More than 150 maritime industry professionals have flocked to Singapore for this week’s gathering of the Singapore branch of The Nautical Institute.

The theme of the conference is Dealing with Tomorrow’s Challenges Today.

Options are being discussed to counteract future challenges facing the maritime community, including new requirements and legislation, disruptive technology, cargo issues, challenges of loss prevention, legal implications and the impact on seafarers and ship owners.

Honorary secretary and associate fellow of the Nautical Institute Captain Yves Vandenborn said the gathering of maritime industry professionals was an opportune time to swap perspectives and collaborate to prevent or lessen the severity of future issues.

“The advancement of technology and upcoming shipping regulations will transform the maritime industry at a revolutionising rate, and it is vital to have a clear road map to prepare its community for the future ahead,” Mr Vandenborn.


Chief executive of Maritime Port Authority and the conference’s guest of honour Quah Ley Hoon delivered the inaugural speech, while Nautical Institute president Captain Nick Nash will give the keynote address.

The conference is also a celebration of women in maritime, an extension of the IMO’s 2019 World Maritime Day theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.