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European Shipping Week 2015 – update

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ESW 2015

BRUSSELS 2-6 March 2015
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InterManager and ECSA to Host Practical Workshop: Large Scale Rescues at Sea
Intermanager logoThe challenges faced by seafarers and ship operators when undertaking large-scale rescues at sea will be examined and discussed during a practical workshop scheduled to take place during European Shipping Week.Delegates attending ESW, including ship owners, ship managers and Flag State representatives, will benefit from the workshop which is being organised jointly by InterManager, the international trade association for ship managers, and the European Community Shipowners’ Association.Recent months have seen several merchant ships come to the aid of small vessels in distress at sea and loaded, often overloaded, with large numbers of migrants.

Women, children and men have been taken onboard cargo vessels to save them from drowning at sea. Large numbers have been rescued – some vessels have transported more than 500 people to safety, often in the Mediterranean to Italy.

Such actions are both praiseworthy and expected from seafarers, who are following regulations such as the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS). However, merchant vessels are not equipped to carry large numbers of passengers, some of whom may be injured, sick, very young, elderly or pregnant.

Best practice procedures, suitable equipment and training are needed to equip seafarers to handle such incidents and to ensure the safety of themselves, their vessel and the rescued people.

This workshop is intended to help shipping companies understand and evaluate the issues involved and understand recommended practices to ensure the safety of crew and refugees.

For further information and to register your attendance please contact Capt. Kuba Szymanski atkuba.szymanski@intermanager.org

ESW15 Event: Onsite port visit to Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge
port antwerp 150pxAntwerp: Presentation of the film ‘The Chain’ of the European Nautical Platform and introductions by European Tugowners’ Association (ETA), European Maritime Pilots Associations (EMPA) and the Flemish Nautical Authority.Port of ghent 400pxGhent: Interferry Europe Seminar, ‘Sustainability of the Ferry Industry’. Visit of DFDS vessel and scrubber demonstration.MBZ 400pxZeebrugge/Rotterdam: EUDA/EMPA seminar on maritime safety followed by a visit to a dredger and the Search and Rescue coordination centre in Ostend.
For full details of the programme please click here.
ESW15 Conference
The week-long series of high level events will centre on the one day flagship ESW Conference, focused on the benefits of a competitive industry for Europe’s well-being. This is the first time the entire European shipping industry has been given such an extraordinary opportunity to meet and influence the most important European policy makers – and vice versa.  The speakers announced to date include:violetaVioleta Bulc,  European Commissioner for Transport


Joao Aguiar Machado  João Machado,  Director General DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission




Markku Mylly,  Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency 


  • Fotis Karamitsos,  Acting Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  • Paolo Tonon,  Vice-President and Head of Maersk Maritime Technology 
  • Emanuele Grimaldi,  Managing Director, Grimaldi Group
  • Adam Goldstein,  President & Chief Operating Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
  • Philippe Louis-Dreyfus,  President of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs
  • Tor Egil Svensen,  CEO Maritime, DNV GL
  • Dan Sten Olsson,  CEO, Stena Sphere
  • Per Hansson,  Vice President Strategy Ship Power, Wärtsilä
  • Peter De Keyzer,  Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Jos Dings,  Director, Transport & Environment
  • Gerd Deimel,  President, German Maritime Shippers Council and Vice-President, Lanxess Deutschland 
  • Alfred Hartmann,  Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hartmann AG
  • Patrick Verhoeven,  Secretary General, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
  • Thomas Rehder,  President, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
  • Antonio Belmar da Costa,  Regional VP Europe, European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA) 
  • John C. Lyras,  President, Paralos Maritime Corporation SA and Vice Chairman, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
  • Marc Stordiau,  Chairman, European Dredging Association (EuDA) 
  • Peter Vierstraete,  Chairman, European Tugowners Association (ETA)
  • Pia Voss,  Spokesperson of ECSA, Maritime Social Dialogue Committee
  • Mark Dickinson,  General Secretary, Nautilus International
  • Thomas Abrahamsson,  Vice Chairman, SEKO
  • Tineke Netelenbos,  Vice President, Dutch Maritime Cluster
  • Nikolaos Tsakos,  CEO and a Director  of Tsakos Energy Navigation and Chairman, INTERTANKO
  • Ivan Sammut,  Registrar General for Shipping, Republic of Malta
  • Esben Poulsson,  Hon Sec, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)
  • Kaspars Ozolinš,  State Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Republic of Latvia
  • Matthias Groote,  Member of the ENVI Committee, European Parliament
  • Niels Smedegaard,  CEO, DFDS  and Board Member, Interferry
  • John Richardson,  Special Advisor, FIPRA
  • Julian Bray,  Editor-in-Chief, Tradewinds
  • Geoff Meade,  Europe Editor, Press Association
  • Rose George,  journalist and author of Ninety Percent of Everything 
  • Konstantinos Adamantopoulos,  Holman Fenwick Willan

Click here for the latest conference programme.

ESW Conference Tickets                                                                             
To book tickets click here 
ESW Gala Dinner                                                                                    
mercyMercy Ships will be taking part in the Gala Dinner as official event charity. They will screen a short movie. A good opportunity for all guests to donate and support their charity work. 

Tables and individual seats at the Gala Dinner are strictly limited and will be offered first to the main sponsors. In addition, invitations will be available to ECSA guests free of charge. However, if you would like to register your interest in booking a table or seat for the Reception & Gala Dinner, and wish to be placed on a first-come first served waiting list, please click here.

ESW Gala Dinner – Become a sponsor to secure a Gala Dinner table today. Read more

ESW Sponsorship Opportunities
eswappA variety of high visibility sponsorship packages are available for European Shipping Week, ranging from Platinum (which includes the ESW Opening Reception) to Gold, Silver and Bronze (each designed to suit particular budgets), to Associate (for tailor-made packages) and specific itemised sponsorships for the ESW Conference. Please note that Sponsors have priority over Gala Dinner table bookings.Find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

ESW Event App is now LIVE!  Click on the image to download.   

ESW Magazine & Official Event Guide
ESW mag image 400pxEuropean Shipping Week Magazine & Official Event Guide will be the event’s only official publication covering news, views and comments on the week.  By advertising in this publication you will reach every person attending any part of European Shipping Week, including Europe’s leading shipping companies and politicians.   Read moreIf you are unable to attend European Shipping Week, make sure your presence is felt by advertising in the guide and supporting this important ground-breaking event.
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