IMEC Chairman Participates in Safeguarding Seafarers Webinar

02 Jul 2020

On Wednesday 1st July, IMEC’s Chairman Capt. Belal Ahmed, participated in a webinar titled, ‘Seafarers – Safeguarding The Backbone of Shipping Beyond COVID 19’.


The session was chaired by the General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Mr. Stephen Cotton and included the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping, Mr. Guy Platten (ICS).  The panellists discussed how the three organisations were working together, to push the message to governments, that crew changes must not be delayed due to COVID-19.


The discussion went beyond the Covid pandemic and looked at the future manpower challenges that the industry faced.  Capt. Ahmed discussed the growing complexity of shipboard operations, which were developing far quicker than STCW.  He suggest that within 5 years, there may be seafarers performing some operations from an office environment and suggested that the industry must invest in relevant training.


The webinar can be viewed at:


Hilary Ho