Big hitters out in force for ICS Conference

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka
ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka
ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka

Shipping industry ‘big hitters’ will be out in force for this year’s ICS Shipping Conference, being held by the International Chamber of Shipping at the British Library, London, on Wednesday 11th September 11.

Proceedings will be overseen by ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka and this year’s ICS event is being held in conjunction with the inaugural London International Shipping Week, which will see the worldwide maritime community gather in the UK capital for a multitude of events and meetings from September 9th to 13th.

International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu will deliver the morning’s keynote speech while ship owner John Lyras, on behalf of the Union of Greek Shipowners, will tackle the topic of the moment – Economic Sustainability.

The other keynote speech will be delivered by the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, who will speak about the importance of the Maritime Labour Convention which will have just come into force. The Chairman of the Shipowners’ Group at the ILO negotiations, Arthur Bowring (Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association), will advise on progress and any initial teething troubles.

Simon Bennett, ICS Director of External Relations, said: “This year’s Conference is set to be a particularly interesting one, taking part as it does during London’s first ever shipping week, and we are delighted to have a really high-powered line-up to lead our debates and discussions. The conference is already generating even more interest than usual as people get ahead of the rush for these London events.”

The one-day conference will also consider key maritime issues including labour relations, the impact of the financial crisis, the emergence of China as an international maritime force, port state control, safety culture, environmental regulation and the international profile of shipping.