Solvang director to speak at Maritime HR & Crew Management Conf in Oct
ACI has announced that Solvang ASA human resources director Kjetil Meling will be a speaker at the 25th Maritime HR & Crew Management Conference to be held in London on October 23 and 24
ACI has announced that Solvang ASA human resources director Kjetil Meling will be a speaker at the 25th Maritime HR & Crew Management Conference to be held in London on October 23 and 24.
Entitled 'Respect and communication, a critical competence', Mr Kjetil's presentation will form part of session two that covers the topics of crew training and competency.
Giving insight into his presentation, Mr Kjetil explained: 'The increased pressure in the industry adds an intense stress on people which again can reveal the bad side of the personality on people working together. How this is dealt with is, for me, one of the critical competencies to focus on for future success.'
Mr Kjetil has an educational background in social science and started working in the shipping/offshore sector in 1999 when he joined Boskalis Offshore as a personnel coordinator before he then transferred to Solvang ASA in 2000, remaining with the company ever since.
Based in Stavanger, Norway, the 45-year-old has assumed a number of complementary roles at Solvang, as a crew coordinator, crew manager, maritime personnel manager and now he is the HR director for shore/ship. In this position he is responsible for global manning, recruitment and competence management for the company's modern gas carrier fleet.
Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include the evolving seafarer role in the digital age in relation to recruitment and retention, and helping the new generations adapt to life at sea.
In addition, the speakers will focus on the soft HR tactics for crew management; complying with regulations: challenges of 2020 and beyond; striking the balance between cost and quality; creating a culture of safety on board, as well as the role of crewing agencies and seafarer's contribution to pollution free shipping.
ACI's meetings are strictly end-user focussed, meaning that delegates will be drawn from shipping operators including vice presidents, directors and managers of HR, crew and personnel, manning and training. Also present will be representatives of authorities involved in the development and training of crew, a statement from the organisers said.