The inaugural Future Maritime Leaders essay competition took place in 2019 and invited youth to share their innovative ideas on how the maritime industry can sustainably deal with major threats and opportunities facing it.
Out of more than 140 submissions from 46 different countries worldwide, three winning essays were selected:
- Emerging Technologies: Autonomous Shipping and Seafarers’ Continuous Professional (Ir)Relevance by Simon Tersoo Iorliam, Nigeria
- A Trading Scheme Supported by Spatial-Temporal Emission Profiles by Yiqi Zhang, China
- Achieving sustainable means of doing business through circular economic thinking in the maritime industry by Line Fryd Hofmansen, Denmark
2019 competition winners on stage at Global Maritime Forum's Annual Summit in Singapore
2019 essay topic
The world is undergoing profound transformation. We are seeing trade wars and geopolitical tensions disrupting current patterns of international relations and trade, while at the same time witnessing how emerging markets, for instance in Africa and Asia, are lifting millions of people out of poverty; we are seeing digital technologies bringing profound changes to societies and companies, offering new challenges and new opportunities; and finally, we are observing how rising societal demands for environmental sustainability and inclusive growth are putting pressure on businesses and decision-makers to change their behaviour.
How will these trends affect, shape and transform the maritime industry? How can the maritime industry best prepare for these changes? What is your innovative idea on how the maritime industry can use these challenges and opportunities to contribute to sustainable long-term economic development and human well-being?