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Esben Poulsson elected chairman of ICS

Esben Poulsson elected chairman of ICS
In a widely expected move Esben Poulsson president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has been elected chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Poulsson was elected chairman at the ICS annual general meeting in Tokyo on Thursday and succeeds Masamichi Morooka who steps from the post after four years.

“I am very honoured to have been elected by the ICS member national shipowner associations.  Being Chairman is a big responsibility and my primary task will be to ensure that ICS continues to represent the considered views of the entire industry,” Poulsson said.

“This means reflecting and reconciling the opinions of different ship types and trades, different national viewpoints, and the interests of shipping companies big and small.”

He noted the two major challenges facing ICS this year to make further progress on addressing CO2 emmissions from international shipping and the being ready for the Ballast Water Management Convention when it comes into force.

“More generally, ICS will continue to fight for the maintenance of global rules for our global industry, and continuous improvement with respect to our safety record and environmental performance.”

Poulsson will remain as president of SSA a post he took up last year.