A Better Work Start: Impact of COVID-19 on Maritime Supply Chain and Post Pandemic Mitigation Strategies: Implications for Australia

Join us for another event within the A Better Work Start initiative under the umbrella of the ECP Post COVID-19 Restart Strategy launched by the RMIT Enabling Capability Platforms. This online event is organised by the Australian Maritime Logistics Research Network (AMLRN), in collaboration with RMIT Enabling Capability Platforms.

Over the past few months, we have witnessed the widespread effects of COVID-19 pandemic on virtually every sector of the global economy. As more than 90% of the world trade in terms of volume are moved by sea, the global maritime supply chain is considered critical. Like other economic sectors, various segments of the maritime industry have also been severely impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of maritime networks, port efficiency, and hinterland connectivity. As the global maritime supply chains are closely related and contribute significantly to the growth of international trade, any disruption to the later may likely trigger prospective structural changes in the former, and vice versa. Australia relies heavily on the vibrancy of the maritime industry i.e. shipping, port, and supporting maritime supply chain sectors. Maritime supply chains are therefore critical to Australian economy. 

In this webinar, a panel of practitioners and academics will share their view and reflection on the aforesaid issues and discuss how should the industry be prepared to enhance maritime supply chain’s effectiveness and boost Australia’s trade.

Discussion areas

  1. Reflecting on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on maritime supply chains and port connectivity;
  2. Identifying possible trends of global trade and maritime supply chains in the aftermath of the pandemic;
  3. Sharing best practices on the remedial actions already taken globally and In Australian maritime industry context;
  4. Taking stock of lessons learned and future preparedness needed;
  5. Making recommendations that could enhance Australia’s trade and maritime supply chain’s effectiveness.


  • Dave Coughlin - Mainfreight – Tullamarine
  • Zoran Kostadinoski - International Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Australia (IFCBAA)
  • Davide Ricci - Australian National Line
  • Representative from Port of Melbourne
  • Assoc. Prof. Vinh Thai, RMIT University


Prof. Shams Rahman, RMIT University


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