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Monday, October 22, 2018

Meeting the Challenges for Global Shipping - Policies and Strategies

The European Commission and the Danish Maritime Authority jointly hosted a one-day Conference in Copenhagen last week to examine the principal challenges facing the global shipping industry. Invitees included the European Union (EU) and other national maritime administrations, representatives from the European Commission (COMP, MOVE and TRADE), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the IMO and selected industry organisations.


Topics covered ranged from regional maritime transport strategies (EU, U.S. and China), international markets and global trade; to quality shipping – navigation, security, piracy, arctic shipping, human resources, coastal and flag states, environmental challenges and innovation.


Some of the presentations have been made available:


  • The EU's Maritime Transport Strategy until 2018 – Fotis Karamitsos, DG MOVE/C, Maritime Transport (click here to view)


  • Progress of WTO Services Negotiations on Maritime Transportation – Hiroguki Nishida, International Negotiations office, MLIT (click here to view)


  • The Year of the Seafarer – Marnix van Overklift, ECSA (click here to view)


  • Global Quality Shipping – Alfons Guinier, ECSA (click here to view)


  • OPTIMAR – Christopher Pålsson, Niklas Bengtsson, IHS Fairplay (click here to view)


The principal value of the Conference was the sharing of information and the ability to emphasise key components and topics in the challenges for global shipping. The conclusions of the Conference (click here) highlighted the principal points made individually and collectively by industry, the administrations and the regulators and additionally concluded that it had been a successful experience and that this type of dialogue should be continued.


Contact: Peter Swift