IMarEST TV recording of our panel discussion: How will Covid-19 shape the marine industry? Which took place on the 3rd June 2020.
In a few short months Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. The pandemic has seen the shipping industry face unprecedented challenges – some will have long-term consequences.
Cruise ships with thousands of passengers onboard were left stranded. Stories abound of seafarers in the merchant fleet unable to step ashore, let alone get home. Effectively abandoned, they have suffered physically and mentally. Meanwhile, the clouds of plummeting oil prices and threat of global recession hang ominously over the industry. However, there were positives too: the IMO has acted with unusual agility joining other international bodies to ensure seafarers are classified as keyworkers; there were concerted efforts to repatriate seafarers; class societies pivoted rapidly to remote inspections to ensure ships can sail safely and keep trade routes open.
The crisis isn’t over yet but as countries tentatively emerge from lockdown, now is the time to begin reflecting on the sector’s response to the pandemic and the lessons that can be learned. With this in mind, IMarEST President Kevin Daffey hosts this panel discussion to examine the health of shipping industry and offer a prognosis for its survival after Covid-19.The 90-minute debate tackles four key questions:
- Will Covid-19 hasten the uptake of automation?
- How will Covid-19 alter the approach to vessel surveys and inspections?
- Is Covid-19 a wake-up call on how poorly seafarers are treated?
- Will the cruise industry sink or swim after Covid-19 passes?
About the Speakers
Dr Claire Pekcan - Director, Safe Marine Dr Claire Pekcan is Director of Safe Marine Ltd, a human factors consultancy specialising in people and safety management in the maritime sector and whose mission is to inspire and guide maritime organisations to adopt progressive people management practices. Recently she has written about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on seafarers psychological well-being for CHIRP, advised INTERTANKO and OCIMF on the development of a behavioural competency framework for vessel operators as well as assisted INTERTANKO to develop a Human Resource Management Maturity Model.
Vassilios Kroustallis - ABS Vice President, Regional Business Development for Europe Vassilios Kroustallis serves as ABS Vice President for Regional Business Development for Europe, working with clients to offer delivery solutions that meet their class, compliance and operational needs.
Andrew McKeran - Commercial Director Marine and Offshore , Lloyds Register Andy joined Lloyds Register as the Commercial Director for their Marine and Offshore business in February 2019. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company through innovation, marketing and partnering with other stakeholders to navigate through the potential disruptions of Sustainability and Digitalization.
Mattias Jörgensen - Vice President of Business Development, Foreship Ltd. Mattias Jörgensen is Vice President of Business Development at Foreship Ltd. Over the past 6 years, he has been responsible for the commercial development of new products, markets and services in both cruise and merchant maritime markets. A key part of his role has included the launch of Foreship’s Project Management services for shipowners, for both newbuild and refit sectors.
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