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Friday, December 15, 2017

Swift highlights Society’s Expectations for the Shipping Industry at SeaJapan, Tokyo

INTERTANKO MD Peter Swift addressed delegates at the 7thSeaJapan Conference and Exhibition on 5 April in Tokyo on the “Outlook and Challenges for the Shipping Industry” and highlighted the challenges associated with “Meeting Stakeholders’ Expectations”.

In recent years, he said, the shipping industry has largely embraced the expectations placed upon it by society to be safe and secure, environmentally responsible, reliable and efficient (which basically implies low cost transportation).

In his presentation he noted the dependency of world trade on international shipping and illustrated the current performance of the shipping industry. In a world of “zero tolerance for accidents and pollution” Swift said that the shipping industries have stated their vision for a “responsible and respected” industry, which is committed to continuous improvement.

He talked of the need for a satisfactory balance between regulation and self-regulation, and the importance of maintaining global governance structures across the industry.  He also spoke of the key environmental, technical and operational challenges and the actions being taken by industry to address these issues, together with the current imperative of also focusing on the human element as part of the overall solution to these.

In conclusion he gave a brief review of recent initiatives that have been taken by the industry associations to increase public and political awareness of the maritime industries, including a summary of the Poseidon Challenge which has brought together the various links in “chain of responsibility” to demonstrate a genuine long-term commitment to achieving real, measurable results in the bid to raise standards even further.

Click here for a copy of Swift’s presentation.  

Other speakers at the Conference included INTERTANKO member Tokinao Hojo, Director and Deputy Chairman of Mitsui OSK Lines, who spoke on “The Continuing Growth of Raw Materials and Energy Transportation”, and Nobuo Kayahara, Chairman of The International Mariners Management Association of Japan, on the growing shortage of well trained officers and crews for Japanese ships.

Contact: Peter Swift