Shipping has a new association, the M7

Leaders of many of the world’s largest economies have descended upon Cornwall in southwest England this week for the annual G7 summit. Inspired by the gathering, shipping has created a brand new association, the M7.

Delegates from the shipowner associations of the G7, plus those from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea, were joined by the secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, chief executive and secretary general of BIMCO and a representative from European Community Shipowners’ Associations for an inaugural virtual summit of the M7 earlier this week, organised by the UK Chamber of Shipping.

UK Chamber of Shipping president and chair of the meeting, John Denholm said: “The meeting discussed improving trade through digital documentation and the need for governments and industry to invest more in green research and development projects and the important role that seafarers were playing in keeping trade flowing through the Covid pandemic.”

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.


  1. Exactly what we need, another organization!
    Make me laugh “the important role that seafarers were playing in keeping trade flowing through the Covid pandemic”…if it was considered that important why treat us like garbage during pandemic? And most of countries continue to do so.
    Since pandemic starts, the real power of all those organizations which supposed to help us seafarers was revealed: BIG 0!

  2. No Greek or Norway representation?
    That is nearly half of the industry.

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