Over 600 key stakeholders and thought leaders from every sector of the maritime industry converged for CrewConnect Global 2017 held last November 6 to 8 at the Sofitel Manila in Pasay City.
This year’s CrewConnect Global featured sessions and topics on the most vital issues of the industry today such as the emerging importance of the Philippines as a center for business management and operations, skills & training for the 21st century, cyber compliance & security, ship to shore interaction and more. These were discussed in the form of ship owners’ case studies, industry response panels, future focused keynotes & outsiders’ view sessions.
A new addition to this year’s conference was CruiseConnect, a one-day summit focusing on the cruise industry which took place a day before the start of the main conference.
PTC CEO Gerardo Borromeo, representing the Filipino Shipowners Association, conducted a session which brought together key global industry stakeholders and representatives from the Philippine government to address and discuss key issues and maritime policy updates. The meeting was governed by the Chatham House Rule which ensured anonymity for the participants to stimulate a frank discussion. In attendance were Ms. Vera Joy Ban-eg, Representative of the Maritime Industry Authority; Mr. Josefino Torres, Deputy Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Ms. Yolanda Paragua, Director of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; and Cong. Jesulito Manalo of maritime party ANGKLA.
At the conference proper, Mr. Borromeo was a panelist at the “Shipping Leadership Forum: Crewing Across the Industry,” which addressed the commonalities and differences across the various sectors of shipping, the changing manning and training landscape and the need for agility in the industry. Mr. Borromeo was joined by Mr. Yuzuru Goto, Managing Director of “K” Line LNG Shipping; Mr. Prabhat Jha, Group Managing Director of MSC Shipmanagement; and Mr. Artur Pankowski, Associate Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at the forum.
Ms. Karen Avelino, PTC Executive Director of Business Development, Shipping Cluster, was among the participants for the panel discussion on Maritime Education and Training (MET) held on Day 2. The discussion centered around the standardization of training practices, changes on seafarer education and training, streamlining regulatory processes, future challenges on the safety of seafarers, the public and environment. The session was moderated by Mr. John Adams, Conference Chairman and Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association; and included panelists Mr. John Lloyd, CEO of The Nautical Institute; Glenys Jackson, Manager of the Merchant Navy Training Board; Mr. Adam Lewis, Head of Training and Operations at the International Maritime Employers’ Council; and Ms. Kimberly Karlshoej, Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.
Students from the Mapúa-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (CMET) were selected to be part of CrewConnect’s #HappyAtSea Cadet Task Force. #HappyAtSea is a social media project organized by the International Transport Workers’ Federation to find out what gives joy to the more than 1.5 million seafarers all over the world.
Prior to the start of the conference, PTC hosted a welcome reception for the conference speakers at the residence of PTC CEO Gerardo Borromeo, where the guests enjoyed dinner while being serenaded by saxophonist, Vince Lahorra and the University of the Philippines Guitar Orchestra under the baton of renowned Profession Lester Demetilla.