ETC-2018. President of The Nautical Institute Report



It was a great pleasure to visit the historical port city of Odessa as President of The Nautical Institute in May.  Through the efforts Professor Vladimir Torskiy FNI, Honourary Secretary and the members of the Ukraine Branch of the Nautical Institute, I was invited by Rector Mykhaylo Miyusov of the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy” to present the welcoming address and later present on The Nautical Institute’s Ice Navigator Training Accreditation and Certification schemes at the International Forum on Seafarers’ Education and Training.

This annual conference provides a two-way window on the extensive maritime training capabilities that abound in the Ukraine, providing an ongoing source of future mariners to the global maritime industry.  Not only does the conference showcase the excellent maritime training establishments present in the Ukraine, but provides opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, forward vision in excellence in seafarers’ training.  The Nautical Institute has long been a participant in ETC, and through the hard work of the members of the Ukraine Branch, has always maintained a high profile.


Speakers and panels tackled many varied topics germane to the overall themes of education, training and crewing, beginning with a forward-looking examination of global shipping now and into the future; trends in maritime recruitment; human element and seafarers’ well-being; future challenges for crewing; simulation, computer-based training and assessment; as well as specific elements of education training and certification.  It was in this last thematic section that I presented on the NI’s Ice Navigator scheme.


Of course, not all was work.  A pre-conference reception was held the evening before the conference opened and our hosts provided an excellent conference dinner at the Mafia Rave Terrace Club during which conference attendees were entertained by the extremely talented academy cadets in a boisterous floor show.  On the final night of the conference delegates were also provided the opportunity to attend a superb ballet performance in Odessa’s famed National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.


After the ballet performance I was very pleased to join several members of the local Branch in an intimate traditional Ukrainian dinner.  I quite enjoyed comparing the local versions of Ukrainian dishes to those that I have come to love at home. I have to admit however, that though there is no doubt my wife, who is of Ukrainian decent, wins the award for best pedaheh (varenyky).


The Nautical Institute of Ukraine is one of the most active and visible of our over 50 global branches.  Now, having personally met so many of the dedicated Branch members I can see why. I congratulate the Branch on its ongoing dedication and look forward to returning once again to Odessa and the Ukraine.


Captain David (Duke) Snider, FNI, FRGS


The Nautical Institute


Final Conference Program is published

Final Conference Program is published with 5 plenary sessions, 9 presentations, 5 panel discussions and 3 round tables.

Panel discussions and discussion points are:


Global Shipping Now and Tomorrow


1. Latest Events Affecting the Shipping

2. Green Shipping and Respond to Climate Change

3. Safety Culture and Safety Intelligence

4. Autonomous Ships Operation and Cybersecurity Issues

5. Entry into Force of the Ballast Water Management Convention


Human Factor, Fatigue and Seafarers’ Well-being


1. MLC Convention in Action

2. Fatigue and Hours of Rest

3. Insurance and Medical Care On-board and Ashore

4. Responsibility and Criminalization of Seafarers

5. Necessity of Access to Internet On-board


Upcoming Challenges for Crewing


1. Crewing Companies Cooperation and Competition

2. Recruiting ‘Generation Z’ Seafarers

3. Growth of Gas Carriers Fleet and Shortage of Professionals

4. Autonomous Ships Change the Industry

5. Mobile Applications, On-line Services and Databases for Seafarers

and Crewing


Education, Training and Certification


1. Current STCW Compliance Issues

2. Next Review of the STCW Convention and Code

3. Polar Code Implementation

4. Sea Service for Cadets in the Study Programs

5. Management Level for ETO


Simulation, Computer-based Training and Assessment


1. Decision Support Systems On-Board

2. Cloud Technologies, Connectivity of Simulators and Distributed Training

3. Systems to Connect Ships, Fleet Operations, Simulation and Training

4. Gamification and VR Training. PC-based training and On-line Progress


5. Digital Twins in Shipping


Round tables are:


Round table 1. Growing Officers Inside the Company

1. Recruitment of Cadets and Officers, Loyalty of Cadets

2. Mentoring, Training In-House and On-Board

3. Motivation, Promotion and Retention


Round table 2. MET in the Digital Age

1. Necessity of Academic Degree for Masters and Officers

2. On-line Training and Certification

3. Simulation Training versus Sea Service


Round Table 3. Claims Arisen from Employment Contracts

1. Claims and Compensations related to Personal Injury

2. Loss of Life Compensations

3. Missing at Sea During the Voyage

Conference program of ETC-2018 is published

Organizing committee of ETC-2018 is pleased to publish preliminary agenda of the event.

We are honoured to introduce some of the speakers participating this year:

Capt. Pradeep Chawla is an experienced maritime professional, who made his career from deck Cadet to Captain and then to Managing Director of Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement. He is in charge of the company which manages 600+ ships with 27 000 employees at sea
and 1700 ashore.Capt. Chawla will make a keynote speech on “Future Role of ISM” and participate in several panel discussions.
Rowil Ponta is a co-founder and Managing Director of Nordic Hamburg. He already had 12 years of experience working in shipping industry at management positions at the moment of co-founding Nordic Hamburg.
Mr. Ponta will moderate panel discussion on “Global Shipping Now and Tomorrow”.
Markku Mylly holds the position of Executive Director of The European Maritime Safety Agency since 2012. He also worked as Director General of the Finnish Maritime Administration, CEO and Managing Director of Finnish Port Association.Mr. Mylly will make the presentation “Human Factor and Accidents in Maritime Domain” based on the EMSA accidents reports.

We invite maritime professionals all over the world to join the Forum, meet colleagues and take part in the fruitful discussions.

ETC – 2017 Key Speakers

ЕТС-2017 Key speakers
Hiroyuki Yamada
Senior Deputy Director
Maritime Safety Division
Markku Mylly
Executive Director
Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General
Kimberly Karlshoej
Head of The ITF
Seafarers’ Trust
Aron Frank Sørensen
Head of Maritime
Technology & Regulation
Rajesh Tandon
Pradeep Chawla
Managing Director
Ship Management
Norman Schmiedl
Crewing Director
Columbia Shipmanagement LTD
Peter Swift
Vice Chairman
Sailors’ Society
John Lloyd
Chief Operating Officer
The Nautical Institute
Søren Einar Veierland
Business Development Manager
Kongsberg Digital AS, Norway
Johan Gustavsson
Vice President
Sales Operations
Alexander Spiewok
Paul James
Chief Operating
Henrik Jensen
Managing Director
Danica Maritime Services
Nikolaos Kokkinos
Crew Manager
Nino Gorgoshadze
Head of Seafarers
Certification Division
Maritime Transport
Agency of Georgia
Arjen Mintjes
Maritime Academy Holland
Oleg Grygoriuk
First Vice Chair
Bogdan Zelenski
Alpha Navigation
Stanislav Nezavitin
Harbour Master
Chernomorsk Sea
Commercial Port
Artem Volkov
Head of Maritime
Law Practice
Law Firm “ANK”
Mykhaylo Miyusov
National University
“Odessa Maritime Academy”