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Contship Italia S.p.A. is the holding company of a group established in 1969, which is today the Italian partner of first choice for maritime container terminals, intermodal transport and value added logistic services for the global supply chain. 

The Contship Italia Group operates directly in the ports of La Spezia, Gioia Tauro, Cagliari, Ravenna, Salerno, Tangier and in the intermodal platform Rail Hub Milano (Melzo).

Contship value proposition is based on integrated transport solutions, provided through multiple directly owned subsidiaries, which extend the rail and road transport offer to a larger network of ports and intermodal hubs, in Italy and in Europe.

The Group, headed by Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello, has a yearly turnover over € 340 million, and counts 2300 employees.

In 2017, Contship container terminals handled over 6.2 million TEU (Twenty Equivalent Units). The Group Intermodal & Logistics companies transported 301,000 TEU, while the rail traction company holds the authorization to operate on more than 4500 km of the national rail network. The intermodal logistics platform of Milan – Melzo continues to act like a central node, connecting maritime and continental traffic, the main Italian gateway ports with the dynamic markets of Central and Northern Europe, operating 6,000 national and international block trains within a modern and efficient hub, compliant with the European standard.

The Contship Italia Group maintains a long-standing commitment to develop a sustainable logistics, promoting the use of intermodal solutions for continental and maritime “port-to-door” transport of containerized goods.



grimaldi_webThe Grimaldi Group, headquartered in Naples, operates a fleet of more than 120 vessels and employs approximately 15,000 people. Wholly owned by Grimaldi family, the Group is a multinational logistics Group specialised in the operation of roll-on/roll-off vessels, car carriers and ferries.

It comprises six shipping companies, namely: Grimaldi Deep Sea, operating in the transport of rolling cargo and container on the Atlantic routes and between the Mediterranean and West Africa; Grimaldi Euromed, specialized in the transport of rolling freight in Europe, in the Motorways of the Sea and in the transport of passengers in the Mediterranean with the Grimaldi Lines brand; Atlantic Container Line, which operates transport services for containers and rolling cargo between North America and North Europe; Malta Motorways of the Sea, shipowning company; Minoan Lines, operating in the Greek cabotage services for the transport of freight and passengers; Finnlines, operating in freight and passengers transport in the North and Baltic Sea.

The maritime connections are the core of an advanced logistics chain, which includes port terminals and road transport companies. The 21 port terminals owned / operated by the Grimaldi Group are located in 11 countries around the world; most of these terminals are fitted with Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) facilities, warehouses and workshops.  




American Club

Founded in 1917, the American Club is dedicated to identifying and empowering local talent in all the world’s major shipping hubs. Awards like the Lloyd’s List Next Generation Shipping Award, North American Maritime Services Award, and the Seatrade “Investment in People” Award recognize that. Homegrown capacity gives the Club regional maritime know-how - available 24 hours a day - able to communicate in no less than eleven languages.

It offers full mutual cover for P&I, FD&D risks, fixed premium insurance for smaller tonnage through Eagle Ocean Marine, as well as Hull and Machinery cover through its subsidiary, American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company Ltd. The Club also boasts an unsurpassed safety and loss prevention program. Its rich reserves of expertise enable it to typically exceed the service expectations of shipowners and charterers both large and small. Local service providing global solutions steers the Club into its next century of service excellence.





We started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we're one of the world's leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology – improving safety and increasing the performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries worldwide. 

The profits we generate fund the Lloyd's Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.

The Lloyd's Register Safety Accelerator is a new initiative, led by the Foundation and supported by LR, aiming to remove barriers preventing industry uptake of cutting-edge SafetyTech. It brings together technology companies and industry to test innovative digital solutions to critical safety and risk challenges. For more details, please visit our webpage.



International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The success of the Registry is due to its focus on quality, service, and continual improvement, delivered through a network of 28 worldwide offices in major shipping and financial centers.

