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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Images of the Maritime Industry not simply about ships

At Mare Forum in Rome last week, a debate took place on how we can convey the realities of an essential yet invisible global industry to politicians, press and public. Paul Slater presented a paper on ‘The Images of the Maritime Industry’ and took the opportunity of introducing the Maritime Industry Foundation to the audience. 

Slater explained that images can only be formed from knowledge and information. Collecting and distributing accurate information about the function and operations of the maritime industry will help to create new images and a better decision-making environment.  

The Maritime Industry Foundation has been formed to do just this and will create a Knowledge Centre which will be accessible to the politicians, media, other opinion formers and the public at large. The Knowledge Centre will be a formal and informal educational tool which will within a few years be communicating with millions of curious minds who will form their own image of the maritime industry. 

INTERTANKO has been instrumental in establishing the Foundation, which has been endorsed by the Round Table of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) in consultation with the IMO. The Foundation has been established as an industry/university partnership supported by both public and private funds. It is an independent, non-commercial, not-for-profit U.K.-registered charity. 

Slater concluded his presentation saying that the maritime industry will continue to be the most vital industry in the continued development of the human civilisation. Harnessing the information base of the maritime industry and providing the tools for its communication will create an environment in which many new images will emerge. 

A copy of the text of Slater’s presentation can be found on the INTERTANKO web site at 

Click here to view the Maritime Industry Foundation’s aims and goals. 

Contact: Sally Woulfe