Peter Cowling, former managing director of ship manager Wallem, has died at the age of 84.

Cowling was also the former chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association between 1992 and 1993, and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Educated at Cranleigh School in the UK, he worked in shipping as a shipowner, manager, broker and agent.

"It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Peter Cowling," Wallem said in a posting on social media.

"Peter was part of Wallem for more than 50 years and headed the company as managing director from 1986 to 1994.

"The Wallem family owes Peter a debt of gratitude and thank him for his commitment and friendship."

A popular figure in shipping circles, he held board positions at the London P&I Club and the Swedish Club. He was also a part of the UK Committee at classification society ABS.

“Peter was a shipping man through and through, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Wallem in Hong Kong,” former International Chamber of Shipping president Esben Poulsson said.

“After his retirement, he served on a number of boards and various associations. He was a true gentleman and a person with whom one always enjoyed spending time. He was blessed with an affable, easy and warm manner, combined with an excellent sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.”