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The Future-Forward Outlook | Digital Disruption - The heart of the matter
Shipping Leadership Forum | Crewing across the industry
Teekay Shipping Ltd. / Bahamas Shipowners’ Association
Early morning sessions
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.
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.
Late morning sessions
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Early afternoon sessions
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.
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.
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.
The merchant shipping industry is constantly seeking to balance different elements of the crewing equation:
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.
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.
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.
Late afternoon sessions
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
THE WRAP UP
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:
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.