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ICS and China Maritime Safety Administration Press Release: THE International Maritime Conference held talks with the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration on working together to address the challenges of greenhouse gases and COVID-19

19 March 2021
  • Shipping leaders have prioritized addressing COVID-19 and greenhouse gas emissions to ensure seafarers' physical and mental health and meet shipping decarbonization targets
  • The two sides agreed to take equitable measures to reduce carbon emissions from the shipping sector as recommended by the International Maritime Organization
  • The INTERNATIONAL Maritime Conference and the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration welcome the enhancement of bilateral cooperation in the future

On 16 March 2021, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the China Maritime Safety Administration held a teleconference to address the challenges facing the shipping industry。The meeting focused on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in the shipping industry and how to manage the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the shipping industry and seafarers。

Mr. Guy Platten, GENERAL Secretary of ICS, and Mr. Cao Desheng, Director general of China Maritime Safety Administration, moderated the online meeting。

ICS and the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration have agreed to take equal and pragmatic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping within the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)。The two sides also discussed how to address and manage COVID-19 related industry challenges through international cooperation, such as vaccinating seafarers, legal responsibilities of shipowners and maintaining a strong global supply chain。

The two sides agreed to establish a regular consultation mechanism for timely communication on IMO convention documents and technical issues of common concern。

"COVID-19 and climate change are two of the most serious challenges the shipping industry has ever faced, causing not just short-term disruption but long-term threats," said Mr Guy Platten。On climate change, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions from shipping。While significant progress has been made in recent years, much remains to be done。So we look forward to working with Chinese industry partners, including the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration, to ensure that carbon emissions are reduced globally in a fair and equitable manner。We sincerely look forward to working closely with the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration in the future。”

Other important issues to be discussed include ship safety, maritime investigation and training for seafarers。

The talks laid a solid foundation for further deepening bilateral cooperation in the future。At the end of the talks, Cao desheng expressed his best wishes to ICS and the global shipping industry for an early victory over the epidemic。

Cao Desheng, Director general of the Ministry of Transport, Li Guanyu, Deputy Director general of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Transport and other relevant business departments attended the meeting as non-delegates。Simon Bennett, DEPUTY general Secretary of ICS, Jonathan Spremulli, Principal Maritime Director, Liu Yang, Chief Representative of ICS China Office, and director of ICS Secretariat in charge of Maritime, Technology and Environmental Protection attended the meeting。