All offices have the ability to register a vessel, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, provide technical support, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele.

IRI’s goal is to provide first class service to owners, operators, and industry stakeholders. The Registry’s proactive approach to the challenges faced by the maritime industry and its focus on investing in the quality of its personnel will continue to sustain the Registry’s expansion and success. 

The RMI fleet has received the highest ratings in port State control (PSC) international rankings and is included on the White Lists of both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and has also met the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris and Tokyo MoU’s New Inspection Regimes. At the same time, the RMI has maintained Qualship 21 status with the United States (US) Coast Guard (USCG) for 14 consecutive years, which is unprecedented.

The RMI also has an active delegation at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and maintains a significant role in the shaping of future regulations, particularly with respect to international regulations regarding the condition of ships, ships’ equipment, and operational standards.

The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day.


Supporting Associations

American Salvage 


The American Salvage Association was created as an association of professional salvors in order to provide an identity and assist in professionalizing the United States marine salvage and firefighting response capability. By doing so, the ASA has helped to improve marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters. The ASA also educates government, industry and the general public about the role of the marine salvor in protecting life, the environment, and property from the consequences of the perils of water transportation. To achieve these goals the ASA promotes cooperation among its members to assure an effective, successful response in major incidents. 









Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (USA) Inc. ASBA is an independent membership trade association, established in 1934 that brings together member Ship Brokers, Agents  and Affiliates with offices in the United States and Canada.











The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization built by its members for its members. It is an Association made of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and international trade.









Chamber of Shipping




The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) represents U.S. based companies that either own, operate or charter oceangoing tank, container, or dry bulk vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and companies that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels. Current members include companies that own or operate U.S. flag or foreign-flag vessels.
A company owning or operating only foreign-flag tonnage must have an office in the United States to qualify for membership.







The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) is the only permanent Inter-American governmental forum that brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas. CIP promotes competitive, sustainable, inclusive and secure maritime sector development by facilitating policy dialogue at the highest governmental and corporate levels. CIP priority areas include, in addition to promoting the protection of the marine environment and sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics; protection and security; tourism and services to ships; legislation and regulation; and CSR and gender equality. 







Cruise Lines International



Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 25 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.










NAMMA is an ecumenical, Christian association of individuals and organizations involved in maritime ministry throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Founded in 1932 as the National Group of Seamen’s Agencies, it was renamed NAMMA in 1991. Its mission is to provide a framework to support and assist port chaplains and others in their ministry to the spiritual, moral, human rights, and physical concerns of mariners and all others in the maritime community.







On November 7, 1927, The Propeller Club of the United States as a national and international organization was formed, with individual member clubs designated as "Ports." Ports followed in Tampa, Seattle, Jacksonville and Miami. The first overseas Propeller Club Port was formed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1932, by Americans engaged in the maritime business there.

The membership comprises a cross section of the maritime industry throughout the United States and in many cities overseas. The Propeller Club is particularly well equipped to promote, further and support the merchant marine. "Propeller" in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required to communicate the need for an adequate, privately-owned merchant marine for both overseas and domestic commerce.






Shipping  Fed Canada



The Shipping Federation of Canada, incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1903, is the association that represents and promotes the interests of the owners, operators and agents of ships involved in Canada's world trade. The Federation's member companies are involved in all sectors of the shipping industry, including dry bulk, liquid bulk, container and cruise.
The Federation's overall objective is to work towards a safe, efficient, competitive, environmentally sustainable and quality-oriented marine transportation system.









Organized in 1968, the West Gulf Maritime Association succeeded former local maritime associations in Houston, Galveston and Brownsville, Texas. The West Gulf Maritime Association embraced 

within one non-profit association the membership of steamship owners, operators, agents along with stevedoring, and terminal companies located in all Texas ports and the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Today the Association has grown to over 200 members.
















WISTA is a networking organization for women at management level in the maritime industry.

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