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2023 agenda recap

Recruitment, retention and cost-effective strategies

Three sessions were led by renowned experts. To view the agenda and speaker panels in detail, please click here.

10:00am

Opening remarks

Joost van Ree - Group Business Development Director, Ocean Technologies Group

Crew Recruitment and Deployment – Planning for growth

10:20am - 11:05am

As the industry is facing staff shortages all round and issues recruiting the right staff, this session asks how you can alter your recruitment processes to recruit the right talent for you and where you should be looking.

Moderated by Joost van Ree,Group Business Development Director, Ocean Technologies Group, the speaker panel for this session includes:

  • Eric Visser - Senior Director Maritime Operations and People, Holland America Line
  • Karen Avelino - Executive Director of Business Development, Shipping / Senior Vice-President for Cruise Operations, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc
  • Georgia Dowdall - Global Crew Agency Network Manager, MSC Cruises
  • Pam Kern - Maritime Psychotherapist and Owner, Kern and Co., LLC

Ensuring Crew Longevity: Meeting the Evolving Needs Onboard

11:05am - 11:50am

This session delves into the crucial aspects of crew retention and understanding what your crew need onboard to ensure their long-term commitment. As the industry evolves and the expectations of the next generation workforce shift, it becomes imperative to adapt to the changing landscape, placing crew welfare and employee satisfaction at the forefront.

Moderated by Joost van Ree - Group Business Development Director, Ocean Technologies Group, this session features:

  • Eric Visser - Senior Director Maritime Operations and People, Holland America Line
  • Karen Avelino - Executive Director of Business Development, Shipping / Senior Vice-President for Cruise Operations, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc
  • Georgia Dowdall - Global Crew Agency Network Manager, MSC Cruises
  • Pam Kern - Maritime Psychotherapist and Owner, Kern and Co., LLC

Achieving Significant Cost Savings in the Crew Rotations for Cruise Ships

11:50am - 1:00pm

This session includes a complimentary lunch, and has been generously sponsored by ATPI Marine.

In the dynamic world of maritime crew changes, cost efficiency is the name of the game. Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where industry experts and thought leaders chart a course through practical strategies and best practices to trim expenses while maintaining the utmost safety and efficiency. From real-world examples to innovative solutions, discover how to make every crew change a cost-efficient voyage.

Moderated by Calypso Diareme, Commercial Manager Greece & Cyprus – Global Head of Cruise Logistics, ATPI Marine Travel, speakers confirmed for this session include:

  • Eleftheria Letsiou - Head of Global Account Management, ATPI Marine Travel
  • David-George Tidmarsh - Managing Director, Seachefs Cruises
  • Nataraj Iyer - VP Business Travel, Qatar Airways
  • Joost van Ree - Group Business Development Director, Ocean Technologies Group
  • Steffen Siebert - Head of Sales EMEA, S5 Agency World
  • Grant Holmes - VP Global Cruise & Superyacht Sectors, Inchcape Shipping Services