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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Living up to commitments in troubled times

The imperative that owners, operators and managers should not waiver in their commitments to quality, safety and responsible environmental management in the current economic downturn was one of the principal conclusions of the Ship Management International "Delivering in troubled times" Conference at Nor-Shipping last week.


The Conference, attended by representatives across many sectors and by players in the shipping industry, also highlighted that more attention should be given to training – including government support for courses - as well as to standards and course content within the training institutions.


Delegates at the Conference further observed that cadet berths, internet and phone communication for all crew members, and "home from home" accommodation should be the expected norms on new ships.


With the economic downturn, several suggested that the prospects for new recruits to the industry might actually have increased, while others commented that the growing scarcity of maritime professionals ashore represented an even greater threat to the industry's future success.


The Conference was chaired by INTERTANKO's Managing Director Dr Peter Swift, whose introductory presentation may be viewed here


Contact: Peter Swift