Silver lining and catalyst are two words that ship managers repeatedly use to describe how technology has helped them through the coronavirus pandemic and crew change crisis, and accelerated change.

In just one aspect — training — a survey by crewing specialist Danica Crewing Services revealed that nearly one-third of all seafarers said they had received online training this year — up from 4% in 2019.

Columbia Shipmanagement chief executive Mark O'Neil said Covid-19 had radically changed the service provided by managers.