3rd SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum

The 3rd SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum was scheduled as a full day event (09:00 to 17:00) on Thursday 26th of October 2023 at the Ballroom 1 (Level 3) of The Westin Singapore.

This is a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 200 persons / 100 organizations attendance from Safety, Technical, Marine departments of shipping operators and other related industry stakeholders. Attendance will be FREE of charge to delegates, a common feature of ALL SAFETY4SEA forums with sponsors covering all the expenses of the event.



08:00- 9:00  Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00- 9:15  Forum Opening & Results of industry wide SEAFiT Survey by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:15 – 10:30 Panel #1 Industry’s best practices: Learning from innovative approaches
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Best practices for proactive crew management: Recruitment, training, and retention strategies for skilled and motivated crew members
  • From being reactive to becoming proactive: How to transform the shipping industry
  • Benchmarking ESG in Shipping: An overview of the current state of ESG performance in the shipping industry
  • PSC Focus:  Recent trends in PSC performance and inspection outcomes


  • Capt. Andre LeGoubin, President, The Nautical Institute
  • Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Head of Loss Prevention Asia-Pacific, NorthStandard Club
  • Thom Herbert, Senior Marine Surveyor and Crew Welfare Advocate, Idwal Marine
  • Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 Panel #2 Setting key priorities: Managing human factors in an era of change
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Reducing Human Error in the Age of Smart Shipping: Implementing technological solutions and strategies to minimize mistakes and enhance safety
  • Cultivating Onboard Social Interaction and Cultural Harmony: Addressing the human aspects that shape the onboard environment, fostering unity and collaboration
  • Embracing Technological Evolution in Shipping: Understanding the pulse of the young seafarers
  • Embracing Safety Culture 2.0: Recognizing the critical role of leadership in redefining and strengthening safety norms and practices within the industry.


  • Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen
  • Praveen Shukla, Deputy Head of Ship Management and Technical Director, Wallem Group
  • Capt. Sanjay Mittal, Chief Executive Officer, Racon Marine Consultants Pte. Ltd.
  • Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder & Partner, Navguide Solutions LLP

12:15 – 13:30 Panel #3 Sailing Strong: Crafting a future ready crew via training & development
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Essential Crew Skills & Innovative Training Approaches: Exploring the role and future of STCW, ILO MLC, SIRE 2.0 and other regulations regarding human factor
  • Adapting to Industry Changes: Understanding the impact of soft skills in maritime operations
  • Prioritizing Seafarers’ Social Skills & Well-being: Emphasizing the importance of interpersonal relations and maintaining mental health while at sea
  • Equipping Crews for an Eco-friendly Future: Identifying necessary skills and training for the green transition


  • Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global
  • Evros Damianou, Education Program Lead, KeelX
  • Capt. Pravesh Diwan, Director, KARCO
  • Capt. Atul Vatsa (MNI), Founder / Director, AV GLOBAL MARINE PTE. LTD (AVG)

13:30 – 14:30 Networking Buffet

14:30 – 15:45 Panel #4 Switching Green: Strategies & Alternatives for a smooth transition
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Post-MEPC Landscape: Evaluating current standings and envisioning the roadmap to achieve 2030 to 2050 sustainability goals
  • Deciphering the Revised IMO GHG Strategy: Crafting emission strategies that resonate with the latest guidelines and industry expectations
  • Fueling the Future: A deep dive into promising alternative fuels, their performance benchmarks, and the pivotal considerations in their adoption
  • ESG in Shipping: Exploring ways to drive the maritime industry to a carbon-neutral future


  • ShuYong Koh, Global Sustainability Director, ABS
  • Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business relations, Shipowners’ Club
  • Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club
  • Capt. Satinder Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd.

15:45 – 17:00 Panel #5: Sailing into the future: Smart Shipping and New Technologies
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Making the right decisions: Data driven Decision Support with Real Time Automated Data
  • Importance of digitalization in safe navigation: Exploring the role of digitalization in enhancing situational awareness for mariners
  • Navigational safety & the future of navigation: Trends in digital navigation tools and their impact on safety
  • How to avoid failures in navigation: Training and competency requirements for navigating in a digitalized environment


  • Eleni Polychronopoulou, President & CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology SA
  • Abhishek Iyer, Customer Success Manager, Navtor
  • Justin Yi, Director Direct sales, APAC, INMARSAT
  • Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte Ltd

17:00 Closing Remarks, Forum ends



Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration


Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apo is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. He entered shipping as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE specialization  as superintendent and later as a Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC/DBMS), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 10,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE and Shipping related subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specializing in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA). Apostolos is the founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA that produces a wide range of paper magazines, the globally leading portal in Safety & Environmental protection for shipping (www.safety4sea.com) and numerous large scale events and he is a frequent speaker in many events across the globe, while he has chaired more than 70 large scale forums so far. You may explore more about the activities of the group at www.sqegroup.com


Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder & Partner, Navguide Solutions LLP

Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder and Managing Partner Navguide Solutions is an ex-VLCC Master, author of published papers on “Gamification in Maritime Training” ” author of the Published book – “Decoding the Young Millennial Mariner”, Trainer for Vetting, SIRE, Port State Control Inspections (PSC), Instructional design expert and a creator of digital processes such as Guide2Inspections and Maritime Skill Enhancer. He is also a Member of the Nautical Institute (AFNI), the Association of Master Mariners and the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI).


Evros Damianou, Education Program Lead, KeelX

Evros Damianouis the Education Program Lead of KeelX’s brand for Education, joining the KeelX team at the very beginning back in 2020.  He is responsible for overseeing the creation and production of the e-learning courses while part of the KeelX team conducting the business development and branding of KeelX Education. With a dedication to the philosophy of KeelX, the aim is to create easy-to-watch e-courses and develop on-request, tailor-made content related to shipping operations, for third parties. Due to his legal background, he is supporting the efforts of KeelX to comply with GDPR and the new era of processing, controlling, and storing personal data. Additionally, he is responsible to handle all the legal communications of KeelX, ensuring that the commercial transactions of KeelX comply with the law, negotiating and drafting the operative documents, the commercial contracts, and the terms and conditions of KeelX brands. Evros holds an LLB Law degree from the University of Leicester and an LLM European Private Law degree from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Further, He holds the CySEC’s Advanced Certificate in Financial Services Legal Framework and CySEC’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Certification.


