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Key Sessions

Kate Adamson

The Future-Forward Outlook | Digital Disruption - The heart of the matter

Futurenautics

John Adams

Shipping Leadership Forum | Crewing across the industry

Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association

08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Main agenda
Registration and Breakfast in the CrewConnect Global Exhibition
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Main agenda
Chairman's welcome & introduction | Luzon Room
  • John Adams - Conference Chairman / Managing Director / Chairman, Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association
09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
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The Blue Philippines
  • Ramon Lopez - Secretary of Trade and Industry, The Government of The Philippines
09:20 - 09:40 20 mins
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Harnessing the Potential of the Philippines

With over 50% of Teekay’s seafarers originating from the Philippines and the company’s Learning and Development Training Centre opened in Manila in 2015, the commitment and investment of the operator in Filipino talent is undeniable. But what if we were go further and explore the true potential of the Philippines for business management and operations? This presentation will give one international organisation’s experience and efforts in making a difference.


  • Alex Verchez - President and Managing Director, Teekay Shipping Philippines
09:40 - 10:10 30 mins
Main agenda
The Future-Forward Outlook | Digital Disruption - The heart of the matter


A combination of breakthrough technologies, global megatrends and new generational mindsets are conspiring to profoundly change the world we all live in, but it's people who are responsible for creating the future. Increased automation, artificial intelligence, hyper-connectivity and abundance of information gives us the context for a whole new kind of industry, one where intractable problems can finally find solutions, and we can engage the collective brain to meet the rapidly diversifying threats we face.

The time has come for a vision of shipping in the digital age which uses technology to put people at its heart.

  • Kate Adamson - CEO, Futurenautics
10:10 - 10:50 40 mins
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Networking break in the CrewConnect Global Exhibition
10:50 - 11:20 30 mins
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View From the Outside | 21st Century Skills, Future Learning and Training

Alexander will guide you through exponential technology, promote an open mind, ‘just-in-time learning’ and the power of nano-degrees as means to manage tomorrow’s uncertainty. His talks also explore the dilemmas and ethics of the future, and its impact on the human experience and business-as-usual.

Followed by an open discussion with delegates facilitated by K D Adamson on what this insight means for marine education and training. 

  • Alexander Avanth - Future Education Specialist, 21st Century Competences, Dare Disrupt
11:20 - 12:05 45 mins
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Shipping Leadership Forum | Crewing across the industry

Our panel of operators will address the commonalities and difference across sectors within the industry, how they see the manning and training landscape changing, and what needs to happen in the middle and long term in shipping. This session will the set the scene for the conference and look at:

  • Leadership in maritime
  • What are the industry drivers – are they working?
  • Is the industry agile enough?

Join the discussion and share your thoughts, taking this opportunity to address your questions directly to our speakers and voting on the opinions they express.

  • Moderator John Adams - Conference Chairman / Managing Director / Chairman, Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association
  • Yuzuru Goto - Managing Director, "K" Line LNG Shipping
  • Prabhat Jha - Group Managing Director, MSC Shipmanagement
  • Artur Pankowski - Associate Vice President /General Manager, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. /RCL Regional Operating Headquarters
  • Gerardo Borromeo - Vice President, Philippines Shipowners Association
12:05 - 12:45 40 mins
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Making the Connection: How do we enable shipping's digital future?

Connectivity is an essential precursor to digitisation but historically the cost and complexity of links between vessels and shoreside has acted as a brake on the adoption of digital initiatives. The promise of a new era of high throughput satellite networks is making enterprise-grade connectivity affordable to every operator, and offering opportunities for crew to connect not just to their families, but to their companies. But:

  • What's the reality of connectivity at sea? How important is connectivity? 
  • Has access improved since the introduction of the MLC? 
  • Does the provision of communications influence which shipping companies crew choose to work for? 
  • Which technologies do our seafarers believe either threaten or provide opportunities for their future jobs, and do they believe the quality of the training they can access equips them for the jobs they have to do today, and will have to do tomorrow?

This senior panel, joined live from their vessel by guest seafarers, will debate the findings of the 2017 Crew Connectivity Survey, what we can learn from the results and identify the big questions industry stakeholders need to be asking. 

