GMF Showcases Key Insights From Its Future Maritime Leaders Essay Competition


GMF presents key insight from its 2023 Future Maritime Leaders essay competition, which highlighted young professionals’ perspectives on transitioning to a sustainable maritime industry.

Sustainable Maritime Future 

With 112 entries from 37 countries, the competition showcased growing interest and confidence among young maritime professionals, particularly women. Participants emphasized the importance of integrating economic, social, and environmental factors for a sustainable maritime future. They discussed the need for collective action, collaboration, and innovative thinking to address challenges and seize opportunities for current and future generations.

In their essays, the Future Maritime Leaders laid out how a sustainable and inclusive transition of the maritime industry could look. Coming from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, the participants were united in suggesting a holistic approach that encompasses the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.

Bridging Technological Gap 

Their voices amplified the urgency for solutions that not only prioritize longterm economic growth but also protect the environment and promote the general welfare of society. This echoes the objective of the Global Maritime Forum and underscores the importance of proactively shaping a sustainable future of shipping, the backbone of economic development worldwide. The essays advocated for bridging the technological gap between developed and developing countries, tailoring solutions to local needs, and investing in human capital development in developing nations.

The young professionals expressed optimism and hope, viewing the maritime industry’s transition as a path filled with potential and opportunity. Their insights provide a guide for creating a more inclusive and sustainable future in the maritime sector.

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Source: GlobalMaritimeFuture