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Inmarsat Global Ltd
nmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, and Diamond Sponsor of LISW for the fourth time running, will be holding two industry-
shaping events at its City Road headquarters during LISW19, focusing on the crucial industry topics of crew welfare and digitalisation.
“Our events on digital disruption, cyber security and maritime safety during LISW 2017 demonstrated how satellite connectivity plays a pivotal role in enabling and accelerating the digitalisation of the entire shipping industry,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime.
“In 2019, we are taking a more focused approach to the conversation, assessing how the new digital reality is taking shape in a variety of operational and business settings, including the importance of Maritime start-ups, and delivering more collaboration and interoperability.”
Digitalisation is happening at a fast pace in the maritime industry, evidenced by a doubling of data coming off vessels using Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service from January 2018 to January 2019 and is one of the reasons why Inmarsat has committed to tripling the amount of high-speed satellites providing Fleet Xpress by 2023 and also launching ground-breaking satellites that will solely operate over the Arctic from 2022.
On 10 September, Inmarsat will host a day-long ‘digitalisation’ event. The day will begin with the launch
of a new report into Maritime Start-Ups, followed by an LISW  rst – a ‘Launch Pad session for Maritime’ which will allow maritime start-ups to pitch to an audience of accelerators, shipowners and industry leaders. This will be followed by a ‘Digitalisation in Marine Insurance’ seminar hosted by Insurance Marine News. The afternoon session will begin with a keynote speech from world- leading futurist Gerd Leonhard and conclude with a panel discussion on Diversity and Digitalisation in the shipping
industry, co-hosted with the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) International.
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President said: “The transformation that digitalisation
is bringing to the industry is not only in technology and operational processes but also in the way it provides access and opportunity to a more diverse skill set and population. Innovative and forward-thinking leaders in our industry recognise that diverse thoughts, skill sets and approaches are the only way to keep pace with our rapidly changing industry.”
On 11 September, the four LISW nominated charities will come together to ask the industry to share its thoughts on the impact of technology on crew welfare, with a particular emphasis on mental well-being. As the industry embraces new technologies to make shipping safer, quicker and more environmentally friendly, Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Marris), The Mission to Seafarers, Sailors’ Society and Seafarers UK will draw on their 400+ years of combined experience to explore with industry leaders what the seafarers of the future will need in terms of welfare provision.
The crew welfare event will include a keynote speech from Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping
on: ‘How Shipping Can Thrive: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future’. He will examine the importance of seafarer well-being to business performance and share examples of technology application, its positive aspects and challenges. Four panel discussions will then cover how technology can improve life on-board, seafarer mental health and how maritime charities can prepare for the new technology age.
“Technologies do not operate in a vacuum and extracting their full potential is dependent on the of cers and ratings who work and live at sea,” said Spithout. “With its broad scope and global audience, LISW offers an ideal platform to build on the progress made enhancing welfare among the people driving our industry. We are delighted to be co-hosting an event dedicated to crew welfare with the four major maritime charities and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).”
The conference will be followed by ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards ceremony, which honour the welfare heroes of 2019 (as nominated by seafarers– see
To  nd out more about both events and to register to attend visit:
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