  • Moderator Kate Adamson - CEO, Futurenautics
  • Ann-Kristin Siewert - Senior Crewing Manager, Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement
  • Tilmann Michalke - Senior Product Manager Crew Welfare & Online Tools, Marlink
  • Rob Myers - Senior Director, Market Development, Inmarsat Maritime
  • Fared Khan - Marine Director, Wallem Shipmanagement
12:45 - 13:00 15 mins
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Seafarer Training - From Competency to Excellence
  • Mark Woodhead - Senior Vice President - Training and Content, KVH
13:00 - 14:10 70 mins
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Networking lunch in the CrewConnect Global Exhibition
13:00 - 14:10 70 mins
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Maritime Health - Continued Duty of Care
  • Ravjyot Singh Khuman - Managing Director, 3Cube
14:10 - 14:15 5 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Introduction to the Recruitment and Retention Stream | Davao Room
  • Chairman Phil Parry - Chairman, Spinnaker Global Ltd.
14:10 - 14:15 5 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Introduction to the MET, Competency and Safety at Sea Stream | Luzon Room
  • Kuba Szymanski - Secretary General, InterManager
14:15 - 14:55 40 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Multi-cultural Crews: Why we have to put the culture at the heart of Safety Culture

Multi-cultural crews, bias and prejudice, conflict and miss-communication and accidents on board go hand in hand. How can we aspire to building a safety culture, if we don’t go to the root and explore and train for culture sensitivity?

Explaining the mechanisms and offering insight from over 30 years of experience working with over 30 different nationalities, Laxmi will make the case for cultural training and the need for ownership right at the top of the organisation.


  • Laxmi Chaudhry - Cross Cultural Consultant/Trainer, 1 Stop HR
14:15 - 14:55 40 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Right jobs, right people, retention and recognition

How do shipping companies make sure they have the right people in the right roles? Furthermore, how is experience recognised within the global shipping industry?

Karen and David will talk through how companies can implement a plan to make sure that they have the right people in the correct roles, and provide a platform for professional development and further learning to enhance and maintain a competent workforce.


  • David Kelly - Director Asia-Pacific, IMarEST
  • Karen Walthan - Managing Director, HR Consulting, Spinnaker Global
14:55 - 15:10 15 mins
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Payroll optimisation: How much is your payroll costing you and your crews?


  • How much does it really cost to pay crew?
  • What are the direct and indirect costs to the employer?
  • What are the costs incurred by your crew?
  • Stuart Ostrow - President, Maritime Payment Solutions, ShipMoney
14:55 - 15:10 15 mins
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Have Pulse, Can Sail – Shortcomings of the Flag / State Medicals

The theme being developed is that there is need to better understand what different PEME's can do to help more effectively manage a condition with a crew member.  However, often times, PEME's are thought to be reflective of the true state of a person's health, when that is not really the case.  The hope is to help crew managers, ship managers and owners better understand how to more effectively manage a person's health before, during and after a tour of duty in order to enhance the working career of a competent crew member.


  • Nigel Griffiths - Chairman, Marine Advisory Medical & Repatriation Service
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
What’s Your Crewing Strategy?

The merchant shipping industry is constantly seeking to balance different elements of the crewing equation:

  • Safety - increasing evidence of the impact of the human element in safety.
  • Cost - crewing is commonly the largest element in vessel operating budget.
  • Efficiency – the drive to demonstrate increasing cost-effectiveness in a competitive marketplace.

One of the areas impacting on this equation is how crew are allocated to vessels and how long a senior team works together on the same vessel. Does maintaining a consistent senior team deliver benefits in safety, efficiency and cost? Initial findings of an on-going 3 years research project will be shared.


  • Dr Kate Pike - Associate Professor | Senior Research Fellow | Maritime Science and Engineering , Southampton Solent University
  • Chris Wincott - Consultant , NJC Associates Ltd
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Avoiding Major Accidents In Shipping: The importance of safety culture maturity
  • Impact of major accidents in shipping
  • How to mitigate human error – embracing and managing failure
  • How to develop safety culture – importance of trust and collaboration
  • Making safety culture sustainable – smart use of technology
  • Yuzuru Goto - Managing Director, "K" Line LNG Shipping
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
How to Monitor and Evaluate Safety Behaviour

If we are to improve our safety performance further, an improved ‘articulation’ about company safety performance is pivotal to provide us with a more robust picture of the present safety conditions.

