Dubai PR Network, Online Press Release from Dubai and Middle East
 
Marine Services(Shipping and Logistic)
Filter PR by
  
Automation key to tackling maritime skills crisis
 

Facing a shortfall of 147,000 qualified officers by 2025, speakers at SOMWME 2017 hail advancements in automation and connection as the answer to shipping’s skills shortage 

Dubai, UAE, August 9, 2017:  A perfect storm of retiring baby-boomers and the ongoing global economic downturn, are causing the number of skilled seafarers in the global industry to shrink dramatically, but attendees at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) will hear from an expert panel of speakers how automation and advances in connectivity could solve the looming skills crisis. 

The issue will be addressed on day one of the biannual Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) 2017 exhibition and conference, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 25 – 27 September 2017, where speakers at the ‘Manning Update’ will assess the role of automation in tackling the ongoing challenge. 

“The number of skilled personnel across multiple functions has been in decline for a number of years. In 2010, The Manpower Report by BIMCO/ISF calculated the global supply of officers stood at 624,000, compared to a demand for 637,000, concluding the figures were ‘near-ideal’.

“However, by 2016, the shortfall stood at 16,500 officers and is predicted to rise to 147,000 worldwide by 2025. In the United States, figures published in 2016 by the U.S. Maritime Administration placed the country’s shortfall at 70,000 mariners by 2022,” said Emma Howell, Group Marketing Manager, Seatrade portfolio, UBM EMEA.

Moderated by Captain Michael P. Elwert, Group Chief Executive Officer, Elektrans Group, the panel will feature William Tobin, Underwriting Syndicate Manager – Offshore, The Shipowners Club and Captain John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute, as well as Revd Dr Paul Burt, Regional Director, Gulf & South Asia, Mission to Seafarers.

Captain Lloyd commented: “The increasing sophistication of technology is opening the door to serious discussions about the remote control of ships, perhaps one day leading to completely autonomous vessels. While moving in this direction gives wonderful opportunities to improve reliability, one of the key challenges will be to balance the cost of reliability against performance and financial viability through savings. That is really a matter for the technologists and the economists to address.”

Automation in shipping is not a new concept; many responsibilities, checks and safety functions are now carried out autonomously. But in the age of driverless vehicles and remote controlled drones, the first unmanned, autonomous ship, could be on the horizon.  
It would not be the first time, complicated skill sets are delegated to artificial intelligence – aviation has undergone a similar transformation, with the role of the pilot evolving with each new generation of aircraft. However, innovations in shipping can be leveraged to address a gap, rather than requiring existing specialists to up-skill. 

Lloyd continued: “On the operational side it is important we create a regulatory framework which gives an opportunity for these vessels to be developed and then to identify the skills required to operate them safely and efficiently.

“It is likely these skills will draw heavily on maritime knowledge and experience if we are to develop effective solutions.  As the professional body for those in control of ships, The Nautical Institute is already actively engaged in these discussions and looks forward to the next generation of ships and operations supported by world-leading technology and innovation.”

Part of SOMWME’s Power 60s series the Manning Update will be followed by a session on finance and law, moderated by Eithne Treanor, founder and MD of E Treanor Media and featuring Bora Bariman, Head of Energy & Marine, Corporate & Institutional Banking Group, National Bank of Fujairah; David Manuel, Senior Marine Specialist - Petrodata, IHS Markit; Knut Mathiassen, Managing Partner, NorthCape DMCC; Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Ship Building and Tien Tai, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan. 

Elsewhere in the conference programme, discussion will turn to green and efficient vessels for the future.

Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats is the largest workboat and offshore marine event outside of the USA, attracting more than 200 offshore marine and workboat companies.

Posted by : Dubai PR Network Editorial Team
Viewed 8174 times
PR Category : Shipping and Logistic
Posted on : Wednesday, August 9, 2017  2:30:00 PM UAE local time (GMT+4)
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of DubaiPRNetwork.com.
Previous Story : Six Down, Two to Go - ADSB Keeps Up Pace in Delivering Ships...
Next Story : Centena Group Chairman on the global board of Entrepreneurs'...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine
Back to Section Home

Related Stories



 
 
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Huawei unveils the long-awaited HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro [13072-Views]
Level Shoes Hosts Christian Louboutin for “Dear India” [9589-Views]
Glamazle.com introduces Super Matte ‘Glambry' lip tints for the perfect pout [9296-Views]
ICONIC Youth Fashion Show Experience [8583-Views]
SCTDA ‘My Destination' Program Kicked Off with SUC Students [8156-Views]
Diamonds Are Everyone's Best Friend! VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show 2017 Makes Its... [7893-Views]
PUMA X Photographer Gunner Stahl For Autumn/Winter 2017 [7448-Views]
The Rado True Shadow - Limited edition timepiece co-created with Japanese designer Kunihik... [7430-Views]
Beauty Night Is Back at Sheraton Dubai Creek [7357-Views]
Reinventing Raymond Weil's Emblematic Chronograph - The Refined Swiss Watchmaking Expertis... [7290-Views]
The Lacoste 12.12 Kids Collection [6856-Views]
MICHAEL Michael Kors: Fall 2017 Sadie Large Leather Satchel [6558-Views]
Dubai Chamber concludes high-level trade mission to Malta [6472-Views]
Versace Fall/Winter 2017 Collection [6356-Views]
GUESS Launches Stunning Array of Collections for Fall17 [6222-Views]
Glambox.me - Get Glam On The Go [6204-Views]
Coffee at the touch of a button with ‘Quespresso' [6155-Views]
Maserati Merchandise Products [6002-Views]
Introducing FitFuse by COÉGA Sunwear [5941-Views]
Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Director General, Dubai Health Authority Officially Opens Visio... [5856-Views]
More café re-opens its doors [5746-Views]
Renault KOLEOS achieves five-star Euro NCAP rating [5734-Views]
Regional Storytelling Takes Centre Stage at DIFF With Muhr Feature Category [5716-Views]
‘brands4u', the biggest factory outlet opens in Reef Mall, Dubai [5618-Views]
Career of Egyptian Writer Wahid Hamed to Be Honoured With Arab Lifetime Achievement Award ... [5191-Views]
 
RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedDin
 
Top Sections
 
Top Stories