Michael Kingston, Managing Director, Michael Kingston Associates
Michael Kingston, an Irish Lawyer from Goleen, Co Cork in Ireland, is the 2014 - 2015 Lloyd’s List Global Maritime Lawyer of the Year for his contribution to safety of life at sea, particularly in the Polar regions in relation to risk and regulation as the Polar Code was being finalised. Michael represented the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) on the IMO’s world delegation Correspondence Group in the final stages of the development of the ‘ice regime’ that will guide limitation for operation in ice, following his earlier work on specialist insurers, Lloyd’s of London’s Arctic Report.
He has been working with the US Government during their Arctic Council Chairmanship and in July 2015 received the US Coastguard Challenge Coin for his efforts to promote maritime safety by raising awareness about the IMO Polar Code.
In Stockholm in February 2016 Michael presented to the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME) on the need for a Best Practices Information Forum to achieve universal understanding for navigational inputs in Arctic Operations. It was unanimously agreed to build the forum and Michael has been working with PAME’s Shipping Expert Group and presented the final proposal in Portland, Maine in September. Terms of Reference have been approved by PAME and included in their 2017 – 2019 Work Plan which is set for final approval at the Ministerial Summit in Fairbanks, subject to which the first Forum will meet in London, UK on 5th & 6th June 2017.
For further reading about this topic see Riviera Media’s special publication ‘Decoding the Polar Code’