Mike Hansen was born in Honolulu, attended Punah ou School, Willamette University, and the University of Hawaii.
His maritime employment began in the early 1970’s, and included working in a shipyard, and at Hawaiian Tug & Barge in several trade positions.
After that, Mike ran his own ship agency in Honolulu from the mid 1970’s through the 1990’s. In addition, he was involved in ship chartering and founded a container shipping company that operated a direct liner service from Honolulu to the South Pacific for more than five years.
Mike is currently active in commercial shipbroking and consulting with colleagues in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Since the late 1990’s, Mike has been the President of the Hawaii Shippers Council, and continues to be actively involved with the Jones Act and other shipping issues affecting island shippers. He is widely known as a commenter on these issues.
The Hawaii Shippers Council is a business league organization incorporated in 1997. The Council represents those cargo owners known as “shippers” who tender their goods for shipment with ocean carriers also known as “ship owners.”