[as of July 2005]
of Netherlands' Shipowners
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for this conference,
Ms. Ruth Dalgethy
tel: +31 10 281 06 55
Managing Director INTERTANKO
Managing Director INTERCARGO
Director Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
Managing Director Norwegian Shipowners Association
Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association
Deputy Head, Division for MaritimeTransport,
Dutch Ministry of Transport
Divisional Manager, Shipping Policy, Department for Transport, UK
Admiral Robert C. North,
U. S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
President, North Star Maritime, Inc.
Transport Safety Group Coordinator, Total
Senior -Vice -President
Regional Manager for
Maritime South Europe, DNV
Managing Director, Royal Association of Netherlands’ Shipowners
van der Jagt
European Shippers' Council
Secretary General, European Community shipowners
Commentator, Lloyd’s List,
Managing Director, Mare Forum
Mare Forum 2005
Shipping in a Responsible Society
12 &13 September 2005
Hilton hotel Cavalieri
Rome - italy
Marine Industry, while enjoying a period of relative prosperity, is
nevertheless finding itself under an increasingly intense regulatory
scrutiny. Substantial progress has been made across many fronts, with
the reduction of marine pollution, maritime casualties and the attack
upon sub-standard ships, yet there is a public demand for more. The
quality of shipping has improved, yet expectations of still better
governance remain unsatisfied.
There are significant changes taking place in the maritime world, not
least on the regulatory front, where age-old concepts are being
challenged by newer prescriptions. The freedom of the seas, once taken
for granted, is clearly being eroded by a rise of regionalism,
unilateralism and a type of power projection that sees powerful
countries wishing to extend their defended borders into the deep
oceans far from their shores, miles beyond the traditional limits.
Technology enables maritime long range surveillance of merchant
shipping, justified perhaps by the need for defence against terrorism,
but challenging the intentions of those who drafted the UN Law of the
There is a tectonic shift taking place in maritime technology,
operational experience and the ownership of world shipping, moving
inexorably to the east, the rise of Asian maritime power requiring
shipping’s institutions to change.
Perceptions remain important, and the general ignorance about the
importance of shipping tends to marginalise the whole industry,
keeping its many achievements invisible, while accentuating things
that go wrong. There is a societal change, sometimes described as the
“blame culture” which shows increasing intolerance of any form of
accident, and any incident, in particular, which damages natural
resources. This has manifested itself in demands for the
criminalisation of those who have been involved in incidents, a course
which increasingly commends itself to the public and politicians, but
which threatens to produce other consequences.
So the maritime industry must take a more proactive role in
demonstrating its importance to the world, its considerable
achievements and the way in which it handles its responsibility to
society. It needs a higher profile, emphasising the progress that is
being made in tackling sub-standard ships, in meeting challenges of
greater environmental responsibility, in developing better, more
robust ships , satisfying the operational demands for shipping
excellence and reducing the gaps between the very best shipping
practitioners and those who still struggle with standards.
But none of these enhancements come cheaply, additional regulation
invariably carries a price and somehow these improvements, while
obviously desirable, have to be paid for. Thus, those who facilitate
shipping investments must be made aware of the changes to their terms
of reference and new financial criteria driven by the demand for
improved ships . Meanwhile, those who use shipping have an obligation
to pay their way, thus providing the incentives for excellence.
Human element issues, the need to move beyond mere compliance in our
attitude to the environment, and how we are tackling the demands for
far greater maritime security illustrate other important challenges,
which require “blue skies thinking”, innovation and commitment.
The industry has done a great deal, but there is still more to be
accomplished, and a distinct need to tell the world about this
essential but invisible industry. Mare Forum 2005, to be held in Rome
in September takes the form of a “progress report”, its now
traditional high level conference bringing industry figures,
regulators, users of shipping examining a range of the industry’s
Mare Forum 2005 offers
ten distinct strands to this important and
useful examination of progress and industrial performance:
State of the art:
What has been achieved? - What is still to do?
erosion of the freedom of the seas:
How can the Stars be Aligned?
search for quality shipping
challenge of global terrorism
How the industry is delivering its targets for safety and high
standards and what still needs to be done. Can shipping ever be made
safe against determined terroris
demand for “greener” shipping
Tuning the technology to accord with society’s expectations for
more environmentally sustainable transport.
all important human element
How can the industry recruit, train, educate and retain coming
generations of high quality people?
dash for short sea shipping
A major potential for growth to answer contemporary problems of
congestion, pollution and logistics.
Dry and Liquid bulk. The future of FFA's. Can we
really forecast the market?
in Liquid and Dry Bulk
Buy, sell or hold
will pay for all this?
What are the real costs of regulation? The price of
qualitative improvement - role of the banks and shippers
the industry’s image
How can we reveal the realities of an essential yet invisible
global industry to politicians, press and public?
language of the conference will be English.
Simultaneous translation in Italian will be provided.
look forward to welcoming you
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