Report: An insight into hybrid and remote working practices in maritime

Hybrid and remote working

The move to hybrid and remote working over the last couple of years now feels like a permanent one. So, we’re pleased to be able to share that our special report on hybrid and remote working has now been published by the Spinnaker Maritime HR Association.

The report is made up of data from members of the association, providing information that represents the working practices of maritime industry professionals in 22 countries.

The survey revealed that 86% of respondents have introduced some form of remote working post-pandemic. Of the respondents that have not yet adopted remote working arrangements, almost half (40%) are either open to the idea or looking to implement a policy in the near future.

The findings of the report show that the maritime industry is open to changing its working practices in line with employee preference. The almost total integration of hybrid/remote working into maritime shows that the industry is not immune to wider market trends post-pandemic, and that it is also willing to implement big changes to stay competitive.

Phil Parry, Chairman and co-founder of Spinnaker, commented on the report findings: “The employment market has vastly changed. Attracting and retaining talent has become harder post-pandemic – in part thanks to the Great Resignation.”

He adds: “In an increasingly competitive market to retain and recruit talent, salary is no longer enough to entice candidates to join a company – or to stay once they’ve come aboard. Embracing remote/hybrid working has become almost a necessity. On the positive side, it’s a great way to motivate staff, boost their wellbeing and to show they are trusted.”

The full report is available exclusively for participating members of the Maritime HR Association. Find out more about how you can access our reports and join the Association here.

Please Sponsor the Spinnaker Dragon Boat Team


So many more children now survive leukaemia than don’t. But they don’t all make it and this was brought home to us by the tragic story of the son of one of our shipping friends who attended our Maritime People and Culture Conference in May.

Every September, Spinnaker host 30 shipping teams messing about on the water in the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race in London Docklands. Its namesake is the son of our Chairman Phil Parry. Oscar survived a 5 year battle with two different leukaemias and was save by three transplants and experimental treatment.

We are funding a three year fellowship in the latest treatment and research. The current challenge is to find out why the new CAR-T cell therapy which has saved the lives of so many children with otherwise incurable acute lymphoblastic leukaemia doesn’t work in about half of the children who relapse. By solving that problem we can save those children.

This year, you can register to attend the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race even if you’re not getting wet in a boat – use the eventbrite link here:

And you can sponsor Spinnaker’s team, ‘Spinnaker Strokes’ by clicking on the following link.  Please do. It’s important. Every penny counts.

How do we lead sustainable transformation in shipping & maritime?


New In-house and Stakeholder Workshops with K D Adamson

As our keynote and special guest at the Spinnaker People and Culture conference in May, K D Adamson brought us new thinking around digital, people and culture and introduced us to the concept of Sustainable Transformation.

In conversation with Spinnaker Chairman Phil Parry, K D outlined the competencies, business priorities and industry resets companies needed to begin their sustainable transformation. She also pinpointed that the role of HR is critical to making sustainable transformation happen, as HR transitions from a traditional cost-centre to a value creator and partners more deeply with the C-suite.

How we address the sustainable transformation challenge, from ESG to cultural and leadership change was the subject of much discussion on stage in our panels and amongst delegates during breaks. According to K D it is essential that we frame the challenges correctly within our companies, and also reach out to our wider stakeholder ecosystem to align on road ahead.

“When it comes to ESG and Sustainable Transformation these are not things that you can ‘win’ at, they are not zero-sum games, but team sports, and that requires a different approach,” K D explains. “It’s really important that companies gain a solid, working understanding of the key competencies for the future, such as customer-centric innovation, data & digital, the blue, green and circular economies, enterprise and supply chain agility, crafting new cultures and new kinds of leader, but to start transforming the industry it needs to go beyond the company boundary and engage the stakeholder ecosystem.”

Working with Futurenautics, K D has developed the Future Fit programme of workshops which focus on building in-house knowledge, competence, programmes and strategies, and also two new stakeholder workshops which are designed to engage a wider ecosystem of stakeholders.

“The Future Fit workshops cover the key topics that shipping and maritime businesses need to address and they are individually tailored to each company and its objectives. However, if we really want to mitigate risks and capture the opportunities of ESG and sustainable transformation then we have to approach that on a stakeholder ecosystem level,” said K D. “The Ecosystem ESG and Sustainable Transformation Stakeholder Workshops are designed to convene your broader stakeholders, from customers and suppliers to regulators, to align on the challenges, identify priorities and engage everyone to accelerate action.”

Facilitated by K D, the Future Fit and Stakeholder workshops all benefit from her extremely wide knowledge of the shipping and maritime industry and the complexities of both strategic and practical elements of company and industry transformations. If you would like to learn more about the workshops you can visit the Futurenautics website or contact K D directly on [email protected]