The global maritime world has changed and four new White Papers from GMCG Global outline the realities and new ways of working following the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the world’s shipping industry comes to terms with the issues of post-pandemic operations, new health and safety operational parameters and the realities of the IMO’s global sulphur cap, there are still concerns about how the maritime world will cope with this accumulation of business pressures.

GCMG Global has added four new White Papers to its website which can be downloaded for free and these cover the increasing importance of a Designated Person Ashore, the IMO and compliance with the low sulphur fuel cap and the course of the shipping world post-pandemic.

WORKING FROM HOME IN SHIPPING asks the maritime world if the concept of working from home really works in an industry with a global reach and a demand for people on the spot and onboard ships. GMCG ponders the idea of working from home and asks is it a utopian concept or a new reality?

CHARTING A COURSE POST COVID looks at how the maritime world is now starting to emerge from the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused terminal damage to many industries and the paper looks at the post-pandemic issues and how the maritime sector will have to change to survive. As the shipping industry is vital to the global economic recovery this is an extremely important issue and needs to be addressed now rather than later.

THE ROLE OF THE DESIGNATED PERSON ASHORE is an examination of the key role the Designated Person Ashore (DPA) has in the essential smooth running of an efficient and effective Safety Management onboard a vessel. This is a vital role in the new regulatory world of maritime shipping and the

DPA can navigate through the myriad of maritime regulations to ensure vessels are operating safely and in compliance with all the regulations.

In this new and evolving era for the maritime world and with increasing regulations bringing everyone into a unified way of working, it means greater attention to detail in these areas is essential for smooth operations. This now means more attention has to be paid to the recruitment and training of the person is the Designated Person Ashore (DPA).

The third paper – COMPLIANCE STILL THE KEY TO SUCCESS – suggests that low sulphur fuel is not the only solution but compliance with it will remain the key to the success of the IMO sulphur cap. The introduction of the cap at the start of 2020 has driven the maritime industry into new ways of working: in simple terms it was to be out with the old polluting heavy fuel oils and in with the new environmentally more acceptable very low sulphur fuels. It was a long process to achieve agreement and even longer for ship owners to come to terms with the operational and financial implications. But with the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzing world trade for months, the real question now is whether the shipping world’s commitment to the cap has been derailed.

Sunil Kumar, CEO of GCMG Global, believes these new White Papers provide some profound insights and initiate interesting debate for everyone in the maritime world.

“There is no doubt that the global shipping industry is looking at new ways of operating as the human element of the industry is so vulnerable and affected by the pandemic. We have taken a great interest in both the human and technology aspects of the maritime sector because together they are the cornerstones of its success. We have created these White Papers to generate debate and offer guidance to enable us all to come to terms with the maritime world post-pandemic.”

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White Papers and issue month:

DPA – February 2020

Post Covid – May 2020

Low Sulphur – June 2020

Work from Home – July 2020