CrewConnect Global returns in-person to Manila this November


Delegates and speakers from around the globe will converge in Manila, Philippines at CrewConnect Global on 22 – 24 November 2022. The conference programme is complemented with an expo hall, an awards ceremony and a gala dinner ensuring that networking is at the heart of the event experience.

The different conference themes, sessions and confirmed speakers are as follows:

Journey to Net Zero
The industry is under pressure to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and whilst operators are taking different approaches, it is becoming clear that we must move fast beyond temporary fixes and adopt longer term strategies including the use of alternative or next-generation fuels, LNG, ammonia, or hydrogen. What this means for crewing, is that it is crucial that our seafarers have access to the right levels of training to acquire the necessary competencies to ensure cargo, vessel and life are safe at sea.

Key Conference Session: The Just Maritime Transition
• Gerardo Borromeo (pictured) – CEO of PTC Group, Vice President of Filipino Shipwners Association and Vice Chair, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
• Sturla Henriksen – Special Advisor, Ocean, United Nations Global Compact
• Helio Vicente – Senior Manager (Policy and Employment Affairs), ICS

Crew Supply
Staff shortages and growing irregularities continue to provide challenges. The well-documented shortage of skilled seafarers has since been exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine. The rise of sub-par training programmes and the issuing of fraudulent certificates will further aggravate the current crewing shortage. There are many ways in which flag states are engaging in solutions to prevent and alleviate the looming crew shortage, as well there are various new and promising crew management solutions, designed to make it easier and safer to deploy crew and cater to their needs.

Key Conference Session: Crew Supply Forum
• John Adams – MD of V.Ships UK & Americas, Chairman of Bahamas Shipowners’ Association, Vice-Chair ICS
• Marlon Rono – President and CEO, Magsaysay People Resources Corporation
• Niraj Nanda – Group Commercial Director, Anglo-Eastern
• Peter Smit – CEO, Boers Crew Services
• Norman Schmiedl – Managing Director, Columbia Blue
• Rebecca Hayes Mejia – Public Health Manager / PhD candidate, Marine Benefits / Lund University

Training & Safety
Technology is rapidly advancing and with it, training delivery. More training is now being delivered online, through e-learning and assessment, VR or simulators. There is now a concern about the level of competency, can online learning ever really replace face-to-face? The industry must strike the right balance between in-person and e-learning, in a way to optimise it and not to affect standards. At the centre of all of this, stands decarbonisation and the need to update STCW.

Key Conference Session: STCW & Decarbonisation
• TORBJØRN EIDE, Vice President at Klaveness Ship Management AS
• RAAL HARRIS, Chief Creative Officer at Ocean Technologies Group
• CAPT. SAURABH MAHESH, Global Marine Sourcing Strategy Lead, Marine HR Fleet Management & Technology at Maersk
• DENNIS SVANE HANSEN, Global Head of Crewing Operations at V Group
• ALEX VERCHEZ, President and Managing Director at Teekay Shipping Philippines
• DR. JENS-UWE SCHRÖDER-HINRICHS, Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Professor at World Maritime University

Visit the website to access the full agenda and networking programme, to see the confirmed exhibitors and to view the shortlist for the awards.