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Seafarer Jobs & the Rise of Marine Technology

Seafarer Jobs & the Rise of Marine Technology

Sam Hamilton

The use of marine technology in seafarer jobs is a topic that is making increasingly frequent appearances in our social media news feeds recently. But why is that? It's likely because the maritime industry has been adapting to the growth in usage of technology within the shipping sector, plus the digitization of communication platforms and systems.

How will the rise of marine technology affect seafarer jobs?

Ships have become more advanced with greater connectivity, integrated controls and power management. We've even been contacted by those among us that think autonomous ships are the future!

Seafarers are the heart and soul of the maritime industry. Regardless of the level of technical capabilities a vessel may have, there is still an extremely strong need for qualified seafarers to work in jobs at sea. As marine technology is moving faster, shipping companies cannot afford to slow down, meaning that the skills seafarers now require have changed.

cargo ship being pulled by a tug into port

Not only are seafarers required to upgrade their learning and education to include technology-based knowledge but they must also retain the skills traditionally used in jobs at sea.

Is there a technology gap between older and younger seafarers?

We are seeing two distinct types of seafarers and they are, generally speaking, separated by age. For many of the younger generation of seamen, technology has become an intrinsic part of their day to day lives and their seafarer jobs. While the older generation are not so reliant upon it. And this can leave a slight feeling of disconnect between the two groups.

How can we align the different capabilities of seafarers?

Technology is nothing new to seafarers, seafarer jobs, and the maritime industry. Complicated technology has been used for decades onboard ships across the world. Even the compass was seen as a new-fangled device when it was first introduced!

old nautical compass lying in grass

However, the difference we are seeing with marine technology and jobs at sea now is that the type of tech being used has increased at such a fast rate that it is no longer second nature for those used to more traditional ways of shipping.

And that means that to align those two groups of seamen, training for seafarer jobs must change - both for the new generation and for older crew members. This could include retraining in certain disciplines such as working with LNG fuels using next level equipment such as simulators.

How can training for seafarer jobs change?

Offering consistent training on all new features and changes to tech seems like the obvious solution, right? But are shipowners willing to invest heavily in this?

Training for seafarer jobs should be changing in the same way as it has in every other industry, specifically with a string focus on STEM competences (science, technology, engineering, and math.) And the reason for this is that it’s a basic for many industries.

teacher pointing to small chalkboard with equations and E=MC 2 written on it

Digital systems require that you have a certain understanding or level of experience with STEM. But not only should a seafarer be familiar with marine technology but there should also be a focus on emotional intelligence and understanding of critical thinking in order to make longer journeys at sea easier to deal with.

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Want to find out more? Looking for an easier way to fill your vacant jobs at sea? Get in touch and schedule your free, no obligation demo today!