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Welcoming Address Captain David (Duke) Snider, FNI, FRGS, President – The Nautical Institute

As President of The Nautical Institute it is my distinct pleasure to attend and to welcome delegates, speakers and panelists to ETC 2018, the International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing. The Nautical Institute represents almost 7000 maritime professionals from over 120 countries in 50 Branches. We work constantly within our industry to ensure the highest levels of professional standard and competency in those engaged in putting ships to sea. Our members contribute across the globe in forums such as this to ensure the ongoing improvement in standards for seafarer education, training and crewing, the subjects of this conference here in Odessa.

From the opening ceremony to the final presentations, our hosts have collected an impressive list of speakers and panelists. The experience of this impressive list of speakers and panelists surely rates in the hundreds of years and from every corner of the globe. Over the next two days we will examine recruitment trends; seafarers’ well-being (the focus of this year’s IMO Day of the Seafarer) and fatigue; to various elements in future training and education needs and simulation and CBT related to training.

It is vitally important that over the next two days we open our minds and professional experience to share among our fellow maritime professionals in order to leave no stone unturned in our collaborative efforts to ensure seafarers are provided the best tools available to them to ensure they are well trained and competent so that safety at sea is ensured.

I thank the organizers of this annual event to once again invite The Nautical Institute to participate. Thank you Rector Miyusov for this invitation and thank you to our own Professor Vladimir Torskiy for his invaluable work within the maritime professional training community and within The Nautical Institute.

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