The board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reappointed the presiding chairman Esben Poulsson for a further two-year term
The decision was taken at ICS’ Virtual Annual General Meeting on 15 September.
Mr Poulsson, who assumed the office in 2016, has overseen the trade association’s engagement with international bodies, national governments and industry organisations on the key issues impacting international shipping including the switch to low-sulphur fuels.
In the past year, ICS and other industry partners have submitted a proposal to IMO for the establishment of a US$5Bn global R&D fund to aid and accelerate the development of zero-emissions technology in shipping.
Speaking after his re-appointment, Mr Poulsson said “I am very honoured to have been appointed by the board of ICS for a further two-year term. The Covid-19 pandemic means 2020 is a year that will long be remembered, and this is certainly true for shipping. As countries shut down borders and impose travel restrictions, the role of the sector in facilitating trade and the maintenance and improvement of global living standards has never been more important.”
“It is difficult to exaggerate the challenges facing ship operators this year, in particular with respect to the health and welfare of ships’ crews, many of whom, even under normal circumstances, work thousands of miles away from their families for many months at a time. We have and will work to facilitate the safe changeovers of these key workers, but so far, the inaction of national governments has only exacerbated the crisis.”
“Nonetheless, from the reduction of the industry’s carbon emissions to resolving piracy issues, the everyday work of ICS continues. I am most grateful for the support I receive from the ICS board, our expert Committees and our dedicated Secretariat, led by ICS’s indefatigable Secretary General, Guy Platten.”
Philippine Transmarine Carriers chief executive Gerardo Borromeo was appointed as vice chair, succeeding Mark Martecchini.
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