Speaker’s Announced For InterManager’s ISSS Shipmanagement Conference in London

Major players from global shipowning, shipmanagement and associated service industries such as satellite communications and P&I insurance are among the confirmed speakers at the 2nd International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit (ISSS), to be held during London International Shipping Week 2015 (LISW15).

Chaired by Alastair Evitt, past-InterManager President and now Marine Operations Director, Southern Europe for V.Ships, ISSS will focus on the relationship between ship owners and ship managers and ask pertinent questions such as: Is it a marriage made in heaven?

Confirmed speakers include:
• Captain Norbert Aschmann, CEO, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
• Professor Mike Barnett, Southampton Solent University
• Bob Bishop, Executive Director, V.Group
• DGS Marine Group
• Dubai Maritime City
• Alastair Evitt, Marine Operations Director, V.Ships
• Roberto Giorgi, V.Ships
• Andrias Justinussen, Boston Consulting Group
• Martin Kits van Heyningen, President and CEO KVH Industries
• Olav Norton, CEO, Thome Group
• Chris Stone, COO, Bibby Shipmanagement
• Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General, InterManager
• Dr Stavros Tsolakis, MPA Visiting Professor of Maritime Economics

Session one will kick off by looking at whether ship owners need third party managers as much as managers need owners. It will delve into how professional the industry relationship is, given the market constraints. Also is the right message actually being sold when it comes to highlighting the importance of both sectors? These queries will be addressed by a panel and then opened up for a Q&A.

Moving on, the next session will pose the question: The Paradigm Shift: Can Owners Achieve What They Need? It will tackle head-on the key debate about the importance of private equity in today’s shipowning and shipmanagement sectors and how such funding will shape future growth and development. A panel debate will also ignite the question of a paperless ship and how the reality can be achieved.

The third session will focus on the major concerns that today’s seafarers are not up to the job and question the reasons behind it. For example, is it all about training or does the onboard operational mind set of the Master and his crew need to change? And where does the shore-based manager fit into all of this? The panellists will also discuss the difficulties of combating the unworkable dilemma of minimum manning. The final session discusses whether shipowning and shipmanagement is as much about inspirational leadership as it is about market forces. Key leaders in shipmanagement will debate the thorny subject of where tomorrow’s leaders are coming from.

ISSS is organised by InterManager and Shipping Innovation. It will take place on Tuesday 8th September, 9am-5pm, and will be held at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ.

A welcome ISSS reception, sponsored by DGS Marine, will be held the previous evening at the same venue.
More information can be gleaned from the event website


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