Bimco and the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA), the two leading associations representing shipowners globally and in Europe respectively, are looking at ways they can tighten their cooperation.

With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting the week of the 9th of July to discuss the implementation the low sulphur regulation for ships from 1 January 2020, Panama in conjunction with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Bimco, Intergcargo, Intertanko and the World Shipping Council (WSC) are proposing a package of measures to ensure adequate conditions for a seamless transition. 

The Posidonia 2018 conference and seminar programme have a truly international flavour being organised by companies and organisations from around the world from Brazil to France, Norway, Panama to Poland, from Mexico to Korea and Japan and from South Africa to the UK and of course Greece.

Ahead of the upcoming IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) has reiterated its stance that shipping has to contribute substantially to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will always be committed to the most proactive and realistic reduction aspirations.

The European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) has warned over planned US steel and aluminium tariffs saying a full scale trade war will benefit nobody.

A welcome sense of optimism on the future of shipping infused the opening day of the 15th biennial Maritime Cyprus conference taking place in Limassol this week, a line-up of heavyweight speakers, record attendance of over 850 delegates and the first of the week’s procession of evening receptions all adding to the positive vibe.

Martin Dorsman, md of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNER), has been chosen as new secretary general of ECSA (European Community Shpowners’ Associations). He replaces Patrick Verhoeven who left in the summer to head up the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH).  

Shipowner bodies the ICS and ECSA have responded to the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement by urging the EU and People's Republic of China to step up cooperation to forge a global CO2 reduction deal for shipping.

Patrick Verhoeven will leave his current post as secretary general of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) at end-August in order to take up the newly created role of managing director, Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) as of 1 September.

A group of 10 international shipping associations attending European Shipping Week have issued a joint industry statement calling for work to begin on drawing up a new EU Maritime Transport Strategy for when the current one expires in 2018.

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