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CrewConnect Global Conference 2016 Identifies New Event Segments

CrewConnect Global Conference, the international meeting platform for the global crewing and training industry, announces new initiatives at its event that aims to bring the industry to greater heights. From 15 – 16 November 2016, the crewing and training sector will convene in the world’s crewing capital, Manila, Philippines. Over two full days of activities at the Manila Mariott Hotel, more than 1,000 industry professionals will discuss and uncover new industry approaches to seafarer recruitment and training through various learning and networking opportunities.

Kathryn Barnard, Portfolio Director at KNect365 Maritime Events, shared, “Undoubtedly, CrewConnect Global is the largest industrial event to address seafarers’ health and wellness concerns, recruitment, and training factors. We aim to create a more collaborative and vibrant experience for the maritime crewing community to encourage increased efforts to boost the future of shipping.”

In addition to a restructured three-track interactive conference programme, and unrestricted visitor access to the CrewConnect Exhibition, CrewConnect Global will also feature fresh segments specially introduced to promote social interactions.

Exhibitor Trails Challenge

With more than 80 exhibitors participating in the CrewConnect Exhibition, visitors have unparalleled access to a variety of the latest solutions and key developments that will impact the shipping industry’s future. The Exhibitor Trails Challenge will encourage attendees to visit specific exhibitors to collect a series of stamps, qualifying them for an opportunity to snag a coveted prize.

New & Improved Conference Programme

Conference attendees can expect to hear from some of the world’s leading organisations in maritime manning and training including the Danish Maritime Authority, Thome Group, Norwegian Training Center, V.Ships, and the Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training, Inc. (PHILCAMSAT).

Key sessions include:

·       Maritime Manpower: Strategising for The Future
Speakers: Hanus Mikkelsen, Thome Group | Giles Heimann, Marine Bernhard Schulte Ship Management | Marcin Wolasiewicz, V.Ships | Mailyn Borillo, OSM

·       Training & Development in an Era of Automation: What Does It Mean for Our Crews?
Speakers: K D Adamson, Futurenautics | Troels Blicher Danielsen, Danish Maritime Authority | Phil Parry, Spinnaker Global | Kian Beng Ong, Globecomm (featuring an update on the Cadet Task Force 2015 project)

·       Managing People and Personal Data: Why HR Departments Are at the Forefront of the Fight
Speakers: Capt.  John K. Hafner, Seafarer Manning & Training, International Registries, Inc. |Aron Frank Sorenson, BIMCO | Cornel Ciocan, Netvision

Brand New Content Theatre

Located on the exhibition floor, the all new Content Theatre will feature complimentary in-depth sessions presented by leading organisations in the maritime sector, including Brightwell, Hunter Marine, and Maritime Training Services (MTS).

Extended Networking Opportunities

As the world’s largest crewing and training event, CrewConnect Global strives to be the vehicle for change to connect the marine HR community under one roof, enabling ground-breaking developments to support the industry’s growth. Apart from offering more than 18 hours of dedicated networking and interaction opportunities, CrewConnect Global is also committed to providing dedicated meeting rooms for delegates keen on having confidential discussions.

Barnard concludes, “Our central focus is to connect the entire spectrum of the industry, from the decision makers in the boardroom to the seafarers on board. Over the years, CrewConnect Global’s conference programme has grown dramatically and it now covers more than 30 seminars. To further enhance the experience for our visitors, we have integrated various initiatives to create seamless networking opportunities for the attendees. We’re confident that our efforts will bring the industry even closer together.”

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