Marshall Plan for Shipping Amid Coronavirus Crisis


French shipowners urge Macron to enact a shipping Marshall Plan, reports Splash 247.

President of Armateurs de France

Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, the 55-year-old head of cruise line Ponant who takes over Jean-Marc Roué, has been elected president of Armateurs de France, the French shipowners association.

Jean-Marc Roué, in his parting message, urged Emanuel Macron, the French president, to enact a Marshall Plan for local shipping amid the coronavirus crisis.

A Marshall plan

Roué said in his final address as president, “I appeal to the state to right now plan a Marshall Plan for French shipping,” relating how often Macron has said, “We are at war” when discussing the fight against coronavirus in recent weeks.

Roué urged 

“Let’s plan together, and very quickly, the Marshall Plan for reconstruction. Other economic sectors have already launched their emergency beacons. Ours must be seen from afar.”

The Marshall Plan was a massive American aid project launched in Western Europe after the Second World War.

Roué’s successor 

Sauvée , Roué’s successor at Armateurs de France, has worked for Brittany Ferries, Bourbon Offshore and CMA CGM over a 32-year career in shipping.

Sauvée said on being appointed president of the shipowning body, “We are currently facing extremely violent external events which will profoundly affect our economic models and the performance of our companies.”

“To get through such a crisis, we must rely on the values ​​of our sector: solidarity, professionalism, pragmatism and constant dialogue with all stakeholders.” 

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Source: Splash 247


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