Manila to host key maritime conference

LLOYD'S of London Press and the Philippines' maritime industry have teamed up to hold a major new international maritime conference in Manila in October.

The First Philippine Manning and Training Conference will take place at Manila's Shangri-La Hotel on October 12 and 13.

Sponsored by Lloyd's Ship Manager (LSM ) magazine, the conference will focus on the key issues facing the world's leading provider of crews.

It is backed by the Philippine manning agency associations and unions and supported by the International Shipping Federation and The Nautical Institute.

The programme includes sessions on the implementation and enforcement of the revised STCW Convention, the Philippines' response to market demands, manpower sourcing and competitive pressure, and the investment approach to raising standards.

The conference builds on the success of the LSM -sponsored international manning and training conference presented biannually in Singapore, which attracted 200 attendees last year.

Speakers committed from Hong Kong are David Koo of Valles Steamship Co and Harry Gilbert of the Wallem Group.

Others include Jeremy Smith of the Liberian Shipowners' Association; Carlos Salinas of the Filipino Shipowners' Association; Anders Lindstrom of the Swedish Seamen's Union; Hereward Lawford of the UK P&I Club; Captain Hans Rosenfeldt of Singapore's C. F. Sharp Group; and Terje Gloersen of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

Chris Horrocks, director of the International Shipping Federation, and Len Holder, president of the Nautical Institute in London will also address the conference.

The viewpoint of the Philippine Government will be presented to delegates by government officials.

Conference chairman is Rod Short, chief executive officer and principal of the the Australia Maritime College.

During the conference there will be several panel debates and an open forum with delegates on three motions to be put to the conference on manning and training.