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Bringing maritime-masters students closer to the shipping industry.


As part of our ongoing commitment to engaging with next-generation talent, Clarksons and Maritime UK have hosted a series of in-person seminars and online webinars for students studying maritime-related masters degrees.

The partnership between Clarksons and Maritime UK’s Maritime Masters programme has grown from strength to strength over a number of years. This year, our programme of educational talks bought together speakers from across the global maritime industry to explore topics ranging from digitalization, future skill sets and decarbonisation, providing a well-rounded insight into the key issues and challenges currently faced by the sector.

Digitization – the road to smarter shipping

In this first session, our speaker panel included James Milne (DNV), Andrew Clark (Royal HaskoningDHV) and Caroline Levey (Oceanwise), who each discussed the role that technology and digital tools can play in ongoing efforts to achieve safer, more efficient, and sustainable operations in the global maritime industry.

Future skills for the global maritime industry

Our second session saw two experts from Royal HaskoningDHV join up with Clarksons’ Head of Talent Acquisition, Kiran Brown, and Chartering & Renewables Consultant, Chris Roberts. The event explored the theme of future workplace and the skills required by new entrants and the global maritime workforce generally. The panel discussed a range of topics, including practical advice on recruitment, learning, ways of working digitally and remotely and how to develop the skills needed by various maritime stakeholders as the concept of workplace diversifies.  

Decarbonisation: three perspectives

The third and final session focused on decarbonisation, which presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the global maritime industry. Hosted against the background of the recent IMO GHG strategy re-set and the determination of checkpoints, the webinar saw three speakers - Harriet Hunnisett-Johnson (Signol), Joe Parsons (Royal HaskoningDHV) and Professor Osman Turan (University of Strathclyde) - share their individual perspectives on this critical topic.

Malcolm Willingale (Learning and Development Advisor, Clarksons), who hosted each of the three webinars, commented:

“It is always a pleasure to host the Maritime Masters seminar series. This year saw us cover three of the biggest maritime industry topics – those of future people skills, digitization and decarbonisation. I am sure that everyone who attended will agree that the speakers did a great job in helping the Masters’ students tackle their dissertations. This is a key part of what the Maritime Masters programme aims to achieve; helping to build a bridge between industry and academia. Clarksons looks forward to hosting the Maritime Masters finalist reception as part of London International Shipping Week 2023.”

The series concludes ahead of the Maritime Masters finalist event, which will take place at Commodity Quay on 14th September, when students representing each of the eight Maritime Masters members will present their research projects with the winner receiving a £1000 prize.

Kiran Brown (Heald of Talent Acquisition, Clarksons) commented:

"Clarksons is delighted to once again sponsor and host the prestigious Maritime Masters competition, in partnership with Maritime UK. We are proud to be a part of this fantastic programme in supporting young people to participate, and each year we are impressed with the finalists and the projects that are showcased. We are very much looking forward to this year's upcoming competition taking place on 14th September at Clarksons London office, and wish all finalists the very best of luck!"