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Chris Oliver is the Principal Director Marine – Head of the Marine Department

He is currently responsible for the development and implementation of ICS policy on technical, operational and environmental regulatory risks affecting international shipping. As head of the Marine Department he provides management oversight relating to all aspects of technical, environmental and operational matters. This work includes being the ICS accredited representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to represent the interests of ICS Members, shipowners and operators and working with IMO member States and other relevant stakeholders to develop and maintain statutory regulations.

Chris has over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry, is a qualified Master Mariner with 15 years sea experience with an oil major, followed by 23 years operational and ship management experience ashore with a dry cargo company, before joining ICS in 2017.

“Working for ICS has allowed me to use my extensive industry experience to give something back to an industry that I am passionate about and has given me so much.  As ICS is the principal representative for shipowners it remains vitally important that we continue to work with member States, industry partners, other NGOs and the regulators to ensure that shipping regulation is maintained as up to date and fit for purpose on a global basis, to allow the continuation of global trade on a fair and equitable competition basis.  Working for ICS enables me to make a difference to the future of shipping and I am immensely proud to be part of the ICS team and to lead the Marine Department.”