This paper discusses the potential implications of maritime digitisation and automation on seafarers' careers. While Industry 4.0 implies the modernisation of work in general, it is anticipated that Industry 4.0 will have an impact on seafarers' employment on board contemporary ships. Previous analyses of seafarers' work seem to focus on merely the 'present - future' scenario and overlook seafarers and their career trajectories. Based on an extensive literature review on careers in the global labour market as well as on Industry 4.0, the paper discusses how current career prospects among seafarers may be affected and what alternatives for employment they might have after graduating from maritime education and training (MET) institutions. The paper presents preliminary remarks on career opportunities for seafarers and possible socio-economic implications on future maritime careers in the context of Industry 4.0. It concludes with a set of agendas to support individuals and MET institutions in this transition.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2019
|20th Commemorative Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMUC 2019 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 30 Oct 2019 → 1 Nov 2019
|20th Commemorative Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMUC 2019
|30/10/19 → 1/11/19
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- Career development
- Industry 4.0
- Maritime digitisation
- Seafarers' employment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Ocean Engineering