Coles Frank

Coles Frank

Frank Coles started his career as a merchant navy deck officer and qualified as a Master Mariner, Class One after 12 years at sea. After leaving the sea, Frank gained an LLM in Legal Aspects of Maritime Affairs from Cardiff University, Wales and spent 5 years practicing maritime law. In 1995, Frank joined Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping (PB) as Operations Director for 50 ships. After PB has decided to invest in Rydex, a company specializing in maritime communications, Frank Coles became the CEO of a newly acquired enterprise. After that Frank joined Sperry Marine as a Vice President of Business Development and Information technology. In September 1999 Frank became COO of Globe Wireless LLC. In 2003 Frank was appointed CEO, President and a member of the Board. In 2011 Frank joined Inmarsat as the Director GX Maritime, and in December 2011 he was appointed the President of the Inmarsat Maritime business unit. In September 2015, Frank Coles joined Transas as the CEO and member of the Board of Directors. His key aim at Transas is to create an ecosystem of harmonized integrated solutions in safety, navigation, training and ship operation, that will enhance ship and shore integration.

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Let’s kick ASS and remove the FOSSIL

While speaking at last SMART4SEA Conference, Mr. Frank Coles described the maritime constituency as ‘Citizens Against Virtually Everything’ (CAVE) when it comes to connectivity advances, insisting on adapting to new demands.

Career Paths: Frank Coles, Transas

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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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