Seafarers Demand Training to Manage New Fuels

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A survey of over 500 seafarers found that nearly 87% said they would need training for new fuels such as ammonia, methanol and hydrogen.

The study, entitled The Future of Seafarers 2030: A Decade of Transformation, co-sponsored by DNV and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), consisted of a literature review, expert consultations and a survey of more than 500 seafarers who ship dry bulk operate. container and tank ships. Over 70% of respondents had been in the industry for over 11 years and two-thirds held the rank of officer.

The survey clarified the need for training in dealing with alternative fuels for decarbonization and digitization.

Almost 87% of respondents said they would need some or full training for new fuels such as ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, while over 75% would need some level of training for LNG, batteries or synthetic fuels.

“New fuels and new technologies can pose safety risks for facilities and crews if not managed properly. Therefore, we must focus on the human factor and adequately train seafarers who will operate and maintain ship systems, including performing bunker operations. As an industry, we have a responsibility to protect them and prepare well for any eventuality,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager South-East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV Maritime.

The report recommended prioritizing training for LNG and batteries, as these fuels are likely to be the most widely used alternative fuel option this decade.

A need for training in how to use advanced digital technologies was also seen, with 81% of respondents indicating that they need full or partial training in further automation of devices/systems, advanced sensors, artificial intelligence and remote operations. Only 13% currently feel well educated.

Shore-based remote control centers capable of remotely controlling some ship functions received a lukewarm response, with only 40% believing such centers would make their job easier.

“As the transformation of the industry – driven by digital innovation and the fuel transition – gathers momentum, we must prioritize the training and development of mariners and ensure they have the technical skills to handle the more advanced ships that are coming into service. safe to operate. said Tan Beng Tee, Executive Director of SMF.

“Digitalization and decarbonization could offer opportunities to attract a younger generation of seafarers, provided a path towards sustainable career development is visible, the transition from sea to shore careers.”

Source: News Network

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