The challenge is to define what kind of performance measurements we should have in place, how we gather the data and manage it. In this process we have to accept a certain level of subjectivity. We also need to accept the fact that human safety performance and behaviour – to be of value – has to be publicly addressed and that our observations and perceptions need to be subject to discussion.


  • Bjarke Jakobsen - Partner, Green-Jakobsen
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Improving the Nature of Shipping

We turn to the operators to understand what crew engagement is and see some examples of crew programmes that have proven results for retention, satisfaction and efficiency.

Crewing in Action: Connecting crew engagement with leadership and governance.

  • Torbjørn Eide - Vice President, Klaveness Ship Management AS
15:50 - 16:20 30 mins
Main agenda
Networking break in the CrewConnect Global Exhibition
16:20 - 16:40 20 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Industry Collaboration | Behaviour Based Safety Management from the Tanker Industry

Shipping and especially the tanker industry has for a long time been discussing technical solutions and technical skills to ensure zero incidents and zero oil spill. These efforts have drastically decreased the number of incidents and oil spilt from tankers. However, we still have incidents and the infrequent oil spill.

This presentation will discuss how the industry now works together towards the Zero goals targeting behaviour skills in a structured manner.

  • Johan Gahnström - Senior Marine Manager, INTERTANKO
16:20 - 16:40 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Crewing in Action: The human factor in the shipping industry

Human input is becoming more and more important for improving the efficiency on board ships. The people on board have strong influence on the budget of the vessel, which alongside the budget of the Crewing department are increasingly significant. Even so, seafarers are not aware of their power.

Training people also in this respect becomes a great opportunity for the Ship manager to keep the costs low. We just need to learn to be more open and honest with our Senior officers as our company representatives on board.

So, take care of your people, and the people will take care of your managed vessels.

  • Ann-Kristin Siewert - Senior Crewing Manager, Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement
16:40 - 17:00 20 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Managing Competence: from compliance to real value
  • Does completing all the courses indicated in the training matrix for his rank make a seafarer competent?
  • Crucial elements of a competence management framework to be successful – Does your CMS have these?
  • Clear mandate, CMS objectives and support from top management
  • Accountability of key players – fleet director, technical super, HSEQ, Marine HR, seafarers. ( Unfortunately, its not only Marine HR’s responsibility)
  • Clear link between competence, verification, training activities and performance management of seafarer and shore staff
  • Simple system to track and monitor all CMS activities and link to management objectives/review.
  • Is a CMS for seafarers a must have or a nice to have in the current times?
  • Adrien Luntao - General Manager, Global Training - Crew Management, OSM Maritime Group
16:40 - 17:00 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Ship-to-Shore Interaction

Generally speaking, shore-side staff who communicate with seafarers in the same company are aware of the difficulties that they experience in their interactions. They may choose to address some of these difficulties in seminars with seafarers and via training. However much less is generally known about the problems of ship-shore interaction from a seafarer’s point of view.

This presentation will discuss the results from a large scale study of seafarers’ perspectives on ship-shore interaction (funded by LRF, TK Foundation, and Cardiff University). In doing so it will reveal some worrying findings including that:

  • 36% of seafarers had experienced a member of their company’s shore side personnel shouting at them
  • 68% stated that this had taken place face to face on board
  • Many seafarers did not completely trust shore-personnel in their company. As a result, only 34% of seafarers reported telling their company’s shore staff ‘the full truth’ about situations on board.


  • Prof. Helen Sampson - Director, Seafarers International Research Centre
17:00 - 17:45 45 mins
MET, Competency and Safety at Sea
Panel: Training for Competence and the Future

This panel will focus on solutions for the development of training and education strategies to ensure competency, but also a fit with what current data and forecasts are telling us about future skills needed for the future of shipping.

