Smart Shipping 2018

Smart Shipping Symposium 2018

Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th June 2018

Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, Glasgow, G5 9XB



City of Glasgow College’s innovative approach to maritime education is reflected in its Smart Shipping Symposium which takes places in June. The need for qualified seafarers familiar with the latest maritime technology is essential for the development of the shipping industry as it rapidly embraces digitalisation. Just how smart ships and the crew who operate them can become will be debated by industry leading experts who will gather at the college’s Riverside campus for its second maritime symposium.


The contribution of college education has long been undervalued, viewed more often as a stepping stone to university rather than as an equally valuable and empowering destination. Our annual symposia challenge that status quo and articulate the critical role of colleges for the next generation of students. Following the college’s inaugural maritime symposium in 2016, this Smart Shipping Symposium aims to get the industry to work in tandem and set a platform to address the future skills gap in the Maritime Industry.

Focus on Smart Shipping

This year the maritime symposium, hosted by the college’s Faculty of Nautical Studies, brings together industry-leading speakers who will share their collective experience and vision for how smart shipping can be achieved. Last year the maritime industry buzzed with new terminology such as big data, disrupters and autonomous ships. The underlying theme being that new technology will radically change the maritime working environment. In 2018 the focus is once more on the human element and how we can interact with and exploit these new technologies to help the industry work smarter.

Event Outline

The symposium will take place over Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June at the college’s Riverside campus and will cover issues such as unmanned and autonomous vessels - a new and disruptive transport paradigm; how connected ecosystems will change the maritime world; and how the UK government is approaching the challenges which Smart Shipping poses.

Key issues for debate include:

  • What is changing and do we need to upskill our knowledge, behaviour, and attitudes to remain competitive in this changing landscape?
  • Are our current business models still fit for purpose?
  • Are we training our new talent in the skills that they need now or the skills they needed 20 years ago?