OOCL (Asia-Pacific) managing director Jim Poon has been elected chairman of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association, replacing Maersk's Ulrik Brandt, who is moving to Britain to head Maersk Sealand's operations there. Claus Hemmingsen, from Singapore, where he has been the senior vice-president of Asia liner management for Maersk, will take over Maersk Hong Kong and serve as association vice-chairman. Mr Brandt had aggressively led the association in cracking down on human-smuggling out of Hong Kong since taking up the association chairmanship in January this year. He also pushed for improvements in Hong Kong/Shenzhen cross-border transport. Mr Poon said the association would use its status to influence the Government and the public in formulating policy to propel the SAR to excel in international transport. Mr Hemmingsen served Maersk in Hong Kong from 1992 until July 1997, during which period he was vice-chairman of the association for four years.