In Loving Memory
Tan Sri Frank Wen King Tsao
1925 to 2019
  • Passed away on August 12, 2019 in Singapore.
Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao, S.B.S., Founder and Senior Chairman of IMC Group of Companies and Founding Chair of Suntec City Development, passed away peacefully with family members around him on 12 August 2019.  He was 94 years old.

In recognition of his decades long philanthropic contributions and public service, he was honoured with numerous awards. Among them are Honorary Citizen Award by the Government of Singapore in 2008; Silver Bauhinia Star (S.B.S.) by the Government of Hong Kong, SAR, in 2006; and the title of “Tan Sri” by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia in 1973.

Born in Shanghai and a graduate of St. John’s University in that city, he was the first-born son of Mr. Ying-Yung Tsao and Mdm Tsao Ng Yu-Shun. He was a loving husband, devoted father and a caring brother. He is survived by his four children: Calvin, Mary Ann, Frederick, and Cheryd. His wife of 70 years Maisie Chow Tsao passed away in December, 2014.

He will be dearly missed.

If you would like to leave your condolences and tributes, please do so below.  

Wake will be from Thursday, August 15, 4pm, through Saturday, August 17, 2019.  It will be held at 33 Swiss Club Road.  Cortege leaves on Sunday, August 18 at 1.30pm for Mandai Crematorium, Hall 3.

The family has requested for no wreath and if you would like to make a donation, kindly do so to Tsao Foundation at the following link: Donation to Tsao Foundation.

Posted by Yuichi Sonoda on August 23, 2019
I will write this note to say how deeply grieved I was to hear the news of Tan Sri Frank Tsao's passing. When I was in Singapore as Secretary General of ASF (now ASA), I had a long personal talk with Tan Sri on the future role of ASF and am now glad to see ASA's active participation in the international discussions about shipping. Tan Sri was a very dear friend and we shall greatly miss him.
With best regards,
Yuichi Sonoda
Posted by IMC Group on August 21, 2019







Posted by IMC Group on August 21, 2019
Dear Business Associates and Friends

Thank you for your condolence note.

Our late Senior Chairman, Tan Sri Frank Tsao was indeed a pioneer in the shipping industry and we are heartened that he made significant contributions to the maritime community.

His legacy lives on and we at IMC will continue to uphold his principles and work philosophy.

We look forward to your continued support.

IMC Group
Posted by Claire Lachance on August 20, 2019
Dear Fred and Family,

On behalf of the entire IONS team, I send our sympathy and heartfelt condolences for the passing of your dear Father. What an incredible life of inspired impact!  Your Father was a man who will never be forgotten. 

I personally hope that your Father's legacy provides you and your family peace at this difficult time.

With love and deep respect,
Claire Lachance
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Posted by Japanese Shipowners' Asso... on August 20, 2019
It was with profound sorrow that we received the sad news of the passing away of Tan Sri Frank Tsao, former Chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, and the founder and Senior Chairman of IMC Group.

It goes without saying that Mr Tsao’s long-standing contribution to the Asian maritime industry, including the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (currently, Asian Shipowners’ Association) since its very early years, is unparalleled and we remember his attendance at the ASF Annual General Meeting held in Karuizawa, Japan, in 2006 as if it were yesterday. I am sure that he will be missed by all who knew him.

On behalf of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his bereaved family and his business associates during this time of sadness.

Yours sincerely,
Tadaaki Naito
President, The Japanese Shipowners’ Association
Posted by Gerrit De Nys on August 19, 2019
I first met Mr Frank Tsao in 1979 when we negotiated the Far East Cement deal in Hong Kong, and we have been closely connected ever since. I have tremendous respect for Mr Tsao and through my many meetings with him over the last 40 years have not only learnt much from him, but I have really been impressed by his energy and drive; his strong business acumen, his capacity for detail and the “drilling down” approach to issues, not to mention his integrity and personal relationship skills.
On behalf of my wife, Barbara, myself and our family we offer our most sincere condolences to Calvin, Maryanne, Frederick and Cheryd and their respective families.
May Mr Tsao deservedly rest in peace .
Posted by Xiao Wang on August 19, 2019
Dear Fred and Family,

Really sorry to hear the news, please accept my deepest condolences.

Being a member of Qingdao Ocean & Great Asia Logistics previously(2002-2015), I have gotten three chances to talk/work with Tan Sri Frank Tsao in Chengdu IMC conference, Busan Ship Owner Conference and Singapore home. Really appreciate for the knowledge and experience sharing by Tan Sri Frank Tsao, definitely, it will be influenced my whole life, especially his simple and great thought to Young Generation: more opportunities to young generation to assist them to be more open-minded etc.

May Tan Sri Frank Tsao Rest In Peace. We will love him forever!


