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.
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 was ahead of its time until the regulators got involved. Now it’s at risk of becoming a dinosaur, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles.
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.
Frank Coles, CEO, Transas, points out that with all the talk about smart ships, automation and even unmanned ships there remains three key elements that need to be resolved: the ecosystem in which they would operate, the connectivity that they require and the overall cybersecurity picture.
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.
There is one key factor that is crucial for all smart shipping: connectivity. Mr Frank J. Coles, Transas CEO, notes how connectivity has improved seafarers’ life and what is left to be done.
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