Rotterdam – Digitalisation and modern technologies have been rapidly changing the maritime sector in recent years. That is why European maritime professionals, both at sea and ashore, need more digitaland soft skills to stay ahead of the industry. This is the result of a European research, carried out by SkillSea, into making and keeping the maritime sector future-proof. The research report, written by experts from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) and Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, and with the assistance of other SkillSea partners, examined the main trends in the shipping sector: education, technological developments such as autonomous vessels and clean energy, collaboration between clusters and digitisation.
The report shows that more training should be given in sustainability, greening and digitisation. Future seafarers also need to develop soft skills in leadership and management. In addition, there is a need for transition programs that make the shift from working at sea to working on shore easier. Finally, the researchers recommend that the STCW training (the International Convention on Standards of
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) be extended to include maritime law, corporate finance, autonomous shipping and other new technology-based skills. The research report is input for other Work Packages of the SkillSea project You will find a summary of the report in the appendix. The full report can be found on the SkillSea website.
This research was conducted before the Covid-19 crisis and its lockdowns hit Europe. The crisis however, does not affect the conclusions of this report, yet the Covid-19 situation make the conclusions of the report even more relevant