Capt. Pravesh Diwan, Director, KARCO

Capt Praveshchand  Diwan, , an ex Master Mariner, started his maritime career in 1981 as a cadet on the Training ship Rajendra. This was followed by sailing on board various types of vessels , rising to the level of Master in 1994. He started his own company in the year 2004, Karishma Consultancy Services, to provide various consultancy Services to the maritime industry. The brand name KARCO was adopted in 2008, with formation of the company Karishma Marine Solutions Pvt Ltd. To focus more on Crew training on board vessels, KARCO pioneered the concept of  using 3D Animations for effective crew training in 2007, and since has been the frontrunner in providing engaging and effective training solutions, including Learning Management System, Competency Assessment systems, Augmented reality & AI enabled solutions  to the maritime industry since then.


Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club

Ansuman Ghosh is a Marine Engineer with the UK Club’s Loss Prevention department based in Singapore. Ansuman sailed on various vessel types up to the rank of Chief Engineer. In 2006, he came ashore, working as a Superintendent and Classification Society Principal Surveyor, Regional Lead Auditor. Prior to joining Thomas Miller, he was Technical Head at a ship-owning and service company. Over 10 years with leading classification society in Singapore with responsibilities ranging from on-board surveys, new buildings, dry-docking and management system audits. Extensive experience in Health, Safety, Quality, Environment and Energy management systems audits on Gas Carriers and Tankers. During his time at Class Society, Ansuman was also involved in number of repair, major modification, retrofit projects and management system verifications involving FPSO’s, Jack ups, Semisubmersibles and various types of Offshore Support Vessels.


Thom Herbert, Senior Marine Surveyor and Crew Welfare Advocate, Idwal Marine

Thom Herbert is Senior Marine Surveyor at Idwal, now based in the recently opened Asian HQ in Singapore. Besides his day-to-day responsibilities of portfolio management of customer fleets, development and improvement of products, Thom has relocated to Singapore to also assist the new team with ongoing training and to ensure Idwal’s standards in all areas are adopted there. Before moving ashore and starting at Idwal in 2019, Thom worked at sea as a deck officer for 6+ years, on a variety of vessel types, including oil and gas tankers, and a small luxury cruise ship. He says his time at sea allowed him to develop a wide range of skills that he uses today in his current role. Thom is also very proud to be the Idwal Crew Wellbeing Advocate and was named Future Leader for his work in this area at the 2022 Seatrade Maritime Awards. Crew wellbeing is a subject Thom is very passionate about, having experienced firsthand some of the many issues that seafarers experience on a day-to-day basis. Through this role, he hopes to better highlight these issues to the wider shipping community with the sole aim of implementing resolutions to improve crew welfare as a whole.


Abhishek Iyer, Customer Success Manager, Navtor

Abhishek Iyer is a Customer Success Manager for Navtor’s clients in the APAC region. He began his career as a Dual Cadet with A.P Moller Maersk and later worked onboard Container ships and Product tankers as a Marine Engineer for ten years. His passion for marine life led him to work as a Ship Manager and Technical Superintendent for a marine conservation fleet for three years. He joined Navtor in early 2023 and worked in Vessel Performance before moving to Customer Success. He holds a Chief Engineer license from India and a Marine Technology degree from Birla Institute of Technology, India.


ShuYong Koh, Global Sustainability Director, ABS

Shu Yong serves as ABS Director of Global Sustainability, responsible for driving the ABS sustainability strategy and assisting ship owners and operators with achieving their sustainability & ESG goals through industry-leading support and digital solutions. Shu Yong has been involved in various sustainability initiatives and is actively pursuing the challenges of the maritime and shipping industry for the development into the future. Working on energy, emissions and innovative technologies associated with alternative fuels, taking into account technical, environmental regulatory and economic factors. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Naval Architecture from Newcastle University, a Master of Science in Maritime Studies and Professional Master of Administration (PMBA), International Trading from Nanyang Technological University.


Capt. Andre LeGoubin, President, The Nautical Institute

André is currently employed as a Mooring Master in the lightering trade, undertaking underway ship-to-ship transfers of oil, offshore in the USA and South America, having decided to return to sea in the summer of 2012 after over eight years ashore, working as a Marine Consultant in Houston, Texas. He emigrated from the UK to the USA in January 2004, leaving the London Pilotage Service where he was a first class marine Pilot.  Before becoming a Pilot, André was Master of high-speed ferries, initially hydrofoils, then mono- and multi-hull ro-ro/passenger vessels. André’s seagoing career formally (he left school with almost 6 months sea time!) began with Cunard Shipping Services Ltd. where he served as a deck officer in various ranks, gaining experience of a wide variety of vessels. In 2009 he achieved a Pass with Distinction, MA Work Based Learning Studies (Marine Accident Investigation), from Middlesex University, London and he was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute in the same year.  Following on from his research degree, André wrote the book Mentoring at Sea – The 10 minute challenge which was published by the Nautical Institute in December 2012 and in October 2013 he was awarded the British Merchant Navy Medal for services to the maritime industry and The Nautical Institute. In 2013 on request of some former clients, Andre founded DNA Marine USA LLC to offer his services as expert witness and consultant based on his over 40 year’s experience in the maritime industry. In July 2022 he was elected President of The Nautical Institute. André and his Wife live in Florida, USA and have three adult children, all settled in various parts of the US.


Capt. Sanjay Mittal , Chief Executive Officer, Racon Marine Consultants Pte. Ltd.

After an extensive sea going career culminating in command on different kinds of tankers, he held various leadership positions ashore, of which seven years were spent as a General Manager with a ship owning/management entity. Valued for his management and leadership styles, he helped build highly successful teams. He has sound grounding in best industry best practices and has contributed significantly towards loss prevention and loss control through various leading initiatives. He currently runs a consultancy with a broad range of services including Inspections, Surveys, TMSA Consultation, Assessments, Environmental Audits and Incident Support. He is also frequently consulted on Admiralty claims, particularly in oil and gas transportation, and has investigated several maritime incidents.   As a part time faculty with the Nautical Institute, he regularly trains Superintendents and Masters on Navigational Assessment. Capt. Mittal is also experienced in optimizing organizational structures toward attaining process efficiency and cost effectiveness. He is based in Singapore and holds an MBA with Distinction from University of Bradford.


Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte Ltd

Sanjeev Namath is one of the founding members of Alpha Ori Technologies and currently heads the Business & Operations within Alpha Ori. A Seasoned maritime professional with 35 years of domain expertise. Specialised in Digital Transformation, assisting Ship Owners, Operators & Managers realise the benefits out of Digitalisation. After having sailed onboard a variety of ships, Sanjeev held various senior management roles in Classification Survey/Audits, New Building projects, Vessel Performance Analysis, Corporate Ship Management etc. prior to embarking on digitalisation projects in 2015 culminating in establishment of Alpha Ori Technologies. Upon graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, Sanjeev ventured into Marine Engineering as a career in 1990 and later pursued Post graduate program in Marine Operations & Management.


Eleni Polychronopoulou, President & CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology SA

Eleni Polychronopoulou is leading a group of companies whose products and services are focused on sustainability and compliance in the maritime sector. She is President and CEO at METIS Cyberspace Technology SA, an industry leader in automated data acquisition, real-time performance monitoring and AI-powered analytics for the maritime sector. Eleni is also President of HEMEXPO (Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters), which, since 2014, has been representing Greek maritime technology specialists while she has also been elected as Vice Chair of Sea Europe, an organization which represents European shipbuilding and marine equipment associations across 16 countries.


Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

Dimitris joined SQE Group back in 2012 and now holds the position of Business Development Manager at RISK4SEA, an innovative SaaS platform which aims to provide Port State Control performance transparency to the market. He has more than 10 years of experience within the industry and held various commercial positions and participated in several projects with the aim to assist shipping companies to improve/maintain their safety and quality standards.



Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen

Lennart Ripke is an ex-mariner, and he has several years of experience as a deck officer on chemical tankers. After his seafarer career, he joined the maritime learning and development business, where he was heading the office in Germany for a major e-learning provider. Being responsible for the sales there and now in Green-Jakobsen he possesses a profound knowledge of the concerns and demands that exist among the maritime companies. With a passion for the maritime industry and for learning and development, Lennart is not only taking care of sales in Green-Jakobsen, but he is also a valuable subject matter expert involved in the development of solutions and services for our clients.



Praveen Shukla, Deputy Head of Ship Management and Technical Director, Wallem Group

Praveen Shukla is Technical Director and Deputy Managing Director of Shipmanagement at Wallem Group. As Technical Director and Deputy Managing Director of Ship Management, Praveen is responsible for the fleet technical teams in ensuring safe, reliable, cost-effective ship management operations and a positive customer experience. He also supports the day-to-day ship management activities and provides leadership and guidance in the execution of Wallem ship management strategic plans. Praveen started his career at sea over three decades ago and joined Wallem in 2007 as a Technical Superintendent and Crewing Director. Praveen holds a BTech degree in Mechanical Engineering, dual degrees in Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore and UCLA Anderson Business School, and an Executive Diploma in Directorship from Singapore Management University. He is a member of various industry committees, such as the Digital Transformation Committee and Cyber Security Committee.


Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global

Captain Sundeep Sequeira is Sales Director at OneLearn Global. For the last 16 years he has been actively supporting the Learning & Development of seafarers through simulation-based training, eLearning, crew engagement seminars, content creation projects, virtual reality and forward-looking learning management systems.



Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business relations, Shipowners’ Club

Capt. Hari’s sailing career spanned over 17 years on a wide range of vessels including main fleet and offshore vessels. After three years in command, he came ashore and headed the Commercial and Operations department of a reputable shipping company which owned and operated bulk carriers, offshore vessels, tugs and barges. Hari then moved on to help start-up the operations of a leading offshore company which owned and operated modern offshore vessels. He joined The Shipowners’ P&I Club in Sept 2009. Since 2009, apart from overseeing the development and growth of the branch’s Loss Prevention Department (till November 2019) including running the Club’s Global Ship Inspection Programme from Singapore, Hari and his team provided marine technical expertise to various industry stakeholders and as well as facilitating tailored training sessions, audits, seminars and risk management strategies based on claims causation analysis. The Shipowner’s Club is the largest P&I Club in terms of vessel numbers globally and insures in excess of 20% of the world fleet numbers. It is the leading Club in insuring small and specialist vessels in the region including windfarm support vessels, autonomous vessels, harbour crafts, ferries, cargo/container vessels, tankers, tugs, barges, offshore boats, etc. Hari has now assumed a larger role as Regional Head – Business relations enhancing deeper engagement with key stakeholders to improve safety awareness and risk management across the industry. Hari also runs the Club’s MEDISEA (Enhanced Pre-employment Medical Examination) Scheme which offers comprehensive health and wellbeing initiatives for seafarers’ sailing on board entered vessels and their families. Hari regularly presents to various segments of the industry on claim trends, lessons learnt and best practices by benchmarking local tonnage safety performance against similar international tonnages. Hari has also been appointed to the Singapore MPA’s Harbour Craft Safety working group wherein he contributes on safety initiatives with industry stakeholders. Hari has an MBA degree in Human Resources and International management apart from his Master Mariner’s License. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Maritime Law and is undertaking the PG Diploma in Maritime Energy with the World Maritime University (WMU) to gain and promote knowledge towards decarbonization. He is a Fellow and Main Council Member of The Nautical Institute (UK) as well as the Vice- President of the Singapore branch. He is the founding Chairman of the Singapore Branch of The Company of the Master Mariners of India (CMMI) and also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) (MICS). In recognition of his efforts, Hari was awarded the “Outstanding Individual Contribution to Safety at Sea” by the MPA Singapore in Dec 2020. He continues to work closely with the MPA and other regional Flag administrations and shipping bodies towards and improving the culture of shipping in the region


Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Head of Loss Prevention Asia-Pacific, NorthStandard Club

