Masamichi Morooka News

11 Jul 2017

Ports Firm YKIP Joins SEA/LNG Coalition

Courtesy of Yokohama - Port & Harbor Bureau

SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) as its latest member. Representing the Japanese ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki, YKIP brings essential knowledge from a port’s perspective to SEA\LNG, which is working collaboratively with key players across the entire LNG value chain. SEA\LNG and its member organizations continue to advocate for the need to collaborate…

26 Jun 2016

Winners of International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

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The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers. The Welfare Personality of the Year Award is named after Dr Dierk Lindemann who sadly passed away on 17 March 2014.

02 Jun 2016

SSA President Poulsson Elected ICS Chairman

Esben Poulsson, Chairman, ICS

The President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Mr Esben Poulsson has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Mr Poulsson was elected at the ICS Annual General Meeting in Tokyo today (2 June). He takes over from Mr Masamichi Morooka, who has stood down after four years in office. Speaking about his new role Mr Poulsson expressed his honour at being elected as the next ICS Chairman. He said: “Rather than viewing this as a personal achievement…

02 Jun 2015

ICS Publishes Annual Review

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review of maritime policy developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting and to coincide with this week’s meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee. Key issues covered in this year’s ICS Annual Review include the impact of the rescue at sea crisis in the Mediterranean on the shipping industry; the status of IMO environmental regulations on low sulphur fuel and ballast water management; the shipping industry’s efforts to deliver further CO2 emissions reductions…

20 Apr 2015

ICS Chairman Warns of Regional Regulation Chaos

Masamichi Morooka (Photo courtesy of ICS)

Addressing members of the Singapore Shipping Association, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka, warned about the dangers of regional maritime regulation being adopted by governments at variance to the global maritime Conventions adopted by IMO. “Global rules for a global shipping industry is not just a slogan,” said Morooka before criticizing the approaches to the regulation of shipping being pursued by the United States and the European Union.

07 Feb 2015

ICS: Work to 2020 Sulphur Deadline

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka (Source: International Chamber of Shipping)

The deadline for implementing the global 0.5% cap on sulphur in fuel as required by International Maritime Organization (IMO) is more likely to be implemented worldwide from 2020, rather than 2025, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Dependent on the results of a fuel availability study to be completed in 2018, IMO could push back implementation of the cap from 2020 to 2025. But ICS said its members will work with bunker refiners to ensure adequate supply of compliant fuel by the earliest introduction date.

05 Feb 2015

Global Sulphur Cap Expected in 2020 –ICS

Photo: Richard Barta

The shipping and bunker refining industries should work to the possibility that the global 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap, required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is more likely to be implemented worldwide from 2020, rather than 2025, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has agreed. “While postponement of the sulphur global cap until 2025 is still a possibility, the shipping and oil refining industries should not assume that this will happen simply because they are unprepared,” ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained, speaking after an ICS Board meeting in London.

22 Dec 2014

Sekimizu Welcomes Shipper’s Revised Stance on Ballast Water

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the reconsideration by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) of its position towards the ratification by Governments of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention). Today, Sekimizu met Masamichi Morooka, Chairman of ICS, for discussions on the matter. During their meeting, Sekimizu expressed his wish that Governments, and in particular those with a large merchant shipping tonnage under their flag, should take action to ratify the BWM Convention as soon as possible. Currently, only a further 2.46 percent of world tonnage is required to trigger its entry into force, which in turn would open up the possibility to amend the Convention.

12 Sep 2014

ICS to Plead Shipowners' Eco-Concerns to IMO Member States

Masamichi Morooka: Photo ICS

In advance of a critical intergovernmental meeting next month at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on IMO Member States to give careful consideration to shipowners’ concerns about the implementation of an avalanche of new environmental regulations, which are about to impact on ship operations at more or less the same time. ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained: “The shipping industry is not in any way questioning the need for these important new IMO rules and is fully committed to implementation.

16 Jun 2014

ICS Meets in Cyprus

ICS Board in Cyprus

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal global trade association for shipowners representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet – met in Limassol, Cyprus last week for its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was hosted by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in its 25th anniversary year, and commenced with a gala dinner hosted by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. Representatives of ICS member national shipowners’ associations…

09 Jun 2014

ICS Publishes Annual Review

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Annual Review of maritime policy and regulatory developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting. The 2014 Annual Review covers the wide-ranging scope of ICS’s activities as the world’s principal international trade association for ship operators, and can now be downloaded free of charge from the ICS website. Printed copies are being distributed via ICS’s 34 member national shipowners’ associations, which…

11 Apr 2014

Port of Antwerp wins “Port of the Year” Award

International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). award on behalf of Antwerp Port Authority at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. recognition of the efforts made on a daily basis by the Antwerp port community on behalf of the many seafarers. port of and for people. presentation. skin colour, language or religious conviction. In fact there have been seamen’s missions in Antwerp from as early as 1870. computers, wifi and sports facilities so that they can relax and keep in touch while they are away from home. Hotel opened with budget-friendly accommodation for seafarers. welfare of seafarers. The port of Antwerp is particularly pleased with this second Welfare Award. international logistics chains that bind our city and port to the rest of the world.

