As the global maritime industry looks back on a hugely challenging year for seafarers, four major maritime charities will come together at Inmarsat, to explore how technology will shape the future for seafarers’ welfare. The Mission to Seafarers, in collaboration with The Seafarers’ Charity, Stella Maris and Sailors’ Society, will be fielding their CEOs, on each of the four panels. Promoting Seafarers welfare This half-day afternoon conference, ‘Meeting the needs of seafarers in a digital age’, will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, both in-person and in a virtual format. It will be chaired by John Adams, the Managing Director of V.Ships, who also serves as Chair of the Bahamas Shipowners Association and Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Shipping, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Chair of Together in Safety and Nick Chubb, Founder of Thetius will give keynote speeches. Panel Speakers include James Muir, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) - Ship Management at V.Ships, Mark O’Neil, Columbia Ship Management, Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime and David Gooberman, Isle of Man Ship Registry. Boosting mental Health digitally The first panel will focus on how companies responded to changing welfare needs, during 2020 The first panel will focus on how companies responded to changing welfare needs, during 2020 and the measures that will retain best practices going forward, while the second panel will discuss how to boost mental health digitally. This will be followed by a session on what investment is needed in crew technology, in order to provide for better welfare provision, what are the obstacles and how this will impact the bottom line. The final discussion will look at technology collaboration, as a means of delivering seafarer services. Ensuring seafarer welfare is a priority Conference Chairman, John Adams is expecting this to be a highly interactive conference that creates important industry dialogue. Speaking ahead of the upcoming conference, John Adams, said “The pandemic wreaked havoc on shipping’s most important asset, its people. With this event, we hope to highlight and encourage all industry stakeholders, including ship owners, managers, charterers, to work together as a community, to ensure that seafarer welfare is a priority for now and the future.” John Adams adds, “As we continuously grasp the importance of technology as a tool for support during this trialing time for seafarers, we hope that many can join us for this insightful event so we can learn from each other and pin down the best method to ensure seafarer welfare is at the top of the agenda for both the industry and governments.” The conference is free and can be attended both physically and virtually.
Inmarsat, the pioneer in global, mobile satellite communications, has released details of its programme for London International Shipping Week 2021, the biennial week-long global shipping and maritime event in London, the United Kingdom from 13 to 17 September 2021. With in-person events returning to the maritime calendar, Inmarsat’s LISW2021 agenda is headed by the welfare needs of seafarers in the digital age and the role of disruptive technology, at sessions scheduled for Inmarsat headquarters at 99 City Road, London on Monday 13 September 2021 and Tuesday 14 September. Additional guests will also be welcomed online. Global pandemic impact “The past year has been one of the most challenging for the industry in modern times and we must never lose sight of the impact the global pandemic has had on seafarers,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “Crew changes, testing, vaccinations and certification are all still live issues, and so is the role digital technology has come to play in their physical and mental health.” Opened by Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers, the event will be chaired by John Adams, Managing Director, V Ships UK. Speakers will include Dr. Grahaeme Henderson OBE, Chair of Together in Safety; James Muir, Chief Commercial Officer, Ship Management, V Ships; and Toby Brooks, Deputy Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry. Better welfare provision Spithout will also give an overview of investment scenarios for crew welfare technologies A separate session will be focused on a presentation of findings from the Inmarsat-sponsored Welfare 2.0 Research Report, with Nick Chubb, Thetius, documenting the impact of technology on the health, well-being and safety of crew onboard. Spithout will also give an overview of investment scenarios for crew welfare technologies, potential obstacles for uptake and bottom-line impacts for shipping. Four panel sessions are also scheduled, focusing on the realities of crew welfare, digital strategies to boost mental health, and the challenges and opportunities facing the maritime sector as it seeks to provide for better welfare provision. Smart maritime network The second full-day event, scheduled for 14 September, will focus on the role of technology in a disrupted world and is set to feature fresh findings on digitalisation in the maritime sector based on Inmarsat research. The day will include sessions on autonomous ships and a Smart Maritime Network shipowner panel. By popular demand, world-leading futurist Gerd Leonhard also returns to Inmarsat’s event to offer his latest insights on disruptive thinking for the digital maritime era. “The ongoing acceleration in maritime digitalisation and Internet of Things in the ‘hopefully soon’ post pandemic era, are representing both challenges and opportunities for the various industry stakeholders,” said Spithout. “As we plan our schedule of in-person events for LISW2021 to discuss these topics, I look forward to welcoming our guests to Inmarsat HQ once more on 13th and 14th of September.”