Lloyd’s Maritime Academy carried out a global research, revealing that over 67% of people surveyed believe that there is a skills gap within the sector. What is more, about 20% specifically indicated a gap within technology and IT.
As the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai informed, it has issued a circular on August 21 regarding its grievance redressal mechanism, as well as registration of complaints from Indian seafarers. In order to overcome procedural delays and expedite resolution of seafarers, grievances, the grievance redressal mechanism is being launched online for registering grievance and obtaining response thereon.
Over 70% of the respondents of MarTID (Maritime Training Insights Database) survey initiative, World Maritime University (WMU) expect an increase in simulators and e-learning in the coming years. In year 2019, traditional classroom teaching, and simulation training are the most popular training methods for operators, while there has been much debate about whether e-learning in maritime industry works or not. Some believe there is no replacement for hands-on training, others believe there is.
While the entire maritime industry is gradually shifting towards the digital era, with fully autonomous ships lurking just around the corner, the maritime certification process has remained unchanged. Safebridge took it upon itself to tackle this problem and see what can be done to take the certification ecosystem one step further into the future.
It is a fact that in year 2018, seafarers’ non-technical skills are overlooked by recruitment departments, although digitalization and automation on board ships is creating demand of seafarers with skills that go beyond what machines are capable of and therefore are a crucial part of fostering a dynamic workforce. What differentiates the low performing from the high performing crews, though?
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Capt. Rajesh Unni Founder & CEO of Synergy Marine Group, discussed key issues surrounding life onboard as well as the existing and future challenges for seafarers. In this regard, he referred on how rising automation is expected to create new demands on skills in IT, communications, and engineering.
Marine support services company V.Group will unveil a new app for seafarers and an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress is ongoing on Project Embark. The app will be providing seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.
V.Group collaborated with the management consultancy Accenture to improve its approach to crew management. Named Embark, the project seeks to develop an in-house shared services model which streamlines key processes for V.Group’s seafarers, customers, and colleagues.
In her presentation at SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Mrs. Christiana Moustaki, Senior Crew Manager, Fleet Management, insisted on putting people first, at the dawn of the smart shipping revolution. She said that today, the global supply of officers is forecasted to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outplaced by increasing demand.
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