Today sees the launch of the Maritime CEO Leader Series, powered by Ocean Technologies Group, the next development in the roll out of Splash TV.
Produced in the UK by Videotel and hosted by Splash editor Sam Chambers, the Maritime CEO Leader Series brings together some of the most interesting people from across shipping to get their take on where the industry is heading, how it is handling the coronavirus as well as quizzing top names on their cultural picks to while away the hours during the lockdown that most of the world is currently experiencing thanks to Covid-19.
The first episode features Esben Poulsson, chairman, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Heidi Heseltine, CEO, Halcyon Recruitment and Bjørn Højgaard, CEO of Anglo-Eastern and chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association.
Commented Sam Chambers, the show’s host, “At Splash and Maritime CEO we’ve always prided ourselves on our access to the most interesting people in the industry and with this new format we’re able to find out more about what drives the leading personalities in shipping – what are their guiding principles, how do they see the future of the industry, what’s their Netflix bingeing recommendations during the lockdown? The Maritime CEO Leader Series, powered by Ocean Technologies Group, aims to be both insightful and yet not too dry and heavy-going, giving viewers a glimpse of the real inner thinkings of many of the top names in the industry, plus a look at their living rooms.”
The first season will run two episodes a week through April and May with more programs planned later in the year from across the maritime spectrum including live from a number of ships around the world.
During the first episode, Anglo-Eastern’s Højgaard discussed how impressed he has been with the speed with which shipping has gone digital during the coronavirus. He predicted there will be much less business travel once the virus recedes with shipping embracing more flexible hours.
“The way we have adopted technology over the last few weeks will have a lasting impact,” Højgaard said.
Shipping has in general adopted a solution-driven, empathetic approach to handle the crisis, according to Halcyon Recruitment’s Heseltine. Whereas many in shipping had previously been “technopohobic”, Heseltine reckoned the current situation has allowed everyone to appreciate the real benefits of technology.
Speaking from Singapore, ICS’s Poulsson praised the industry for being “amazingly” resilient and flexible. Crew change is still the number one priority to resolve from a regulatory point of view, Poulsson stressed.
The 16-minute episode also contains tips about to work more effectively from home as well as canvassing the panellists for their book picks and TV bingeing suggestions during the lockdown.
The Maritime CEO Leader Series has been created in partnership with Ocean Technologies Group, a company whose brands include Videotel and Seagull. Commenting on today’s series launch, Manish Singh, the group’s CEO, said: “Shipping has always been a social industry and even in these unique times people want to hear about how our industry is faring and where it is headed. The Maritime CEO Leader Series will give an important window into the thinking of many of the leading lights in our industry. At this time it’s rarely been more important for leaders to communicate and collaborate.”
The launch episode is carried below. The next episode will air on Thursday with William Fairclough, the managing director of Hong Kong shipping line, Wah Kwong.