Victor Wang
Branch Manager
Greencarrier Shanghai Limited Qingdao Branch
Posted by IMC IG CHINA on August 19, 2019

Posted by Tomoya Kikuchi on August 19, 2019
Dear Fred-san and Family,

I'm sorry for hearing the news your beloved father, Frank Tsao had passed away.

I wish well of you and your family in this time of loss.
Posted by Cory Chow on August 19, 2019
曹文锦先生家属, 新加坡万邦集团:





Richards Hogg Lindley, Singapore and Greater China offices
Posted by CSIC Leasing on August 19, 2019


Posted by Jang Yong Yoon on August 18, 2019
Having worked as a graduate trainee since july2000, thank you for allowing me to build a strong foundation into the commercial world of maritime industry! Giving me a second chance to be the company IMC Japan representative (2012-2014), has truly opened the importance of the know-hows within the International Maritime Trade.

I remember my father was not able to charter-in the newbuildings back in the 1970s from IMC, but 40 years later, thank you for allowing me to be part of IMC as a japan representative.

I truly believe it was the late Mr Frank Tsao, who advised my father against moving into the USA, but instead he had advised him to move into Hong Kong from the Republic of Korea (perhaps around in late 1970s?), to restart his next chapter in his profession as a shipping merchant.

40 long years has passed since my father had restarted his new chapter in Hong Kong, 20 great years of my life spent in Hong Kong, and now 16 years here in Singapore.

Thanking two generations of Tsao families to keep my two generations of Yoon family members within the maritime industry.

One visit to the wake was not enough, and had to visit two times... forever grateful and thankful for the Tsao families!
Posted by Wai Luen Cheong on August 18, 2019
The biggest challenge in losing a father and a leader like you.
Is learning how to cope with beautiful memories of you.
There is no other professional who can fill your shoes and your wisdom.
Your absence is a blow which will leave a mark in our lives.
As the sky shines with you as you continue your new journey with god
We look above for the rays to bestow on our shoulders as we continue your journey you left behind for us.


On behalf of Eddy Ram, MD of Hospitality and Events, OCTAVE Institute
Posted by Jianing Yang on August 18, 2019
在与万邦工业集团的共同努力下,2017年我公司与万邦开展合作,合资成立了Sino-Sin Shipping Company,联合投资订造了一批新造船,双方精诚合作,交往甚笃,前景广阔。
                                                董事长  杨力
Dear Chairman Fred Chavalit Tsao of IMC Group, your family, and employees of IMC Group:
We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Mr Frank Tsao Wen King. We would like to express our deepest sorrow and most sincere condolences.
Mr. Tsao Wen King was indeed an icon of the global maritime community. He pursued his passions for our industry with a level of intensity, focus and endurance, beyond what seemed humanly possible. He has left a remarkable legacy for the community and all of us. His contribution to the shipping industry will live on into the future. His powerful spirit continues in all he did for the world and through you.
May he rest in peace. With deepest condolences.
                             CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited.
                                        Chairman YANG Li
Posted by Marleen Dieleman on August 18, 2019
I had the opportunity to study and interview Tan Sri Frank Tsao (and several others in IMC) years ago and was very impressed by his sharp mind. What stuck with me was how astute he was in interpreting his context and time. He understood that, as a business leader, he could influence but not modify his circumstances. When I learned of his demise I re-read the interview transcript and noticed he presented almost all of his considerable achievements as accidental given the circumstances. But the truth is that few others succeeded in correctly reading the - often volatile - situation. With his unique ability to assess the political and economic environment and his role in it, he truly became an outstanding entrepreneur who was warmly welcomed in many countries in Asia. Among his peers (some of whom I also had the opportunity to study) he was easily the most articulate, displaying the wisdom that comes with mastery of the big picture as well as the understanding of those minor technical details that make or break a venture. A legend in business has left us, but he will not be forgotten as we look back on that unique post-colonial growth era in Asia that produced some of Asia’s greatest entrepreneurs. I wish Fred, Mary-Ann and the entire family strength in coping with this loss.

Marleen Dieleman, NUS Business School
Posted by Treena Becker on August 17, 2019
Dear Mary Ann and Family,

My deepest condolences. I’m so sorry for your loss. May your Dad Rest In Peace.


Posted by Liu Weidong on August 17, 2019






愚弟:劉衛東 偕全家叩首
Posted by Kim Peng Ang on August 17, 2019
Dear Tan Sri
Your teachings will always be remembered. You have been a great mentor and a great man, contributing to societies and nations.

Posted by 新二 四宮 on August 17, 2019
Dear Fred and family

It was a profound shock to hear that your father had passed away.
Please extend our condolences to the members of your family.

