least one meeting a year.

In view of the growing importance of the ASF, it was decided at the 16th Annual General Meeting in Korea in May 2007 that the permanent office for the ASF should be set up and the location of the ASF office in Singapore. After the ASF 2nd Chairmen’s Meeting held in July, the ASF opened its office in November 2007. This office acts as a channel to convey Asian Shipowners’ voices to the international shipping community as well as to enhance and strengthen the ASF’s stature. At the same time, it is also a platform for all ASF members to liaise with one another and to help promote cooperation, amity and friendship amongst its members.

To better reflect the work and progress of its members and committees, it was proposed at the 18th ASF Chairmen’s meeting held in Beijing, China, on 19th October 2015 to have its name changed to Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA). Subsequently at the 25th ASF AGM, it was officially declared the change of name from ASF to ASA. The name change does not alter the values and objectives that it delivers but will continue to further enhance the work done by the Association. The Association will continue to use the abbreviated name of “ASA”.