Grahaeme Henderson becomes UK Chamber of Shipping President


Dr Grahaeme Henderson has been elected as the UK Chamber of Shipping’s President for 2016-17.

As Shell’s Vice President for Shipping and Marine, Dr Henderson is responsible for Shell’s international shipping and maritime activities, including ships, barges, drilling units, floating production facilities and related operations.  His work spans Shell’s entire business across upstream, downstream, projects and construction.

During his inaugural address as the chamber’s President, Dr Henderson praised significant progress made by the UK Chamber on a range of issues, but warned:

“But the world is changing.  Yet again.  And if we do not change with it, we will quickly lose touch, and those impressive gains of recent years will be lost and our relevance and influence will drop.  That is the reality of the modern world.”

He set out his agenda for the coming year, something he described as “a common agenda, one that defines us as people and as businesses” on the environment and safety.

“I have asked the families of our seafarers what is the most important thing to them when their loved ones are at sea and without hesitation, they all say safety. There is nothing worse than a major incident.  Noone wins. People are killed and injured, the memories last forever and time never heals. Reputations are damaged and the costs are high. By some metrics, safety performance has improved during recent years – ship losses are down 50% since 2005 – but there is evidence that crew safety is not improving at the same rate, and indeed some studies have found it to be getting worse. We must identify why that is the case, and move towards delivering a step change with shipping companies working together to a common goal of a zero incident industry. 

“The environment is also a vital common agenda. Shipping’s global greenhouse gas emissions are currently around 3% of the global total, but if left unchecked, could rise to 17% by 2050, potentially even more given country pledges at COP21. There are many variables and scenarios used to make these predictions, but one thing is clear. This is simply unacceptable and we have a responsibility to link arms together to set our own reduction measures, without the need for legislation.  And we need to start now. This is our environment and society expects us to take action.”

During the AGM, Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line, was elected as Vice President.

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