The Global Maritime Club Summit will debut in Posidonia

Scheduled by Seatrade Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Chris Hayman, the summit will be preceded by a keynote address by Minister Giannis Plakiotakis, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy, Hellenic Republic.

Greece remains the largest ship-owning country in the world as the country continues to increase its share of the fleet controlled by the European Union (EU).

“… It is impressive that a country like Greece, which represents only 0.16% of the world’s population, has 20% of the world’s tonnage available on ships.

We Greeks are proud of our expedition. A maritime industry that participates effectively and dynamically in the global economy by transporting goods and products to all corners of the globe with a modern merchant fleet, contributing significantly to global prosperity and development…” said Mr. Plakiotakis.

According to Emma Howell, Director of Digital and Business Content, Seatrade Maritime, the summit was created to focus on two key areas that impact everyone in the industry: digitalization and the future of shipping. .

“Chris’ in-depth knowledge of the industry has allowed us to create a summit that will stand out as rich thought leadership, but also a lively panel discussion.”

The first session – Digitalization Demystified – will seek to demystify the digitalization process, identifying its potential benefits as an enabler of sustainable and optimized performance and considering the steps needed to ensure a return on investment.

Confirmed speakers include: Jesse Brink, President and CEO, ioCurrents; Sean Fernback, President, Wartsila Voyages; Mike Konstantinidisco-founder and CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology; Stephen Macfarlane – Director of Information Systems, V.Group; Andrew McKeranDirector of Maritime Performance Services, Lloyd’s Register; Ben Palmer OBE, President, Inmarsat Marine and Caroline Yang, Managing Director, Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd; Chairman, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Board Member, ICS Singapore.

The afternoon session – All on Deck: Shaping the future of shipping – which is generating great interest, begins with a focus on “A new waiver for seafarers? “.

“If the shipping industry is to succeed in meeting the challenges it faces in the years to come, business realignment, decarbonisation and digitalisation will mean that its seagoing workforce will play a crucial role in making it happen” , said Emma Howell. “Recent experience, including the pandemic, has had a sometimes devastating effect on seafarers’ well-being and morale, highlighting structural issues such as crew turnover. How the industry and the society at large can and should respond, so that the seafarers of the world enjoy the conditions and, just as importantly, the status they deserve as essential workers in a vital global industry?

Speakers include: Andreas HadjipetrouChief Commercial Officer and Group Managing Director, Columbia Shipmanagement; Henrik JensenManaging Director, Danica Maritime Services GmbH; John McDonald – Executive Vice-President – Deputy Managing Director, ABS; Despina Panayiotou TheodosiusPresident, WISTA; John Platsidakis, Honorary President, Intercargo and Guy Platten – Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping.

The second part of this focus area – A Better Life at Sea – examines what more can be done to support and improve the physical and psychological well-being of seafarers, as well as how the shipping industry maritime is in competition to recruit the next generation of seafarers and to ensure that it retains its existing workforce. What is the sailor’s role and career vision that will attract the first-class talent he needs? What is the role and responsibility of maritime education in achieving this?

Speakers include: Dominique CarlucciChairman and CEO, MarTrust; Doctor Konstantinos PoulisCEO, Epsilon; Pierre SchellenbergerVice-President Supply Chain, Thome Group; Valentinos SteliouChief Innovation Officer, Mintra Ltd and David Taylor CEng. FIMarEST FITOL, Head of the course, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.

The day-long summit concludes with an invitation-only networking reception hosted by the Isle of Man Ship Registry.

“Thank you to Posidonia for allowing us this platform for such important discussions and to our sponsors: ClassNK; ioCurrents; Lloyd’s Maritime Academy; Mintra Ltd. ; Wärtsilä Voyage and Isle of Man Ship Register,” added Emma Howell.

The one-day summit will be held on Thursday 9and June in the Posidonia Conference Room and is free on a first come, first registered basis.

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