Global maritime leaders gathered at Sea Asia 2019, the 7 th biennial conference and exhibition organised by UBM (Seatrade) and Singapore Maritime Foundation, as part of Singapore Maritime Week 2019. ASPN was invited to attend the conference from 9th to 11th this April.
Marking the beginning of the three-day maritime event, the Opening Ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information, Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of Singapore Maritime Foundation, and Mr Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, Informa Markets.
SEA ASIA GLOBAL FORUM
The Sea Asia Global Forum, featured discussions on key issues facing the maritime industry, with veteran leaders representing both ship owners and cargo interests on the panel.
FUTURE OF MARITIME WORKFORCE
The panel discussed the need to attract people with technology skills into the maritime industry and that in order to compete with other sectors, such as banks, for this talent, companies need to build their brands as attractive employers.
Day two of Sea Asia 2019 kicked off today with a parliamentary debate, seeing maritime industry leaders debate the important topic of ‘This house believes that too much is expected of the shipping industry on environmental matters’.
The debate was a lively, fulsome and frank exchange with the speakers arguing for the motion pointing to the progress the maritime industry has already made to move towards more environmentally-friendly and sustainable operations. Ultimately, the parties agreed on one thing – the sustainability of our oceans, and the environment more broadly, is imperative in ensuring the viability of the shipping industry. Following an audience vote, the team arguing against the motion won the debate.
FLEET MANAGEMENT OF THE FUTURE
The discussion covered the potential of digitalisation to unlock improved
efficiencies and better decision-making for the maritime industry. Automation was a key theme for the session, where the panel addressed the
question on whether complete automation of ships is near. Another theme was the need for collaboration at all levels, and in all sectors
of the maritime industry, to truly utilise the potential of big data. The panellists
agree that collaboration must go beyond sea to shore, and extend from the
ship to manufacturers or engineers so that true operational improvements and
productivities can be achieved. The panel concluded in acknowledging that the future of fleet
management is in digitalisation, transparency and collaboration.
OIL, SHIPPING AND THE FUTURE ENERGY MIX
Kicking off the third and final day of the Sea Asia 2019 conference, industry
leaders from across the energy supply chain came together to discuss what
the push for alternatives to fossil fuels means for the maritime industry. The panel was unanimous on one point – every government, industry,
company and individual has to take action. Using an imperfect solution for a
more efficient and sustainable business is better than waiting for the perfect
solution, because there is not enough time to wait. Particularly for the
shipping and maritime sector, if companies wait, they will fail to exist in the
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