Preparing maritime professionals for their future roles in a digitalized era: bridging the blockchain skills gap in maritime education and training
Nasaruddin, MM and Emad, GR, Preparing maritime professionals for their future roles in a digitalized era: bridging the blockchain skills gap in maritime education and training, Proceedings of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) Conference, 30 October-1 November 2019, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 87-97. ISSN 2706-6762 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]
Blockchain technology has made headway into the global maritime industry.
Touted as a disruptive technology, blockchains have the potential to drastically change
business models leading to risks of job displacements given obsolete skills and talent for
blockchain adoption. Our research shows that the global maritime industry is facing challenges
with the leap in blockchain development and implementation, thus emphasizing the
increasing need for appropriate qualification and upskilling through revamped MET regimes.
Implications of digitalization on conventional MET is mostly preliminary in academic
research, especially with regard to the blockchain phenomena. For this purpose, this paper
aims to shed light on the implications of blockchain disruption in the maritime industry
accelerating required changes in conventional MET approaches - mainly utilizing a case
study methodology alongside semi-structured in-depth interviews as key elements of this
exploratory qualitative research study. Our findings show the transformative potential of
blockchains in the maritime landscape alongside technical barriers indicating complexities
inherent with adoption. Lastly, we propose an infographic design framework to facilitate
changes in MET methodologies among higher education institutions.
Refereed Conference Paper
block chain, maritime education and training, shipping, seafaring, supply chain mangement, skill gap