Yves Vandenborn is a master mariner and sailed with Exmar Nv. Belgium on chemical/product, LNG and LPG tankers. Since coming ashore in 2003, Yves has worked as a marine superintendent and as an independent marine surveyor undertaking numerous P&I condition surveys, oil major SIRE pre-vettings, TMSA audits, pre-purchase surveys, bulk carrier hatch cover ultra-sonic tests, etc. Yves joined The Standard Club in February 2010 as an in-house marine surveyor based in Singapore. In July 2013 he took over as Director of Loss Prevention for The Standard Club. As the director he is responsible for the risk assessment programme for the club’s membership worldwide. He is further responsible for the club’s loss prevention initiatives, publications and technical advice to the membership, as well as to the underwriting and claims departments. In 2021, Yves was closely involved in setting up the club’s internal working group on alternative fuels including the external advisory panel of industry experts assisting the club in preparing for the fourth propulsion revolution. Yves regularly speaks at shipping industry events across the world on behalf of The Standard Club. He uses his vast personal experience to explain serious issues in a way that is interesting and relevant to the audience. He uses anecdotes and lessons learnt from his sailing career to illustrate best practice guidelines, making him a welcome fixture at many speaking engagements. In line with his beliefs of giving back to the industry, Yves is currently closely engaged in maritime discourse topics such as seafarer wellbeing (physical, mental, and social), misdeclared container cargoes, vehicle car carrier fires and navigation related incidents. Yves is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and became the Hon President of the Nautical Institute Singapore branch in 2020. In this capacity, Yves works closely with the local maritime industry for the improvement of seafarer standards, safety and wellbeing.


Capt. Atul Vatsa (MNI), Founder / Director, AV GLOBAL MARINE PTE. LTD (AVG)

Atul is an experienced Seafarer with more than 35 years of experience in the maritime industry. Has held diverse portfolio of function ashore and spearheaded the Marine department (Marine Operations, Vetting, TMSA, DryBMA, Marine & Safety, Incident Investigations) and Environmental department. He has held senior management position and was also part of Leadership Team. After successfully completing 18 years of sea service (7 Years of command experience) he ventured ashore. During the early years ashore, his focus was to ensure vessel’s run to the highest safety standards, ensure compliance to oil major vetting standards. Worked with the training department to develop, enhance marine related courses, VIQ awareness training, bridge team management, advanced senior office ship handling simulator course. Also assisted in developing 3D Animated Marine Safety videos. One of the strengths is reviews of companies’ high-level objectives, policies & standards. Company Annual Management review meeting minutes and monitoring of performance & Management Structure review with roles and responsibilities, utilization of resources. Atul was key in developing environmental compliance department from scratch and successfully implementing an environmental compliance plan under US Department of Justice. The prime focus was improving environmental compliance, implementation of environmental standards, engineering requirement, open reporting systems and formulation of non-retaliation policies etc which were all in line with the USCG Department of justice Environmental compliance program, providing shore side support for sea staff on environmental issues including awareness. Maintained a close cooperation and interaction with all Interested parties (Court appointed monitor (CAM), Third-Party audits (TPA)). Was instrumental in developing the CBT training program for Environmental compliance program which was a DOJ requirement. Atul has spoken in various industry conference and presented paper on vetting (Winning with Sire & Managing Sire in a large fleet) at  OCIMF inspector course in Singapore and during Oil Majors conference. Has been an active member of Intertanko and was a member of the Vetting & Environmental committee from 2013 and 2016 respectively. His work with the Vetting committee involved improving all aspects of ships inspection, vetting, PSC and participated in relevant industry work groups in ensuring bridging the gaps between various stakeholders which helped to promote safety and quality standards within the industry. In terms of Environmental committee Atul contributed with Environmental issues, Environmental compliance Ballast water management, Environmental Performance and Monitoring, Waste Management and MARPOL Annex V, etc during his tenure. Atul is a Subject matter expert in TMSA, DBMS, vetting and with SIRE 2.0 introduction he is focusing on training companies management team to enhance their understanding of the new system. Founder Member of the SSA / MPA Safety of navigation working group from 2013-2020. The group was formed between MPA and shipping community to raise levels of navigational safety in and around Singapore port waters. Atul was also a member of National MARITIME safety at sea council (MNSSC) Singapore from 2017-2023. Working closely with MPA on issues related to Navigational safety in Singapore straits. The MNSSC spearheads the drive for maritime safety on a national level and ensures the sustainability of safety efforts. The council also serves as an advisory body to the MPA on maritime safety. Atul started his sailing carrier on 30 Oct 1984 when he joined TS Rajendra for his pre-sea training and completed his cadetship with Zodiac, Ratnakar shipping. He joined Wallem Shipmanagement Hongkong as a 3rd officer in 1989, took over command in 1998 and continued to sail till mid 2005 with a command experience of 7 years on board Wallem Tankers.


Capt. Satinder Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Capt. Satinder has contributed to the maritime profession for over 34 years, including 15 years of sailing onboard various tankers and 18 years at Singapore Maritime Academy. He was instrumental in developing new training related to ECDIS and adopting alternative fuels in the maritime industry. Since 2018, he developed and delivered numerous solutions for workforce planning for various shipowners to adopt LNG as fuel, and he is currently working on adopting Methanol, Ammonia and Hydrogen as a fuel. In his current role with DNV, he drives various decarbonisation initiatives and competency development in the maritime industry. He is associated with developing standards for LNG and Methanol as fuel in Singapore.


Justin Yi, Director Direct Sales, APAC- Inmarsat

As Asia Pacific Director of Direct Sales, Justin is responsible for supporting the business growth by providing solutions to meet the requirements of maritime customers in the region. Justin has held key positions in sales, business development, and customer success in the digitalisation consultancy and enterprise IT services domain at Microsoft, Accenture and IBM Consulting.  Justin has extensive experience with maritime industry customers for IoT, data analytics, and system integration and has played an integral role in applying new digital technologies including generative AI, cloud platforms, and cybersecurity for telco, manufacturing, and consumer services customers. Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.



