SHIPPINGInsight ended its three-day conference facing the benefits of innovation, along with the reality of…
Our SHIPPINGInsight Wednesday morning consisted of Digitalization, and its opposite, our mariners. While our first panel addressed how to best move forward and benefit from the efficiencies and savings afforded by emerging technologies, followed by demonstrations of the latest innovations, we ended with impacts on our most important asset- our human capital and tools to support them.
Shipping is the engine of global trade, but humans are at its core. Integrating new technologies into our industry reminds me of the old joke: “How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? It depends on whether the light bulb wants to change.” There needs to be a willingness to change, then the appropriate training to ensure the technologies are being used appropriately and to their maximum potential. We also have to look for opportunities to harmonize the functionality of these technologies, as we don’t want to end up repeating the ECDIS challenge of unfamiliar operational aspects from one ship to another. As we approach this decade of accelerated change, we need to make sure we are solving a problem, not a solution looking for a problem.
Finally, let’s not forget the basics of taking care of our mariners to ensure they are working in the best conditions to perform optimally. Let’s invest in the tools needed to secure their welfare so that we can keep them engaged and attract new entrants into the industry.
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