Tuesday 24th April 2018 - During Singapore Maritime Week in Singapore, the IMarEST hosted a roundtable to explore the responses to a survey examining the likely impacts at the beginning of the journey to greater automation of functions in the operation of commercial ships. It sought an industry perspective on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
The roundtable invited key industry participants to respond to the findings of the survey as well as to share their views on both future training needs and skillset requirements of the operational workforce in order to more accurately map our journey to the future.
The roundtable in Singapore was the first of a number of events planned under the ‘Autonomous ships: Putting the human back in the headlines’ initiative, coordinated by the IMarEST’s Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) Special Interest Group (SIG). The MASSSIG has a functioning programme that looks at the workforce training and skills required to maximise capability for this emerging area.
The shipping industry is a rich, highly complex and diverse industry, which has a history of both triumph and tragedy in its adoption of technology.
In light of the potential for the remote and autonomous ship, and to contribute to the assurance of safe and efficient operation, we seek to understand the impacts to the industry. We seek to better understand these impacts so as to measure the changes required in workforce capability, competency and training requirements so that the human can remain highly effective.