SQE Marine is a leading provider of Safety, Quality and Environmental Solutions providing Consulting, Training and Information products in these areas. We have been successfully providing a product and service range to more than 1,200 clients (based in 75+ countries) over the last 20 years, operating a DNVGL Certified Training Center and a LR ISO 9001 certified management system. Strong enough to provide immediate response and feedback to all client queries and needs, we provide a range of competitively priced services and timeliness for product / service delivery; we provide foolproof products and services to ensure full after sales support for as long as necessary. Last but not least, technical competence is the core of our management system & operations. Our vision is to be a leading world class corporation that provides reliable maritime solutions in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Crisis, Security, and Risk Management. Our mission, therefore, is to provide real life, effective and efficient maritime solutions range including Consulting, Training and Information provision in order to maximize client benefit and minimize risk.





Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD was established in Athens in 1998 with a clear strategic goal – “the safe transportation of cargoes worldwide with respect to the environment”. Initially the Company assumed the management of two different types of vessels (dry and wet) but at a later stage ARCADIA, realizing the increased demands and responsibilities of the current times, focused its activities on tanker management. Following the Company’s establishment in 1998, an ambitious investment program began with the construction of high specification aframax and suezmax tankers, in South Korean Yards, on behalf of Companies that had entrusted the management of their vessels to ARCADIA.



Blue Planet Shipping Ltd

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS) was established and based at Piraeus since 1996, to manage 8 Dry Bulk Carriers. In 1998, BPS split into two separate companies. BPS retained its root name and Third Millenium Shipping Ltd (TMS) was set up to manage vessels for different owners. BPS managed 7 out of the 8 vessels; (AKMI – ARIS – EVMAR – COSMAR – ALMAVITA – AFROS & ALKIMOS) and the management of the ASTROMAR was undertaken by TMS. In 2002, clients of the company placed an order for 6 New Building Supramax vessels in China, of which 5 were delivered in 2003 and 1 in 2004. The new vessels (APOLLON – APEX – AKMI – EVNIA – NICOLAOS A and AVRA) were registered under Cyprus and Greek Flags. With the company by then managing a total of 14 vessels, it began recruiting different nationalities to man the ships, focusing mainly on Greek, Ukrainian, Burmese and Moroccan crews.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 40 vessels including 36 container carriers and 4 modern bulk carriers with a total dwt of 2,915,834 tons and total teu of 180,363 approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. (“Capital Gas”) is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 14 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.44 million cubic meters and a total dwt of 1.14 Tons. Our Team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. Capital Gas Ship Management is a member of SIGTTO and SGMF.



Capital Shipmanagement

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 39 tankers (12 VLCCs, 15 Aframaxes, 11 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) with a total dwt of 5.95 million tons approx. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including all tanker segments (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk segments (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and containers. The excellent performance of Capital Ship Management has been recognized by oil major companies and major traders in the industry. It is one of a few ship management companies to have successfully completed the comprehensive office assessment process of numerous major oil companies and has also established long standing relationships with major traders, liners and operators. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Columbia Ship Management

With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. Since our founding in Cyprus, we have developed a global reputation by continuously exceeding our clients´ expectations when providing the highest quality and professional management services. Our success is based on the tremendous added-value granted to our clients by leveraging a strong global network and the will of being a leading force in the maritime industry.



Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED)

EASTMED is a ships management company with head offices in Glyfada (Athens), Greece. Presently the company has under management 78 vessels, employs 200 shore based personnel and a further 3000 seagoing staff. The fleet comprises of 29 tankers, 39 dry bulk carriers and 10 container ships, adding up to a total DWT capacity of 7.2 million tons. Principally both the tankers and the dry cargo vessels are employed on the spot market and occasionally will enter into short period charter agreements on a number of ships of the fleet.

The following overseas companies are employed as exclusive agents of EASTMED:

·       Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.

·       Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

EASTMED was granted by Lloyd’s the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2010 and is in the process of being certified with ISO 50001 within 2016. EASTMED is presently a member of BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO, thus joining forces for improved standards in the industry. EASTMED voluntarily participates to AMVER reporting system, operated by the US Coast Guard for promoting safety of life and property at sea. Managed vessels are honored with AMVER awards on an annual basis.




Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. Sustainability is a core value at Euronav as it ensures the long-term health and success of our people, our business, and the environment we work in. It involves a commitment to safety and environmental practices, as well as an innovative approach to the use of technology and information.



Green Jakobsen

Green-Jakobsen A/S is a maritime consultancy offering ship owners, operators, ship management companies and maritime entities a unique combination of skillsets that encompasses all aspects of managing the human factor in shipping. Our approach is to analyse, diagnose and then improve the safety mindset, leadership and human resource performance of people on shore and at sea. Our combined decades of experience with proven, custom-made programs is the foundation of our work. By balancing industry knowhow with out-of-box thinking, we transform strategy into daily work by using tangible tools which we implement alongside our customers on board and in the office. We are a group of people who combine our academic, seafaring and business experience and we are based in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai, with some 30 employees in total.

Our areas of expertise are:

· Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on behaviour and actions

· Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders on board and ashore

· HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance

· Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars

· Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development





Inmarsat Maritime is now a Viasat business and continues to power the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. On May 30, 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner. Inmarsat Maritime is based in Viasat’s global international business headquarters in London, United Kingdom.





INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES, INC. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is one of the leading registries in the world with 5,510 vessels surpassing 196 million gross tons at the end August 2023. IRI has a network of 28 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele. The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris and Tokyo MoU’s New Inspection Regimes and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 19 consecutive years, which is unprecedented. The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Latsco Marine Management Inc. a subsidiary company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established 1st January 2019 and is currently located at Kifisia. Latsco’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group. Latsco provides operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. Latsco pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. Currently, LMM Inc. manages a fleet of 27 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 2 vessels shall be delivered up to 2020.




NAVTOR provides seamless, secure and integrated solutions for smarter e-Navigation and optimal vessel performance. At NAVTOR, we can offer innovative e-Navigation and performance solutions that have the power to transform vessel operations, fleet management and business results. This is more than navigation – this is a connected, smart and data-driven ecosystem that can unlock unique benefits for your shipping business.



OneLearn Global

OneLearn Global was created to provide training solutions to serve the maritime, energy, hospitality and industrial sectors and offers an enormously effective and intuitive next-gen Learning Management System (LMS), designed to deliver both an enhanced and engaging, yet personalised and intuitive, enjoyable learning experience through digitalisation.




