Grimaldi met with leadership of the China Shipowners’ Association (CSA), an association which took up full membership of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in January.
Grimaldi met with Feng Bo, the Executive Vice President of COSCO Shipping, along with new ICS Board Director of China and Chairman of COSCO Bulk Gu Jinsong, Executive Vice-President of CSA Zhang Shouguo and other representatives from CSA.
On the agenda was strengthening global ties within shipping and the challenges facing China’s shipping industry from decarbonisation to crew welfare and digitalisation to the stability of international supply chains.
Grimaldi also met with two high-ranking Shanghai government officials to discuss the strengthening of collaboration between Shanghai and ICS. China’s vision for decarbonising and digitalising the shipping industry was also discussed in the meeting with Chen Jining, Member of Chinese Communist Party Political Bureau and Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Standing Committee, and Chen Tong, Member of the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Standing Committee and President of Shanghai Overseas Friendship Association.
Grimaldi was joined by an ICS delegation including Secretary General Guy Platten, Deputy Secretary General Simon Bennett, and Edward Liu, Principal Representative ICS (China) Liaison Office.
The ICS delegation was also received by the Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government Guo Fang, and visited the China Classification Society Shanghai Branch, International Maritime Organization Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Asia, and China P&I Club.
“My meetings this week help the whole of the ICS gain a deeper understanding of China’s great shipping industry, and I look forward to our close collaboration with the CSA going forwards. I extend my thanks to the CSA for their kind hospitality and fruitful discussions,” said Grimaldi.
“Our industry is a global one and so our challenges. Decarbonisation to seafarer recruitment and welfare are impacting everyone within shipping, so we must work together as an industry to find solutions.”
ICS has expanded its membership to 41 members this year with the addition of CSA and associations from Luxembourg and Brazil.
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