At the closure of the renewal season The Swedish Club is pleased to report performance in line with expectations and consistent with its strategy of balanced growth on a firm foundation.
Gross tonnage is anticipated to post a 4 to 5 % increase in this policy year, which is coupled with the 8 % growth experienced in 2016. This is the second year in a row The Swedish Club will deliver a zero percent increase to its members.
Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club says: “We have closed this renewals period on a sound footing, enabling us to continue to support the needs of our members and to deliver on our promise of focusing on quality growth”.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Flag State Performance Table which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. See www.ics-shipping.org/docs/flag-state-performance-table
The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s flag states against a number of criteria such as port state control records, ratification of international maritime Conventions and attendance at IMO meetings. The Table is mainly intended to encourage shipowners and operators to maintain an open dialogue with their flag administrations with respect to any improvements that might be necessary.
ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett, said:
“This year’s ICS Table continues to highlight the sound performance of all of the world’s major flag administrations, regardless of whether they are open registers or so called ‘traditional’ maritime flags. But in response to feedback from IMO Member States, our member national shipowner associations have agreed to some further refinements in order to make the Table as objective and useful as possible.”
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet – says it is ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by today’s vote in the European Parliament to propose that international shipping (including non-EU flag ships) should be incorporated into the EU Emissions Trading System from 2023.
“This vote for a unilateral, regional measure simply risks polarising debate among IMO Member States which have already agreed to develop a strategy for reducing shipping’s CO2 emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change”. said ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett.
“The vote completely ignores the real progress that has already been made by IMO – which under the Kyoto Protocol, to which EU Member States are signatory, has a mandate to address CO2 emissions from international shipping.”
Respected UK shipping agent and specialist logistics company the Armitt Group, has appointed Paul Holden as its new Finance Director.
Mr Holden has over 20 years’ experience in a series of senior financial management positions most notably as Finance Director at Dobson Crowther Ltd, a specialist print and packaging manufacturer, where he led an MBO of the business securing £3.5m acquisition funding from Royal Bank of Scotland.
Immediately prior to joining the Armitt Group, he was Financial Consultant to Inspirepac Ltd, a £50M manufacturer of high quality packaging products, where his responsibilities included business development as well as enhancing the company’s financial control and group reporting systems.
Charles Gray, Managing Director of the Armitt Group, said, “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Armitt Group and am confident that his experience and skills will help to refine and improve the Group’s financial mechanisms.”
Norsafe, global life-saving marine systems manufacturer, is offering a specialised “Train the Trainer” course in lifesaving appliances (LSA) aimed at instructors and trainers working in nautical schools and training centres.
The course covers operational and maintenance training on freefall lifeboat systems; conventional lifeboats covering davits, winches and hook systems; and rescue boat systems.