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Forum in British Summer Time (BST)
BST-5 = New York; BST+1= Oslo/Hamburg/Paris/Rome; BST+2=Athens; BST+7=Singapore/Shanghai

British Summer Time (BST)

DAY ONE – TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021

10:55 - 11:00 AM

WELCOME REMARKS


Mr. Nicolas Bornozis
, President - Capital Link

11:00 - 11:20 AM
KEYNOTE REMARKS

  
Mr. Kitack Lim
Secretary General - International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 

11:25 - 12:35 PM

ADDRESSING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES - INDUSTRY PREPAREDNESS FOR THE ROAD AHEAD
The main industry associations work independently and together providing guidance and support to the shipping industry and mapping its response to the geopolitical, regulatory & market developments that affect shipping today. The panel will highlight what these organizations are working on and how they address the changing needs of the industry.


Moderator: 
Mr. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
, CEO - DNV Maritime


Panelists:

  • Ms. Sabrina Chao, President - BIMCO
  • Mr. Dimitris Fafalios, President - INTERCARGO; President - Fafalios Shipping
  • Mr. Guy Platten, Secretary General - International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) 
  • Mr. Paolo d'Amico, Chairman - INTERTANKO; Executive Chairman & CEO - d'Amico International Shipping
  • Mr. Mark O'Neil, President - INTERMANAGER; President & CEO - Columbia Shipmanagement
  • Mr. John Butler, CEO - World Shipping Council

 

12:40 - 1:30 PM

OPTIMIZING FLEET MANAGEMENT IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA - Lessons Learned & Experiences Gained
Covid-19 accelerated the pace of transformation as the industry fulfilled its role of keeping the global supply chain uninterrupted, linking producers and consumers across the globe. Several of the lessons and experiences learned while combating the crisis can now continue to be implemented optimizing fleet management.


Moderator: 
Mr. Michalis Pantazopoulos, Managing Director - LISCR (Hellas) S.A. - The Liberian Registry
 

Panelists:

 

1:35 - 2:20 PM

SHIPPING IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION - PRIORITIZING AMONG SO MANY NEEDS & SO MANY OPTIONS
Technical, commercial, and corporate operations are optimized through technology with impact on efficiency and profitability. Shipping companies are called to make choices and investment decisions prioritizing among the various areas. This panel will discuss how shipping companies evaluate and prioritize their investments taking into consideration regulatory requirements and market expectations and conditions.


Moderator: 
Mr. Pino Spadafora
, Marine Commercial Senior Director - RINA  


Panelists:

 

2:25 - 3:15 PM

CREWING - THE CRISIS CONTINUES - IS THERE AN END IN SIGHT?
The crewing crisis is a global issue - but the implementation involves international organizations, national jurisdictions, charterers, shipowners and more. The recent crisis in India has elevated the crewing crisis to a new height. The current situation shows the urgency and importance to coordinate all stakeholders into streamlining policy making at an international level and achieving implementation across the board. Is this possible - and how can be it done so we can move from discussion to resolutions?


INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY 
Mr. Vassilios Demetriades
, Deputy Shipping Minister - Republic of Cyprus

The International Labor Organization adopted in April 2021 a resolution endorsing the global vaccination program proposed by the Republic of Cyprus, which was the first country to submit such a proposal as part of an effort to help alleviate the global crew crisis.


PANEL DISCUSSION 


Moderator: 
Ms. Antonia Panayides
, Partner – Reed Smith 


Panelists:

 

3:20 - 4:05 PM

ADDRESSING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY'S CREWING NEEDS NOW & BEYOND COVID-19 - Short Term Responses & Longer - Term Pursuits
Difficulties in crew changes, addressing the well-being of the crews and dealing with crew restrictions when it comes to drydocking and newbuilding deliveries are among the challenges shipping companies face today. Looking ahead, beyond the need to respond to challenges presented by the current crisis, shipping companies aim to ensure the long-term availability of seafarers, who are the backbone of the shipping industry. The panel will discuss how major companies look at the global crewing landscape (including major hubs, such as the Ukraine, the Philippines, India, Indonesia and China) and what needs to be done to ensure an adequate supply of seafarers.


Moderator: 
Captain Robert Fay
, Senior Vice President, Maritime Operations – IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry


Panelists:

 

4:10 - 4:55 PM

FOCUSING ON THE HUMAN FACTOR & THE WELLFARE OF SEAFARERS
The panel will discuss Mental Health Issues, Catering, Benefits Package, Training & more.


Moderator: 
Mr. Mark O'Neil
, President - Columbia Shipmanagement; President - InterManager


Panelists:

 

5:00 - 5:20 PM

FIGHTING IN THE TRENCHES - THE SHIP CAPTAIN'S PERSPECTIVE
A 1x1 discussion with a Vessel Captain

 

   Mr. Nicolas Bornozis, President – Capital Link 
Captain Rajeev Kaushik – Synergy Group 

 

5:25 - 5:55 PM

RALLYING AROUND CHARITIES THAT SUPPORT THE WELFARE OF SEAFARERS - ADDRESSING THE INDIAN CRISIS & BEYOND
The Indian COVID-19 crisis energized an industry-wide effort to create a charity fund to address the plight of seafarers and their families. The panel will discuss the initiatives led by Charities to provide relief and support during the pandemic and beyond.


