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Magsaysay: Making maritime training attractive for the young seafarers

Mr. Patrick Ho Maxwell, Vice President of Magsaysay People Resources Corporation notes that the current landscape poses many challenges for the training of seafarers; thus high level education and development of both their technical and soft skills are vital. Mr. Maxwell notes that above all, operators need to invest in people, concluding that in order to attract the younger generation, we have to ‘transform from teaching to learning strategies’.

Propulsion Analytics: Unlocking the benefits of ‘Digital Twin’ concept for shipping

Mr. Andreas Simeonidis, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Propulsion Analytics argues that technological developments have accelerated pace and entered shipping as well, however this is not the main issue. The big challenge lies with the impact that technology has on industry’s operations, or in other words what we call it as ‘’digital disruption’’ that aims to transform industry’s culture.

OSM Maritime: Raising awareness on cyber risks is the first step

Peter Schellenberger, Managing Director for OSERV at OSM Maritime, noted that cyber incidents have revealed failures in operational systems and key areas of attention. For example, the willingness to include protection expense as part of OPEX and communication cost is still limited while even in dedicated IT departments there is still little knowledge about options and needs for protection.

Marlink: Securing available connectivity onboard is vital

Mr. Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime of Marlink, highlights that connectivity is crucial for safe operations while he notes that demand for bandwidth is on rise which is important because available connectivity improves life onboard, keeping the crew happy and in touch with family and friends ashore.

DNV GL: Digitalization and smart training is the way forward

Dr Marina Papaioannou, DNV GL’s Maritime Academy Hellas, emphasized on investing in training noting also that new generation has need of ‘blended learning’. The aim should be to involve Generation Z and keep it interested but also make them realize the importance and use of face-to-face training for their social skills, exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Kongsberg Maritime: Training needs to adapt to new technologies

Mr. Nikolaos Stefanis, Key Support Manager at Kongsberg Maritime, Hellas notes that training needs to follow developments and align with latest rules, needs and technologies. It is important to focus on the new needs with new technology solutions in order to provide efficient training experience, he concludes.

IQ Solutions: Industry awareness is the key for cyber hygiene

Mr. Paris Papanastasiou, Managing Director of IQ Solutions, notes that vessels are vulnerable to cyber risks as they have no an IT engineer onboard. In this regard, he urges stakeholders to invest in security-oriented solutions, as well as in technological solutions and tools, to create healthy, balanced and efficient systems.

NI: Standardizing navigation displays is vital for safe operations

Capt. David J Patraiko, Master Mariner, Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute , talks about initiatives taken to address e-navigation challenges in the smart shipping era. One important initiative was the introduction of S-More ten years ago, due for adoption at IMO next year. S-Mode aims to improve mariner’s daily life, making familiarization with the different interfaces easier.

Eniram: Improving energy efficiency through digitalization

Mr. Johan Backas, Managing Director at Eniram, a Wärtsilä Company mentions that the shipping industry has successfully adapted to technology evolution, highlighting that smart technology is the key in enabling and unlocking the fleet’s efficiency potential. However, the challenge for all industry stakeholders is to become ‘more open’.

2020: An insurer’s perspective

While talking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. Alvin Forster, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, analyzed implications of 2020 sulphur cap regulation from the marine insurance perspective, sharing feedback from specific cases on the challenges being faced through certain compliance methods.

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