David Loosley - BIMCO Bulletin

David Loosley, Secretary General & CEO at BIMCO

FOREWORD Foreword Our industry needs policymakers David Loosley On 20 May, Sabrina Chao was elected President of BIMCO for the next two years. In her inauguration speech, our new president made it clear that two of her key priorities are to help strengthen BIMCO’s position throughout Asia and increase awareness of the important role that our industry, and our seafarers, play worldwide. The launch, in May, of “Seafarers Deserve Support” – our second film in a series produced with UK production company ITN – is yet further testament to our commitment to never stop educating decisionmakers, and to raise awareness about the seafarers who not only make world trade flow, but make it possible in the first place. As another Day of the Seafarers approaches – and with many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic – it is clear that, more than ever, our industry needs to be high on the agendas of governments and policymakers around the globe. Ignorance of how important shipping is to society has been greatly exposed during the pandemic and we must all play our part in increasing awareness, calling for support and raising our voices. This not only applies to the role that shipping plays, but also to the demand that seafarers be able to return home safely, without being attacked or taken hostage. Globally, 135 crew were kidnapped from their ships in 2020, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for more than 95% of this number, so we must continue to demand an end to piracy. At the end of May, a group of shipowners convened by BIMCO launched The Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy. The Declaration aims to speak plainly about the piracy problem in the Gulf of Guinea and get all stakeholders involved to address the real problems with effective solutions, on behalf of our seafarers. In the June issue of the Bulletin, you can read about the risks and issues related to switching off a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS), as well as an opinion piece about market-based measures (MBMs). The 76th session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee is only days away, and we are all responsible for keeping decarbonisation high on the agenda. In April, BIMCO and our industry partners submitted a proposal to the IMO calling for the UN’s regulatory body to bring forward discussions around MBMs by several years. Additionally, member states and the industry have already put forward a proposal to create a USD5bn fund for the research needed to create the technologies to decarbonise our sector. We have some major tasks ahead of us as an industry. Together with our new president, industry partners and members, I look forward to working determinedly to raise awareness of our industry, call for support for our seafarers, and keep the decarbonisation agenda moving – despite all the hurdles that the pandemic, and life after the pandemic, throws our way. Connect with BIMCO Facebook Linkedin YouTube