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Successful post-incident crisis management: What you need to know

From the successive reports of piracy attacks in Gulf of Guinea to the constantly updated news agenda of the coronavirus outbreak, reputation threats are more imminent than ever for shipping companies which have to be extra vigilant on how to handle unexpected situations in the current media environment.

Career Paths: Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Shipowners Club

In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Capt. Hari Subramaniam, Regional Head – Business Relations, Shipowners Club, who explains us that he was somehow destined for a career in the shipping industry and the best decision he ever made was to sail on different types of vessels.

AAPA granted over $5,8 million under ‘Closing the Skills Gap’ program

The US Department of Labor has chosen the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for a grant of $5,888,738, under the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap grant program. This is expected to help AAPA to expand leadership within maritime community regarding professional development and training.

Dos and Dont’s when writing business e-mails

Business emails have a very specific style. They are professional but brief and should include enough information to allow a complete response.  According to a report published by McKinsey Global Institute, employees spend around 28% of their working day on reading and replying emails. While we send a lot of emails, this does not necessarily mean that they are effective. Writing better business emails is vital and the following key tips aims to walk you through an improved overall communication, step-by-step.

Why soft skills are more important than ever

Technical skills or in other words hard skills aren’t necessarily hard to acquire. They can be easily taught, and can be learned and improved over time. But non-technical skills known as “soft skills,” such as teamwork, effective communication, leadership, time management, and flexibility are highly valued in the modern workplace. In comparison to hard skills’, soft skills are more challenging to develop, since they have little to do with knowledge or expertise. According to a report issued by Deloitte in 2017, in the following 10 years, 2/3 of all the jobs would be soft-skills intensive. And shipping makes no exception.

Which is the one ‘must-have’ skill for leaders?

In the first issue of its Soft Skills edition focusing on leadership, SAFETY4SEA asked leaders across the shipping industry to answer to the following question: If you had to choose one ‘must-have’ skill for leaders, which would it be and why?

Leadership at sea: What makes a great Captain

Leadership, as a special component of safe operations at sea, is a skill resulting from a complex combination of mindset characteristics which can be learned, argues Capt. VS Parani, naming the key features he believes to be the most critical for a great leader at sea.

Top 10 challenges for young leaders

Being a leader is a challenging thing to do, especially in today’s cognitive-oriented society and the world of new technologies, that seem to transform every aspect of thinking, requiring new skills and abilities for sustainability. So what are the key challenges a young leader may encounter?


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