Shipping's automation shortcomings | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Many nations are yet to develop long-term plans for automation in the maritime industry: thats one findings of a new report from the World Maritime University (WMU) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), Transport 2040: Automation, Technology, Employment The Future of Work, that explores how automation will impact the future of work in transport.

The publication, described by the WMU as the first ever assessment of the topic, looks into how the global transport sector will change thanks to automation and advanced technologies. It predicts and analyses developments and trends in the major transport sectors to 2040, with an emphasis on the implications for jobs and employment for those working in transport. Informing the report is research from an interdisciplinary team with contributions from industry, academia and regulatory organisations during an 18-month period.

Transport workers of today and tomorrow must be equipped with the required knowledge, skills and expertise for the jobs of tomorrow, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton says in the report. The ITFWMU study provides the information needed to support these aims.

Executives from the WMU, IMO and the ITF launch the seminal report.Image: World Maritime University

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The report has four detailed key findings and they suggest that the widespread advent of automation and other technologies within transport will not necessarily be a rapid one. The first conclusion is that although demograp....

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