MaritimeInsight

This is an independent blog on ships and shipping, with a particular focus on the role and impact of information technology and communications. Some of the articles here appeared on the BIMCO website where I have contributed a monthly column for more than a decade.

Education, Technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The future of shipping requires that we invest in education and skills with the same enthusiasm as we embrace technology The fourth industrial revolution – that is, the digital technology revolution – should not be defined within the maritime industry by technology alone. Rather, it should also promote education and training, seek poverty alleviation and knowledge [more…]

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers signs agreement to increase access to professional education resources in China

Co-operation programme will promote professional standards by making Institute learning materials available in Chinese for the first time London and Shanghai, April 4, 2017. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) has signed a strategic agreement with China’s Ministry of Transport & Shanghai International Shipping Center to expand the delivery of its professional education services. [more…]

Training

New skills, old problems: the crewing crisis in a competency context

The shipping industry has a worsening crewing crisis. But like other crises, it’s one that is bad, but not severe enough to stop ships trading or interrupt world trade. The degree of the problem is well known. The BIMCO/ISF study estimates the current shortfall to be 16,500 officers, projected to grow to 92,000 by 2020 [more…]