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry




SEAFiT, powered by SAFETY4SEA, is a pioneering mental health program providing comprehensive guidance and a holistic approach to maritime stakeholders to evaluate the mental health state of both their shore and sea staff and raise awareness over wellbeing issues.



V. Group

V.Group provides a full range of ship management and marine support services to ship owners and operators around the globe, as well as the ability to blend those services together in unique combinations to meet specific customer needs. Guided by our values, we aim to deliver excellence in every area in which we operate, with safety being our number one priority. To help us achieve that, our group of companies and brands work interdependently, operating across different sectors, allowing us to become a comprehensive supplier of maritime and offshore services around the world. With over 35 years’ experience in managing vessels in the shipping, cruise, energy, and defence sectors, we’re committed to delivering safe and compliant operations. Helping customers with specific needs and putting them at the heart of our business. We’re also dedicated to working towards a maritime industry free of corruption, as an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). V.Group has access to an international network of over 44,000 seafarers, covering all areas of ship management and crewing. With those colleagues all supported by an onshore team of over 3,000 across 30 countries, we’re dedicated to investing in our people, our technology, and our systems, to ensure we deliver the highest quality service to our customers.


2023 SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum: Sailing into the future with best practices for proactive crew management

The 3rd SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum took place on Thursday 26th of October 2023 at the Ballroom 1 (Level 3) of The Westin Singapore, where it became apparent that shifting from a reactive to proactive approach involves embracing emerging technologies, such as digital navigation tools, and prioritizing the development of soft skills for seafarers. This transformation also encompasses a focus on ESG performance, fostering a safety culture 2.0, and complying with evolving regulations like STCW and ILO MLC.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having SQE MARINE as lead sponsor. More sponsors of the event included the following organizations: Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS), Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Shipmanagment, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green-Jakobsen A/S, Inmarsat, INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES INC., Latsco Marine Management Inc., NAVTOR, OneLearn Global, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, and V. Group,

Supporters of the event included: International Windship Association (IWSA), Maritime and Port Authority Singapore, and The Nautical Institute.

Main issues discussed

  • Best practices for proactive crew management
  • From being reactive to becoming proactive: How to transform the shipping industry
  • An overview of the current state of ESG performance in the shipping industry
  • PSC Focus:  Recent trends in PSC performance and inspection outcomes
  • Reducing Human Error in the Age of Smart Shipping
  • Addressing the human aspects that shape the onboard environment, fostering unity and collaboration
  • Embracing Technological Evolution in Shipping: Understanding the pulse of the young seafarers
  • Embracing Safety Culture 2.0: Recognizing the critical role of leadership in redefining and strengthening safety norms and practices within the industry.
  • Exploring the role and future of STCW, ILO MLC, SIRE 2.0 and other regulations regarding human factor
  • Adapting to Industry Changes: Understanding the impact of soft skills in maritime operations
  • Prioritizing Seafarers’ Social Skills & Well-being: Emphasizing the importance of interpersonal relations and maintaining mental health while at sea
  • Equipping Crews for an Eco-friendly Future: Identifying necessary skills and training for the green transition
  • Post-MEPC Landscape: Evaluating current standings and envisioning the roadmap to achieve 2030 to 2050 sustainability goals
  • Importance of digitalization in safe navigation: Exploring the role of digitalization in enhancing situational awareness for mariners
  • Navigational safety & the future of navigation: Trends in digital navigation tools and their impact on safety
  • Training and competency requirements for navigating in a digitalized environment

Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the delegates and speakers and thanked all sponsors and supporters of the event. He also presented key findings from the 2023 SEAFIT Survey. According to Apo Belokas, key findings of the survey include that communication with home is the number one priority for seafarers. Seafarers still require more internet privileges on board. Additionally, recreational facilities are in the same level of concern for seafarers, as the physical wellbeing, and onboard time for relaxation play a significant role to their satisfaction and their ability to prepare themselves for the demanding daily program.


Panel #1 Industry’s best practices: Learning from innovative approaches

Capt. Andre LeGoubin, President, The Nautical Institute, gave a presentation on how the continuity of onboard training will ensure that today’s modern vessels will continue to be operated in a safe, efficient, and commercially viable way. He highlighted that they do this through a system of onboard training, familiarization, and informal experiential knowledge transfer using one of the oldest methods of knowledge sharing known to humankind that is still so relevant today, mentoring.  This method of passing on company’s knowledge and experience is free, does not require auditing or checklists, and can have a profound effect on seafarers’ lives.

Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Head of Loss Prevention Asia-Pacific, NorthStandard Club, referred to best practices that are evolving as businesses seek innovative approaches to stay competitive and efficient in an ever-changing landscape. In an era of rapid advancements, remaining open to new ideas and best practices is a fundamental part of any business’s journey toward excellence.

Thom Herbert, Senior Marine Surveyor and Crew Welfare Advocate, Idwal Marine, gave a presentation on ways to benchmark EGS matters in shipping. He explained that shipping organizations need to move beyond pledges and evaluate on-board sustainability in practice. As he pointed out, standardised ESG evaluation methodologies will aid significantly in achieving the goal of ESG performance benchmarking. Finally, he expressed the opinion that pinpointing areas for improvement via granular insights can greatly benefit the industry.

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA, highlighted that to address the PSC challenge and achieve key objectives such as eliminating detentions, minimizing deficiencies, and reducing noise in maritime operations, automation offers a compelling solution. Leveraging technology, a key approach is the implementation of an Automated Port Call Risk Assessment (POCRA) system. By utilizing POCRA, ships can predict when they will undergo inspections, allowing them to prepare efficiently. Moreover, automated systems can generate ship and PSC Focus Checklists, properly prioritized for the specific context, ensuring thorough preparation.


Session #2 Setting key priorities: Managing human factors in an era of change

Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen, explained that human performance is influenced by many factors, but some are more important than others. According to the presentation, developing human and safety performance requires a focus on team performance, which is strengthened when people experience psychological safety and focus on the tasks at hand.  Referring to Green-Jakobsen’s own data, he also presented the most important human performance influencing factors, and argued why it is beneficial to make performance reviews on a continuous basis. Additionally, he explained the relation between task reflectivity and social reflectivity.

