ClassNK Chairman and President Koichi Fujiwara welcomed some 160 from maritime education and training institutions and manning agencies to its Prime Management Seminar held February 22 at the Diamond Hotel, Manila.
Fujiwara says, “The first seminar was held in 2012 (and) our client based in Philippines has continued to expand. Especially this year, I’m so glad to organize “Japan Day” with Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) to provide the business networking between Japan and Philippines.”
ClassNK opened the Manila office in 1976 and Fujiwara appreciates the support to its business in over 40 years. He assures Country Manager Takeshi Imamura would “continue to keep good communication with all of you.”
Fujiwara admits, “The shipping market has been very tough time during last couple of years, especially dry market. The shipbuilding industry and classification societies are also surviving in economically cold water.
From technological point of view, digitalization and automation is coming to not only navigation itself but also maritime industry.
The shipping and maritime industry is struggling with seafarer recruitment and retention. I hope digital transformation will bring some of solutions for crewing and manning problems.
However, I am sure autonomous does not mean directly unmanned and seafarers will be still required for operations and maintenance on board for at least foreseeable future. Then, Filipino seafarers will be also still demanded in the international shipping industry and will play important role for digitalization and automation of operation at sea.”
Fujiwara solidly believes, “technological development and human element are like “a pair of wheels” to open the door to next generation of the industry.”
- Capt. Naoki Saito, ClassNK Manager of Certification Service, Planning Dept. – Certification Services for Maritime Education and Training
- Mr. Satoru Yanase, ClassNK Manager of Ship Management System Dept. – Updated information on MLC, 2006 (MLC Renewal Inspection, with 2014 amendments)
- Mr. Jonrey M. Calderon, MARINA Maritime Development Supervisor – Maritime Education and Training in the Phil
- Capt. Nicolo Terrei, GM-Rina Academy Phil – Competence Management System
- Capt. Michio Hayashi, Managing Director, Technical Development Group, Japan Marine Science – JMS Simulators for Seafarer’s Training in the Phil