Guy Platten

Guy Platten

Guy Platten was appointed Secretary General of ICS in August 2018.
He has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (a ferry and port owning company providing lifeline ferry services to communities in Scotland) and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board which is responsible for lighthouses, buoys, beacons and Aids to Navigation throughout Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Guy’s career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship

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ICS: Industry’s first priority is our seafarers

In an exclusive interview to SAFETY4SEA, Mr Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS, refers to the current industry’s challenges due to COVID-19 and how the pandemic impacts seafarers, highlighting that they have always been the heart of shipping. During this ongoing crisis, we must first steer seafarers safely through the remainder of the pandemic, Mr Platten stated, highlighting that vaccinations against Covid-19 should start for all seafarers soonest possible as they are experiencing fatigue and distress after such extended periods at sea.

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