72 hours in Athens!

On Tuesday  4th June Monique Turner and I jetted off to Athens on the 6.20am flight from London Luton to attend our very first Posidonia!

We arrived bleary-eyed but excited for the next few days in Greece. After dropping our bags at our hotel in Sparta we headed straight to the Expo. We were booked in for a ‘Crew Insights’ seminar session hosted by our friends at Kyvernitis Travel.

The seminar featured 4 panel discussions hosting representatives from some of the biggest shipping companies in Greece such as Crossworld, Dynacom, and Danaos plus representatives from Kyvernitis’s partners American Express and Qatar Airways (who actually provide a lounge solely for seafarers at Doha airport!)

The panels discussed important themes such as the attraction and retention of talent on-board vessels. Companies such as Dynacom had quirky initiatives such as providing seafarers with birthday gifts.

All panelists agreed that it was important to rebuild the link between ship and shore, and to motivate seafarers to take part in training and development initiatives.

We then jumped in a taxi (thank you FREE Now) to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in central Athens for the British Ambassador’s Cocktail Reception with a welcome address from Lord Mountevans, Honorary President of Maritime London. The event was held in the ’Lighthouse’ on the 8th floor of the Cultural Centre with stunning views of the Athens skyline and Piraeus. We had heard that Kylie was playing that evening at the Capital party but unfortunately, this was strictly invite only so like Cinderella we headed home at midnight instead.

We woke up fresh and raring to go the next day, and headed straight to the expo to explore the halls.
We were booked in for the OTG and Danica Crewing ‘Beating the talent time bomb’ seminar which was chaired by Sean Moloney and with an intro from OTG’s Chief Creative Officer Raal Harris who summarised some of the findings from their research into Human Capital Management that they carried out with Thetius! They believe the war on talent is coming, when it comes to a job, people want more than just money. What employee experience can your company offer that makes it stand out from the crowd?

Danica CEO Henrik Jensen also provided an introduction to the session and reminded us of the importance of setting a versatile crewing strategy, particularly when it comes to the supply of crew. Currently 6 nationalities make up the majority of crew supply. Companies need to diversify to mitigate risk – as witnessed when we see the effect the Ukraine/Russia conflict has had on crew supply. Panelists included representatives from Optimum Ship Services, IMEC, Safe Bulkers, Danaos and Dohle Shipmanagement in the Philippines.

There is a drive from all companies to increase the number of females on board vessels in the coming years with 88 Aces (Part of Scorpio) looking for a 70% female crewed ship by the end of 2024.

There was also a lively discussion about the availability of crew from locations other than Eastern Europe and Asia, with thoughts that Africa and South America will make up a larger volume of seafarers in the coming years.

Following the seminar, we jumped on a coach provided by our friends at OTG which was heading to the beautiful beach resort of Glyfada. We arrived at what can only be described as one of the most beautiful locations we have been to for a work event – ‘Ark’ a stunning restaurant right on the seafront. OTG had arranged beautiful seafood canapes and fabulous Greek wine for the evening. We even dipped our toes in the water for some much-needed respite from the 40-degree heat!

After a wonderful evening, we got ready for our last day in Athens. We headed to Pireaus for a spot of ship spotting and client meetings with Gaslog and Blue Planet.

We had a wonderful lunch at Italida with desserts such as profiteroles filled with homemade ice-cream to die for!

We headed back to the airport for our evening flight with weary legs but positive thoughts from the amazing experience we had during our 72 hours at Posidonia.

Dates announced! 2024 Maritime People & Culture Conference

Spinnaker are pleased to release the dates of their 16th annual Maritime People & Culture conference as the 16th & 17th May 2024.

The event will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s famed Covent Garden.

Since its conception in 2006, the conference has grown to be one of the best-known events in the maritime industry’s calendar. Over 200 maritime HR and crewing professionals from across the globe attend the 2-day summit to listen to industry speakers and join panel discussions.

The event tackles topical issues on the to-do list of many maritime HR professionals including DEI&B which this year will focus on neurodiversity. Employee well-being, decarbonisation, engaging your c-suite, imposter syndrome and the role of HR in executing an organisation’s business strategy will also be on the agenda.

Find out more about attending and speaking options by visiting the Spinnaker website – https://spinnaker-global.com/the-maritime-hr-conference

Hot Jobs – Top 10 maritime vacancies – January 2024

For over 25 years, Spinnaker has been assisting shipowners, shipmanagers, oil majors, and P&I clubs in fulfilling their recruitment requirements. Every day, we receive a constant influx of new job openings, all conveniently listed on our website. To simplify your job search, we have handpicked a collection of the ten most sought-after positions available right now. Get in touch if you’re interested but do it quickly as they won’t be around for long!

A full list of current vacancies can be found on our website:

Management Accountant – Athens, Greece

Our client, a growing international shipowner, is looking to hire a Management Accountant for their office in Athens. The role is responsible for the timely and accurate provision of financial data for a mandated number of vessels. Knowledge and experience required for this role include part-qualified ACA, ACMA or ACCA with 2 years’ experience in a similar responsibility role. Previous experience with vessel revenue S&P and depreciation, inventory valuation as well as loans and leases are also required.


Regional Sales Director – Europe

This role requires the management of Account Executives and a Regional Manager spanning North and South Europe. You will work with shipowners, shipmanagers, offering a range of technical services for their fleets from specialty lubricants and chemicals, to testing and treatment. This is a remote European-based position, in either the UK, Netherlands, or Germany, in which existing entitlement to reside in either of these countries as well as the ability to travel internationally is required.


Head of Finance – Bangkok, Thailand

Using your leadership skills, you’ll have management of a multi-location team of over 60 accounting and finance professionals across Southeast Asia. Your role will ensure reliable and accurate financial information from the finance teams of all countries, exercising effective controls, and ensure continual improvement of internal controls that support growth. Experience in managing a large team and holding a senior finance position is required as well as fluency in Thai.


Group Accountant – Athens, Greece

Our client is looking for a Group Accountant to manage up to a team of 5 Accountants to join their team in Athens. The Group Accountant role is accountable for the statutory accounting and reporting for the organisation. This includes the consolidation of the financials of approximately 100 legal entities into holding companies in line with the organisation structure, investor requirements and in line with IFRS rules.


Technical Officer – London, UK

Our client is looking for someone who has Master and Chief Engineer certificate, unlimited naval architecture and marine engineering experience, and knowledge of IMO conventions and codes. In return, our client can offer a competitive base salary, hybrid remote/office work, pension contribution, annual bonus, health and life insurance, and 25 days annual leave.


Freight Analyst – Dubai, UAE

A newly launched shipping venture headquartered out of Dubai is looking for an experienced Freight Analyst to join their team. This role will be working closely with the freight team to conduct global freight market research. Prepare regular and special reports, presentations, and other information materials on the global maritime freight transport market. 7 years’ of relevant work experience with major companies within the industry is desired as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics or engineering.


Chartering Manager (Breakbulk) – Singapore

Our client, a prominent owner/operator in the breakbulk/parcelling trade is looking for an experienced Chartering Manager to join their team to focus on the Far East trade. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with breakbulk/parcelling chartering experience to join one of the leading companies in the breakbulk trade. You will be tasked with building customer relationships and hitting trade targets. Mandarin speaking skills are an advantage as the role would be oriented towards the Far East trade.


Fleet Personnel Manager – Singapore

Join this international ship-management company as a Fleet Personnel Manager, where you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless operation of vessels through strategic crew management and compliance with maritime regulations. You will need a bachelor’s degree or certificate in maritime or a relevant field and a minimum of 6 years’ experience in crew personnel management for tankers and bulk carriers. You will also have experience in managing crew budgets and managing a team of crewing professionals.


Ships Agent – Essex, UK

This shipping and logistics company is seeking a dedicated Ships Agent to join their team in Tilbury, Essex. As a Ships Agent, you will play a pivotal role in executing port operations while adhering to company procedures and regulatory requirements. Your primary focus will be on satisfying customer needs and facilitating smooth maritime activities, including offering professional advice and support to existing and potential customers, ensuring their needs are met effectively.


