UKRAINE NEWS: Safety of seafarers ‘our absolute priority’, says ICS Secretary General

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“It is with shock and sadness that we are all witnessing the crisis in Ukraine unfold and the impact military action is having on the Ukrainian people,” says the International Chamber of Shipping’s Secretary General Guy Platten. “The safety of our seafarers is our absolute priority.”

“We have called on all parties to ensure that our vital workforce and the merchant vessels they are operating do not become the collateral damage in any actions that governments or others may take,” continues Mr Platten in his introduction to the latest ICS Leadership Insights monthly newsletter published today.

“Our thoughts are with those being affected, and the seafarers and their families caught up in this crisis. We will continue to follow the evolving situation closely and provide guidance and support to our members during this difficult time.

“At such times, it may feel impossible to continue business as usual, or to tackle the other pressing challenges we face. However, as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this week, the war in Ukraine should encourage the world to accelerate the switch to renewable energy. Action to decarbonise the maritime industry must continue in earnest, particularly in light of the IPCC’s latest bleak warning of how climate change is already causing dangerous, widespread damage and disruption to the world.”

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