Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Leading Freight Shippers To Gather In Vancouver In June

BIMCO Meeting to Address Future and Environmental Issues
Shipping News Feature

CANADA – WORLDWIDE – Details have been published for the General Meeting of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) this year to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. The organisation is the leading international shipping trade association representing as it does 65% by tonnage of merchant shipping, including owners of container, bulk cargo and general freight fleets as well as passenger carriers, brokers and agents, with members in 123 countries.

The event kicks off with a meeting of the Security Committee at 09:00 on the 5th June and ends with the press conference scheduled to start at 12:30 on the 8th June. Top of the agenda this year will be the twin issues of climate and energy, the broad theme of the event will be sustainability with many fleet owners concerned as they contemplate the future demand for their ships, new builds these days capable of operating for twenty five years or more, and with probable regulatory changes an issue to be considered as these capital-intensive investments mature.

In a full day seminar, presentations on climate change, the fast-moving energy situation and the important matter of the influence of demographics will be given by HE Jose Maria Figueres, Chairman of the Carbon War Room, Dr Fatih Birol of the International Energy Agency and Dr David Foot, the world-renowned expert on demographics. Panel discussions led by some of the world’s best known shipping industry leaders , including COSCO Group Vice-President Dr Sun Jia Kang, Dr Helmut Sohmen , Chairman of BW Group, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group and Hapag-Lloyd’s Executive Board Chairman Michael Behrendt, will then confront these issues and produce valuable pointers as to how these challenges can be overcome.

The meeting, which is expected to bring together shipping industry leaders from around the world, will also provide a day-long event for BIMCO 39 members, the networking platform operated by the shipping organisation for younger shipping professionals. “Green Shipping seen from the Perspective of Ports and Shipowners” will feature President Designate of BIMCO Yudhishthir D. Khatau, Vice Chairman and President of Varun Shipping Co. Ltd and expert speakers from industry, who will include Seaspan’s President and CEO Gerry Wang. There will be presentations on clean air, regulatory changes that will impact upon shipping and ports, environmental policy, future fuels, ship design and other important topics.

The BIMCO General Meeting will also see the introduction of the new BIMCO Web-Based Diploma Programme, in which expertise and modern technology blend to provide the latest in distance learning.