The Danish Maritime Forum wrapped yesterday with plenty of action points for delegates to take away with them.
The third annual gathering of this high level meeting saw central themes focus on disruptive technologies, overcapacity, the environment, transparency and changes to the regulatory framework.
Among popular ideas put forward was a suggestion for far greater transparency on the customer experience with shipping told to adopt an Airbnb model whereby companies are rated like lodgings are on the popular travel site.
Claus Hemmingsen, vice chairman of Maersk Group and chairman of the Danish Shipowners’ Association , said the sector as a whole needed to engage far more with the general public. “The shipping industry needs to step up to the plate in the public domain,” he urged.
There was also a call for a voluntary body at the IMO, similar to the one at ILO, to supplement IMO with the industry, governments and the NGOs taking part to help drive new regulations, be more proactive and have greater transparency.
Anne Steffensen, director general of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, said now that public funding had elapsed after three years at the forum the organisers would now push to transform the event into the Global Maritime Forum.
“Great efforts will be made to transform this forum into a truly global forum not necessarily in Denmark but also elsewhere,” she said, saying that a number of institutions and companies have agreed to support the endevour.
Splash understands Singapore is the preferred destination for the first Global Maritime Forum.