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Key Sessions

Andreas Nordseth

Changing the Mindset: Leadership, innovation and agility for sustainable growth in Shipping

Danish Maritime Authority

Oskar Levander

What will the future of the Maritime industry will look like in the era of Ship Intelligence?

Rolls-Royce

08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

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Registration and Networking Break

09:00 09:10 (10 mins)

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Chairman's welcome & introduction| Feature: Introduction to Cadet Task Force 2017

Introduction and objective setting by the Chairman of the conference.

FEATURE: The project we have assigned our 2017 Cadet Task Force is Reverse mentoring in action and we will call on our multi-national cadets to show us how it works.

  • Chairman Conference Chairman Giles Heimann - Group Corporate Director Human Resources - Marine, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

09:10 09:30 (20 mins)

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Changing the Mindset: Leadership, innovation and agility for sustainable growth in Shipping

Andreas Nordseth will deliver an insightful presentation on how is innovation driving the future of shipping and help set the direction for the following two days.

  • Andreas Nordseth - Director General, Danish Maritime Authority

09:50 10:20 (30 mins)

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“Disruption Required”: Shipping must change tactics to recruit the future workforce

The issue of talent shortages, employee retention and recruitment is not an issue which will vanish overnight. What will it take to really change the face of crew recruitment? What are the generational challenges of attracting future generations to the industry and keeping these seafarers at sea? How will they be solved? Is this industry ready for disruption, or is this a bridge too far?

Mark Charman will present the findings of Faststream’s research into the deeper issues surrounding crew recruitment and look at how the industry will rely on modern-day disruptors to change the industries approach to attraction, recruitment and retention of future generations. 

  • Mark Charman - Chief Executive Officer, Faststream Recruitment Group

10:20 10:40 (20 mins)

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Paving the way for a global roll-out of e-Navigation : EfficienSea2 Project updates

  • Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl - Manager, Maritime Technology & Regulation, BIMCO

10:40 11:10 (30 mins)

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Coffee and networking break

11:10 11:30 (20 mins)

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What will the future of the Maritime industry will look like in the era of Ship Intelligence?

Automation is already and increasingly at the heart of operations in shipping.  Oskar will be sharing what the future of the Maritime industry will look like in the era of Ship Intelligence, with an emphasis on the implications for crewing:

  • How advanced is research and development of unmanned vessels?
  • What do we know so far from testing stages?
  • What are the likely timelines?
  • Is the industry ready?
  • Oskar Levander - Vice President Innovation, Engineering & Technology, Marine, Rolls-Royce

11:30 11:50 (20 mins)

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From the drawing board to water: Updates from the testing phases for autonomous technology from Norway

We must accept that we are moving rapidly into a digital and cyber future, that already automatic systems are available and will make the future different than we see today. 

The proliferation of autonomous systems which will make shipping more efficient and safe is imminent. Big data, IoT, and e-navigation have already permeated the entire maritime industry.

We need to be prepared, and we should see the possibilities together with challenges of the future technology. Norway is using the  knowledge of the maritime industry and maritime R&D (maritime cluster) to achieve a sustainable growth towards a safer and more efficient maritime future, and we believe it will be digital.


  • Svein David Medhaug - Senior Surveyor/projectmanager Section for Cargo Vessels, Norwegian Maritime Authority

11:50 12:35 (45 mins)

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Shipping Leadership Forum: Is the industry keeping up with technology?

Kicking off the discussion our panel of leaders will address the question of what the role of Master Mariner is likely to be and the overarching issue of accountability on unmanned vessels.

  • Who is the Master Mariner on autonomous ship?
  • How do we prepare for change and how will it impact decision making?
  • Putting on the brakes: regulators’ perspective – factors to consider
  • Owners perspective

 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 Conference Chairman Giles Heimann - Group Corporate Director Human Resources - Marine, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
  • Andreas Nordseth - Director General, Danish Maritime Authority
  • Mark Charman - Chief Executive Officer, Faststream Recruitment Group
  • Oskar Levander - Vice President Innovation, Engineering & Technology, Marine, Rolls-Royce
  • Lars Robert Pedersen - Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO
  • Drew Brandy - Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat

12:35 13:50 (75 mins)

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Lunch

13:50 14:35 (45 mins)

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LIVE DEMO A different kind of disruption | 1 click to bankruptcy - Could hackers steal my payroll?

