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Ships of change: Why seafaring needs to embrace innovation


Bhaskar, PR and Cahoon, S and Brooks, B, Ships of change: Why seafaring needs to embrace innovation, Proceedings of the 15th Annual general assembly International Association of Maritime Universities, 27-30 October 2014, Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 329-338. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The modern seafarer works in an increasingly regulated environment. Whether it is navigation of the ship, operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment, or carriage of cargo, a significant amount of the modern seafarerís work is related to compliance with prescriptive rules, regulations, guidelines and codes. These prescriptive requirements arise largely out of international conventions and codes, developed with the aim of improving safety and security of shipping, managing risk and preventing marine pollution by ships. As a consequence, seafarer training tends to produce seafarers who can scrupulously follow procedures, maintain systems, and respond predictably to shipboard emergencies. This approach results in an inflexible command and control type manner of operating ships whereby there is a preoccupation with process, but novelty and change is discouraged. However, the twenty-first century shipping company operates in an environment characterised by volatility in natural, economic and social systems. In order to be sustainable, the modern shipping company needs to be resilient to change that is dynamic, turbulent, uncertain and unpredictable in nature. Research suggests that the ability to innovate is a key determinant of resilience, and hence sustainability, of complex adaptive systems. This paper argues that seafarer training should place greater emphasis on learning, experimentation and exploration of opportunities during periods of change. The paper explores: (i) how shipboard innovation may contribute to the sustainability of shipping companies and hence the sustainability of the shipping industry itself; (ii) the barriers to shipboard innovation; and (iii) how shipboard innovation may be facilitated through education and training of seafarers.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:innovation, sustainability, resilience, seafarers, shipping companies, seafarer's education and training
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries)
UTAS Author:Bhaskar, PR (Associate Professor Prashant Bhaskar)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
UTAS Author:Brooks, B (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:96679
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2014-11-17
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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