IMO Launches NextGEN for Decarbonization Information Sharing

A new concept for a collaborative global ecosystem of maritime transport decarbonization initiatives has been introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Singapore, during a global webinar on decarbonization (17 September), says a press release published on their website.

Decarbonization Information Sharing Platform

The NextGEN initiative aims to facilitate information sharing on decarbonization initiatives across many stakeholders (including IMO Member States, NGOs, industry...;amp;

146 Mark Bell, General Manager, The Society for Gas as Marine Fuel

In episode 146 we meet Mark Bell, General Manager, The Society for Gas as Marine Fuel, and we speak about the fuels roadmap to 2030/2050 and what needs to be done now in order for us to achieve the goals set.

We cover a lot in this episode, bunker infrastructure, safety, alternative fuels, sulphur, carbon, regulations, engines – but also how to make the shipping industry more visible to the general public.

Mark is an engineer and he has been working for classification societies after he sailed...

145 Harald Solberg, CEO Norwegian Shipowner’s Association

In episode 145 you will listen to Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowner’s Association. He speaks about how the shipping industry needs to be bold and set up challenging targets and thereby be part of the solution for a climate-neutral future.

Harald is with me on the demand for us to speak about the maritime industry outside our own ranks, we need to become more visible in mainstream media.

The International Chamber of Shipping has suggested a fund for technical developments toward a...

144 Jillian Carson Jackson, President Nautical Institute

In episode 144, I speak with Jillian Carson Jackson, the brand new President of the Nautical Institute. She speaks about her career and what she wants to focus on during her time in office, it’s Diversity and inclusion, branch engagement and managing the impact of technology.

We agree that there is a reset of almost everything after the Covid-19 pandemic and that the maritime industry should take advantage of that. There are so many important issues that might have got a push now and it’s up to...

141 Airaj Isaacs, Director, Chartering & Brokerage, Business Development, Cavalier Group, Dubai

In episode 141, Airaj Isaacs, a second-generation maritime professional speaks about the current situation during the pandemic but also about the culture in the maritime industry, how we need to stop working in silos and open up to more people. We need to discuss how to attract young people into the shipping industry but also how to retain talent.

This episode was recorded over Zoom as the pandemic is not allowing any travelling.

What is your view on what Airaj is talking about? Do you agree?...

139 Giovanni Colotto, Managing Director, De Poli Tankers BV

In episode 139 you meet Giovanni Colotto, Managing Director, De Poli Tankers BV, a 32-year-old Italian who lives in the Netherlands nowadays. Giovanni wrote me an email asking to become a guest since he wanted to contribute with his knowledge and is ambitious to be part of the change the maritime industry needs.

We discussed a lot about change, NextGen, diversity, visibility, sustainability and leadership, the things I find most interesting to discuss. What are your views on these topics? Do...

136 Katy Ware, Director of Maritime and Safety standards, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO

In episode #136 you meet Katy Ware, Director of Maritime and Safety standards at the Maritime Coastguard Agency and a Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO, a power woman who is working very hard to support the maritime industry in the pandemic crises. Katy is concerned about the seafarers around the world, the cruise industry and how the shipping industry will rise again after the pandemic but she is also optimistic in saying that the window of opportunity is open and now is the time...

Frederick J. Kenney, Director, Legal and External Affairs, IMO

When visiting the IMO during the Day of the Seafarer in June, I had the opportunity to sit down with a few people at the IMO to discuss the organisation and where it is headed. In episode 122 you will hear  Frederick J. Kenney, Director, Legal and External Affairs talking about the International Maritime Organization.

If you are interested in the Adopt a Ship programme or the IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador scheme or the Greenwich Maritime Museum here are the links.

I sum up my impressions from...

Deborah Layde, Grants Director, Seafarers UK

In episode 116, we meet Deborah Layde, Grants Director at Seafarers UK, is a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship.

Deborah is quite new at her job, previously in her career, she worked for Sir Terence Conran and also with developing the Butler’s Wharf into what it is today. I get a chance to ask Deborah what she thinks about entering the maritime...

Joanne Kelleher, Corporate Communications Advisor at Jumbo

Time to Rock the Boat? Leadership in the maritime industry – what dominates, what is desired?

Joanne Kelleher studied at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and in her Master’s degree study she asked 37 Maritime Professionals what they want from their industry leaders and got some interesting results. Joanne shared her insights in an article on LinkedIn, which I found very interesting, so I decided to try and meet Joanne for an interview and she agreed and that is what we speak about in this...