Top management at the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has urged for swift progress to be made between the EU and the UK over Brexit negotiations.
“ECSA representing European shipowners calls for rapid and positive progress to be made towards an EU/UK agreement,” the association said in a release on Wednesday, adding: “Shipowners look forward to an agreement which preserves the economic benefits of existing EU/UK trade and trade flows, safeguards shipping services, the employment of seafarers and the value of the wider maritime cluster.”
European shipowners have sent their Brexit priorities to the commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.
Wednesday also saw Greek national Panagiotis Laskaridis take over from the Dane, Niels Smedegaard, as president of ECSA for the coming two years.
In a frank interview with this site earlier this year Laskaridis said his tenure as ECSA boss would be vocal.
European flags and the regional shipping industry need specific measures from Brussels, Laskaridis said, in order to keep the European maritime cluster alive and to avoid a similar fate to the continent’s shipbuilders, who have seen their businesses usurped by Asian upstarts.