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Preparing maritime professionals for their future roles in a digitalized era: bridging the blockchain skills gap in maritime education and training

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Nasaruddin, MM and Emad, GR ORCID: 0000-0001-9784-5103 2019 , 'Preparing maritime professionals for their future roles in a digitalized era: bridging the blockchain skills gap in maritime education and training', in B Svilicic and Y Mori and S Matsuzaki (eds.), Proceedings of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) Conference , International Association of Maritime Universities, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 87-97 .

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Abstract

Blockchain technology has made headway into the global maritime industry.Touted as a disruptive technology, blockchains have the potential to drastically changebusiness models leading to risks of job displacements given obsolete skills and talent forblockchain adoption. Our research shows that the global maritime industry is facing challengeswith the leap in blockchain development and implementation, thus emphasizing theincreasing need for appropriate qualification and upskilling through revamped MET regimes.Implications of digitalization on conventional MET is mostly preliminary in academicresearch, especially with regard to the blockchain phenomena. For this purpose, this paperaims to shed light on the implications of blockchain disruption in the maritime industryaccelerating required changes in conventional MET approaches - mainly utilizing a casestudy methodology alongside semi-structured in-depth interviews as key elements of thisexploratory qualitative research study. Our findings show the transformative potential ofblockchains in the maritime landscape alongside technical barriers indicating complexitiesinherent with adoption. Lastly, we propose an infographic design framework to facilitatechanges in MET methodologies among higher education institutions.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Nasaruddin, MM and Emad, GR
Keywords: block chain, maritime education and training, shipping, seafaring, supply chain mangement, skill gap
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) Conference
Publisher: International Association of Maritime Universities
ISSN: 2706-6762
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