Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs
An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group.
Bud began his education in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later obtained his formal undergraduate education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer. During his subsequent career with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School. He most recently led the Maritime Policy efforts of the Cruise Lines International Association prior to joining the MSC Group in 2017.
Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s Cargo and Passenger divisions, developing the company’s central Government Affairs function, based at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva.
He serves on the Boards for the UK Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, Liberian Shipowners’ Council, and Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.
Shippers and container lines will put the hard questions to each other, taking the discussion around container shipping decarbonization beyond the theoretical and toward tangible operational actions. In this novel format, shipper and container line executives will question each other on what they’re doing to meet increasingly stringent mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will illuminate how cost-sensitive carriers and shippers can achieve incremental environmental victories, bringing them closer to what will ultimately be a fossil fuel-free future.