ICS Board Unanimously Re-elects Emanuele Grimaldi as Chairman

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ICS Chairman Emanuele Grimaldi

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Board of Directors has unanimously re-elected Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, as Chairman of the Board. ICS represents 80% of the world’s merchant fleet and is the principal international trade association for merchant shipowners and operators. Mr. Grimaldi will continue as Chairman for another term of two years.

Emanuele Grimaldi, International Chamber of Shipping Chairman, commented “I am deeply honored to have been re-elected as Chairman of the ICS for another two years. It is a privilege to be part of this important association and the great work and progress being made for our industry. We have made good headway with our proposals to help meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) net zero targets by or around 2050 and continue to work with UN bodies on the biggest issues impacting the maritime sector.”

During Mr. Grimaldi’s first term as ICS Chairman, there has been a significant focus on the industry’s decarbonization journey and was integral in the formation of the Clean Energy Marine Hubs (CEM Hubs) initiative. Significantly, Mr. Grimaldi has also focused his attention on the biggest challenges in the industry, including increased protectionism, digitalization, seafarer recruitment and retention, and seafarer safety during the global geopolitical conflicts including the conflict in Ukraine and the current Red Sea crisis.

Mr. Grimaldi added “We are navigating through very contentious geopolitical times, which has seen shipping and our innocent workers caught in the crosshairs of conflicts in the Middle East. This comes on top of the conflict in Ukraine and the attacks on merchant shipping in the Red and Black Seas have jeopardized the safety of our seafarers and disrupted trade. This is unacceptable, and we will continue to shine a light on the heart of our industry – our seafarers.”

Guy Platten, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping, said “We are delighted that Mr. Grimaldi will continue to steer the ICS for another two years. We look forward to continuing to work closely to drive meaningful change for the industry, facilitating trade, and supporting our seafarers. There is much to be done but under Mr. Grimaldi’s leadership, I am confident that we will evolve with the industry and further advance the maritime sector.”

During the ICS Annual General Meeting, the ICS Board of Directors elected Metin Duzgit, from the Turkish Chamber of Shipping, as a new Vice-Chairman of the ICS, and Martin Kröger, CEO of the German Shipowners Association, was elected ICS Chair of the Marine Committee.

About International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades.

ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage.

Source International Chamber of Shipping