ESBEN POULSSON ELECTED ICS CHAIRMAN The President of the Singapore Shipping Association, the Dane Esben Poulsson, has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping - ICS. He takes over from Masamichi Morooka, who has stood down after four years in office.
- I take this new responsibility very seriously, and at the top of my agenda will be a determination to ensure that the ICS continues to represent the view of the entire shipping industry. ICS has put in a lot of effort to give due recognition to our industry’s achievements and its critical contribution to the sustainable development of the world economy – and that is something I will continue to actively articulate, says Esben Poulsson. Poulsson identifies two main challenges that he will focus on: - The first is working with IMO Member States to make further progress addressing international shipping’s CO2 emissions, including our proposal that IMO should develop an ‘Intended IMO Determined Contribution’ for reducing the sector’s CO2, similar to the commitments already made by governments as part of the COP21 Paris Agreement. - But even more pressing, from an industry perspective, is making sure we are ready for the almost certain entry in force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, and engaging with governments, especially the United States, to overcome some remaining
but really serious implementation problems, Esben Poulsson says. Poulsson has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years. He spent 20 years with Torm in a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and, most recently, as President & CEO of Torm Singapore Pte. Ltd before stepping down in December, 2009. Esben Poulsson is now Chairman of Enesel PTE. LTD., a Singapore based commercial management and ship owning entity, managing 14 large modern container vessels all under the Singapore Flag. Poulsson was elected President of the Singapore Shipping Association in June 2015, of which he has been a Council Member since 2007. Prior to his election as Chairman of the London based International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) he held the position of Vice Chairman, on whose Board he represented Singapore. Poulsson Singapore will remain as President of the Singapore Shipping Association at least until the end of his current term in June 2017.
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