2018 May 16 17:26

Forum held at IMO Headquarters looked at challenges and opportunities for the organisation

Under the theme IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future, two panels of experts led stimulating debates at a forum held at IMO Headquarters on 15 May.  

Moderated by shipping journalist Richard Clayton, the forum discussed IMO's role in the future of shipping and international trade, with thousands tuning in worldwide via online participation and hundreds of people submitting their questions to the panel, from Colombia to Indonesia.

Fascinating insights were shared by the panel, "I see tremendous opportunities for change in the industry where IMO will have to be agile and collaborate with partners to make the most of it" declared Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Chief Executive at DNV GL Group. Meanwhile, Diane Gilpin, Founder CEO at Smart Green Shipping Alliance said "as an industry, we must harness the power of renewables, that is the future", making a clear point about how to meet the challenges faced by the maritime industry. The forum was organized as part of a series of events for World Maritime Day 2018, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Organization.