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New BIMCO president seeks digitalisation, strict eco rules


The CEO of Common Progress Anastasios Papagiannopoulos has been elected president of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the world's largest international shipping association with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries.
Mr Papagiannopoulos, whose Athens-based company is an owner of dry bulkers, has set three themes for his two-year presidential term.
The first is to promote digitalisation across the industry, said the press release.
"BIMCO is focused on driving efficiency. 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," Mr Papagiannopolous said.
"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," said the BIMCO press release.
He also seeks implementation and enforcement of stronger environmental regulations. 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," said the press release.
Following Mr Papagiannopolous's election, BIMCO confirmed that Sadan Kaptanoglu, managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping, a Turkish shipowner has been elected as BIMCO's very first female President Designate, according to Shipping Gazette.

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