At a time where green matters are topping the regulatory agenda for shipping, the elevation of Claes Berglund to president of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) appears appropriate.
Stena’s director of public affairs and sustainability was given the nod to step up from vice president to the top post at ECSA at yesterday’s general assembly in Athens. Berglund, who takes over from Panos Laskaridis, will be in the post for two years – seeing in the sulphur cap, and further environmental legislation, at which point Cyprus’s Philippos Philis will likely take over. Philis, the founder and managing director of Lemissoler, was voted in as vice president yesterday.
“I very much look forward to engaging with the EU decision makers and all our partners across the continent, to work towards our common goal of strengthening the European shipping industry, so that it is sustainable, competitive, innovative and agile enough to adapt to the rapidly-changing global environment,” Berglund said yesterday.
“The future of shipping is bright, because on the one hand, our industry has profound knowledge and expertise built over centuries of maritime history, and on the other hand, we are forward-looking and ever-ready to innovate, we will rise to transform our industry into the principal driver of European economy,” he added.