Environmental pressures, technology and talent were all areas highlighted Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary in his to the event’s opening ceremony and why he said:
Climate change and the environment were a dominant factor in discussions at Sea Asia 2019: “But it is not going to be business-as-usual for the maritime sector, it can’t be business as usual.”
The environmental pressures and climate change were high on the agenda at conference session across all three days of Sea Asia 2019:
Neil McGregor, group president and ceo of Sembcorp Industries: “Climate change is really affecting regulatory and government policies, and whether you like it or not, it’s going to be more, rather than less, and that’s going to reshape the whole industry.”
The two sides of the Sea Asia 2019 Parliamentary Debate on the environmental burden on shipping and whether it is too great:
“If you consider the emissions produced for the work done we are the most environmentally friendly means of transport,” George Pateras, president of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the Hellenic Maritime Cluster.
“You cannot say ‘I am polluting a little bit so it’s ok’,” Sadan Kaptanoglu, president designate of Bimco and managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping.
Murali Pany, managing partner at Joseph Tan Jude Benny, on lawyers feeling left out of IMO 2020 and the need to check charter parties. “If you have a charter party that runs over 2020, or you are going to enter into a charter party that will run over 2020, you need to have a seriously good look at the charter party.”
Technology and how this will impact the industry was also very much in focus at Sea Asia 2019:
Soren Toft, member of the executive board and coo of AP Moller Maersk: “Digitalisation has finally hit shipping and it will be for the long term. There will be more transparency, everything is going to become more public, and there will be a need to collaborate with others in completely different ways."
"The debate will go to legislation and global coordination and rules. Autonomous shipping needs a global set of rules," Dualog ceo Morten Lind-Olsen.
The focus on technology reflects the talent most in demand in maritime. "Tech and engineering related jobs are most in demand,” said Elsie Ng, LinkedIn's Head of Talent Solutions, Singapore.