Hitoshi Shinomiya President
Shinji Shinomiya   Senior Managing Director
Shinomiya Tanker Co.,Ltd.
Posted by Anthony Hardy on August 16, 2019

Dear Fred, Mary Ann and family,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing away of your esteemed father.
I shall forever be grateful to your father for the advice he gave and the financial support he extended to the foundation of The Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
He was a fine example of a man with vision, determination and generosity.
I shall miss our periodic discussions not only about the HKMM but also about the lessons one could learn from his experiences and recent history of China and S E Asia. May ‘The Chairman’ rest in peace.

Anthony J Hardy, Emeritus Chairman, The Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
Posted by Connie Leung on August 17, 2019


Posted by Nigel Palmer on August 16, 2019
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of the late Tan Sri Frank Tsao. His contribution to the shipping industry will live on into the future.

Nigel Palmer OBE
Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd.
Posted by DBS Bank, IBG - SAT on August 16, 2019
On behalf of DBS Bank, Boey Yin Chong, Leong Mai Yee and the Shipping, Aviation & Transportation team, send sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of the late Tan Sri Frank Tsao on his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Posted by Samuel Wong on August 16, 2019
Dear Fred and family

We are saddened by the passing away of your father, our respected 長者 and titan in the shipping industry. We like to express our condolences here.

Samuel Wong, Sylvia, Justin, Kenneth and Nadia
Posted by Wang Xiuzhao on August 16, 2019
    曹文锦先生生前关心、支持青岛的经济社会和教育事业发展,并受聘担任“青岛市经济顾问”。 万邦集团在青岛投资兴建了货运物流、国际集装箱中转站等项目,为加快青岛现代物流产业发展做出积极的贡献。      

Posted by Hudong-Zhonghua CSSC on August 16, 2019

沪东中华造船(集团)有限公司董事长 陈建良       
沪东中华造船(集团)有限公司总经理 陈军      
Posted by Gavin Leong on August 16, 2019
All the cadets of MV Bunga Kenanga 1972-1974 convey our deepest condolences to the family of Tan Sri Frank Tsao with our utmost respect.

He will always remain as a maritime beacon to all the Malaysian Seafarers and may he rest in everlasting peace.
Posted by Patrick Lo on August 16, 2019
Dear Fred and Family,

I am deeply saddened by the news that your father has passed away. It's not only a big loss to you and your family, but also to the shipping community as well. On behalf of the Teh Hu Group, please accept our deepest condolences.

Patrick Lo

Posted by Meifeng Luo on August 16, 2019
Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of the late Tan Sri Frank Tsao. 

Tan Sri had made great contribution to the development of maritime industry in Hong Kong, especially in the training of the young to be maritime professionals, providing maritime scholarships, and establishing maritime library and research & development centre in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  I will always remember his generosity and support to our Centre. He was an influential shipping magnate as well as an inspiring philanthropist and will forever be missed. 

My deepest condolences to his family. Memories of his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace.

With love and sympathy,

Meifeng Luo
Director of the maritime library and R & D centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Posted by Masaharu Nakamura on August 16, 2019
We are very sorry to hear that Mr. Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao passed away.
On behalf of all the member of Sojitz Group, please kindly accept our heartfelt condolences and
deepest sympathies to his family and all our friends at IMC Group.
Our thoughts are always with his family at this difficult time.
May his spirit rest in peace.

With deepest regret,

Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation
Hiroyuki Osone / President 
Posted by Jin-Guang Teng on August 16, 2019

In fond memory of Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao

Members of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao, Founder and Senior Chairman of IMC Group of Companies.

A pioneer shipping magnate, Dr Tsao had made immense contributions to the development of Asia’s maritime industry as well as the promotion of maritime education and research. Over the years, PolyU was most privileged and grateful to have benefited from the ardent support of Dr Tsao. In addition to generous contributions for establishing scholarship schemes and the Maritime Library and Research & Development Centre on campus, Dr Tsao had also devoted substantial time and energy to offering wise counsel to our Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies as Chairman of its Advisory Committee.

In 2006, PolyU conferred an honorary doctorate degree on Dr Tsao in recognition of his long-standing support for our University and significant contributions to the maritime industry. The legacy Dr Tsao left behind is momentous, and PolyU will benefit from it for generations to come.

May Dr Tsao rest in peace.

Jin-Guang Teng
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Posted by Jessica Li on August 16, 2019




Posted by Tao Life on August 16, 2019
Dear Fred,

It was with a great sense of loss when we heard of your Father, Mr. Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao’s passing. We wanted to let you know you have our greatest sympathy and our hearts are truly saddened for your loss.

We can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you and your family at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers and our sincerest condolences to you and your family. 

May his soul rest in peace. 


Edward Shu, Mia Kim, Mars Liou
Tao Life
Posted by Tim Hartnoll on August 16, 2019
Dear Fred, Mary Ann & the Tsao family

I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your father.

