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Philippos Philis appointed president of the European shipowners' association ECSA

Vice President is Karin Orsel

Philippos Philis, founder of the shipping company Cypriot Lemissoler, appointed president of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and Karin Orsel vice president. Philis starts its mandate this month biennial and takes over from Claes Berglund who led the association of European shipowners from 2020.

"The beginning of the new ECSA presidency - he said Philis on the occasion of his appointment - comes at a very moment difficult in which the global economy is navigating through the unexplored waters of the Covid pandemic. At the same time, the sector maritime faces environmental challenges such as the climate crisis and must actively contribute to a new regulatory regime. In the at the same time we will work to achieve stable access to finance to ships, to the EU's free trade agenda, to the digitalization, maritime safety. It is essential - it has underlined the new president of the shipowning association - that the new regulations become an opportunity to strengthen and not to jeopardise the competitiveness of our industry. This is why we need a strong voice ecsa in Brussels',

"The challenges facing European shipping are not have precedents," agreed the new vice president Karin Orsel, who is managing director of the Dutch MF Shipping Group and President of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners. "The pandemic - he noted - has placed us in front of us the need to be prepared for unforeseen developments. And our shared goals, such as clean transport that is closely related to the immediate need to invest in the innovation and transition of maritime transport, require in-depth analysis and a solid response from of our sector. Shipping - highlighted Orsel - is an international industry and equality is needed of conditions globally. At the same time, the industry is ready to be open and constructive and to participate in a dialogue with EU policy makers'.

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