ICS Chairman Emanuele Grimaldi met with Mr Feng Bo, the Executive Vice President of COSCO Shipping, who received the ICS delegation on behalf of China Shipowners’ Association (CSA), to pave the way forward for a closer working relationship between the ICS and China for addressing the key issues of decarbonisation, digitalisation, stability of the international supply chain industry, seafarer welfare, recruitment, and training, reports Safety4sea.
ICS and CSA work together to strengthen global ties
In particular, on Monday 3 April, Emanuele Grimaldi met with Mr Feng Bo, along with new ICS Board Director of China and Chairman of COSCO Bulk Mr Gu Jinsong, Executive Vice-President of CSA Mr. Zhang Shouguo and other representatives from CSA to determine how the ICS and CSA can work together to strengthen global ties.
On the same day, Emanuele Grimaldi met with two high-ranking Shanghai officials, Mr Chen Jining, Member of Chinese Communist Party-Political Bureau and Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Standing Committee, and Mr Chen Tong, Member of the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Standing Committee and President of Shanghai Overseas Friendship Association. The meetings focused on China’s vision for decarbonisation and digitalisation of the shipping industry, free trade and globalisation, and strengthening Shanghai’s future collaboration with ICS.
New era of collaboration
China is a major shipping nation, and these meetings signify a new era of collaboration between the global shipping industry and China.
“Our industry is a global one and so are our challenges. Decarbonisation to seafarer recruitment and welfare are impacting everyone within shipping, so we must work together as an industry to find solutions,” ICS Chairman Emanuele Grimaldi said.
The ICS welcomed the CSA to full membership on 1 January 2023 in a move that re-confirmed ICS role as the voice of the global shipping industry. The CSA also joined the ICS Board, which oversees the policy positions ICS presents on behalf of ship owners worldwide.
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