Marine Commercial Operator – London, UK

Our client, a Greek shipowner, is looking for an experienced Operator with a seafaring background to join their team in London. This role would be ideal for someone that has sailed on either bulk or tanker vessels before transitioning into a shore-based operations role. Requirements for this role include seagoing experience, a minimum of 4 years’ in the same position and excellent knowledge of the Greek and English language.


For more information on any of the jobs above, please call the office on +44 (0)1702 480142 or email [email protected]

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AI’s maritime role: how will this evolve?

Written by Richard Scott FICS – committee member, London & South East Branch, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Within the maritime community more attention is being focused on how artificial intelligence can be used in a variety of activities. Adopting AI could lead to better decisions and greater efficiency, according to experts. Many opportunities for using it beneficially are becoming visible, but possible problems are prominent as well and so a cautious approach is often recommended.

In a global shipping and ports context AI may be applied to a wide range of actions. These include optimising fleet operations (route planning, and port density and traffic pattern monitoring), predictive maintenance, fuel consumption modelling, cargo optimisation, risk management, supply chain management, and operating autonomous ships.

AI is generally understood to mean a system’s ability to imitate intelligent human behaviour that includes learning, reasoning and problem-solving. In the maritime context it may be used for some tasks that need continuous or frequent decisions, enabling these to be wholly or partly automated to improve efficiency and performance.   

A recent article published by the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies suggested several advantageous outcomes achievable by adopting AI. Reducing costs, improving efficiency, supporting sustainability and eliminating human error could provide substantial contributions to performance improvement, enhancing an organisation’s service quality and reputational status. As a result, according to a Lloyd’s Register assessment “AI is gaining momentum across sectors and is set to become a mainstream technology in the coming decades”.

Some difficulties ahead

Such attributes of AI adoption are attractive but progress in achieving the desired outcomes may prove difficult, or less rapid than envisaged. The Mitags article emphasises this aspect, mentioning that there is a limit to streamlining and assisting operations by automating shipboard activities, commenting that “individuals offer unique skills and capabilities that machines cannot replicate, making a human presence on ships invaluable”.

Others also draw attention to the future of work, as well as aspects including privacy and security. It is envisaged that increased automation of operations could lead to job displacement and changes in the nature of work in the shipping industry. One commentator observed that “AI-based systems also raise concerns about data privacy and cybersecurity, as these systems rely on large amounts of data to operate effectively”. An audience at London International Shipping Week a few months ago heard speakers expressing caution amid practical, legal and regulatory barriers to the adoption of problem-solving AI in the global fleet of merchant ships.

Pointers to the future

On a positive note an example of an AI-based project was reported recently by Swedish maritime technology company Yara Marine. This trial, conducted over three years with business and academic partners, developed an AI-based semi-autonomous voyage planning system, The system was designed to explore how AI and machine learning can enable more energy-efficient voyage planning for ship operators. It was trialled on a car carrier and a products tanker, with results indicating successful energy efficiency optimisation.

The Global Maritime Forum highlights three types of operational optimisation – speed optimisation, capacity utilisation, and voyage optimisation – each of which could provide a 10-24% increase in operational efficiency. For these, additional and more accurate data is required. Collection of this data enables trends to be analysed and dissected and also “unlocks predictive and prescriptive modelling with machine learning and AI”, enabling the best business decisions to be made.       

In its Global Maritime Trends 2050 report published in September last year Lloyd’s Register concludes that (referring to AI) “the maritime sector stands to benefit. Commercial ships will increasingly rely on machine learning, AI and satellite technology to improve shipping safety and efficiency”.

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Press Release: Spinnaker behind Hong Kong team move

Maritime people experts Spinnaker represented law firm Hill Dickinson in their recent recruitment of a specialist Ship Finance team of 10 from Ince & Co.

The project was handled personally by Spinnaker Chairman Phil Parry, himself an ex-Ince & Co maritime lawyer.

