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Official countdown to 2015 Irish Maritime Forum has begun

Posted: September 15, 2015

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The official countdown to the 2015 Irish Maritime Forum has begun with only 11 days until the event will take place at the NMCI on September 25th. Join the discussion- have your say.

 

We, the National Maritime College of Ireland, are delighted to announce that we are the official organisers for this year’s Irish Maritime Forum which is set to take place on September 25th at the NMCI. To date we have had a great response to the upcoming event with Copius Resources, Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd., Ardmore Shipping Services Ireland Ltd., the Irish Ports Authority, the Port of Cork and NMCI Services sponsoring elements of the event.

 

So, why attend?

The Maritime Industry Forum is a great opportunity for maritime professionals to gain an insight into the current industry obstacles and future industry plans within the broad maritime sector. Not only will key industry leaders speak about the current issues they face but they will look at how they can be overcome by working together. Individual attendees will have an opportunity to question the key industry leaders on their plans and how they approach obstacles they are faced with.

The Forum will also highlight key areas where synergies need to be developed in order to put the Ireland at the forefront of the Maritime Sector worldwide.

 

The event which will be formally opened by Minister Simon Coveney will begin with an overview of the Maritime Industry by Fergal O’Brien (IBEC) and Liam Lacey (Director of the IMDO). Following on from giving an overview of both the economy and the maritime sector Jonathan Healy will MC a Maritime Skills Panel Discussion with Conor Mowlds, Cormac Gebreurs, Rory McGuire, Captain Dave Elliott and Captain Kevin Allen. The panel will discuss the need for skilled personnel within the maritime sector.  With representatives from the Port Sector, Research & Innovation sector, the NMCI and the recruitment sector this panel should give a good overview of the needs of the sector in terms of training and recruitment.

 

Following on from the Panel Discussion the Forum will lead on to the “Port Sector” where Captain Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master for the Port of Cork, will present “Irish Ports – Gateways for sustainable Logistic growth…or potential bottlenecks”. This will then be followed by Captain Kevin Richardson, AFNI, will discuss “The Critical Role of Harbour Master in a successful Port Business”. Captain Harry McClenahan, Navigation Services Manager with CIL, will be discussing how we can work together “To deliver Berth to Berth e-navigation services” while Jane O’Keeffe, Logistics & Supply Chain course coordinator at the NMCI, will examine the “Issues facing the extended maritime sector in respect of impacts of, and adaptation to climate change”.

 

The Offshore & Renewable Sector (Sponsored by Irish Mainport Holdings Ltd.) will see Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh examine the prospects for “Marine Renewable Energy” which Tommy Furey from Infomar will look at “Mapping our Maritime Future” which will lead into the Marine Tourism & Leisure Sector where Dr.Connie Kelleher discuss the numerous shipwrecks sites on Irish Coast.  Dave Ward from CIL will then talk about the “”Great Lighthouses of Ireland” and how they aid in the navigation of the Irish Coast. The category will then be closed off by Dr.Amaya Vega where she will speak about the “Atlantic Action Plan”.

 

The day will end on a high note with an interactive piece by Aidan Mulcahy of M3TV Productions who will showcase “Lighting up the Lusitania” to the conference attendees.

For further details check out www.irishmaritimeforum.ie and for bookings click here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-maritime-forum-2015-tickets-18113269276

 

 

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