Philippos Philis takes over as ECSA president

Cypriot shipowner Philippos Philis has been appointed as the new president of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) for a two-year term starting in January with Karin Orsel as new vice-president.

Philis, the founder of Lemissoler, succeeds Claes Berglund, who served as president since 2020.

“The beginning of the new ECSA presidency comes at a very challenging time as the global economy is sailing through the unchartered waters of the COVID pandemic. In parallel, the shipping sector has to address environmental challenges such as the climate crisis and actively contribute to a new regulatory regime. We shall, at the same time, work towards achieving stable access to ship financing, EU’s free trade agenda, digitalisation, maritime safety. It is essential that new regulations become an opportunity to enhance and not to undermine the competitiveness of our industry. This is why we need a strong voice of ECSA in Brussels,” said the new ECSA president.

“Shipping is an international industry and a global level playing field is necessary. At the same time, the industry is ready to be open and constructive and to participate in a dialogue with the EU policy makers,” said the new ECSA vice-president, Orsel, who heads MF Shipping Group in the Netherlands.

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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