ECSA appoints Sotiris Raptis as Secretary General

Sotiris Raptis has been appointed by the General Assembly to lead the  European Community Shipowners’ Associations as its new Secretary General.


Sotiris Raptis, Secretary General ECSA


Sotiris Raptis (41) has extensive EU political and policy experience, having worked for different organisations in Brussels over the last 14 years. After joining ECSA  as Director...

Monday, May 2, 2022 - 10:45

EU shipowners highlight importance of seafarers in Ukraine crisis


ECSA urges regulators to guarantee seafarers’ mobility and their rights as essential workers.


European shipowners are following very closely the impacts of the events in Ukraine on the crews and the safe continuation of shipping operations.

The EU fleet relies heavily on Ukrainian and Russian seafarers, which make...

Monday, February 28, 2022 - 10:59

Maritime Security: ECSA welcomes extension of Coordinated Maritime Presence


The European shipping industry welcomes the EU’s political commitment to the strengthening of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and North-Western Indian Ocean.


Two sets of Council Conclusions have been adopted on Monday to extend and enhance the EU’s Coordinated Maritime Presence (CMP) in the Gulf of...

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 08:00

Philippos Philis takes over as ECSA president with Karin Orsel as Vice-President


Philippos Philis has been appointed as new ECSA President by the General Assembly for a two-year term starting in January with Karin Orsel as new Vice-President. He succeeds Claes Berglund, who served as President since 2020.

“The beginning of the new ECSA Presidency comes at a very challenging time...

Monday, January 10, 2022 - 08:07

Supply chain partners in constructive dialogue to overcome logistics challenges


Brussels, 14 December 2021 - Shippers and carriers met yesterday to talk about the causes and effects of recent supply chain disruption coinciding with the COVID 19 pandemic. The meeting brought together a broad representation of members from the European Shippers Council (ECS) and the World Shipping Council (WSC)...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 12:45

European Shipowners call for further action in the Gulf of Guinea


Latest incident involving Danish frigate highlights severity of piracy threat in the Gulf of Guinea


European shipowners are extremely concerned about piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea. The latest incident in South Nigeria, which involved a suspected pirate vessel and Danish Frigate Esben Snare and resulted in...

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 08:10