The Bi-annual Clyde Marine Training conference took place on Tuesday 14th November at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza hotel, bringing together representatives from academia, regulatory bodies, shipping companies and cadets to discuss the issues – both positive and negative – affecting the industry today.

Attendees began by hearing presentations from Northern Marine Head of Training, John Abate, on the Future training needs for the Merchant Navy, followed by Kathryn Neilson, Director, UK Chamber of Shipping & Maritime Skills Commissioner, around the ongoing review into the Cadet Training and Modernisation Programme.

Capt. Ajit Jacob, Chief Examiner and Head of Seafarer Technical Delivery at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) then provided an update on regulations issued within the sector, and finally Mark Stagg, former Dean of Nautical Science and STEM Faculty at City of Glasgow College, Head of Organisational Development at Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and now ‘People Development Specialist’, with a presentation centred on psychological safety and improving a culture of safety.

Our sincere thanks go to all our speakers for their time and insight.

The always popular ‘Cadet Panel’ was hosted by Mark Stagg, with six current cadets at various stages of their training, answering questions from the attendees around how they have found their training and changes they would suggest going forward.  Again, we thank them for their candid and forthright views and look forward with anticipation as to how their studies and careers progress.

The last segment of the day saw attendees break into workshops, discussing Regulation; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Attracting future talent and The Skills Gap – Present and Future.

As you can imagine, there were some strong views emerging from all viewpoints, which confirms the passion we all have to make our industry a better and more inclusive environment.

Attendees then joined us for the annual Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association (SSBA) Charity dinner, which has provided financial support to seafarers and their families for 125 years.

We thank everyone who attended both events and look forward to doing it all again in 2-years.