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John Adams
Managing Director /Chairman / Vice-Chair at V.Ships UK Limited/ Bahamas Shipowners’ Association / International Chamber of Shipping


  • V Group is the leading global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider – with a global reach comprising of 60 Offices extended over 30 Countries. Our multi-national and multi-disciplined 3,000 shore staff are experienced in all aspects of ship management services, for our diverse managed fleet of 2,200 vessels.
  • John Adams is Managing Director of V Ships UK, which has a history dating back over 30 years, with vast experience in tanker and dry bulk management, providing full technical management services to over 100 vessels, with a strong long-standing relationship s with Oil Majors. Owners benefit from our industry leading platform, ShipSure, which provides our customers with real-time access to data, and control, and complete transparency.
  • Of particular interest to CrewConnect Global is our Crew Management operation for our 44,000 Seafarers, supported by our world-wide crewing centres of excellence, headquartered here in the Philippines.
  • John has an extensive background in the shipping industry, specializing in Strategy Development and Change Management, and has previously held senior management positions with three leading Shipping Companies - and as an independent Consultant.
  • John was recently re-elected as Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association, and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, where he Chairs a strategic Working Group focusing on meeting the IMO GHG reduction targets.

Agenda Sessions

  • Welcome from CrewConnect Global Chairman

  • Keynote Panel| What women bring to the table: fight-or-flight vs tend-and-befriend

  • Chairman's Welcome & Introduction

  • A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE| Building an eco system of shared risks and benefits for ship owners, ship managers and the crew – what is the red thread?

  • OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE| The introduction of automation in global transport will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary which is why the focus of crewing should be on the human element, rather than digital competency

  • What is a digital competency framework for shipping?

  • Stream Recap and Chairman's closing remarks and close of Day 1

  • Chairman’s Intro and Recap Day 1

  • Industry Panel: Creating the immersive learning experience

  • OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE | STCW v.4: The suitable levels of Safety, Compliance and Competence will only be achieved if we Educate vs Regulate

  • Healthcare and wellbeing: Access to care, access to information and organisational culture

  • Chairman's closing remarks and close of the conference