Peter Hult Reflects on VIKAND's First-Half 2022
Dear Valued Partners,
When I reflect on the first six months of 2022, it has been the busiest and most exciting time in the history of VIKAND. We welcomed many new team members this year to support demand for our total healthcare solutions, and we are now represented in 44 countries around the world. I want to share a note of appreciation to all our customers and partners for the trust you have in VIKAND. We don’t take it for granted and we always value your input on our services and solutions.
The maritime industry and seafarers around the world have been going through some challenging times, and we recognise the need for change. In April, we launched the Seafarer Human Sustainability Declaration during Nor-Shipping to create more awareness around our seafarer community and to help future-proof the maritime sector. Without a sustainable seafaring community, we will not have a sustainable and commercially viable maritime industry.
Recognising that to raise seafaring standard requires a collaborative industry effort, we joined Global Maritime Forum earlier this year. Global Maritime Forum has an ambitious agenda and a global platform designed to shape the future of global maritime trade, with a focus on human wellbeing. This partnership also resulted in our commitment to the All Aboard Alliance, launched at the end of May, which focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the maritime industry.
We have also strengthened our active Advisory Board to reflect all the verticals in which we conduct business, and in June, we celebrated the opening of our Copenhagen office by hosting a reception at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Denmark.
All of these initiatives will not only strengthen VIKAND, but also continuously improve our proactive healthcare solutions for the global maritime industry and the greater good of crew welfare.
I look forward to meeting many of you in person during SMM in Hamburg in early September.