The first elected woman for the post of the president of BIMCO Board

New President of the world’s largest shipping association BIMCO was elected on May 14. Şadan Kaptanoğlu – managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping will complete the new post for a two-year term.

“It is a great privilege for me to chair the BIMCO Board of Directors in this crucial time of change for shipping,” Kaptanoğlu said.

“The environment and climate change are key public concerns and getting the shipping industry to embrace this reality – and delivering the solutions to meet the world’s environmental expectations – will be my priority,” she added.

Kaptanoğlu, who is a Turkish shipowner, takes over from Greek shipowner, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Principal of Common Progress.

As President, Kaptanoğlu plans to steer BIMCO through the industry’s transition to low sulphur fuel and must set the direction for BIMCO’s approach to short and longer term measures to bring down the world fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions and, as part of that, ensure a level playing field is retained for shipping.

“Our goal is to make sure that new regulation is practical and enforceable, while ensuring that the BIMCO contracts are the best option to deal with new rules,” Kaptanoğlu informed.

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