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Research identifies training requirements for Mates/Masters to transition to autonomous shipping

Date: 18 Sep 2022 Author: Chief Editor

🎯 AMC Search, the training and consultancy division of the Australian Maritime College, has identified the need for advanced training for Mates/Masters as the industry transitions to more autonomous shipping.

🎤 “Our research forecasts significant changes to the maritime industry as it further integrates autonomous and remotely operated vessels into the industry” said Maritime Instructor – Defence and Autonomous Systems of AMC Search Nick Bonser. “There will be major changes at a procedural and regulatory level and the largest uptake in autonomous vessels is going to be in scientific research and surveying, along with cross channel ferries operating in Europe”.

The research compared the roles of an onboard navigator against remote vessel operators and likely upgrades to existing skill sets that Mates/Masters will require to operate large ocean-going vessels.

The study shows many of the new skills that will be required by Mates/Masters are presently not part of traditional maritime education and will include:
🔹 Computer networking
🔹 Data communication & transfer
🔹 Data analysis & management
🔹 Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controls
🔹 Theory and science of autonomous maritime systems.

🆕 Responding to this identified need, AMC Search has invested in the development of a new training course called Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) for Mates/Masters.

🎤 “This new course will help to ensure seafarers are adequately trained in this new age of technology and that the industry strategically transitions to more autonomous systems in a safe and effective way” concluded Mr. Bonser.

AMC Search is a fully owned subsidiary of the University of Tasmania.

📃📷 Source: AMC Search