A WEBINAR on the Impact of COVID-19 on Maritime Supply Chain and Post-Pandemic Mitigation Strategies is being organised by the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network.

To be held on Thursday 2 July, the event is to hone in on the implications for Australia from the pandemic.

“Over the past few months, we have witnessed the widespread effects of COVID-19 pandemic on virtually every sector of the global economy,” said Associate Professor Vinh Thai from RMIT University.

“As more than 90% of the world trade in terms of volume are moved by sea, the global maritime supply chain is considered critical. Like other economic sectors, various segments of the maritime industry have also been severely impacted by COVID-19.”

Professor Vinh said the pandemic had exposed the vulnerability of maritime networks, port efficiency, and hinterland connectivity.

“As the global maritime supply chains are closely related and contribute significantly to the growth of international trade, any disruption to the later may likely trigger prospective structural changes in the former, and vice versa,” he said.


“Australia relies heavily on the vibrancy of the maritime industry i.e. shipping, port, and supporting maritime supply chain sectors. Maritime supply chains are therefore critical to Australian economy.”

In this webinar, a panel of practitioners and academics are to share their views on the important issues and discuss how to enhance the maritime supply chain’s effectiveness and boost Australia’s trade.

The webinar is being held from 11am until 1pm on Thursday 2 July, organised by the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network, in collaboration with RMIT Enabling Capability Platforms.

Speakers include:

  • Dave Coughlin – Mainfreight – Tullamarine
  • Zoran Kostadinoski – International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia
  • Davide Ricci – Australian National Line
  • Representative from Port of Melbourne
  • Assoc. Prof. Vinh Thai, RMIT University
  • Teresa Lloyd, Maritime Industry Australia Ltd
  • Moderator: Prof. Shams Rahman, RMIT University.

Contact RMIT for more information.