• April 19-21, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Thomas Damsgaard


Head of Americas

Thomas Damsgaard is Head of Americas for BIMCO, where his responsibilities encompass member interest, industry engagement including new memberships for the Americas.

Thomas started an exciting shipping career in 1990 and has earned his stripes in a succession of increasingly challenging roles within senior management and leadership for maritime market leaders. He has lead several maritime start-ups and turnarounds and acts as an external advisor on leadership, strategy and optimization to global maritime, logistics and PE organizations.

He serves on professional boards within shipping and logistics. An active member of the Houston community, he fills leading roles including for the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Advisory Board at University of Houston; he co-founded the Danish American Chamber of Commerce and a non-for profit maritime scholarship fundraiser.

Thomas holds an MBA in Shipping & Logistics (Blue MBA) from Copenhagen Business School

Sessions With Thomas Damsgaard

Friday, 21 April

  • 09:05am - 09:45am (CST) / 21/apr/2023 02:05 pm - 21/apr/2023 02:45 pm

    A Brave New World: Global Trade and the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator

    Testy geopolitical relationships, an escalating drive toward energy security and diversity, and changing sourcing patterns won't be the only factors complicating the nature of project and breakbulk shipping over the next few years. New emissions regulations from the International Maritime Organization, particularly the Carbon Intensity Indicator, already are putting ship owners and time-charter operators at odds and have the potential to further restrict available capacity in the already-tight multipurpose segment. Among many other activities, BIMCO, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, publishes industry standard contracts widely used across all shipping segments. Accordingly, BIMCO has developed a CII Operations Clause for Time Charter Parties that is engendering significant controversy in the industry. Further, industry members question whether the underlying CII regulation is fit for purpose in the first place. Although data won't be collected and used to create a revamped CII until 2026, the shipping community must deal with the new CII regime immediately, and the BIMCO clause will be crucial to this. How will it affect MPV carriers and their project and breakbulk customers? Thomas Damsgaard, who recently opened BIMCO’s newest office in Houston, is a well-known and respected member of the shipping community with deep experience in the multipurpose sector. This Q&A session will address the immediate effects of CII, the BIMCO clause, and implications for owners, operators, service providers, and MPV customers.