HE01345 - Human factor competencies for the future mariner

Captain Chawla discusses changes taking place in the maritime industry & their effects on the daily life of the seafarers - and discusses the human factor competencies that will be essential for the future mariner. Keywords: competencies; human factors; technology; education & training.

The last two decades have been extremely fast paced with respect to technology influencing every walk of life.

Internet, Google, Facebook, Linkedin, smartphones, WhatsApp etc. and their effects on the way we communicate, interact and learn are well-known.

Maritime industry has also made great strides in the use of technology and the daily life on board ship has changed significantly from what it was in the 80’s and 90’s.

Here is a quick review of some of the changes that have taken place already or are coming in the next decade or two and my opinion on the challenges associated with them.