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Beating the Talent Timebomb
Posidonia seminar to focus on key strategies for recruiting and retaining top maritime talent

With skilled seafarers in short supply what new approaches do ship owners need to take to recruit and retain top talent?

The maritime industry is facing a critical challenge: a scarcity of skilled crew. This shortage not only disrupts current operations but also poses long-term threats to the industry’s sustainability. To tackle this issue head-on, industry leaders are coming together at Posidonia for an enlightening seminar, titled “Beating the talent time-bomb: Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Top Maritime Talent,” which will explore what measures are needed to secure a competent crew pipeline and to develop the skills seafarers will need to sail the ships of the future.

Hosted by leading crew supplier Danica Crewing Specialists and Ocean Technologies Group (OTG), the foremost provider of Human Capital Management solutions to the maritime sector, the free-to-attend event is scheduled for the 5th of June from 14:45-16:30 in Posidonia Seminar Room 2B.

Raal Harris, Ocean Technologies Group

With a distinguished panel featuring leaders including Francesco Gargiulo (Chief Executive Officer, IMEC), Dr. Loukas Barmparis (President & Director, Safe Bulkers), Simon Grainge (Chief Executive, International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network), Amalia Marcou | Crew Director & HR Manager, Enesel Dry S.A, Capt. Panagiotis Bitsakis (Head Of Crew, Optimum Ship Services Ltd), Capt. Ioannis Anysis (Crew Development Manager – Owner’s Representative, Head Of Crew, Optimum Ship Services Ltd), and Dimitrios Vasalakis (HR Director at Danaos Shipping), the seminar will delve into essential topics, including current market trends, building talent pipelines, candidate screening, and retention strategies. Moderated by Sean Moloney, CEO of Elaborate Communications, this session will offer a platform for thought-provoking discussions, innovative ideas, and actionable strategies.

This event is a must-attend for those involved in crewing professions or with a stake in the maritime industry. It’s an opportunity to engage with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and collectively pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient future in maritime crewing.

“The growing anxiety about the crewing talent pipeline is very real. Posidonia provides us with a unique opportunity to bring stakeholders together to discuss how to unlock pathways for finding, selecting, and retaining top talent in the maritime sector. With this amazing line-up of thought leaders, I expect us to come away with some valuable, actionable insights.” said OTG Chief Creative Officer Raal Harris.

Henrik Jensen, Founder and CEO of Danica Crewing Specialists, which has offices in all the key global seafarer hubs, commented: “With competition for the best seafarers increasing as shortages begin to be seen in certain ranks and skill sets, it’s essential that ship owners fully understand what’s needed today to secure their crewing pipelines. Geopolitical challenges over recent years and climate change goals have highlighted the importance of having a diversified and adaptable crewing strategy in place. As competition increases in the marketplace we’re now seeing an increase in fake or enhanced documentation and the last thing ship owners need is for their valuable assets to be manned by underqualified crew. During our seminar, we’ll really drill down into these issues and identify the solutions and strategies needed for crew managers to build confidence and capability into their crewing operations.”

The event is free to attend in Posidonia Seminar Room 2B on the 5th of June
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