Friday 6 March 2015
Maritime: Shipping away current issues
Sustainability, forecasting markets and piracy were just a few of the issues debated at Southampton Solent University’s recent Maritime Conference.
Now in its fifth year, the annual conference provides an opportunity for staff and students from the University’s maritime courses to hear from industry experts on a range of current issues.
This year a packed conference welcomed guest speakers from a wide range of maritime organisations including NYK Group Europe Ltd, Spinnaker Global, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, the Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers and the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Final-year maritime operation students were also be given the opportunity to showcase their work and generate discussion on leading issues with potential employers in the form of poster presentations.
Dr Kate Pike, Senior Research Fellow and conference co-ordinator says, “The health of the maritime industry is fundamental to our daily lives and it is a huge area to cover in a day’s conference. I think it is fair to say that students were treated to a year’s worth of course material in one day, covering some of the key issues currently affecting the maritime industry.”
In the wake of previous years’ conferences offers of employment have been made to students in their final year and this year is no exception. One formal job offer has already been received from a well-known ship owner in London and it is anticipated that further opportunities will arise in the weeks ahead.
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