good wishes to you, your families, your seafarers and shoreside staff for a
Happy New Year full of health, peace, joy, good fortune and smooth seas.
back to my 2020 New Year’s message, how differently did the year develop
compared to our hopes last January!
For 2021 we must
continue to be optimistic and face the challenges ahead with good cheer.
COVID pandemic has dominated our lives and those of our seafarers. Hope exists
with the multiple vaccines that will soon be available worldwide in meaningful
Seafarers have been
recognized by both the IMO and the UN as key workers
will continue to strive, together with the other Round Table organisations to
press IMO, ILO and governments to allow seafarer signing on/off in the widest
range of ports worldwide. Seafarers have been recognized by both the IMO and
the UN as key workers. This should prioritise their vaccination prior to
sign-on as well as their unimpeded access to shoreside medical facilities
whilst on board.
has continued to illustrate the negative attitude of many dry cargo charterers
to permitting crew changes before or during the charter period.This
disappointing stance has been aided by the tonnage over capacity in our sector.
We must, however, draw encouragement from the relatively low newbuilding order
book at the beginning of 2021 standing at 618 vessels and 56.9 m. dwt.
profitability in the dry bulk cargo sector can only be achieved through
discipline in ordering new vessels.
2021 will also see
the continued virtual discussions at IMO; INTERCARGO will be actively participating
will also see the continued virtual discussions at IMO on Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
reduction and INTERCARGO will be actively participating.
and its partners will be closely monitoring the quality issues with Low Sulphur
fuel oils as well as the real-world performance of Ballast Water Treatment
work programme, inspired by its Members, is being ably progressed by Kostas
Gkonis, our Secretary General, Ed Wroe, Joe Zhou, Paul Markides and Tonya
next semi-annual meetings will probably take place virtually on 11-12 March
2021 with optimism that our October 2021 meetings can be carried out both
physically and virtually at the same time.
INTERCARGO’s 40th year celebrations have been re-arranged with
a virtual webinar on 28th January followed, hopefully, by a physical event at
the end of 2021 or early 2022.
with the Secretariat, we look forward to seeing you all both virtually and
physically during this challenging year. Kind regards and every best wish