Moderator: 
Mr. Mark Cameron
, Chief Operating Officer - Ardmore Shipping


Panelists:

 

6:00 - 6:15 PM

CHINESE SEAFARERS FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COMPANIES
Access to skilled seafarers remains one of the main challenges for the international shipping community and China has a large pool of skilled seafarers. Furthermore, demand for Chinese crews has increased as the result of the Covid-19 crisis. The presentation aims to update you on the significant progress achieved in maritime education in China and the improvement in the quality of Chinese Seafarers, who are gradually having an expanded presence in the fleet of international shipping companies. It will discuss important issues in crew recruiting, training and retention and provide an update on latest Chinese governmental regulations and efforts in promoting Chinese seafarers to meet international standards.


Mr. Terence Zhao
, Managing Director - Singhai Marine Services

 

 

END OF DAY ONE

   
   
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DAY TWO – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021

11:00 - 11:50 AM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - SAFETY FIRST - CHANGING THE WAY THE INDUSTRY THINKS ABOUT SAFETY

  
Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE
Senior Vice President, Shipping & Maritime - Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 

TOGETHER IN SAFETY - SAFETY AS A CORPORATE CULTURE & COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Shipping, one of the most vital links in the global supply chain, is also one of the most hazardous industries in the world. The shipping industry has made significant steps forward in improving its safety performance. Many companies and organizations are implementing valuable practices that are making significant differences to the safety of their seafarers, vessels, cargoes and the environment working together towards a zero-incident future. The panel will discuss the practices and expectations of key stakeholders in this pursuit.


Moderator: 
Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE
, Senior Vice President, Shipping & Maritime - Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited


Panelists:

 

11:55 - 12:40 PM

UPHOLDING SAFETY STANDARDS ACROSS THE GLOBE
Port State Control (PSC) inspections investigate compliance with international conventions of foreign registered ships in their port jurisdiction. This panel will discuss how PSC apply safety standards in their own inspections, focusing on key areas and practices for each jurisdiction. Furthermore, it will also address how PSC inspection findings impact the commercial rating of vessels and the appeal process. Also, the interrelationship between inspections by PSC, flags and classification societies.


Moderator: 
Mr. Theo Baltatzis
, General Manager - Technomar Shipping, Inc.


Panelists:

  • Mr. Mick Kinley, CEO - Australian Maritime Authority (AMSA)
  • CAPT Wayne R. Arguin, Jr., Director Inspections & Compliance - US Coast Guard
  • Mr. Cheah Aun Aun, Director (Shipping) / Director of Marine - Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
  • Mr. Michalis Pantazopoulos, Managing Director - LISCR (Hellas) S.A. - The Liberian Registry
  • Mr. Brian Poskaitis, Senior Vice President, Fleet Operations - IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

 

12:45 - 1:05 PM

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE - SUPPORTING THE TRANSACTIONAL NEEDS OF SHIPPING ACROSS THE GLOBE
Berenberg Bank will discuss how it supports the complex operational and transaction needs of the global maritime community - ship owners, ship managers, (crewing) agencies, brokers, P&I clubs and other participants in the maritime value chain - with customized services across international payments, FX, and guarantee business as well as with state-of-the-art corporate online banking solutions.


Mr. Philipp Wuenschmann
, Global Head of Shipping - Berenberg Bank

 

1:10 - 2:00 PM

SUPPORTING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY THROUGH INNOVATION, REGULATORY COMPLIANCE & TRANSFORMATION
Classification Societies play a pivotal role in the industry given their mandate to establish and maintain technical standards for construction and operation of marine vessels, to monitor compliance and to provide guidance and support. The panel will discuss various initiatives to help the industry meet the new challenges from environmental compliance, ship safety and security, technological innovation, operational efficiency, human resources management and more.


THE HEADS OF THE MAJOR CLASSIFICATION SOCIETES 


Moderator: 
Ms. Ioanna Prokopiou
, Chief Executive Officer - Prominence Maritime


Panelists:

 

2:05 - 2:50 PM

CYBERSECURITY - IGNORE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK
Beyond achieving regulatory compliance with IMO's requirement for cyber risk management, companies pay top attention to this topic as it relates to the protection of ships, seafarers, cargoes and the environment. Proper cyber security management can have distinct commercial advantages as it may help in securing vessel employment, insurance and finance. This panel will bring you up to speed with the cyber-security landscape in shipping today.


Moderator: 
Mr. Julian Clark, Partner - Ince


Panelists:

 

2:55 - 3:40 PM

DECARBONIZATION - ADAPTING FLEET OPERATIONS TO MEET REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
Shipowners will have to make very important decisions within the next two years with regards to the technologies to be retrofitted or installed onboard their ships and the design of future ships to be ordered. Compliance with the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) will have an impact on how the existing fleet is managed to meet these requirements, which are expected to be approved in June 2021 and come into effect in January 2023. CII is to be calculated annually and there still a lot of questions around definitions, calculations, implementation, and enforceability.


Moderator: 
Mr. Mark Darley
, LR Marine and Offshore Director - Lloyd's Register


Panelists:

 

3:45 - 4:30 PM

SUSTAINABILITY – OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE & ESG AS A CORPORATE STRATEGY
Are Operational Excellence and ESG two different concepts? Market forces, regulatory requirements, charterer, investor and financier expectations propel shipping companies to go beyond minimum compliance requirements adopting ESG and Operational Excellence as a single Corporate Strategy.


Moderator: 
Mr. Nicholas Brown
, Brand & Communications Director - Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore


Panelists:

 

 

END OF FORUM





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