The new hires all moved from Ince & Co Hong Kong and the move strengthens Hill Dickinson’s marine and shipping practice across the region.

This move comes as the 157-year-old law firm Ince & Co fell into administration in 2023. It’s been reported that the demise of the company was due to a cyber-attack in 2022 from which the organisation never recovered. Several attempts to save the business failed, including restructuring and selling off several offices and subsidiaries but the straw that broke the camel’s back following the acquisition of the firm in administration was the launch of a criminal investigation against individuals at the new owners Axiom DWFM culminating in 7 arrests for misappropriation of funds in November 2023.

Spinnaker’s placement of 10 new staff includes 3 senior partners, 5 fee earners and 2 support staff.

The new team complements Hill Dickinson’s existing practice in Hong Kong, led by Damien Laracy, with a focus on shipping and commercial arbitration and litigation, ship sale and purchase, insolvency and restructuring. 

Hill Dickinson’s CEO Peter Jackson told us “It was a pleasure to work with Spinnaker on our recent growth in Hong Kong. The market knowledge of Phil and his team, added to their knowledge of our vision, culture and values, enabled us to make a valuable addition to our services in the region.”

Spinnaker’s Phil Parry said the transaction was bittersweet: “I’ve always been very proud of starting my career at Ince & Co.  I left as a relatively junior solicitor to set up Spinnaker and have always regarded Ince as my kind of alma mater. The events of the last few years have seen a once great name that sat at the very top of the tree in maritime law, fall from grace. Recent key players in its ownership seem to have had little regard for the name, history and reputation of the many good and talented people who were the real Ince & Co. I hope their legacy lives on at Hill Dickinson, a firm whose culture is much the same as what made the old Ince & Co a great law firm.”

The distribution of commercial operations teams in the maritime industry

In December, Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association released its second market analysis report based on data from the 2023 salary survey. This focused on the commercial operations job family.

From this data, they found that commercial operations staff were typically located in India, Singapore, the US, the UK, and China and nationalities largely aligned with these locations.

Within the data set, the professional level (Maritime HR Association code OP01) is still the most prevalent job code.

A Typical Operations Team

Within our survey, a typical operations team is made up of 1 Head of Department or Director (OP04), 4 Operations Managers (OP03), 7 Senior Professionals (OP02), 9 Professionals (OP01) and 5 Juniors or Trainees (OP00) as demonstrated in the infographic below.

The survey shows an increased headcount within the average operations team. Last year there were concerns that the average team was shrinking which would cause a future skills gap, however, the numbers have increased this year and as a result, those fears can subside.

Gender Split

Since the collection of data on gender in the survey, there hasn’t been much change within this job family. That said, there has been a small increase in the number of females (4%) reported this year, and a total split within the sample of 36% female employees and 63% male.

However, there was a shift in the seniority level this year. With a 5% drop in female employees who reached the Head of Department or Director level (OP04) positions in 2023 compared to 2022, making up for just 9% in total.

Location Split

The USA and Denmark which are traditionally considered major maritime hubs are still paying the highest remuneration packages at most seniority levels.

Tanker companies continue to pay the highest base salaries out of all vessel types and dry bulk companies remain consistent in their remuneration packages year-on-year (closely followed by their tanker counterparts at most job levels.)

Commercial operations staff working for oil majors, commodity or mining groups continue to enjoy the highest base salaries, bonuses, and total compensation packages.

Members of Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association are entitled to receive detailed analysis, such as this, as part of their membership package.

Find out more about joining the association on the website

Hot Jobs – Top 10 maritime vacancies – December 2023


For over 25 years, Spinnaker has been assisting shipowners, shipmanagers, oil majors, and P&I clubs in fulfilling their recruitment requirements. Every day, we receive a constant influx of new job openings, all conveniently listed on our website. To simplify your job search, we have handpicked a collection of the ten most sought-after positions available right now. Get in touch if you’re interested but do it quickly as they won’t be around for long!

