Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common
Progress has been elected President of BIMCO, the world’s largest international
shipping association, with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries.
Papagiannopoulos has set three
clear themes for his two-year presidential term. The first is
to promote digitalisation across the industry. BIMCO will be working on a
range of projects using convergent technologies to pursue this objective,
including applying new advances in software capability to develop a brand new
contract editing tool.
Papagiannopolous said; “BIMCO is focused
on driving efficiency, creating better information and increasing
simplification, but all of our work to increase digitalisation across the
industry comes with a risk, and in everything – our work on cyber safety and
security will remain a top priority, ensuring that our members’ ships are safe,
that their seafarers are aware of the dangers and our members’ important
information is secure”.
Promoting digitalisation will be key to
achieving the president’s second theme, which is to reduce the
administrative burden for the ship’s master. An administrative burden
that BIMCO will be working to lift further through the removal of unnecessary
regulations which no longer serve a purpose for the safe operation of ships.
Last but not least, the third
theme is to encourage the successful implementation and effective enforcement
of new stronger environmental regulations – clarifying the obligations
and working to ensure regulations are practical and realistic to implement.
BIMCO will help shipowners navigate the Ballast Water Management Convention, by
highlighting the key dates and advising on equipment selection and the
operational realities. BIMCO will also continue to work with other associations
and the IMO to help establish a feasible and practical implementation plan to
meet the 2020 global cap on sulphur emissions.
Following Papagiannopolous’s election,
BIMCO confirmed that Sadan Kaptanoglu, managing director of HI Kaptanoglu
Shipping has been elected as BIMCO’s very first female President Designate.
Papagiannopoulos applauded her election
saying that she was an inspiration to women across the industry and her
appointment marked the organisation’s commitment to successful collaboration
between nations, genders and beliefs.
Finally, he noted that while the
shipowners’ association is very different today to the original body established
in 1905, BIMCO remains committed to being its members’ trusted partner, through
the provision of outstanding practical, technical and contractual advice, and
he concluded saying: ‘like The Odyssey BIMCO will navigate through rough waters
with caution, without fear and looking to the future with confidence based on
expertise and experience’.