The Maritime Standard (TMS) has an established track record of informing the industry and bringing it together through its newsletter, Awards and conferences. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the industry faces unprecedented challenges, and obstacles to cooperation and dialogue, due to the travel and other restrictions that have been put in place to protect public health.
To help overcome these barriers, and bring the maritime sector closer at its time of need, TMS is launching a new Webinar Series at which a selection of top industry executives and leaders will share their thoughts, predictions and general mindset with an online audience.
The first of the TMS Webinar Series, COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective, sponsored by DNV GL, will take place on Wednesday May 6th at 12:30 pm UAE time. Participants will be able to view the webinar by registering at: https://www.themaritimestandard.com/tms-webinar/
TMS Managing Director, Trevor Pereira, says, “We are in the midst of a global crisis and nobody can accurately prophesise what the outcome will be. But by bringing together a panel of respected industry personalities to exchange ideas, and gain an insight into their thoughts and perspectives in a virtual forum, will help suggest how we can best adapt to the current scenario in the short, medium and long term.”
Participants in the first TMS Webinar Series have been confirmed and will include: Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC L&S; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Essar Ports; Ali Shehab, Acting CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); H.K. Joshi, Chairperson and Managing Director, Shipping Corporation of India; Ross Thompson, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports; Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director, Middle East, ISC and Africa, Hapag Lloyd; Ian Edwards, Area Manager, Middle East & Africa; DNV GL; and Dhruv Kotak, Managing Director, JM Baxi.
The Webinar will start with brief introductions from Trevor and TMS Editor, Clive Woodbridge, who will moderate the session. Each panelist will be invited in turn to give a short summary of their view of the current crisis, of no more than 1 minute. Clive will then ask a series of questions to each panelist on a range of topics, including the financial impact on shipping and ports; how to resolve crew change and seafarer issues; the impact on the tanker market in short and long term; impacts on regional ports and terminals, now and for the future; keeping staff safe afloat and ashore; can new technology enable remote equipment and vessel inspections and surveys; will supply chains stay robust to prevent shortages of key goods; and what will the ‘new normal’ look like in 2021 and beyond?
Clive says, “The webinar will be fast paced, lively and informal, giving the panelists the chance to indicate what is going on in their minds as they grapple with unprecedented challenges. There will also be a chance at the end for online participants to raise their own questions which will be put to the panelists.”
TMS plans to make the Webinar Series a regular event and hold further webinars on topical issues over the coming months. So please watch out for details.