Given that maritime industry operates in a dynamic and changing environment, it is vital to keep pace with latest developments; thus training should not be limited only to technical and operational skills, Dr. Angelos Menelaou, Frederick University says. In general, the young generation needs knowledge and skills which could assist in their personal development as well, he further notes
A rescue diver from China, Mr. Zhong Haifeng, who conducted a number of underwater dives to save three people from a sunken cargo ship, received the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during 2018’s IMO Awards ceremony.
Mr. Alberto Perez, Inmarsat Maritime, notes that the maritime industry has realized the benefits of digitalization. Among many, digital technologies offer transparency which is very important; In this regard, Mr. Perez cites the example of Inmarsat’s Fleet Data which can virtually connect to any sensor, giving full transparency on bills as connectivity costs are included in the service.
Maritime industry will enhance safety and sustainability if it becomes more connected and better informed by data, Mr Matthew Galston, Cobham SATCOM argues, highlighting the importance of increased connectivity onboard. Among others, the quality of a ship’s connectivity impacts the wellness on board.
Mr Rick Scott, Senior Technical Advisor, ABS, shares latest developments on cyber security, explaining what initiatives ABS has taken to raise awareness, for which the classification society has been shortlisted alongside other distinguished nominees. Namely, ABS conducted a two-year research which resulted in a new model to assess cyber risk. As an industry, the ability to measure cyber risk will become a core foundation for operational efficiency and safety, he concludes.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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