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Shipping 4.0 disruption and its impending impact on maritime education

Emad, GR ORCID: 0000-0001-9784-5103 2020 , 'Shipping 4.0 disruption and its impending impact on maritime education', paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2020), 6-9 December 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (Sydney, Australia).

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Context:The world currently is being interrupted by industry 4.0. As such, maritime industry is embracing shipping 4.0 by introduction of novel technologies such as automation, innovative propulsion systems, artificial intelligence, and remote monitoring. With autonomous shipping on the horizon, these current and incoming technological changes is evolving the work and redefining the maritime professionals’ job descriptions. The magnitude and pace of these developments bring disruption to business as usual and is redefining the knowledge and competencies the maritime workforce require to be able to perform safely and efficiently in the novel workplace.Purpose or goal:Shipping 4.0 is introducing autonomous and unmanned ships with the promise of improving safety and efficiency in addition to the financial and environmental benefits. However, so far, the attention centred around the technology itself resulting the ship operators and human element in general getting out of focus. This article brings the attention on the reform required for education and training of maritime workforce in the face of shipping 4.0 evolution.Approach or Methodology/Methods:This article reports on the outcome of a qualitative research focusing on the future of maritime education and training through the lenses of seafarers. Research participants were active seafarers at different stage of their careers in maritime industry. The data collected were analysed using qualitative content analysis method.Actual or Anticipated Outcomes:The findings suggest that shipping 4.0 will have a great impact on the maritime professionals’ education and training content and how it should be conducted. The research also revealed that the current educational curriculum has very limited relevance to the competencies that these professionals will need in their future workplace.Conclusions/Recommendations/Summary:The shipping 4.0 has already upon maritime industry with first remotely controlled ship being already in operation and first fully autonomous/unmanned ship is currently under construction. The research outcome reinforces the urgency of the measures which needs to be taken for adopting an educational system which is relevant to the upcoming technological changes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Emad, GR
Keywords: emerging professionals, maritime education and training, Shipping 4.0, disruption, seafaring
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2020)
Publisher: Australasian Association for Engineering Education
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Copyright 2020 Gholam Reza Emad

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