A full list of current vacancies can be found on our website:

Registration / Sale & Purchase Coordinator – London

Our client is looking for a dynamic all-rounder to join a high-calibre shipping company. You will be part of the sale and purchase team and ensure the timely execution of vessel documents and processes. You will play a key role in liaising with authorities, principals, and other partners. This is a unique opportunity to grow into an essential position within a future-focused international shipping company.


Dry Bulk Operator – Luxembourg

This role is responsible for the smooth and efficient running and performance of each shipment/voyage. You will be involved in all day-to-day operational aspects related to time and voyage-chartered vessels, closely monitor and coordinate the operations of the vessels, constantly liaise with all parties involved, and be responsible for the freight and laytime calculations as well as handle any possible claims.


Registration Officer – London

Our client is seeking an experienced Registration Officer to join a flag administration team in London. You will be responsible for overseeing company and ship registrations and mortgages, ensuring all documentation meets legal requirements.


Loss Prevention – London

The ideal candidate will be a Master Mariner with either bulk, container or tanker experience. Excellent communication and writing skills are essential, as is the ability to work well under pressure and prioritise tasks effectively.


Marine Investigator – London

Our client has an opening for a Marine Investigator to join an excellent maritime organisation in London. You will conduct marine safety investigations globally to improve standards and prevent future incidents.


Dry Bulk Charterer – London

Our client is looking for someone with 5 or more years’ experience in dry bulk chartering. A solid operational background would also be preferred. Exposure to various size segments, including Capes, Ultras, Handys and Supras, as well as a proven background in fixing these vessels and familiarity with dry paper trading and hedging risk is beneficial.


Sales & Purchase Administrator – Athens

This role will be supporting the sales and purchasing department in London. The role requires someone who is experienced and capable working within a highly commercial and fast-paced environment. You will have direct exposure to the MD of the company and will manage administration within tight time parameters. The timely administration of documents is critical to the success of the sale / purchase of vessels.


Claims Executive – London

If you are a maritime graduate with some relevant work experience, or are someone with a couple of years P&I or other relevant discipline claims experience then this could be for you! An international marine insurer is looking to add new hires to their London office as a result of internal promotion.


Legal Executive – London

Key responsibilities will include reviewing and administering contracts and being involved in contract negotiations (S&P, Charter Party, property etc), as well as obtaining legal advice from law firms when required. In addition, you will be tasked with taking minutes of board meetings and following up on the implementation of board decisions taken, amongst other tasks.


Inside Sales Executive – Remote

Our client is looking for an ambitious, result driven, Inside Sales Executive with a strong industry knowledge to join their team. The candidate will proficiently gain new leads, ongoing relationships and build connections using customising sales pitches to demonstrate how the customer would benefit from company products.


For more information on any of the jobs above, please call the office on +44 (0)1702 480142 or email [email protected]

View these jobs, and more on our website https://spinnaker-global.com/jobs/job-search

ESG in the Maritime Sector – the growing importance of ‘green’ jobs

The world’s biggest climate conference COP28, takes place this month in Dubai with the overall objective of agreeing on ways to address climate change issues such as rising global temperatures and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

It’s generally agreed that the maritime industry needs to undergo a transformative shift towards sustainable shipping. With globalisation driving an ever-increasing demand for maritime transport, the ecological impact of shipping has become a point of concern. The industry is actively exploring and adopting sustainable practices to minimise its carbon footprint and reduce pollution and the industry’s reliance on fossil fuels has contributed significantly to air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and the degradation of marine ecosystems.

Indeed, the objective of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) participation in COP28 is to show its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping as outlined in its strategy on the subject in June of this year. The aim is to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2050 (as compared to 2008). Biofuels, hydrogen, and ammonia are being explored as viable options to power ships, offering the potential for zero-emission maritime transport.

Even wind power is being considered with Cargill chartering a vessel powered only by wind and sailing from China to Brazil earlier this year.

As maritime people experts, we are starting to see an increase in shipping companies asking us to find people for jobs that incorporate some element of sustainability. Vessel performance analysts oversee and evaluate the performance of a ship and an increasingly important part of this role would be guidance on emissions.

Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association which provides annual salary and bonus reports for the shipping sector introduced a new job family to the survey in 2023 which covers ‘sustainability’ positions and contains staff responsible for ESG matters.

