University Camilo José Cela held, once again this year, its Maritime Transport Forum, which this time took place virtually due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The objective of this edition was to assess how the coronavirus is currently affecting the maritime transport sector, international trade, state ports, recreational boating companies and the travel insurance market. Various actions and a future plan were put forward for these areas.
Emilio Lora-Tamayo, Rector of University Camilo José Cela, opened the forum by thanking all the people who had made it possible in such a novel and special way, and described the maritime sector as “a strategic sector for the exchange of goods in today’s globalised world, which has seriously affected by COVID-19 when it was already undergoing complex transformation processes for environmental and sustainability reasons”.
“As a university, UCJC has a role in generating and transmitting knowledge, so bringing together this group of nationally and internationally recognised specialists and professionals in the maritime sector, to offer their vision and opinion, is part of our responsibility”, affirmed Lora-Tamayo.
Great organisation and turn out
The event was organised by the University Camilo José Cela Chair in Maritime Studies – headed by its director Francisco Javier Aragón – alongside staff from the Degree in Transport and Logistics at the UCJC School of Technology and Science and from the Department of Design, Innovation and Educational Technology. The Royal Spanish Naval League, the Madrid Bar Association, the Royal Academy of the Sea, the Royal Assembly of Yacht Captains, and the Spanish Association of Tourism Professionals also collaborated.
The forum discussed topics related to the marine sector as diverse as maritime transport and the consequences of coronavirus on this industry; state ports and actions in the face of the coronavirus crisis; the challenges and technologies for future Navy ships in a scenario of sustainable development; autonomous ships in the face of crises such as that of the coronavirus; autonomous ships and their possible mission in the Navy; how the transport insurance market is affected by COVID19; actions and strategies of ferries to tackle the coronavirus and the repercussion in the recreational boating sector of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speakers and guests at this forum included Jan Hoffmann, Director of Trade Logistics Branch; Álvaro Rodríguez Dapena, Technical Director of Planning and Development of State Ports; Manuel Antonio Martínez Ruiz, Chief Admiral of Engineering and Naval Constructions of the Spanish Navy; José de Lara Rey, Dean of the College of Naval and Oceanic Engineers of Spain; Marcelino González Fernández, Vice President of the Royal Spanish Naval League; Bernardo Ruiz Lima, President of the Maritime Law and Transport Section of the Madrid Bar Association; Josep Mascarell Mascarell, President of the BALEARIA Ethics and Compliance Committee; and Carlos Sanlorenzo Ferri, General Secretary of the National Association of Nautical Companies and Spanish ambassador to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an organisation belonging to the United Nations.