Are you cybersecure? Are you sure?

Learn how your company might be under attack and what to do about it. Cybersail will explain current Cyber attacks, what is happening to other maritime companies and demonstrate live how easily it is for you to give accidentally access to hackers, potentially costing your company 100000s of euros.

  • Markus Schmitz - Managing Director, SOFTimpact

14:35 14:55 (20 mins)

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Recruiting for competency: What is your crewing strategy and how do you measure results?

Given the costs associated with crewing, should the HR Department take a more strategic approach to recruitment and people management? In this session we will discuss:

  • HR maturity models
  • Knowing your crewing pool
  • Optimising crewing pools

Join the discussion and share your best practice and experience.

  • Tommy Olofsen - Managing Director / Chairman Human Element Committee, OSM Crew Management Ltd. / INTERTANKO

14:55 15:20 (25 mins)

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Crew Supply Forum

Back to source: what are the trends and issues facing European operators in sourcing competent crew?

  • Can we get the right competence and supply of crew?
  • Are ship-owners concerned? Do they see a problem?
  • Can crewing agents deliver?
  • All good Eastern-European front?

Let us know what your challenges are and what solutions you have identified. 

  • Moderator Conference Chairman Giles Heimann - Group Corporate Director Human Resources - Marine, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
  • Dariusz Jellonnek - General Manager, V.Ships
  • Irina Carbunaru - Crew Director, Marine Operations North Europe and the Americas, VShips

15:20 15:35 (15 mins)

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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

15:35 16:05 (30 mins)

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Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break

16:05 16:25 (20 mins)

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Towards an agile marine HR architecture

The maritime industry as a whole is undergoing major changes, evolving and shifting. With it, the marine HR landscape must rise to the challenge of leading and guiding this process. Lines between ship and shore are becoming increasingly blurred and the conversation now should be about stagnation, career paths, options and transferability of skills:

  • Are we thinking strategically?
  • What trends can we see? What picture are they painting?
  • Traditional shore roles and new options – how are companies benefiting?
  • Ship-to-shore: what support is there, what is still missing?
  • How do salaries, options and life styles compare? 
  • Karen Waltham - Managing Director, HR Consulting, Spinnaker Global

16:25 16:45 (20 mins)

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Connectivity: Evolution or Revolution? Part I: What would happen if your crew could access the internet on-board?

In the Digital Age, embracing future technologies and improving performance with digitized services will come to mean economic performance and growth. At the heart of it, connectivity. This session will look into connectivity and implications for crew.


16:45 17:00 (15 mins)

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Connectivity: Evolution or Revolution? Part II: Ship-to-shore online communication

In terms of face to face, in general, on a regular basis, seafarers only get to interact with superintendents and therefore, superintendents become the ‘human face’ of the company. But the superintendents’ interactions with seafarers are not always encouraging and pose some real concern for seafarers which could have an implication to health and safety on-board and issues concerning retention in and loyalty to the company.

This presentation will discuss findings from a broad empirical research which paints a worrying picture:

  • 36% 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
  • Only 34% told their company’s shore staff ‘the full truth about the situation on board’
  • 46% felt occasionally unable to tell the full truth
  • 20% stated that they often felt unable to tell the full truth about situations on board


  • Dr. Nelson Turgo - Research Associate, Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), Cardiff University

17:00 17:20 (20 mins)

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How we prepare for the future – leadership and training for Shipping 3.0

Potential for unmanned and autonomous control with built in failsafe human intervention could perceptibly be a picture of the future for the shipping industry. Personnel requirements will change as the application of greater navigational autonomy escalates in the marine environment in favour of more remote means of operation. Finding from this research will address questions concerning:

  • profile of future marine professionals working on board and on shore
  • training of seafarers and pedagogy
  • maintenance of a healthy safety culture for control room operators
  • leadership and management of seafarers during the transition from manned to unmanned ships
  • Gordon Meadow - Senior Lecturer and Researcher, School of Maritime Science and Engineering Southampton Solent University | Warsash Maritime Academy

17:20 17:30 (10 mins)

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Chairman's closing remarks and end of Day 1

  • Conference Chairman Giles Heimann - Group Corporate Director Human Resources - Marine, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

17:30 19:30 (120 mins)

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Networking Drinks Reception