"Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible. Yet the fact remains that most of the world's population is not aware of the vital role shipping plays in their everyday lives."
The keynote speaker at the IMO World Maritime Day celebration in Plymouth will be Mr Peter Hinchliffe OBE, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping and International Shipping Federation.
Peter had a first career in the Royal Navy. In this exciting career that spanned 27 years, he served at sea in most ship types but specialised as a submariner and commanded diesel and nuclear powered submarines for over five years. He also spent two years managing the Royal Navy's Tactical Development Centre.
He joined ICS in 2001 and for several years, as the Marine Director, he led ICS representation on safety and environmental issues at the IMO as well as speaking on behalf of international shipping at other UN agencies and on conference platforms around the world. He was appointed Secretary General in mid 2010. Peter has an honours degree in Systems and Management. He is a Vice-President of the Nautical Institute.
The evening meeting is supported by Plymouth University Marine Institute and the local branches of the maritime professional bodies including The Nautical Institute, IMarEST and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Doors open at 18:45 for 19:00 start.
The event is free to attend and a warm welcome is extended to all.
Please contact Robert Hone for further information (email: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 01752 586163).