Staff in these roles may be responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental and sustainability standards, analysing environmental-related legal procedures, or developing new initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of vessels. Staff may have to liaise with stakeholders and key contacts in the industry including universities, institutions and suppliers, and are required to stay up to date with the emerging trends and new legislation impacting the industry. Staff may have to support clients in reaching their respective ESG-related targets. Senior roles may also have strategy-related responsibilities.

In 2023, 30% of companies who participated in the salary survey provided data for this new job family with roles including Business Partner Sustainability & Decarbonization, and Energy Transition Insights Analyst. Although 30% of companies might sounds significant, in reality the total number of jobs this represents is just 158 and that’s out of a total of over 50,000 roles so just a 1/3 of a percent in real terms!

It’s clear that there is still some way to go and that sustainable shipping is not just an industry trend but a necessity for the health of our planet. As technology evolves and awareness grows, the shipping sector is making significant strides toward reducing its environmental impact. Embracing alternative fuels, investing in energy-efficient technologies, and adhering to stringent regulations are crucial steps in achieving a more sustainable maritime future. By navigating the waters of sustainability, the shipping industry can contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet while continuing to facilitate global trade and economic growth.

Article written by Helen McCaughran, Marketing Manager, Spinnaker

An end-of-year review – 2023 in 500 words!

As 2023 draws to an end we have taken a look back at the last 12 months and business achievements this year.

In February, Spinnaker’s Managing Director of the Executive Search division Teresa Peacock found herself voted one of the Top women 100 shipping by Allaboutshipping.co.uk for the fourth year running. Well done Teresa!

March was Women’s History Month and we also celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of blogs from female trailblazers in the maritime sector. They shared their advice to young women starting out in the industry.

In honour of World Earth Day, we focused on all things environmental in April with a series of guest blogs from industry experts in the ESG sector.

On the 5th April, UK organisations with a headcount of over 250 were required to provide a snapshot of their gender pay gap. Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association showed that the gender pay gap in the maritime industry is improving, despite being a whopping 39.95%! Only 15% of Executive Leadership roles within our membership are held by women and they are more likely to be found in corporate functions such as IT, finance and HR.

May is always special as we host our annual Maritime People & Culture conference in London. This year was our 15th event and sessions covered purpose, creating high-performing teams, diversity, equity and inclusion, hybrid working, and the 4-day week. We’re already planning the 2024 agenda for the event which will take place on the 16th & 17th May.

In June we celebrated the International Day of the Seafarer again with a series of blogs from seafarers past and present. They gave helpful advice for young people contemplating a career at sea.

The summer months saw a focus on salary and wage benchmarking for Spinnaker’s HR Consulting division. In July, seafarer wage cost reports were released to participating clients. The reports provide a summary of wages paid to Officers and ratings on vessel types including bulk carriers and tankers.

Over the summer months, Spinnaker’s data team start analysing data for shore-based jobs such as technical superintendents and operators in all of the major shipping hubs. This year’s survey was the biggest in its’ 17-year history with data from 104 shipping companies included, which represents over 50,000 maritime professionals! The 2023 survey reports were released to participating companies and members of the Maritime HR Association in October and they enable clients to check they are paying their staff in line with the market.

In September, Spinnaker hosted their annual OSCAR Dragon Boat at London’s Docklands Sailing Club. The event raises money for Great Ormond Street to help fund research into treatment for leukaemia for sick children. The event has raised over £2.7 million since its’ conception in 2011.

Spinnaker celebrated its 26th birthday in October with a series of photo throwbacks of the team in 1997 (for those who were born!) and guest blogs looking at how the maritime sector has changed and evolved over the years.

In November we launched ‘Consultants Corner’ where Principal Recruitment Consultant Liam Daly shared his expertise with clients and candidates, and Senior Recruitment Consultant Tom Brooks ran a series of posts giving recruitment advice to solicitors.

And here we are in December looking forward to our Christmas party and the holiday season with our friends and family.

We wish our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2024!