Title: Beyond 2018 – Laying the Next Decade’s Foundations

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

Duration: 1 hour

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The year ahead is shaping up to be one of the most significant for a decade. The reason is simple: the shipping industry has stopped hoping for a return to the freight rate levels of 2006-08 and started to plan for an altogether different set of challenges. These include regulations framed to meet tighter environmental requirements, greater connectivity between ship and shore, and fewer highly trained and qualified seafarers available.

A possible solution offered to each of these challenges is technology. For this to be effective, the maritime world is slowly embracing digitalisation, with all the concerns about disruption that goes with it.

Ship owners, operators, and managers are already under financial stress, so their response to these issues in the course of 2018 will mark them out as: (a) ready to embrace a more technology-enhanced future, (b) prepared to do only what they have to, or (c) unwilling or unable to invest in a digital future.

This webinar, moderated by Lloyd’s List Chief Correspondent Richard Clayton, features Transas Chief Executive Officer Frank Coles and Richard Meade, Managing Editor of Lloyd’s List and Insurance Day. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead, and offer critical insight into the year ahead.


Richard Clayton

Richard Clayton
Chief Correspondent - Moderator
Lloyd’s List

Richard Meade

Richard Meade
Managing Editor
Lloyd’s List

Frank Coles LLM FNI

Frank Coles LLM FNI
Chief Executive Officer

Frank Coles qualified as a Master Mariner, Class One after 12 years at sea. After leaving the sea, Frank gained an LLM in Legal Aspects of Maritime Affairs.

In 1995, Frank joined Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping as Operations Director. After that he became the CEO of Rydex, a company specializing in maritime communications.

After that Frank joined Sperry Marine as a Vice President. In September 1999 Frank became COO of Globe Wireless LLC. In 2003 Frank was appointed CEO, President and a member of the Board.

In 2011 Frank joined Inmarsat as the Director GX Maritime, and in December 2011 he was appointed the President of the Maritime business unit.

In September 2015, Frank Coles joined Transas as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors.