International Transport Forum 2009, Leipzig

One of the finest maritime journalists in recent years, Tom Leander passed away at his home in Hong Kong at the weekend, at the age of 61.

A US citizen but long-term resident of Hong Kong, Mr Leander was initially a finance journalist who had a long career with the Economist Group. He began covering the maritime industry in 2009 when he was appointed editor of Lloyd’s List, and moved to London to lead a team that was in the midst of a fundamental transformation.

However, after being unable to secure a residence permit for his wife, a Filipino national, he returned to Hong Kong where he became the publication’s Asia editor, a post in which he remained until tragedy struck last week.

His death is a huge loss to the maritime and transport press. Mr Leander was a first-class writer with a natural storyteller’s instinct with an admirable ability to confer complex subjects in a seemingly effortless manner.

Mr Leander was also a personal friend of The Loadstar’s senior editorial staff, and his down-to-earth wisdom, guided by a strong moral compass and sympathetic sense of humour will be hugely missed.

He is survived by a wife and two daughters.


Tom Leander