16:05 - 16:10 GMT+8 (5 Mins)

Opening Address

  • Mr. Chee Hong Tat
    Senior Minister of State
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs &
    Ministry of Transport, Singapore
16:10 - 16:25 GMT+8 (15 Mins)

Keynote Presentation: "Maritime Safety: New Normal, New Paradigms"

The presentation explores the changes in the work of IMO over the last 30 years or so, in particular with regard to new technologies. It discusses the changes brought on by technology, new areas of work and the role of automatization and digitalization in shipping. The role of smart shipping in currently ongoing or recently completed work is described. Humanitarian issues connected with these developments, in particular the impact of new technology on the work of seafarers and the effects on the necessary skills are described. Climate change issues and the influence of the strategy to (...)

  • Dr. Heike Deggim
    Director, Maritime Safety Division
    International Maritime Organization
16:25 - 16:35 GMT+8 (10 Mins)

"Strengthening Cooperation among Maritime Community and Working Together in Addressing New Challenges on Maritime Safety"

COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, posing great challenges to global maritime governance, shipping sustainable development and maritime safety, which have affected seafarers, ships and safety management of shipping companies. The maritime community should address these issues together.

China Maritime Safety Administration is ready to share practices in protecting seafarers’ mental and physical health, promoting crew change and providing facilitation for shipping companies. In view of new challenges, all stakeholders in the maritime community should strengthen cooperation, (...)

  • Dr. Cao Desheng
    Director General
    China Maritime Safety Administration
16:35 - 16:45 GMT+8 (10 Mins)

"Ignore the Seafarers at Your Peril"

The COVID-19 pandemic means 2020 is a year that will long be remembered. This is certainly true for shipping, which exists to facilitate trade and the maintenance and improvement of global living standards. Regrettably, this is something which too many governments often take for granted, even during this time of continuing crisis when the role of maritime transport in supporting the resilience of national economies is more important than ever.

In spite of the many restrictions imposed by local authorities in response to the pandemic, shipping companies and importantly seafarers have (...)

16:45 - 17:45 GMT+8 (1 Hr)

Panel Discussion: “Maritime Safety: New Normal, New Paradigms”

  • Mr. Ishak Ismail
    National Maritime Safety at Sea Council, Singapore
  • Dr. Heike Deggim
    Director, Maritime Safety Division
    International Maritime Organization
  • Mr. Yang Xinzhai
    Deputy Director General
    China Maritime Safety Administration
  • Mr. Esben Poulsson
    The International Chamber of Shipping
10:05 - 10:15 GMT+8 (10 Mins)

Keynote Presentation: "Keeping Keyworkers Safe – The Maritime Professional During COVID-19"

The maritime industry is known for its resilience, initiative and innovation. The dedication and effort shown by seafarers during the past months of the global pandemic have stretched these qualities to their limit. The effects of the pandemic are widespread – from the seafarers on board unable to get home to those ashore unable to join their ships. With the contract nature of the industry, those ashore are unable to earn an income, adding to the stress of an already stressful time. Those on board are unable to see their loved ones, stretching their mental and physical resilience to (...)

10:15 - 11:15 GMT+8 (1 Hr)

Plenary 1 Discussion: "Mental Health and Wellness – Helping Seafarers Cope Better during a Pandemic"

This pandemic has cast a multitude of challenges unto seafarers who are keeping us supplied with our daily essentials. Those sailing are facing prolonged contracts on board, a total absence of shore leave, mental stress from not knowing when the next crew change will take place, from the risk of contracting the virus, etc. Other seafarers are in lockdown at their homes and unable to work, threatening the family’s financial income.

International organisations have recognised seafarers’ plight and are banding together to provide assistance. But is enough being done?


14:15 - 15:15 GMT+8 (1 Hr)

Plenary 2 Discussion: "Ship Safety – Reflecting on Incidents, Causality and the Way Forward"

Marine casualties and incidents are always a stark reminder of what can go wrong and high profile cases will invariably grab headlines, for all kind of reasons.

Yet, they also serve as learning points on how we can improve systems, processes and methodologies.

How have past incidents helped to shape matters pertaining to ship safety today?

What has changed in the last decade for ship safety, notwithstanding new challenges brought about by the global pandemic?

Are there systemic issues that require a fundamental shift in how we operate ships?

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16:35 - 16:45 GMT+8 (10 Mins)

Keynote Presentation: "IACS Approach to Survey and Certification Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lessons Learned"

IACS recognised that the COVID-19 pandemic would have a lasting impact on the maritime sector, with all having to take extra-ordinary measures to ensure the industry was able to continue functioning.  IACS’ role has been to keep international shipping functioning smoothly while maintaining high standards of safety and environmental protection.  IACS adhered to the existing Regulatory and Classification regime to the maximum extent possible, to protect the safety of its surveyors and the ships’ crew, to maintain its own quality standards and to facilitate these efforts (...)

16:45 - 17:45 GMT+8 (1 Hr)

Plenary 3 Discussion: "Ship Management – Lessons Learnt for Safety and Standards in the New Normal"

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented challenges for ship management. Restrictions have impacted crew change, surveys and certification work as well as other areas of work necessary to maintain and operate vessels which continue to support global trade and sustain supply lines.

The new normal for the industry may be an accelerated switch to automation and smart technologies. Are we ready to embrace change?

The way we interact with each other will surely change – virtual meetings replacing physical visits – will that impact safety and the standards (...)

17:45 - 17:50 GMT+8 (5 Mins)

MPA International [email protected] Awards 2020

These are the winners of the MPA International Safety at Sea Awards. While we are unable to present the certificates in person this year, the organising committee has prepared this video to pay tribute to our winners.