- Unit: Maritime Training
This years’ CrewConnect Europe conference was held in Copenhagen on 9th to 11th of May. The conference is considered to be one of the most important events with an emphasis on crewing and maritime education and training. 150 delegates from many different countries attended the conference that addressed several important topics. The presentations were combined with a very interactive way of involving delegates in group works, polls and posing questions to panels and the audience, allowing exchange of views from various perspectives i.e. from ship owners, seafarers, training providers as well as authority representatives.
With regard to STCW, the most discussed question was whether the industry, flag states, MET States and ship operators can meet the January 2017 deadline in terms of required training and certification. Especially the new qualifications ETO and ETR were an issue here, due to some flag State administrations defining the requirements only now. An instant poll showed that delegates gave it an only 50:50 chance that the industry can meet the deadline although the individual example shipping companies presented by delegates mostly showed a situation that gave reason to believe that it is possible to meet the deadline.
The area of recruitment and retention was also discussed in various forms: From preliminary results of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report to whether the downturn of the offshore industry affects recruitment patterns and from discussions on the “Cyber – readiness” of the industry to workshops on measures to attract young people, the “millenials” for a career in shipping.
A further topic under review was gender equality, where questions were discussed why shipping is behind the times in equal gender representation and how this could be tackled.
The unfortunately prevailing issue of fatigue among crews was addressed as well as multinational crew composition with a focus on promoting social interaction and overcoming language barriers aboard.
A prominent place during the two main conference days as well as in the 3rd day, the focus day, was given to the topic of Competence and Competence Management. It was a shared understanding among the delegates that competence management will become a central concept and tool in further advancing crewing, training and performance.
This year a team of DNV GL SeaSkill™, DNV GL Maritime Academy and Business Assurance was actively involved in presentations about services in this section of the maritime industry and participation in a panel discussion. The active interest delegates showed are proof that DNV GL is considered an innovative driver in this section of the industry, too.
For more information on the DNV GL SeaSkill™services and products including Competence Management Certification please visit https://www.dnvgl.com/maritime/competence-certification.html
More information about DNV GL’s Maritime Academy please take a look here: www.dnvgl.nl/training/maritime-academy