With Rolls Royce and Svitzer having recently staged a ‘historic’ first successful demonstration of a remotely operated commercial vessel, Mark Dickinson, general secretary of maritime trade union Nautilus International, is set to champion maritime professionals in a forum of industry leaders. As the flagship conference for London International Shipping Week (LISW17), the event from 9am on 14 September will look towards the next 25 years of the maritime world.
Coinciding with the LISW17 theme of Tomorrow’s Maritime World, the four part conference at the Grosvenor House Hotel includes a session titled Tomorrow’s Needs, focusing on the changing business environment in the shipping industry, assessing how evolving trade patterns and disruptive technologies will affect people working in the sector.
Mark, who is also a board advisor for the International Transport Workers’ Federation and European Transport Workers’ Federation Maritime Transport Section, will discuss the implications of automation and increase in technology onboard ships and highlight that seafarers need to be at the forefront of developments.
The general secretary said: ‘London International Shipping Week is set to bring together over 15,000 shipping industry leaders, serving as a reminder that the UK is still a major global maritime powerhouse.
‘The next 25 years will see changes in the way we trade overseas along with changes to job roles and business models. With 95% of everything we import and export coming to us by sea, it’s vitally important as an island nation that we safeguard the future of seafaring.’
Alongside Mark’s involvement at the flagship conference, Nautilus International is also hosting a free Career and Skills Hub and seminar on day two of London International Shipping Week alongside the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Merchant Navy Training Board.
Nautilus International will also be continuing the discussion on Automation in Shipping at a special symposium on 3 October at its annual Branch Conference in Hull.
Nautilus International is the trade union and professional organisation for maritime professionals at sea and ashore. We represent 22,000 maritime professionals including ship masters (captains), officers, officer trainees (cadets) and shipping industry personnel, such as ship pilots, inland navigation workers, vessel traffic services operators (similar to air traffic control), harbourmasters, seafarers in the oil and gas industry, and shore-based staff.