European shipowners urge for swift progress in Brexit negotiations

European shipowners urge for swift progress in Brexit negotiations

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.

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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