Commenting on the occasion, Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman, said: “He will bring with him a broad range of skills including time at sea, demonstrable commercial success, and association work illustrated by his current successful tenure at the UK Chamber of Shipping."

Mr. Platten will replace Mr. Peter Hinchliffe who is currently a Secretary General in mid-2018, on a date to be confirmed later in the year.

On the news of his appointment, Mr. Guy Platten, said: “Peter Hinchliffe has done an incredible job as Secretary General and is a hard act to follow. I am proud to be given the opportunity to take ICS forward at such an important time for shipping. The amount of ongoing legislation is considerable - CO2 reduction, ballast water management, sulphur emissions – and the shipping community is looking to ICS for leadership and support. Shipping is at the centre of the world stage and I am looking forward to contributing to that important work. It is going to be good to work with Peter to ensure a smooth transition and I acknowledge his outstanding stewardship of the ICS.”