Words always seem inadequate at times like this; suffice to say that our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

With deepest condolences
Tim & Suzanne Hartnoll

Posted by IMC IG CHINA on August 16, 2019

Posted by 炳生 蒋 on August 16, 2019
Posted by Xiao Feng on August 16, 2019


                    不才弟子蕭峰 敬挽
Posted by Michael Sheridan on August 16, 2019
Dear Mr Tsao and family,

Please accept the sincere condolences of the board and employees of Horizon Oil Limited on the passing of Tan Sri Frank Tsao.

Your family's sadness at this time is hopefully softened by your memories of him and the the acknowledgements of so many of their love and respect for Tan Sri Frank Tsao and recognition of his extraordinary life and achievements.

Our thoughts are with you.

Michael Sheridan 
Posted by Elizabeth Chan on August 15, 2019
Dear Fred,
Your dad is in a place where there is peace and he will keep on blessing your whole family.
With love,
Energy Source
Posted by FBN China on August 15, 2019
Dear Fred and Family,

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Frank Tsao.

Someone so special can never be forgotten, and we are sure his legacy will last forever! Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

Wishing well of you and your family in this time of loss.

May he rest in peace.

FBN China
Posted by Betsy Pie on August 15, 2019
Dear Fred and family,

How proud you must be of the wonderful life your father Frank Tsao enjoyed.
And what a sound legacy he leaves behind.
My thoughts are with you all at this time.

Warm regards,

Betsy Pie
(Melbourne, Australia)
Posted by Sheila Donnelly Theroux on August 15, 2019
Dear Fred and Family,

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved father Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen King. It’s an honor to touch him through knowing and working with you. His powerful spirit continues in all he did for the world and through you.

We are sending our sincerest and heartfelt support to you.

With best regards,

Paul and Sheila Theroux and the staff of Sheila Donnelly & Associates
Posted by Brian Berman on August 15, 2019
We send heartfelt condolences to Fred, Mary Ann and all the Tsao family. Your father has left an amazing legacy - both in his business and his family. We are thinking of you and sending our prayers. With warm regards, Brian and Sue Berman.
Posted by Le Yuan on August 15, 2019
                                  董事长  谢春林
Posted by Jipeng Xu on August 15, 2019


Posted by Fei Fih on August 15, 2019
三代世交文錦兄仙逝,惡耗傳來,不勝痛惜。文錦兄對我尤如一位慈祥的兄長。 85年闊別25年後重返香港, 90年有機會加入他的集團工作,他的理解和包容使我很快融入了社會。

96年在他的鼓勵下, 我走上從政之路。他不時提醒我要多學習, 廣交朋友, 給我提出很多有益的建議。

文錦兄在我眼里, 是一位杰出的企業家, 在推動香港與中國航運業携手走向世界, 特別是促進中國造船工業發展貢獻卓著。

他博學多才,飽覽中外群書,每每有不少精辟的論述, 使後輩得益不少。我們常說他是當今社會不多見的儒商。


2019年8 月15 日
Posted by Zhang Xuegang on August 15, 2019


中国航务周刊 敬挽
China Shipping Gazette(CSG)
Posted by Walratep Punturaumporn on August 15, 2019
Deepest sympathy for the loss of my greatest leader of IMC ( beloved boss) and condolences to Chairman Chavalit Frederick Wai Teh Tsao and family

May mr. Frank Tsao go to heaven of blessed

Inter Mahathai (imc)
Walratep or Chivavat Punturaumporn
黄肇祺 叩头
Posted by Jia Lang on August 15, 2019







Dear Chairman Fred Chavalit Tsao of IMC Group, your family, and employees of IMC Group:

I am shocked to hear of the unfortunate passing of Chairman Wen-King Tsao. I am deeply saddened and apologetic. On behalf of Winning International Group’s management and all of our employees, I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to Chairman Wen-King Tsao’s family and employees.

Chairman Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao was a leading figure in the global shipping industry, a great Chinese entrepreneur, and a pioneer of the bulk cargo transportation industry. As the founder of IMC Group, the company has developed from a shipping enterprise into a world-renowned integrated multinational group.

Not only did he achieve unprecedented success in the field of business, but Chairman Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao also actively practiced corporate social responsibility and made great contributions to the field of shipping talents training. In my heart, Chairman Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao is a representation of the spirit of Chinese businessmen: growing up in Shanghai, he began his business in Hong Kong before becoming renowned in Southeast Asia and made a name for himself throughout Asia and brought benefit to the world.

The old has passed, but the living strives on. Winning International Group and IMC group has a long history of cooperation within the field of shipping. Let us pay tribute to Chairman Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao by strengthening our corporation even further and making greater achievements.

Once again, we express our deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of Chairman Tan Sri Frank Wen-King Tsao.

With deepest condolences,
Sun Xiushun, President of Winning International Group
Posted by XIAO FU on August 15, 2019





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