26 Feb 2014

ICS Chairman Praises IMO Efficiency

Masamichi Morooka

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, addressed delegates at the World Ocean Summit organized by The Economist magazine in San Francisco yesterday (25 February), following a key note speech by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and a video presentation by HRH Prince Charles (of the United Kingdom). In response to a suggestion, endorsed my most of the Summit delegates, that the United Nations might establish a 'World Ocean Organization' to tackle the crisis developing with respect to the environmental wellbeing of the high seas below the surface…

11 Feb 2014

ICS Board Prepares for IMO Meeting

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners’ associations from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, met in London recently. The ICS Board agreed that ICS will continue to refrain from actively encouraging administrations that have not yet ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention from making the additional ratifications required to bring about immediate entry into force. ICS believes that…

15 Nov 2013

NYK Presents Model Vessel to ICS to Honor Chairmanship

Left to right: Peter Hinchliffe, ICS Secretary General; Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, Spryos M Polemis, ICS immediate past chairman, Masamichi Morooka, ICS Chairman and Yasumi Kudo, President of NYK.

To mark the Chairmanship of Masamichi Morooka, the International Chamber of Shipping was last night presented with a scale model of the award-winning NYK car carrier Auriga Leader, the world’s first solar-assisted vessel to be put into commercial service. The model was formally presented to ICS by Yasumi Kudo, President of NYK, in the presence of the ICS Chairman. The 60,000-metric-ton vessel is fitted with 328 solar panels which can generate as much as 40 kilowatts of power.

04 Nov 2013

Clarkson Research President to Keynote Marintec China 2013

Scene Marintec China 2011: Photo courtesy of the organizers

Dr. Martin Stopford, President of Clarksons Research Services, will deliver the keynote address at the Senior Maritime Forum 2013, 2-5 December, at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, China. The Senior Maritime Forum is held alongside Marintec China 2013 which takes place 3-6 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai China. In his keynote address titled, "The Great Shipping Cycle -- Progress to Date and Scenarios for the Next Phase," Dr. Stopford will shed light and retrospect on the previous year industry milestones as well as offer audiences a perspective of areas…

17 Sep 2013

ICS Meets in London

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka taking part in the shipping round table meeting at Downing Street with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The meeting took place the day before the ICS Board Meeting in London during London International Shipping Week.

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) representing national shipowners’ associations from the Americas, Asia and Europe met in London last week. Issues discussed included: the development by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of a global mechanism for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; the entry into force of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC); and ICS’s response…

01 Aug 2013

Big Hitters Out in Force for ICS Conference

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka

Shipping industry “big hitters” will be out in force for this year’s ICS Shipping Conference, being held by the International Chamber of Shipping at the British Library, London, on Wednesday September 11. Proceedings will be overseen by ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka. This year’s ICS event is being held in conjunction with the inaugural London International Shipping Week, which will see the worldwide maritime community gather in the U.K. capital for a multitude of events and meetings from September 9-13.

10 Jun 2013

ICS Meets in Oslo

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) held its Annual General Meeting in Oslo from June 5-7 at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA). National shipowners’ associations from Europe, Asia and the Americas, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, considered pressing international issues of concern to global shipowners and operators. Matters discussed included the challenges associated with the implementation of new International Maritime Organization (IMO) environmental regulations and industry preparations for the entry into force of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention.

06 Jun 2013

ICS Meets with Ministers to Discuss Arctic Shipping

At a Summit in Oslo on June 5, Board Members of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) met with Ministers from major shipping nations and the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to discuss Arctic Shipping. The Oslo 2013 Maritime Summit, coordinated by the Norwegian Government and attended by Ministers and senior officials from Greece, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, United States and the European Commission, underlined the need for government and industry cooperation in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Arctic in a way that reconciles the need for both environmental and economic sustainability.

04 Jun 2013

Shipping Faces Half Trillion Dollar Environment Costs

Masamichi Morooka

Speaking to delegates at the opening of the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, the  Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Masamichi Morooka, said that impending new legislation to protect the environment potentially presented an additional industry-wide cost of more than half a trillion dollars between 2015 and 2025. This is around 50 billion dollars of additional capital and operating cost in every single year for a 10 year period and beyond. “As many companies struggle to survive during the difficult years ahead…

30 May 2013

Shipping Experts to Discuss Arctic Opportunities

Photo: Rederi

Minister Trond Giske, Secretary General Koji Sekimizu, Chairman Masamichi Morooka and Director General Sturla Henriksen will meet the press at on Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. to discuss at a major Summit in Oslo, where the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will meet with political leaders from major shipping nations and the Secretary General of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) to discuss sustainability and shipping in the Arctic. The objective is to create a dynamic arena for dialogue between policy makers and the shipping industry.

30 May 2013

ICS Launches Annual Review of Shipping Developments

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Annual Review of maritime policy and regulatory developments, in advance of its Annual General Meeting, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in Oslo from June 5-7. The 2013 Annual Review, which covers the wide-ranging scope of ICS’s activities as the world’s principal international trade association for ship operators, can now be downloaded free of charge from the homepage of the ICS website.

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