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Building Long-Term Supply Chain Resilience
10:00 - 11:00
Headline Series
Head of the Digital Cluster
Abu Dhabi Ports and CEO of Maqta Gateway LLC
Partner, Infrastructure Advisory - Strategy & Transactions Asia-Pacific Platform
Ernst & Young Transactions Ltd
Editor, Seatrade Maritime News
Informa Markets
Head of Abu Dhabi Ports’ Logistics Cluster
Abu Dhabi Ports
Chief Executive Officer
Saudi Global Ports

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Following the unprecedented pressure and disruption to “business as usual” throughout the global supply chain as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this webinar will address how ports and logistics have and will continue to adapt “new normal” for the global supply chain with a focus on the part played by the Middle East. Areas of discussion will include: 

  • What role will Middle East ports play in a more collaborative and coordinated global supply chain of the future?
  • How can the Middle East maritime cluster support the global supply chain of the future? 
  • What role has technology played in the resilience of the supply chain in 2020 and how can solutions be utilised to ensure trade keeps flowing?
  • After an initial impact volume growth has returned to ports and shipping, can this trajectory of recovery be expected to continue?
  • How can what has been learned about managing supply chains in the pandemic be applied to make the sector more efficient in the future?
  • Will the economic effects of the pandemic have a lasting impact on the region’s patterns of trade with key markets in Asia and Africa?
  • How will this impact the hub and spoke model? 
Welfare & Training: People Sustainability
14:00 - 15:00
Deep Dive Live
Regional Director, Middle East and South Asia
The Mission to Seafarers
Deputy Director
Isle of Man Ship Registry
Team Leader Fleet Personnel
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC)
Group Director HSEQ & Technical
Group Creative Director
Ocean Technologies
Prospect Maritime Ltd and Training Specialist, Clarksons Platou

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The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for seafarers, as disruption to the pattern of crew changes has exposed many thousands of seafarers to working beyond their contracts or unable to access their ships.  How well and how quickly has been the response of governments and the industry to this problem? What lessons can be learned for the future?  What are the implications for crew welfare and mental health, and how best can these critical issues be addressed?

The need for better communication and greater bandwidth between ships and shore has never been greater, to manage increased data monitoring, vessel optimisation and provide much needed support for crew at sea and their families at home. What are the next steps in achieving this and over what timescale can improved connectivity be rolled out?

The rapid increase in the automation of ship systems, equipment and operations will transform the roles and responsibilities of seafarers, as well as crew numbers at sea.  What are the implications of these changes for careers at sea, the onboard experience, and the demands made of seafarers? 

What progress has been made in the provision of skills training in response to these technological changes? What role can e-learning at sea play in assisting seafarers to adapt to this changing world of work?  How can it contribute to seafarers’ welfare?

Remote inspections have become a necessity for many ship operators, charterers, service companies and classification societies struggling to manage their inspection schedules during the pandemic period.  Reliant on bandwidth, good communication and crew co-operation, will this new way of working benefit or burden the seafarer? And how can new technologies help in making sure those on board are not taking up the strain?