Praveen Shukla, Deputy Head of Ship Management and Technical Director, Wallem Group, presented that setting key priorities for managing the human factor is paramount to the success and sustainability of organizations. Recognizing that the workforce is very important for a company, leaders must prioritize the well-being, engagement, and adaptability of their employees.

Capt. Sanjay Mittal, Chief Executive Officer, Racon Marine Consultants Pte. Ltd., gave a presentation which centred on the vital theme of human factor in current and industry initiatives. Capt. Sanjay Mittal also presented three key topics that are driving change and development within this sphere. First, the Captain explained how OCIMF’s Human Factors Management and Self-Assessment is crucial for improving safety and performance by considering the human factor in maritime operations. Next, the presentation highlighted the integration of Human Factors in SIRE 2.0, emphasizing how this industry initiative aims to elevate inspection standards and address human factors as a fundamental component of safety assessments.

Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder & Partner, Navguide Solutions LLP, focused his presentation on the younger generation of seafarers, highlighting that in today’s digital age, the maritime world is evolving faster than ever before, so adapting to change is crucial. Furthermore, he explained that as many seafarers fall between young ages, understanding their psyche and behavior has never been more important. Overall, his presentation was a deep dive into the thought process of GenZ and young millennials to bust myths and emphasize the importance of staying attuned to the unique needs of the modern-day seafarer.


Session #3 Sailing Strong: Crafting a future ready crew via training & development

Capt. Sundeep Sequeira, Sales Director, OneLearn Global, highlighted that by investing in the growth and skills enhancement of crew members, companies not only ensure that they remain adaptable and proficient in the face of changing industry dynamics but also foster a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. This culture of continuous improvement and innovation can lead to increased productivity and competitiveness in the market. Additionally, investing in crew members’ growth and skills enhancement can also result in higher employee satisfaction and retention rates, as they feel valued and supported in their professional development.

Evros Damianou, Education Program Lead, KeelX, highlighted how upcoming changes in their industry, including new regulations, new technologies and global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, will impact both the industry itself and the training of individuals involved in shipping. These changes will require the industry to adapt and implement new practices to comply with regulations and reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, individuals involved in shipping will need to acquire new skills and knowledge to effectively navigate these changes and contribute to sustainable shipping practices.

Capt. Atul Vatsa (MNI), Founder / Director, AV GLOBAL MARINE PTE. LTD (AVG), presented that compliance within an organization is a multifaceted concept that can be effectively categorized into four essential segments: culture, consequence, education, and auditing. The culture of a company, often a complex and context-dependent term, plays a pivotal role in defining the working environment and how employees perceive and prioritize compliance, the Captain explained.  The captain also explained the important difference between implementing a ‘real’ programme over a ‘paper programme’ in which the actions in the office and in the fleet do not match what is set out in SMS.

Capt. Pravesh Diwan, Director, KARCO, highlighted that effective training for seafarers is a paramount concern in the maritime industry, and it can be enhanced through several key strategies. First, the use of effective visual communication tools plays a crucial role in crew training. Visual aids and materials facilitate better understanding and retention of vital information. Additionally, engaging software solutions, both online and offline, provide interactive and accessible platforms for seafarers to acquire and practice essential skills. These software tools can include simulations and e-learning modules, making training more dynamic and tailored to individual needs.


Session #4 Switching Green: Strategies & Alternatives for a smooth transition

ShuYong Koh, Global Sustainability Director, ABS, presented decarbonization and sustainability insights in the maritime industry, saying that the green transition in shipping is increasing with various challenges based on the current regulations towards envisioning roadmap to achieve 2030 to 2050 sustainability goals. Additionally, ShuYong Koh pointed out that new advances in digitization, applied research, and renewable energy technology are driving a technological revolution in the maritime sector. These advancements are driving the industry toward a more efficient and sustainable future by encouraging lower emissions, better operating capabilities, and more cooperation across maritime organizations.

Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business relations, Shipowners’ Club, covered that the clock is ticking as the industry continues to hurtle towards 2030 where the first waypoint of the IMO GHG strategy will be reached. Further to the initial 2018 GHG strategy, the IMO, in 2023 has revised the goals, introduced a KPI on the uptake of the GHG strategy, and made small amendments with further goals. As a result, vessel operators are under increasing pressure to adopt new technologies to try and meet these deadlines. However, all stakeholders will eventually have to come together in their efforts to support their goals, thus supporting each other.

Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club, centered his presentation on the critical topics that need to be addressed as soon as possible, so that the shipping industry may go ahead with confidence in the direction of net zero. According to Ansuman Ghosh’s presentation, some of these unsolved concerns relate to topics such as technological challenges, legal issues, intricate contracts, and difficulty with training. Tackling these challenges will pave the way for a smoother and more confident transition.

Capt. Satinder Virdi, Principal Consultant, Head of Research and Development, Maritime Advisory, DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd., gave a presentation on the future of MARPOL regulations. His presentation included a thorough exploration of compliance strategies, shedding light on the various options available to the industry. Captain Satinder also emphasized the pivotal role that alternative fuels are set to play in ensuring adherence to these regulations, offering valuable insights into the evolving landscape of maritime compliance and sustainability.


Session  #5: Sailing into the future: Smart Shipping and New Technologies

Eleni Polychronopoulou, President & CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology SA, supported the idea that new technologies not only optimize route planning and fuel consumption, but also contribute to reduced environmental impact. According to Eleni Polychronopoulou, by embracing these innovations, the industry will be able to set sail towards a more sustainable and technologically advanced future, where efficiency and eco-friendliness coexist harmoniously, promising a smoother voyage for global trade and the environment alike.

Abhishek Iyer, Customer Success Manager, Navtor, highlighted that the maritime industry’s digital journey has seen positive impacts, including improved situational awareness and reduced errors. However, challenges persist, with fragmented data and limited integrated tools hindering effective digitalization. Yet, the presenter pointed out that the potential for reduced operational costs and enhanced efficiency keeps driving the industry towards developing digital solutions.

