ECSA appoints Dutch shipowner boss as new secretary general

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations has tapped a Dutchman to replace the Belgian, Patrick Verhoeven, as its secretary general in Brussels.

Martin Dorsman, the managing director of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) since 2011, will take the new position from November 1.

“ECSA will continue to play a pro-active role in important topics such as the reduction of CO2-emissions of shipping while at the same time safeguarding and strengthening the business climate in Europe for shipping”, Dorsman said on his new appointment.

Verhoeven, meanwhile, has moved to become managing director of policy and strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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