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Operator Keynote| Profiling the Seafarer of the Future
The marine world in 2030 will be a connected and digital one, bringing closer integration between people, software and hardware in a way that could transform the way we operate. We know technology is changing our world and there is a great deal of overlap between technologies and how they combine will be important.
The report identifies two groups of technology drivers - those that will transform the ship design and build space – leading to advancement in ship building, propulsion and powering and the development of smart ships; and the technologies that drive safety, commercial and operational performance – advanced materials, big data analytics, communications, sensors and robotics.
MAXCMAS project, a £1.27million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels. It aims to develop COLREGs (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972) compliant collision avoidance navigation for autonomous ships and other Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and carry out comprehensive machine execution of the COLREGs
A key innovation will be the use of networked bridge simulators as a safe yet effective test environment in the first instance. These highly immersive simulators, ordinarily used for mariner training, will be used to rapidly iterate development in light of human reaction from the crew and real-world difficulties such as degraded sensors.
A ship’s crew relies on good communication skills as bridge teams and engineers of different national and ethnic backgrounds exchange technical information through verbal communication. Communication problems cause more than forty percent of accidents at sea, and in over ninety percent of all reported incidents miscommunication has been identified as an aggravating factor. To improve this situation, Fraunhofer IDMT researches and develops computer-based training and crewing solutions by which applicants for shipboard positions communicate verbally with an intelligent computer dialogue system capable of assessing the applicants’ nautical competencies and their communication skills simultaneously. By using acoustic signal processing and computer-based speech recognition in combination with advanced chatbot technology, an automatic classification and short-listing of prospective officers and ratings provides an effective and cost-efficient solution towards achieving a ship’s crew with a high level of nautical and language skills to navigate a vessel safely.
Some are waiting for an "uber" or "amazon" to come and single-handedly flip the next industry on its head. But a death by a thousand cuts is more likely to occur in industries being disrupted.
Industry leaders regularly voice concerns over their future senior pipeline, but now the combination of demographic change, new technologies, shifting skill demands, and the evolving preferences and expectations of employees and customers, are creating new challenges for talent professionals. This presentation will focus on key changes to your recruitment strategy which are proven to aid both your recruitment and retention:
The importance of technology, communication and internal networks to employee retention can never be overstated, and culture, purpose and recognition play key parts. It is the effectiveness of the way that we attract, hire, retain and develop our employees that will not only be the organisation’s competitive advantage, but also the yardstick by which successful HR teams will be measured.
This panel will assess the state of the industry in terms of:
• Safety - increasing evidence of the impact of the human element in safety?
• Cost - crewing is commonly the largest element in vessel operating budget?
• Efficiency – the drive to demonstrate increasing cost-effectiveness in a competitive marketplace?
This extensive 3 year research project is focusing on the different crewing strategies employed by shipping companies, to identify the impact of stable vs fluid senior crew. Does maintaining a consistent senior team deliver benefits in safety, efficiency and cost? Initial findings from both the surveys and interviews will be shared during this presentation.