Emanuele Grimaldi is positioning himself as one of shipping's most vocal advocates for decarbonisation.

The head of Italy's largest shipowning group deems the International Chamber of Shipping's (ICS) backing for zero-carbon emissions in shipping by 2050 something of a pioneering move.

"I think we have really surprised the world," he told the Euromed conference in Valencia on 8 October. "For the first time in history, an association is moving faster than the regulators."

Grimaldi will take an increasingly vocal role after been named as chair-designate, subject to formal election in June 2022.