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MATS22 delivers insights into new marine autonomy technology combined with enhanced skills focus

The 2022 MATS, Marine Autonomy Technology Showcase (#MATS22), held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, brought together the world's foremost experts to discuss marine autonomy technology, emerging trends, and operational insights.

Together with a superb line-up of industry-leading presenters, discussing all aspects of marine autonomy from ecological challenges, to innovative solutions such as operating USVs in subsea alpine environs, SeaBot Maritime's CEO, Gordon Meadow, brought to the fore developments and challenges in people-technology adoption across uncrewed marine autonomy operations.

An excerpt of Gordon's presentation specifically highlights the importance building the next generation maritime workforce.

"There is a tsunami of technology coming and it needs leadership to assure its safe adoption. Digital Transformation is changing the economy, remodelling business activities and transforming the world of work. Many organisations in maritime are yet to take full advantage of new innovative business models offered by this new collaborative economy.

As a business SeaBot Maritime helps support those market leaders embracing digital transformation in maritime. That's why we're working with organisations like Fugro and Abu Dhabi Ports, who are adopting and embracing the use of new technology in maritime, in particular the adoption of use of uncrewed systems.

The world is changing... Not just in the skills. The worker demographic will increasingly become more diverse, as well as the working environment.

Decision support technology is combining with established rules and analytical tools to deliver objective, repeatable actions, with the human working in, on and off the loop. These decision support capabilities will be introduced that accelerate and augment human decision making in real time. We will continue to see more and more operational functions mimicked by machines.

This doesn’t mean less people. ‘Robots’ are not a significant threat to employment opportunities. The threat to employment comes about from failing to adapt, through retraining and the assimilation of new skills to perform new functions through continuing professional development.

The future therefore will see new ways of working. A more highly trained workforce, with new skills, and with different roles and new career routes to support different operational requirements. However, this technology partnership and changes in the maritime skills demographic require preparation."

Examples were provided regarding how SeaBot Maritime help provide solutions to the MASS sector includes three industry firsts:

Firstly, the curation and delivery of a new MASS Certified Professional Operator Training Scheme, produced with its long-term customer, Fugro.

Secondly, the launch of the MASSPeople working group, placing people centrally in the operations of marine autonomous surface ships, and championing, regulating and safeguarding their roles.

And finally, following years of development, helping to create an industry standard for MASS operators through achieving MCA voluntary approval for SeaBot Maritime's MASS Remote Operator training course.

Contact the team to discover how SeaBot Maritime helps companies to adopt new technology and prepare their workforce for next gen maritime.

* Many thanks to Maritime UK Solent and Maritime Enterprise Zone for their images

In other news...

SeaBot Maritime receives

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

voluntary recognition for its pioneering

MASS Remote Operator Training


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