ABS participated in the Isalos.net Maritime Conference in London on February 21st. This “Why Go Maritime in an era of changes?” event was held in collaboration with Isalos.net, INTERCARGO and the Hellenic Engineers Society of Great Britain.
The goal of the event was to inform younger generations about available career paths in the maritime industry as well as the challenges and future changes the industry faces.
ABS Senior Engineer Theodoros Chatzigkaidas gave the opening remarks of the event. During his speech, he stated, “The transition to the next generation of ships and shipping is fueled by automation, data and connectivity. The future is exciting. New technology offers opportunities to better respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow, whether they are environmental impacts, reliability of equipment, more efficient operations or crew training.”
The event included sessions on the future of environmental legislation such as the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap and the needed technology for compliance; financing for family-run shipping companies; the tanker sector; and the dry cargo sector.
During his speech, Chatzigkaidas also gave insight into what future career paths in the maritime industry may look like: “We can be sure that the skills of master mariners and engineers will still be required in the future, but tomorrow’s maritime industry will be just as reliant on data analysts, programmers, artificial intelligence experts and a host of other new rules.”
ABS has a longstanding commitment to education and believes that encouraging students in engineering is crucial to the future of the industry. In 2017, 46 students were awarded ABS scholarships at 16 universities across Europe.