Insights from London International Shipping Week 2023 #lisw2023 It is great to be a part of such event. Our company participated in the roundtable at Lancaster House where discussions were around AI leveraging economic growth in maritime and building the skills to be world leaders.

I like where the UK’s maritime sector is going! Less resistance, more taking actions!

London International Shipping Week 2023 brought together experts, government representatives, and industry leaders to discuss crucial topics shaping the maritime sector. Among the many thought-provoking discussions, a roundtable centered on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in leveraging economic growth and the skills needed to become world leaders caught the attention of participants.

AI and Economic Growth in Maritime: During the roundtable, UK government representatives expressed their concerns about the impact of AI on the maritime sector and its potential effect on jobs. The focus was on understanding how AI and related entities within the industry aim to utilize this technology. The aim was to identify both the challenges and opportunities that AI presents.

Building Skills for the Future: One of the central discussions revolved around the skills required to adapt and thrive in an AI-driven maritime sector. The participants acknowledged that digital transformation and AI would undoubtedly reshape job descriptions and require new skill sets. However, the consensus was clear: although job roles may evolve, the jobs themselves will not disappear.

Embracing Digital Transformation: The roundtable highlighted the potential for AI and digital transformation to drive economic growth while acknowledging the need for employees to upskill and reskill. The consensus reached was that AI, when properly applied, has the potential to enhance overall efficiency, safety, and sustainability in the maritime industry.

Addressing Concerns: UK government representatives’ concerns regarding AI’s impact on jobs were met with reassurance from industry leaders. They emphasized that as the sector evolves, new job opportunities will arise alongside the changing job descriptions. The focus should be on leveraging AI to optimize existing processes, improve decision-making, and enable humans to focus on higher-value tasks that require critical thinking and creativity.

Call for Collaboration: The participants recognized the importance of collaboration between industry players, government bodies, and educational institutions to prepare the workforce for the digital future. By working together, they could develop training programs and initiatives that equip individuals with the necessary skills to succeed in an AI-driven maritime sector.