Polar waters are the new maritime frontier so it should be a matter of pride for the Irish maritime sector to know that an Irishman is to the fore in drawing up operational regulations in these waters.
He is Michael Kingston, a West Corkman from Goleen, close to the Southern coastal waters on the edge of the Atlantic. He has achieved a big reputation in maritime circles, honoured by Lloyds List newspaper, the ‘Bible of Shipping’ as it is known, who gave him the accolade of ‘Maritime Lawyer of the Year’ and described him as one of the Top 100 influencers in the world in the global insurance, maritime and energy sectors.
Below, I have the pleasure of talking to Michael about his work with DWF, based in London, where he is a Partner in the internationally-recognised firm, dealing with Marine, Trade and Energy issues. We discuss how he has been involved in shaping the new Polar Code that will regulate maritime risks in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Listen to his interview below where he discusses, in particular, the cruise ship voyage due to enter Polar waters next month.
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