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Career Paths: Frank Coles, Transas

What are a few unique pieces of career advice that nobody ever mentions?  What are actually beneficial to a career? Who is the most influential mentor to you? These and more we ask people of a noteworthy career to share their views and tips for an ideal path into maritime business.

Industry must adapt to new demands or ‘we will get bitten badly’

Shipping industry needs to abandon old-fashioned structures and adapt to the realities of the modern world and the demands of the next generation, argued Frank Coles, CEO, Transas during Transas Global Conference in Vancouver last week. A significant progress in maritime technology was noted in the last 12 months, but real change is yet to come, he added.

Human element key to digital formula

To realise the full potential of digitalisation, the maritime sector must focus on behavioural change by the human element, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles. Failing to appreciate and understand properly how people interface with new technology can lead to poor implementation.  

Maritime industry is ready to embrace automation

On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer, Frank Coles, CEO of Transas, talks about the impact of the digital technologies on seafarers’ role and welfare. Mr. Coles suggests that digitalization and automation will transform the industry by enhancing safety, but these are not enough to solve all safety-related problems, as crews with right skills and training is what the sector really needs.

ECDIS: Frozen in time

ECDIS was ahead of its time until the regulators got involved. Now it’s at risk of becoming a dinosaur, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles.

The perfect storm of digitalization and commoditization

Frank Coles, CEO, Transas delivered a speech at the Transas Global Conference, Malta, pointing out that we are faced with the perfect storm; the one confronting the maritime industry. It is one which will disrupt all elements of the shipping industry in the next few years – is technology-driven and in some cases is also self-inflicted.

Living with risk

The time has come to introduce robust certification and approval processes for all electronic equipment on board ships. This is the only realistic way of tackling cyber-risk within the shipping industry. To be effective, the maritime industry’s approach to cyber-risk must cover all shipboard systems, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles.

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