  • The future of training – methodologies, objectives, formats.
  • How will tech affect the future of training?
  • How urgent is the need to change?

Including:Mentoring Best Practices

Mentoring is on one of the most affordable and efficient training methods available to operators and managers,yet, difficult to get right and hence, severely under used.Learn from these industry leaders how you can build and implement an efficient mentoring scheme within your fleet.

  • Moderator Kuba Szymanski - Secretary General, InterManager
  • Capt. Pradeep Chawla - Chairman/ Managing Director QHSE & Training, GlobalMET/ Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd.
  • John Lloyd - Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute
  • Dimitris Lyrakos - CEO, Filistos A.C.T. (Assessment Consulting and Training)
  • Rajesh Tandon - Global Director – Industrial Relations and Seafarer Development, V Group
  • Tugfan Sahin - Deputy Manager, TUDEV - Turkish Maritime Education Foundation (Founder of Piri Reis Maritime University)
17:00 - 17:20 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
Ship to Shore: seafarer development, transition and progression

How do seafarers make a successful transition from working at sea to shore based roles within the shipping industry and the wider maritime sector? What are the shore-based career opportunities available to seafarers; how can their expertise best be utilised in shore-based roles; what training and qualifications will aid the transfer and how can these be achieved? This presentation will highlight the work and outcomes of the UK Project Ulysses activity – which undertook research with shipping companies and seafarers to identify how to provide and ensure effective seafarer career development, progression and transition from ship to shore.

The interactive presentation includes case studies and audience participation.

  • Glenys Jackson OBE - Manager, Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
  • Nick Chubb - Business Developer, Marine Society
17:20 - 17:40 20 mins
Recruitment, Retention
The Mariner in the Age of Automation


 Potential for unmanned and autonomous control with built in failsafe human intervention has become part of the shipping industry’s future.  This is in light of increasing tacit global demand for unmanned and autonomous vehicles.  Gordon Meadow will answer questions concerning possible skill set requirements of a future workforce in light of this potential and conceivable associated time lines.  This work is primarily focused on the notion that personnel requirements will change as the application of greater navigational autonomy escalates in the marine environment in favour of more remote means of operation

  • Gordon Meadow - Senior Lecturer and Researcher, School of Maritime Science and Engineering Southampton Solent University | Warsash Maritime Academy
17:50 - 18:35 45 mins
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Main Themes & Key Focus Areas | Feedback from Chairs of both Streams with Conference Chairman and alternative suggestion to: Panel on collaboration: Ship owners, manning agents and seafarers

The conference and stream Chairmen will join on stage to summarize the key take-aways following the first day and lead the last panel of the day.

We’ve heard from different sides of the industry on different topics, however, the most important discussion should bring the key players face to face to address the issue for collaboration and start the conversation we ask:

  • What are the challenges as seen from each perspective?
  • What support is needed and what part can each play in boosting collaboration and developing a positive working environment?
  • What works and what doesn’t?
  • How can the admin burden be reduced to benefit all parties?
  • How do we go from seafarer welfare to well-being?

The panelists will also take questions from the audience and we encourage you to participate and let us know if you have any examples of collaboration and engagement.

  • Moderator John Adams - Conference Chairman / Managing Director / Chairman, Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association
  • Chairman Recruitment & Retention Phil Parry - Chairman, Spinnaker Global Ltd.
  • Chairman MET, Competency & Safety at Sea Kuba Szymanski - Secretary General, InterManager
  • Torbjørn Eide - Vice President, Klaveness Ship Management AS
  • Agnes Sulit-Enesio - VP, Crewing Operations, Odfjell Philippines
  • Michael Estaniel - President / Contact Representative, Philippines, Trans-Global Maritime Agency, Inc./ IMEC
  • Danny Lomax - Second Officer, Cruise Liner
  • Nikos Gazelidis - Group Head of Shipping and Managing Director Greece & Cyprus, ATPI Griffinstone
18:35 - 18:40 5 mins
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Chairman's closing remarks and end of day 1
  • John Adams - Conference Chairman / Managing Director / Chairman, Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association
18:35 - 20:35 120 mins
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CrewConnect Global 2017 Networking Drinks Reception in the Exhibition