Thursday 11th April
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Conference Highlights:

  • Hear from technologists developing unmanned vessels
  • Hear the view of employers, academics and psychologists on future manning and training
  • A panel discussion of the lessons learned with automation in the maritime industry to date
  • Networking opportunities with professionals from around the world

Message from IMEC Chairman

Capt. Rajesh Tandon

Chairman - IMEC

For many of the delegates attending our conference this year, it will the first time they have heard of IMEC, so it is unsurprising that we have been asked who IMEC is and why are we running this conference?

IMEC’s roots can be traced back some 60 years ago.  Having originally represented maritime employers from the Indian Sub-continent, IMEC now represents over 240 members, located across the world, principally on industrial relations issues.  At the end of 2018, IMEC’s negotiated collective bargaining agreements covered near to 100,000 seafarers on close to 6,000 ships.  Furthermore IMEC’s officer training programme in the Philippines currently has around 650 cadets under training.

In non-negotiating years, IMEC often runs a topical conference to coincide with its AGM.  Whilst in the past these have traditionally been members only events, having secured the spacious Ageas Bowl this year, we are able to significantly open the event up to non-members.

The subject for this year’s conference is extremely topical and pertinent to the transformation and digitisation our industry is going through and we feel by offering a free place to all delegates, we can attract a wide variety of parties, both maritime and non-maritime and thus facilitate meaningful discussions.

Message from the imec ceo

Francesco Gargiulo

Chief Executive Officer - IMEC

It is our great pleasure to announce that in 2019, we will once again be holding a members’ conference. Increased automation is a given in the logistics chain of the future. From the way we purchase goods around the world, to the way they are delivered to our front door, transportation is becoming faster and more sophisticated with a greater number of automated processes. This will undoubtedly have an effect on the core process of the global logistics chain – shipping. Whilst we may not see fully automated containerships navigating the Solent anytime soon, we have witnessed great automation leaps in the industry over the last decade. As a human elements organisation, our focus in this area is the interface between seafarers and onboard systems, to ensure safe operations. We are particularly interested in how we upskill the seafarer of the future, to meet the human-computer interfaces of tomorrows’ ships. It is for this reason we have titled our 2019 conference ‘The Human Element in Marine Automation’. Over the course of the day, we aim to address the current human element issues within marine automation and take a look at likely technological developments to ensure that the various training programmes in the industry stay relevant. This will be a unique event which will facilitate discussions between shipping companies, manufacturers, educators and seafarers.