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International cooperation and the importance of speaking with one voice are the key lessons to learn from 2021, according to InterManager president Mark O’Neil, CEO of Columbia Shipmanagement, who writes exclusively for Splash today.

As 2021 draws to a close shipping has faced environmental challenges, safety issues, and the monumental task of our supporting seafarers as they work through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Good efforts have been made but more remains to be done.

I believe that, central to shipping’s approach to global issues, is collective cooperation. Shipping must speak with one voice at international level in order to be taken seriously and make a significant contribution to world debate.

With the benefit of hindsight, what did shipping actually achieve in COP26? Not nearly as much as it could have achieved if it had prepared itself better and had spoken with one voice on the commonly identified macro issues?

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