Smart Shipping 2018

Smart Shipping Symposium 2018


City of Glasgow College’s innovative approach to maritime education was reflected in its Smart Shipping Symposium which took place over two days 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 was debated by industry leading experts who gathered 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, the Smart Shipping Symposium 2018 was aimed at getting the industry to work in tandem and set a platform to address the future skills gap in the Maritime Industry.

Focus on Smart Shipping

Hosted by the college’s Faculty of Nautical Studies, the event brought together industry-leading speakers to 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. Now, 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 took place over Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June at the college’s Riverside campus and covered a range of issues including 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.

The key issues for debate included:

  • 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?

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