The board of the International Chamber of Shipping
(ICS), representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, on Wednesday appointed
Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, as
Chairman of the Board.
His mandate will include working to
find private and public solutions to a range of issues
Grimaldi, a former president of both Confitarma and
European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA), was formally voted in as
chair by the ICS Board of Directors, following the announcement of his
nomination last year. Alongside ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten, his mandate
will include working to find private and public solutions to a range of issues
facing the sector, including decarbonization, digitization, diversity, and crew
He succeeds current chair, Esben Poulsson,
Executive Chairman ENESEL PTE. LTD., who has served as ICS Chair since 2016,
and who steps down after serving three terms of office.
“I am honored to represent the shipping industry at
this crucial juncture in our history,” Grimaldi said.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International
Chamber of Shipping, remarked, “I’m pleased to welcome long-time board member,
Emanuele Grimaldi, to the position of Chairman. I have full faith in him and
look forward to working closely together to advance the maritime sector and
support our seafarers.
“I cannot thank outgoing chair, Esben Poulsson,
enough for his six years of leadership and companionship. Expertly navigating
ICS through several major events, including the Covid-19 crew change crisis, a
rise in piracy, and the Suez Canal blockage.”