Philippos Philis was appointed by the General Assembly for a two-year term from January with Karin Orsel as the new Vice-President as President of the European Shipowners Association ECSA. He succeeds Claes Berglund, who has been President since 2020.
âThe start of the new ECSA presidency comes at a very challenging time as the global economy sails through the uncharted waters of the COVID pandemic. At the same time, the shipping industry must deal with environmental challenges such as the climate crisis and actively contribute to a new regulatory regime. At the same time, we will work towards stable access to ship finance, the EU free trade agenda, digitization and maritime safety. It is vital that new regulations become an opportunity to improve, not undermine, the competitiveness of our industry. That is why we need a strong voice from the ECSA in Brussels, âsaid the new ECSA President Philis.
âThe challenges facing European shipping are unprecedented. The pandemic has shown us that we need to be prepared for unforeseen developments. And our shared goals like clean shipping, closely tied to the immediate need to invest in innovation and transforming shipping, require thorough analysis and a solid response from our industry. Shipping is an international industry and a level playing field is required around the world. At the same time, the industry is ready to be open and constructive and to take part in the dialogue with political decision-makers in the EU, âsaid the new ECSA Vice President Karin Orsel.
Philis founded Lemissoler in 1996 and has been chairman and CEO of the group since 2009. The group is active in shipping lines, ship management, and ship operations and charter, as well as research and development with a focus on improving ship efficiency and reducing carbon footprint. He studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Philis is also the Immediate Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC).
Orsel became a shipowner and maritime entrepreneur at the age of 23 and has been CEO of her shipping company MF Shipping Group since 2001. In 2017 she was appointed President of the Royal Netherlands Shipowners Association. Karin Orsel received the “Industry Leader Award 2019” at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference in London, the “Personality of the Year 2019” at the WISTA International General Meeting and is an honorary doctor of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Public Administration Degree in recognition of her significant Contributions to the maritime industry.