Ben Sharp (50) served in The Royal Navy for ten years as a Submarine Officer. During his service, he gained an Engineering Degree and completed his naval professional training. After his service in The Royal Navy, Ben went to the City of London where he re-trained as a Marine Underwriter and became the General Manager of a P&I management company. In 2002, he joined QBE-HKSI Insurance Limited (QBE) in Hong Kong as the Regional Protection & Indemnity Insurance Underwriter and subsequently the Marine Underwriter of QBE Hong Kong.
In 2005, Ben formed his own company Mercator in Hong Kong with the primary aim of providing consultancy to financial institutions and chartering/operating vessels. Mercator has operated over 20 vessels for a variety of offshore projects and undertaken consultancy to International Financial Institutions. In 2014, Ben took the decision to develop Mercator into a Ship Owner Operator and Albany Shipping Limited was formed to achieve this.