Justin Yi, Director Direct sales, APAC, INMARSAT, gave a presentation which underscored the dynamic landscape of the maritime industry and the transformative changes on the horizon. While acknowledging the challenges that lie ahead, Justin Yi also highlighted the immense opportunity within these changes, the chance to not only sustain but elevate safety standards. Moreover, recognizing and pointing out the paramount importance of safety in the context of the shipping sector’s increasing digitalization, the presentation delved into strategies for prioritizing safety in this evolving environment.

Sanjeev Namath, Chief Business Officer, Alpha Ori Technologies Pte Ltd, presentation delved into three critical aspects of navigating the evolving landscape of industry and technology. Firstly, it explored the concept of data-driven decision support with real-time automated data. Secondly, it underscored the importance of retaining human involvement and expertise within the context of digital transformation, emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between humans and technology in achieving optimal outcomes. Lastly, the presentation advocated for the essential role of digitalization in the pursuit of decarbonization goals, emphasizing the potential for technology to drive sustainability and environmental responsibility.


  • A Star
  • A.P..P Moller Maersk A/S
  • AirServe Group
  • Alco INS Brokers (Marine Insurance)
  • Afaship Managers Pte. Ltd.
  • Alpha Ori Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Alphard Group
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Andrew Moore & Associates
  • Angle | Maritime Talent Experts
  • Anglo American Shipping Pte Ltd
  • Anglo-Eastern
  • Anrew Lin
  • Ardmore Shipping
  • Ari Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Array
  • Asia Classification Society
  • Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA)
  • AV Global Marine Pte. Ltd (Avg)
  • B2YOU Global
  • Berge Bulk Maritime Pte. Ltd.
  • Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
  • Bigyellowfish Technologies
  • Blue Planet Shipping
  • Business Services International
  • Captain’s Eye
  • Centrix Maritime Services Pte. Ltd.
  • Chancery Hill Ventures
  • China Merchants Energy Shipping (Singapore) Holding Pte ltd
  • ClassNK Singapore
  • Clean Tech
  • C-Leanship
  • Coral Shipping Corp.
  • Dasin Shipping Pte Ltd
  • Daya Marine Consultancy Pte. Ltd
  • Directorate Of Port, Maritime And Inland Waterways Affairs/ Ministry Of Infrastructure And Transport
  • DNV – Veracity
  • DNV Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Eaglestar Marine Pte Ltd
  • Economic Chamber of Greece
  • Edge
  • Enecal Pte. Ltd.
  • Energios Pte Ltd
  • EQT partners
  • Ex ISRO
  • Executive Shipmanagement
  • Flexosense
  • Fugro Marine Services B.V.
  • GMCG Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Great American Insurance Company
  • Green-Jakobsen
  • Gurbani& Co LLC
  • HBA Offshore Pte Ltd
  • Idwal Marine
  • Inmarsat
  • International Registries, Inc.
  • Ishima Pte Ltd
  • Jaldhi Overseas Pte Ltd
  • Joseph Contreras
  • KeelX
  • Kusch Investment Consulting
  • Lalizas
  • Lemissoler
  • Lignes Maritimes Congolaises, SA
  • Lockton Companies (Singapore)
  • Marlink
  • Marufleet
  • Metis Cyberspace Technology SA
  • MMSL Pte Ltd
  • MOL (Asia Oceania)
  • MOL LNG Transport Asia Pte. ltd.
  • MOL Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. ltd
  • MPA Singapore
  • MWS Marine Surveys Pte ltd
  • Namdock
  • Napa Ltd
  • Native Capital Pte
  • Nautel Ltd
  • Nautical Institute
  • Navguide Solutions LLP
  • Navtor as
  • Navtor Singapore
  • Norcomms Pte Ltd
  • NorthStandard Club
  • Norwegian Training Center
  • Ocean Technologies Group (OTG)
  • Olympic Shipping and Management Singapore SA Pte. Ltd.
  • Onassis Group Olympic Shipping and Management Singapore
  • OneLearn Global
  • Orient Marine Co Ltd
  • OSM Thome
  • Pamarine Private Limited
  • Pantheon Maritime Services Pte Ltd
  • Praxis Automation Technology
  • Racon Marine Consultants Pte. Ltd.
  • Rightship Singapore Pte Ltd
  • RINA
  • Rosmorport
  • Seably
  • Shipowners’ Club
  • Singapore Maritime Academy
  • Singapore Police Coast Guard
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Singapore Shipping Association
  • Sinoda Shipping Agency Pte ltd
  • Skuld
  • Stag Marine
  • Steamship Mutual
  • Stolt Tankers Singapore Pte ltd.
  • Sunat
  • Survitec
  • Teekay Marine (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • The Shipowners Club P&I
  • Thenamaris Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Tindall Riley (Britannia P&I Club) Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Trans-power
  • UK P&I Club
  • UKHO
  • UW
  • Van Ameyde Marine
  • Vesselman Pte ltd.
  • VR Shipping pte Ltd
  • Wallem Group
  • WSM

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Maritime Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping , including:

  • Ship owners
  • Ship Manager Company Staff (Technical, Marine, Operations, Safety & Quality)
  • Maritime professionals
  • Regulatory & government authorities
  • Flag state representatives
  • Classification societies representatives
  • Marine Insurers & P&I Executives
  • Experts on information technologies (IT) onboard
  • Other relevant with smart technologies Industry Organizations/ Executives/ Experts

Delegate Helpdesk

General Information

Who can I contact for more information on the event?
Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com


How do I register?
To register you should fill in the online registration form and follow the instructions contained in the Registration Form.

Is the event free to attend for the delegates?
Attendance to the event is FREE subject to online registration. In case you are interested, please complete the online registration form and confirm with the organizers. FREE attendance includes coffee, snacks and drinks during breaks. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or traveling or parking which should be paid in by the delegates as decided/applicable.

What happens if I am unable to attend despite being registered?
Appreciate if you could inform the organizers by e-mail as soon as possible before the event.

At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is at the Ballroom 1 (Level 3), The Westin Singapore. For more information on the venue, please click here.

What happens when I get to the event venue?
When you arrive at the event please go to the registration desk and collect your badge which should be worn at all times. Welcome coffee and snacks are available during registration and breaks.

After the event

How may I evaluate and comment on the event?
You may comment with the organizers at any time, during or after the event. Furthermore an event evaluation form will be available online after the event to complete anonymously any comments you may have.

Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!



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