Executive Notes:
Peter Hult
Global Maritime Forum 2021—Reflections on a Revolution

Thank you to the Global Maritime Forum team, contributors, global representatives, and truly remarkable thought leaders for several extraordinary days in London in late October.

The mission was clear: work together on collaborative solutions for shipping decarbonization, improving workforce wellbeing and diversity, and templating partnership structures to work with governments. In essence, examine ESG—Environmental, Social and Governance—implications with accelerated plans of action.

As often happens, we participants experienced an evolution—a revolution, really—as the days progressed. Clearly the mandate for the shipping industry is to lead the industrial world out of global warming. Integral to this noble effort, the protection of seafarers is critical to global value chains. The human rights of seafarers, their physical and mental wellbeing are critically important to long-term stability and the industry’s ability to attract and retain workforce.

Robert Courts, UK Minister for Aviation, Maritime & Security linked these two most pressing issues in his remarks: “This clean and green future for the industry is going to need to be delivered by a skilled, dedicated and diverse workforce. The industry is growing and changing. We need to ensure that we are drawing from the full talent pool because we have the people, and we have to make sure we have the skills we need as well.”

VIKAND is honored to have had a seat at GMF and welcomes all opportunities to discuss our philosophy and our solutions. 

For further thoughts from VIKAND on seafarer human sustainability, please refer to our insight article published by GMF on 14 October in advance of the summit. On behalf of all VIKAND’s team members, we are honored to have been included in offering our collective insight. Global Maritime Forum Invest in Seafarers Health for Human Sustainability and Increased Operational Efficiencies

VIKAND Fosters Culture of Care for the Maritime Industry

Over the past year and a half, as an industry, we have all borne witness to the heroic efforts of every seafarer, onshore professional, company, maritime organization, and regulatory body to keep commerce buoyant and responsive to our constituents while maintaining a focus of safety and care. Our industry responsiveness is to be applauded and sets the mandate for establishing seafarer sustainability for the future. – Peter Hult, VIKAND CEO

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Public Health Recommendations for Cruise Lines’ Return to Service

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest crisis faced by the cruise industry. Eighteen months later, and with requirements for resuming business stricter than in other transportation sectors, the gradual resumption of operations is finally underway in most regions. Return to service, however, hasn’t been entirely smooth. In this article, we look at key recommendations for vessel operators that are based on recent scientific studies regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its emerging variants.

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We Are One Cruise Industry

VIKAND is honored to have convened the We Are One Cruise Industry: Standardising Health & Hygiene Cruise Conversation for the Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo in Miami.

Moderated by Marcel Kind (Simwave), panelists included Captain Patrik Dahlgren (Royal Caribbean Group), James Mitchell (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings), and Paul Morgan (VIKAND). Their discussion centered on creating a safe and healthy environment on board and its critical role in both guest and crew confidence. Underpinning all protocols for public health is the need for the industry to continue to better standardize its measures and use language crew can understand.

In their discussion, all established absolute agreement and unification on the critical need for robust public health protocols onboard and the way forward. Key take-aways from the discussion include…

  • A strong public health culture is essential to protect the health and safety of guests, crew, and the destinations the ships visit.
  • Public health innovations are needed for, and benefit, both passengers and crew.
  • To be effective, public health procedures must use simple and clear wording with a structure that allows onboard management to clearly identify which rules apply to their departments.
  • Health screening before boarding has indeed evolved and is the first line of defense to keep infections from getting on board.
  • Crew training needs to be focused; it is a necessity to ensure protocols are effectively implemented.
  • Air purification and sanitation have improved greatly since pre-COVID.

Paul Morgan, VIKAND’s Vice President of Compliance & Quality Assurance, comments, “Even though there are differences between regions and countries for health and hygiene regulations, the basic requirements are remarkably similar. All cruise lines need to adopt their applicable statutory regulations and then apply sensible additional requirements to go above and beyond as applicable to their operations to reduce on board risk.”

Establish First Class Public Health Standards Onboard

Experience the VIKAND standard when it comes to public health. Our comprehensive service has been thoughtfully crafted by our public health experts to address everything from food safety to communicable disease prevention and control.

Learn more about how our public health service can keep those onboard safe and healthy throughout their voyage.

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Seatrade Maritime Middle East
13-15 December, Dubai
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10-13 January 2022, Oslo
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