Webinar on alternative fuels in support of Belgian candidacy to IMO Council

16th November 2021

With Belgium standing for re-election to the IMO Council in category C (special interests in maritime transport or navigation), Belgian shipowners voice their strong support for the country’s candidacy.

As the beating heart of maritime Europe, Belgium is uniquely placed to connect both Europe and the world – geographically, politically and economically – in order to cooperate closely together on shaping the future of shipping.

Home to the European institutions, Belgium is best placed to showcase European ambitions and initiatives especially when it comes to tapping the potentials of shipping in decarbonisation while strengthening its vital role in creating prosperity. The dual goal of economic and ecological importance is highlighted by Vincent Van Quickenborne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the North Sea: “Shipping is of great importance to our economy. At the same time, we are strongly committed to the protection of the seas and oceans. In this way, our country plays a leading role at an international level in reducing emissions.”

With its long maritime traditions and previous experience at the IMO Council, Belgium is adept at fostering partnerships and collaborations not just between states, but also between regulators and industry. “The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, as a representative body of the Belgian shipping, emphasizes the unique public-private cooperation with the Belgian Maritime Administration, in creating synergies and ensuring common objectives for sustainable shipping,” commented RBSA Managing Director, Wilfried Lemmens.

To support Belgium’s candidacy, the Federal Public Service for Mobility and Transport is organising

Webinar on Alternative Fuels: Powering ships to a sustainable future
19 November 2021, 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT)

Among the speakers are:

  • Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the North Sea
  • Bart Heylbroeck, Director general a.i. of the Directorate general Maritime Transport
  • Wilfried Lemmens, Managing Director of the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association
  • Roy Campe, Chief Technology Officer, CMB.TECH
  • Frederik Van Nuffel, Technical Director, Exmar
  • Martial Claudepierre, Global Market Leader Sustainable Shipping, Bureau Veritas

Click here for the full agenda. 

Register for the webinar.