The forum included two panel discussions: the first was themed: “What are the challenges that may affect the shipping industry?”; and the second featured panellists discussing “How ship owners cope with the industry challenges ahead?”.

The panelists discussed about the greatest challenges that shipping is facing today.

Namely, issues discussed regarded the global financial instability, maritime training, challenges faced by the maritime sector, new technology onboard the vessels, environmental concerns, automated ships, digitalization, cyber-security, Ballast Water Treatment Convention, climate changes and new investments and financing opportunities in an constantly changing and unpredicted business environment. 

WISTA Hellas President Angie Hartmann, in her opening address, noted: “I would like to thank our members for their active participation to our activities and for making WISTA an industry voice in the Greek Shipping community. This year marks the first time that we’ve expanded the agenda of our annual forum with two panel discussions so that more representatives of the shipping industry could express their opinion and have sufficient time to discuss with you”.

Concluding, Mrs. Hartmann thanked the panelists, sponsors, media supporters, supporting organizations and the audience for participating in the forum.