Should seafarers learn to code?
It’s impossible to deny that operating ships is becoming more and more technical. From integrated bridge systems to multi-fuel propulsion systems, the burden on seafarers to understand increasingly complex on-board systems is increasing.
Due to the isolated nature of ships, it’s important that the crew operating them are able to understand, operate, troubleshoot, and if necessary fix the systems which keep the ship safely running. As ships become more complex and hi-tech, we ask whether the seafarers of the future should be learning to code? Read more
Automation is the future of maritime
Automation is the hot topic across the maritime industry right now, and it’s a polarising one; with half believing it’s the future and the other half certain it can’t (and perhaps shouldn’t) be done. The simple truth is that autonomous technology is already here and advancing rapidly.
There are different levels of automation, most of which still involve significant human involvement. Totally autonomous “AI-driven” ghost ships are a long way off, but in the short and medium term, there is a huge opportunity to systemize and automate dangerous or repetitive tasks on-board ships and generate efficiencies that have not been possible until now. Read more