IK first started his working career with the Port of Singapore Authority and after a few years with the port, he left to join the private sector and worked with established shipping companies in the Insurance and claims department.
IK was the former head of the Insurance and Claims department of Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd (PIL) Singapore and retired from PIL after having worked with them for the last two decades. He passed the examinations conducted by the British Institute of Commerce and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and in 1985, he was made an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
As the former Head of the Insurance and Claims Department, IK handled matters pertaining to collisions, grounding, General Average, Salvage, Cargo Claims and other marine related matters. He was also responsible for the renewal of hull and machinery Insurance, War risks, P&I and other Insurances of the company. He was the principal handler of two arbitration proceedings against the charterers on the issue of ‘safe ports’ and was successful in both matters. At times, he was assigned to assist the Chartering Department in charter party dispute.