European Shipping Week (ESW) saw leaders of the shipping industry and regulators from the European Union discuss issues of mutual concern.

There were officially 30 high level events supported by a number of meetings between industry and government. Alongside this over 350 delegates and guests attended the official EWS17 Conference and Gala Dinner in Brussels at the beginning of March.

“European Shipping Week addresses key issues currently facing European and Global shipping: investment, innovation, decarbonisation and the digitalisation of the maritime sector” said Violeta Bulc, the European transport commissioner.

He added: “Meeting the people that work in maritime transport – experiencing their knowledge and passion – is what strikes me most during ESW. I want to congratulate the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and all other associations who have contributed to this programme."

The European shipping industry, represented by the members of the ESW Steering Group and WSC – used ESW to issue a joint statement welcoming the European Commission’s mid-term review of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2009-2018.

By Alice Mason