Recently we have started thinking a lot about planning, not only for reaching our goals – of further developing our courses and media to meet the needs of the Modern Mariner. But, to explore the methods and practices both good and bad in the Maritime Industry. We want to explore these ideas to grow and further develop our skills and knowledge and to present our findings and ideas about these practices to the Mariner.
Seeing the incredible potential of the maritime industry – the ability to connect us all and trade, allowing for the quality of life to grow throughout the world. The free flow of goods makes all of our lives better. We as Mariners have the potential, not only to improve our lives and have a job, and create a life for our families; we support the economic growth worldwide. We allow the things that make modern life possible – and that is no small thing. We have to potential to make the jobs we do safer, to share knowledge, to create better, faster and more reliable ways to move goods all around the world.
We cannot fear the unknown; we cannot fear other nations engaging in trade with us, other countries besides our own building ships. The high tide raises all ships – an increase in commerce and the demand for trade will not harm us. It only creates new and different opportunities for us to engage in.
Just as ships converting from sail to coal, and from coal to oil and gas – did not eliminate all the jobs at sea – the changes in the world maritime market and the shifts in flags and crewing preferences will not destroy the opportunities available to modern mariners. There is so much to do in the world of transportation, and so long as the world exists, the trade will be a big part of it. The trade that is made possible by mariners; I would imagine it to look very different in 20 years than it does today. I see the future of shipping in Automated ports, I see ships that can like drones be monitored from shore – I also see a crew available to override in the case of emergencies. I see the docking done mainly by sensors and the loading and discharge of cargo automated.
I as a mariner do not see the increasing use of automation as a Luddite – I see as creating new roles, new jobs, and new opportunities that we can not even dream of yet!
It is another step in a long tradition of going to sea, from the Vikings and Ancient Chinese that set to sea more than a thousand years ago, to the liberty ships, to now the age of ECDIS. There is never less to do, the job only changes.
Fair wind and following seas.