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Friday, December 15, 2017

Round Table representatives at meeting of Asian Shipowners’ Forum in Japan

The 15th meeting of the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) was held this week in Karuizawa, Japan. The Forum is comprised of the Shipowner Associations of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea; and the Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations comprising the Shipowner Associations of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. This year’s meeting, which was very well organised by the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA), was chaired by JSA President, Kunio Suzuki, and attracted more than 120 delegates. 

The Forum received and discussed reports from its five standing committees - the Shipping Economics Review Committee, the Seafarers Committee, the Ship Recycling Committee, the Safe Navigation and Environment Committee, and the Ship Insurance and Liability Committee. These generally reflected the views, positions and policies established within the respective members of the Round Table (RT) associations – BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO - as did the remarks of Suzuki-san, who advocated a greater contribution from, and participation by, Asian shipowners in the international arena and regional developments outside Asia. Click here for a copy of the final communiqué from the Conference. 

As an extension of recent practice, the Round Table associations were invited to take part in many of the Forum’s events and to make a presentation to the Plenary session. In this they covered the guiding principles that the RT strives for, namely the maintenance of and support for International Governance structures for shipping,the principal Environmental Challenges before the shipping industry, including Recycling, and the Criminalisation of Seafarers and others involved in accidental pollution. 

A copy of the presentation by the CEOs of the Round Table of international shipping associations – i.e. Chris Horrocks, Roger Holt, Carsten Melchiors and Peter Swift - is available here.   

Contact: Peter Swift