Global Maritime Forum: Environmental concerns and geopolitics are top in the maritime leaders agenda

Credit: Global Maritime Forum

The maritime industry will be most impacted by the decarbonisation of shipping and upcoming environmental regulations in the next decade, according to a Global Maritime Forum (GMF) survey.

At the same time, geopolitical issues and workforce and skill shortages rise in prominence as an area of concern.

The fifth annual Global Maritime Issues Monitor published by the Global Maritime Forum, Marsh, and the International Union of Marine Insurers, reveals that the decarbonization of shipping and new environmental regulations are seen as the most impactful issues for the second year in a row. According to the report, following the war in Ukraine, geopolitical tension has become one of the top concerns in the industry. The industry’s preparedness to face these tensions, however, is still rated as high, as the report reveals.

Furthermore, decarbonizing shipping is an enormous challenge, but as Mr. Richard Turner said, which is the president of the International Union of Marine Insurance, “it is encouraging to see that the industry’s confidence in its ability to overcome this challenge is growing.”

The Global Maritime Issues Monitor, reveals a great concern that the war between Russia and Ukraine, with its high impact on energy use, is drawing attention away from climate issues, and not only in the maritime industry.

In accordance with the report, human sustainability and workforce shortages are also an area of concern

As it has been observed by Susanne Justesen, Project Director, Human Sustainability of the Global Maritime Forum, “industry leaders are getting more involved in improving overall human sustainability across the maritime industry, particularly on diversity, equity, and inclusion”.

“Making this a strategic focus is crucial if wanting to attract and retain the workforce of today and the future,” she said.

Source: Global Maritime Forum

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