Maersk, Euronav, and the Onassis Foundation behind new global forum

Danish Maritime Forum has been given new life as the Global Maritime Forum, backed by prominent names such as A.P. Moeller-Maersk, Euronav, the Onassis Foundation, and PSA. "The maritime industry needs a shared platform to tackle collective challenges, " says Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav.

Danish Maritime Forum, held in Copenhagen the past three years, will become the Global Maritime Forum going forward, with financial backing from a series of prominent names in global shipping.

The forum in Copenhagen served as the highlight of the week-long event Danish Maritime Days, which has been held in October 2014-2016 before the lack of public funding stopped the event after the most recent edition last year.

Since then, the secretariat has been working hard to continue the concept and find players in the maritime sphere willing to back the event. And continuation of the event has now been secured, though going forward the forum will held in different cities around the world each time, starting in 2018.

The founding partners behind the Global Maritime Forum are: A.P. Moeller-Mærsk, Arshiya International, Euronav, GasLog, Gorrissen Federspiel, Gulf Agency Company, Heidrick & Struggles, Hempel, KfW IPEX-Bank, MISC, Onassis Foundation, PSA International, Trafigura, and Wan Hai Lines.

"As a fragmented and siloed industry in an otherwise interconnected world the maritime industry needs a shared platform to tackle collective challenges. The industry is the lifeblood of the global economy but needs to take up the challenge of leadership in its unique position to contribute to sustainable growth that benefits all,"says Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav (photo).

The forum's concept, when held in Copenhagen, was significantly different than at the many other conferences held in the maritime sector the world over. As is the case for the Davos summits, only specially-invited guests could participate, and the two days in Copenhagen's Nordhavn port area featured group work and joint presentations related to various challenges such as climate and financing, which the participants were asked to handle.

Chairman of the Global Maritime Forum, Peter Stokes, says of the new forum:

"We are very pleased to announce the launch of the new Global Maritime Forum. Our ambition is to build a platform for collaboration among the participants in global seaborne trade and to bring about positive change for the industry and for society. This will not be a new industry association, but rather a community of leaders with the breadth and quality of engagement to represent with authority the views and interests of the entire maritime spectrum."

This concept will be largely continued, with the annual gatherings bringing together a wide swath of top executives from the sector – including CEOs, politicians, NGOs, experts, decision makers, and others who help shape opinions in the sector – to discuss the long-term challenges facing shipping. It has yet to be decided where the first forum will be held, but the event is scheduled for October 2018.

The forum could also set down work teams in between the events to look into various issues.

English Edit: Daniel Logan Berg-Munch

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