WSC and member lines (CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING Europe, Hapag-Lloyd AG , A.P. Moller – Maersk and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company joined the EU – China Maritime Transport Dialogue in Cyprus on 21 / 22 May).

Useful discussions and perspectives were exchanged on numerous topics including shared IMO climate goals, the Fit for 55 Package of EU climate regulations, the entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, maritime safety and important trade facilitations.

Further follow up by both sides is planned to take forward agreed actions. Many thanks to both the EU and Chinese delegations and to our Cypriot hosts.

I have during my career had the fortune to meet & talk to many interesting people, one of them being Sir Christopher Pissarides, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2010.

The Most Interesting Man In The World? Maybe it is Peter Freuchen, below with his wife Dagmar Freuchen-Gale, in a photo taken by Irving Penn (1947).

Freuchen is a top candidate for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Standing six feet seven inches, Freuchen was an arctic explorer, journalist, author, and anthropologist.

He participated in several arctic journeys (including a 1000-mile dogsled trip across Greenland), starred in an Oscar-winning film, wrote more than a dozen books (novels and nonfiction, including his Famous Book of the Eskimos), had a peg leg (he lost his leg to frostbite in 1926; he amputated his gangrenous toes himself), was involved in the Danish resistance against Germany, was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Nazis before escaping to Sweden, studied to be a doctor at university, his first wife was Inuit and his second was a Danish margarine heiress, became friends with Jean Harlow and Mae West, once escaped from a blizzard shelter by cutting his way out of it with a knife fashioned from his own feces, and, last but certainly not least, won $64,000 on The $64,000 Question.

His third wife, Dagmar Freuchen, was a teacher, artist, editor, expert on world cuisine, and a top fashion illustrator.


They were the ultimate Power-Couple.