The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on ship supply operations both regionally and worldwide. Travel and transportation restrictions have presented logistical challenges, while changes to vessel operating patterns, including extended layups in sectors such as cruise, have required agile solutions of their own. Demand levels have also fallen in line with reduced trade and this sector may take until well into 2021 to pick up strongly.
For its ninth Webinar in the Covid-19: A Leadership Perspective series, which takes place on September 23rd at 12:30 pm UAE time (8:30 am GMT; 2:00 pm IST), The Maritime Standard is focusing on issues relating to supply supplies and the challenges faced in maintaining this essential service during the crisis. An experienced and influential panel is being assembled to discuss the key issues facing companies providing vessels with supplies and equipment, both in their immediate day-to-day operations and the longer-term development scenario.
Panelists will include representatives from leading regional ship chandlers, ship agents, logistics providers, bunker suppliers, ship managers, ships equipment suppliers and maritime law firms.
It is anticipated that the webinar will last for around 2 hours. An initial series of questions and a panel discussion session will be followed by a final section where panelists will get the chance to answer questions posted by attendees from around the world.
Topics proposed for discussion include:
- The impact of the pandemic on the ship supplies sector, regionally and worldwide
- What have been the main logistical challenges and how can they be addressed.
- Global trade volatility – how can the ship supplies sector adapt?
- Ensuring warehousing safety and security
- Using new technology to boost efficiency and support new ways of working
- The impact of global travel and supply chain challenges
- Support vessel operations
- The legal context
- Ship management perspectives
- Accelerating the use of digital tools in resupplying vessels
Dr. M. Abdul Rahim
MD, Middle East and South Asia,
J. M. Baxi & Co.
Secretary, International Shipsuppliers and Services Association (ISSA)